YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE AGENT IN PARIS
WHETHER BUYING, SELLING OR RENTING
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SUSIE HOLLANDS

CEO & FOUNDER

The founder and CEO of VINGT Paris, having relocated to the French capital 15 years ago, Susie’s knowledge of the city is unparalleled. In fact, she started VINGT Paris Magazine to share that knowledge with Paris visitors and locals.

Managing a portfolio of properties all over Paris gives her the chance to see each neighbourhood from a local’s perspective, so she has difficulty choosing a favourite. Like a true Parisian, she also appreciates both the highs and lows: From the buzz of the Marais on a Friday night and the hustle of the Saint-Ouen flea markets to the formal beauty of the Palais-Royale and a moonlit stroll along the Seine River, there’s a Parisian experience to suit every mood.

Her constant energy is inspired by creativity, ideas and culture, one of the things that Paris has in abundance. Managing VINGT puts her into contact with many amazing people and places, and she appreciates the unique relationship she has with the city.

Favourite local bar?
With my job, everything is local, so it depends on where I am in the city! Le Meurice – downtown – or Le Mary Celeste.

Favourite local café/restaurant?
Nanashi for fresh healthy food, otherwise felafel or fresh oysters and seafood from the market.

Local indulgence?
Fromage!

Guilty pleasure?
Listening to Cheri FM and their amazing selection of ’80s French pop.

The best thing about your quartier?
Being so close to two great markets – Marché d’Aligre and Bastille.

Kristjan Kruuk

International Sales

With a passion for history and a desire to be based in a big city, Kristjan arrived in Paris after living in Scandinavia. Still discovering new ‘quartiers’, he particularly enjoys the Palais Royal for its intimate hidden corners and great restaurants and stores. Having worked in sales and marketing in the fashion world, Kristjan is now part of VINGT’s sales team. He enjoys helping his clients to find their perfect Parisian home, working with them on unique projects, and is proud to play a part in making their dreams come true.

Favourite local bar?
La Perle Stolly’s in the Marais.

Favourite local cafe/restaurant?
Mary Celeste.

Local indulgence?
Champagne.

Guilty pleasure?
Crepes with salted caramel.

The best thing about your quartier?
I love the little parks in the Marais. My perfect summer weekend afternoon is with a good book and lunch from the Swedish Cultural Centre in Parc George Cain.

Thibault Bellanger

International Sales & Corporate Relocation

Thibault grew up in Paris between the 1st and the Marais. He started working at a radio station while completing his bachelor in advertising and marketing. With a strong interest in imagery and cinema, he went on to work for an advertising production agency. Here, Thibault worked as a line producer before moving to New Zealand for four years. After returning to Paris, he was introduced to the world of real estate. Thibault is now a strong asset to VINGT Paris with his pugnacity as well as his knowledge and expertise of the city.

Favourite bar?
Le Comptoir Générale, at quai de Jemmapes in the 10th, for its eclectic, offbeat vibe.

Favourite restaurant/cafe?
Au Vieux Comptoir in rue des Lavandières Sainte Opportune in the 1st – rightly voted one of the best bistros in Paris for 2017.

Local indulgence?
A walk in the lovely surroundings of Parc de Saint Cloud.

Guilty pleasure?
That would have to be plateau charcuterie and fromage.

Best thing about your quartier?
We have lots of parks – which is perfect for when the sun shines.

Mitch Rose

International Sales

One of the newer members of the team, Mitch Rose has a wealth of experience, having worked in the property industry for 20 years, and we are delighted to have him on board with us. He has extensive knowledge in the prestige market, working with international clients and corporate institutions. “Understanding the needs of clients is key, listening is my forté and the client is king!” says Mitch.

Born in London, he has lived in Paris for over 25 years, is totally bilingual and knows the city inside out. A resident of the 9th arrondissement throughout this time, he has witnessed many changes in the area over the last few years…

Favourite local bar?
I don’t go to bars, but I do go to a very nice brasserie on rue Rochechouart called Aimee et Odette, which has a nice terrace and you get a good cocktail.

