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Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on February 26, 2020




Another beautiful Fremantle heritage building is for sale. The in 1890 built ‘Atlas Chambers’ at 6-8 Cliff Street in the historic West End is on the market.

Roel Loopers



From The Australian


The news that the NSW government is drafting amendments to the legislation to ban property developers, real estate agents, and their associates from being elected to local councils is rather outrageous and most likely unconstitutional. No surprise though that there are people in WA who believe we should introduce it here as well

Since when did these professions become illegal activities and make those professionals not proper enough to stand for local government, and why should we stop there? Maybe make architects and builders also the enemies of the community and ban them as well, or anyone who migrated, people from foreign cultures, people who are not blonde and blue-eyed, or just anyone we disagree with.

Real estate agents and developers have the same human rights to vote and be elected as everyone else in our country. As far as I know even outlawed bikies could be elected on local councils or other forms of government.

It is rather remarkable that a government wants to ban those people who invest in developing our communities, because governments have neither the means nor the commitment to build new urban infill and outer suburbs, so why should those who do that not be part of the decision making?

Fremantle had two solid Councillors in Bill Massey and John Alberti, who both are real estate agents, and from my observation neither of them ever abused that position for personal gain. Councillors have the duty to declare a conflict of interest and are excused from participating in the debate and voting when they do so, so there is no reason to ban the professions the NSW government wants to exclude.

It is extremely dangerous to start banning law-abiding people from being elected to government. It is fascism really.

Roel Loopers


Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, development, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on February 18, 2020




The Social residential apartment building on the former Fremantle Workers Club site in Henry Street is nearing completion, with quite beautiful metal folding blinds on the balconies being installed currently. I like the look of it.

Roel Loopers



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I am delighted to hear that work has commenced on Yolk Property Group’s Little Lane apartments at 52 Adelaide Street in Fremantle, with demolition of the iconic site now underway.

I believe it is essential that the run down east of the CBD will be modernised and with the Woolstores hotel development and Hilton Doubletree hotel development in the pipeline and the Kings Square redevelopment nearing completion, the modernisation of the Fremantle CBD is well under way

The Little Lane building was home in the 1960s and 1970s to the Coles department store and in more recent times Many 2.0.

Little Lane will feature 70 apartments above a laneway alive with a new mix of cafe and foodie culture.

One of Australia and New Zealand’s largest construction providers Icon / Cockram has been appointed to build Little Lane. The apartments were designed by Fremantle based Harris Jenkins Architects

Affordable through a mix of dwelling sizes, the one, two and three-bedroom residences start from $359,000.

With extensive use of rooftop solar panels and a guarantee from an independent energy supplier, residents will be rewarded with a discounted rate of 10 per cent less than Synergy’s A1 Home

With demolition works scheduled to take three months, construction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2021.


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Roel Loopers




Lands Minister Ben Wyatt today called for expressions of interest for the sale and redevelopment of the former Fremantle Technical College site in the heart of the port city.

Located opposite the iconic Fremantle Markets, the historic property offers heritage-listed buildings on more than 2,400 square metres of prime land and represents a significant redevelopment opportunity for the right investor.

The college site has been a part of the fabric of Fremantle since the late 1800s and is within walking distance of key tourist attractions including the Fremantle Prison, Round House, Maritime Museum and Fishing Boat Harbour.

The State Government is seeking a proponent who has the vision to reactivate and restore this underutilised heritage asset, building on the regeneration of Fremantle’s city centre and successfully demonstrating heritage conservation and adaptive reuse.

Conservation and maintenance works were recently completed to prepare the character buildings for sale. Any future redevelopment plans will need to ensure the heritage value is retained and celebrated.

This would be a great location for a boutique hotel on the Cappuccino Strip


Roel Loopers




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Very good to see the start of another development in the Fremantle inner city, with builders McCorkell taken possession of the former Warders Cottages in Henderson Street next to the Fremantle Markets.

The site which is owned by the Hougoumont Hotel people will become a tiny boutique hotel and a tavern at the back between the cottages and the market.

At the former Energy Museum in Parry Street the Match group has put signs up that they will commence with the residential M/27 development there as well, and just down the road at Adelaide Street the Yolk property group has also indicated they will be starting with the Little Lane residential building soon as well.

If, as expected and I hope, Silverleaf Investments will get the go ahead for the Woolstores hotel development, that will also start in the first quarter of next year, so things are very much on the move in good old Freo!

Roel Loopers



Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, development, property, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2019


Good to read that mining giant Twiggy Forrest is considering more investment in Fremantle, as a short note yesterday in the West Australian by Kim MacDonald indicated.

According to the article the Minderoo Foundation is looking at developing a lifestyle hotel in our port city and that would be great.

Forrest already owns the Orient Hotel in Fremantle’s historic West End and they also bought the Spicers site carpark on the corner of William and Henderson streets from Sirona Capital last year, the latter would be a very good location for an inner city hotel.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, property, real estate, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on November 15, 2019




A full-page advertisement for the LIV apartments in today’s Fremantle Herald shows how important it is to have local knowledge when one starts marketing.

It is no doubt my ignorance that I have never heard of Space real estate, but a Google search shows they are in Cottesloe. That must be the reason then that they use a very old photo of the Little Market Street Piazza, where Sandrino left well over a year ago, and Kailis Fish Cafe in the Fishing Boat Harbour also had a coat of paint since the published photo was taken.

Love Summer Living in Freo the ad shouts. Yes, we do, but we don’t live in the past Space. A little care for detail goes a long way when one advertises.

If you are interested in buying an apartment at Queen Victoria or Quarry Street: 1 Bedroom $ 380K, 2 Bedroom 455K, 3 Bedroom 950K.

Roel Loopers




It looks like 2020 could be a huge building bonanza for Fremantle with the probable start of three major developments close to each other in the city centre,

New hotel plans by Silverleaf Investments for the Woolstores shopping centre will go to public consultation soon, and I hear the SKS group is getting serious about the Hilton Double Tree development on the Point Street car park site, while the Yolk Property Group has indicated they will also start soon on the Little Lane residential development at the former Spotlight site next to Target.

Sirona Capital will open the new buildings at Kings Square and the FOMO retail and hospitality concept in the first quarter of next year, and the Housing Department will move in above it.  The City of Fremantle’s new Civic Centre is due for completion by the end of 2020.

The refurbishment of the Mannings Building is looking great, but I hear the micro brewery part of it is on hold because Silverleaf Investments have also obtained the Newport Hotel next to it and want to open up the back of it to create a hospitality hub in Paddy Troy Lane, where Benny’s cafe and bar is already creating an alfresco area.

In the West End The Social residential development on the former Fremantle Workers Club site in Henry street is also progressing well.

Still no word when the Match group will start on the residential development at the former Energy Museum site at Parry street, and when Silverleaf Investments will begin with the development of the former Police and Justice complex in Henderson Street.

Hopefully the Minderoo Trust and Forest Family Foundation will develop the sites they bought in Fremantle soon as well

I find it inspiring to witness Fremantle’s transformation toward a city of a mix of stunning heritage buildings and many new modern buildings. It’s the facelift Freo had to have.

I am certain there are great times ahead for Fremantle.

Roel Loopers







Apartment and unit buyers will get a rebate worth up to $50,000 on eligible properties under a two-year scheme announced by the WA State Government today.

The rebate will be available for two years to any buyer who signs a pre-construction contract for a new residential unit or apartment in a multi-storey development.

Multiple rebates will be available to the same applicant and there will be no cap on the purchase price.

Roel Loopers

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