Mr. Upton founded Upton+Partners in 2009 to pursue unique real estate opportunities. Since its inception, the firm has managed over $550 million of projects, including the Development of award winning Arlington360 mixed-use project, the expansion of LogMeIn’s world headquarters, the development of Ocean 650, a 230 units residential development, and the expansion/renovation of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Mr. Upton is an accomplished real estate executive with over 22-year years of experience in all facets of real estate development and investment. He has been associated with over $1.8 billion of investment and real estate development across a variety of asset classes, including the development of over 700 multifamily residential units in metropolitan Boston.
Mr. Upton provides leadership in the areas of acquisitions, finance and development management.
Prior to Upton + Partners, Mr. Upton was Managing Director of EA Fish Development, LLC in Boston, MA and, before that, was Vice President of Prime Property Capital (aka Prime Group) in San Francisco, California. In the combination of those roles, he managed private equity investment and development operations to acquire and/or develop over $1.2 billion in projects, including over 7,500 multi-family residential units. Residential project types included market-rate and mixed income rental and condominium projects, assisted living projects and affordable housing projects.
While in San Francisco, Mr. Upton also led the development of Costanoa, an award winning eco-resort in Pescadero, California on the northern coast.
Mr. Upton is a graduate of Milton Academy and Williams College, where he majored in Political Science/International Relations and played varsity soccer (captain) and lacrosse for top nationally ranked teams.
Mr. Upton is currently Founder/Chairman of the Garden Hill Fund, a venture philanthropy fund affiliated with The Mountain School of Milton Academy, a member of The Dedham Square Advisory Committee and a member of the Dedham Country Day School Board of Trustee’s Building Committee. He is a former Board Member of St. Paul’s Nursery School.
Walter “Budge” Upton
Mr. Upton provides management leadership in the areas of acquisition, entitlement, finance, design and construction, third-party negotiations, administrative services and marketing and operations liaison.
Mr. Upton has over 35 years of experience at the senior level management of integrated disciplines of real estate development process primarily related to office, retail, large public-occupancy, and residential product types. Over his career, he has completed well in excess of $2 billion of completed projects in both urban and suburban locations.
In the past, Mr. Upton has held leadership positions with The Rouse Company, Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, Delaware North Companies, Huizenga Holdings, the San Antonio Spurs, EA Fish Associates and the Winn Development Company.
As a partner in Upton + Partners, Mr. Upton recently completed an assignment as the Director of Project Development and Construction for the Museum of Fine Arts Boston American Wing expansion program in Boston and Arlington 360 in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Mr. Upton is a graduate of Williams College, the Yale School of Art and Architecture and graduate-level real estate programs at Harvard University. He holds memberships with the American Institute of Architects, the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, the National Association of Industrial Office Parks, and the Urban Land Institute. He is a former trustee of the New England Home for Little Wanderers, Boston and the Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts.