Café investment at Melbourne's Botanicca Corporate Park sold for $1.7 million

Café investment at Melbourne's Botanicca Corporate Park sold for $1.7 million
Staff reporterDecember 7, 2020

A ground-level café investment at the entrance of Melbourne's Botanicca Corporate Park has been sold for for $1,701,000.

Fitzroys agents Chris Kombi and Jordan Ceppi sold the property at Shop 1, 572 Swan Street at a 6.4% net yield.

The property encompasses a generous 500 square metres, comprising a modern fully-fitted café of 310 square metres, with a further 190 square metres of outdoor seating.

Leased to experienced café operator trading as The Shed on a 5+5+5 year lease, the property is currently returning a net rental of $110,000 per annum plus GST, with fixed annual increases of 4%.

Positioned on the corner of Swan Street and Central Drive at the entrance of Botanicca Corporate Park, the property provides highly exposed corner frontage of 34 metres.

Kombi said the Deadline Private Sale campaign saw a competitive process that attracted a range of investors, with a SMSF investor winning out.

"Investors are seeking strong income-producing, securely-leased assets in locations with healthy growth prospects," Kombi said. 

"Following further recent interest cuts, SMSF investors are looking in greater numbers for solid returns and are playing a more prominent role in the Melbourne retail investment market."

Major companies occupying neighbouring buildings include David Jones, Country Road, Harris Scarfe, GE, Fulton Hogan and Wells Fargo plus the 4.5-star Marriott Business Class Hotel and The University of Melbourne.

The property also benefits from its close proximity to the Swan Street tram network and the Heyington and Burnley train stations, as well as easy linkages to the CBD and broader Melbourne via the Citylink and Monash M1 Freeway.

Ceppi said Fitzroys has now sold three Melbourne retail investment properties to SMSF investors in the past two weeks.

"Investors are seeking retail assets across Melbourne with strong fundamentals in large numbers. This will likely continue in line with the low interest rate that is expected to remain long-term," said Ceppi. 

Fitzroys recently sold Shops 19-20, 190 Jells Road in Wheelers Hill for $2.4 million to a SMSF investor at a 5.2% yield, with a 10+5+5-year lease to renowned hair salon Rokk Ebony Properties.

That followed the sale of 2-6 Copernicus Crescent, Bundoora, also a high exposure quality café investment, which was bought by a SMSF investor for $2.6 million at a 5.5% yield and with a 5+5-year lease.

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