I first traveled to Paris for
leisure concerning gastronomy and especially cooking lessons called CORDON BLEU
A few years ago,I rented an
apartment in le Marais and I fell in
love with this district
I really enjoyed this part of
Paris and I decided to purchase an apartment here: it’s so central, so easy to
live in : near museums, near Place des Vosges , near the Seine, and what I
appreciate most is the village life , it’s like I always lived here !
How long did it take you to find your apartment?
7, 8 months, it was important to
me to find in the MARAIS, I knew exactly what I wanted in terms of area
Did you buy with the help of an Agency?
Yes, some brokers showed me some
apartment not connected to my criteria, I asked one of my friend who is also
architect to help me, and actually we found the perfect one very quickly with
the help of an agency
Was it complex to follow the renovation works as you were not resident
in Paris ?
I found the best team to help me
in conception, renovation and follow up : the LO-ST agency *, with the design of Emmanuel Lassalle, fully involved
and dedicated in my project !
after renovation by LO-ST Agency
Are the real estate law and specifications very different in France and
in your country?
In Brazil, notaries don’t do the
Besides when you buy in Brazil,
you do everything within one month only !
What do you like in Paris that you don’t have in your country?
Everything! But what I appreciate
most is to feel secure: here – as a woman- you can be out from morning to
evening without any problem !
In Paris, I belong to the city !
In SAO PAULO I belong to my apartment !
What do you like the most in Paris LIFESTYLE?
Here I can run I can bike, I feel
the beauty of the city at the same time, distances are smaller, transports are
easy and it helps to move from a district to another!
I feel free …
Everything can be easily accessed
: theaters, restaurants, bistrots, bars, museums, shops etc…
What is the most different? What surprised you most?
The relationship between people:
here they are more « educated » there people are more warm
Is Paris transportation system an advantage for you to move from a
quarter to another?
Walking distance is universal in
Paris, I can do whatever I want by foot, it’s the contrary in Sao Paulo !
Among this 5 interest fields which one was the most attractive and drove
you to PARIS specifically :Culture/ Museum/ Monuments/ Gastronomy/ Shopping ?
I am an architect but as a fan of
french gastronomy, actually it’s obvious that Paris , the City of light
combines all these points of interest especially the Marais quarter with its
preserved plan decided by André Malraux the culture minister, it was obvious
for me to settle in this special quarter where you feel deeply past centuries
and the french history
I could live here during 10 years
and I feel I could discover each day something new in the street, in my
neighborhood, in the air ….
You appreciate french gastronomy as a hobby ?
I am passionate about French
know-how in haute cuisine which I like
to twist with world flavors!
You imagine you could create a bistrot ?
I wish to !I would like to
mix this know-how and my vision of world cuisine
What does le MARAIS represents for you ?
I really had a « coup de
cœur » for this part of Paris, where many people from BRASIL are living !
All my relatives want to come and
visit me !!!
Paris is not the most expensive city of the world but the fifth ! (
after: Singapore, London, Hong Kong, New York ) could you tell us compare to
Sao Paulo ?
The price in Sao Paulo compare to
Paris is three times lower, but Paris is safe investment and a source of
satisfactions ! It’s a kind of dream came true, and at the same time a
permanent source of new horizons !
Tell us about the parisianers ?
The Parisian are as sunflowers they
like the sun and turn to him !
If you are smiling everything goes
* France is the first European destination for the Brazilians, and among
all the tourists of Latin America, Brazil is by far the first emerging market
for France. Only in 2014, more than 660 000 Brazilians came in France, among
which 463 000 in Paris.
INTERVIEW : KATHLEEN, JOURNALIST, FROM NEW YORK, CHOICE:
l'ILE SAINT LOUIS
INTERVIEW : KATHLEEN, JOURNALIST, FROM NEW YORK
WHAT LEAD YOU TO BUY IN
PARIS, WHY DID
YOU CHOSE PARIS ?
I have been coming to Paris since I was a teen ager, since I grew up in Connecticut,
I always heard about France and Paris, and I discovered Paris by reading classics like Hemingway, Gertrude
Stein, James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, I used to retire in my bedroom and read all this
literature where Paris was a stage for these heroes..
I started to love Paris at this time, when the city of light was evocated
in American literature as “the” place when everything can happen …
I was a student in Compiègne, also.
Later, when I started working for Harper Bazaar,
Vogue and ELLE Magazine, I was sent to Paris for stories, for interviews (
Balmain designed by Oscar de la Renta, Christian Lacroix first couture show etc…)
I decided to buy an apartment to make my dream come true
PLACE DES VOSGES COURT YARD
HOW DID YOU CHOSE THIS DISTRICT ?
I used to spend time in beautiful hotels when I covered the shows, then I
decided to rent an apartment before buying,
exploring and discovering new
Ile ST LOUIS, in the MARAIS, was very attractive, very central and a good investment at the same time
DESCRIBE THE MAIN
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOUR CITY : NY AND
It’s truly the Quality
of life : Parisians are much more polite and warm than New Yorkers, they are helpful in the
Metro for instance, with my suitcase they offer to carry it on the stairs !!!
they are much more welcoming !
Prices for restaurant
are much better here, you can find many
nice place for dinners !
You can see the sky, buildings are
Everything is work of art, and fills
your soul with beauty !
WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ?
Ile St louis is like a small village , pretty much pedestrian : you can
walk on the streets, you can look on the quays there are many little shops
or cafes even if I am on the quiet part ( near sully
Bridge ) I have nice boulangerie
WHICH ASPECT OF PARIS SEDUCED YOU MORE ?
The physical beauty of the heritage: the historical heritage : Victor Hugo
lived here !
Paris is a center of artistic culture
DO YOU COMBINE THIS INVESTMENT WITH A SEASONAL
RENTING SOLUTION WHEN YOUR ARE NOT IN PARIS ?
Yes, but rarely : I offer my apartment to my
network of friends, or friends of friends, only for the moment.
WHAT DID YOU EXPECT FROM YOUR PARISIAN BROKER THAT YOU
GOT OR THAT YOU STILL WAIT FOR
He was nice person, but not totally
transparent, anyway it was necessary for me to buy through a professional in
order to understand totally the French process, which is quite complex …
WHICH WEB SITE DID YOU BROWSE
IN ORDER TO FIND YOUR APARTMENT ?
I used to go on all professional Web Sites ! I very much enjoyed doing the search myself and
visiting apartments all over Paris.
DID YOU FIND EASILY INFORMATION CONCERNING THE BUYING
PROCESS AND ALL TAX RÉGULATION AND OBLIGATIONS
The notary spoke English, but was demanding to get an interpreter during
the closing, it’s more easy to buy in France in Paris than in NY DID YOU FIND EASILY INFORMATIONS CONCERNING YOUR CONCERNS
Yes it was not difficult,
but you need a good realtor and a good notary !
Concerning the taxes
and charges,( taxe d habitation and taxe fonciere ) they are lower and less
complicated here in Paris !
DO YOU APPRECIATE TRANSPORT
Paris has the best service for public transportation, Metro is
everywhere and is so easy !
People are respectful and polite, and it adds about the secure feeling
when you have to go out even during evening !
Paris is really my favorite city in the word, and I love the Marais
especially because it’s the oldest part of Paris, and the best evocation of
French history and heritage, combined with the easiest way of life ! Culture is
everywhere, beauty is present at every season : the beauty of the sky, the
different lights on the river Seine are amazing images of a city which will
never be old but rich of past centuries ! Nathalie Molho REAL ESTATE MARAIS EXPERT Follow us on INSTAGRAM #searchmyhomeinparis DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER