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.

Mobil oil spill produces toxic result for Hallmarc

Simon Johanson Hallmarc Group has lost a $170 million claim over contamination of its land in Williamstown North by toxic petroleum hydrocarbons from a spill at the nearby Mobil refinery.

Oliver Hume deepens its development pipeline

Simon Johanson Real estate agency Oliver Hume has consolidated its move into developing apartments by purchasing a large West Melbourne site for $18 million.

Developers target sites south of Melbourne CBD

Simon Johanson A corner warehouse in South Melboune has been nabbed for its long-term development potential.

Besgate plans 273-metre tower for heritage-listed Eliza Tinsley building site

Simon Johanson A little-known Shanghai-backed development group wants to break through Melbourne's restrictive air safety height barrier with an 85-storey tower in Bourke Street.

Land banking company linked to Henry Kaye collapses

Henry Kaye and Jamie McIntyre.

Simon Johanson, Royce Millar, Ben Schneiders Mystery surrounds the fate of tens of million of dollars outlaid by 700 mum and dad investors in a Bendigo land-banking scheme linked to notorious get-rich-quick spruikers Henry Kaye and Jamie...

Short-stay operators win tribunal decision over Watergate building

Simon Johanson Victorian planning tribunal rules owners cannot ban transient tenants leasing via websites like Airbnb and Couchsurfing.

Consolidation is king in suburban backyards

Backyard bliss in Australia.

Simon Johanson Suburban Melbourne home owners have found they can get more for their properties when they sell them as one lot.

Plenary Health signs up cafe tenants for new cancer centre

An artist's impression of the Loft Cafe and roof garden at the new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Parkville.

Simon Johanson Plenary Health is on schedule to open the purpose-built cancer centre for research, treatment and care in Parkville on the Haymarket roundabout in mid-2016.,

Fitzroy's Spanish club building to make way for apartments

Tim Gurner, a young rich-lister, has done a deal with Fitzroy's Spanish Club on Johnson Street to turn the club into apartments.

Simon Johanson Subject to planning approval, the deal will allow the club to continue alongside a Spanish bar and restaurant in a new building.

Shorten donor Lockyer cut controversial pay deal with Australian Workers Union

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 09:  Opposition Leader Bill Shorten speaks to the media after he appeared at the Royal Commission into Trade Unions on July 9, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Dominic Lorrimer/Fairfax Media)

Sarah Danckert and Simon Johanson The Australian Workers Union under Bill Shorten's stewardship cut a controversial enterprise deal with a company that had no employees run by the man whose $40,000 election campaign donation Mr...

Hare Krishna building sells for record price

The home of Melbourne's Hare Krishnas has sold for a record-setting $15.8 million.

Simon Johanson The home of Melbourne's Hare Krishnas and their popular Crossways and Gopal vegetarian restaurants - a skinny, eight-level building on Swanston Street - has set a new city land price record, selling...

Property pooling reaches new heights in Melbourne

An artists impression of the six towers in Normanby Road.

Simon Johanson Six Melbourne property owners have taken the idea of pooling neighbouring properties to make one large development site to a new level by banding together to create a masterplan for half a dozen...

Mum and dads shop for retail amid high home prices

Simon Johanson The increase in mum and dad investors has resulted in unprecedented levels of inquiry for retail spots.

Market Wrap: Historic Thornbury motor shop sells

This historic High Street building dating back to the late 1800s has sold for $5.4 million.

Simon Johanson A historic High Street building which dates back to the late 1800s has sold for $5.4 million.

Melbourne's northern suburbs beef up industrial facility supply

More than 600,000 square metres of industrial space is forecast to be built across Melbourne.

Simon Johanson Industrial development in Melbourne's northern suburbs is set to outstrip other city sectors for the first time ever this year, according to forecasts.

Golden Age Group property developments expand under Jeff Xu

Simon Johanson Jeff Xu's diverse business interests range from importing-exporting, to hotels and popular city eateries, but developing property is his passion.

Offshore buyers look to buy land as Melbourne city sites heat up

Development: The Williams family have sold their 12-hectare Cranbourne East farm to Shanghai-based property developer Artemis Hotel Group.

Simon Johanson and Marc Pallisco Recent transactions by mainland Chinese investors in land subdivision sites on Melbourne's outskirts may herald a shift in focus from the central city's heated development site market.

Greg Hocking sells South Melbourne development site for $4.7m

The proposed apartment and retail development in Park Street, South Melbourne.

Simon Johanson A prime development site in Park Street has been sold for $4.775 million.

German fund puts Melbourne's South Wharf Tower on the market

South Wharf Tower is among several premium office buildings on the market.

Simon Johanson Global demand has prompted a giant German property fund to offer a premium Melbourne office building on the south bank of the Yarra River.

GPT offloads Rouse Hill residential projects

The main street in Rouse Hill Town Centre.

Simon Johanson GPT Group has moved to offload two residential development sites in Rouse Hill as demand for premium projects soars.