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.

Skyscraper plans cut down to size

Simon Johanson Two skyscrapers backed by state Planning Minister Matthew Guy have been scaled down by flight path restrictions over Melbourne.

Property

PDG Corporation pushes on with former Ansett building

Artist impression of upgrade to 501 Swanston Street.

Simon Johanson PDG Corporation has begun building a five-level podium next to the former Ansett building.

Property

Planning changes set in motion

Malvern area.

Simon Johanson There will be winners and losers in the move.

Property

Melbourne sales surge

Melbourne skyline.

Simon Johanson The value of commercial sales in Melbourne for the 2013 financial year grew by 22 per cent.

Stocks and super come out best

Simon Johanson, Clancy Yeates, Georgia Wilkins, Peter Ker, Madeleine Heffernan PROPERTY An investment of $100,000 in Australian real estate earned the average home owner about $3700 in capital value over the last financial year, according to RP Data's daily home value index.

Property

St Kilda Rd office building up for grabs

St Kilda Rd.

Simon Johanson The Melbourne-based Carter Group has put a five-level St Kilda Road office building on the market.

Property

Services in CBD demand

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Simon Johanson Gyms, masseurs and beauty salons are challenging the CBD's traditional fashion and food sectors.

Property

Fringe escapes big increase in water infrastructure costs

A digger is seen in front of a new house in an outer suburb of Melbourne July 12, 2010. The value of home loans for owner-occupied homes fell 0.3 percent to A$13.69 billion ($11.99 billion) after seasonal adjustments. The value of loans for investment homes rose 2.6 percent to A$7.662 billion.  REUTERS/Mick Tsikas    (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS)

Simon Johanson Property developers have avoided a significant rise in water and sewerage connection costs.

Property

Pellicano speculates on office needs in south-east

Pellicano Group

Simon Johanson The Pellicano Group has begun building a large speculative office building in Moorabbin.

Property

Convention Centre set to go

Convention centre

Simon Johanson The former Melbourne Convention Centre on the Yarra River is set to be demolished.

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Insurance

Expansionist wants no part of space oddity

Tony Fernandes

Simon Johanson High-profile Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes has said he is looking to expand his Tune Insurance business into Australia.

Property

International hotel to create 100 Victorian jobs

Simon Johanson The Malaysian-based Tune Hotels chain will open a 225 room hotel and base its operational headquarters in Melbourne in November.

Commercial property

Car parks snapped up as spaces dwindle

CARPARK

Simon Johanson Melbourne's population is booming but car-parking spaces are not matching growth.

Commercial property

Alpha group in Amcor bid

AMCOR

Simon Johanson Former Macquarie executive leads consortium that is purchasing paper factory site.

Commercial property

Tough times hit CBD vacancies

Melbourne CBD

Simon Johanson Melbourne CBD street-front shop vacancies rise to their highest levels in five years.

Commercial property

Court quashes regulator ban on short-stay leases

Simon Johanson The Supreme Court has overturned a decision by the building industry regulator that banned short-term tenants from occupying apartments in residential buildings.

Commerical property

Melbourne, RMIT muscle in as property heavyweights

RMIT building

Simon Johanson Between them Melbourne and RMIT universities are property gorillas.

Commericial property

Rising call for student housing

Students and university.

Simon Johanson A combination of the falling dollar and growth in international education is expected to increase the need for student housing over the next three years.

Commercial property

Investors driving surge

World Square Office Towers in Sydney.

Simon Johanson Syndicators and high-net-worth private investors are driving a pick-up in investment activity in Melbourne's city fringe and suburban office markets.

Commercial property

Pizzeria grabs slice of train hub shake-up

A soon to be opened restaurant own by Paul Matheis at the Southern Cross Station.

Simon Johanson Paul Mathis will complete a shake-up of 's Southern Cross railway when he opens a large restaurant at the station.

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