San Diego Business Journal Veteran San Diego real estate agents Brett Dickinson and Ross Clark have teamed up to form a new real estate team affiliated with Compass.

Among their first sales was the historic Munk House in La Jolla Shores.

Built in 1954 by the late oceanographer Walter Munk and designed by his wife, Judith Munk, Munk house had additions built on in 1961, 1971 and 1985. 
Due to the sloping site, the home varies from one to two stories.

At the time of sale, it was 3,478 square feet.

The home was known as Seiche, a name that referred to a standing wave oscillating in a body of water. The house is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Munk donated the home to the University of California San Diego in 2014. He died in February 2019.

Brokered by Dickinson and Clark for $5.5 million, UC San Diego sold the home this year for $6.2 million to Timothy M. Scott, co-founder and CEO of Tega Therapeutics.

Dickinson said Seiche had nearly 100 showings and drew 11 offers in the first week that it was on the market, with more than half at or above the list price.

A key selling point was that the house at 9539 La Jolla Shores Drive has a direct trail to Black’s Beach.

It also has six bedrooms spread over a main house and a guest house, a pool, an outdoor grass amphitheater, gardens and large windows.


Dickinson is the former director of global marketing at Sotheby’s International.

Clark was with Berkshire Hathaway before teaming up with Dickinson.

“The combination gives us great synergy,” Dickinson said. “One of the things about Ross and I is we both come from multiple backgrounds.”

Dickinson was a professional tennis player for 18 years and Clark is a U.S. Army veteran.

As former competitors, Dickinson and Clark generated $250 million in sales in 2020 at their respective agencies.

Clark said that between them, he and Dickinson have had five of the six largest home sales ever in La Jolla, including the $24.7 million sale of a 6,032-square-foot La Jolla Shores home in December 2020.

They’ve set up shop for their collaboration in downtown La Jolla at 7863 Girard St.

Dickinson said that they market homes in all price ranges but their specialty has been the luxury market.

“We have some properties that are upward of $10 million,” Dickinson said.

Going High Tech

As part of their move in setting up their own team, Dickinson said he and Clark focus more on using technology as a marketing tool to “get it in front of people that are actually in the demographics that we’re seeking.”

“It’s more precision targeting,” Dickinson said. “We just started talking about our ability to market and sell using technology and how technology is taking over in a much broader sense than it was previously.”

Technology has already altered the real estate industry, but the COVID-19 pandemic has hastened the changes, Dickinson said.

“The world changed a couple of years ago,” he added.