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Drawing on a deep-rooted passion for architecture and interior spaces, the Dalzell Group has a sixth sense for upmarket residential and investment acquisitions all over Coastal North County San Diego. Leveraging their keen market knowledge and a renovation-to-realization approach has enabled the Dalzell family—brothers Kevin, Ryan and their father, Jim—to deliver the most outstanding properties in the most sought-after communities for their clients. However, their reach goes far beyond the fixer-upper niche. The Dalzells are uniquely equipped to take on a full spectrum of clients, budgets, and properties. Whether its tasteful renovations in marquee locations to turnkey coastal family homes and everything in between, the Dalzell Group uses world-class marketing and customer care to move you forward with your dreams.

Their strong track record of working with investors to identify key development opportunities with high ROIs has established a level of expertise that allows the team to add extra value to any property. The Dalzell Group is devoted to showcasing their clients’ homes in the best light, and combined with the following Compass resources, are able to give you a true competitive advantage.

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San Diego’s “Property Brothers”

Dalzell Investors

Ryan and Kevin have set themselves apart in the broker community by bringing to market spectacular luxury properties, whether it be ones they designed and built, or homes they helped their clients remodel for the market. With a trained eye for style, function and design, Kevin manages the team’s projects and Ryan puts into action a dynamic marketing strategy that has produced record-breaking results for their clients. The Dalzells provide their clients with a proven team of construction and design professionals that transform properties and deliver results that are unmatched.

750m total sales
18M record sales price
585 transactions to date
Serving San Diego Since 1992


“If you want a professional, first-class, friendly, and knowledgeable Realtor, Ryan and The Dalzell Group should be your choice. Ryan was amazing with juggling so many details, timing, appraisals, inspections, and made the whole process of selling our home a smooth and easy process. He was always prompt in answering questions, emails, texts, and he did a fabulous job of marketing our home with professional photographs, staging, videos, mailers, and open houses. We became friends through the process and will miss him when we move to Nothern California. Next time we buy or sell a home in San Diego, we will definitely use the Dalzell Group!”


“I recently worked with Ryan Dalzell and Kevin Dalzell and the entire team on a sale and purchase both at The Crosby in Rancho Santa Fe. They literally did the impossible by:
- Selling my home at an amazing price and profit for me, at the target price.
- Negotiating and buying a home at a ridiculous deal, at the dreamed of price.
- The deal on both sides involved layers of contingencies.
- And doing this all within a couple months before the holidays, both the sale and purchase closed on the same day! Plus we happened to coincide the loan at the lowest rate in years. The only way we did this I believe is because I didn't just get the one realtor I hired. I got the entire team. The Dalzell family all passionately work together. Helping one another, complimenting one another, using everyone's best talents. If I was going to sum up the Dalzells in a few words it would be: trustworthy, hard working, extremely patient, highly professional, teamwork, Rancho Santa Fe experts. The Dalzells also helped me buy the home I just sold, and advised me prior to that. They are my realtors for life!”


"My wife and I used Ryan to sell our home in the Torrey Hills area. He was great to work with...very responsive, extremely knowledgeable, and just really took care of everything throughout the whole process. He also did a great job at advising on the price of our home. We were very happy with the process and how things worked out in a very difficult market."


"Very energetic and enthusiastic. Very detial oriented and efficient. Very responsive to unexpected challenges and very flexible in recommending various options. knowledge with the market and neighborhood competition. Vigrous and tireless for communication and negotiation. Has excellent Great experience working with this agent. Definately will recommend to others and definately will use this agent in the future when needed."


"I cannot say enough good things about Ryan and his team. My wife and I recently bought our first home. As this was our first time going through the process there were a lot of nerves and a lot of unknowns. Ryan and the team met us at every step of the way and made sure we understood what was going on and beyond that, that we were comfortable with everything. Ryan was so quick to respond to every question and email. With two young children scheduling can be difficult, Ryan not only worked around our schedule but made sure we felt like a priority. I cannot recommend Ryan and the Dalzell group enough. We are so thankful we made the decision to go with him and their team. We are loving our new home and are so grateful."


