Rising 252 metres, Ocean will offer residents unobstructed, never-to-be built out views across the sea and beyond.
Ocean is set to be a beachfront landmark, bringing to life a new era in modern living, one where lifestyle, convenience and luxury meet.
On the doorstep of the Cypress Avenue light-rail station and just 20 minutes from Coolangatta Airport, Ocean will combine a vibrant lifestyle with modern amenities and easy connectivity, ensuring future residents will experience a quality of apartment living never before seen on the Gold Coast.
The 74-floor glass tower designed in collaboration with award-winning architects SJB will feature 262 bespoke apartments and 446 luxury 5-star hotel suites.
“We will be selling the high life, literally” Meriton founder and managing director Harry Triguboff said.
The veteran developer recently announced apartment buyers would have the opportunity to buy from level 45 up to level 74.
The lower floors would be devoted to hotel suites trading under Triguboff’s Meriton Suites brand.
Ocean, which fronts premier beachfront street The Esplanade, will create a bold first impression from the moment residents and guests step into the expansive lobby with its soaring 4.5 metre ceilings.
Residents will pass through this space to their own private reception area, absorbing the opulent atmosphere as they go, and enter a high-speed smart lift, ensuring a quick return to their apartments.
The Ocean apartments will range from two-bedroom layouts with floor areas of up to 91sq m through to three-bedroom designs averaging 120sq m.
Ocean will also feature a rare collection of five top-floor penthouses that will have floor areas of up to 203 square metres.
The hero of the home is undoubtedly the contemporary kitchen in each Ocean apartment. The sleek and luxurious design make it as functional as it is beautiful, with every detail considered.
Features include premium SMEG stainless-steel appliances including concealed undermount rangehood, gas cooktop, oven, microwave, and a fully integrated dishwasher, Caesarstone benchtop and mirror splashback, contemporary pendant lights above all island benches add an extra element of sophistication.
The tower will have three levels of basement and will sit on a five-level podium with extensive lifestyle facilities exclusive to Ocean residents and their guests complementing this stunning area.
A beach club on level five is serviced by a bar and features lush landscaping, while level 33 features a 22-metre indoor pool with unobstructed ocean views, gymnasium, sauna and community rooms.
Triguboff said Ocean, on which construction started in May on the 3833sq m site, would be one of his most iconic projects.
“It will be my 19th tower on the Gold Coast and by far my most ambitious – you’re never too old to have ambition.
“In my judgment it’s going to be an absolute winner.
“There’s nothing like it on the Surfers Paradise beachfront – it’s got everything and every apartment will have unobstructed ocean or district views.
“I’d equate Ocean to a city within a city, with its own leisure facilities, beach club, supermarket, shops, restaurants, and a childcare centre.”
Triguboff said he expected Ocean to have the Surfers Paradise beachfront market virtually to itself.
“The banks have made it impossible for Australian developers to contemplate a beachfront project of any scale.
“In fact, we expect Chinese buyers to head the Ocean way and take a third of our apartments.”
No price has been put on the Ocean high life – prices are to be released ahead of the project’s launch next month.
AA Reit to buy Gold Coast industrial property for A$38.5m
SINGAPORE – AIMS Apac Reit (AA Reit) is expanding its footprint in Australia with a A$38.46 million (S$36.92 million) acquisition of a freehold industrial facility in Gold Coast, its manager announced on Wednesday morning (May 15) before the market opened.
In a press statement, its manager noted that AA Reit has entered into a sales and purchase contract with GSM Rocket Australia to purchase Boardriders Apac HQ, located in the suburb of Burleigh Heads, Queensland.
The deal amount was arrived after considering an independent valuation by CBRE Valuations Pty Ltd, which valued the property at A$38.46 million.
After including stamp duty payable and other transaction costs, the total estimated cost of the acquisition is about A$41.5 million. This is expected to be funded mainly from Australian dollar debt facilities in order to maintain a natural currency hedge on the acquisition, the Reit manager said.
Assuming that the transaction will be fully funded by debt, AA Reit’s aggregate leverage post-acquisition will increase to 35.5 per cent on a proforma basis, up from 33.7 per cent as at March 31, 2019.
The property will be leased to GSM Operations Pty Ltd for 12 years on a triple net lease basis, which is a lease structure where the master tenant is responsible for outgoings of the property, including repair and maintenance costs, insurance, and taxes, among other things.
Both the vendor, GSM Rocket Australia, and the tenant, GSM Operations Pty Ltd, are subsidiaries of Boardriders Inc, a global actions sports and lifestyle firm that designs and distributes brands including Quiksilver, Billabong and Roxy.
The first year rental from the property is A$3 million, and will increase by 3 per cent per annum, with a rent review at mid-term of the lease, the manager said. Under the contract, the tenant also has an option to renew the lease for another five years.
The development, which sits on a land area of 33,300 square metres (sq m), with a total net lettable area of 14,833 sq m, comprises a warehouse and office facility, as well as a two-storey retail building.
