50 years in the making – sale of major St Kilda site

A 3,469 sqm landholding on the corner of Chapel Street, Brighton Road (Nepean Highway) and Grosvenor Street, in St Kilda has been unconditionally sold after nearly 50 years of ownership, in a deal handled by Julian White, Justin Dowers and Chao Zhang from Stonebridge Property Group.

The property, owned by the one family since 1973 and used as a serving depot for cars before the site in more recent years being leased to Australia Post as a distribution centre, with the lease extending to August 2024.

However, it was demand from developers that lead to the sale price of $23,500,000, representing $6,774/sqm on the land. The planning scheme provides for the potential for five to six levels over the site.

The international expressions of interest process was highly competed and generated 245 enquiries and 14 offers from a varied developer profile. “Offers were received from a range of local and Asian based apartment developers, four build to rent groups, as well as a party looking to complete a vertical retirement living concept” said Stonebridge Partner, Julian White.

Buyers were attracted to the high level of amenity offered in the precinct, as well as the inner-city positioning, as well as many apartment developers predicting improvement in the apartment market over the next couple of years and looking to secure good quality sites for their pipeline. “Apartment developers were the most aggressive in this campaign, highlighting the growing optimism in this sector off the back of the current biggest spread in house and unit price median in history of recording. Something needs to give and apartments being targeted by home buyers for affordability reasons is the most likely outcome.” Continued Mr White.

Stonebridge recently celebrated its first year anniversary in business in Victoria, with this sale following a number of other development deals struck by the agency in recent months in this precinct, including:

Address Price Vendor Buyer
8 Louise Street, Melbourne $21,000,000 20-unit owners corporation Samuel Property
182-194 Commercial Road, Prahran $11,400,000 Private investor Beulah International
33 Yawla Street, Bentleigh $23,700,000 Melbourne Football Club Metro


For further information please contact:

Julian White | +61 422 764 137 | JWhite@stonebridge.com.au
Chao Zhang | +61 411 625 068 | CZhang@stonebridge.com.au
Justin Dowers | +61 438 098 805 | JDowers@stonebridge.com.au  

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