Meet Melissa

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Melissa James


Real Estate Strategist


A Sixth-generation Californian, Melissa’s roots run deep in Southern California. After spending summers on Neptune Avenue in Encinitas (at her grandparent’s property purchased in 1968), Melissa graduated from San Diego State University and began working as an event planner for multiple leading five-star luxury hotel brands (including Four Seasons); where providing top level service is a must; making her move into the luxury real estate industry a cinch.

​​​​​​Specializing in luxury homes, Melissa has marketed and sold properties ranging from stunning multi-million dollar spreads to quaint coastal abodes and picture perfect cul-de-sac family homes. 

At ease in a variety of settings, she has represented the seasoned real estate investor and the first time home buyer. Melissa combines classic Southern California ease with the drive and focus necessary to close a deal for her clients. 

In Melissa’s free time she spends time with her two active sons, enjoys boxing, running and cycling. 

Melissa works closely with Rande Turner Properties, which has provided luxury real estate services locally for over 30 years.

What Melissa’s Clients Say
In a hypercompetitive seller's market, Melissa and Rande’s relationships opened the door to a successful preemptive transaction. We were able to get a great home in our first choice neighborhood, and wouldn't have had a chance without their longstanding positive reputations and existing relationships.

— Buyer

What Melissa’s Clients Say
Melissa's referrals to San Diego-based real estate professionals and lenders greatly helped ease the stress of a primary home purchase. Through working collaboratively with Melissa and her partners, we were able to materially reduce the underwriting and origination timeline, providing certainty of close that helped win a deal in a super competitive market and get us into our home sooner.

— Buyer

What Melissa’s Clients Say
When we first met Melissa, she explained that her job is more service than sales. She proved that time and again with her thorough knowledge of home construction and the local market. Every time we viewed a new property here in north county melissa would perform a methodical inspection, looking for signs of problems and commenting on the quality of construction, finish, appliances, etc. Melissa also led ...

— Buyer

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