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.

Property

Asian buyers target Melbourne in $257m spree

Melbourne CBD

Simon Johanson Foreign investors buy quarter of commercial properties in CBD, says Savills Australia.

Property

Singapore firms buy up Melbourne sites

MELBOURNE,AUSTRALIA-NOVEMBER 25, 2011: Photo  of Victoria University Building at 300 Flinders st in Melbourne on Friday November 25, 2011. AFR  /  LUIS ENRIQUE ASCUI

Simon Johanson Two Singaporean listed companies have splashed out a combined $226.1 million to buy four Melbourne properties over the past month.

Property

Hotel plans for airport precinct

Essendon Airport

Simon Johanson Essendon Airport looks set to expand with a 150-bed hotel, substantial new office and retail space.

Property

First signs of fresh life for Chapel Street

Chapel street.

Simon Johanson A new wave of fast-food and fashion is moving into Chapel Street ahead of a much-needed makeover.

Property

Vacancy rates hit new high in suburban strips

Glenferrie Road.

Simon Johanson Almost one in six shops stands empty in one of Melbourne's premium shopping strips.

Property

Building tenants using real-time data to manage energy costs

Money bulb.

Simon Johanson Soaring energy costs prompt more property owners to introduce smart technolog.

Property

Green light for business in the suburbs

Green buildings.

Simon Johanson Corporate and government tenants are leading a push for sustainable commercial office buildings in Australia's suburbs.

Resources

Miners' woes 'filter through' to other areas

Jean Pascal Tricoire.

Simon Johanson Australia's mining downturn was having a ''substantial'' impact on associated industries.

Property

Car park may fetch $12m

Simon Johanson A private developer seeking to cash in has put a city car park on the market.

Property

Property investors snap up retail assets

Simon Johanson Spending on retail assets in Victoria has almost doubled over a year as property investors shrug off concerns about consumer confidence.

Jennings tips house recovery

Simon Johanson Consumer confidence in New South Wales is driving the beginnings of a housing recovery.

Industrial vacancies up

Simon Johanson Speculative development has driven a 2.5 per cent rise in Melbourne's industrial vacancy rate.

Developers

AVJennings sees signs of recovery

Simon Johanson Growing consumer confidence in NSW is driving the beginnings of a recovery in the housing sector, AVJennings chief executive Peter Summers said as the residential developer recorded a full-year loss...

Property

Straitened times put pubs on block

Beer tap.

Simon Johanson Two popular inner-city watering holes are likely to be sold after their owner was declared bankrupt.

Property

Tower boom on horizon as developers eye Footscray

Footscray - google earth.

Simon Johanson A pocket of Footscray will become a satellite city of 5000 people living in more than a dozen high-rise towers.

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Property

Gradual recovery in housing likely as job fears weigh on prices

Simon Johanson Record low interest rates may spark double-digit growth in Sydney's property prices but job worries are likely to keep a lid on values across the rest of the country.

Property

Malaysian group buys Docklands supermarket

Chris Vedelago and Simon Johanson A Malaysian investment group is believed to have paid at least $14.5 million to buy the only full-line supermarket in Docklands.

Property

Bricks and mortar in vogue

Carolyn Cummins and Simon Johanson The low-interest-rate environment has sent investors heading swiftly to the higher-yielding bricks-and-mortar sector.

Property

South Yarra strip goes upmarket for elderly

An artist's imnpression of Australian Aged Care Group's new six-star Kensington Gardens aged care facility in 61 Kensington Road South Yarra.

Simon Johanson A sought-after South Yarra street will host Australia's first six-star care facility.

Property

MYOB moves to customised activity-based workplace

Simon Johanson Business services provider MYOB has drastically transformed its workplace.