Anne Paul Brinkman
In the spring of 2018, I launched Brinkman Fine Real Estate, an agency specialised in buying and selling historical houses. I believe it is essential to provide expert advice to clients about a monumental building. That’s why I put together a team of experts in different disciplines. Together we help our clients with various other items such as architecture, materials used, or interior design. The team creates synergy and offers the client expertise that simply cannot be found anywhere else.
I opened my first antique shop when I was 15, inspired by my parents and grandparents who were antique dealers in Groningen. In 1986 I moved to New York, where I opened two antique shops. When I returned to the Netherlands in 1991, I focussed more on interior and architectural design. I restored and designed homes and chateaux worldwide. My goal is to create environments in which furnishings, adornments, art objects, and the course of daily life interact to compose a harmonious and unique whole.
I’ve always had a passion for art, architecture, and interior design. I started the agency with the aim to combine this to help others find a place they can call home. Our slogan Through Different Eyes really suits our brand well. The more you know about a building, the more interesting it gets. To me, a house is a piece of art with a particular story. That’s why we always conduct extensive research and look for the stories behind a building. We believe that a house is never just a house. It is a work of art. It is a home with a story.
2018 – Present: Brinkman Fine Real Estate, Amsterdam | founder, director
2003 – Present: Brinkman Collections, Amsterdam | founder, director
1991 – 2004: Brinkman Fine Arts & Interior design, Amsterdam | founder, director
1987 – 1991: Brinkman Galleries Inc., New York | founder, director
I have been with Brinkman Fine Real Estate since the beginning of 2021. My responsibilities include client relations, besides which I am following education to become a registered real estate agent. At Brinkman Fine Real Estate, we strive to provide exceptional service. Customisation with care and attention, an environment in which the client is central. I have a background in the high-end hospitality industry, providing experience with the delicate balance between personalisation and professionalism. Compared to the hospitality industry, the real estate market is quite sales driven. At Brinkman Fine Real Estate, it is not just about selling or buying houses, but about the philosophy that a house is also its own ‘entity’, with a unique story. We are driven by our shared passion for architecture and aesthetics.
During my studies at Hotelschool, The Hague, I worked in 5-star hotels across The Netherlands, Spain and Scotland. In 2015, I was selected for a training program at Protocolbureau, The Hague, a leading institute responsible for guiding delegations and ushering relations at Royal events and diplomatic affairs. During my five years as Relationship Liaison, I was trained on intercultural knowledge while providing the highest level of personal attention in extraordinary environments. I wished to further employ my creativity when I started Hoogerwerf Atmospheres in 2017, organising exclusive events with an emphasis on authenticity. It opened the doors of many extraordinary homes inhabited by extraordinary people and gave me a better understanding of just how magical the symbioses between architecture and hospitality can be.
From an early age I have been fascinated by people and historic buildings. Brinkman Fine Real Estate is an environment in which those passions can come together. For me, the slogan, “through different eyes", means that I want to approach the real estate market from the hospitality perspective. The combination of personal attention to the client and expertise in sophisticated real estate makes Brinkman Fine Real Estate special for me.
2021 – present: Brinkman Fine Real Estate, Amsterdam
2017 - present: Hoogerwerf Atmospheres, Amsterdam | Founder & Owner
2015 - 2021: Protocolbureau, The Hague | Senior Partner & Senior Liaison
2015 – 2021: BBA International Hospitality Management, Hotelschool The Hague, Amsterdam Campus
John de Bie
I’ve been in the real estate business for 40 years. I would like to say I know most things about legal and financial aspects, risks, and special conditions. Over the years, I have been involved in the sale of more than 2000 private homes
I began working in real estate in 1980. In 1993 I formed my own real estate agency with a passion for quality and a focus on luxurious homes. I was serving high-net-worth clients, international corporations, and real estate developers in the Netherlands and Spain. Today, I prefer to work with historic properties of character and style.
