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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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Featured Developments + Multi Family
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
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 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

“Jim was easy to work with and super knowledgeable. He knows the South Bay Area really well. He helped us with a lot of different issues that popped up. He was very responsive every time we had questions. His assistant, Helga, was also really good. They were able to help us access workers for a renta...... ”


“Jim is the best in the business. My family and I have gone through Jim for our two home purchases in Manhattan Beach, and he has helped a countless number of family and friends as well. His relationships, market knowledge, and personality are the reasons he’s so successful!... ”


“There are just no words to describe! The most professional, intelligent, efficient, and available! He made the impossible possible, in no time! An absolute joy to interact. It is fascinating to see how much Mr. Van Zanten cares for his clients and is devoted to provide them what they need and even m...... ”


“Jim was truly a pleasure to work with during our first home purchase. He was patient, knowledgeable, and always had a good sense of humor! We accidentally became his clients, because he randomly showed us a house, and we are so glad he did. So many times realtors have more allegiance to the seller...... ”


“We have been working with Jim for over 25 years on the sale and purchase of multiple properties -- and we keep coming back for more! Jim’s extensive knowledge and expertise go far beyond that of your typical real estate agent. He has helped us with creative approaches to financing purchases, findi...... ”


“Jim has been with us since we bought our first home in 2013 and recently helped us purchase a new home and ran a successful sale process on our previous house. He & his team have been tremendous partners throughout and Jim is someone we rely on for honest feedback and good advice. As an added bonus ...... ”