Hunger for hotel investments drives strong contest at Bridie O’Reillys auction

Prominent corner hotel sells to local investor for $6.03million

A strong appetite for well located Victorian hotel assets has fuelled a hot contest at the recent auction of the well-known Bridie O’Reilly’s pub in Brunswick.

Colliers International’s Guy Wells and Pat Connolly, in conjunction with Jonathon McCormack and Alex Ham of Gross Waddell, have sold the popular pub at 29 Sydney Road immediately after auction for $6.03million. The sale reflected a yield of 4.23%.

Mr Wells said the prominent corner hotel was sold after multiple parties competed at auction. The opening bid was $5million. It was purchased by Peregrine Projects, a local developer with plans to retain the original heritage corner pub while developing up to 60 apartments over five levels on the remainder of the block.

The property was sold on behalf of local builder and investor John Connellan, who had held the hotel for 18 years after redeveloping it for The Bridie O’Reilly group.

“The strong sale price reflects the current hunger for corner sites in well located positions with holding income,” he said. “This property had the added benefit of redevelopment potential and a demolition clause in the lease, which intensified the competition."

The prominent hotel comprises a ground floor lounge area, large dining room/nightclub area and outdoor courtyard.  The first floor provides various offices and storage areas along with a former managers residence.

Situated at the corner of Brunswick and Sydney Roads with additional frontage to Black Street, Mr Wells said the property represented an opportunity for investors and developers alike.

“The 1,120sqm (approx.) site provides a unique development opportunity being a gateway site in Brunswick with multiple street frontages, proximity to parklands, retail amenity and some of Melbourne’s most prominent universities,” he said. “The site has been earmarked by the Moreland City Council as having the potential for a five storey development within the Brunswick Structure Plan."

Bridie O’ Reilly’s is located at the boundary of Brunswick and Parkville, about 3.5km north of the Melbourne CBD.  Formerly known as the Sarah Sands Hotel, it was extensively refurbished in 1997 and now operates as an Irish themed pub and entertainment venue.

“This section of Sydney and Brunswick Roads comprises a mixture of uses, including smaller retail shops, restaurants and cafes along with smaller offices and older industrial use premises, many of which have been converted to residential apartments over recent years,” Mr McCormack said.

“The Barkly Square Shopping Centre is situated within 200m of the hotel and provides significant retail amenity for the surrounding area.

“The property maintains excellent public transport connectivity, with trams passing along Sydney Road, busses along Brunswick Road and the Jewell Railway station approximately 200m from the site."

Also nearby are a variety of public amenities and parks including Royal Park, Princess Park, Melbourne Zoo, Royal Park Golf Club, the State Netball and Hockey Centre, Melbourne University and RMIT University.

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