Simon Johanson

Simon Johanson

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

Grocon sells part of wall collapse site

Simon Johanson Grocon will join a rush of developers and owners divesting key assets as a wave of Asian capital washes through Melbourne’s CBD.

Agribusiness on road to recovery: report

While the offshore appetite for dairy assets is increasing, a lack of institutional-grade assets is a ‘primary drag’ on market growth.

Simon Johanson Agribusiness has bottomed out and a recovery in the sector, particularly the poultry and dairy industries, will stimulate the property market, a report says.

Sales double as investors pump up market

Total sales for industrial property trebled over the year to June, to $923 million.

Simon Johanson Total sales of commercial property in Melbourne over the year to June have almost doubled from the previous year, agents report.

Oil company clears out of West Gate site

ExxonMobil's former storage terminal will be cleaned up for future use.

Simon Johanson ExxonMobil has pushed ahead with plans to demolish dozens of large petroleum storage tanks on a 20 acre site next to the West Gate bridge that it will remediate to potentially free-up the land for...

Huge Hawthorn site sells for $30 million

Simon Johanson A massive Hawthorn development site occupied by the Going, Going Green nursery has been snapped up by an offshore-backed developer for about $30 million.

Car megamart set to be biggest in Australia

Simon Johanson A secondhand car ‘‘megamart’’ under construction in Melbourne’s south-east will rival Australia’s largest when complete next year, offering 1500 vehicles plus...

Southbank skyscraper to soar over city

An artist's impression of the proposed skyscraper at 334 City Road

Simon Johanson The Hayball architect designed project

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Australia's homes overvalued but no property bubble, economists say

Generic housing

Simon Johanson Many economists believe Australian house prices are overvalued but few think the market is likely to crash.

Duke of Kent unlikely to survive sale

The Duke of Kent

Simon Johanson Another free-standing Melbourne pub looks set to be sold as a development site as land values in the city's heated property sector double.

State school sold for $14m


Simon Johanson The last in a string of surplus government school sites has been sold for $14 million.

Australia Post plans to redevelop its West Melbourne call centre

The planned 501-dwelling development would replace a call centre in Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne

Simon Johanson Australia Post has lodged plans for an ambitious mixed-use development with 501 dwellings to replace its Rosslyn Street call centre in West Melbourne.

The post-desk 'hot environment' is coming


Simon Johanson Your next workplace may look more like your lounge room than an office.


Cultures collide for 'green' developers

Steve, Sue and Danny Mathews

Simon Johanson Steve, Sue and Danny Mathews are committed environmentalists. But the siblings, who grew up on an idyllic 20-hectare bush and pasture block in Donvale bought by their parents in 1958, have also...

Developers set sights on hipsters and party boys

Artist's impression of The Luxton apartments.

Simon Johanson If you are young, gay and like to party there is a new apartment to suit your lifestyle.

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Small traders bear brunt of the city's building boom

Little Bourke Street

Simon Johanson There is a hidden cost to Melbourne's development boom.

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Woolies blocks Coles bid for growth suburb

Simon Johanson Supermarket chain Woolworths has won a planning battle with rival Coles to stop it building a full-line supermarket in Mernda, one of Melbourne's fast-growing northern suburbs.

Commercial property

Singapore buyers snap up eastern suburb sites

Simon Johanson Singapore-based buyers are at the forefront of recent activity in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.


Melbourne set for 1000 new apartments


Simon Johanson Another 1000 apartments are set to soar above Melbourne’s skyline with five new towers in Footscray and Southbank gaining development approval.

Asian investors in race to buy development sites on CBD fringe

The Fawkner Centre

Simon Johanson A nondescript St Kilda Road office and South Melbourne island development site have been sold for a combined $100 million as intense competition from offshore developers adds fuel to Melbourne's...


Winery builds on insatiable thirst for success

882 Maroondah Hwy.

Simon Johanson Fine wine and fine architecture are being uncorked in the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley.