Five Cork Airport Business Park office buildings, totalling 120,000 sq ft, including two let to Amazon, and which had been by a Norwegian billionaire for over €15 million five years ago, have been sold off-market to an Irish/UK joint venture for over €20m.
WITH plans afoot for the €70m-plus investment property sale of the ‘old’ Roches Stores/Debenhams Cork’s store by the publicity-shy Roche family, the arrival of a neighbouring niche investment with a more modest €1.5m price tag has impeccable timing, and opportunity.
A Dublin 8 retail investment let to Tesco Express is on offer at a c 7% net initial yield. Michelle McGarry of Colliers International seeks offers around €1.6 million for the ground floor investment at 51/52 Thomas Street, Dublin 8, close to the Meath Street junction near NCAD and St James Hospital.
Foreign investors aretaking advantage of sharply reduced prices, with the sale of the Burlington, Fota Island Hotel and others attracting American and Chinese investors. Realistic prices are helping to attract these overseas buyers and breathing some life into a moribund market. Tommy Barker says major property sales were also a good sign and it’s likely that receivership sales will feature more strongly in 2013.
BOTH the Parknasilla Hotel and the Cork International Airport Hotel have overseas buyers, the first in legals, the second sold to Phillips Hotels Ltd for approximately €5m. So Savills’ successful run of sales shows it’s not just the Dublin hotel market (where the 500 bed Burlington’s selling for €70 m to the private equity group Blackstone) that’s attracting investors.