Jason and Brett Oppenheim represent the fifth generation of their family to practice real estate in Los Angeles. Their great-great-grandfather Jacob Stern was one of Hollywood’s founding residents and an influential real estate figure of early Southern California, residing on a five-acre parcel at the now world famous corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St.. On this land he would develop one of early Hollywood’s most grand estates and its most prestigious hotel, The Hollywood Plaza Hotel. Vine Street would later be named after the vineyards growing along the east side of his property.
In 1913, the horse barn at the southwest corner of his property would host the filming and premier of the world’s first major motion picture, The Squaw Man, and become the headquarters of the world’s first movie studio, Paramount Pictures. The barn, considered the birthplace of the movie industry, is preserved as a California Historical Landmark and currently houses the Hollywood Heritage Museum. The lease of Jacob’s horse barn to Paramount Pictures and the development of Hollywood Plaza Hotel marked the beginning of Hollywood as the entertainment capital of the world.
Subsequent generations of the family have continued to impact the landscape of Los Angeles through the development and brokerage of hundreds of residential and commercial properties from Hollywood to the Pacific Ocean. In the 1970’s the family was the largest developer of government housing on the West Coast, in the 1980’s co-founded and managed a successful multi-billion dollar commercial real estate investment fund and in 2006 created The International Investment Fund. Since the 1980’s, The Oppenheim Group’s primary purpose has been providing high-end brokerage services to the residents of Los Angeles.
“What started in Jacob Stern’s horse barn at the corner of Hollywood and Vine, has grown into a landmark American industry.”
– U.S. Senator Chris Dodd – Chairman, MPAA
“By the dawn of the 1930’s the corner of Hollywood and Vine had become the symbolic center of the motion picture industry.”
– Paradise Leased – Steve Vaught
“Real estate was in Jacob Stern’s heart.”
– The Story of Hollywood – Gregory Paul Williams