CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty

Your 1st Choice In Real Estate!

San Diego's Finest Real Estate Office For Over 25 Years

We're Always on Your Side

CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty agents are highly trained professionals who realize the necessity of keeping themselves informed of all the latest changes in the highly complex real estate field. They are continuously updating their knowledge with classes, seminars, and meetings, keeping them abreast of the latest in real estate law and procedure. CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty agents aim to be a cut above the rest. They take great pride in their professionalism, commitment to excellence, listening to our clients, and doing what's best for them. They’ll work hard to save you money!

Our History

Located in beautiful Clairemont near Interstate 5, CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty opened in December of 1987. We have attained the coveted CENTURION® Award from CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC every year since. Through upbeat economic times, as well as tough economic circumstances, we have remained consistently one of the top CENTURY 21 companies in the United States with over 14,000 sales. Our success reflects the hard work and dedication of CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty agents who are committed to doing what's best for our clients.


Our Affiliated Offices – United Brokers

Our Rancho Bernardo office is located in the "heart" of the Interstate 15 Diamond Gateway. CENTURY 21 United Brokers has provided award-winning service to thousands of satisfied clients since 1991. With more than 70 associates, we combine resources in a team effort to offer the highest level of service to the communities of Rancho Bernardo, Carmel Mountain Ranch, 4S Ranch, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Escondido, Mira Mesa, and Scripps Ranch.

Our Ocean Beach office is located near the Ocean Beach Pier.  This office serves the communities of Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Point Loma, La Jolla, University City, Clairemont, and Mission Valley.


Highest level of service, confirmed through customer surveys.

  • Quality Service Award recipient every year 2006 - 2015 given by Century 21 Corporation for outstanding service to clients.

  • Only San Diego Century 21 office to receive the President's Award.

  • Awarded for a combination of high production coupled with high customer satisfaction rating.

    We are only one of 13 companies in the U.S. that received the Ambassador Award.

    We belong to a network of over 140,000 professionals who take pride in what they do and specialize in providing a variety of superior real estate services to local communities around the world. Understanding your personal goals and needs is at the heart of our dedication to you. We are ready to assist you with all of your real estate needs and look forward to working together with you.


Are you looking to buy or sell your home in San Diego, CA? Our sales associates are knowledgeable of the real estate process. We help buyers and sellers to connect to their dreams. Understanding your needs is one of our biggest priorities. Feel free to search for your home or contact us directly to have a one on one consultation.

We strive to deliver performance, value and wisdom in all areas of Real Estate.

San Diego, CA
Real Estate Market Information
Homes Owned: 255,926
Homes Rented: 267,224
Median Home Price: $475,000
Area Schools: 379
Best Score: 5/10
Average Score: 2.2

Our Agents

Meet the CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty Team

Customer Testimonial

R & R Team

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Renata did an awesome job! She returned all calls and responded to all our questions. She made the process a lot easier that I expected. I would highly recommend Renata and will refer friends to her in the future. - Anton Georghiou San Dieg December 2017

Eric Polansky

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Simply Excellent! - Franco And Jacqueline Sa December 2017

Steve Hirsch

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I've known Steve for about 30 years and have found him honest and up front in all his transactions. This last house he sold for us had many problems and unique set backs, but, Steve was patient and stuck with it till it closed escrow. He is our guy. - Don And Jeanne Dean, Cla December 2017

Ernie Burciaga Jr.

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When we sell our current residence, we will seek Ernie. We would also be happy to recommend him to anyone who needs Real Estate services. - Richard Anderson, San Di November 2017

Shelly Schreiber

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Shelly Schreiber was a godsend, I saw her work very hard to see that the house sold in a very timely manner. I believe in my heart that it wouldn't have been possible for the house to be sold so quickly if it wasn't for her perseverance and her willingness to really go that extra mile for me. Thank you Shelly. - Rose Coffey San Diego August 2017

Cathy Burciaga

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Cathy did anything and everything to sell my home. Early in the process, she suggested a wonderful handyman. Cathy hired a stager as a consultant. She picked up several items at Home Depot and she staged the house with a mixture of my things and hers.