Favourite local café/restaurant?
Babe on square Montholon in the 9th arrondissement. It’s buzzy and friendly, the owner is a lover of eclectic music, it has interesting décor and, located on the square, it gives a nice perspective onto 100-year-old trees.

Local indulgence?
The famous chocolate shop, À la Mère de Famille, which dates back to 1761. I love their marron glacé!

Guilty pleasure?
Bread – we have several great boulangeries in the quarter.

The best thing about your quartier?
The 9th arrondissement is very central and you can walk everywhere from where I live. It has also changed into a family-orientated neigbourhood with interesting streets – such as the rue des Martyrs. There, you will find a number of specialist food shops – from Italian macaroons to tea and even a shop that specialises just in jam!

RENTATO TAGLIAFERRO

INTERNATIONAL SALES

Born and raised in Bologna in Italy, Renato has been living in Paris for over 16 years, having previously lived in both London and New York.

With a vast experience in the global art and real estate markets, he has cultivated over the years a passion for painting, architecture and history, and developed a certain sense of aesthetic "mission". An excellent communicator and naturally good-humoured, he has always appreciated the contact with clients interested in sharing with him projects, small or ambitious, and always tried to explore together the best way to achieve them.

His knowledge of Parisian life, both historical and sociological, is a key factor in developing a deep understanding of the needs of each customer and often to creating a long-standing relationship.

Favourite local bar?
Everything that is facing the water. I am in love with the river Seine and consider it to be, by far, the most beautiful 'street' in Paris.

Favourite local cafe/restaurant?
Of course, they are a well-kept secret, but, to give a hint, my favourites are almost all situated on the Rive Gauche... I can however confess that the setting of LouLou's terrace in summer is simply breath-taking. In terms of restaurants, everything associated with the South West's cuisine du terroir and with the tasty and authentic Burgundian culinary tradition has always made my liver smile with guilt.

Local indulgence?
As an Italian rather used to the diversified architectural beauty of my country since a very early age (and, for this reason, quite difficult to be impressed; what a presumption!) - I nonetheless cannot stop repeating that strolling on the banks of the Seine - whatever weather conditions - really defines my (tackily stereotyped) idea of Paris. But it is really undeniable that this magic river and its UNESCO-protected banks are something unique in the world. And it is not by accident that the Louvre, the Île Saint-Louis and the Sainte-Chapelle, along with the Musée d'Orsay and the Petit Palais, certainly my favourite historic landmarks in the Ville Lumière, are never very far from the placid waters of the river.

Guilty pleasure?
Too many to be mentioned on a public platform.

The best thing about your quartier?
The quartiers change (unlike the individuals after a certain age) and the individuals often change quartier... What we liked in our quartiers in the past may not be what we mostly appreciate now. Having lived in several quartiers since 2002, why not come and discuss the where's, how's and why's with us on one of the many terraces of the many quartiers of this beautiful city?

Juan Carlos Vasquez

International Sales

Juan Carlos (JC) is a Colombian New Yorker, by way of Miami, now living in Paris. After graduating in New York City, JC worked in publicity and the fashion industry before finding his way to real estate. He joined The Corcoran Group in 2011, earning a place in the Multi-Million Dollar Club and ranked in the top 2% of sales associates in the National Realty Trust (NRT).

Over the course of his real-estate career, JC has successfully guided sales and rentals of every type of residential property in New York City, and now Paris. Wherever he is, JC takes the time required to get to know his clients and understand their needs, so that he can create the most appropriate course of action to ensure that their goals are met. His experience and expertise guarantees you the highest standard of service, something JC relishes bringing to the VINGT Paris team.

In addition, JC is also fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Favourite local bar?
I love the bar at Maison Souquet in the 9th. I like the design, history and special ambiance – this place is just teeming with it. It is an old brothel turned five-star hotel. The front room was brought from Morocco and is just sublime with its tile work coupled with the elegant décor. The place is just magic.

