John Sage

When the barriers are pulled down: John Sage removes them all with his successful property development

John Gerard Sage is the epitome of successful entrepreneurialism for all who cross his well-heeled path.

He is an entrepreneur, lifelong investor and property developer, and many of his friends — and indeed most of his business acquaintances — know of John’s success with property development.

With an infectious, genuine enthusiasm for his work, hard-working John Sage knows no barriers when realising his innovative property developments.

John Sage’s cutting-edge buildings have a certain flair

John’s Aurora Apartment complex certainly did — his landmark $62 million, 20-storey Aurora apartment complex on St Kilda Road. John Sage used an open-engineered commercial construction for The Aurora, built around a central lift core with concrete columns and post-tensioned slab floors holding the building up. This form of construction allowed the fantastic shape that the building took overall. Most importantly, it allowed him to design more interesting internal living spaces and a better relationship between the apartments and the unique views each enjoys.

Aurora Apartments, developed by John Sage, as viewed from Lakeside Drive
The Aurora Apartment complex, developed by John Sage, as viewed from Lakeside Drive

At the time of building Aurora, the then 47-year-old’s involvement in many multimillion-dollar inner-city apartment developments saw him lauded for playing a defining role in shaping the look of Melbourne. Examples include Cotham Hill, Kew, Burke Place, Camberwell, Scotch Hill, Hawthorne, and St James Place, Hawthorne, to name a few.

Looks are certainly not deceiving, as those who invested their money in John Sage’s property developments can demonstrate.

John’s property development goes beyond apartments. His six-storey Pacific Tower office project in Burwood Road, Hawthorn, comprises 79 office suites over five levels, located on the northwest corner of Albert Street and Burwood Road at the intersection of Burwood Road and Camberwell Road. Pacific Tower is a modern building in a superb inner-eastern suburban location just 6 kilometres east of Melbourne’s CBD.

John’s current project, Riverview Estate, is a 56-lot house and land subdivision and childcare centre development in the Brisbane West Growth Corridor that connects Brisbane CBD with Ipswich via the recently upgraded Ipswich Motorway.

This unique site met strict criteria by John Sage for a development such as this, with seven preschools within a 10-minute drive, St Peter Claver College right next door, and close proximity to rail and bus for access to Brisbane and Ipswich. The site also boasts easy access to the Ipswich Motorway, Warrego Highway and Cunningham Highway.

The life and times of John Sage: A proven history of successful property development

Managing Director

Riverview Estate
Mar 2020 – Present · 2 yrs 9 mos
70 Old Ipswich Rd, Riverview
56 lot – house and land subdivision and a 160 child childcare
development to be completed 2023.

John Sage

Real Estate Developer – The Cascades
Feb 2018 – Present · 4 yrs 10 mos
21 Gem Road Kenmore, Brisbane
Seven boutique custom-designed four-bedroom homes. Total
development value $4.9 million.

Property Developer
Jan 2019 – Present · 3 yrs 11 mos
285 to 293 Oakey Flat Road, Morayfield, Brisbane
Supermarket, medical, fast food, fuel – retail centre in development
Total development value – $55 million

Manager of Sales and Marketing

Jan 2016 – Nov 2019 · 3 yrs 11 mos
Greater Brisbane Area
After working for 30 years in property development, the innovation and
scope of the projects we delivered at Adpen were truly refreshing and
exciting. I led Adpen’s Sales and Marketing, promoting the company’s
suite of services and team of professionals, forming relationships by
proving value, and supporting clients to enjoy a better property
development experience.

John Sage

Property Developer
Feb 1999 – Feb 2013 · 14 yrs 1 mo
Beaumont motel and conference centre, 7 Studley Park Road, Kew,
77 serviced apartments and conference centre redevelopment.

Property Developer
May 1999 – Feb 2001 · 1 yr 10 mos
Pacific Tower: 747 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
69 three and four-roomed office suites and 202 carparks over 8 levels
including three basement levels.

Property Developer
Feb 1997 – Jul 2000 · 3 yrs 6 mos
St James Terrace, 44 Burwood Road and Domville Avenue, Hawthorn
Four level apartment development consisting of 69 three and four
bedroom apartments.

Property Developer
Apr 1997 – Dec 1999 · 2 yrs 9 mos
17 Scott Grove, Glen Iris
Construction of 4 four bedroom, two-level standalone luxury homes.

Property Developer
Feb 1998 – Feb 1999 · 1 yr 1 mo
44 Burwood Rd, Melbourne
Construction of 79 Apartments.

Property Developer
Oct 1996 – Jul 1998 · 1 yr 10 mos
Cotham Hill, 912 Glenferrie Road, Kew
Development of 29 luxury three and four-bedroom apartments and town

Property Developer – Aurora
Oct 1996 – Jul 1998 · 1 yr 10 mos
Aurora, 582 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
145 one, two and three bedroom apartments built over 20 levels.
In 1996 the total development value was $62 million – estimated to
valued at about $180 million today.

Property Developer
Oct 1996 – Sep 1997 · 1 yr
Cotham Hill, 912 Glenferrie Road, Kew
Development of 29 luxury three and four-bedroom apartments and town

Property Developer
Dec 1994 – Feb 1997 · 2 yrs 3 mos
Scotch Hill, 65 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn
Construction of 44 two and three-bedroom apartments over three levels
with 100 car parks underground.

Property Developer
May 1994 – Jun 1996 · 2 yrs 2 mos
29 Kensington Rd, South Yarrah
Construction of 8 Townhouses.

847 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Nov 1994 – Feb 1996 · 1 yr 4 mos
Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
Construction of 11 three-bedroom prestige apartments.

Property Developer
Mar 1995 – Nov 1995 · 9 mos
40 Wattle Road, Hawthorn
Construction of 7 three and four-bedroom single-level luxury homes.

Property Developer
Jul 1994 – Oct 1995 · 1 yr 4 mos
35 Talbot Avenue, Balwyn
Construction of 6 four-bedroom luxury homes built across one and two
Skills: Project Management · Real Estate

Property Developer
May 1994 – Mar 1995 · 11 mos
Brooks Building, 30 Russell Street, Melbourne
Construction of 7 two and three-bedroom city apartments over three level
commercial conversion.
Skills: Project Management · Real Estate

Property Developer
Jan 1994 – Feb 1995 · 1 yr 2 mos
1502 High st Glen Iris, Melbourne
3 lot subdivision. One House up the front of the block and two townhouses at the back.

Property Developer
Nov 1993 – Jul 1994 · 9 mos
115 Riversdale Rd Hawthorn, Melbourne
Designed and Built 3 Townhouses.