I left the state after the start of escrow so Cathy made my house as secure as possible and checked on it every few days.

Cathy is very personable and cared for me as a friend. I definitely endorse and recommend Cathy. - Randa Blanding, Oregon July 2017

Charlene Byrd

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Charlene was always dressed neatly and made a very professional appearance each time I interacted with her. She always returned calls promptly and completed any tasks I requested. - Lucille Ritter, 366 St. July 2017

Sandra Hatherley

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I am a Broker/owner of my own real estate company here in Colorado. I used to be a Century 21 broker in the past. So I knew that I could count on the professionalism of the company. However, I did not know the procedures of California real estate.

Sandra and I started communicating almost a year before the properties could be sold. She made sure I knew I could count on her when they were ready. She made the process go very smooth once they were

She is professional, yet personable. Very knowledgeable of the market and of rules and regulations. She got us the best price for the properties. She was able to get buyers without having to advertise or put in the MLS, which made the situation so much less stressful.

I have referred her already and will continue to if the need comes up in her area.

I hope to meet her in person one day and thank her in person.

Thank you with all my heart Sandra! - Noreen Canaday, Canaday April 2017

Kathy Higgins

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Kathy is a great agent, a great person. She is extremely detailed in every area of buying a home. She knows about the outside of a home as well as the inside. She can tell you the positives and negatives of a house. She doesn't miss anything. She checks out each house you look at as if she was buying it. She is so concern that we found the right house. A home that we would be happy with. She doesn't care how long it takes to find the right home. She checks out all the paperwork, to make sure nothing is missed. She doesn't miss any important dates. Very timely. She is very protective of her clients. She worked tireless for us. She made so many phone calls to plumbers, electricians etc. She made sure our all concerns were address and answered. Kathy Higgins is a great agent, it hard to find really good ones, we are so thankful we did - Valorie San Diego April 2017

Aggie O'Malley

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Aggie took over the sale of my condo like a champ when our dear friend and her fellow agent had a disabling accident. They are both real pro's. - John San Diego December 2016

Steven F. Ring

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Truly a pleasure to work with. - C. Fred Driscoll, San Di October 2016

Patricia Krebs

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The experience was great we definitely worked together as a team to get this one done. We both had the same goal in mind and worked together step by step to get there. I hope to do more transactions with Pat in the future. - Vince Caviglia Pacific B March 2016

Leigh Ord

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Leigh Ord is a great broker who always makes sure that her clients get the best deal possible and that their interests are protected during the contracting period.

Leigh is very personable and the best interest of her clients is top of her priority list.

The whole staff at Century 21 1st Choice Reality is very supportive and on top of things. - Silke Thode, Castaic December 2015

Cynthia Michael

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Having only lived in San Diego for a year, finding a realtor who was not only knowledgeable about the area but helped me to feel comfortable with purchasing my first home was crucial. Cynthia made me feel comfortable after meeting her for the very first time. She took her time on Thanksgiving weekend to meet with my family and I and listened to us and answered all my questions. Cynthia always communicated in a timely response and was very reliable at all times. Cynthia has been professional and realistic while being a wonderful advocate for me. I felt very comfortable calling her at any time and asking questions, to which she always answered thoroughly and advocated on my behalf. I have already referred Cynthia to many family and friends, especially co-workers. If you are looking for someone with great energy, knowledgeable, professional, a great advocate, understanding, etc., Cynthia is your person!!! - Candace, La Mesa March 2015

R & R Team

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Renata's dedication to the entire buying process was unparalleled. You will have her undivided attention and support from the moment you begin looking at the listings and viewing the actual properties, helping understand loan details until the time you are ready to receive the keys to your own home. I highly recommend her to any prospective home buyers ! - Andrey, San Diego April 2017

Eric Polansky

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Mr. Polansky had been involved in marketing in the area and had introduced himself in the past. In evaluating for the sale three agents were contacted, but none seemed to have the knowledge and expertise of the area we were looking for. Mr. Polansky evaluated the property and established the highest value and exceeded that value by 10%! We were extremely happy with his professionalism, knowledge of the area, and assistance in selling the home for us.

if there was an option above "excellent" I would rate Mr. Polansky above excellent. He met a very high "gold standard" for our family. - Dan Weidner, San Clement October 2017

Steve Hirsch

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Great job Steve!! - Bj Kammerer August 2017

Ernie Burciaga Jr.

