Van’s strong professional background as a licensed landscape architect provides him with an ideal foundation for a real estate career. With decades of creative experience, he can offer buyers and sellers highly-detailed technical and construction advice when needed. Known as much for his accuracy as his desire to fulfill his clients’ wishes, Van says “Every person I’ve met is a friend, and my closest friends have come to appreciate my precise attention to detail.”
Proficiency in landscape architecture gives Van a comprehensive understanding of the visionary and design aspects of real estate development, including land acquisition, topographic evaluation, road layout, utility distribution, sub-division and lot designs, as well as financial evaluations. He enjoys all the aspects of residential sales, and his expertise can help homeowners identify future home improvements, from swimming pools and additions to outdoor living spaces.
Among the traits that serve Van well as a sales associate are his outstanding design sense, remarkable analytical and organizational skills, and longstanding appreciation of architecture. In fact, he worked closely with an architect during the renovation of his Tudor- style residence in Mendham’s historic district, making sure the home’s integrity and character were retained throughout the process.
Van has a Bachelor of Science degree in landscape architecture from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University. He was awarded the Certificate of Honor for Excellence and Award of Excellence in the Graduate Study of Landscape Architecture from the American Society of Landscape Architects while attending both universities. He continues to be involved in the academic world as an adjunct professor of landscape design at the County College of Morris.
Married with four grown daughters and a granddaughter, Van enjoys spending time with his family and numerous pets, traveling, antiquing, fresh water fishing and sporting clays. A New Jersey resident since 1995, Van is originally from Texas and has also lived in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri.
Active in the community, Van is a session Elder at Hilltop Presbyterian Church of Mendham and volunteered his design services for the creation of a courtyard garden at Mendham’s Mountain View Middle School.
Van says the main thing that drew him to Turpin was the supportive atmosphere. “It is truly a family of professionals who smile and welcome your friendship wholeheartedly. When someone speaks of teamwork, you feel the compassion and sincerity within the entire company. Turpin has a well-known history of fairly representing their real estate clients, and I aspire to be part of that.”
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