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Summer at Queen Victoria Market

Summer at Queen Victoria Market

By Jack Hayes Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is preparing for its biggest summer yet with the return of specialty retail shops and stalls, a four-week food truck festival and the launch of online shopping platform “Queen Victoria Market Online”. Following the easing of state government restrictions with regards to retail and hospitality, the market will

Central Equity opens Melbourne Grand

The CBD’s latest luxury residential tower is now complete, with the opening of Central Equity’s Melbourne Grand. Carefully and creatively designed in col- laboration with Graham Fisher of Guilford Bell Graham Fisher Architects, the 58-level building at 560 Lonsdale St marks another step further into the Hoddle Grid from Central Equity. Melbourne Grand offers extensive

Setting the standard for a future in high-rise

By Jack Hayes The developer of Southbank by Beulah (SBB), set to become Australia’s tallest building, has said its project would set a new design precedent for high-rise development for the city and beyond, well into the future. The project, at 118 City Rd in Southbank, will mitigate the issue of unsightly above-ground car parking

Bringing your local back to the CBD

By Jack Hayes “Hospitality is in our DNA” is the all too familiar phrase drawn on a shopfront window or uttered by a friendly face at your local restaurant, pub or café.  Very few can boast the conviction to that phrase like Coopers Inn owner and operator, Matthew O’Kane.  From Culgoa to Mitta Mitta, Geelong

Hockingstuart becomes Belle Property

In what has become Australia’s largest known consolidation of agencies, Melbourne real estate heavyweight Hockingstuart has merged with Sydney-based agency Belle Property. The two companies began joint operation in late 2019, with 21 Hockingstuart offices now operating under the Belle Property brand, including their Carlton and Melbourne CBD agencies.  While the Hockingstuart brand will continue

New offerings at The District Docklands Market Lane

By Jack Hayes While The District Docklands continues to expand, so too does the abundance of quality food offerings for shoppers.  After welcoming Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s, MarketPlace Fresh and The Butcher Club Epicurean late last year, The District has now added Empire Asian Supermarket, one of largest of its kind in the CBD, as well

What’s to come in 2020

By Daniel Wolman – Colliers International The Melbourne CBD middle market performed strongly throughout 2019, continuing its momentum from the preceding year, setting record capital value rates and sharp yields. This momentum is expected to continue in 2020.  Overall, the market performed exceptionally well last year with a total of 15 middle market assets transacted

A slice of Italy in the heart of the CBD

By Jack Hayes – Business Editor Equitable Place is not the name that springs to mind when thinking of Melbourne’s famous lanes and arcades.  It may not have the graffiti-sprawled walls of Hosier Lane or the terrazzo floor of Block Arcade. However, what it lacks in reputation and grandeur, it makes up for with simplicity

Little Lon returns to its wicked ways

By Jack Hayes If it weren’t for a keen eye, you would be forgiven for walking straight past a rare jewel of Melbourne history.  Nestled in the north-east corner of the CBD, squeezed tight among skyscrapers, you’ll find 17 Casselden Place – a quaint late 1870s cottage with a chequered past and an appetite for

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