Epsom site has development appeal

5:41 PM Monday September 2, 2019 True Commercial

The property at 2 Mountain Rd, Epsom, is for sale with vacant possession. Photo / Supplied

Land in Auckland’s sought-after double-Grammar school zone  is up for sale with resource consent in place for an 11-storey mixed-use development.
The property is on an elevated, 1113sq m north-facing site with a mix of character buildings at 2 Mountain Rd, Epsom, around 30m from the intersection with Khyber Pass, and is for sale with vacant possession.
This offers an immediate add value or development opportunity, says Bayleys’ Auckland city and fringe director Alan Haydock. He and colleague Damien Bullick are marketing the property by tender closing at 4pm, September 19, unless sold earlier.
Haydock says the site’s Metropolitan Centre zoning is the most intensive in the central city fringe. It allows for building  to a height of 72.5m, although the Mountain Rd property is subject to viewshaft restrictions of between 19m and 41m metres. 
“The Metropolitan Centre zoning permits a wide range of intensive activities including commercial, leisure, high-density residential, tourism, cultural, community and civic services,” says Haydock. 
“One of the features of this site is that it’s zoned for both Auckland Grammar and Epsom Girls’ Grammar schools, which makes it particularly attractive  for residential development.”  
The resource consent provides for ground floor retail with 10 levels of apartments above on part of the site, plus basement carparking.  
“The next owner could activate this consent straight away or look at  more intensive development options. Alternatively, they could utilise the existing buildings for occupation, or to provide income in the medium term, given the expectation that the underlying land value will continue to rise,” says Haydock.
Existing buildings on the site total about  644 sq m. Built in the late 1930s, the main building was later extended and provides 561sq m of office accommodation. There is a large open plan area on the ground level along with a number of partitioned offices and amenities  over two levels.
There is also an 83sq m single-level brick building at the rear of the site, previously used as a display suite/showroom.   
“The main office building has  been home to some high-profile occupants, including Lion Breweries and, in more recent times, Morton Estate, and would suit an owner/occupier looking for premises with a point of difference,” says Bullick. 
“There also continues to be high demand from tenants for office space that has personality and character and this building certainly fits that description, given its attractive appearance and  features including large windows, high stud and timber flooring. 
“With some refurbishment, it could provide an opportunity for a developer or add-value investor to generate considerable holding income.”
Access to the property is from Mountain Rd and there is a right of way over the neighbouring property on the northern side of the site. There are 12 open-air car parks at the rear and side of the buildings.  
The surrounding area contains a mix of modern commercial buildings and apartments. A Les Mills fitness centre, which has frontage on to Khyber Pass, is next door, and  directly across the road is St Peters College. Auckland Grammar is about  400m to the south along Mountain Rd.
“Other attractions within easy walking distance are  Auckland Domain, Auckland University’s Newmarket campus and the Newmarket shopping and dining precinct, which will be further enhanced by the Scentre Group’s massive redevelopment and expansion of the Westfield Mall.
“The property also benefits from transport links, with Grafton train station a short stroll away, as are bus links. There is also easy access to  the southern motorway via the nearby Khyber Pass interchange.”