About Paradise Construction

Paradise Construction is a partnership company between Paul Tsakiris and Costas Krasakis.

Paul Tsakiris is also the CEO of the successful First Western Properties, a real estate and construction company based in Chicago. Paul is Greek American and for many years has wanted to return to the place he loves the most in the world: Crete. He was very keen in developing projects in Crete that would be “stand out” and something he could be proud of and when the right opportunity presented itself he was ready to get involved:

Costas is the founder and CEO of CostAnita Villas real estate agency and one of the few developers who grew up in the Almyrida area. As such he has in depth knowledge of the local land and all the best places to build. He is also well known, liked and trusted in the community with both local Greeks and Non Greek residents.

Together Paul and Costas founded Paradise Construction, a Cretan construction company to build exceptional houses and villas or to renovate an old Cretan house to give it new glow. We want to realise your dream living in Crete.



Our team

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Costas Krasakis


Costas previously worked for one of Australia’s top carpentry firms working with new materials and learning all the latest building methods. He gained an Australian perspective on unique and individual building styles and detail which he likes to incorporate into his projects. He is well respected and grew up with most of the contractors in the area.  The local quality tradesmen are happy to work alongside Kosta and his team. This assures our clients that they will not only get the best price but also a quality construction from every tradesman.


Paul Tsakiris


Paul Tsakiris founded First Western Properties, Inc. in 1999 and is a leading figure in Chicago’s real estate community. Mr. Tsakiris has appeared as an expert guest on Stock Market Observer, the Chicago Real Estate Council and is frequently quoted in publications such as the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, as well as Crain’s Chicago Business. He has also written articles published in Chicago Realtor Magazine.

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His extensive real estate background includes:

Award Winning Brokerage Results; Mr. Tsakiris has earned numerous sales awards including: CoStar Power Broker, Top Multi-family Sales, Top Investment Sales, Top Retail Leasing by the Chicago Association of Realtors. He has also been recognized in the Wall Street Journ-Development of Retail and Medical facilities both locally and abroad.

The Acquisition and management of B class MF and Retail properties in the US and Abroad.
Acquisition and Turn-Around of under-performing retail properties
Acquisition and Rehab of over 1,500 decimated apartment units, resulting in 6 Good Neighbor Awards; an award given to projects that have the greatest positive impact on a community.

Receivership and REO Advisory to a wide range of debt investors from local community banks to large institutional clients.

Prior to founding First Western Properties, Mr. Tsakiris worked as a Sales Associate with Hallmark and Johnson.

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Meike Lechat

Project and Sales Manager

Meike grew up and graduated in Biotechnology in Germany. She lived, studied and worked in Spain, Australia and Greece and finally decided to install herself in Crete 10 years ago. She started to work in Holiday Rentals and is the CEO of her own company exporting Cretan products to Germany and France. Since 2019 Meike works for CostAnitaVillas and Paradise Constructions as a sales manager and real estate consultant.

Meike speaks English, German, French and Greek and will assist you throughout the whole building process from planning to finish.


Manolis Kougentakis

Construction Manager

Manolis is our experienced building site manager with many years of experience to manage projects of luxury villas and hotels. He takes care that your dream home is built in time and to the high standard of our company.

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Anita Hamilton-Foster

Interior Design

Anita grew up outside of Sydney, Australia and has been in the hospitality trade for many years. Anita and her mother Janelle had 2 very successful country Hotels in Kent, U.K for a period of 10yrs. With her experience she is the perfect person to help you find your rental property if you want to stay long term in Crete or a stunning place for you to enjoy your holiday in Crete.


Matt Wilson

Estate Agent

Matt comes to us from the hospitality industry where he and his wife ran a successful hotel, prior to that he worked as a senior District Manager for the Dollar Financial Group working in the US, Canada, UK and southern Ireland. He earned his degree from the University of Southampton, UK in 2003 and has more than 15 years of managerial and operational experience. Matt lives in Crete with his family since 5 years and joined our team at CostAnitaVillas as a market manager.

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Kelly Katsouli

Estate Agent

Our new team member in the sales department.

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Georgios Tsianis

Estate Agent

Georgos was born in Athens and grew up in Crete. He has been working as a Sales & Lettings Negotiator in Crete and London with 12 years of experience in real estate. 


Mike Krasakis

Web development & consulting

Mike is specialized in web development and is the creator of our website. He always tries to make our website more user friendly for our clients and keeping it running smoothly.


Maria Bountouraki


Maria was born and raised in Chania, studied in Wales and worked in the UK for 16 years then moved back to Crete in 2014. She has managed the sales and development in the financial sector and hospitality industry. She chose the Apokoronas area for buying a home and raising a family. Maria help us with the paperwork of the building sites.

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Eleni Prifti

Rental Manager

Eleni grew up in Akoronas, pursued her studies in Athens, and has called Crete home for the past several years. She currently serves as our office’s Rental Manager and Estate Agent. Known for her amiable demeanor, she is dedicated to assisting individuals in finding their ideal homes on the captivating island of Crete.

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Giannis Dimos

Mechanical Engineer

Giannis is our mechanical engineer with a degree in environmental engineering. He helps Kostas to overlook our building sites making sure every construction site is running smoothly.

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Hasan Hasan

Supervisor of Workers


Sqelchim Litsi

General worker

he start in 2005 to work in a stone factory .

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Vagelis Makridakis

Form worker -Concrete Finisher 

Vagelis has more than 40 years experience. He started from the age of 15 beside his dad who is also a very good and well known form worker-Concretetor.

Our partners

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Manolis Papadomanolakis

Formworker -Concreter

Manolis has more than 40 years experience.

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 Kostas Haralampakis

Licensed Plumber

Kostas has lots of experience in his work and is a very detailed plumber. Always on time he assures a high quality work for our constructions.

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 Kostas Vogiatzakis

Licensed electrician 

Kostas has experience in commercial and residential applications for 18 years. He is a reliable electrician always finding solutions for your requirements and specific wishes.

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A trustful concrete mixing company

Verified By ISO:2015 for the quality concrete mix and the regular test controls

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 Tasos Grigas

Architect and interior-designer 

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 Andreakis bros

Aluminium and still work 

From 1969 Andreakis family building doors and windows .1985 the 3 bros take over the father antill today .

Tasos Moisiadis


Tasos is one of the best carpenters in Crete and builts kitchens, wardrobes, interior doors etc for our high quality properties. Based in Kissamos (Kitchen Mota) he always works to a high european standard.



Aluminium company working with high quality Alumil series. With a sales network extending in 60 countries and 32 subsidiaries across the globe, ALUMIL is among the top suppliers of architectural aluminium systems of the highest requirements.

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 Dermitzakis Michalis

brick layer 

17 years of experience . Learn from his father .

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Bandelis Grigoris

energetic angineer

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smart systems

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Dimitris Anastasiadis

 Swiming pool Specialist