Johannes van Leenen, a Canadian Real-estate Mogul Remembers Humble Beginnings

Johannes van Leenen, a Canadian real-estate mogul, developed an interest in home building at a young age. Inspired by his parents working in the industry, he achieved high sales volume and excellent customer satisfaction early on. At just 20 years old, it was clear that Van Leenen had a knack for new-home real estate.

His experience in sales while accomplishing Canada’s Top New Home Salesperson award led him to wanting more for himself and the industry. Van Leenen had the vision to transform the places we call home into communities that cater to unique and diverse lifestyle needs. From there, he began to move mountains, building a real estate empire out of his basement. During this time, he spent hours crafting home designs, conceptualizing floor plans, and developing unique elevations that would transform the meaning of home.

Taking the next big step forward, Van Leenen founded Fifth Avenue Properties, prevailing as an award-winning developer on the pulse of the Calgary, Kelowna, and Phoenix housing markets. Van Leenen revolutionized Fifth Avenue Properties as a leading land developer and integrated home builder. His leadership yields enormous growth not only for the company but for his employees as well. He leads by example, always finding new and innovative ways to seek opportunities for his company and his team. His tenacity and evolving management style contribute to a strong workplace culture based on the value of respect, honesty and hard work.

His portfolio of work clearly exemplifies this. Van Leenen is actively involved in meeting the demand for new homes in Western Canada, and his team is now expanding its expertise beyond the border into the Southwest United States. With various projects on the go, including land development, single-family residential, multi-family residential, resort properties, and build-to-rent communities, Fifth Avenue Properties is leading the way in bringing a diverse and innovative selection of real estate to present-day homeowners.

“Fifth Avenue Properties is unique. We operate as a blended business with multiple product lines” says the founder of Fifth Avenue properties, Johannes van Leenen. “We target our offering in each region to the needs of the communities we build in and develop strategic alliances with other industry leaders. Our passion for real estate transcends through the homes we build, with a focus on offering more to the consumer at a competitive price.” 

Attention to detail is evident through the numerous awards and award nominations the organization regularly receives. This new-home real estate group boasts a portfolio that embodies traditional and contemporary design styles that inspire dynamic and inclusive community living. Van Leenen’s collaborative approach and eye for detail have been instilled within his team, and the company prides itself on the quality of the properties it creates.

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