Simon Johanson

Simon Johanson

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

Commercial Property

Struggling office stock creates two-tier market

Melbourne offices.

Simon Johanson Melbourne's metropolitan office market is putting on a 'two-tier' performance.

Lips tight: Welsh Church sells CBD land for $20m

The Welsh Church.

Simon Johanson A major development site behind Melbourne's Welsh Church has reportedly sold for close to $20million.

Majors force Dahlsens to abandon retail

Dahlen’s sells site of Ballarat hardware business.

Simon Johanson Intense competition from DIY hardware giants Bunnings and Masters has taken a toll on regional hardware operator Dahlsens' retail businesses.

Rising market spurs Salta on warehousing

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Simon Johanson Salta Properties will begin major earthworks for warehouse sites at its ''inland port'' in Dandenong South as Melbourne's industrial market sales, supply and lease conditions improve in the first...


Local investor snaps up Campari House

Campari House.

Simon Johanson A local businessman has bought the CBD drinking and dining institution Campari House.

Shopping strips find pickings a little slim

Simon Johanson Several of the city's top destination streets are struggling as shoppers chase bargains online.

Retail landscape set for revamp

Simon Johanson Proposed planning laws will radically alter retail landscape, says Australian Property Institute.

Ex-students return to buy city property

Simon Johanson Former students of top universities among the most significant group of offshore investors.

Construction firms scale back

Simon Johanson Respondants to a Pace Survey cited career advancement at the main reason for resigning.

Bridge Road facing storm


Simon Johanson More than one in 10 shops along the iconic kilometre-long strip is now standing empty.

Park life on high has Cbus chasing more

35 Spring Street.

Simon Johanson Cbus Property is scouring for other development sites as it prepares to officially launch Melbourne's newest high-end residential apartment tower.

Foreign investment

Overseas buyers lifting retail investment focus


Simon Johanson Overseas buyers are increasing their investments in Australian retail and office assets.


From school to terrace apartments

Abbotsford’s former Sophia Mundi Steiner School set to be transformed into a $60 million boutique development.

Simon Johanson Abbotsford's Sophia Mundi Steiner School is to be transformed into a $60 million boutique development.

Yields steady for now but squeeze is coming


Simon Johanson Super funds reallocating money to property, improvements in relative returns and the leverage capacity of major REITs support a compression in property yields in the medium term, research suggests.

Office vacancies

Docklands threat to CBD


Simon Johanson Docklands poses a clear risk to the central business district's office vacancy rate.

Foreign investment builds

Construction in the city CBD.

Simon Johanson Offshore developers are building far more apartments in Melbourne than local operators.

A new look in train for Prahran's Station Hotel

The Station Hotel.

Simon Johanson Long-time regulars at Prahran's Station Hotel will recall being confronted by a V/Line train emerging from the house next door.

Renewed lease best answer to Liano gibes

Bettino Liano.

Simon Johanson Bettina Liano's recent swipe at Melbourne's shopping culture was the result of her embattled business rather than ''exorbitant'' rents, an agent says.

Fairfax puts timeline on sale of printing presses

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Simon Johanson Fairfax Media hopes to complete the sale of its two major print plants, Tullamarine in Melbourne and Chullora in Sydney, by the end of May.

Paint awards splash colour

atherton gardens paint awards winner dulux

Simon Johanson The Atherton Gardens HUB Development has taken out the Grand Prix title in the 2013 Dulux Colour Awards for its combined use of pattern and colour to create a rich tapestry effect.