Simon Johanson

Simon Johanson

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

Sentinel group pays $20m for Virgin Active site

Simon Johanson A Queensland syndicate has snapped up Virgin Active's Bourke Street fitness premises in Melbourne for $20 million.

Art Series Hotel Group adds colour in regions and interstate

Artist impression Art Series Studio in Bendigo.

Simon Johanson The Art Series Hotel Group is expanding its national and regional footprint with a new hotel in Adelaide and a smaller ''studio'' hotel in Bendigo.


Commonwealth Property Office Fund pulls takeover deal

Hoog. Afr. 080821. Pic supplied. Pics shows DEXUS Property Group chief executive Victor Hoog Antink
Source: DEXUS Property Group

Simon Johanson CPA pulls a deal giving Dexus and its Canadian pension fund partner exclusive right to takeover talks.

Rosebud shopping centre sells for $100m to Charter Hall Retail REIT


Simon Johanson Shopping centre changes hands as investors target non-discretionary retail properties.


Fairfax names new Domain chief


Simon Johanson Fairfax Media has appointed Antony Catalano as the chief executive its standalone Domain real-estate business.

First-home crisis triggers call for action

Sale sign

Glenda Kwek, Simon Johanson A record plunge in first-home buyer activity has sparked calls for a national debate on housing affordability.


Young buyers find home-owning dream a nightmare to fund


Sun Herald Real Estate 28 Violet Street, Chatswood which sold at auction for $1,908,000 with a reserve of $1,500,000 Pic of the interested buyers Saturday the 17th of August 2013 SUN HERALD Picture by FIONA MORRIS

Simon Johanson First home borrowers are at record lows as they face skyrocketing property prices, the struggle to save a deposit and investor competition.

Empty nesters buy two units, get one key

Artist's impression of Hamton's Sanctuary apartment building in Richmond.

Simon Johanson Downsizing baby boomers are leading a trend towards bespoke apartments in upmarket developments.

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Foreign investors push up land values in Melbourne's city centre


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Simon Johanson Land values in Melbourne's city centre continue to soar as competition intensifies.

Commercial Realestate

Office sales set for record

Knight Frank's commercial sales managing director Paul Henley.

Simon Johanson Commercial office transactions in Melbourne's CBD could reach a record $2.25 billion peak.

Tiny shop sells for a huge price


Simon Johanson The smallest shop in Melbourne has sold for, nearly but not quite, the city's highest price.

Shoebox cafe serves up hefty auction price tag

Simon Johanson It's the smallest shop in Melbourne and, likely, among the most expensive.

Quest leads way to suburbs, regions

Simon Johanson Australia's suburbs and regions are next growth sector for serviced apartments as the weight of offices and workers shifts to city fringes, the Quest group says.


Housing sizzles towards a Christmas rush

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Simon Johanson and Chris Vedelago The weekend's bumper auction result will set the tempo for the remainder of this year, amid concerns that Australia's housing market is at risk of overheating.

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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.

Work starts on Polaris stage two

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

Industrial sites on offer

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