The Coldwell Banker Heritage - 100 Years. Millions of Dreams. In 1906, as San Francisco began to rebuild after the devastating earthquake, Colbert Coldwell founded a real estate company with a philosophy different from others of the day; the customer's best interest above all. In 1914, Benjamin Banker joined him to build a firm that still today stands on the principles of integrity, exceptional service and customer satisfaction. During the last 100 years, Coldwell Banker has grown to become the premier residential real estate organization in North America by helping millions achieve the 'American Dream' of owning a home. Coldwell Banker began in 1924 with the first office serving the community of Los Angeles. Today, our presence and success in the Southern California region is unparalleled. With more than 100 offices and 6,000 sales associates, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage exemplifies a dedicated commitment to client service. In Southern California and around the world, Coldwell Banker provides the responsive service of a local brokerage with the stability, resources and international connections of the leading name in real estate.