Andrew Facey – 50 Years in Property
Parklea founder Andrew Facey, a prominent Melbourne South East developer is celebrating 50 years in real estate this year.
In 1968 a young Andrew Facey started what would become a long and successful career in real estate. The grandson of Frank Facey, founder of Frank Facey Real Estate, Andrew rose from salesmen to Director and Partner of the firm, taking the reigns from his father Angus in the 1970’s.
“When he started to let Andrew and I run the business we weren’t very old; in 1975 I was 30 and Andrew was younger than I,” said former Frank Facey Real Estate Director and long-time friend of Andrew’s, Brendan Rice.
“Andrew was a gun salesman. Dandenong was starting to boom and there were lots of subdivisions, so Andrew became the go-to-man,” said Rice.
At this time Andrew’s interest also turned to property development and in 1974, Parklea was born. “I was excited by the idea that I could be part of building communities – places where people could live, work and play,” said Facey. “That idea drove me to property development and later became Parklea’s ethos.”
Parklea is now the biggest land owner in the Cardinia Shire and has residential and commercial developments from Gippsland to the Great Ocean Road. Recent developments planned including the largest residential estate in Cardinia Shire’s history in Pakenham East.
“The population in Melbourne’s South East is booming with thousands of families making their home here. I’m proud that Parklea is an integral part of shaping new communities during this exciting period of growth.” 50 years from his beginnings as a real estate agent, Andrew Facey is still passionate about property. Accountant for Parklea and Facey since 1986, Frank Barret, describes working for Andrew as ‘dynamic’. “He does not let an opportunity go by – he cannot sit still, metaphorically,” he said.
“Parklea has enough parcels of land to develop for 20+ years yet I could confidently predict that we will be making arrangements to buy something else within a year or so.”
“When Andrew calls or starts a conversation with ‘I tell you Frankie boy’ he has some good news, you know he has done a deal or is working on one.”