This is our story, and here’s where it began…

In the early 1980s, Raymond John Bekeris began his career in real estate. He had been living in an apartment in Westwood, and sold the entire building for $7,000,000. After this sale, it was apparent that Bekeris had a knack for the business. After all, a real estate agent’s first sale is rarely at such a high price. Bekeris went on to join Bruce Nelson and immediately formed John Bruce Nelson and Associates. Bekeris has owned and and operated the company since it’s inception in the late 80’s.

JBN received significant interest in part due to mainstream media attention, such as “The Today Show,” “20/20,” and “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” “Lifestyles” host, Robin Leach, interviewed Bekeris, who then coined the term “The Platinum Triangle,” in reference to the area comprising Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Holmby Hills. At this time, JBN sold the westside’s first major teardown estate. It was the former Bing Crosby estate, situated on four acres, overlooking the fairway of the Los Angeles Country Club. The estate at 596 South Mapleton Drive, in Holmby Hills, was owned at the time by Patrick Frawley (founder of the Schick Center), and then sold to Aaron and Candy Spelling. JBN had the exclusive listing on the property.

By the mid 1980s, JBN was very closely involved with the westside residential real estate market and associated with many of the record breaking sales that took place during that time. JBN’s sales include the first home ever to be sold over $5,000,000 (located in Beverly Hills), the first home ever to be sold over $10,000,000 (located in Holmby Hills) and the first home ever to be sold over $20,000,000 (located in Beverly Hills).

In 1990, the real estate market began to drop and continued to drop for six long and depressing years. During this recession, JBN continued making the largest and most significant sales each year. Near the end of 1995, JBN sold a home in Beverly Hills at 1156 Shadow Hill Way (at that time the largest private residence in Beverly Hills) for $11,500,000. It was the first sale over $10,000,000 in almost three years. JBN not only found the buyer, but also had the exclusive listing on the property.

In the first part of 1996 the market was still dropping, and it wasnít until 9 months later that the market began itís turn around in August of 1996. On the westside, the first two sales that signified the turn around of the market were South Mapleton Drive and North Carolwood Drive in Holmby Hills. Not only did JBN make both these sales, but also resold both properties within four months.

Again in 1997, JBN helped break through to another unprecedented level. JBN was the first brokerage company to establish the value for prime land to be in excess of $4,000,000 per acre when it sold a tear down home in Holmby Hills on Baroda Drive, (under two acres), for over $8,000,000. The value of land had not been at that level since the late 1980s. JBN reconfirmed land value in 1999, at over $4,000,000 per prime acre when it sold a home in Bel Air on just less than four acres for close to $17,000,000 (the largest sale of the year for any brokerage company). The home was then torn down.

In 1999, JBN made the two largest real estate sales of the year. Both of these sales were in Holmby Hills and in excess of $12,000,000. In the same year, JBN accomplished another unprecedented event by selling a 1.1 acre parcel of land for $10,000,000 which is the highest price paid for land to this day.

In 2001, JBN sold the famous Sheik’s property on Sunset Blvd. and Alpine Drive, in Beverly Hills. JBN sold this property once before, and would sell it again for a third time in 2004. JBN also resold 1156 Shadow Hill Way (the largest single family residence in Beverly Hills) for a fourth time in 2004. 2004 was a great year for JBN, and included the sales of four more of the most significant properties in the Platinum Triangle, all of which were off the market.

In this most recent year, looking through the comparative sales at the top-end of the market JBN has made significantly more than its share, making more than 20% of the high-end sales, which is an unimaginable feat when you consider we are competing with over 10,000 agents.

The sales mentioned above represent only a small percentage of JBN’s accomplishments. Since opening its doors, JBN has continued to be among the top producers, if not the top producer every single year. JBN remains a very private, and exclusive firm. By doing so, it is able to give its clients the respect and attention they deserve. This has been the key to our success.