Engel & Völkers is proud to announce the latest addition to their ever expanding network with the recent signing of the Parys Licence. “It is with great excitement that we welcome Johan van der Walt, who acquired the Parys Licence, to the Engel & Völkers family” says Craig Hutchison, CEO of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.
About Johan van der Walt
Life has taken Johan all over the world, which brought with it experience in both the business and property industry. After starting as an intern agent with Realty Elk in 1985, Johan sold properties in George and surrounds. He then decided to follow his calling to become a dental technician and managed to open privately owned practices in SA and the UK, never leaving the property industry behind. He later became an active property investor, taking it as far as investing in the property industry in the UK, where he relocated to and again opened his own dental technician practice.
We are very fortunate that Johan decided to come back to South Africa where he obtained his EAAB certification. Although he is still in the dental field, currently practising in Potchefstroom, Johan wishes to settle in the town of Parys on the Vaal river. Parys is a well-known tourist destination for visitors from throughout South Africa as well as numerous international clients, and boasts more than 50 art galleries. Johan’s entire family resides in Parys and he is well known and loved in the close-knit community.
He was first introduced to the Engel & Völkers brand in Potchefstroom and was immediately drawn in by the professionalism and class of the brand, which is something that he sincerely wants to offer the community of Parys. Trudy Burger, Johan’s sister and property sales advisor at our Hartbeespoort shop, also played a vital part in making the decision to join the brand.
About the Parys Shop
The new Parys shop will be located in the En-Style building, a prime position in the town of Parys. Johan plans to very hands-on in the shop as he wishes to convert to property sales and letting on a permanent basis. “We expect great things from his shop and wish him all the best, we know he will be a great success” Craig concluded.
About the Parys Area
Just under an hour’s drive from Johannesburg is the fascinating town of Parys, situated on the banks of the ever popular Vaal River. Probably the most interesting fact is that Parys is one of the towns in South Africa with the highest per capita investment number and has become one of the most exclusive areas for the property investor.
Its main attraction must be the Vredefort Dome, a World Heritage site. With its unique topography and geology, it has resulted in it being a diverse cultural heritage and historical treasure trove. It is one of the world’s oldest and largest impact structures, with the crater being formed 2020 million years ago when an asteroid of 10 kilometres diameter collided with the earth at a speed of
30 000 kmh.
It has earned itself a reputation as an arts and antique hub with many well-known antique dealers and craftsmen residing in Parys. This in turn creates an influx of tourists throughout the year, from near and far. Due to its close proximity to the N1, it is also a popular over-night stop-over for travellers between Gauteng and the Cape.
An unknown yet fascinating fact is that further to its strong agricultural industry, ie cattle, peanuts, sorghum, sunflowers and maize, it has the only black raspberry farm, amongst other berry cultivars. One can enjoy the unique experience of picking berries straight off the bush during the harvest season during March and November – an outing the whole family will enjoy.
Parys has a population of approximately 8,071 in an area of approximately 23,30 kms. This tranquil destination always welcomes visitors to their town, bust-ling with visitors over the weekends, and a serene environment during the week.
As a holiday destination Parys has so much to offer:
• All activities such as birding, mountain biking, hiking, etc
• Many historical buildings
• Diverse art galleries, antiques and gift shops
• Local beer breweries, where a variety of honey beer, various ales, stout, buchu beer, weiss beer, pilsner and porter beer are brewed
• An exclusive distillery for brandy and liquors, where the traditional ‘Mampoer’ is one of the many choices available
• Largest wild olive forest in South Africa only 17 kms away
• Plenty of guest accommodation available to suit all requirements and pockets – luxury guest houses to tranquil resorts, romantic escapes and many for family getaways
Article from: www.engelvoelkers.com
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