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.

Duke of Kent unlikely to survive sale

Simon Johanson Another free-standing Melbourne pub looks set to be sold as a development site as land values in the city's heated property sector double.

State school sold for $14m

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Simon Johanson The last in a string of surplus government school sites has been sold for $14 million.

Australia Post plans to redevelop its West Melbourne call centre

The planned 501-dwelling development would replace a call centre in Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne

Simon Johanson Australia Post has lodged plans for an ambitious mixed-use development with 501 dwellings to replace its Rosslyn Street call centre in West Melbourne.

The post-desk 'hot environment' is coming

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Simon Johanson Your next workplace may look more like your lounge room than an office.

Property

Cultures collide for 'green' developers

Steve, Sue and Danny Mathews

Simon Johanson Steve, Sue and Danny Mathews are committed environmentalists. But the siblings, who grew up on an idyllic 20-hectare bush and pasture block in Donvale bought by their parents in 1958, have also...

Developers set sights on hipsters and party boys

Artist's impression of The Luxton apartments.

Simon Johanson If you are young, gay and like to party there is a new apartment to suit your lifestyle.

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Small traders bear brunt of the city's building boom

Little Bourke Street

Simon Johanson There is a hidden cost to Melbourne's development boom.

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Woolies blocks Coles bid for growth suburb

Simon Johanson Supermarket chain Woolworths has won a planning battle with rival Coles to stop it building a full-line supermarket in Mernda, one of Melbourne's fast-growing northern suburbs.

Commercial property

Singapore buyers snap up eastern suburb sites

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Simon Johanson Singapore-based buyers are at the forefront of recent activity in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

Property

Melbourne set for 1000 new apartments

Melbourne

Simon Johanson Another 1000 apartments are set to soar above Melbourne’s skyline with five new towers in Footscray and Southbank gaining development approval.

Asian investors in race to buy development sites on CBD fringe

The Fawkner Centre

Simon Johanson A nondescript St Kilda Road office and South Melbourne island development site have been sold for a combined $100 million as intense competition from offshore developers adds fuel to Melbourne's...

Wine

Winery builds on insatiable thirst for success

882 Maroondah Hwy.

Simon Johanson Fine wine and fine architecture are being uncorked in the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley.

Apartments

Owners score legal win over Southbank short-stay operator

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Simon Johanson An owners' corporation in a Southbank apartment building has successfully enforced a ban on a short-stay operator who residents accused of noise and disruptive behaviour.

Commercial property

Go-ahead for $580 million Chadstone Shopping Centre expansion

Chadstone shopping centre.

Simon Johanson CFS Retail Property Trust will go ahead with a planned $580 million expansion of Chadstone Shopping Centre and a 10-level office tower.

St Kilda Road office space is being turned into homes by developers

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Simon Johanson One-fifth of road's office buildings could become homes over the next decade as a trend to convert outdated office space in Melbourne accelerates.

The venerable Tomasetti House in Melbourne's Flinders Lane is to become an upmarket backpacker hostel

Tomasetti House.

Simon Johanson Millett family will develop an upmarket backpacker hostel in Melbourne's Tomasetti House after buying the historic property for $16.2m.

Property

Salta pushes ahead with Richmond, Abbotsford development

Simon Johanson Salta Properties will forge ahead to deliver another 1000 apartments over the next five years.

Commercial property

Prime CBD rents at $1 million a year for 100 square metres

Christmas shoppers at Bourke street Mall today.
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Simon Johanson One hundred square metres of space in Bourke Street now brings in $1million a year rent.

Commercial Real Estate

China's property dragons are just warming up

Michael Mai [left], managing director ICD Property and development manager Matthew Khoo.

Simon Johanson Michael Mai believes the surge of Asian investment in Australian property has a long way to run.

Property

Job prospects improve as optimism rises

Simon Johanson A significant majority of architecture and engineering firms expect activity to pick up this year.