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CEL Australia to offer prominent tower in one of Australia's strongest office precincts

Invest / Development Finance


Apr 21 2017

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Melbourne, April 20, 2017 – An office building in the northern end of Melbourne’s St Kilda Road business precinct has been listed for sale – unlocking an investment opportunity in one of Australia’s strongest performing office markets. 

Located on the corner of St Kilda Road and Kings Way, the 420 St Kilda Road property comprises a 10-level office building leased to major covenants including ANZ bank and APP Corporation. 

CBRE has been appointed to sell the asset, which boasts 10,500sqm of net lettable space, on behalf of CEL Australia. 

Over the past 24 months, the St Kilda Road office market has emerged as an attractive investment market, recording one of the highest rates of net effective rent growth nationwide of over 9%. 

The location is expected to further benefit from the new Melbourne Metro Rail project with the Domain station to be located within around 300 metres of 420 St Kilda Road.

CBRE’s Kiran Pillai said the property was well positioned to capitalise on the continued strong demand from tenants for this location. 

“Steady withdrawals of secondary space in St Kilda Road for conversion and redevelopment has underpinned incredibly strong tenant demand for space in the remaining prime grade buildings,” Mr Pillai said. 

“The property’s prime corner position at the northern end of the precinct, combined with an efficient floor plate allowing for an adaptive asset plan, will hold the asset in excellent stead long into the future.” 

CBRE Senior Director Neva Courts said the St Kilda Road market had emerged as a key investment destination for domestic and offshore investors. 

“420 St Kilda Road offers both security of income and growth in the short to medium term in addition to long term opportunities for the site, which could include a potential redevelopment to residential or hotel,” Ms Courts added. 

Michael Ng, Executive Director of CEL Australia, commented: “The sale of 420 St Kilda Road will allow CEL Australia to redeploy funds into our current development projects in Melbourne and Perth in order to seek higher returns.  We are also looking into new development and investment opportunities across key Australian cities.”

420 St Kilda Road comes to the market soon after the recent sale of 5 Queens Road in late 2016 by Charter Hall’s Office Trust. 

The Queens Road property is located diagonally opposite 420 St Kilda Road and achieved one of the strongest sale results recorded for an office building in the precinct. The sale, also brokered by CBRE, represented a passing yield of 5.64% and capital value of $6,665/sqm. 

The International Expressions of Interest campaign will launch next month.


About CBRE Group, Inc.

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue).  The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide.  CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services.  Please visit

SOURCE: Press Release


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