Takapuna building ideal for redevelopment

5:00 AM Saturday July 1, 2017 Colin Taylor

The Killarney St frontage of the two-level Takapuna building. Photo / Supplied

The 995sq m building on a 567sq m site zoned Business Metropolitan Centre at 178 Hurstmere Rd, is one of 12 commercial and industrial properties featured in Bayleys’ latest Total Property portfolio, launched yesterday (Subs: Friday June 30) that will go for auction on August 2 unless sold prior to that date.

It is being marketed by Brian Caldwell, Ashton Geissler and Damian Stephen of Bayleys North Shore Commercial.

The property, which for many years housed the popular Killarney St Brasserie & Bar, is now split into four tenancies that will provide the next owner with net annual rental income of $284,117. 

“This is an opportunity to purchase a significant landholding in a prime central Takapuna location which will provide a substantial cashflow over the next few years,” says Caldwell.  “Longer term, the site has considerable upside potential under its Auckland Unitary Plan’s Metropolitan Centre zoning which has been applied to areas identified for growth and intensification.”  

The property has dual access from both streets, with the lower level having substantial exposure to Hurstmere Rd and the upper level fronting onto Killarney St with its entranceway well positioned between surrounding off-street parallel car parks.

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The property at 178 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna, is identified in this aerial view by a red border. Photo / Supplied

It is occupied by Little Red Cup Cafe which recently exercised the first of two two-year rights of renewal; the Bella Figura hair salon on a final six-year right of renewal from June last year; and the Pushkar Indian Cuisine restaurant on a lease running until February next year with multiple rights of renewal.

A 372sq m restaurant and bar area, occupying parts of both floors formerly occupied by a French restaurant, has a new four-year lease commencing July 1 with four four-year rights of renewal at an annual rental of $125,000. Caldwell says this space is fully set up and consented for a 60-seat restaurant and bar with a commercial kitchen, two walk-in fridgesand a high quality fit out. 

This lease and the Pushkar lease have a demolition clause that can be exercised from December 2021 – which means they can be terminated with 12 months’ notice.

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With two frontage to Hurstmere Rd and Killarney St, the building is in a prime Takapuna location. Photo / Supplied

“This gives the new or subsequent owners the flexibility to further develop the site from late 2022 onwards. The new Unitary Plan zoning permits intensive commercial and or residential development, subject to obtaining the necessary resource consents, up to a height of 24.5 metres,” says Caldwell.

“The site is in a pivotal position on the elevated triangular apex of Hurstmere Rd and Killarney St. A developer with flair and vision could unlock the full potential of the location which could suit a mix of commercial activities on the lower levels, similar to what is there at the moment with residential above, or full conversion to residential.

“It’s in an ideal area for residential development as evidenced by the number of multi-level residential developments nearby. It is close to all the retail, food, beverage and entertainment offerings of central Takapuna and is only a short stroll from Takapuna Beach and Lake Pupuke.

“The upper levels of a residential development would benefit from commanding lake, beach and Hauraki Gulf views and plenty of natural light.”

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Brian Caldwell, Ashton Geissler and Damien Stephen, Bayleys North Shore Commercial.