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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.


Kensington is a delightful neighborhood in the area called the MidCities. It is bordered on the west by Interstate-15, to the north by I-8, Fairmount Avenue to the east, and El Cajon Boulevard to the south. Kensington was founded in 1910 and many of the homes were built in the 1920s and 1930s.

Kensington has kept its “small town” community feel. Annual traditions include neighborhood-wide parties such as the Memorial Day Parade, the 4th of July Block Party/Street Basketball Tournament, and the Christmas lights in December. Also, many of the streets have their own “annual parties.”

If you’re a regular supporter of the arts and enjoy outings to the theatre, weekend shopping at boutiques, or even a finely aged wine with dinner, than you’re in good company with the people of Kensington. The residents of Kensington are well educated – almost 40% have at least a Master’s degree – they also rigorous defenders of their neighborhoods and are vocally active in local politics.

Many street names in the community have quaint English (or New England) origins, as does the name Kensington itself. The residential area has an impressive collection of Spanish-style and Craftsman-style homes. The well manicured landscaping demonstrates the neighborhood pride. Kensington is a great, compact walking historic neighborhood.


1. You live in a truly great historic neighborhood
2. Your neighborhood is safe
3. Good schools for your kids
4. Your neighbors take pride in the neighborhood
5. There are many restaurants, coffee houses and family things to do nearby.


1. artists, writers, professionals
2. long-time residents
3. 30ish to 40ish singles or married with younger families
4. high income and highly educated


1. Modest prices compared to other upscale neighborhoods in San Diego
2. Craftsman, Spanish Revival style 3-bedroom homes built in the 1920s
3. Mostly single family homes, very few duplexes


1. Many nearby coffee shops and excellent restaurants
2. The Ken Theater, one of the last single screen cinemas
3. The Ken Club, a comfy, dependable neighborhood bar
4. Very walkable community
5. Good transportation to downtown


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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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