Simon Johanson

Simon Johanson

Property Editor at The Age and BusinessDay journalist for Fairfax's theage.com.au, smh.com.au, watoday.com.au and brisbanetimes.com.au.

Tech giants lease up Sydney and Melbourne CBD

Carolyn Cummins and Simon Johanson Technology and the internet have helped office markets in more ways than making work more efficient, they are the leading tenants across all capital cities.

Tobacco giant Philip Morris sells cigarette factory

Simon Johanson Tobacco giant Philip Morris has sold its former manufacturing site ahead of relocating its Australian headquarters to South Wharf later this year.

Collins Street office changes hands for $23m

Simon Johanson A free-standing office at 406 Collins Street has been snapped up by a private investor on a passing yield of 4.43 per cent.

State preparing to sell surplus land in Footscray

Simon Johanson The state government is moving to offload more than a dozen development sites in Footscray under a program of surplus land sales initiated by the previous Liberal government.

Sun shines again on coastal property prices

Property prices in Venus Bay have risen by 14 per cent in the past five years.

Simon Johanson, Nassim Khadem, Neelima Choahan After years of doing it tough following the global financial crisis, holiday homes are starting to pick up again.

Cheap debt, high yields drive offshore demand for industrial property

A Goodman Group logistics centre is a desirable piece of property.

Simon Johanson Singapore-headquartered Redwood Group is in exclusive due diligence to acquire two major industrial portfolios - one from JPMorgan Asset Management and the other Goodman Group's - for more than $600...

Competition from international stores lifts secondary rents in Melbourne CBD

Simon Johanson Melbourne CBD landlords are benefiting from a flood of international retailers whose commitment to large stores has pushed up demand and prices for secondary locations.

ISPT joins Villawood in Queensland residential venture

Villawood's Rory Costelloe and Tony Johnson have signed a joint venture with ISPT.

Simon Johanson Super fund investor ISPT will increase its exposure to an upswing in Queensland's residential land market after signing a joint venture with Villawood Properties to develop part of its Helensvale...

Cedar Woods plans strata office for western suburbs

Artist impressions of Newton Apartments by Cedar Woods at Williams Landing.

Simon Johanson Perth-based developer Cedar Woods will launch a 5000 square metre strata office development next year and is planning a 50-room hotel at its Williams Landing estate in Melbourne's west to cater for...

Failed land banking company Midland Hwy linked to property spruiker Jamie McIntyre goes into liquidation

Jamie McIntyre at a Senate hearing into land banking schemes.

Simon Johanson A failed land banking company linked to property spruiker Jamie McIntyre will be placed into liquidation amid concerns about $25.5 million of investors' funds.

Six buyers vie for $130 million Holden plant in Fishermans Bend

Holden workers at the Port Melbourne factory.

Simon Johanson Some of Australia's largest private and listed property players believed to be on shortlist.

Villawood makes a difference with childcare centres

Villawood's Rory Costelloe and Tony Johnson say childcare providers are central to the company's future developments.

Simon Johanson Melbourne's largest private house and land developer, Villawood, will include childcare centres on future projects as it gets ready to launch eight new estates next year.

Eynesbury estate and golf course deal in jeopardy

Country Garden is reportedly in final negotiations to buy the massive Eynesbury estate.

Simon Johanson The long-running saga over the $60 million deal to sell the vast Eynesbury estate in Melbourne's west looks to be in jeopardy again with the buyer Hyde Property Group, controlled by Melbourne...

Investors push up price of inner-city development sites

Simon Johanson Potential inner-city development sites continue to attract premium prices with a large corner block in Clifton Hill property selling under the hammer for $14.05 million.

Sun shines as Lang Walker contemplates Australia's largest property deal

Simon Johanson Lang Walker is sipping a gin and tonic watching the sunset on a beach in Fiji as he talks about what will be the largest single property sale in Australia and the biggest deal of his long and...

Walker Corp to cash in Collins Square for $2.5 billion

Walker Corporation's Collins Square project is midway through development, with the final tower due for completion in 2017.

Simon Johanson Sydney billionaire property developer Lang Walker has put his vast Collins Square project in Melbourne's Docklands on the market with price expectations believed to be around $2.5 billion.

Government takes space in flurry of year's-end leasing deals

Workers relax outside Medibank's building at 720 Bourke Street.

Simon Johanson The federal government is among a rush of tenants seeking to close large floor plate leasing deals before year's end in prime Melbourne CBD buildings.

OpenCorp looks to crowds to fund developments

Simon Johanson OpenCorp's unusual approach to the notoriously capital-intensive development cycle involves tapping funds from a pool of 415 retail investors, many of whom are family or friends.

Offshore developers move into suburbs

The much sought after corner site at 613 St Kilda Road Melbourne has just sold for $12.1 million.

Simon Johanson Melbourne's heated development market has resulted in a nondescript St Kilda Road office selling for nearly 30 per cent above expectations and a listed offshore developer moving into middle ring...

Sentinel on growth lookout as City West Plaza boosts homemaker centre portfolio

Brisbane-based Sentinel Property Group is run by Warren Ebert.

Simon Johanson Sentinel has acquired the Harvey Norman-anchored plaza in Sunshine North for $29.5 million for its Sentinel Homemaker (Open Ended) Trust.