dream. design. deliver
The year 2020 has been a massive setback for most, and for some has brought on dire hardship. Amid the rubble, it is my role as an entrepreneur to chart out the great opportunities ahead. Not as a chance to just make a buck, but as a calling to change our world.
The Covid19 crisis has been a wake-up call, causing many to seek out a more autonomous and healthier mode of living, closer to nature, and less dependent on saturated urban infrastructure. It is significant that renowned urban architect Rem Koolhaas organized a Guggenheim exhibit with the slogan "The Countryside is the Future".
As much as I love Paris, I too have always been torn between the culture of the city and the well-being that nature provides. On a collective level, we humans must urgently reconcile our habitations with the requirements of a sustainable future.
Now or never, I have decided, is the time to introduce a novel approach for reconciling our lifestyle with nature, based on principles of sustainable design. I have called this country home the "Light House", and it is truly a work of intricate, high-tech/low-tech design with an ambition to change the way you think and the way you live. To experience it, you will not have to move permanently to the countryside. It will be there for you, like a refuge or an oasis, when you need it.
My "Light House" project begins in the beautiful French countryside, somewhere between the Seine and the Sea. France has an exceptional rural potential with most areas well-connected to Paris and other cities via its world-class rail network.
As of 2021, I am in the early stages of this project. If you share my vision and have resources to bring to the table, let's have a conversation! See more on here.
Entrepreneurial past and parallel lives
I created Paris-Sharing.com in 2010, roughly at the same as Airbnb and with the same idea, only with a focus on Paris. Several years later, the city of Paris banned the short-term rental of secondary homes, which was our primary market. The 2020 pandemic took care of the rest.
As a licensed real estate agent, I subsequently created Exquisite France, focused on sales and searches in France for an anglophone clientèle. France remains an attractive location for property investment and retirement.
Photo courtesy of Adine Sagalyn
Location: Palais Royal