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PAPATY, finding you the home you'll fall in love with!

What we do

PAPATY was founded in 2006 with the goal of helping foreigners or French expatriates buy their Parisian home. We did this by acting as both a personal assistant and local expert and, ultimately, as a reliable trusted advisor.

In 2009, a local clientele developed and, with it, more reasons to hire PAPATY. Clients came to us if they were pressed for time, not on location to attend property visits, or if their purchase required follow-up meetings with various stakeholders (e.g. property managers, notaries, architects, contractors).

PAPATY is known for its high-quality service. Our recognised expertise in real estate is a result of our rich and diverse experience in the field. We pay careful attention to each and every stage of a project, from its inception to its completion. We work with only a limited number of clients at any one time, meaning we are able to provide a truly bespoke service, intricately tailored to our clients’ requirements. 

Our values and commitments

Service—for us, it’s key

Our clients are our driving force; their projects are our motivation. We provide such a high quality service because we have a genuine interest in finding our clients their perfect piece of Parisian property. We endeavour to do this by creating a special relationship with our clients—we hope to come to know their requirements as if they were our own. Such a relationship allows us to pinpoint (and act on) a client’s unique and specific needs. Once we have built a relationship of trust and understanding, our clients know we will support them in any circumstance and defend their interests both legally and financially.

PAPATY’s breadth of knowledge and specific expertise in Parisian real estate allows us to simplify your search, maximising your chances of finding your desired property. Our results speak for themselves—happy clients return time and again for our help in finding them another property. Many have recommended us to their friends and family, and some even ask us to help them sell their property when they move.


Taking the time—another key factor

Before we embark on your Parisian property adventure, we will take the time to prepare you as fully as possible for the search. We will help you decode the ‘jargon’ of the property market and, together, come up with a plan of action to enable you to see the entire global picture of your search, from start to finish.

Are you ready to hire us? If so, know that we will ensure you see results above and beyond your expectations, in a more than timely manner. In fact, we guarantee that you will see five fantastic properties, perfectly meeting your criteria, in less than three months. 

Responsive—we are always in contact

  • We constantly watch the market and keep up with its ever-changing pace so that we miss no opportunity.
  • You will be contacted as soon as we spot an interesting property and have access to it.
  • You will be able to follow the progress of our search on a private space including: updated reports with photos/videos, pinpoints on Google Maps, addresses of potential properties.
  • We are always contactable via your favourite mode of communication: Blackberry, WhatsApp, Skype, FaceTime and Lync.


Respect of client and defense of his interests in full integrity are essential values at PAPATY.

Word from the founder, Gilles Martinetti

PARIS PASSION PROPERTY: a Love Story by Gilles Martinetti

Gilles Martinetti started his career in 1999 in a real estate agency based in Paris Le Marais, as a consultant. His future wife lived in London at this time but it was in St Germain des Près that they met. This encounter changed his life as he decided to relocate to London so they could live together. A few months after moving to London, Gilles realised the attraction Britons have for Parisian properties. The idea of combining his expertise in Parisian real estate and his passion for Paris was born. His own love story was at the origin of the business, and in 2006 PAPATY was launched (coming from PAris PAssion properTY) to help Britons to create their own love story with Paris and property!

Gilles and his wife have since moved to Paris. Passionate about the city, Gilles knows it like the back of his hand! On foot, by public transport, by car or by bicycle, he is aware of the various atmospheres of the different regions and likes to share these with others. With a keen eye for Parisian buildings, he has seen so many apartments, buyers and sellers that he has become an expert in understanding his clients’ needs and creating love stories with properties in Paris.

Searching for apartments in Paris is a treasure hunt. More compact than London, one can see a change in atmosphere very swiftly, just by walking to another district: all tastes can be accommodated. My clients’ requirements vary according to their countries of origin, backgrounds and personal tastes. However, all have in common the love of Paris. To buy a pied-à-terre in this special city is a dream for many, and a dream that we can help realise whatever the budget and the expectations. While some will want the classicism of the 16th district, Haussmannian buildings with mouldings, chimneys with mirrors, and original parquet floors (with point de Hongrie detailing), others will choose the charm of Le Marais or St Germain des Près or the East of Paris, where the buildings are renovated to a modern standard. I am here to define the search. A real relationship is established between us throughout the project and even after. I am often being asked to manage apartments, or to resell them for a client after a few years to move to a bigger one.
Gilles Martinetti

Our Team

Our Team:

PAPATY’s team comprises a range of specialists, each of whom is involved at different stages of the process. Read on to find out who is involved in each step.

