Melanie Carlson

Melanie Carlson


About Me


Melanie is a seasoned real estate consultant at @Properties and is affiliated with the Bari & Elena Real Estate Group, a boutique team of top-producing brokers with over 78M in sales in 2019. A keen understanding of the real estate market and extensive knowledge of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods allows Melanie to provide clients with an elevated level of service. Melanie's attention to detail, trustworthiness, and personable demeanor have enabled her to establish a successful real estate career, with over 150 transactions to date. She treats each deal with the highest level of care and commitment and imparts continuous accessibility to each client. Melanie uses cutting edge technology and supportive @properties tools to be a trusted advisor and resource to her clients. 


In addition to selling to local Chicagoans, Melanie has also found a niche dealing with domestic and international relocation clients. Melanie and her team provide luxury relocation services for buyers, sellers, and renters alike. This service includes school guidance, efficiently and securely obtaining personal documentation needed, as well as having a book of preferred vendors for her client's use when they move to the city. Neighborhood expertise includes (but is not limited to) The Loop, Lake Shore East, Streeterville, West Loop, River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Lakeview, Lincoln Square, South Loop, Bucktown and Wicker Park. 


Buying or selling a home is not only a business transaction but an emotional experience which is something Melanie thoroughly appreciates and her clients are quickly comforted to realize she understands all the factors at play. Melanie works diligently to guide each client through both the emotional and transactional aspects of each deal and always keeps her clients best interests in mind. She provides honest feedback and assured counsel- but also makes sure there is some fun had along the way!



Melanie grew up in the west Chicago suburbs and currently resides in the West Loop. She enjoys traveling, spending time with loved ones, reading, and trying out new restaurants in all corners of the city.  Her favorite way to start and end the day is with her dog and running buddy, Harley. She is also passionate about interior design and decorating. 


In 2011, Melanie received a bachelor's degree in Choral Music Education from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. After graduation, she started her professional career in teaching before establishing herself in real estate. She is also an active member on the @gives Back board and volunteers weekly at the Lurie Children's Hospital.  



"To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured by money, and that is sincerity and integrity"- Douglas Adams



Clients are saying:

"Melanie is a consummate real estate professional. I would describe my housing search with Melanie like hanging out with a best friend. They want what’s best for you, are very easy to talk to, and will provide valuable, transparent feedback while looking for a home. In every regard, Melanie exceeded my expectations. She was able to apply her deep knowledge of the Chicago real estate market to help me find a place that was right for me. As one would expect from an excellent real estate agent, Melanie conducts all communications with professionalism and timeliness, always making sure important documents and communications are handled securely and appropriately. In many ways, Melanie makes sure you enjoy the housing search while she takes care of the rest. I can’t say I felt much of any stress during my housing search journey, which upon reflection is a pleasant surprise. I would recommend Melanie with enthusiasm to anyone looking to rent, buy, or sell real estate in Chicago!"