Our Story
The 1980's: The early years
"John McAndrew had already carved out a successful career..."

By the time the McAndrew Property Group’s journey officially began in 1985, founder John McAndrew had already carved out a successful career as owner of one of Australia’s leading home improvement companies.

The McAndrew Property Group’s early years played out at John’s first investment property on Lutwyche Road, a $27,000 outlay that represented the first piece of what was to become an enviable investment portfolio. The property became a key part of the McAndrew story, serving as the company’s operation headquarters from 1977 until 2008 when it was subject to a compulsory resumption by the Queensland Department of Transport. The resumption allowed for the completion of the now operational Lutwyche bus terminal. Home Improvements and Property Maintenance business Mister Green represented an early foray into the building industry, with the business offering wholesale siding products and comprehensive home maintenance solutions.

The 1990's: Measuring success one investor at a time
"1995 saw the McAndrew Property Group expand its business operations..."

Buoyed by new opportunities in an evolving property market, 1995 saw the McAndrew Property Group expand its business operations to include direct-investment property project marketing, property development, and business brokerage.

Founder John McAndrew established one of Brisbane’s leading investment sales companies, recruiting finance brokers, planners and accountants to assist ordinary people realise their dream of owning an investment property. The Group’s first small scale development projects completed during this period included house and land lots at Bald Hills, and a 14-lot house and land development at Ipswich. This would be the early beginnings of what would later become a well respected and active property development company in Queensland. Strong headwinds defined a difficult market, with interest rates reaching 9% and property sales volumes low. Yet despite these conditions, public awareness centred on new concepts of mortgage reduction programmes coupled with negative gearing methodology for purchasing investment property. With the assistance of an in-house accountant and finance broker, John McAndrew and his team of 30 consultants helped hundreds of homeowners enter the property investment market. These acquisitions payed off for many clients who were able to enjoy average annual capital gains of 8.6% p.a over an 18 year period. Working in conjunction with financial planners and accountants, the McAndrew Property Group leveraged its market knowledge and industry experience to engage quality builder developers and identify superior investment property opportunities in the Brisbane catchment area. Recruiting such an extensive team with a broad range of knowledge, John McAndrew appointed long-time associate and trusted colleague John Ibbott to lead up the creation of the business brokerage division. The division went on to offer business advisory services, sales and consultancy.

The 2000's: The foresight to prosper
"The early part of the decade saw the appointments of Matthew McAndrew in 2000 and Scott McAndrew in 2002..."

The business grew steadily at the turn of the new century, highlighted by the extension of the Group’s property management division, and the expansion of the McAndrew Developments division. The early part of the decade saw the appointments of Matthew McAndrew in 2000 and Scott McAndrew in 2002 to drive residential sales and investment sales. Adding to the Group’s property management capabilities was experienced industry professional Linda Kane, who took the position of Senior Property Manager. In 2002, McAndrew Property Group began selling and marketing River Park Central, a 31-storey high-rise in the Brisbane CBD offering a collection of 123 apartments. In 2003 the Group purchased and gained Development Approval for an 86-lot subdivision in Griffin, Brisbane. This would prove to be a pivotal moment in the company’s future, establishing itself as a proven market leader in the Brisbane project marketing space. This laid the foundation for the sale of 100’s more properties around Brisbane throughout the 2000’s.

Following resumption of the McAndrew’s original Lutwyche headquarters by the Department of Transport, in 2008 the Group acquired a new property at 1163 Sandgate Rd, Nundah. The re-location was complete when in 2012, after extensive planning, the existing property was developed into a new mixed-use boutique building. With 14 apartments, a ground floor retail display and a purpose built office on the first floor, the relocation heralded an exciting new chapter for the company. A strong pipeline of projects emerged towards the end of the decade, with 2008/09 seeing several executive town home projects marketed in inner city Brisbane, and another townhouse development completed in Cairns. In 2009 the Group saw the completion of the Southern Cross Motel development, a collection of 90 short-term accommodation apartments and licensed restaurant. The Group identified an opportunity in the mid to late 2000’s to offer a ‘start to finish’ service for professional finance and advisory groups with clients wanting a direct property investment but who didn’t have the knowledge, experience or ability to access the projects and opportunities that the McAndrew Property Group did. Leveraging the years of industry contacts and the reputation that John McAndrew had established, a stock supply model was established to facilitate the sale of property in Brisbane to investors all around the world.

The 2010's: Surpassing all expectations
"Matthew McAndrew took charge of the McAndrew Developments division..."

The Group’s growth trajectory continued in the 2010’s, with new partnerships forged, staffing expanded, and exciting new residential developments delivered to the Brisbane marketplace.

The culmination of years of planning, and now operating from Nundah, Matthew McAndrew took charge of the McAndrew Developments division, with Scott McAndrew in charge of Investments and Project Marketing.
2014 saw construction commence on a marquee project of 72 apartments at Chermside. Following the successful launch of Evolve, marketing commenced on CITRO West End, a larger apartment project, and also a 69-lot land sales sub-division at Jarrah Estate, Upper Kedron.

John McAndrew’s leadership, knowledge, experience and motivation remain the Group’s cornerstone, and the foundation for its ongoing growth and success.
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