Melanie H. Crittenden


Melanie Crittenden is a Richmond native who attended St. Catherine’s School and the University of Virginia. After earning a degree in Economics, Melanie worked as a financial analyst for an investment firm in New York City. She continued her career in Washington D.C. and Atlanta. In 1991, she returned to Richmond with her husband Guy, a commercial photographer and wildlife artist. Together they launched Crittenden Studio, providing commercial photography and fine art to corporate and private clients. As the business manager, Melanie managed finances and assisted with marketing and design.

Melanie and Guy have raised three wonderful girls and have been long time volunteers for their schools’ athletic and creative programs. Melanie’s current volunteer focus is serving on the Board of Trustees of Camp Merrie-Woode, a historic girls' summer camp in North Carolina. As an outdoor enthusiast, Melanie enjoys any activity on or around the James River— whitewater kayaking, hiking the Buttermilk Trail and taking her two golden retrievers to swim at Texas Beach. Excited about Richmond’s growing culture, Melanie spends time exploring the city’s new dance classes, arts venues, restaurants and emerging neighborhoods. She enjoys sharing her dynamic hometown with newcomers and longtime residents alike.

After becoming an empty nester, Melanie joined The Steele Group, Sotheby’s International Realty as a licensed realtor. She was drawn to the real estate business for the chance to work intimately with people— to help them realize their dreams and to develop lasting and sincere client relationships. Known by her friends and colleagues as a great listener, with a gift for strong attention to detail, Melanie works to understand the unique needs of each client, from young families to empty nesters. Her goal is to ensure a positive experience for all parties in a transaction.


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