Why rent when it’s cheaper to buy, says Amanda Spagnolo, who is selling two new offices at 217 Hay Street, Subiaco. “It is remarkable value for prime commercial real estate,” Amanda, project sales manager at M/Property, said.
They are the last remaining offices in the Rhythm by Match building, which has a total of 27 commercial offices and 9 apartments. Priced from $285,000 plus GST, No.11 is 75sq.m and comes with a car bay. No.18 is slightly bigger and has two bays. The 87sq.m office is on the market from $335,000 plus GST. “They are being offered at well below replacement value, creating an incredible opportunity for the future,” Amanda said. “Both have never been occupied so are brand new ready to fit out as desired.”
Other tenants in the building include a newsagent with a licensed post office, accountant, life coach, real estate agent and a beauty salon. The architect-designed building stands out from other commercial offices in the strip because of its timber-cladded façade. At its centre is a patterned, perforated screen that provides natural light into the common areas. For more details, phone Amanda on 0432 660 066 or email@example.com
The Wedge Wellard | Land by Monument | Progress Update | April 2020Read more
Construction on Stage 2 is underway and houses in Stage 1 are already being built ready for new residents to move in.
Find out more about The Wedge visit www.thewedgewellard.com.au/
Atop Beeliar | Stage 2 Construction Update | April 2020Read more
Construction works are finalised on Stage 2 at Atop Beeliar with progress occurring on Stage 3 ready for release.
For more information visit www.atopbeeliar.com.au
When Downsizing Opens New Doors in LifeRead more
Jillian Marshallsay raised her family in a comfortable home in the Perth hills, but with the kids grown up and children of their own, it was time to consider her lifestyle options and take steps to be closer to her family. She purchased a boutique apartment at M/28 by Match in South Fremantle and hasn’t looked back.
Jillian is one an estimated 2.5 million Australian households with owners over 55 who have already downsized or thought about it (Ref: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)).
The catalyst for her was when her son found the South Fremantle apartment and said, “mum this is for you – you need to get a life!”
“I do love the hills, the walks in the bush, the birds, (but) when you have aging parents and grandchildren, there’s no way you can actually fit everything in with work,” Jillian said.
“I needed a change for the next stage of my life and I wanted to be by transport and close to the beach. I wanted to walk everywhere; the shops, restaurants, cafes and the beach.
“Moving to the city is a total sea change for me!”
Like many others, Jillian purchased her apartment as part of a transition into retirement. She bought off-the-plan and had to visualise what she had invested in while it was under construction.
“It’s sort of better than I thought actually. It has a bigger kitchen than I visualised and I love the full-length windows. I’m happy with the open plan concept and I do like the big pots and the landscaping in the garden.
“I can just lock up and leave and go travelling if I want to and not have to worry about gardens or maintenance.”
Mr Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of Match parent company M/Group, said Jillian is one of a growing number of baby boomer clients moving into Match apartments.
“It is so rewarding to see many of our clients discover a new lifestyle through our apartment designs. They may have moved to the coast or swapped their suburban residence for the inner city, but most wonder why they hadn’t done it before,” he said.
“Apartment design is so different from cookie-cutter environments of the past that were built purely for investment purposes and to maximise space. Today, good developers consider everything from privacy to light, airflow and other comforts that would appeal to an owner-resident.”
“M/28 by Match has given Jillian and its other residents a central and coastal home-base in the thick of South Fremantle. The lifestyle and environment are hard to beat.”
M/28 by Match is a mixed-use building comprising of just 20 boutique apartments on the popular South Terrace coffee strip. The building is deliberately designed to present as understated with naturally inspired materials and palette, which take inspiration from the Fremantle culture and nearby heritage-listed community hot-spot, The Local.
Prices start from $440,000 for one-bedroom apartments and $550,000 for two-bedroom apartments.
For more information visit www.m28apartments.com.au or contact 0432 660 066.
Finding a Match Along Freo’s Coastal CorridorRead more
Chances are you won’t need to travel far along Fremantle’s coastal corridor before you are just metres from a Match apartment or terrace home project. With residences located in the City’s hub, as well as along the coast at the emerging and visionary Shoreline precinct and on the marina the established lifestyle environment of Port Coogee, the company’s growing portfolio of apartments and terrace homes is backed by a staunch confidence in the area and its continued growth potential.
