Takapuna building could be new tower site

10:40 AM Saturday October 18, 2014 Colin Taylor

Exterior elevated view of building for sale at 529-533 Lake Rd, Takapuna – identified by red border.

A high profile corner site occupied by a three level commercial building in central Takapuna could be suitable for a multi-storey development of up to 18 storeys under proposed new zoning and is being marketed as an excellent “add-value” investment opportunity. 

“This strategic Takapuna CBD site at 529-533 Lake Rd will always be a highly desirable location,” says Matt Prentice of Colliers International who, with colleague Shoneet Chand, is selling it by deadline private treaty, closing on November 6 unless it sells before that date by negotiation.

“North Shore properties like this come onto the market very rarely,” Prentice says.

“What makes this particularly special is its genuine rental and development upside. Situated on one of central Takapuna's most prominent corners, the building and its location present multiple opportunities for development under both current and proposed council zoning.

“The property’s total freehold land area of 959 sq m will be zoned Metropolitan Town Centre under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan that will potentially allow for up to 18 storeys of development.

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Street level view of 529-533 Lake Rd, Takapuna. 

“The scope for this sort of development on a prime CBD location with excellent road frontage is a significant driver of the property’s value” says Prentice.

“Furthermore, under the proposed new plan, Takapuna city may benefit from priority investment over the next 10 years.”

Chand says “another carrot” for purchasers of the beyond any development consideration is the potential for short term growth in the property’s rental return given comparatively low rental rates for a significant portion of the property.

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Matt Prentice of Colliers International who is quoted in the story. 

He says the fully leased property with a net lettable area 2154 sq m already represents a very good spread risk investment with eight tenants offering a mix of both office and retail space and providing an annual rental return of about $512,000.

“Some of the tenants have been there for well over a decade. This further emphasises the appeal of the location for prospective and existing tenants – and ultimately to prospective buyers,” says Chand. 

The site is anchored by national tenant, AMI Insurance, which occupies the majority of the building including the mainly open plan 767 sq m ground floor on a six year lease from January 2012 and also 763 sq m of space on first floor.

“The existing three year lease details for the top third floor highlight significant added-value potential for this under-rented portion of the property,” Chand says. “Providing more future options is the approval of subdivision consent last year for unit titling into individual tenancies on the property.”

The lower ground level is divided into retail and restaurant tenancies, including the well-known Genghis Khan Mongolian restaurant.

Another strong feature of the building is the relatively high threshold rating of 71 per cent NBS (New Building Standard) with regard to earthquake risk.

Chand says the attractive, multi-level building has a functional design with significant glazing to the front and side wall. “It has classic exposed structural components, as well as a substantial canopy to the frontage that provides weather protection for staff and clientele.”

Being in the heart of Takapuna it has close to quick access major transport routes on the North Shore,and is just a 10 minute drive in  normal conditions to the Auckland CBD.

 “Takapuna is a popular Auckland suburban location where demand has outstripped the supply for some time and vacancy is at an all-time low. It’s a place where people can live and work balancing business with a good coastal lifestyle.”

Nearby amenities include a large public car park facility, the Shore City shopping centre and more than 50 bars, cafes and restaurants.

“The Takapuna Beach Business Association is driving redevelopment projects that continue to attract quality tenants and which are resulting in the establishment of destination stores,” Chand says.

“Initiatives like the Takapuna night market, outdoor theatre, sponsored events and continuing local upgrade projects are injecting life into the city as a vibrant beachside commercial centre.”

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Shoneet Chand of Colliers International.

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