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Leading Co-Living Company Hmlet Expands To Australia

February 27, 2019 Lifestyle News No Comments

Singapore based co-living company, Hmlet, (pronounced “Hamlet”) has announced its entry into the Australian market. This latest move marks the company’s second overseas location outside of Singapore, with Hmlet on track to quadruple its number of members to more than 2,400 across Asia Pacific by the end of 2019.

In March 2019, Hmlet will make its Australia debut in Sydney, with the launch of two co-living properties in the inner-city suburbs of Newtown and Marrickville.

Hmlet @ Newtown, which is among the first purpose-built co-living properties in Australia, will accommodate 20 members and will feature a co-working space, communal living and kitchen spaces, and a rooftop terrace. Located on Newtown’s famed King Street, Hmlet @ Newtown will also house a new hospitality venue, which will open to the public later this year.

Hmlet @ Marrickville, one of the largest built-to-rent project in Sydney’s inner-west, will become home to over 70 members and act as a cornerstone property for Hmlet’s expansion in Sydney. Recently completed in January 2019, the property features 2,400 square meters of Net Leasable Area (NLA) spread across six levels and includes a garden terrace and outdoor kitchen with views to Sydney’s CBD.

Hmlet’s properties in Newtown and Marrickville are the first of a series of co-living properties to be launched in Sydney over the next few months, with plans underway to expand to Melbourne and Brisbane.

2,400 members before the end of the year

Founded in 2016 by Yoan Kamalski and Zenos Schmickrath, Hmlet has pioneered the co-living sector by creating a seamless living experience and a curated community to meet the needs of today’s millennial generation. By offering flexible lease options, fully furnished spaces and on-demand services, Hmlet has successfully transformed traditional residential real estate into dynamic technology-enabled environments to empower its members.

Today, Hmlet is the largest co-living operator in Singapore, having doubled its number of members in the previous six months. With more than 15 locations across Singapore and Hong Kong, and soon to be Australia, Hmlet aims to secure more than 2,400 beds by the end of the year.

In November 2018, Hmlet secured a USD$6.5 million Series A investment from Sequoia India, the Indian affiliate of US venture capital giant Sequoia Capital, to accelerate growth and facilitate expansion into new markets.

Co-living in Australia, a welcome solution to unaffordable city living

When assessing new markets for international expansion, Australia stood out with its population of 7.1 million people aged 18 to 34 years old and positioning as the third most popular destination for international students, as well as growing rental costs, where millennials spend at least 30 per cent of their take-home income on rent.

Millennials currently account for 29 per cent of Australia’s population and are set to be 50 per cent of the workforce by 2020. During a recent survey conducted by Vice Media, 48 per cent of millennials in Australia said they would rent for longer to be closer to the things they need, with many looking to lead a hassle-free life.

Co-living is quickly emerging as a welcome solution to many of the problems associated with living and renting in Australia’s cities. By offering affordability, flexibility, security and fostering a strong sense of community, Hmlet can cater to those who are moving to a new city or have left familiar surroundings.

“Changing the way people live around the world is our mission at Hmlet. With the growing demand for more flexible, community-based options of living in cities like Sydney, we felt that Australia was the next natural move for us” said Hmlet CEO and Co-Founder, Yoan Kamalski. “We are excited to be expanding our brand and look forward to welcoming many more people to experience Hmlet’s community in Australia.”

Australia’s burgeoning build-to-rent sector

Hmlet’s expansion into Australia comes at a significant time for the local property market, which is currently experiencing a softening in residential property prices, prompting developers and investors to shift focus away from the traditional build-to-sell model and towards build-to-rent.

“Following a recent tour across Australia’s major capital cities, it is clear that build-to-rent will become an important part of the Australian property market and co-living helps to drive the momentum of the burgeoning build-to-rent sector. This adds to our conviction as to why Australia will become one of Hmlet’s largest markets, and we see ourselves becoming the preferred operating partner for developers and investors seeking to enter the co-living and build-to-rent sector,” commented Kamalski.

Identifying an opportunity to establish itself firmly in the Australian market, Hmlet has brought over the founding team of Caper Co-Living, a start-up operator of co-living properties in Australia. Leveraging Caper’s local expertise and presence on the ground, Hmlet will look to build an expansive network of co-living properties in Australia with the target of reaching a portfolio of 1,000 members within the next 12 months.

“After meeting Yoan and Zenos, it became apparent that our respective visions were very much aligned, making sense to grow the business together as a group. With its strong brand presence and fast expansion in Asia, we aim to grow Hmlet rapidly throughout the region,” said Caper Co-Living’s co-founder and former CEO Chrystan Paul, who has now transitioned to Managing Director for Hmlet Australia.

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