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Ernie Burciaga executed the sale of our home in just a few days. He was extremely professional, courteous and took the time to listen to what I needed. His attention to detail ensured the sale of the property with no drama. Solid professional, I recommend him highly. - Steve Van Daele, Rancho May 2017

Shelly Schreiber

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Shelly walked me through each step of the process of purchasing my second home in Del Mar with great patience, professionalism and ethics. She paid extraordinary attention to detail, making sure nothing fell through the cracks and no stone was left unturned. Other professionals involved in my real estate transaction commented that Shelly went far above and beyond what was expected or required of her.

Shelly is a consummate professional in every regard. She provided continues information and updates regarding the progress of my real estate purchase. She kept in close contact with all other professionals involved in the transaction. She was easy to reach and always returned calls or emails in a timely fashion. She addressed any concerns or questions I had with patience and a high level of knowledge and understanding. Purchasing my second home was a highly positive experience because I had such a talented, conscientious and tenacious ally in my corner. I highly recommend Shelly Schreiber to anyone considering purchasing or selling a home. - Dr. Kara Kornher, Del Ma April 2015

Cathy Burciaga

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When I purchased my condo in San Diego, I was living in Orange County. I did not know any real estate brokers but of all the brokers I called, Cathy was one who returned my call and was the broker I decided to work with. It was a great decision, Cathy was very knowledgeable and fun to work with.

A great person to work with, staged the home and found a photographer that made my place look truly amazing. Since I was living in another city, Cathy went to my place in San Diego on a regular basis to make sure everything was ok until the unit sold. - Geri R., San Diego, Ca June 2017

* After the client and agent affiliated with CENTURY 21® Real Estate LLC complete a transaction, the client may be asked to provide feedback to help the CENTURY 21® System and sales professionals continuously improve. The affiliated agent's Overall Rating is an average of all ratings the agent has received. The specific survey responses shown were selected by the agent and were authorized by the client for display purposes. Some customers who provided a testimonial may have received a Starbucks gift card from their CENTURY 21 Sales Professional as a thank you for completing the customer satisfaction survey.

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Service Areas

Real Estate Services of Greater San Diego

Welcome to CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty, one of the most active Real Estate firms in San Diego. Centrally located in Clairemont our Agents help buyers and sellers with real estate transactions in and around the prestigious, beautiful areas of greater San Diego including La Jolla, Clairemont, Bay Park, and Pacific Beach.

When it comes to buying or selling a home in San Diego, CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty can't be beat. We have over 60 San Diego real estate agents ready to provide you the information you need to make the best decisions, and have one of the most extensive networks from which to market your San Diego real estate for sale.

We have been a CENTURY 21® San Diego real estate affiliate for over 25 years. CENTURY 21 is the most recognized brand in real estate today. For over 40 years, the CENTURY 21 family of independently owned and operated companies world wide have been committed to outstanding service. CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty is proud to honor that commitment here in San Diego.

Interested in pursuing a career in real estate? Be sure to visit Career Opportunities. CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty is committed to helping you achieve your San Diego Real Estate goals.

San Diego Regional Office

3091 Clairemont Drive, San Diego CA 92117

San Diego, CA

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Demographic Data | San Diego, CA

Median Age: 35.61
Married: 35%
Households: 523,150


Population by Sex
707,208 Male
693,776 Female

Occupancy Types
31,963 Vacant
255,926 Owned
267,224 Rented


White/Blue Collar Jobs
35% White Collar
65% Blue Collar

Transportation to Work
86% Drive
4% Public Transportation
6% Walk/Bike/Other
4% Work from Home