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Sam Patella

Born and educated in San Diego, Sam has spent his entire life in this great City as a businessman and property owner. Sam’s family has been in San Diego for over One Hundred Years. He has had the pleasure of representing many wonderful Individuals and companies in their Commercial Real Estate endeavors. Sam works in all parts of the county doing sales, leasing and consulting. Has extensive knowledge of Imitate Domain procedures, Conditional Use Permit process and Historical building issues.Sam is a member of the East Village Pre-Design Committee, East Village Government Relations Committee and is a founding member of the East Village Foundation. Sam is a Member of the 2016 Board of Directors for the Goodwill Industries of San Diego and a past Trustee of Saint Augustine High School. Senior Vice President Urban Commercial Real Estate from 2011 to the present.A top tier producer with NAI San Diego 2009 to 2011. Formed a partnership with Ross Provenzano at Award Commercial in 2005 which still continues. Sam was President of Patella and Company Inc. from 1981 to 1996.In recent years Sam’s focus has been mainly directed to the East Village neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. In 2015 alone Sam was involved in more than $13,000,000.00 in sales in East Village and has leased more than 415,000 square feet in this rapidly growing district. In addition to sales and leasing Sam manages four square blocks of East Village property. Sam was responsible for and was the only Broker involved in the assemblage of property for a project now known as Makers Quarter, a five square block master plan in upper East Village.Sam says “being a member of an excellent team with a smaller boutique Commercial Real Estate firm gives me the freedom to give very focused and personalized attention to my clients. By listening closely to what my client’s goals are, I am able to help them achieve those goals by offering my years of experience with San Diego property and a fairly unparalleled knowledge of San Diego’s business climate.”
Join Us For Our Next Case Study!

Ballpark Village Development Tour

Jim Chatfield

October 21st - 3:30pm

Ballpark Village, located on a 3.5-acre triangular property at Park Boulevard and Imperial Avenue, formerly owned by Sempra Energy's SDG&E, was always considered a key component in the development and financing plan. Originally conceived as a mixed-use project with offices, major retail and housing, JMI and Lennar Homes eliminated the office portion in the face of slack demand and are selling the project to Greystar, a Charleston, S.C.-based private developer that owns or manages nearly 400,000 apartments nationally, including 3,357 in 15 San Diego County projects.Greystar managing director Jerry Brand said the project will include 439 luxury apartments in a 37-story tower and 274 rentals in six- and seven-story low-rise buildings.

Details include:

  1. Cost: Greystar declines to estimate the construction cost or project value but other estimates have placed it at around $250 million
  2. Size: 539 to 1,502 square feet
  3. Rents: Expected to average between $2,000 and $3,000 at current rates.
  4. Affordable units: 27 available to renters earning, at current levels, no more than $46,930 for a family of four.
  5. An above-grade walkway: Linking the residential buildings above the street, it will mimic the open-space feel of New York's acclaimed High Line park, which was built on an abandoned elevated rail line.
  6. Retail: About 45,000 square of shops and restaurant space built along L Street and Park Boulevard and surrounding a 12,000-square-foot open-air central plaza and leads to the Petco Park main gate.
  7. Public Art: 1 percent of the construction price set aside for one or more art pieces.
  8. Parking: 991 spaces mostly located in three below-grade levels.

2016-2017 Executive Board Elections

Congratulations to the new Real Estate Society 2016-2017 Executive Board! Next year is looking really bright, and we're so glad to have you be apart of it!


Shelly Chen
Vice President:

Blake Imperl
Finance Director:

Michael Gottman
Executive Director:

Louie Mack
Professional Development Director:

Brian Diener
Programs Directors:

Jeremiah Taylor, Luis Cardenas
Membership Directors:

Scott Hoover, Phu Vu, Conner Cossette
Marketing Directors:

Marchella Marconi, Claire Pember, Travis Pied
Community Outreach Directors:

Jay Chandler, Marcus Caines


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