It was a stellar 2021 for the Gold Coast apartment developer, S&S Projects.
They sold out Awaken, their Rainbow Bay project of just nine apartments, with a top sale of $8.15 million secured for the penthouse, which was bought by a US couple.
Their nearby project, Esprit, is over 80 per cent sold, and there are plans already on the desk of the Gold Coast City Council for their next project, a rare mixed-use apartment and hotel development in Palm Beach.
Urban recently caught up with S&S Projects director Paul Geddoun to discuss the Gold Coast apartment market.
JC: How did you view the performance of the off the plan market in 2021, and what are the strongest positive and negative factors that will influence outcomes in 2022 and 2023?
PG: 2021 saw an insatiable appetite for off the plan projects in premium locations.
Although the less premium project markets has been strong, the price growth has not been at the same level as premium projects. Sales volumes at record pricing in premium projects is unlike anything we have seen previously.
We expect the market to remain strong in 2022 and 2023 however the growth will not be at the same level as there was a little bit of catch up along with more limited stock which has driven these markets at these levels where there is no more projects available and increased competition which will slow the growth.
The negatives are that there has been a shortage in materials and labour due to border restrictions along with globally driven stimulus which has put excess funding into the market with international infrastructure upgrades for job creation to stem any recession fears as a result of Covid which has forced up the cost of construction which may cause some project issues.
JC: What trend (short term or long term) has prompted your greatest enthusiasm for the apartment market, and what is the issue of most concern to you and or your clients?
PG: In general, real estate has seen great growth which has provided many with increased equity which has driven decisions for holiday homes and downsizing into apartments. The greatest concern in the near future is interest rates and people being overextended.
JC: Has urbanisation stalled amid the rush to the regions and what will it look like over the decade ahead?
PG: I think urbanisation is strong with price growth and competition allowing developers to create better built form outcomes and develop sites in areas where the feasibilities once didn’t allow it.
I think the future looks strong for many new areas that have been the recipients of this higher-grade development creating better urban areas.
JC: How important do you view the push for sustainability practices in the apartment market, and what initiative has seized your interest or focus?
PG: There is a strong focus on sustainability, and this is being most represented in the fixtures and fittings being installed which are more efficient and it is also common practice to place as much solar on the roof of project to assist in the ongoing sustainability and costs of the operating buildings.
Article Source: www.urban.com.au
Why it’s all about Broadbeach in 2022
The central, always in demand Broadbeach is the next Gold Coast hotspot set to see a wave of new apartments.
It’s been one of the busiest spots in 2022 already, with a number of prominent developers, both local and interstate, seeking to build apartment towers in the sought-after spot south of Surfers Paradise.
Mosaic Property boss Brook Monahan says Broadie is the centre of the Gold Coast now.
“A lot of people talk about Surfers Paradise in the Gold Coast as the hub, but really for actual residents, it’s definitely Broadie,” Monahan said.
“Surfers is heavily weighted toward investors, whereas Broadie is very much a local market, either local owner-occupiers or those with a secondary home.”
Monahan says there’s a lot of nostalgia to Broadbeach for a lot of residents in South East Queensland.
“It’s a very nostalgic place for a lot of people who would have come to Broadbeach and holidayed as kids,” Monahan says, adding that the walkability factor puts Broadbeach ahead of other Gold Coast suburbs.
“You can walk to 75 coffee shops/resultants, the light rail, or the surf club in minutes, as well as being on the doorstep of Pacific Fair shopping centre and the casino, which makes it one of the most appealing areas up and down the coast.”
This year Mosaic will launch their first luxury Broadbeach project to the market.
The 29-level tower, designed by Plus Architecture at 146 Surf Parade, will have 96 apartments, starting from large two-bedders, some with multi-purpose rooms, to three-bedroom apartments and skyhomes.
Broadbeach was a no brainer for the Sydney-based Iris Capital’s first Gold Coast apartment development, Victoria & Albert.
“It was the first and only location that I would consider undertaking such a spectacular residential/resort with coastal luxury as its core design focus,” Iris Capital Chief Executive Sam Arnaout says.
“Only Broadbeach and this current Neicon Plaza redevelopment site offered us the opportunity where everything is at our buyers fingertips.
“Choosing Broadbeach as the address for our V&A project in the lively heart of its dining and retail precinct has allowed us to put our brand on our first luxury foray into Queensland,” Arnaout says.
David Higgins, Colliers Director of Residential who is handling the sales at V&A, says Broadbeach is recognised as the heart of the Gold Coast lifestyle precincts.
“The walkability of the location to over 30 restaurants, GC Convention Centre, Pacific Fair, The Star Casino, the Beach and Kurrawa SLSC makes it the most lifestyle rich village locations to undertake a premium development,” Higgins says.
