Last year, Luis D. Ortiz surprised everyone when he retired from real estate. And he's just revealed another big life change for 2017: He's leaving NYC to move to Paris. That means in less than two months, the Million Dollar Listing New York pal will bid the Big Apple adieu and say bonjour to Paris. He shared the news of the big move on Instagram where he explained why he was ready for a change of scenery.
"You may think I have just lost it and that's ok. But perhaps, like Fredrik says, I may have just found it. On March 1st, I am moving to Paris! A city I have never been to before. People can't believe that a guy who has traveled so much has never been to Paris," he said. "And, in a poetic way, it's kind of great that I have never been because I will be seeing Paris for the very first time when I plan to stay, just like I did in New York."
He went on to note that "New York has been amazing to me," before reflecting on the years he spent there and what he hopes for the future.
"I have learned so much; about business, life and most importantly about myself. But at this point, I feel that I am trying to get more juice out of an already squeezed fruit," he said. "Some will say, have you really gotten everything out of New York, referring to whether I have made enough money in order to say such a thing. Well, I have never been driven by money so my argument, which I don't need to make, is that yes, for now, New York has run its course for me."
It seems Luis is already deep in prep for his new life in France. "For the past couple of days all I can listen to is French music. All I can drink is French wine and all I can see are French films. Remember when I posted that I was in love with a dream that I haven't live yet? Well that's it. I am in love with a place I haven't been to. I am in love with people I haven't met and I am in love with a fantasy I haven't lived yet!" he said. "My business manager, who I love, tells me if I would risk what I have worked so hard for to start all over. I said that it is all a matter of perspective. Perhaps, I worked this hard to earn the ability to keep on moving forward. That's what I mean when I say I'm a Happyholic! Its beautiful! I am the happiest man alive and the countdown begins tonight!"
Safe travels and good luck in Paris, Luis!
Check out throwback pics of Paris' newest resident, below.