Posts Tagged ‘City of Newcastle’

A great example of the old meeting the new!

So often these days we hear the terms urbanisation or modernisation, but what does that actually mean in terms of the buildings?

Well generally it all starts with the properties zoning which can free up many more uses than the properties former life. Commonly the properties are industrial or office buildings that have already been surrounded by residential development.

Take the example of 12 Power Street, Islington…. Read the full post »

Future Developments for Newcastle

You can’t help but be excited when you look around our city and see tower cranes doing  their stuff – guys and girls in their fluros heading to their building sites from 5:30am onwards, hanging out in the sandwich bars and coffee shops spending their lunch money.

I hear a lot of talk about too many apartments, Newcastle will be flooded – prices will go down and yes I think some people will miss the mark, … Read the full post »

Economy, Shares & Trams

The fact that the Bank of Japan (BOJ), that’s their central bank, the equivalent of our Reserve Bank, is quietly buying stocks in Japanese companies should sound alarm bells for those touting a stimulus led recovery. In fact it’s estimated the (BOJ) are a top (10) owner
in 90% of the leading stocks in Japan.

So what! You say when we have more important issues like our misguided light rail, an election campaign, struggling manufacturing, youth unemployment and dozens of other issues … Read the full post »

AUTUMN – THE SEASON FOR STATISTICS

A quarter of another year has drifted past with the statisticians and economists rattling off
new numbers to help us understand how we are progressing. But can we understand? The St George Banks Economist Hans Kunnan at a recent breakfast says of the Hunter,  things are rosy; no worries go out and spend. Fancy a banker saying that? The Hunter  Research Foundations (HRF) Dr (I’m not an economist) Brent Jenkins basically said things  aren’t bad but why are we feeling … Read the full post »

Newcastle – Commercial Real Estate – Friends Are Not Always Friends

Business is tough enough in this Region and when we do get progressive people looking to put money into a project they should be embraced and welcomed as each enterprise creates jobs. Instead those looking to invest in enterprises (I’m talking of developments that include businesses not just apartments) are treated with disdain through planning
hurdles. If that’s not bad enough we have small but well trained groups of advocates parading, claiming to be “The Friends of…..” this and that. They are … Read the full post »

Life At Throsby


Wickham has undergone many changes over the years.  From its origins as an industrial suburb that housed many of the cities woolsheds, rail yards and port related services together with residential minors-hut type dwellings; to the modern suburb which has seen a metamorphosis of old industrial type buildings being converted into residential dwellings or demolished altogether and developed into new mixed … Read the full post »

The Evolution of Sport and their Associated Buildings

As most people would have seen or come across, it is not uncommon for a former Commercial office building or an industrial warehouse to be converted into residential dwellings and/or hotels – providing that the zoning allows.

In Newcastle right now we are seeing the CBD post office premises proposed to be converted into a hotel; much like other examples that have happened in other major cities -the Westin in Sydney … Read the full post »

Raine & Horne Industrial Average Just Released

Once a year the big talk in property circles is about is about the Property Council’s Office Market indicator. Yet is this a true reflection of the state of our regional economy? The focus has always been about the CBD of Newcastle when the majority of the people of the region rarely if ever come into the centre of Newcastle. Raine & Horne Commercial Newcastle has just released its half … Read the full post »

Sydney Investors Eye Up Newcastle

182-188 Hunter St, Newcastle_High Resolution-1 (Small)With Sydney prices rocketing along Raine & Horne Commercial are seeing an influx of Sydney investors and developers snapping up city properties.

Alan Tonks of Raine & Horne Commercial said “In the inner city there is a real feeling of optimism and positive expectation. We have strong enquiry from Sydney developers seeking mixed use opportunities with 2 … Read the full post »

What's Happening in the Real Estate Sector?

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Recently Newcastle was lauded for having the lowest A-Grade vacancy in Australia at (2.7%).  This is a tremendous result, but is the market really that good?  It’s my belief that the take up in A-Grade space is a clear signal that some of the mature firms around the City are looking to better their image and provide a working environment conducive … Read the full post »

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