Commercial North Sydney among big winners at national awards

30 September, 2010

Commercial North Sydney wins big at national awards

Raine & Horne Commercial North Sydney’s co-principal Jay Sheffield was among the big winners at Raine & Horne’s annual National Awards conference, held at the exclusive Sanctuary Cove on the Queensland Gold Coast recently.

The high-flying North Shore-based agent was named Raine & Horne’s best commercial leasing agent based on dollar value.

Mr Sheffield said the award was a great tribute to the hard work of the Raine & Horne Commercial North Sydney team in the commercial leasing market on the Lower North Shore, which apart from North Sydney, has been relatively inconsistent in 2010.

“Over the past six months the supply of commercial properties in North Sydney has increased appreciably by 3.4%, adding 28,420sqm to its previous stock levels of 835,750sqm," Mr Sheffield said.

Significantly, he said additional supply had not augmented North Sydney’s vacancy rate significantly.

“Last January the vacancy rate in North Sydney was 11.7%, while it currently sits at 11.8%.

"At the same time, developers are continuing to add quality stock to the North Sydney streetscape, with the striking new landmark A–grade office building, Investa’s Ark, 40 Mount Street, a popular addition.

“Plans are in place for numerous new additions to the North Sydney market including office towers at 90-100 Mount Street, 77-81 Berry Street, 177-199 Pacific Highway and 80 Arthur Street,” he said.

In contrast, activity in the St Leonards and Crows Nest markets was variable in the first half of 2010, with the vacancy rate only slightly higher at 15.4%, which Mr Sheffield said was nearly in line with an increase in supply of 0.5%.

However he was confident St Leonards and Crows Nest were set for strong finishes to 2010, with the vacancy rates to be trimmed on the back of growing business demand for quality commercial properties.

Further north and Chatswood continues its ongoing rivalry with North Sydney and the North Ryde/Macquarie Park commercial precincts.

“The move by Vodafone to North Sydney created a significant vacancy in the Chatswood commercial market, but like North Sydney and St Leonards, A-grade commercial space will be of interest in coming months,” Mr Sheffield said.

 

North Sydney

St Leonards / Crows Nest

Chatswood

 

Jul-09

Jan-10

Jul-10

Jul-09

Jan-10

Jul-10

Jul-09

Jan-10

Jul-10

Total Stock (sqm)

835,702

835,750

864,170

369,094

367,108

369,148

283,900

283,900

283,900

Total Vacancy (sqm)

92,061

97,926

101,965

47,480

55,638

56,753

36,918

50,617

54,485

Total Vacancy Factor (%)

11.0

11.7

11.8

12.9

15.2

15.4

13.0

17.8

19.2

Source: www.propertyoz.com.au                                      September 2010

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