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Downtown & City Center


As most San Diegans already know, this city is a diverse assortment of small villages. Even though San Diego is the 8th largest city in the US, with all the advantages of a major urban area, it has managed to retain its small-town spirit. The energetic feeling of community is strong in San Diego’s varied neighborhoods that have developed their own unique characteristics. There are more than 100 separate, identifiable neighborhoods. Time to choose yours.


Downtown San Diego includes several neighborhoods: the Marina District, Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter, East Village, Cortez Hill and the Columbia Core. When asked why they moved Downtown, almost every resident cites being close to excellent restaurants, theaters, and sporting events.

In East Village, many newer construction high-rises have pools and fitness centers with Home Owner Association fees of $500/mo. or more. The units include the latest trends in kitchens, flooring and floor plans.

Little Italy is a “family-with-little-ones” friendly environment with larger condos and apartments. The neighborhood association organizes events for the community, such as Christmas tree lighting and trick-or-treating for the children. Downtown has dog parks, great bocce ball courts, lots of open space, the Embarcadero, large supermarkets, Seaport Village and the new County Waterfront Park.


1. Airport access is quick and efficient
2. Your condo will probably have great parking below.
3. Your condo may have a spectacular view
4. Easy to “lock and leave” your condo for a day or a year
5. Excitement of the urban environment
6. Morning coffee with neighbors is at the little restaurant right across the street where the waiters actually remember you.
7. Couldn’t be closer to work, restaurants, the Central Library and transportation.


1. Young professional singles, couples and retirees
2 Some young professional families with kids
3. Professionals who travel


1. Almost exclusively condominiums and apartments.


1. Urban environment with a beach community flair
2. All types of restaurants from truly upscale to famous hole-in-the-wall dives
3. Footsteps from the beautiful San Diego Bay
4. Lots of gyms and waterfront places to exercise
5. A brand-new world class library around the corner
6. Shopping heaven
7. Easy transportation to the rest of the city


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Dan Dennison, MBA
Big Block Realty

2820 Camino del Rio S Ste. 314
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: 858-255-0052
Email: Dan.Dennison@mac.com


Dan Dennison has been my agent throughout the entire process of the search for my first home.

Having witnessed many friends and family members go through this process throughout the years, I knew I needed a trustworthy and patient agent.

My very first search for a home was certainly an enjoyable and smooth process because of Dan. He is knowledgeable (with decades of experience in Real Estate across multiple states in the country), professional (has an MBA in addition to his experience in the field), friendly (has two friendly dogs as well!), and patient (took his time explaining and answering any questions I had).

From day one, Dan was honest, professional, and easy to work with. He takes great care in listening to the client and identifying their wishes in the home search. He carefully explains things in a logical and easy-to-understand manner for a first-time buyer like myself.

In addition, Dan has been an excellent resource and as well as a friend when it came to other important items related to the search, such as identifying and navigating through the lending process, learning about what an HOA covers, locating a trustworthy insurance company, home warranties, and discussions with the listing agents and sellers about questions.

Dan Dennison is an agent who will go above and beyond to provide the highest quality of service to you, holding the clients' interest at heart.

I absolutely loved working with Dan while purchasing my first home in Kensington. Overall he is an extremely honest and reliable individual with strong ethics, traits much needed in the business. If you are new to buying a home (as I was) you will not need someone to find the home for you. Zillow, Trulia, Google, etc will serve the search process with ease.

It is really once you are in the position to make an offer than a realtor becomes indispensable. You need someone to guide you through the complex process, negotiate, and make sure the contract is written in a way that protects you. I cannot stress this enough. During our offer the contract was initially written (unbenounced to me) in quite unfavorable terms to me, which he pushed to get changed. Additionally he was forceful during the inspection process and I ended up getting quite a lot of money to pay for repairs that were needed (it's a 1931 home). I also bought the home for cheaper than the listed price.

Overall, it was great working with Dan, I would work again with him, and I would refer him to anyone who asked.
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