Nate Benedetto

Nate Benedetto began his brokerage career in 2005 before starting Next Wave Commercial with Paul Ahern in 2016. Nate has a personal relationship with most of the retailers and restaurateurs in the downtown, uptown and coastal communities. These relationships allow Nate to more effectively match properties with tenants and buyers to maximize value and close more deals.

With over 300 lease and sale transactions completed to date, he has extensive experience representing tenants, landlords, buyers, and sellers. His trend analysis and knowledge of the urban and coastal neighborhoods allow him to outperform the competition and keep his clients looking one step ahead. He is also the founder of URBANIST (, which is a fold-out guide to locally owned restaurants, bars, and boutiques within San Diego's downtown & uptown neighborhoods.

"I needed someone to figure out what our brand represents and where we should be looking...Nate stepped in and talked me out of a lot of deals that, who knows, I might have regretted." - Mike Rosen, owner of Juniper & Ivy and the Crack Shack (in the San Diego Business Journal)

Featured Deals

2906-2912 University Ave.
  • Represented Seller
  • Sold for $6,300,000.00 (97% of Asking Price)
  • Landmark North Park Multi-Tenant Investment
CVS Lease Downtown
  • 19,055 SF
  • $12,000,000 over 20 years
  • High Profile Downtown Corner at 4th & Broadway
Born & Raised
  • Off Market Transaction
  • Represented both Landlord and Tenant
  • Restaurant of the Year 2017 (readers choice)
  • Finalist for best hospitality design worldwide -AIA
  • Finalist for Real Estate Deal of the Year -San Diego Business Journal
The Crack Shack
  • Tenant Representation (6 Locations and Growing)
  • Named #1 of 8 Breakout Brands in USA -Nation’s Restaurant News
  • #2 Best Fried Chicken in USA -Food & Wine
Herb & Sea
  • Tenant Representation
  • Top Chef Brian Malarkey's Signature Coastal Restaurant
4608 Park Blvd.
  • Off Market Transaction
  • Represented Buyer & Seller
  • $2,350,000.00
3956 30th St.
  • Off Market Transaction
  • Represented Buyer & Seller
  • $2,520,000.00
Herb & Wood
  • Off Market Transaction
  • Represented Landlord & Tenant
  • Restaurant of the Year 2016
  • Top 10 best new restaurants in the nation -USA Today
Juniper & Ivy
  • Represented Buyer on 3 building Sale
  • Restaurant of the Year 2014 -SDUT
  • Restaurant of the Year 2014
Miller Hull
  • Tenant Representation
  • 5,000 SF Class A Creative Office Lease
The Plot
  • Off Market Restaurant Lease
  • Tenant Representation
  • Named Best New Restaurant in San Diego 2020 by San Diego Magazine
8381 La Mesa Blvd.
  • $2.4M Sale - Closed During Covid
  • Represented Buyer & Seller
330 Cedros
  • Successful Multi-Suite Lease-up of Premier Street Retail Center
  • Represented Landlord & Tenant of Highly Anticipated Rare Form Steakhouse
  • Achieved record breaking rents for the area