Simon Johanson

Simon Johanson

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


EPA green head office sold

Simon Johanson One of Melbourne's greenest office buildings has changed hands for $33.55 million.

Property Council's new state president calls for tax review

Simon Johanson The state government should review property taxes and take a greater role in driving urban renewal, the Property Council of Australia's newly appointed Victorian president Lorenz Grollo said.

Delays hit Emporium as names sign up

Artist's impression of Emporium.

Simon Johanson Melbourne's premier retail development has 90 per cent of its tenant income secured despite city's subdued leasing environment.

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Docklands drought could be nearing end

Simon Johanson A surge in recent leasing activity suggests Docklands' long retail drought may be breaking.

Industrial sites on offer

Simon Johanson Strong demand for industrial property has prompted a spate of recent offerings.

Work starts on Polaris stage two

Simon Johanson Deal Corporation forges ahead with transformation of former mental asylum into housing haven.


House prices hit new peaks


Simon Johanson Home values have risen above the previous high set during the 2010 property boom, led by strong growth in Sydney and Melbourne.

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Smorgysbord of objections now settled

Smorgy's restaurant in Burwood.

Simon Johanson A five-tower apartment development gained approval to replace a Smorgy's shortly after it was incinerated.


Seafood venue hopes to net $3.5m

Bacash in South Yarras Domain Road village.

Simon Johanson Well-known seafood restaurant Bacash is for sale after the failure of a business relationship.


Luxury tower plan for site at Albert Park

Albert park.

Simon Johanson Melbourne's much-loved Albert Park may soon be ringed by apartment developments.

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Sydney food franchises hunger for Melbourne

Mooving south: Wow Cow yogurt shop.

Simon Johanson Food franchises that have reached a saturation point in Sydney are coming to Melbourne.


Tower on King casts a shorter shadow

Artists impression of development plans for 33-35 King Street.

Simon Johanson Another tall building proposed for King Street continues trend towards skyscrapers on small city sites.


Victoria set for $144 million trade boost

The Premier Denis Napthine.

Simon Johanson A Victorian trade mission to south-east Asia will create $144m in export benefits over two years.


Victoria tops retail investment

Retail stores.

Simon Johanson Victoria accounted for nearly half of national retail property investments in the second quarter.


Asian buyers face shortfall

Victoria University Building at 300 Flinders st in Melbourne

Simon Johanson Chinese property players look to follow a surge of Asian investment in Melbourne's commercial market.


Asian buyers target Melbourne in $257m spree

Melbourne CBD

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


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.


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.


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.


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.