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Welcome To The Van Zanten Group

Jim started the Van Zanten Group in 2013 with former partner Rob Depaoli, closing roughly $80 million in real property sales annually. The group counts 3 seasoned team members including Jim Van Zanten (President), Lindsay Forgeron (Director of Development & Interior Design) and Helga Brandt (Director of Marketing, Executive Assistant). The Van Zanten Group represents both buyers and sellers in residential transactions, structures savvy property investments, and plans & coordinates distinctive construction projects.

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1214 Tennyson, Manhattan Beach, California 90266 A fresh look for 1214 Tennyson, Manhattan Beach! Project Details: • New construction of 11-unit modern apartment • Attractive contemporary design • All pa
  • 2 Baths
  • 2 Beds
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SOLD- 748 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, California 90266
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  • 3 Beds
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Known for being one of Southern California’s hotspots for beach volleyball & surfing, Manhattan Beach offers a quiet escape away from the hustle & bustle of Los Angeles City. With its iconic pier & famous ‘Strand’ just steps away from the sand, seaside strolling takes on a new meaning here. The ‘faux’ gas lamps that line the pier lend a cozy atmosphere at night and make the Manhattan Beach Pier an Instagram favorite. The heart of downtown, immediately at the foot of the pier, is dotted with quaint village boutiques, fine restaurants, gelato shops and cafés. A state-of-the-art library, featuring art from local artists, is only a short walk away. Several distinct neighborhoods, each with their own community flair, take relaxed coastal living to new sophisticated heights and ensure that Manhattan Beach brings you the quintessential upscale coastal living experience.

Wedged between upscale Manhattan Beach to the North and family-oriented Redondo Beach to the South, Hermosa Beach gets its name from the Spanish word meaning ‘beautiful’. We wholeheartedly agree. With a pedestrian-only green belt running through the city, and a variety of beach activities & nearby biking trails, Hermosa Beach appeals to the avid fitness enthusiast. The pier & ‘Strand’ are a great spot for watching the many surf- & volleyball competitions throughout the year as well. Is vibrant downtown and exciting nightlife, from lively sports bars to happening restaurants, places Hermosa Beach firmly on the South Bay map as a bustling seaside town.

Moving North to South, Redondo Beach is the last in a string of beach cities that is commonly referred to as the South Bay of Los Angeles. Arguably the most family-oriented seaside town, Redondo Beach offers a quieter beach atmosphere that its Northern neighbor Hermosa Beach. The city’s ‘Riviera Village’ section, in the heart of downtown, is dotted with quaint boutiques, lively bars and fine dining establishments. It is where the community comes together for festivals and happenings, or simply to catch up over a good meal. Redondo Beach’ pride is undoubtedly its landmark pier, which has been expanded and rebuilt several times. Home to many eateries, fun pier shops & typical seaside activities, from kayak rentals to whale-watching cruises, the pier offers a fun and dynamic experience. Located virtually next door to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, this coastal gem looks out to the dramatic cliffsides of the peninsula.

Comprised of a group of affluent cities in the Palos Verdes Hills (including Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates), the peninsula is home to several golf courses & country clubs, horseback riding trails, and hiking- & mountain biking trails. Being surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the West & South, the rocky peninsula is also a scuba diver’s dream. Many avid bird & wildlife watchers frequent the tranquility of the peninsula’s rugged coastline, with many scenic hilltops offering prime viewing of whale migrations and flocks of pelicans, seagulls, and other shorebirds. Apart from its abundance of nature trails and stunning dramatic cliffsides, the peninsula’s proximity to the above-mentioned beach cities gives it unprecedented access to the finest luxury coastal living has to offer.

Attracting people from all over the globe for its lively entertainment, its rich arts and cultural scene, and its innovative & diverse economy, Los Angeles is also world-renowned for some of the most exquisite properties in the world. This metropolis’ real estate offerings include architecturally unique estates with luxury amenities, offering magnificent views of the valley or city, and extraordinary contemporary homes nestled into its hillsides. The cultural melting pot contributes to Los Angeles’ global appeal, as does the proximity of gorgeous sandy beaches and rugged mountains. It is truly one of the few cities in the world where you can ride a wave in the morning, go snowboarding in the afternoon, and end your day in style with exquisite dinner and a musical in the evening. Los Angeles brings it all to the table.

What They Say

Client Testimonials

“There really is no substitute for experience. Because of Jim’s knowledge of the market and experience gained through many real estate transactions, we were able to sell our house in a timely and satisfactory matter. In this day of market uncertainty, it really pays off to have someone who really k...... ”


“I could not have been more pleased with Jim and my first home buying experience. His expertise, professionalism, and attention to detail are second to none and ensured a smooth and favorable transaction. Not only did Jim negotiate a significant price reduction, he was also able to structure an escro...... ”


“We love our new home!... ”

- Evelyn K.

“ Wow, After years of talking about getting more room for us and our 4 children, circumstances finally presented us with the opportunity to upsize our home. We had so many options and so many needs. Jim evaluated our situation and it became obvious that it was time for us to move. He was patient to ...... ”


““It was a great pleasure to have Jim Van Zanten as my broker. He and his staff displayed a level of professionalism, courtesy and thoroughness which is increasingly hard to find these days in many commercial activities – not to mention real estate. From the very beginning I got the impression th...... ”


“Jim is a true professional; personable, knowledgeable and helpful. We felt like he really understood what we were looking and was able to do so quickly. He was always available and helped us through the entire process. My husband and I would gladly recommend Jim, and South Bay Brokers to those in ne...... ”

- Morgan M.

“Jim helped my wife and I buy our first home. After that, he helped a good friend of mine buy his home, and then helped my sister and brother in law buy their home. That says a lot about what my family and I think about the quality of work provided by Jim and his team. Negotiation Process: My wife...... ”


“I could not have been more pleased with Jim and my first home buying experience. His expertise, professionalism, and attention to detail are second to none and ensured a smooth and favorable transaction. Not only did Jim negotiate a significant price reduction, he was also able to structure an escro...... ”


“ We’ve bought and sold four homes with Jim and in every case Jim exceeded our expectations. Every transaction had its own issues, but Jim always treated everyone with integrity and respect while getting us the best deal and helping us navigate some thorny situations. We’d recommend him to anyon...... ”


“ It was a pleasure working with Jim and his staff. He adroitly uses his broad knowledge and extensive experience in providing his clients a highly professional experience.... ”