Simon Johanson

Simon Johanson

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


Online property transaction system PEXA tipped to cut conveyancing costs

Simon Johanson The $100 million Property Exchange Australia e-conveyancing platform began full digital property transfer services in NSW last November and rolled out similar services in Victoria this month.


Botanicca estate in Richmond gains five-storey strata office block

Simon Johanson A listed Malaysian-based developer is set to launch a five-level, strata office in Richmond amid a rise in leasing activity in the suburb's signature Botanicca estate in Swan Street.

Melbourne industrial sector's sales and lease activity likely to remain high

Savills' research shows a 30 per cent rise in leases signed in 2014.

Simon Johanson Despite an economic slowdown, the demand for industrial property remains high.


Streamline sale for Moderne building

Commercial property

Simon Johanson Prominent Melbourne-based developer Bill McNee will expand into Melbourne's west after snapping up a corner site with permits for 38-level tower.


Flying Duck fetches sky-high price

Under the hammer: The Castle Hotel in North Melbourne.

Simon Johanson The popular inner-city Castle Hotel in North Melbourne will be the first city watering hole to be auctioned this year, with expectations of more than $3 million.

Cubitt Street, Richmond, home to go under the hammer as real estate prices rise

Simon Johanson This little workers cottage in Cubitt Street, Richmond, tells its own bust-to-boom story.


The ArchiBlox 'fridge' at home in sustainable world

An ArchiBlox-designed carbon-positive home will be on show in Swanston Street during the Sustainable Living Festival.

Simon Johanson Architect Bill McCorkell describes his small house as one of the world's first carbon-positive prefabricated homes.

Toyota plans residential towers about prime city showroom

Toyota's prime city showroom on the corner of Elizabeth and Queensbury streets.

Simon Johanson Car giant Toyota is seeking to capitalise on Melbourne's heated apartment market, lodging plans for a huge four-tower development on a city block part-occupied by its city dealership.


Rate cut to help housing, boost property prices

House made of money

Simon Johanson The housing industry will be boosted by the Reserve Bank’s rate cut but economists warn there are significant risks of another investor-driven boom in home prices.


Private investors outbid big guns in battle for Melbourne's suburban offices

Simon Johanson Suburban office sales topped $709 million last year, almost double the previous period.

Kuwaiti billionaire wins case for massive towers in Port Melbourne

One design for the proposed waterfront developments on Waterfront Place in Port Melbourne.

Simon Johanson A developer backed by Kuwaiti royalty is one step closer to building massive towers next to Station Pier in Port Melbourne after planning authorities wound back restrictive covenants blocking...


Retail giant Woolworths rolls out small convenience stores in Melbourne

Woolworths will roll out a new convenience concept store at 160 Swanston Street.

Simon Johanson Retail heavyweight Woolworths has made its first land grab, as it rolls out its new convenience store strategy in Melbourne.

Traffic negotiations bring Amcor development to a standstill

Simon Johanson Delays caused by negotiations to widen the notorious Chandler Highway traffic bottleneck are putting pressure on developers of the former Amcor paper mill site in Fairfield.

$200b of Asian funds looking for property

Simon Johanson Trading volumes for commercial property in the Asia Pacific region are likely to remain at record highs next year, with an estimated US$200 billion to $250 billion looking for quality assets, JLL's...

Landlords under pressure as incentives hold in Australia's commercial leasing market

Simon Johanson Incentives in Australia's commercial leasing market show no signs of abating.

Two new buildings approved in Geelong

Simon Johanson Geelong's council has approved permits for two large commercial office buildings within the space of a few weeks.

Fear over high-rise tower fire risk in Melbourne

Aftermath: Fire crews inspect the damage at the Lacrosse building in Latrobe Street, Docklands.

Simon Johanson High-rise towers in inner Melbourne may be at risk of damage by fire and the residents could face other safety concerns, an audit of Victoria's building permit system found.

VCAT challenges design of skinny Queen Street tower

Simon Johanson A developers' bid to push the boundaries of buildings that can be squeezed on to CBD sites has hit a planning wall.

VicRoads drives wedge through ISPT's Packenham estate

Simon Johanson VicRoads has driven a wedge through ISPT's new Pakenham Racecourse estate effectively annexing part of the site for road widening works.

Telstra offloads suburban development sites in Melbourne

A Healesville office leased to VicForests is being sold by Telstra.

Simon Johanson Four properties in Healesville, Armadale, Reservoir and Coburg are on offer.