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Jim founded the The Van Zanten Group in 2013 with former partner Rob Depaoli, representing buyers and sellers throughout the beach cities. From Santa Monica to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the group closes roughly $80 million in real property sales annually. The Van Zanten Group consists of 4 seasoned team members including Jim Van Zanten (President), Marc de Longeville (Team Agent), Lindsay Forgeron (Director of Development & Interior Design) and Helga Brandt (Director of Marketing/Executive Assistant). The team specializes in buyer and seller representation, structures savvy property investments, and coordinates distinctive luxury home- and apartment developments in the greater South Bay of Los Angeles.


  • Jim ranks in the top 1% of agents in the United States, and is one of the top 5 agents in the history of Manhattan Beach
  • Jim has over 40 years of experience in the business and has participated in $25+ billion in real estate sales.
  • Jim is the major shareholder for Marine View Property Management and e-Escrows inc., giving him a wealth of expertise in these areas.
  • Jim, Marc & Lindsay specialize in high-end buyer and seller representation, residential- and apartment development, and income property investments.
  • The team has an in-house graphic designer, social media coordinator, and transaction coordinator to help assist with a smooth transaction and ensure you receive top-notch service & attention.