Match entered the Fremantle market back in 2012 with the introduction of a leading-edge environmental design, aptly named The Summer, which received the first 5 star Green Star rating in WA. Match has since had sell-out successes and introduced design diversity to meet the aspirations of those drawn to the area’s unique lifestyle benefits.
Managing Director of Match parent company M/Group, Mr Lloyd Clark, said Match has had a love affair with Fremantle’s stretch of coastline for almost a decade.
“It’s strange to think back to when we first started investing in Fremantle, South Beach Estate was a little more than a concept and not many appreciated the proximity of suburbs just a little to its south,” he said.
“Since then, we have introduced apartments and terrace homes that are as diverse as the people attracted to them, and as we have continued to identify great lifestyle opportunities for our buyers, we’re so pleased that our footprint and architectural influence has expanded to cater to a broad range of lifestyle choices and styles.”
Available Match apartments and terrace homes throughout the area are located within the iconic Heirloom by Match rejuvenation project, M/27 by Match in Parry Street and M/28 by Match on South Terrace, with M/31 Terrace Homes by Match, M/32 Terrace Homes by Match and Form by Match located in the Shoreline Precinct and Port Coogee respectively.
“All our apartments respond to the specific environment in which they are located, so you will get a different look, feel and layout within a beachside apartment like Form by Match than you will with M/27 by Match in the heart of Fremantle, where the design is largely about maximising the amazing parkland views,” Mr Clark continued.
“We have never been one for homogenous design, which is why we have always been so drawn to the diversity and distinction of Fremantle and its coastal corridor. Where else would you be able to explore the broad scope of architectural option and innovations? It truly is a special place.”
Match apartments start from $335,000 and terrace homes from $550,000. They are all architecturally designed and include features such as signature high ceilings, spacious balconies or courtyards, quality fittings and fixtures.
For more information on Match and its apartment and terrace home portfolio visit www.itsamatch.com.au/freo or call 0432 660 066.
Marawar Building Indigenous OpportunityRead more
A new building services group is creating opportunities to boost Aboriginal employment in construction.
Gerard Matera is helping turn positive sentiment around Aboriginal reconciliation in the business community into genuine change through indigenous-owned building company Marawar.
Mr Matera, brother of former West Coast Eagles players Peter and Phil Matera, established Marawar Building Services about 12 months ago, responding to what he believed was a gap in the building and construction market.
Mr Matera told Business News that while there were widespread opportunities for Aboriginal people to engage in the mining industry in Western Australia, there was little participation in building and construction, particularly in Perth and the South West.
“In WA, there are approximately 33,000 apprentices in training,” he said.
“Out of those figures, only 741 apprentices are Aboriginal.
“And in Perth and the South West, in Nyoongar country, there are fewer than 90 Aboriginal people in the building trades.”
Mr Matera said there was considerable opportunity to increase participation, with large corporates and government agencies increasingly seeking better engagement with Aboriginal-owned businesses.
However, despite a willingness to engage, he said there had been challenges in turning sentiment into opportunity.
“A lot of the companies that are participating in government contracts and the private sector generally have some sort of achievement document or Reconciliation Action Plan, or some sort of guidelines that say they want to engage meaningfully with Aboriginal people on construction jobs, but no-one is policing it, no-one is really making sure that they are engaging and it is meaningful,” he said.
“A lot of times there is reluctance to give a contract to an Aboriginal business; it’s usually entry-level contracts that don’t really make a big difference.
“I’m looking for long-term contracts where I can employ tradies and apprentices, which is what we set out to do in the first place.
Mr Matera said his aim for Marawar, which is 50 per cent owned by building and development firm M/Group, was to become the WA building industry’s biggest employer of Aboriginal people.
“At the moment we are sitting at about 40 per cent Aboriginal participation, and that is through apprenticeships and traineeships,” Mr Matera told Business News.
“We are also employing Aboriginal tradies who are taking on an Aboriginal apprentice, which I think is really key.
“I don’t think anyone other than us is actually putting together an Aboriginal apprentice with an Aboriginal tradie. It makes a massive difference.”
Marawar recently signed a major contract that goes some way to achieving the company’s lofty goal, collaborating with M/Group’s M/Construction to build a Bunnings Warehouse in Albany on behalf of Wesfarmers.
