About Us

MICHAEL MANHEIM

Principal

By the time Michael Manheim graduated from Verde Valley school in Sedona, Arizona he had lived in eight different houses, studied architectural drafting, built a Navajo hogan, spent time with Paolo Soleri and met Frank Lloyd Wright. Though Mr. Manheim’s early fantasies of becoming an architect were crushed by the realization that he couldn’t draw to save his life, in 1986 he began designing and building homes for his personal use, leading to the creation of the real estate development company, Jaman Properties, in 2003. To date, Mr. Manheim has redesigned or built more than twenty high-end residential properties.

In addition to his work in real estate, Mr. Manheim has played trumpet at Carnegie Hall, graduated with honors from Harvard university, produced 15 motion pictures that have earned 35 international awards including a Golden Globe and an Emmy, produced a Broadway musical nominated for a Tony Award for “Best Musical”, served on the Board of Governors of the Producers Guild of America and acted as an unpaid apprentice chef at two of the top Italian restaurants in Southern California. He resides in Malibu with his wife and creative partner of over 30 years, Janus Cercone.

JANUS CERCONE

Principal

Janus Cercone grew up in Bronxville, New York where her mother was a successful developer of high-end residential properties. Learning early what makes a house a compelling home, Ms. Cercone applies her skills as a professional writer to designing unique spaces that reflect character and narrative. As such she is passionate in her belief in the transformative power of personal space. To date, she has built or redesigned more than 20 residences.

Ms. Cercone graduated The Bronxville High School as a Regent and National Merit Scholar, attended Skidmore College on a full music scholarship, served as East Coast Director of Publicity for A&M Records and worked as a songwriter and studio musician, contributing to numerous albums, award winning television and feature films, before becoming a screenwriter and playwright.  As such, she has worked for every major Hollywood studio, writing screenplays and produced features for, among others, Oscar winners, Steve Martin, Michael Douglas, Whoopi Goldberg, Penny Marshall, Johnny Depp and Kathy Kennedy and Frank Marshall for whom Cercone wrote, Django, a bio-pic of the legendary Gypsy guitarist.  With composer Alan Menken, Ms. Cercone adapted her Paramount movie, “Leap of Faith” as a Broadway musical which received the Tony Award nomination for “Best Musical” and multiple Drama Desk nominations including, “Best Book For A Musical” for Ms. Cercone.

Ms. Cercone is an avid traveler, equestrian and food historian. She resides in Malibu with an enormous Iris Setter and her husband and creative partner of nearly 40 years, Michael Manheim.