Built by Obsession: How Doing it Better Became Our Mission

Our founder and father Sam Abdelmalak wasn’t always a builder. He found his life’s passion by chance. After working as an engineer for almost 30 years, he built a fine new home for his young family, perfect in every detail. It was, in his own words ‘a masterpiece’. Then in 1995 Sam lost his job during the recession and couldn’t find work, and desperate to put food on the table he sold the beloved home to finance a new business – home construction.

Perhaps because of what was at stake, perhaps because of his obsessive nature, the townhouses he built set a standard for quality in the residential property market. In 1997 Sam’s eldest son Simon joined the business, and they began building on his early success. The focus expanded from townhouses to multiple homes on larger sites as Sam’s second and third sons Daniel and Joshua joined the team.

Sam and his sons were never happy with the status quo in the industry, and decided the only way to ensure that their off-the-plan apartments were unique and remained true to our heritage, was to do everything in-house.

Today Spec Property is a respected developer in the medium density and high-rise residential market, selling one, two and three bedroom apartments across inner Melbourne.

We’re known for our attention to detail, and our customer focus. Above all, we are known for the uncompromising quality of our apartments.

We also have a reputation for being obsessive, but we’re ok with that. It’s what built us in the first place.

From Left

Daniel, Simon Samir & Joshua Abdelmalak


After completing a BA Business Information Systems at RMIT, Daniel joined the family business. He brought with him a broad range of skill to manage tech, office administration and people and culture. Whilst Daniel is a licensed real estate agent, his passion within the business is to innovate through technology to enable the business to continue to grow. 


Simon is passionate about building great relationships. He joined his father while completing a BA in Property and Construction at Melbourne University. After 3 years Simon managed the family business. Both he and the company have grown dramatically since this time. His focus now is on development, acquisition, finance and sales.


Founder – husband for over 40 years and father of three, who migrated from Egypt to Melbourne in 1969. Sam’s strong foundation in Christianity is what he built Spec Property on. In 1995 Sam established Spec  Property, and is passionate about giving back to the less fortunate.


Joshua has a passion for design. He joined the company while studying a BA in Planning, Design and Property Construction at Melbourne University. Josh oversees the design and development arms of the business and has an unlimited construction licence. He takes a hands-on approach to the design, development and construction side of the business and believes that it all begins with great design.

Some of our early projects

We are thankful for our humble beginnings. Which led us to know the smell of freshly cut timber, newly laid  concrete in the morning and the detail required to produce a craftsman built home. Today we are still proud of the works we completed in those early days. These are just a few examples, from townhouses, apartments to large residences in Canterbury.