That deal was followed by a contract with another Wesfarmers-owned brand, Officeworks, to refurbish and paint all of its stores in WA.
Marawar is also building social housing for the Department of Communities, a deal that Mr Matera said made the company the first Aboriginal-owned business in WA to build multi-storey apartment projects for people on social welfare.
In December, Marawar signed two more significant deals to provide maintenance work for the Department of Finance.
Along with the job opportunities, Mr Matera said Marawar was helping to dismiss negative perceptions of indigenous work ethic and Aboriginal-owned businesses.
“A lot of people think that Aboriginal businesses just get awarded these contracts, but you actually don’t,” he said.
“You have to be competitive and commercial and provide the right quality.
“Yes, we tick a box in that we are an Aboriginal business, but you can’t be more expensive and you can’t provide a crap service. It’s the same process.
“Being Aboriginal, and I’ve felt this personally, I think the client always thinks that we are not going to provide a good service and we are not going to provide quality.
“So there is a constant effort to try and change people’s perceptions of what an Aboriginal business actually is and what it can provide.”
M/Group managing director Lloyd Clark said the joint ownership of Marawar provided far-reaching benefits across the company’s entire operation.
“The introduction of Marawar has not only been embraced by the Perth business sector, it has also engendered a sense of purpose within our staff environment,” Mr Clark told Business News.
“Suddenly our work has taken on greater significance and there is a new level of pride in what we are achieving.”
Dan Wilkie, Business News
Barry and Jennie had watched their children grow up in their 4×2 Bullcreek home. However, like many others throughout Perth, they decided to trade their big family home for an apartment and chose Form by Match at Port Coogee – an area Barry tells his grandson has the ‘biggest swimming pool called the Indian Ocean’.
Prior to making the move, the couple knew they wanted to stay near Fremantle, although were a little unsure about such a big change.
“We came out and had a look at this site five times. We went to other apartments in the same precinct, but wanted a plan that was quite straight forward with an outlook. We didn’t want to feel claustrophobic,” Barry said.
“What sold us on this place particularly was the position – we’re not over-looked and we’ve got views across the park and the sea – we didn’t actually realise we had sea views until we were about to move in. I think that was the clincher for me.”
The couple moved into one of the many north facing apartments at Form by Match; a boutique 50-apartment complex located just 50metres from Port Coogee Marina and adjacent to parkland.
Designed by reputed Architects, Geoff Warn of Donaldson & Warn, the property was designed to respond to the environment and offer residents an uncompromising lifestyle.
It features a bright, white and timeless interior colour scheme, air conditioning, polished reconstituted stone benchtops and Bosch appliances with breakfast bar.
“I think there are an awful lot of people who live here that have made the same lifestyle change. You can be at the beach and then somebody says, “oh this is so good” and I say, ”yes it is isn’t it”, and then you find out that they’ve done the same thing as you by downsizing and moving here,” Barry continued.
“They often say they’ve bought bikes and like that there are bikeways all the way down to Jervoise Bay, as well as being able to walk into Fremantle. We’ve joined the North Coogee Surf Life Saving Club as social members. It’s got restaurant, bar and music on Sundays, and just up the road in Spearwood there’s the Phoenix Park Shopping Centre and a few other little places we regularly go out to eat. We also go into Fremantle quite a lot.”
“We’ve been told that Coogee Beach was named the second-best beach in Western Australia, and we believe that too because it has so much to go and do; scuba diving, snorkeling and families with their children swimming. No matter what time you go there’s people on the beach, even at eight o’clock at night.”
“(The grandchildren) absolutely love coming down here. They get their ball out and play soccer with their poppy down in the park or they’re down at the beach digging and playing.”
Construction on Form by Match was completed late last year by Match’s in-house construction company, M/Construction, which meant they could achieve a high level of quality control throughout the building process. The project sold over 50% of the apartments prior to completion and is now ‘move in ready’.
“I sat down the with Jennie the other morning and said that I feel so guilty that I haven’t got any gardening to do,” Barry said.
“We sit on the balcony and eat our meals and we just watch the world go by. Neither of us have actually regretted or felt a loss for our last place. We’ve looked forward to moving here and haven’t looked back.”
Form by Match apartments are available in one, two and three-bedroom layouts and are priced from $335,000, $449,000 and $749,000 respectively.
For more information visit www.formbymatch.com.au or call 0432 660 066.