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Who We Are

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Jim Dalzell | Founder

Jim Dalzell is the founder of the Dalzell Group, an all-family real estate team that has been representing buyers and sellers across San Diego County since 1992.

Jim has been a perennial Top 1% Producer amongst San Diego realtors throughout his career. A recipient of the Legend Award for his outstanding sales success he is a well-respected leader within the San Diego broker community. Jim runs the Dalzell Group’s Luxury Homes Division, with notable sales including The Preakness Estate which sold for $17,775,000 in 2002.

Prior to moving to San Diego in 1987 Jim owned a large construction company in South Africa, which has provided his client’s with invaluable experience related to building standard and practices. Jim and his wife Jo have live in La Costa and are blessed to have three grown children and nine grandchildren all living in San Diego.

Ryan Dalzell | Partner
DRE #01421688

Ryan Dalzell spearheads the sales, marketing and investor relations for the Dalzell Group. Since 2004 Ryan has been counted on by his buyers and investors to source and capitalize on both local and out-of-state investment opportunities. The team has a proven track record of development and rental property projects that have seen double digit annual growth since 2009. He also takes the lead with the Dalzell Group’s luxury listing program to help sellers maximize the value in their home and position it for the market in the best light possible. For the Dalzell Group’s active marketing program, Ryan coordinates a robust array of sales strategies to put the spotlight on clients’ properties for maximum exposure. Ryan has been quoted by MSN, Fox News, Apartment Therapy and other news outlets and is regularly featured as an expert on real estate trends in the San Diego market.

Ryan grew up in South Africa and moved with the rest of the family to San Diego in 1987 where he attended Torrey Pines High School and then went on to graduate with honors from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo. He is known to go on many fun adventures, near and far, with his wife and three children. Ryan enjoys time with clients socially with annual golf and special events. He’s always active and enjoys swimming; running, having completed the San Diego Rock & Roll Marathon three times. He also has a passion for flying and is a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor.

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Kevin Dalzell | Partner
DRE #01358895

Kevin Dalzell leads the DG Design & Build division of the Dalzell Group. With over 20 years experience, he has built an incredible reputation as a builder and designer of quality craftsmanship, modern designs and integrity shown with each and every project. He is responsible for acquiring properties, as well as overseeing the permitting, renovation and construction phases of development. With more than 25 custom homes completed in neighborhoods spanning Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Olivenhain, Solana Beach and Carlsbad, Kevin has proven himself as a solid go-to builder and real estate agent who can help clients create the home of their dreams. His intimate knowledge of the local markets is a major asset to the Dalzell Group’s clients and allows him to aggressively negotiate on their behalf.

Kevin’s background as a professional rugby player in Europe affords him a lens of commitment, teamwork and unwavering dedication. During his time abroad, he represented the United States in two Rugby World Cups. When he’s not working Kevin likes to take full advantage of the Southern California lifestyle – surfing, biking and hiking around North County. He and his wife Nina live in Encinitas with their three children.

Nina Dalzell | Designer

With a background in fashion, Nina brings to the team a unique eye for design and style that has become the calling card of Dalzell Design & Build. Nina is able to perfectly combine the latest design trends with sensible, family life functionality into an esthetic that has created a following of fans who eagerly await the latest Dalzell Group creation. The interior design process allows Nina to coordinate with our trusted team of tile, flooring, plumbing, lighting and cabinetry professionals to arrive at a final design that accentuates the lifestyle of every property we build – from coastal contemporary cottages to modern mountain retreats.

Nina and Kevin have remodeled and built their own homes and have the expertise to see a project from ground-up concept to dream home reality. Nina somehow balances her work with homeschooling their 3 children and the family has a passion for the outdoor lifestyle, whether at the beach or in the mountains

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