Melissa Stanley opened her own real estate brokerage, Niche Realty, in 2007. In 2010, she decided to find her own unique niche and created ArtHouseChicago. This was a chance for Ms. Stanley to combine her love of architecture and real estate.
Melissa grew up in an art-loving family. Her mother lived in Manhattan in the 1960’s, working as an abstract painter; she stopped painting to raise a family but is painting again. Her father was an art historian who focused on architecture and design.  Ms. Stanley graduated from Alfred University with a BFA before moving to Italy for a year and then on to Chicago.
Melissa worked for ten years as a property manager before moving to real estate in 2001. Ms. Stanley is a regular presenter at the Chicago Artist Expo and has worked with several artists and art organizations, helping them find or sell the unique spaces they need as artists.