5 iconic commercial properties you won’t forget

15 Shoreham Rd, Shoreham is a well-loved visitor attraction for its amazing hedges and gardens.
15 Shoreham Rd, Shoreham is a well-loved visitor attraction for its amazing hedges and gardens.

Every now and then, a commercial property hits the market that’s so unusual or iconic it has to be seen to be believed.

And these five properties listed recently on Realcommercial certainly tick those boxes.

Ashcombe Maze – VIC

As Australia’s oldest hedge maze, Ashcombe Maze on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula already has a cult following among locals and the tourism industry.

And it’s been even more popular with potential buyers and interested onlookers since being placed on the market late last year.

The Shoreham property includes the famous 3m high hedge maze, a separate rose maze and lavender labyrinth, as well as extensive gardens and a cafe.

Macarthur Hotel – VIC

The Macarthur Hotel has become a retreat for war veterans.

It’s Victoria’s third oldest pub, and although it’s been given a new purpose after selling in late 2019, the beer’s still flowing.

Vietnam veteran Greg Carter paid $250,000 for the historic bluestone watering hole and has since begun transforming it into the headquarters for the Cockatoo Rise Retreat, which gives support to returned servicemen.

While the pub isn’t open for day to day pub service, it is now home to the Retreat, its museum and a number of events throughout the year.

TENPIN BOWLING ALLEY – NSW

Grafton Tenpin Bowls was up for sale.

Bowling alleys might not be the Saturday night entertainment destinations they once were, but that hasn’t stopped hundreds of potential investors and owner-operators from enquiring about owning the Grafton Bowling Alley.

And with a price guide of just $820,000, who wouldn’t?

The property was attracting interest from buyers in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane during its campaign earlier this year, and comes complete with cafe, commercial kitchen, liquor licence and its own gaming arcade.

It was also offered with everything inside, including the bowling equipment.

ABANDONED HOSPITAL – VIC

The former Warburton Hospital is on the market.

The future of this hospital, frozen in time after being abandoned more than a decade ago, will soon be revealed.

The former Warburton Hospital and wellness facility eerily appears almost exactly as it was before closing its doors, with furniture, operating theatre equipment still on-site, and sheets still on the beds.

Marketed as a potential health retreat, wellness facility or aged care centre, expressions have interest have closed on the property, with a second round now commencing.

HISTORIC WOLLONGONG THEATRE – NSW

Wollongong’s Regent Theatre sold earlier this year.

Sold earlier this year, the stunning and famous Regent Theatre in Wollongong offered the opportunity for an operator to take the 1600-seat auditorium into a new era.

Built in 1957, for decades the theatre has been home to theatre, live music and film screenings.

It was reportedly bought by a consortium of local and Sydney investors who plan to reopen it to the public as a venue and attraction.