Deeply rooted in the San Diego development community, Urban Housing Partners has a reputation of bringing significant value to every project in which we are involved. The firm has been successful in the development of large scale urban master plans, for-sale housing, high-density rental housing, retail, commercial, urban mixed-use, modern lofts, and upscale luxury penthouses in the Downtown San Diego market, as well as other markets of San Diego County. Each member of the team brings experience and expertise in the areas of: political strategy, project and construction management, strategic marketing management and community outreach, project feasibility, negotiations and finance.

The firm was founded by two industry leaders: Sherman D. Harmer and Michael Dunham. Both Sherm and Mike are long-time veterans of the home building and urban planning industries. They have over 70 years of combined development experience and have led the development of over 15,000 homes throughout Southern California. UHP’s leadership maintains the momentum of the development process beginning with conceptual stages; to project feasibility and financing; through project development and construction management; and the marketing phases of the final product.

The corporate team includes: a California State Licensed General Contractor, a California State Licensed Real Estate Broker, and experienced associates who effectively facilitate all phases of development.


Urban Housing Partners was the key management team to get our project re-zoned, approved and built, they really are the only company that can fully manage a project from start to finish.
— Scott Matteson, Centurion Partners

What We've Achieved

Sherm Harmer

  2017: Chairman, Urban Council, Building Industry Association, San Diego County
          2016: Founders Award, Downtown San Diego Partnership Alonzo Award
          2011:  Mulvihill Leadership Award, USD Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate
           2011:  Hall of Fame Honoree, The Building Industry Association of San Diego County.
           2010/2011 Chairman, Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego
           2008: “Father of the Year” Honoree, American Diabetes Association
           2008: President, Building Industry Association of San Diego
           2007/2014 Adjunct Professor, Masters in Real Estate Development, 
           2007 and 2008: University of San Diego,  selected  “Teacher of the Year”             
           2006:  “Top 120 Most Influential San Diegans”  San Diego Daily Transcript
           2005:  “Housing Advocate of the Year” San Diego Housing Federation
           2004:  Building Industry “Professional of the Year” San Diego
           2004/2008 Board of Directors, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
           2002/2007: Wells Fargo Bank Community Board-San Diego
           2003/2004:  President, California Building Industry Association
           2004/6:  Chairman, Housing Committee, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
           2002:  San Diego Press Club:  Headliner Award “Developer/Builder of the Year” 
           2000/2017: Univ of San Diego, Burnham-Moores Center for  Real Estate, Policy Advisory   
           2001:  California Building Industry Foundation “Hall of Fame” Honoree
           2001:  San Diego Building Industry “Hall of Fame” Award
           2000:  “Urban Pioneer Award”, Chicano Federation of San Diego
           1999/ 2010:  Chairman, Downtown San Diego Residential Marketing Alliance
           1999/2000:  Chairman, Board of Trustees of the California Building Industry Foundation
           1995/2008 Chairman, President’s Council, San Diego Building Industry Association
           2000:  Life Director, Home Builders Council, San Diego Building Industry Association
           1999:   Named in Builder and Developer magazine’s “Who’s Who In  California”
           1995-1998:  Chairman, Board of Trustees’ for Village Church, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
           1995:  President of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) .
           1994:  San Diego’s “Building Executive of the Year” Award
           1985:  Received Professional Builder magazine’s “Professional Achievement Award” 
           1974-1984:  Member of the Utah House of Representatives for 10 years
           Assistant Professor of Marketing and Finance at University of Utah for 15 years
           Graduate of University of Utah with a MBA degree
           Post Graduate studies at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
           Member, Pi Kappa Alpha, National Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, National Business Fraternity                                                              Lambda Alpha, National Land Economics Society of San Diego