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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.
Simon Johanson A prime development site in Park Street has been sold for $4.775 million.
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.
Simon Johanson GPT Group has moved to offload two residential development sites in Rouse Hill as demand for premium projects soars.
Simon Johanson Dexus will partner with the Dexus Wholesale Property Fund to each purchase a 50 per cent interest in Waterfront Place and the Eagle Street Pier retail complex in the city's so-called "golden...
Simon Johanson The heat in Melbourne's property market is not confined solely to residential homes in the city's leafy eastern suburbs.
Simon Johanson The off-market transaction of a full-line Coles store to a Victorian-based private investor has been finalised on a sub 6 per cent yield.
Simon Johanson A two-hectare block bound by the Westgate Freeway, Kavanagh, Balston and Power streets could soon be home to four residential towers, a commercial office and multi-storey hotel under a Malaysian...
Simon Johanson A slim 43-storey tower proposed for the southern end of Russell Street will add substantial new office space to Melbourne's saturated city market.
Simon Johanson A two-stage tender for WorkCover offices will mean at least one A-grade building is constructed in the Geelong city centre.
Simon Johanson A community housing group will offload a former Fitzroy rooming house located in two heritage Victorian terraces opposite the picturesque Carlton Gardens.
Simon Johanson Australia's traditionally dingy student digs are set to get a radical shakeup as big overseas-based student housing providers target east coast cities.
Simon Johanson Offshore buyers have snapped up two Victorian supermarkets within a 24 hour period.
Simon Johanson Another slice of industrial Abbotsford will be converted to inner-city apartments following Pace Development Group's purchase of a former Johnston Street warehouse.
Simon Johanson The gambling motto 'the house always wins' is not just confined to the Blackjack table - it appears to apply to Melbourne planning decisions too.
Simon Johanson Buying a townhouse in Diamond Creek almost ruined Steve Balfour.
Simon Johanson Government inaction, lax registration of builders and poor oversight of surveyors is having a "profound" impact on homeowners and renovators, Victyoria's Auditor-General says in a scathing report on...
Simon Johanson A $9 million deal for five shops in a Collins Street tower has been negotiated.
Simon Johanson Bunnings' focus has shifted from freehold development back to leasehold, in a move designed to take advantage of tighter yields for commercial assets while it ramps up its national conversion of...
Simon Johanson Two individuals have paid $9 million for the former Bond Imaging building and car park in Gwynne Street, Cremorne, a near-record rate of $4500 per square metre.