Melissa Mayes has lived in both Los Angeles and New York City for the past 2 decades working as one of the leading set designers and stylist for the home furnishing industry and top shelter magazines. Ten years ago, before becoming a full time resident of Saugerties, she purchased a seasonal 1920’s cottage in the sublime Platte Clove area and renovated it into a year round habitat. The house became a successful vacation rental property while she was not living in it full time.
Having grown up in Arkansas, she believes the beauty of the Catskills and Hudson Valley is reminiscent of the Ozarks and Mississippi River Delta. Before too long, she was calling Saugerties “home”. Melissa believes it is the mix of intelligent, independent, creative people that cluster in Upstate New York that makes it a special place and draws people here to stay. The rich history of the Hudson Valley remains alive in everyday living through the landscape, historic homes and landmarks scattered throughout the area.
In addition to her career in production design, Melissa has an extensive knowledge of architecture and interior design. She pursued her Masters Degree in Interior Architecture and graduated with dual degrees from UCLA and Cal Poly specializing in sustainable building. She is also an Accredited Practitioner in The Leadership of Energy and Environmental Design, LEED AP. Her interest in preservation led her to become an active member of the Los Angeles Conservancy and participated in successful campaigns to save Modernist buildings in greater Los Angeles and Palm Springs.
In her spare time, she plays tennis and hikes with her French Bulldog.
“As a Seller’s Agent, I believe my expertise in photography, design and home staging is a valuable asset to anyone interested in listing their home with me. A photograph of your home is 9 out 10 times the first thing a potential buyer will see when looking for a home. On line marketing is a crucial aspect in communicating to Buyers. I can help you invoke a desirable point of view to market your home in its best light.”
“As a Buyer’s Agent, I am sensitive to the value a home brings to one’s life not only as a wise investment but also for a sense of wellbeing. I can consult with you about making a visually appealing and healthy home. I will find the best home available to fit your needs. My efforts are backed by over 40 years of leadership and integrity at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties. I am excited to be your resource on this journey.”