  • Before the search: mortgage broker and project manager.
  • During the search: property finder and resale manager.
  • After the search: architect, interior designer, contractors and property manager.

Working together, the team makes the project a success; their experience, talent, and specific skills are unmatched, making the process effective and enjoyable.

  • David sept


    Managing director, property finder, Resales manager

    Flair, observation, action

  • Servane - Chasseur immobilier @ Papaty


    Property finder

    Determined and attention to detail

  • Stephanie - Property finder @ Papaty


    Property finder

    Empathy and sens of rythm

  • Massimiliano - Architecte @ Papaty



    Vision, finishing


Our success stories

  • Alexandre and his parents

    Alexandre and his parents

    When Alexandre first contacted PAPATY, he was living in the 17th district (or ‘arrondissement’) of Paris. His parents lived in a suburb on the outskirts of the city. They wanted to live closer together so they could see each other more often.

    A friend of Alexandre’s recommended PAPATY, happy with the service he’d received from Gilles and his team. Alexandre contacted Gilles and told him a little about his requirements. The team at PAPATY drew up a preliminary shortlist of properties and even pre-visited them before arranging viewings of the top candidates for Alexandre and his parents. They particularly liked one property on the shortlist which they were keen on visiting. Disaster seemed imminent, however, as it was quickly snapped up by another buyer when, due to a busy work schedule, Alexandre was unavailable for the arranged viewing. PAPATY decided to persist and continued to follow up on their clients’ chosen property and, luckily enough, the first buyer actually gave up! The team at PAPATY arranged for Alexandre to visit. Upon viewing, he and his parents fell in love with the property and immediately asked for PAPATY to negotiate and secure the deal. Gilles and his team were successful in securing the property, and Alexandre’s parents have been living in their new home in Rue Duret, on the north side of the 16th district, since 2006. They are happy to be living close to their son and grandson in an apartment, and neighbourhood, that they love!

  • A Lebanese family in St Germain des Près

    A Lebanese family in St Germain des Près

    Fadi, his wife and his three children are a Lebanese family who were living in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) when they first contacted PAPATY. They were enamoured with Paris, often visiting as a family to unwind, and had been looking for a second family home in the city for a while, to no avail. The estate agencies they had contacted before finding PAPATY had failed to show them anything they liked. The family also struggled to follow up with such agencies due to the distance.

    A family friend, Richard, had found his dream property thanks to PAPATY and advised Fadi to contact Gilles to talk about his family’s much desired second home in Paris. PAPATY quickly began a search and found an apartment that was perfect for Fadi and his family! It was a property in need of some renovation but it showed excellent potential. Fadi was keen to quickly fly over to Paris to check out the property Gilles had found for him. To make the most of his trip, PAPATY arranged a series of visits to other properties, too, over two days. Fadi was pleased with this decision, as it meant he could get a good sense of the Parisian property market and compare all the properties he viewed. As it happens, Fadi made a good decision in deciding to travel abroad so promptly as the first apartment PAPATY found was the one the family wanted to buy! The team at PAPATY immediately began negotiating on the family’s behalf and secured the deal at a very good price. PAPATY then quickly appointed a notary to represent their client in carrying out a very specific duty: setting them up with a Société Civile Immobilière (SCI), a Property Purposes company which would hold this asset on their behalf, and deal with any future transmission of the property to Fadi’s children.PAPATY also introduced Fadi to Thomas, an architect, and Antoine, a contractor, who became responsible for modernising the apartment, particularly renovating the kitchen and bathrooms to a high standard. Today, Fadi and his family enjoy their wonderful second home right next to the Bon Marché department store and the Lutetia Hotel, in a splendid apartment boasting three-and-a-half metre ceilings and Versailles-panel parquet floors. The family are so happy with their new second home, they have guaranteed they will use PAPATY again for any future property investments.

  • Relocating to Paris with a family

    Relocating to Paris with a family

    Paul is a friend of Alexandre, the happy client described in our first success story. When he first contacted PAPATY, he was living in Marseille with his wife, Irène, and their sons. They dreamed of relocating to Paris as a family but, when searching themselves, struggled to find a property large enough to accommodate their family. Alexandre, knowing their requirements set the bar high, recommended they get in touch with Gilles at PAPATY to help them find their new home.