“Being from Sydney, I often think that Broadbeach is our Double Bay with the dining, high end retail, laneway cafes, beautiful Kurrawa parkland, the beach, and the amenity that is uniquely Broadbeach all within five mins walk.”
Evan Raptis, co-Managing Director of the family-ran Raptis Group, says that while economic conditions have been good, Broadbeach has been among the most sought-after addresses in Australia.
“The pandemic has made a lot of people reset their priorities: with a laptop and good WiFi, they can live where and how they want, and that’s underpinning much of the demand for Broadbeach right now.”
Raptis has had a longstanding connection with Broadbeach, developing projects in the suburb for over four decades, their most recent being The Gallery Residences, completed late last year.
They have a solid work book in the area too, with plans in 2022 to launch three projects; a 40-level Koichi Takada-designed tower dubbed The Sterling at 6-8 George Avenue, a 41-level tower on Chelsea Avenue, and a 35-level tower at 5-9 Anne Avenue.
Raptis says the buyer demographic is quite eclectic, which is representative of all the different amenities that Broadbeach offers.
“There are a lot of young professionals in the suburb as well as a lot of early-stage retirees. We’re seeing a lot of interest for three-bedroom apartments. Young professionals are seeking a third bedroom for when they may start a family, while retirees want to have the space for the children and grandchildren to visit,” Raptis says.
“But beyond age groups, the common bond between buyers is their interest in leading a healthy life. Parks, bike and walking trails and the beach are all outside the doors of residents, keeping them fit without the need for a gym membership.”
The local developer Anthony Quinn of QNY Group, who is plotting a boutique owner-occupier tower on his recently acquired 511 sqm block at 21 Broadbeach Boulevard, says Broadbeach is the live, work and play Mecca of the Gold Coast, which is endorsed by its number one ranking walk score.
“Broadbeach has always been in demand,” Quinn says.
“Through each good property cycle Broadbeach delivers a large share of the projects for the Gold Coast.”
Quinn says it’s not so much about Surfers, but more about what each of the suburban pockets offer.
“Both Main Beach and Broadbeach are unique in their offering and cater to different demographics and markets,” Quinn says, adding that the buyers are a healthy mix of downsizers and young professionals, with a strong market for owners and renters
A recent entrant to the Broadbeach market is the Brisbane-based West Homes.
West Homes Director Brett Kennedy says they chose that part of town because it has always had higher quality apartment buildings, great access to the beach, restaurants, Pacific Fair, and a much quieter and calmer pace of living that Surfers doesn’t offer.
“There’s less tourist trade in Broadbeach, and a lot more owner-occupiers,” Kennedy says. “People actually live there, they’re not just visiting like most of the Surfers Paradise market.”
Kennedy grew up on the Gold Coast, and has always been aware of the value of Broadbeach. “It has always been a go-to destination,” he says.
West Homes has just lodged plans for a 22-level tower of just 20 apartments at 75 Old Burleigh Road, a site they secured late last year.
Each apartment will have nearly 400 sqm of internal living space, unprecedented even for the whole-floor apartment trend that has swept the Gold Coast over the last 12 months, as developers pivoted toward more high-end, owner-occupier friendly stock. One apartment, on level three, will have 430 sqm.
Inarc Design describe the sculpted tower as an “urban lighthouse.”
GV Property Group’s Antonio Mercuri, who sells amalgamated sites to apartment developers up and down the coast, says Broadbeach is a suburb for everyone.
“It’s a beachside coastal city suburb by the ocean, surrounded by parklands, and is in the pinnacle of three Gold Coast city locations; the Star Casino precinct, the Gold Coast convention centre, and Pacific Fair.
Mercuri is marketing a prime 1,294 sqm site on Armrick Avenue, with approved plans by Rothelowman for a 22-level, 84-apartment tower.
“Armrick Avenue (park front) is the next best thing to beachfront because of the expansive views over the bowls clubs / parks lands, while still being located beside the beach,” Mercuri says.
“The attraction of Broadbeach to developers is the mixed buyer pool, alongside the blue sky value add (which going up), and taking advantage of the favourable high density zoning (unlimited height potential subject to council approval).
Mercuri says there are three areas of Broadbeach which all have high demand, value, and attraction to both developers and buyers.
“The northern pocket of Broadbeach is a huge catchment area for locals (coming from suburbs like Broadbeach Waters, Isle of Capri etc). It’s just outside the fringe of Broadbeach hub area and close enough to enjoy but still be in an area of it own.
“Then there’s central Broadbeach, the hub of Broadbeach which incorporates the Anne Avenue precinct, while the southern pocket is popular due to its closer proximity to the Broadbeach Primary School.”
