No kidding around as Sth Melb childcare with rooftop playground fetches $10m
A South Melbourne childcare centre has broken through the eight-figure mark in the biggest sale in the suburb for the year.
The four-level building at 97 Tope St was picked up for $10.25 million by a locally-based buyer, above the $9.5 million it was expected to land.
“Because it was a hop, skip and a jump from the CBD, that was one of the main drivers of interest in the property,” CBRE director Sandro Peluso says.
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With the centre expected to earn an estimated $434,000 per annum from its lease to Guardian Early Learning, Mr Peluso said it was “one of the most significant child care transactions in recent times”.
“For a childcare centre to hit those types of numbers — it’s a big sale,” Mr Peluso said.
“We were quoting around $8 or $9 million.”
Peluso says the underlying value of the property is the land, with a scheduled review of the land’s Commercial 2 zone in 2028.
“Its blue-chip location and flexible lease inclusions made the opportunity suitable for a range of investor profiles,” Peluso says.
A recent fit-out of the building by the vendor pushed to nearly $6 million, Peluso says.
The centre opened on March 25 with a permit for 120 placings.
A Wyndham medical centre also sold for $8.2 million, with construction expected to be completed in April 2019.
The 1520sqm site on the ground floor of 111 Overton Rd is fully leased to medical operator Cornerstone Health and was purchased by Barwon Investment Partners after attracting multiple offers.
Peluso says the Williams Landing precinct is quickly becoming a hub of commercial and residential activity.