The benefit of thinking creatively about your space

By Aldo Galante December 04, 2019

When we offered 677 Whitehorse Road, Mont Albert for sale by Auction back in April 2017, the property was certainly nothing glamorous, having had a long history of various office/showroom uses.  We marketed its potential using the example set by highly rated nearby café, Mister & Miss, which had risen from a converted old industrial building.


677 Whitehorse Road was successfully sold to an Italian family, the Cosentino’s, who recognised the property’s potential and had a vision of turning it into a Deli/Café.


Whilst Mont Albert is not typically recognised for its culinary offering, the Cosentino family grew up in Mont Albert. The property’s 218sqm of versatile space with main road exposure, meant this was the ideal space and location for their business. 

The end result is ‘Via Porta’, an Italian inspired eatery and deli. The space has been spectacularly converted, we recommend you take a look. They actually won Best Café Design at the ‘Eat, Drink Design Awards’ this year.


Source: The Design Files

The takeaway from this for both property owners and landlords, is that thinking creatively about your space and diversifying the use of a building is imperative, particularly in the evolving commercial environment where traditional retail, office and industrial uses are being turned on their heads as we become more innovative and creative in our thinking.

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Aldo Galante

Written by Aldo Galante

For over 30 years, Aldo has been at the forefront of Australia’s fast-evolving property industry. He served as President of the prestigious Australian Property Institute (Vic), providing determinations on rent-reviews and valuations

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