    PAPATY readily accepted the family’s challenge: not only were they a big family who required many rooms, Irène also worked from home and it was essential they found a property with a home office. Moreover, the family were looking for a property where the living room overlooked the street so they could feel the energy of the city even when at home. The team at PAPATY were quick to find several properties fulfilling these requirements and they carried out a series of pre-visits on the family’s behalf, compiling detailed reports, including many photos, which they regularly sent to the family. Paul decided to take advantage of attending some work meetings in Paris to view a few of the best properties PAPATY had found. He visited one property Gilles had recommended which was located right next to the, very pleasant, Rue des Martyrs in the 9th district. Everything about the apartment appealed to him: its charm, its layout, its potential for development and even the building as a whole. Paul was eager to snatch up the property but there were a few issues which complicated matters. Firstly, such a property (a spacious family apartment in Paris, available for an attractive price) was in high demand. Secondly, the sellers had recently divorced and were waiting to move into their own new homes before they could complete the sale, and, finally, there were various other legal issues. PAPATY was quick to find a solution—the team appointed a surveyor, attended all the meetings with the notary and even attended a special meeting with the other apartment owners who managed the building. The issues were quickly resolved. Paul and his family were delighted with their new home. This Marseille–Paris move was a more complicated one, indeed, but was carried out smoothly thanks to PAPATY’s decisive actions.

  • An Australian’s dream

    Daniel is an Australian who was living in Vancouver when he first got in touch with PAPATY. He dreamed of owning a pied-à-terre in Paris but, living so far away, found he didn’t have immediate access to the best offers and opportunities. Daniel found PAPATY and after a conversation with Gilles via Skype, he decided to hire the team to hunt for his new apartment.

    Together, Daniel and Gilles reviewed real estate ads and PAPATY attended pre-visits at the most interesting of the properties they had found. Daniel was sent detailed reports following these pre-visits and was delighted to get a good sense of the properties through the many attached photos. After making a shortlist of his favourite properties, Daniel quickly booked his flights so as to attend a series of viewings arranged over a few days and spanning several districts. PAPATY ensured the viewings were conducted in a time-effective manner, knowing Daniel would be unable to return to Paris for a few months after his visit, owing to his busy schedule as a television producer in Canada. Luckily, PAPATY arranged a visit to one apartment which stood head-and-shoulders above the rest for Daniel: a one-bedroom apartment on the 6th floor of a charming building. While the building did not have a lift, it boasted the most breathtaking view of the Square Gardette—the most beautiful square in the 11th district, and maybe even the whole of Paris! The only drawback to the apartment was that it didn’t have a regular toilet, and was instead fitted with a ‘sanibroyeur’. PAPATY was quick to inform Daniel that, though not guaranteed, there was a possible solution: he could ask for co-ownership of the building so he could easily gain permission to plumb a regular toilet into the waste pipe situated on the building’s 5th floor. Daniel was pleased PAPATY was able to offer this solution and even more pleased that the team at PAPATY represented him at the co-ownership meeting and successfully obtained permission to go ahead with the plumbing work. PAPATY even ensured Daniel did not have to return to Paris just to sign the preliminary sales agreement, instead arranging power of attorney with a bilingual notary who frequently works with the PAPATY team. Happily, Daniel now own his own home in Paris and plans to spend time there this December, once renovations have been completed by a contractor—who was also introduced to him by PAPATY!

What our clients say...

  • Being a long way away it is important to have someone on the ground you can trustElsa and Renwick, expats in Vietnam
  • We found the exact property we were looking for, in a superlative location, at a sub-market price and in the chosen timeframe. What else? Highly recommended! Alexandre - Paris
  • Straightforward and reliable... Rachel, Cambridge UK
  • Brilliant... He showed us a range of properties that suited our requirements and we are delighted with the purchase we have made.Margaret, London
  • … a new city perfectly explained to us, a new week-end home found. Very exciting !Mika, London
  • Gilles is a very personable, trustworthy person who delivers. In a friendly, non-pushy style, he gives you excellent advise on your real estate purchasing plans.Mikael, Stockholm

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