Ken Johnson

Broker, City Grid Real Estate


​Ken is the principal and founder of City Grid Real Estate.  A born entrepreneur - selling chicken eggs door to door in rural New England, the value of persistence and a good story was learned early.  Sales took a back seat for stints at the U.S State Department (Istanbul, Turkey), teaching English (Rome, Italy), legislative affairs (Washington DC), and law school at the University of San Francisco and Georgetown University, eventually practicing tax and corporate law at a large firm (San Francisco, CA), then to reemerge in the form of commercial real estate.

After 20 years in commercial real estate, having founded and DCMud, the city's most popular real estate blog for 5 years (earning a Washingtonian "Best of" in the process), and specializing in retail real estate for a local firm, Ken started a new chapter in 2020 with City Grid Real Estate.  Having represented landlords and tenants for the lease of more than 100 restaurant spaces; multi-family sales from 5 to 75 unit buildings, warehouse sales, and retail building sales and leases in every capacity from fitness uses, theaters, distillers, brewers, coffee roasters and restaurants of every size, Ken has been at the forefront of commercial real estate; advising tenants and landlords in site selection, marketing strategy, social media, lease negotiations and retail design for two decades.

Ken Johnson, Broker
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