Real estate runs through my veins. I love to make matches that are the best for my clients. That’s a matter of experience, but everything I learned during my study at the Institute of Applied Integral Psychology comes in handy. It enables me to be able to advise my clients in a professional and personal manner.
2019 - present: De Bie Vastgoed Consultancy
2018 – 2019: Coldwell Banker Nederland, Haarlem | Broker / Makelaar
2014 – 2016: Woon.nl, Haarlem | Estate agent
1992 – 2011: De Bie Makelaardij | Real Estate Broker, founder and owner
Marie-José van den Ende
I create everything that is visual for Brinkman Fine Real Estate. I design visual interiors that show what a house that is for sale might look from the inside. In my work I combine my own creative vision with the eclectic and cosmopolitan style of Brinkman Fine Real Estate. The result is a collection of inspiring visuals in 3D that we use in advertisements, booklets and for online promotion. I am also a photographer and I try to capture the charm and beauty of a house. I photograph the spaces from the right angles by following the sun. I also like to shoot during sunset, to give a complete idea of what it's like to live in that house.
I am a creative person and always work on different projects. After 10 years as a buyer and brand manager in menswear and working with brands like Polo Ralph Lauren and Boss, I wanted to follow my other passion and I finished the Photo Academy in Amsterdam and started working as a photographer. I specialize in portrait photography, architecture and also make autonomous work. I am also the founder of Shake it Baby, a brand that makes bold, distinctive snowballs that are sold in the most beautiful concept stores around the world.
As a photographer I try to capture the personality and soul of the person in front of my camera. I feel like an old building has personality too. The character and beauty of a monumental house, that is what I try to capture in my photos and 3D visuals for Brinkman Fine Real Estate. The houses in the estate agency's portfolio differ in size and price, but all have a distinct character. There seems to be a story in every corner and behind every door, which is what makes it so fascinating to me.
2020 - present: Marie-José van den Ende Creative Consultancy and Photography
2015 - present: Shake it Baby | Founder and owner
2007 - 2019: Marie-José van den Ende Photography | Founder and owner
1994 - 2002: Deco Brand and Retail Management | Buyer and brand manager
1990 - 1994: Interface Fashion | Copper
Nanette de Jong
In my profession as a conservation architect, my goal is to preserve the monumental beauty of a building when it is undergoing renovation. My role for Brinkman Fine Real Estate is to track down authentic architectural elements of buildings on offer. We draw the clients attention to these details, so the beauty of ageing will hopefully be preserved or even accentuated. I strongly believe it is possible to renovate a building and meet the demands of modern times, without erasing the historical beauty.
I have always been fascinated by the natural ageing process of old buildings, so studying Architecture and Conservation at TU Delft was a logical first step for me. After working as an architect for three years, I joined UNESCO. I worked as a conservation architect for the renovation of a sultan palace in Fez, Morocco. The craftsmanship and attitude towards historic buildings there was really impressive, something I noticed in other international projects as well. In the Netherlands, the tendency is to simply replace an old wall with a new one. In Fez, they broke down slanted walls stone by stone and completely rebuild them with the originals stones. We can learn a lot from that approach..
In my opinion, we often renovate old buildings too drastically in the Netherlands. My plea is to renovate carefully and to pay more attention to the preservation of patina, the natural ageing of materials. It is often the imperfections that give a building charm and character. That’s why I love to work with Brinkman. The whole team is dedicated to discovering and preserving beauty in old buildings. The interaction between the different specialties in the team results in ambitious renovation plans, without losing the history, patina, and beauty of an old building.
2009 – present: Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Amersfoort | advisor architectural conservation
2006 – 2009: National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi | consultant conservation
1998 – 2002: Bureau Monumenten en Archeologie, Amsterdam | monuments advisor
1994 – 1996: UNESCO, Paris | associate expert / conservation architect
1990 – 1993: architectenbureau F. Hofman, Amsterdam | architect