Favourite local café/restaurant?
My favourite restaurant is Chez Mademoiselle in rue Charlemagne in the Marais. This place feels like a real neighbourhood bar. Completely unpretentious. It’s all alone on this quiet, slightly hidden street. The food is great and the staff is truly fantastic and friendly. Sunday nights are a lot of fun there.

Local indulgence?
Hanging out with my dog in Parc Monceau; especially when the trees and flowers have bloomed. It’s really great there… and one of the few parks in France where dogs are allowed.

Guilty pleasure?
Pain au chocolat… enough said. I had to cut myself off after first arriving here and eating them every day for a month. The baked goods here are way too good. And bread… I never thought I would ever find myself just eating it by itself.

The best thing about your quartier?
I live in the 17th. I love this neighbourhood because it reminds me a little bit of New York. There is a section, Batignolles, which is a burgeoning area. You can feel there is an interesting energy about this place with its up-and-coming bars, restaurants and new developments. It’s reminiscent of an older Williamsburg. But then you also have Ternes, which has Parc Monceau, a special little park. To me, there is something comforting about these areas; as well as a uniqueness.

ALEKSANDAR KATATIC

International Relocation

Born in Serbia, Aleksandar has travelled extensively since then – and, as such, he considers himself a ‘citizen of the world’. Originally graduating in Tourism, he spent five years working in real estate in Madrid as a customer service specialist. He moved to Paris in September 2018, as a client of VINGT Paris, subsequently joining the company in international relocation. Now happily settled in the Marais, he is married to a Spanish fashion photographer and they especially enjoy walking their dog along the Seine.

Favourite local bar?
I really like the appropriately-titled ‘La Favorite’, which is just steps away from my home. It got my attention because always when I pass, there are people laughing, there is great draft beer and a sunny terrace in the mornings.

Favourite local café/restaurant?
After living in various countries around South and East Asia, I fell in love with their food. So, I love to jump into all those small, random and unknown places along rue Montorgueil in the second arrondissement.

Local indulgence?
I love the fresh morning croissants from the boulangerie in front of my apartment in rue du Vertbois, in the third arrrondissiment especially on a Sunday morning.

Guilty pleasure?
I am a chocolate freak, so I like to walk down the rue de Bretagne, in the Haut Marais which is close to my home, and just check into all the patisseries, one by one.

The best thing about your quartier?
Le Marais is a perfect, very cosmopolitan and artistic neighborhood. Every day, I find some new cool shop, gallery or conceptual bar. Also, the Seine is close to my home, where I love to walk with my wife and dog.

Felipe Bessa

AMBASSADOR FRANCE

With 10 years of travelling under his belt, having worked as a lawyer between Brazil and France, Felipe has had the chance to appreciate the beauty of some of the world’s top cities. However, Paris is his favourite for its beautiful Haussmannian style, and he also loves the Côte-d’Azur where he likes to spend the summer.

Now living in the 2nd arrondissement, he enjoys being at the centre of true Parisian life. As well as the market street of Montorgueil, he especially appreciates being close to cultural venues such as the Louvre, the Palais-Royal and Opera, so it suits him perfectly.

Favourite local bar?
That would have to be the Hemingway Bar at The Ritz – always a special experience.

Favourite Local Cafe/Restaurant?
There are so many wonderful places that I couldn’t possibly name just one!

Local indulgence?
Trying every new cocktail bar in Paris before their official opening while they are still under creating their own house cocktail recipe.

Guilty pleasure?
Visiting the art galleries in the 8th Arrondissement with a glass of Champagne.

The best thing about your quartier?
Being at the center of the "Paris de la Belle Epoque"

Rhodri Owen

Ambassador UK

A PR professional by training, Rhodri has run his own successful communications agency for a quarter of a century. As well as being a Welsh speaker, he is a passionate Francophile having studied Economics at Toulouse University.