Notable properties in the vicinity include Stockland Burleigh Heads Shopping Centre, and the upcoming Kaufland giant supermarket. The property is also situated about 3 kilometres from Burleigh Heads Beach, and a less than 20-minute drive from Gold Coast Airport.
Koh Wee Lih, chief executive of the Reit manager said: “The proposed acquisition represents an opportunity to further diversify and strengthen our portfolio with a strategic addition that offers a strong tenant profile, and provides income stability to AA Reit. In line with our strategy to build a high-quality, diversified portfolio of assets that creates long-term value for our unitholders, the acquisition will be DPU accretive.
“The outlook for the Gold Coast economy remains positive, as the region is currently experiencing growth across key economic factors including strong population growth, investment into major infrastructure developments and an increase in both domestic and offshore tourism into the region. This investment will enable us to expand AA Reit’s footprint in a market that offers solid long-term growth,” added Mr Koh.
Upon completion of the acquisition, AA Reit will own a total of 27 industrial properties, of which 25 are located throughout Singapore, with one located in Gold Coast, Australia, and a 49 per cent interest in a property located in Macquarie Park, New South Wales, Australia.
As at 10.51am on Wednesday, units in AA Reit were trading at $1.39, up 0.7 per cent, or one cent, after the announcement.
Dexus Eyes $100m Sale for Brisbane Retail Centre
Dexus Wholesale Property Fund are looking to offload a 100 per cent freehold interest in Beenleigh Marketplace, a sub-regional shopping centre located 32-kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD.
The 19,476 square metre asset, which last transacted in 2013, is anchored by Woolworths and Big W and spans a 60,680sq m site.
The landholding also includes 4,390sq m of adjoining land earmarked for further development.
JLL head of retail investments Simon Rooney has been appointed to market the expressions of interest campaign amid weak sentiment in the retail property sector.
“Investors are pursuing a low-risk retail strategy at present,” he said.
Rooney said investors were targeting small and mid-sized sub-regional centres with a major focus on retail services along with food and beverage offerings.
“F&B has consistently been the fastest growing retail category over the last five, 10 and 20 years, which underpins solid leasing demand.”
Recent transactions for sub-regional centres include the Rockdale Plaza sale in Sydney purchased by Charter Hall for $142 million last month, Sydney’s Neeta City purchased by Elanor Investors for $85.3 million in March, and Melbourne’s Campbellfield Plaza bought by Charter Hall for $74 million in December last year.
Transaction activity was highest within the $50-million to $150-million bracket for retail property last year.
Rooney said the Beenleigh retail hub outperforms the industry averages with total centre moving annual turnover (MAT) of $113.7 million.
Beenleigh, located in the city of Logan, has a current population of 83,570 which is expected to increase 2.1 per cent annually to 2031.
The expressions of interest campaign closes on June 6.
Tenant Demand in Gold Coast Office Market Expected to Rise
Investment activity in the Gold Coast office market was subdued in 2018 with few assets on offer, although Knight Frank expects the tide to change this year with around $90 million in assets hitting the market in 2019’s first quarter.
The office investment market on the Gold Coast, Australia’s sixth largest city, has traditionally been dominated by private investors and syndicators given the relatively smaller investment scale.
But as confidence builds with a higher level of tenant demand and the depth of the market, Knight Frank’s Mark Witheriff says the region is “likely to appear on the radar for a greater swathe of investors”.
Sustained population growth is forecast to average two per cent per annum over the 25 year period from 2016 to 2041, with the majority of growth to come from both internal and overseas migration attracted to lifestyle and educational opportunities, according to Knight Frank’s Gold Coast office market overview.
Local businesses dominate demand
While tenant demand in the Gold Coast office market has been dominated by local businesses, Knight Frank’s Tania Moore said there’s a growing core of larger corporates with branch or head offices located in the region.
“With the likes of National Disability Insurance Agency, Mantra Group (Accor) and Wyndham Vacation Resorts and Asia Pacific,” Moore said.
“With only 37,500sq m of supply added to the Gold Coast market over the past 10 years (9 per cent growth in the stock base) there is a relatively small pool of modern assets which can handle the higher employee densities required for major corporate branch offices, processing centres and call centres.”
The research found supply remains low but pre-committed new construction was beginning such as the recently acquired Acuity Business Park, snapped up by Alceon last month for $7 million from the Gold Coast City Council, which plans to kick off construction.
Knight Frank’s Jennelle Wilson says the supply of new office space across the core Gold Coast precincts stalled during 2018 with only 2,744sq m of refurbished space returning to the market.
“Supply is expected to remain small, sporadic and pre-commitment driven in the medium term.”
Total vacancy for the Gold Coast office market is 11.6 per cent, this after hitting 12 per cent mid last year.
“Despite the vacancy rate on the Gold Coast stalling at double figures, rental growth is well entrenched due to the relatively low number of quality options available, with prime effective rental growth of 5.9 per cent year-on-year recorded,” Wilson said.
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