Chinese developer drops $10.98m in suburban Melbourne

1380-1388 Centre Road, Clayton South, Melbourne

An international development company has snapped up a sizeable mixed-use site with development upside in Clayton South for almost $11 million – which could spell a new wave of development for the area.

The site, at 1380-1388 Centre Road, Clayton South, is 6,378 square metres and currently houses an industrial building utilised by importer Elco Foods.

CBRE which negotiated the sale via a public expressions of interest campaign on behalf of Elco Foods said the site was situated in a strategic location in Clayton South – “which is rapidly becoming a popular location for the local Chinese community, underpinned by retail amenities and proximity to Monash University and Monash Medical Centre”.

The sale price translated to a land rate of $1,722 per square metre – a strong result which CBRE’s Julian White linked to growing demand for strategically-located landholdings capable of townhouse or mixed-use development.

“Strong interest was received from a range of local and offshore groups, with nine offers at the conclusion of the campaign, five of which were from Asian parties,” Mr White said.

“Larger-scale townhouse development opportunities are extremely popular in the market at present, driven by the big four banks’ willingness to provide funding for this sector and the rapid growth in median house prices in the middle- and outer-suburbs, placing affordability pressures on free-standing dwellings – making townhouses a realistic option for buyers looking to enter the housing market.”

1380-1388 Centre Road, Clayton South, Melbourne

Recent sale, development and construction activity in Clayton South demonstrates the confidence local and international developers have in Melbourne’s suburban market, CBRE said.

Major developer Cedar Woods is completing a significant townhouse development, Jackson Green, in Clayton South. Abacus Property Group also recently sold a major landholding on Browns Road for $51.5 million to a Chinese buyer.

“The evolution of Asian capital moving into suburban Melbourne development projects is now in full swing, with these buyers no longer just targeting the Melbourne CBD as the preferred destination for developments,” Mark Wizel, who worked together with Mr White and Chao Zhang to negotiate the sale said.

Director of Elco Foods, Emmanuel Kotis highlighted the impressive sales result, nothing the company had a valuation completed in May 2015, which came in at $4.9 million.

“[We] have now sold the property for more than double that as a record land rate for the Clayton/Clayton South area,” he said.

Mr Kotis also noted the extensive opportunity for owners to capitalise on re-zoning or gentrification in similar areas.

“The uplift in value we have witnessed is representative of a number of properties in suburban Melbourne – providing an excellent opportunity for business owners to sell for a premium and invest the money back into the business,” he said.

Chinese developer drops $10.98m in suburban Melbourne
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