Who we Are

Urban Property Australia (UPA) was founded by Sam Tamblyn in 2009. Since then, our clients have included many of Australia’s leading corporates, financial institutions, superannuation funds and investors who appreciate our commitment to the highest standards of client service.

We also represent overseas clients, both expatriates and foreign buyers, looking for opportunities to invest in the Australian property market. At UPA, guiding our clients through every step of the property process is an essential part of our service. Drawing on our in-depth market knowledge, we advise on property strategy and facilitate outcomes that align with your business objectives.

Our advisory and transaction management assignments are Australia-wide, and we complete more than 3,000 commercial and residential valuations every year in the Melbourne metropolitan area and key Victorian regional centres.

When you work with UPA you’ll be working directly with highly qualified and experienced people. We are noted for the quality and extent of our research in the Australian property sphere. As a matter of course we provide our clients with regular reports on market conditions and are well qualified to undertake specific research projects on your behalf.


With over 25 years of experience in the property industry, Sam Tamblyn is a trusted and respected leader in the Austrailan property industry. As the founder and managing director of Urban Property Australia (UPA), he delivers strategic and tailored solutions for clients across commercial and residential sectors, both locally and internationally.

Sam Tamblyn - Managing Director

His career has included senior roles in Melbourne, Los Angeles and New York with CB Richard Ellis, Credit Suisse and Kimco Realty Corporation.

Sam combines his extensive market knowledge, industry network, and passion for the business to create an outstanding client experience to achieve optimal outcomes.

Sam has a strong academic background and professional credentials, holding a Master of Science degree from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Business degree from RMIT University, and memberships with the Australian Property Institute, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and the Real Estate Institute of Victoria. He is also a Certified Practising Valuer and a Licensed Real Estate Agent.

  • Australian Financial Review (AFR) - Smart Investor - Contributor (2021 - )
  • Associate Australian Property Institute - Member No. 62717
  • Certified Practicing Valuer (CPV)
  • Member Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Member No. 1179613 (Aus)
  • Licensed Real Estate Agent – License No. 073671
  • Real Estate Institute of Victoria - Board Member and Independent Director (2016 - 2018 )
  • propertyDATA online - Management Committee Member (2016-2018)
  • Real Estate Institute of Victoria - Chairperson, Valuation Chapter (2015-2018 )
  • Australian Property Institute - Divisional Professional Board (2009-2012)
Click here to view the full list of Sams proffesional affiliations

Advisory Board

Warwick Earl - Advisory Board Member

Warwick has 20 years of investment banking and legal experience and is currently a Managing Director at Grant Samuel, a prominent independent Australian investment bank in mergers and acquisition and corporate advisory services.

Prior to joining Grant Samuel in 2005, Warwick worked as a lawyer with Minter Ellison in their Mergers and Acquisitions group.

As an external strategic adviser Warwick brings a crucial independent perspective to UPA, in addition to an extensive network of corporate and banking clients throughout Melbourne and Australia.

Miranda Cawse - Advisory Board Member

Miranda has over 20 years experience across stakeholder management, human resources, special projects and operations. She has worked for a number of global and tier one consulting and professional services firms in Melbourne and London.

In recent years she has focussed on the strategic implementation of attracting, retaining and developing high quality talent.

As an external strategic adviser Miranda brings a crucial set of business strategy skills to UPA, in addition an extensive network within the professional services industry throughout Melbourne and Australia.

Tim Handley - Advisory Board Member

Tim has 20 years experience across investment banking, corporate M&A and as an operator and investor in early stage businesses. He is currently General Manager of Corporate Development & Investments at AusNet, an energy infrastructure portfolio company of Brookfield Asset Management.

Prior to joining AusNet, Tim was Head of M&A and Corporate Development at Viva Energy Ltd, following a career in investment banking both in Australia (UBS, Gresham Partners) and in Brazil where he lived for 6 years working in M&A, and was co-founder and Executive Chairman of LatAm Autos Ltd. He is also a Partner of Portal Ventures, an early stage technology investment fund.

Our Team

UPA has a team of highly qualified, experienced valuers and advisors with a diverse range of skills. They have many years of experience and training with some of the biggest property companies, agencies and valuers in Australia. All our valuers and advisors have formal tertiary property degrees.

To maintain best practice, every member of our valuation team must:

  • be a Certified Member of the Australian Property Institute (API), with AAPI designations;
  • carry up-to-date Continued Professional Development training credits through the API; and
  • have attended and meet ongoing requirements of the API’s Risk Management Module.


Our Track

Our recent advisory assignments have included providing detailed and in-depth valuation and research services to institutional developers for apartment developments, identifying joint venture opportunities, advising on lot pricing for subdivisions and acquiring commercial and residential investments for high net worth individuals.

For short case histories, click one of the following links:

To apply, please submit a short resume with cover letter to info@upaustralia.com.au.

What Our Clients Say

  • We have had the pleasure of working with UPA on a number of developments, with our most recent a significant 71 level Mixed Use Development (Residential, Hotel, Retail, Office) located in Southbank, Melbourne.

    UPA’s systematic, thorough and flexible approach in providing comprehensive and up to date valuation and market advice in a timely manner has enabled us to produce a number of Development models that have informed the direction of the development mix and design enabling RCP to produce a scheme that achieves …

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    Ashley Thomas - Senior Project Manager

With us

At UPA we always welcome enquiries from talented and ambitious professionals interested in joining our dynamic team. If you have experience and expertise in property valuations, property advisory and/or administration and marketing we’d like to talk to you.

Please forward your enquiry with a resume and cover letter, clearly identifying your tertiary qualifications and career objectives, to the contact details at the end of this page.

Current Vacancies

Certified Practising Property Valuer (minimum four years’ post qualification experience)
Director of Valuations (minimum eight years’ post qualification experience)
Director of Advisory (minimum eight years’ post qualification experience)

Please submit a short resume with cover letter to info@upaustralia.com.au.


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