As a trusted real estate partner, John Canterbury launched his real estate business in 2017 and has been recognized as a Top Producer every year since then, but his career spans more than 30 years working in the fields of real estate, corporate interior-architectural design and leading private non-profit foundation.
John initially moved to North Texas to work in the field of commercial real estate. An interest in corporate negotiations and lending led him to the private mortgage insurance industry where he traveled extensively across the country opening local offices and negotiating commercial leases. His extensive background in the often spirited world of commercial lending and contract negotiation coupled with his breadth of experience working closely with high net worth donors in international settings from South Africa to Dubai provided the springboard for his career in residential real estate.
Most recently, John served as Executive Director of the Dallas-based Wilson Foundation, the private family foundation of the interior and architectural design firm Wilson Associates, founded by Park Cities native Tricia Wilson. Charged with developing the foundation’s financial capacity to support its educational and health initiatives in the developing world, John’s work frequently intersected with the elite clientele to which Wilson Associates catered. He witnessed first-hand the beauty of creating well-appointed spaces for luxury hotels, casinos and private residences.
Today, his application of the detail-oriented nature of those huge deals to residential transactions provides a superior level of service to his real estate clients. A master negotiator and networker, John took every opportunity to meet with lead designers, architects and key decision-makers to familiarize himself with the projects and project leaders who made each design project possible, helping him develop a keen appreciation for luxury finishes and high-end interior design in international settings.
During his tenure with Wilson, John increased the foundation’s corpus by 120 percent. His extensive experience working with high net worth individuals in a variety of cultural settings prepared him for the delicate and commanding world of luxury residential real estate.
John brings his deep roots in the Dallas area and particularly the Park Cities to the Haven Group and the Allie Beth Allman & Associates team. As a resident of the Park Cities, he has a deep appreciation for the charming neighborhoods, beautiful architecture and high-quality educational opportunities that draw people to the area. He moved to Allie Beth Allman to provide an even higher level of service to his ever-growing luxury client base.
With a passion for helping and serving others, John strives to provide a reassuring presence to his clients during every aspect of the transaction. The hallmarks of his business strategy are fiduciary responsibility and polished negotiating prowess. He strives to treat his clients as he would want to be treated and to represent them with integrity. He is incredibly proud of the fact that his clients have become good friends, and he counts it the greatest compliment when he receives referrals from them.
John holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas along with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and business administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He originally hails from Houston but has lived in Dallas since 1986. His focus is on Dallas’ premier neighborhoods including Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Oak Lawn, Bluffview, Devonshire, Lakewood and Lake Highlands.