We’re excited to announce that Melanie Mapes is joining CENTURY 21 Signature Real Estate in Pella. She is a Pella native who recently moved back after living in Chicago with her family. We’re thrilled that she is back in Iowa and joining our team of relentless agents. Check out her interview below to learn more about Melanie! 

About Melanie Mapes:

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what’s your family like?

My name is Melanie (De Nooy) Mapes. I was born and raised in Pella and just recently moved back from Chicago with my family. For those familiar with Pella, I made sure to mention my maiden name for some Dutch bingo!

I have two boys named Oliver and Ford who are my absolute world! My husband is a Michigander- now turned Iowan- who I met in college. He is working at my dad’s lawn care company, Omega Lawns, and is preparing to continue the family business as the next generation. He also coaches football at my alma mater, Pella Christian High School. We have a goofy, slobbery bullmastiff named Goliath and an adventure-seeking puggle named Josie.

What are your hobbies?

I love, love, love to travel! Whether it’s discovering a charming town 90 minutes away or experiencing a new culture on the other side of the world, I love to explore. My most memorable trip was when my husband and I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. An intensive, three-day hike in the wilderness without a shower didn’t sound like my jam, but it was awesome. I discovered I love adventure travel!

Other loves include wine (bold reds), books (love a great memoir), breakfast (ANY time) and thrifting for treasures. Fun fact: my husband and I were featured on House Hunters when we purchased our first home in Chicago.

What did you do before becoming a REALTOR®?

I’ve worked in marketing for the past 12 years. My most recent role was as the Director of Marketing for a top tourism attraction in Chicago.

What is your favorite neighborhood in Des Moines/Ankeny/Ames/Cedar Valley/Pella?

I’ve always been proud of my town! I love to bring out-of-town friends to visit and experience Pella through their eyes. Though perhaps not a neighborhood per se, my absolute favorite part of town is the downtown square. The Dutch architecture, the beautiful green space, the charming sops and restaurants, the brick streets, the history…it truly is a jewel of the Midwest!

What areas will you be serving?

Pella and the surrounding communities.

Why are you passionate about being a REALTOR®?

I’ve always had a curiosity and interest in real estate. After all, I love a good HGTV show! I’ve also had a strong desire to own properties for investment purposes. I like a career that involves building relationships with people and also lets me tap into my creative side. Real estate will serve those desires and then some! I’m excited to help people in their home buying journeys. It will be an honor to be entrusted with such important life moments!