C.J. Nakagawa

C.J. Nakagawa

Principal Realtor®

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About C.J.

As a third-generation real estate agent, C.J. brings youthful energy and years of experience to the table. He has a lifelong passion for real estate and an intimate understanding of locations, construction, and the science of the deal. His attention to detail and service-oriented philosophy made him the #1 Team by Transaction Number in Marin County and the #2 Team by Volume in San Francisco at Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty in 2021. He climbed higher and was ranked #1 Team by Transaction Number in Marin County and San Francisco in 2022. C.J. works with his mother and partner, Susan Hewitt, and they are among the Top 100 Sotheby’s agents and teams in the world by sales volume. 
 
Born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County, C.J. has a deep admiration of the scenery that makes the SF Bay Area so vibrant. With connections to venture capital, startups, tech companies, and the people who make our social fabric so rich, he’s able to make valuable introductions and leave no stone unturned. 
 
Prior to joining the Sotheby's network in 2015, C.J. started his career in real estate at Coldwell Banker Previews International splitting his time between their San Francisco Pacific Heights and Central Marin offices. He quickly became the #1 REALTOR under 35 and earned the Blue Diamond Award for sales excellence and the 2013 Rising Star award. 
 
While not immersed in the local real estate market, C.J. enjoys long scenic drives to Napa Valley and exploring the vibrant Northern California restaurant scene. A portion of every commission earned is donated to Home for a Home, a non-profit organization building homes for the underserved in Guatemala.
We started shopping without knowing what would suit us best, and Susan and CJ first patiently learned about our current life situation and the reason why we wanted to buy. After learning that, they started suggesting different listings (sometimes even before those houses hit the market), and they helped us evaluate the pros and cons of each one of them when bringing us to the open house. As we visit more...

— Gony F.

Cj and Susan are one of a kind REALTOR team. My husband and I are both Marin natives and were looking to move back from SF to raise our growing family. Even though we each had different and unique priorities, The Golden Gate Group successfully helped us land the perfect place in tiburon amidst one of the most competitive markets ever. Not only do they deeply understand Marin real estate, but they also ar...

— Dulebohn

C.J.’s rare style of dealing with clients and other industry professionals throughout the transaction bodes a professional nature that delivers seamless results. C.J. And Susan are extremely knowledgeable in the San Francisco and Marin county markets, literally down to the street and block. Their complex understanding of both residential and commercial real estate makes them my go-to agents for investmen...

— Jeff B.

I could go on and on about this masterful team, but I'll try to sum it up in this way: I believe 100% that the reason that we got our dream home (in a competitive process, at a competitive time in the market) is because of this team their deep knowledge of all facets of the market, their ability to manage the complicated process, and the way that they help their clients navigate unique situations with po...

— Sari E.

Susan helped me find my home and was everything you could ask for in a broker and more. After we visited a half dozen houses, Susan helped me figure out what I was looking for and suggested some houses that I hadn’t thought to look at, one of which was the perfect house. She was always available and responsive and was both realistic and encouraging throughout the process. It was a delight to work with he...

— Adam S.

Susan and CJ were professional and honest and never stopped working. Susan and CJ's family have been in the field for generations in San Francisco and Marin, so they truly have the knowledge and guidance that helps with pricing and how to cast the net to capture the right buyer. A "Can do" attitude is a must in the selling environment and they both have it mastered! Thank you both for never giving up and...

— Corkers

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