Simon Johanson

Simon Johanson

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


Fence disputes could fall with new law changes

Simon Johanson Recent changes to the law will make it easier to love your neighbour – or at least not fight with them over the back fence.

ISPT revealed as buyer of Kingswood Golf Course for $125m

Simon Johanson The Kingswood Golf Course has been sold to unlisted Melbourne property fund manager ISPT for $125 million, Fairfax Media can reveal.

Melbourne hotels set to follow apartment boom

The proposed W-Hotel.

Simon Johanson The flood of apartments towers planned for Melbourne could see a corresponding peak in supply of new hotel rooms, the city's official construction monitor shows.

Chinese developers snap up Footscray sites

An artist's impression of 2 Hopkins Street, Footscray.

Simon Johanson The heat in Melbourne's land market has spread west, with Chinese-backed developers snapping up sites in Footscray with more sales expected.

Clock ticks down for new town St Germain

Simon Johanson What makes a town centre tick? A clock, among other things, says architect and community advocate Dean Landy.

Viva Energy to set up base in Docklands

Simon Johanson Viva Energy, formerly known as Shell Australia, is the latest blue-chip tenant to make the leap from suburbs to city in a trend driven by high CBD incentives.

Melbourne Airport to remain one of Victoria's biggest construction sites

Work on Terminal 4 at Melbourne Airport, which will house Jetstar, Rex and Tiger airlines.

Simon Johanson Melbourne Airport is the sleeping giant of construction in Victoria spending $420 million last financial year, with outlays set to almost double this financial year.

Jewell station to get $70 million facelift

Artist's impression of Jewell Station Precinct, Brunswick.

Simon Johanson About 100 apartments are expected to be built in two buildings next to Jewell Railway Station in Brunswick as part of a government push to rejuvenate infrastructure.

Business confidence 'to be hit' by ALP dumping East West Link

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine talks East West Link with colleagues.

Simon Johanson Business confidence will take a hit and future infrastructure projects will face increased costs if the ALP follows through on its vow to dump the East West Link project if it wins the November...

Qube warns Port of Melbourne charges could double

Jenny Wiggins and Simon Johanson Melbourne cargo charges could double over the next two years, raising prices of imported goods for consumers as the privatisation of Australian container ports pushes up rents, logistics group Qube...

Industrial sector vacancies fall over six months: report

Simon Johanson A slowdown in speculative development and better tenant retention are behind a recent decline in industrial vacancy rates, according to consultants Urbis.

TNT builds super hub at Melbourne Airport

The Age Google Earth image of Melbourne Airport car park long term and short term are visable. Image date 2009. 18th October 2013

Simon Johanson Global transport and logistics group TNT has started construction on a super hub' near Melbourne Airport.

St Kilda Road in investor's sights

For sale.

Simon Johanson AIMS Property Fund is close to selling its 492 St Kilda Road office, with the asset in due diligence to an undisclosed buyer.

Last of Walker's Collins Square towers

Lang Walker: Plans for Docklands.

Simon Johanson Sydney billionaire Lang Walker is making plans to begin work on a fifth tower, the last in his $1.5 billion-plus Collins Square project in Melbourne's Docklands precinct.

Kingswood golf site exceeds $80m sale forecast

Simon Johanson The site of the Kingswood Golf Club in Dingley has been sold to a well-known developer for more than the original $80 million forecast asking price, club officials say.


Docklands' Supersonic artwork installed without planning approval, may have to be altered

Artist Dion Horstmans with a scale model of his 'Supersonic' sculpture.

Simon Johanson An 80 metre-long Supersonic artwork has been installed in Docklands without proper planning approvals in an oversight that has left Walker Corporation yellow-faced.

Australian pollies love their properties... and islands ...and rentals

 Industrial Relations and Employment Minister Richard Dalla-Riva, is the Parliament's rental kingpin and property doyen.

Simon Johanson One owns an island, another half a dozen rental properties, and the third a block of flats.

Woolies sells in Toorak

Simon Johanson A freestanding Woolworths supermarket in Toorak has sold for more than $12 million on a near-record low yield below 3 per cent.

Sale of Bradmill site stalls

Simon Johanson One of Melbourne's largest inner-city land sales has become bogged down in negotiations, but the owner of the former Bradmill denim factory who stands to make a potential $120 million windfall...

Development looms at Queen Victoria market

The Munro family’s holdings are expected to fetch at least $60 million.

Simon Johanson The relentless rise of tall towers appears set to encroach on the doorstep of Melbourne's famed Queen Victoria Market.