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.

International schools take up CBD digs

Simon Johanson A rise in overseas students has fuelled leasing activity in Melbourne's B-grade office market.

Commercial property

Australian property at No. 2 for international investment

Sydney harbour

Simon Johanson Australia ranks behind China as the second-most attractive country for cross-border investment.

Commercial

Rigby Cooke Lawyers has moved into Melbourne Central Tower

Lawyers

Simon Johanson One of Australia's oldest law firms has moved into new offices in Melbourne Central Tower.

Alphington market set for an earnest test with new developments

Simon Johanson A $47.5 million townhouse project will test the market ahead of huge redevelopment.

CorVal takes stake in refrigerated logistics sector

Simon Johanson Specialist fund manager CorVal has taken a stake in the refrigerated logistics sector.

Developers dig in heels over Victorian planning zone changes

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Simon Johanson Claims new zones will lock down development, inflate land values and limit housing diversity.

Property

Foreign home buyers a vexed issue

Property

Simon Johanson Pent-up demand from cashed-up foreigners for Australian property is evident in the figures.

Property

Abacus puts flagship St Kilda Road office block on market

Simon Johanson Frank Wolf's Abacus Property Group is set to list a prime St Kilda Road office block, with price expectations around $90 million.

Residential

Developer Neometro builds up social contribution in Fitzroy project

Simon Johanson It sounds like an oxymoron: a property developer with a social conscience.

Property

Rise in suburban office vacancies

commercial properties for lease.

Simon Johanson Office vacancies recorded at highest rate in four years, according to a Knight Frank survey.

Property

Big sports events boost Melbourne five-star hotel occupancy figures

The exterior of the Hotel Sofitel with sign.

Simon Johanson Fans of Chinese tennis star Li Na have boosted the fortunes of Melbourne's best hotels.

Australia Post redirects city address

Australia Post

Simon Johanson Australia Post is set to take six floors in BHP Billiton's former Lonsdale Street headquarters in one of the biggest lease deals so far this year.

Retail

Supermarket chain Aldi expands with planning changes

Aldi.

Simon Johanson Supermarket discounter Aldi has upped the ante in its battle with Coles and Woolworths, taking advantage of changes to Victoria's planning laws to open in previously restricted locations.

Industrial vacancy rates rising

Simon Johanson Industrial vacancy rates have edged up in the past three months and are likely to rise further following closures in Victoria's troubled manufacturing sector, reports suggest.

Leasing

Contractions lead to rise in subleasing

Commercial-Property

Simon Johanson Latest round of job lay-offs and contractions is showing up in leasing figures for the Docklands.

Investment

Foreign investors' interest likely to fall, says report

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Simon Johanson Foreign investor demand for commercial property may 'gradually unwind' this year.

Property

Rock venue Espy hotel up for sale

The Espy.

Simon Johanson Esplanade Hotel, known as The Espy, is on the market for a speculated $5m or more.

Property

Councils becoming landlords to 'future-proof' against rising costs

Handing over keys to new owner.

Simon Johanson Melbourne's local councils snapped up about $54 million of commercial real estate last year.

Retail

Upward trend continues as Chapel Street receives Diesel-powered lift

Diesel.

Simon Johanson A 10-year lease to fashion retailer has been hailed as a turning point for Chapel Street.

AIA Australia moves to new St Kilda Road location

Simon Johanson Life insurance group will lease three refurbished floors but deal is unlikely to dent area's vacancy rate.