Melissa fell in love with Savannah when she came to the “hostess city” for a long weekend, as many of our visitors do.  A native of St. Simons Island, Georgia, Melissa has always felt at home on the coast, but when she visited Savannah as a college student, she knew she had to stay.  For the same reasons she identifies with falling in love with Savannah, Melissa enjoys helping other make this wonderful city their home as well.


After attending North Georgia College & State University, she graduated with honors from Armstrong Atlantic State University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.  She completed her student teaching through AASU and taught elementary school for six years at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy. For the past 4 years Melissa has focused on high-end residential and commercial real estate.


In her spare time, Melissa designs vintage jewelry for her company, Melissa Rowan Designs.  She also enjoys tennis, boating, traveling and yoga.  She and her family are members of the Historic Savannah Foundation and the Savannah Yacht Club.  In addition, they support numerous local organizations including Chatham Academy, SCAD, Junior Achievement, the Telfair Museum, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Davenport House and Savannah Country Day School. Melissa resides in her favorite part of town, the Landmark Historic District with her husband John Paul Rowan and daughter Sassy Hall.


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Since 1978, Austin Hill Realty has proudly served the Savannah area as a specialized boutique real estate firm. It was built on the foundation of integrity and honesty while representing clients buying or selling Savannah real estate whether it be luxury mansions, waterfront estates, condominiums or commercial buildings and land.

Today, the multi-generational, progressive real estate company focuses on being the most knowledgeable, personal and professional Realtors®, who offer our clients unparalleled service for every real estate need and take a personal approach to every aspect of the real estate business. The entire Austin Hill Realty team believes in a thriving Savannah and contributes their time and resources to that benefit.

Through our collaborative partnerships with Coastline Management, a full-service property management company in Savannah and Location Gallery, a non-profit Savannah art gallery supporting dozens of local charities through art sales, real estate sales are just part of our enduring story of “Excellence in Service to Clients and Community for over 40 years.”