From a young age, Melissa (Missy) Barnes was passionate about real estate and building community through relationships, sheer dedication and hard work. Granted, her first development (at age 6) was a houseboat community for pollywogs in Mill Valley, with an adjacent four-level tree fort with pond views. From what we’re told, a major developer took over the site shortly thereafter to build single family homes that sold for record-setting prices in the market. Missy’s always had a vision for design and development, and a sixth sense for real estate opportunities.

Fast forward to today — Missy is now in the third decade of her successful real estate practice that spans thousands of win-win transactions for buyers and sellers in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar and surrounding areas. And, as is her nature, Missy is an integral and highly respected part of the fabric of the community in her Newport Heights neighborhood and beyond. In addition to lending her time and expertise to local school PTAs and foundations, Missy has become a trusted friend and resource to her extensive roster of longtime repeat and referral clients, who rely on her unwavering honesty and unmatched connectivity to deliver the homes of their dreams. 

Some recent examples of Missy’s work:

A View of the Future

Missy’s clients, a young professional couple just starting to dream of the move-up house where they’d like to raise a family, didn’t think they would be able to afford what they wanted in Newport Heights. Missy - always up for a challenge - worked her expansive network of contacts to identify and secure a beautiful, large family home and aggressively negotiated the deal to be within the newlyweds’ price range. Located on a prime street in the Heights within walking distance to the park, the home features harbor and ocean views, to boot. 

The Nuances of Newport

When empty nesters visiting from Northern California, Bay Area fell in love with Newport Beach while visiting for a month-long vacation, they called Missy. They now wanted to buy a house where they could host their children and grandchildren, and were referred to her by friends who said, “Missy knows every detail and every house in every neighborhood in Newport Beach — she’ll find you the perfect place.” As always, Missy took the time and care to really get to know the couple and to share their vision for a multi-generational family home. She delivered the perfect place — a turnkey new custom home in Newport Heights that will welcome the extended family in time for the holidays.