Our History

Founded in Hollywood by Jacob Stern in 1889 as The Stern Realty Co., The Oppenheim Group represents five generations of real estate development, management and brokerage services in Los Angeles.  Jacob Stern, Brett and Jason’s great-great grandfather, was one of the preeminent real estate entrepreneurs of early Los Angeles.  

Jacob built his personal residence on a five-acre parcel at the now world famous corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St. In 1925, the family constructed Hollywood’s first premier hotel, the Hollywood Plaza Hotel, now preserved as an historic landmark. However, it was the lease of Jacob Stern’s horse barn for $75 a month to three Hollywood newcomers that would alter the course of Los Angeles, and become The Oppenheim Group’s most immortalized real estate transaction.

In the horse barn, at the southwest corner of the family residence, Cecil B. Demille, Jesse Lasky, and Samuel Goldwyn would establish the first movie studio, Paramount Pictures.  The world’s first full-length feature film, “Squaw Man,” was filmed and premiered in the barn, which has been designated a California Historic Landmark, and currently serves as the home of the Hollywood Heritage Museum.  United States Senator, Chris Dodd, then Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, began his 2012 inaugural address, stating, “What started in Jacob Stern’s horse barn at the corner of Hollywood and Vine, has turned into a landmark American industry.”  

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.  Since the 1990’s, The Oppenheim Group’s primary purpose has been providing high-end brokerage services to the residents of Los Angeles.

RS-049-10 copy“Historic aerial photograph of the Jacob Stern residence at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine Street. Paramount Pictures was founded in the horse barn at the southwest corner of the estate (lower left).”

 


“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