Equally passionate about property, Rhodri has undertaken a number of renovation projects of historic properties in the UK. He is also well aware of the wonders of the Parisian property market having bought a cute studio in the buzzy 2nd arrondissement, which he renovated himself. In addition, he is a rentals expert, as owner of Stay A Night, which specialises in short-term rentals for groups.

Also an LGBTQ advocate, Rhodri organised the first ever Pride event in his hometown of Llantwit Major in Wales.

Favourite local bar?
While technically not a bar in the strictest sense, I always head for Au Petit Fer a Cheval for a carafe of Bourgogne and a plate of cheese when I arrive in Paris. Located in the Marais, it has the olde world charm of a bygone age with its wonderful marble horseshoe-shaped bar and chandelier. Grab a stool and wallow in decades of history with each gulp of wine.

Favourite local cafe/restaurant?
Chez Jeanette on the Rue du Faubourg in the 10th is the hangout of all the fashionistas. A bit ragged around the edges, with funky 50s neon signs and tatty booths with the smallest kitchen imaginable, it still manages to attract the cool crowd and turn out some of the best bistro-style meals in Paris against a soundtrack of Serge Gainsbourg classics.

Local indulgence?
No visit to Paris is complete as far as I'm concerned without a visit to the Pompidou Centre. There is always a fascinating exhibition running and I have had the fortune to see the David Hockney as well as the Cubism retrospectives recently. Okay, I love the art, but no visit there is complete without an alfresco lunch at Georges, the Centre’s top-floor restaurant. Not cheap, but what the heck when you’ve got models for waiters and the best view of the city.

Guilty pleasure?
You must think all I do is eat, but when it comes to guilty pleasures I head for rue Saint Severin for a cheeky cheap-menu formule, but I’m very specific. If it hasn’t got snails in garlic, confit de canard and mousse au chocolat on the menu, I walk on by.

The best thing about your quartier?
Having previously lived on rue d’Aboukir for 10 years, I have a big soft spot for the 2nd, with particular reference to rue Montorgueil. In my view, it is the best street in Paris for strolling and people-watching, and it alone sold the apartment to me when I came to view. The area has changed dramatically over the years and is now a hotspot for the hipster generation, but still retains its edgy historic charm.

Tove Utberg

Design & Decoration Department

Originally from Sweden, Tove recently moved back to Paris after having spent several years in New York, where she studied at The Art Students League of New York, and time in London. She brings with her many years experience working in art, design and decoration. Her role at VINGT Paris includes helping owners to redecorate and refurbish their apartments, doing the staging for photo shoots and creating design-led brochures. She lives in the 1st arrondissement not far from the VINGT Paris office.

Favourite local bar?
Au Caveau Montpensier – an American cocktail bar in front of the Palais-Royal. It has a cosmopolitan feel about it with people from all around the world.

Favourite local café/restaurant?
There are so many – but, to give just one example, I like Le Perchoir for its nice rooftop view and very good food.

Local indulgence?
A picnic by the Canal Saint-Martin or Seine Pont Neuf.

Best thing about your quartier?
I like being close to the water as well as the lovely gardens of the Tuilerie park and the beautiful architecture of the Palais-Royal.

Caroline Harrap

Magazine Editor & PR Contact

Magazine editor and PR contact at VINGT Paris, Caroline has lived between Paris and the UK for several years, first renting a small pied-à-terre on the edge of Montmartre and recently moving into an apartment in the 18th with her French partner. During that time, she has built up an extensive knowledge of the city and, as well as working for VINGT Paris, she has also written for The Guardian, FrenchEntrée and France Magazine, among others. Come the weekend, she loves to explore the city’s historic arcades with their beguiling mix of artisan shops; visit any of the amazing array of art galleries on offer; or grab a bite at one of the many new vegan restaurants springing up lately.

