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.

A 101 lesson in maintaining the status quo

101 Collins Street, Melbourne.

Simon Johanson Melbourne's premium office tower 101 Collins has been given $30 million in upgrades to maintain its position among Australia's top office landmarks.

Melbourne's most prestigious tower 101 Collins faces more view threats

The soaring 101 Collins Street.

Simon Johanson Melbourne's most prestigious Collins Street address is under siege from plans for a super-thin skyscraper alongside but analysis of property records show several other sites could also threaten its...

Melbourne Uni buys historic pub for 'student amenity'

Melbourne University wants students to have continued access to food and drink across the extended campus.

Simon Johanson The Prince Alfred Hotel in Carlton, which sold at a public auction in late March for $4.5 million, was bought by Melbourne University.

Melbourne's most prestigious address 101 Collins fights view intruder

Simon Johanson Like many in development-dazed Melbourne, 101 Collins Street is fighting – and, so far, losing – a battle to protect its best asset: its million-dollar views are threatened by a 43-storey...

Develop strategies to ride out Melbourne apartment glut: DTZ

There has been no weakening in demand for development sites despite a large apartment pipeline.

Simon Johanson Developers will need creative approaches to tap into different buyer segments or be able to sit and hold sites to ride out slow points in the market caused by oversupply.

Investors lead shopping frenzy for Melbourne strip shops

Fitzroys' Mark Talbot says even shops on the fringes of streets are gaining traction.

Simon Johanson Shoppers may be in short supply as consumers keep a tight hold on their wallets but the investment frenzy in Melbourne's famed suburban shopping strips continues unabated.

Apartment developers target Clifton Hill industrial sites

Adan Wulff has brought a Queens Parade site in conjunction with Paul Hayward. The pair have approval for an 11-storey project on the site.

Simon Johanson Boutique developer Adam Wulff bought one of Clifton Hill's last, and largest, mixed-use development sites at 120-138 Roseneath Street for more than $8.4 million.

Melbourne's Imperial Hotel for sale

Simon Johanson The sale of the Imperial Hotel – an imposing 19th century pub opposite the equally imperial seat of Parliament – on the corner of Spring and Bourke streets follows a slew of well-known...

Melbourne's suburban home owners spy development upside

Canberra reported an auction clearance rate of 68.2 per cent over the March quarter

Simon Johanson Bent Street in Bentleigh has experienced a mini property boom.

Salta joins with Asia One to build city apartment tower

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Simon Johanson One of Australia's largest private developers has formed a joint venture with a Malaysian developer Asia One to build a high-rise tower in Melbourne.

Dennis Family take long-term development view

Bert Dennis, founder of Dennis Family Corporation.

Simon Johanson Growing up dirt-poor in country Victoria gave Bert Dennis some guiding principles that have underpinned his entire business life.

Key Infrastructure Australia buys gateway site on Port Phillip Bay to turn into luxury apartments

Simon Johanson A gateway site on Port Phillip Bay has sold for $11 million and will be transformed into high-end apartments and an upmarket supermarket overlooking Station Pier.

Kathmandu to open new flagship store in Bourke Street, Melbourne

Adventure wear outlet Kathmandu will create a large new flagship store in the Galleria shopping centre, opposite its main city store in Elizabeth Street. The outdoor retailer has signed a lease for about 1000 square metres in the Galleria at the base of 385 Bourke Street, a building owned by Dexus in a 50-50 venture with Canada Plan Investment Board.

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Simon Johanson Adventure wear outlet Kathmandu will create a large new flagship store in the Galleria shopping centre, opposite its current main city store in Elizabeth Street.

Carlton development site overshoots reserve price by $4 million

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Simon Johanson A Carlton development site with significant development upside has sold for $9.1 million.

Aldi looks for new Melbourne CBD site to compete with Coles, Woolworths

Aldi plans a new store in Melbourne's CBD, as part of its ambitious nation wide expansion.

Simon Johanson Soaring central city population growth from Melbourne's apartment boom has prompted Aldi to join a growing list of retailers looking for new CBD store spaces.

Small shop sales sizzle as investors scoop up Melbourne's retail assets

A local private investor paid $1.96 million  for a securely leased old-fashioned butcher's shop in Centre Road, Bentleigh.

Simon Johanson Retail shops on Melbourne's suburban strips are changing hands on unprecedented yields as a wave of cheap money from a growing pool of investors pushes up prices.

Bridge Road landlords in the firing line of Premier Investments

Simon Johanson One of Australia's largest retail outfits, Solomon Lew's Premier Investments, has taken aim at Bridge Road landlords over excessive rents.

Australia Post sells West Melbourne development site to Trenerry Group

Simon Johanson Mid-tier apartment developer Trenerry Property Group is believed to have paid $40 million for a site in the booming West Melbourne precinct.

Victorian Spiritualists’ Union to sell historic sandstone building

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Simon Johanson Victoria's spiritualists are shaking off their earthly bonds.

Shangri-La developer makes journey from Afghan refugee to construction king

Simon Johanson After coming to Australia with his family, Obaid Naqebullah's company is turning over $120 million worth of building work every two years.