Article source: www.urban.com.au
Di Carlo Property Group set for Broadbeach owner-occupier apartment tower
The Brisbane-based Di Carlo Property Group has ventured back in to the Gold Coast market.
The family run company, who in recent years have been developing boutique projects in Brisbane’s inner ring, have lodged plans for their first tower in Broadbeach, dubbed Lusso Sky Homes.
Lusso Sky Homes (Lusso is Italian for luxury) – is a collection of just 17 full-floor apartments at 11 Anne Avenue.
Designed by Hayes Anderson Lynch Architects, the four-bedroom apartments span over 200 sqm internally, with a further 40 plus sqm of balcony space.
The kitchen (complete with butler’s pantry), meets the living and dining space, which opens to the balcony oriented to front Anne Avenue and capture south east ocean views. The master suite, complete with walk in wardrobe and ensuite, is also cleverly located at the front of the apartment to capture the views.
In addition to the master, there are a further two bedrooms and a multi-purpose room, which has been designed o act as either a second living area, a home office, or a fourth bedroom.
Crowning Lusso will be the resident amenity rooftop terrace, featuring a pool, gym, sauna and barbecue facilities.
Alfie Di Carlo, one of the family directors at the company, says the design offering should hit the mark for the luxury buyer.
“We produce boutique, owner-occupier developments in Brisbane so we definitely wanted to stay in our lane and produce something that would service that type of buyer on the Gold Coast,” Di Carlo told Urban.
“Its a really nice pocket of the Gold Coast and it’s always been on the agenda,” Di Carlo added.
“This site ticked all the boxes given its centrally located between the beach, the Broadbeach entertainment and dining precinct, the Star Casino and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.”
Di Carlo expects a healthy enquiry mix from local downsizers cashing in on their houses but not wanting to compromise on space, and interstate and Brisbane holiday makers who are looking for a high-end holiday home or weekender.
The development acts as another diversification for the Di Carlo Group, who have recently started developing in the retail and commercial space.
The team have over 40 years experience building and managing in excess of $500 million of property development and construction projects across South East Queensland.
Article source: www.urban.com.au
Bassar Construction Group set for Eternity, Broadbeach apartment tower
Bassar Construction Group, who are behind the sold-out Broadbeach apartment building Infinity, is preparing to release its second Broadbeach project.
Bassar, who sold out the 62-apartment, 39-storey Infinity development in March, currently under construction on the corner of Surf Parade and George Avenue, has secured a site at 14-18 Mary Avenue to developer Eternity.
Kollosche agent Simon Worthington negotiated the off-market sale of the 1518 sqm site for $16.6 million.
That sale, which settled at the start of May, paves the way for Eternity, a DA-approved 35-level development comprised of 88 apartments, including two penthouses, and resort-style amenities.
“The major appeal of this site is the unobstructed ocean views because that is what people expect when they visualise their sea change on the Gold Coast,” said Leo Sarris, who heads up Bassar Construction Group alongside Simon Bassil.
“Our commitment and focus remain in Broadbeach because we feel it is the suburb that caters for everyone and everything you need is within walking distance.” Located opposite Broadbeach State School, the site is currently home to two seventies-style blocks of flats across two titles.”
Gold Coast-based Plus Architecture has been engaged to conceive a slender design which improves upon an existing development approval sold with the site.
Eternity will offer three and four-bedroom floor plans ranging from 190 sqm to 300 sqm, in addition to the 500 sqm for the penthouse suites.
Apartments will each have a double garage, while the penthouses come with triple car parking, a rooftop terrace and a plunge pool.
Residents will also benefit from a magnesium pool and spa, infrared sauna, steam room, gym and residents’ lounge.
“We know that buyers in the luxury space prefer to have larger apartments,” said Sarris.
“That third or fourth bedroom is important for downsizers who like to host guests and for growing families who prefer easy, low-maintenance living.”
Kollosche New Projects has been appointed as the exclusive selling agents for Eternity, with registrations of interest now being taken ahead of the official project launch in June.
Hutchinson Builders, who are also building Infinity, have been appointed by open negotiation to lead a 2.5-year construction timeline which would see the team break dirt in early 2023.
Sarris noted the key relationships forged on Infinity have carried over to Eternity, creating not only a smooth pathway for the developer but also confidence for buyers.
“Aligning ourselves with the right people in the industry has been key to our success on the Gold Coast to date and we’ve been very deliberate in taking those relationships into our next project,” said Sarris.
“When you look at the issues we’ve faced as an industry through Covid – be that increases in material prices and supply issues – you’re always better off working with people that you know will take the project to completion with you.”
Article source: www.urban.com.au
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