Simon Johanson

Simon Johanson

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

Watchdog moves on land banking as investors fear losses

Simon Johanson and Royce Millar About $100 million has been tipped into thousands of "options" of land lots in at least eight land banking schemes in Victoria and Queensland.

Crema crops Kew height controls for apartment development

Leo's supermarket, in Kew Junction, is comparable in size to the new development planned for 363-365 High Street, Kew, which has overcome objections to its proposed nine-storey height.

Simon Johanson Private developer Crema Group has been given the green light for a controversial nine-storey apartment development in Kew that will contain a full-line supermarket.

Fabric retailer Clegs closes as Woolies takes over

Clegs in Elizabeth Street is closing down with Woolworths to take over the site.

Simon Johanson Veteran Melbourne fabric store Clegs will close its doors after 90 years of city trading and its Elizabeth Street shop will be taken over by Woolworth's as the retail giant pursues its relentless...

What's in a lane's name? Duckboard and ACDC next hip foodie strip

Several new restaurants have opened in Melbourne's graffiti-clad lanes near Flinders Lane recently, including Peruvian eatery Pastuso, in ACDC Lane.

Simon Johanson Two of Melbourne's more oddly-named laneways are fast becoming the city's next hip eating strip as vacancy rates tumble in a nearby section of Flinders Lane.

ASIC looks to put Jamie McIntyre out of property game

Henry Kaye, Jamie McIntyre and Konrad Bobilak at a fancy dress party.

Sarah Danckert, Royce Millar, Simon Johanson Property spruiker Jamie McIntyre and his brother Dennis have been ordered to hand over their passport by the Federal Court following a request by the corporate regulator. 

ASIC removes administrators from land banking company

Henry Kaye and Jamie McIntyre at a fancy dress party.

Simon Johanson, Royce Millar, Ben Schneiders Australia's corporate watchdog has taken the highly unusual step of replacing the administrators of a failed Bendigo land banking company linked to wealth-spruiker Jamie McIntyre and Henry Kaye.

ISPT sells Cranbourne land, winds up fund

Simon Johanson A 47-hectare site in a burgeoning housing development pocket about 45 kilometres south-east of Melbourne is being offered by ISPT.

Dixon Group snaps up another two pubs

Simon Johanson The expansive Dixon Hospitality Group has added another two venues to its growing pub business, taking control of the Middle Park and Newmarket hotels.

Cedar Woods increases WA holding

Simon Johanson Perth-based greenfield developer Cedar Woods has increased its landholding in Western Australia, buying 50.74 hectares in Baldivis on the outskirts of Rockingham.

Market's billion-dollar winter deal making

Colliers is selling 324 St Kilda Road on behalf of Perth-based syndicate Lester Group.

Simon Johanson More than $500 million of Melbourne towers are in due diligence or settled as the city's office sector shakes off a mid-winter slumber with a frenzy of billion-dollar deal making.

Ricardo and Suzanne Krauskopf to sell 'green' boutique Alto Hotel building

A building housing the Alto Hotel in Bourke Street is for sale.

Simon Johanson A central Melbourne heritage building housing an award-winning hotel is for sale.

Grocon offloads final piece of wall collapse site for $20 million


Simon Johanson Developer Grocon has offloaded the last portion of its Carlton and United Brewery development site - the scene of the infamous 2013 wall collapse that killed three pedestrians - to a global student...

Massive Mulgrave billboard gets cut down to size

Simon Johanson Woolworths-controlled Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group (ALH) has failed in a bid to value-add millions of dollars to its Village Green Hotel in Mulgrave by erecting a huge...

NAB's futuristic office rated best workplace in Australia

Simon Johanson NAB's futuristic two-year-old headquarters at 700 Bourke Street in Melbourne's Docklands has received many accolades in its short life, and has now nabbed another.

Aecom engineers space in Walker Corp tower

Simon Johanson Global engineering group Aecom is the latest tenant to take space in billionaire Sydney property developer Lang Walker's Collins Square development.

Tower Melbourne prompts protracted legal battle

An artist's impression of Tower Melbourne.

Simon Johanson Colonial Range says CEL Australia's plan to build Tower Melbourne next to Colonial's approved complex has ruined its plans.

Swanston Street sale sets record

The three-level former Brooks building at 319-325 Swanston Street.

Simon Johanson Today's property market has been compared to Melbourne's fabled gold-rush era after competing overseas buyers scorched a recently set CBD land rate record, paying $82,278 a square metre for a...

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.

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.