Jean-Paul Villere eats, sleeps, and breathes New Orleans real estate. Some weeks he writes about it in his Wednesday column at www.UptownMessenger.com. And when not taking a listing, showing property, or writing offers he can be found happily pedaling the broken streets of Uptown, uploading the occasional bike vlog to YouTube. A married father to four daughters (yes, four - he's outnumbered and he knows it, feel free to remind him), Jean-Paul enjoys freshly drawn espresso, noodling with digital images and once in awhile taking in of a midnight show at the Prytania.
A formally trained book and paper conservator focused on bound volumes, art on paper and archival materials, Renee DeVille has become more and more drawn into the centuries old world of New Orleans real estate. Originally from River Ridge and living in Orleans Parish since 1992, she returned immediately to continue to raise her family through the recovery from the events of 2005. Her dedication to the Big Easy is measured as much by the conservation work she has performed for the city Notarial Archives, The Historic New Orleans Collection and private clients as by the numerous homes in various neighborhoods she has renovated and put back into commerce since 1998. An avid organic gardener and kitchen enthusiast, Renee relishes Louisiana's regional culinary delights, often cultivated in her own backyard and by her own hands.
Even if Allison tried, she could not stop being intrigued by houses. Indeed it was a house that brought Allison to New Orleans. In 2001, she and her husband left California to pursue their dream of owning an affordable home. Moved by the charm and elegance of New Orleans architecture and seeing the expanding potential in the blocks below Magazine Street, they spent the next ten months renovating a one hundred year old blighted cottage. Since then, Allison has gained considerable experience in redesigning and restoring several houses in the city. Her current Riverbend home is a work in progress. She is also a landlord.
Her passion for New Orleans houses and design prompted Jean-Paul Villere to ask Allison to pursue her license on their very first meeting and to join his brokerage. She is able to talk knowledgeably about house construction, design as well as the effort and cost of potential renovations; her husband is a professional renovator.
Allison believes that home ownership is an important key to financial security, and she is committed to helping buyers and sellers at all price levels. She recognizes the need for both creative thinking and realistic strategies in the current competitive market.
When she is not thinking about houses, Allison is a creative writer who has won multiple awards for her short stories, and her work will appear in the 2014 O’Henry Prize Stories. She is a co-author of the recently released guide The French Quarter Drinking Companion (Pelican Press). Allison holds an Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College and has taught writing and reading at the university, high school and elementary levels.
Jenna is a native New Orleanian who recently returned to the Crescent City after living in New York City for 10 years. She graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in 1997 and briefly attended Mississippi State University, where she met her husband. Being a life-long gymnast and dancer, Jenna jumped at the opportunity to leave Mississippi State to move to New York to work for renowned dance company, Antigravity in 1998. While dancing and performing in New York, Jenna attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she graduated with a B.S. Degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications. After giving birth to her son in 2002, Jenna and her husband returned to New Orleans and purchased a house in Slidell just in time for Hurricane Katrina. After losing everything in the storm, they picked up and headed back to NYC.
It was then that Jenna decided to get her real estate license. Once licensed, she jumped head first into the fast-paced world of New York real estate, often working 10-12 hours a day, 7 days a week, and loving every second of it. Jenna became the top-producing agent in her office and had completed nearly 300 transactions. She built strong and lasting relationships with her clients which led to a continuous flow of referral business.
Jenna is now a homeowner and resident of Lakeview. After taking some time off for the birth of her daughter, she is now ready and excited to begin sharing her experience and passion for real estate with clients in New Orleans.
I was born and raised in Uptown, New Orleans. Well ok, I was delivered at Lakeside Hospital, so technically I was born in Metairie (my wife, who is from Metry, loves to point that out). I graduated from Jesuit High in ’97 and got my degree in Cultural Studies and Spanish from UNO in ’02. After working in the film business, waiting tables at numerous New Orleans dining establishments, and teaching 3rd grade at A.P. Tureaud Elementary, I began my real estate career in 2006. Since then I’ve been representing buyers, sellers, tenants, and landlords in all types of real estate transactions whether residential or commercial, lease or sale, all across the greater New Orleans area. In addition to sales and leases, I also manage properties and am a landlord myself.
I’m currently a proud resident of Broadmoor where I’ve lived since ‘06 with my wife, daughter, and beagle. While not working in real estate, I enjoy landscaping my yard and working on my vegetable garden, fishing for specks and reds in the Hopedale marshes, daydreaming about the Saints winning another Superbowl and inventing new recipes in my kitchen.
Sean Gerowin is an author, educator, filmmaker and father, who fell in love with New Orleans at The World’s Fair when he was a teenager on a family vacation.
After being accepted into Tulane University and graduating with a B.A. in Social Science, Gerowin earned a post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification in 1996, then moved on to complete studies at UNO to earn an M.Ed in Administration in 2003. For eight years, he taught social studies courses in the Orleans Parish Public School System — seven of them at Booker T. Washington High School. After Hurricane Katrina reshaped the landscape of the city’s educational system, Gerowin became a real estate agent, putting to use skills and knowledge from previous years teaching free enterprise.
Gerowin has written two children’s books which were illustrated by his wife, artist Karoline Schleh-Gerowin. Sean is also an independent filmmaker, who produced several short documentaries and two feature films. He is on the Board of three non-profits, The Urban Conservancy, Stay Local! and Funny Bones Improv.
After graduating from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. Kirk joined the United States Navy where he was deployed overseas to help execute the Global War on Terror. He received numerous awards and commendations during his deployment for meritorious service. After receiving his honorable discharge; Kirk married the most beautiful woman in the world (Mariana Williamson) moved home to Louisiana, bought a house in New Orleans, opened a business and is currently following his ambition to live the American dream to its fullest.
Kirk received formal training in building science through the nationally accredited Building Performance Institute (BPI). Kirk is a certified home energy auditor and envelope/shell professional. He is knowledgeable on most all topics concerning residential construction. Kirk is also a board member of the local state and national Home Builders Association.
Born in the Crescent City, Kelli is a New Orleans girl that’s ventured out and returned home to continue her passion of helping people cultivate their real estate dreams. From birth, she’s been covered in beads from Daddy’s Thoth throws and, like every New Orleans child, learned the phrase, “Through me something Mister!” quite early. Whether it was spending time on the water fishing, noshing an assortment of the best king cakes in town, or enjoying a Monday night bowl of her husband’s amazing red beans, the essence of this city courses through her veins and warms her heart.
After graduating from Ursuline (Go Skips) and exploring New York, she came home to pursue a marketing degree at Tulane. It was at that time she met her husband who lived in Houston. So how do you whisk a girl away from NOLA? With good food and Love. So it was off to Texas… and that’s when it happened. In the veritable metropolis of Houston, she discovered a passion for real estate. Starting off by assisting a commercial real estate broker, she learned the art of contract negotiations, studied the property selection process, and found the unpredictable nature of the business fascinating. Suddenly, realizing she had found a career that she was enthralled by, she made the decision to pursue the more personal and emotional experience of helping residential buyers and sellers. While she still enjoys a good investment property deal, her heart lies in helping people realize their personal goals of home ownership. With over 10 years of experience and many happy clients in both Texas and Louisiana, she is as giddy about working with folks today as she has ever been.
Remember that boy she chased over to Texas? Well, after more than a decade of marriage, and living in Houston and Austin, they’ve got two beautiful boys and two four legged friends to round out their family. When they aren’t cleaning up after everyone, it’s festivals, food, fishing, and football (Geaux Tigers and Who Dat!). In an adorable house just across from City Park, they are living the crescent dream.