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.

Commercial property

Investors driving surge

World Square Office Towers in Sydney.

Simon Johanson Syndicators and high-net-worth private investors are driving a pick-up in investment activity in Melbourne's city fringe and suburban office markets.

Commercial property

Pizzeria grabs slice of train hub shake-up

A soon to be opened restaurant own by Paul Matheis at the Southern Cross Station.

Simon Johanson Paul Mathis will complete a shake-up of 's Southern Cross railway when he opens a large restaurant at the station.

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Fashion

Labels crumbled despite getting big taxpayer handouts

Lisa Ho

Simon Johanson The fashion industry's latest high-profile victim Lisa Ho pocketed nearly $200,000 in taxpayer subsidies before collapsing and jeans queen Bettina Liano was given $300,000 in innovation grants after...

Fashion designers took grants amid financial woes

Fashion

Simon Johanson The fashion industry's latest high-profile victim, Lisa Ho, pocketed nearly $200,000 in taxpayer subsidies before collapsing, and ''jeans queen'' Bettina Liano was given $300,000 in ''innovation''...

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'The Bunker' goes on the market for $3m

Desmond Oppenheimer has his property, 6 Kirks Lane Melbourne, on the market for $3M.

Simon Johanson There are only seven houses – as opposed to apartments – in the CBD and one of the largest, at 680 square metres with a rooftop patio, is for sale.

Deal close on Amcor site

Simon Johanson Amcor may be a step closer to selling its redundant Alphington factory after community groups moved to support proposed planning changes for the site.

Something's brewing in Collingwood

Artists impression of SMA Projects' 350 apartment Yorkshire Brewery development in Collingwood.

Simon Johanson Collingwood's industrial heritage is a key element in the design of a 17-storey apartment project to begin construction in June on the former Yorkshire Brewery site in Robert Street.

Property

US focus for Drapac funds

The Sears Tower.

Simon Johanson Australian property group Drapac is set to launch two investment funds to raise $50 million to invest in US real estate.

Property

Investor set to double his money on three sites

Melbourne skyline.

Simon Johanson A wealthy property investor who is selling three prime city development sites may nearly double his initial $47 million investment.

Short-stay operators targeted

Docklands

Simon Johanson At least four owners' corporations are taking action against short-stay operators.

Roof space on Flinders Street attracts city childcare tenant

Flinders Street Station.

Simon Johanson The children of city office workers are set to get another rooftop early learning centre.

Housing

House prices crawl slowly

Simon Johanson House prices rose in the first three months of this year - but only just, official figures show.

Private investors take charge in the south-east

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Simon Johanson Private investors are 'dominating' Melbourne's south-eastern industrial market.

Fertile plot to unearth purchase

Simon Johanson Residential developer Trenerry Property Group is luring green-thumb apartment buyers.

Hotel and apartment tower plan for Digital Harbour

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Simon Johanson The first plans for a $300 million residential hotel complex have been lodged.

Trust building sale sparks optimism

Commercial-Property

Simon Johanson Sale of Koorie Heritage Trust building for $8.64m evidence of 'resurgence' by local investors.

Property

Cashed-up super 'smurfs' throw weight around

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Chris Vedelago and Simon Johanson The rebound in the property market is being led, in part, by the rocketing popularity of self-managed super funds.

Property

Investors help lift property market out of the slump

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Simon Johanson and Chris Vedelago Think back less than a year ago. Property prices across the country had been falling for nearly two years. Europe was in turmoil, and consumers weren't spending.

Property

Home values take a slight stumble

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Simon Johanson While values slumped in most states last month, sales of new dwellings ramped up.

Property

House prices hit speed bump

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Simon Johanson The housing market recovery stumbles, with home values falling in most states.

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