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About

modern|villas was created by Philippe De Smedt, borne in France but raised in Belgium; and his wife, Lu de Castro Costa, from Brazil.

Back in the 90’s, Philippe was strategic development director of La Perla Living, a large luxury developer in Marbella, Spain, where he created business plans for developments like Montemayor Golf Club and prize winning La Heredia.

In 2003, he founded Brazil Estates, sourcing investments in Brazil for developers, institutionals and HNWI; andVillas da Bahia, selling luxury villas in Brazil.

Before moving to Europe, Lu lived in Rio de Janeiro and Balneario Camboriu, Brazil. She studied Architecture & Urbanism at the University of South Brazil, and likes to hunt & design contemporary homes together with our international teams of architects.

Both love to travel and divide their time between Belgium, Spain, Bulgaria and Brazil.

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