Verve Erskineville – a quality development in a strategic location


Verve Apartments, Erskineville, Sydney

The newly completed Verve Erskineville apartments have proven to be popular among Sydney’s hip and eclectic city dwellers. Only 4 apartments remain unsold in this 106-unit development by AV Jennings.

Why I like this development:

  • Located within a 5-minute walk to St Peters train station, this development is 3 direct stops or 10-minute train ride to Central station in the city and 6 direct stops to iconic Sydney harbour attractions at Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House and the Botanic Gardens.
  • Some apartments have large storage facilities and double side-by-side car space which means you will never have to scour around for scarce public / visitor parking in this popular inner city location for your second car.
  • Sydney Park’s outdoor activities – walking, running, biking, family picnics, is 5 minutes away. Sydney Park is also a leash-free park for dog lovers.
  • 10-minute drive to Sydney CBD, Chinatown, Broadway Shopping Centre, Sydney Fish Markets and Sydney airport.
  • Erskineville and Newtown’s cafes, pubs, restaurants precinct located within a 10 minute stroll.
  • For investors, rental return for most 2 bedroom apartments range between $575 – $675 per week or between 5.3% – 5.7% return on investment.

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Vital statistics

Erskineville Median price $ Weekly advertised median rent $ Gross yield $ 3-year growth % 5-year growth % Average annual growth %
Apartment 469,000 495 5.49 19.5 11.67 6.8
House 630,000 550 4.54 14.03 11.50 7.49

Source: RP Data & Your Investment Property, March 2010


How it’s calculated:

Median price: Median price for the 12 months to November 2009

Average annual growth: Average percentage change over the past 10 years as a per annum figure

3 and 5-year growth: Median price percentage change over the past 3 and 5 years to November 2009

Weekly median advertised rent: Median price of rental listings for the 12 months to November 2009

Gross yield: Estimated rental return, based on advertised rent to median price

Brand new Erskineville 2 bedroom apartment leased at $650 per week

Front of building

The recently completed Motto apartments in Erskineville by Austcorp is now ready for occupation. Most of the 2 bedroom apartments within this development are maisonette style – double storey living with its own internal stairs and the master bedroom usually on a separate level from the living and dining areas for added privacy.

The  Motto apartments are beautifully constructed, with quality kitchen equipment, bathroom finishings and spacious living areas. It is also approximately 5 minutes stroll to the Erskineville train station.

Apartment C420/2 Nassau Lane within this development is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom and 1 secure car space unit and has recently been leased at $650 per week through property management company Let’s Rent. This apartment is a maisonette style with internal laundry, ensuite and private balcony.

Please refer to this post for more details of Motto apartments.

Recent acquisitions

Over the last 10 months, the Reserve Bank of Australia shed more than 4% off the cash rate to the current 3% which is now at a 50-year low. Capital cities around Australia continued to experience an acute shortage of housing stock where most cities had an average rental vacancy of less than 2%, thus fuelling strong rental demand. The Rudd government is determined to support the economy through this crisis by extending the First Home Owners Grant of up to $24,000 for new dwellings to the end of 2009 and continue to provide concessions for stamp duty to assist home buyers. The combined effect of all these factors was an over-whelming attractiveness to get into the property market for first home buyers and investors alike.

Front of building

The main features and compelling strengths of this 1 bedroom apartment in Marobra are as follows:

Maroubra bay

Maroubra bay, Sydney

Guiding Principle

Compelling strengths

1 bedroom apartment at 94 – 96 Yorktown Parade, Maroubra (pictured above)

New or near new Building is approximately 4 years old.
Tenant’s amenities Security garage and storage cage.
Close to public transport Bus stop directly in front of apartment building with express buses to CBD and Circular Quay.
Local attraction and lifestyle 500m from Maroubra beach and surf lifestyle, cafe and restaurants, 1.5km to Maroubra Junction’s retail and commercial centre – shops, cafes, restaurants, bank, post office, newsagent, Coles etc.
Strategic location Within close vicinity to airport, University of NSW, Randwick racecourse, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Randwick and Coast golf courses.
Low maintenance costs Boutique block of only 14 units with minimal facilities. Hence, total outgoings are less than $2,800 per annum.
Attractive and good floor plan North facing private balcony with ducted gas for heater and BBQ, galley style kitchen and master bedroom with ensuite and balcony.
Strong rental yield This property was rented out at $390 per week within 2 days of being on the market, giving a yield of approximately 6% per annum.

Development of residential, retail and commercial property in Maroubra Junction such as Pacific Square has transformed and increased prices of apartments in this area. However, I believe that pockets along Maroubra and Fitzgerald roads which are close to the beach are still relatively inexpensive compared to the junction area. It enjoys a closer beach and ocean front atmosphere, at the same time close enough to access the amenities of the junction without having to contend with traffic.

My second purchase was an off-the-plan 1 bedroom apartment in the Dee Why Grand development ~ an integrated residential, retail and commercial project which includes the upgrade of the iconic Dee Why Hotel. This development is located right at the heart of Dee Why’s commercial and retail precinct along Pittwater road. I foresee this development to be the dawn of a new cycle of gentrification in the area similar to how Pacific Parade has transformed properties around Maroubra junction in a little over 5 years.

Dee Why beach, Sydney Australia

Dee Why beach, Sydney

The main features and compelling strengths of this Dee Why property are as follows:

Guiding Principle

Compelling strengths

1 bedroom apartment at Sturdee Parade, Dee Why

New or near new Building is under construction and due for completion in July 2010.
Tenant’s amenities Swimming pool, gym, spa, sauna, security garage and storage cage. The apartment is also part of an integrated development consisting retail and commercial businesses and refurbishment and upgrade of the Dee Why Hotel.
Close to public transport Bus stop with express buses to the CBD.
Local attraction and lifestyle 900m from Dee Why beach and surf lifestyle, cafe and restaurants.
Strategic location Within close vicinity to Northern beaches, Long Reef golf course, Warringah Mall.
Attractive Floor Plan I have never been a fan of split level apartments unless they are a good size. I have made an exception for this property ~ 81sqm split level with 2 North east facing private balconies of 9sqm each overlooking internal gardens.
Favourable exchange and settlement terms Only required $10,000 to exchange and up to 5% of purchase price until development is completed.

The third of the 3 properties was a 2 bedroom apartment due for completion in December 2009 in the Verve development in Erskineville. I have conducted research on suburbs which are close to the CBD with good access to public tranport and amenities. Such suburbs which have not seen a significant rise in value will have their day over the next 5 – 8 years and I believe Erskineville to be one of these suburbs. The latest Market Review by John McGrath of McGrath property agents appears to support this view.

Sydney Park

Sydney Park, a leash-free park in Sydney

The main features and compelling strengths of this property are as follows:

Guiding Principle

Compelling strengths

2 bedroom apartment at Verve development, 2 – 4 Coulson street, Erskineville

New or near new Building is under construction and due for completion in December 2009.
Tenant’s amenities Two side-by-side security car spaces and storage cage. I believe having an extra car space on title in a suburb so close to the CBD where there is an acute shortage of street parking give this property an invaluable advantage over other 2 bedders with single car space.
Close to public transport 350m to St Peter’s train station.
Local attraction and lifestyle Walking distance to King street restaurants and cafe, 100m to Sydney Park, Erskineville village lifestyle.
Strategic location 4km to CBD, Chinatown, Central train station, within close vicinity to King street cafe and restaurant strip, airport.
Attractive Floor Plan Top floor apartment of 89sqm open style living, dining and kitchen with a 28sqm North west facing balcony overlooking internal gardens, swimming pool and tennis court.

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