Simon Johanson

Simon Johanson

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


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.


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.


Miners' woes 'filter through' to other areas

Jean Pascal Tricoire.

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


Car park may fetch $12m

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


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.


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...


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.


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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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.


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.


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.


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.


MYOB moves to customised activity-based workplace

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


Memo bosses: There's money in space

Simon Johanson Cutting down the workspace ratio could save the government millions in rent.


Neighbouring city sites expected to fetch $20m

Simon Johanson Two more development sites are being offered for sale just a week after a Melbourne private investor sold a portfolio of three properties.


Tower seeks to ban short-stay tenants

Royal Domain Tower.

Simon Johanson The exclusive St Kilda Road residential tower has moved to ban short-stay tenants.


Business 'burnt' by fire levy

Simon Johanson The Victorian government's fire services levy may raise costs for many commercial premises.


Investor snaps up CBD building for $17 million

Simon Johanson A prominent 10-storey Exhibition Street building has sold to a private investor.