Simon Johanson

Simon Johanson

Property Editor at The Age and BusinessDay journalist for Fairfax's,, and

Authorities knock back Camberwell Junction high-rise

Simon Johanson Planning authorities have knocked back a pair of silver and bronze twin towers that were set to soar 12 storeys above Camberwell Junction, echoing past high-rise battles in Melbourne's blue-chip...

Carlton pub sells to developer


Simon Johanson Another city watering hole is set to fall under to a developer's hammer after the Corkman Irish Pub sold for $4.76 million - $1.56 million above its reserve.

Melbourne's anarchists overshadowed by capitalist developers

Rebels with a cause: The Melbourne Anarchists Club has raised funds for

Simon Johanson The headquarters of Melbourne's anarchists will soon lie in the shadow of new apartments, writes Simon Johanson.

Melbourne music lovers sound off as St Kilda's Prince of Wales Hotel goes on market

The Prince of Wales Hotel in St Kilda.

Simon Johanson Live music lovers have sounded the alert as another of Melbourne's iconic venues, the Prince of Wales Hotel in St Kilda, is offered for sale.

Land sales showing signs of strength

Simon Johanson Melbourne's greenfield land sales have reached levels last seen in 2010 but the stronger demand has not pushed up prices, according to an industry-wide survey.

Southbank tower boom going strong

Going up - 
A year in Southbank's

MainPoint Melbourne
350 apartments, 
The Habitat
318 apartments, 
Guild Apartments
297 apartments, 
Sunday Coventry
240 apartments, 
Tiara Southbank
210 apartments, 
79 apartments.

Simon Johanson The city's record number of proposed skyscrapers shows no sign of slowing as interests associated with Melbourne's largest private apartment developer Central Equity lodge plans for another 50-level...

Apartment tower pinned for Bridge Road

Simon Johanson A father and son development team have lodged plans for a nine storey Richmond Hill apartment tower to replace the equivalent of four stores on Bridge Road's shopping strip.

Dymocks hunts for more property

Dymocks has reported sales growth approaching double digits, thanks largely to data analytics.

Simon Johanson Dymocks Properties which recently purchased an office tower in St Kilda Road on Melbourne's CBD fringe is on the hunt for more assets with another $150 million in capital and an eye on the Brisbane...

TAC sale makes an impact

 Investment Group have acquired the headquarters of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in Geelong.

Simon Johanson Recent start-up Impact Investment Group is proving one of Melbourne's most active property investors, sealing an off-market deal Tuesday to acquire the headquarters of the Transport Accident...

Foreign buyers face tougher penalties for breaching real estate laws


Simon Johanson Foreign buyers face tough new penalties for flouting property ownership rules, as well as capital gains losses and cross-matching with immigration records, under likely recommendations by a...

Restrictions on foreign buyers not being adequately policed, critics say

property and money

Simon Johanson Not everyone is happy about the impact of the foreign financial onslaught on real estate.


Chinese investors are pushing into Melbourne and Sydney

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Simon Johanson Investment from China in Australian real estate shows no sign of slowing. Is that a problem or a solution?

Chinese developer snares stellar Dorcas Street site

Simon Johanson A new-entry Chinese developer has snapped up a Dorcas street development site part-occupied by producers of popular TV shows Dancing with the Stars and Deal or No Deal.

Centuria sells prime St Kilda Road office

The off-market sale has poured $82.1 million into Centuria's coffers.

Simon Johanson and Carolyn Cummins Centuria Property Funds has sold a prime St Kilda office for $82.1 million as it prepares to launch its $200 million Metro Diversified Fund.

Multi-purpose super tower planned to rise to new heights above Melbourne's Collins Street

An artist’s impression of the proposed tower at 
555 Collins Street.

Simon Johanson A 302-metre super tower proposed for 555 Collins Street will need special approval for construction cranes to penetrate Melbourne's airspace after its owners submitted fresh plans to build a mix of...


Prince of Brunei buys Victoria University building

Victoria University's 301 Flinders Lane building.

Simon Johanson A company controlled by the Prince of Brunei, whose family's property holdings have been the subject of boycotts from gay and lesbian groups, has snapped up a city office owned by Victoria University...

Apartment towers set to replace TV studio

It's a deal.

Simon Johanson A site part-occupied by the producers of popular TV shows Dancing with the Stars and Deal or No Deal will be transformed into 490 apartments in two 23-level towers after gaining planning approval.

Developer Lechte graduates to building apartments at Monash

Simon Johanson Universities are usually associated with low-rent student accommodation but mid-tier local developer Lechte Corporation has found an owner-occupier appetite for well-built apartments close to Monash...

Bayswater shopping centre sells for $22m

Simon Johanson A Sydney-based family has paid about $22 million in an off-market transaction for the Mountain High Shopping Centre in Bayswater about 35 kilometres east of Melbourne's CBD.

South Yarra's Albany Hotel on the market

Simon Johanson A landmark Melbourne hotel and two historic pubs are on the market, with some likely to face redevelopment.