Kew's High Street undergoing generational change

Kew's High Street undergoing generational change
Kew's High Street undergoing generational change

Kew’s popular High Street commercial precinct is witnessing a generational change, with the sale of a second key site in a matter of months set to further activate new space along the strip.

Fitzroys’ Chris James and David Bourke have just sold 171-173 High Street for $4.175 million under the hammer, on behalf of private vendors that had owned the site for over 50 years.

Owner occupiers and local and offshore investors competed at auction that was won by a local investor. The sale price reflected a 3.9% yield and land rate of around $14,752 per sqm.

Six months ago, James and Bourke sold a Commercial 1-zoned 526 sqm concrete yard at nearby 226-232 High Street for $4.5 million to a local developer in an off-market deal.

The 283 sqm site at 171-173 High Street comprises a double-storey 332 sqm building with two ground-floor retail spaces tenanted by ASX-listed Flight Centre and Onyx homewares shop, and a first-floor residence above. It returns $164,000 per annum plus outgoings from multiple income streams.

James said the property is in the prime section of the High Street, Kew commercial precinct, at the junction of Cotham Road, and with an ASX-listed tenant tenants attracted more than 100 enquiries throughout the campaign.

Bourke said the purchaser jumped at the primely positioned value-add opportunity in one of Melbourne’s most prestigious suburbs.

“The property backs onto Athaneum Place, the brick lane connecting Brougham and Walpole streets, which the City of Boroondara has been revitalising to enhance the amenity of the adjacent Kew Junction Shopping Centre with a contemporary and vibrant public space,” he said.

“The new owner, a local investor, will look to activate the area at the rear of the property with a retail offering fronting the improved Athaneum Place.”

James said the purchaser of 226-232 High Street had completed a number of successful developments across Melbourne and is looking to utilise the site for a mixed-use project.

“The ongoing introduction of medium and high-density residential developments and a growing office population in Melbourne’s inner eastern suburbs of Camberwell, Hawthorn and Kew have stimulated the retail precincts throughout the region, including Kew Junction, Glenferrie Road and Camberwell Junction,” he said.

More than 2,000 apartments are currently in the pipeline throughout Melbourne’s inner-east.

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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