Favourite local bar?
As a bit of a rock music fan, I always enjoy a visit to La Cantada in the 11th or, just recently, Le Piano Vache in the 5th. In the 9th, where I’ve just moved from, there’s also a lovely little bar in rue Bochart de Saron called Artisan.

Favourite local cafe/restaurant?
So hard to pick just one! We love Café No Stress at Saint-Georges, for its laid-back, friendly vibe, but also Le Potager de Charlotte, just down the road, for its fantastic vegan cuisine, and Le Grenier de Notre-Dame, the city’s very first vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurant.

Local indulgence?
That would have to be the incredible range of jams and chutneys at La Chambre aux Confitures in the rue des Martyrs. They do a special one at Christmas that is one of the best things I have ever tasted!

Guilty pleasure?
Eating too many pastries and breads from our brilliant local bakery (their pain cacao is to die for!).

The best thing about your quartier?
Having just arrived in the 18th, I’d have to say Montmartre. Despite the tourists that flock to the Sacré-Cœur, the district still has a real magic to it, and you only have to head into the side streets to find that.

Kevin Lovelady

Marketing & Tech

An experienced IT consultant who lives in Liverpool, Kevin fondly recalls his days as a 14th arrondissement local. A self-confessed Francophile, Kevin’s favourite Parisian neighbourhood is the Latin Quarter for “the romance, history and creativity – and for the jazz haunts”. When he gets the chance to come back to the city, he indulges in popular local pursuits such as spending time on terrasses and people-watching.

With over 20 years experience, Kevin has worked with large corporations to SMEs and is now getting more involved with social media marketing and business development. At VINGT Paris, he is the technical administrator for the website and also helps to manage much of the online marketing.

When he’s not making sense of the digital world, Kevin finds inspiration with his family and friends, as well as with music and languages.

Favourite local bar?
Le Petit Journal Montparnasse, in 13 rue du Commandant Mouchotte, in the 14th.

Favourite local café/restaurant?
Millésimes 62, 13 place de Catalogne, in the 14th.

Local indulgence?
La Coupole, 102 boulevard du Montparnasse, in the 14th.

Guilty pleasure?
Walking to the Rosebud thinking I’m Jean Paul Sartre going to meet Simone de Beauvoir!

The best thing about your quartier?
The mix of modern and traditional.

Here is the highly experienced VINGT Paris property team. You can discover more about each team member here and their favourite Paris haunts.

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SUSIE HOLLANDS

SUSIE HOLLANDS

CEO & FOUNDER

SUSIE HOLLANDS

CEO & FOUNDER

Kristjan Kruuk

Kristjan Kruuk

International Sales

Kristjan Kruuk

International Sales

Thibault Bellanger

Thibault Bellanger

International Sales & Corporate Relocation

Thibault Bellanger

International Sales & Corporate Relocation

Mitch Rose

Mitch Rose

International Sales

Mitch Rose

International Sales

RENTATO TAGLIAFERRO

RENTATO TAGLIAFERRO

INTERNATIONAL SALES

RENTATO TAGLIAFERRO

INTERNATIONAL SALES

Juan Carlos Vasquez

Juan Carlos Vasquez

International Sales

Juan Carlos Vasquez

International Sales

ALEKSANDAR KATATIC

ALEKSANDAR KATATIC

International Relocation

ALEKSANDAR KATATIC

International Relocation

Felipe Bessa

Felipe Bessa

AMBASSADOR FRANCE

Felipe Bessa

AMBASSADOR FRANCE

Rhodri Owen

Rhodri Owen

Ambassador UK

Rhodri Owen

Ambassador UK

Tove Utberg

Tove Utberg

Design & Decoration Department

Tove Utberg

Design & Decoration Department

Caroline Harrap

Caroline Harrap

Magazine Editor & PR Contact

Caroline Harrap

Magazine Editor & PR Contact

Kevin Lovelady

Kevin Lovelady

Marketing & Tech

Kevin Lovelady

Marketing & Tech