At Bixby Realty we bring a fresh and innovative approach to real estate on the California coast. We are a “boutique” real estate company. We fulfill all aspects of the real estate experience completely in-house. Our complimentary services include 3D virtual home tours, aerial drone cinematography, architectural photography, custom property web pages, and social media advertising. For those seeking a little something extra we also offer home design and professional staging. In addition to providing custom virtual home tours to out-of-town buyers, we always go the extra mile to help our clients find special on and off-market properties.

Call or email us now to set up an appointment with one of our experienced Realtors!


Bri Chmel

REALTOR • DRE# 01977946

Owner Bri Chmel is one of the top producing Realtors in the Monterey Bay area. She has lovingly grown her company Bixby Realty into the area's favorite privately owned brokerage. Buyers and sellers love Bri's intimate knowledge of the entire area. Her staging preparations, expert videography/photography, generous advertising, dynamic internet displays, extensive knowledge of building, and rigorous networking are simply the best in the business. No one can better prepare your home for the marketplace, or work harder and smarter to find you the best home to purchase. On a personal note, Bri is a Pleasure Point homeowner, designer/builder, pilot, animal lover, and an avid outdoors-woman and athlete. She brings creativity, confidence and enthusiasm to each and every project. 

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Chelsea Hale

REALTOR • DRE# 02022049

Chelsea developed her passion for architecture and real estate right here on the Monterey peninsula. Her clients enjoy the mastery she has for the area and real estate industry in which it surrounds. Chelsea’s sellers are impressed by her dedication when it comes to marketing their property. She uses social media posts, custom property videos, MLS exposure, and custom 3D virtual home tours for all of her listings. Her buyers rave about her efficiency, professionalism, and knack for finding those special off-market deals. Making the buying and selling process as effortless as possible, she goes above and beyond for each and every client she works with. With Chelsea by your side, you will receive nothing less than the best.

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Cameron Dermicek

REALTOR • DRE# 02037736

Cameron was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, is an alumni of Carmel High school and current resident of Carmel, CA. Cameron has an inherent ability to connect with his clients and truly understand their needs. Clients love how personable he is and appreciate his willingness to help them understand the process, no matter their situation. His knowledge of the Peninsula, particularly Carmel, Carmel Valley & Big Sur, has allowed him to provide his clients with unparalleled service. 

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Rachel Sampson

REALTOR • DRE# 02090551

Rachel Sampson has been native to Monterey County for the last thirty years. While utilizing the most modern technology, she has the insight and knowledge to help you list, sell, and/or buy your home. Not only is she highly familiar to the area, but she is also an extremely energetic individual with precision to detail. In fact, her most recognized asset is her hard work and dedication to her job.

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Melanie Carroll

REALTOR • DRE# 01853792

Melanie was born in New York City and graduated from The University of Massachusetts Amherst. Soon after, she relocated to California. She began her professional life in the advertising and marketing industry before launching into real estate sales in 2012. Melanie is passionate about meeting the goals of her clients and specializes in creating a positive and successful experience.  Her strong base of repeat customers choose to work with Melanie for her outstanding client service, skilled negotiating, creative marketing, and the personal touch she brings to every sale. Melanie is an enthusiastic member of the local community and enjoys the beautiful outdoor lifestyle of the Monterey Bay area with her husband, Matt, two young daughters, and their rescue dog, Sandy.

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Jay Black

REALTOR • DRE# 02055657

Jay has a fire and passion for real estate here on the Monterey Peninsula. He enjoys the hunt for the perfect place for his buyers and loves creating a detailed marketing strategy that best suits each property for his sellers. He is known as a dedicated and hardworking individual by friends and colleagues and is known to get the results his clients need. Jay has always been determined to find solutions to problems that have been deemed impossible. With this determination he will ensure that his clients realize their dreams. He is a caring person who makes sure that his clients are comfortable throughout the process of selling and/or buying. With Jay as your Realtor® rest assured that you have someone who cares and is committed to your goals.


Sonia Byington

Sonia is an intern at Bixby Realty. She aspires to be a Realtor® as soon as she is of legal age to acquire a license. She is exceptionally motivated and maintains a 4.0 in school while working and keeping up with her hobbies, like photography. As a junior at Aptos High she will be taking a business course at her local community college on top of her three AP classes and tutoring for the AP Statistics course at school. She is happy to be a part of the Bixby Realty team and is excited to continue to learn about real estate!


My name is Bri Chmel, and I am the founder of Bixby Realty.

I am a Realtor®… and much more.

I have special skills.  With a degree in sales and marketing from the top sales program in the nation, I have many creative techniques that can be used to help you buy or sell your home.

I know how to win.  I won the World Wakesurf Championships seven years in a row, and I bring the same level of intensity and focus to my professional career. 

I have a decade of experience with new construction and remodels on the California Coast.  I have worked with the county and regulatory agencies, managed numerous projects, and know how to build and renovate in California. I can share my local network of contractors with you.

I am a design consultant for homes and spaces.  From tropical color to modern sophistication, open indoor living spaces to a dreamy backyard paradise, my photos will give you an idea of the spaces I have designed and built.

I am dedicated and scrupulously vigilant about details.  When I decide to do something, it gets done well.  I respond to all communications and questions about my business on the same day.

I am passionate.  I love architecture, cool neighborhoods, and a coastal lifestyle.

I am persistent.  When I decided I wanted to live on Pleasure Point and there weren’t any houses for sale, I found one anyway. People always ask me how I got so lucky to find my home in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Santa Cruz. I tell them that luck is what happens when hard work meets opportunity.


In a time when there was nothing for sale, I used creative hunting techniques to buy a beach bungalow in the renowned Pleasure Point neighborhood. For two years I personally managed the construction and loving restoration of my house. Soon after, I took on my next project. Acting as owner builder, I wore a tool belt and ran the crew on the ground-up construction of a rustic, contemporary dream house in the Carmel Highlands.  These drastically diverse jobs taught me the differences between a remodel and new construction, tropical color and modern sophistication, and exactly how much persistence and perseverance is required to get exactly what you want in the finished product.  All projects combined, I have earned seven years of experience with county and regulatory agencies, construction management, and the pitfalls and challenges of building and renovating on the California coast. 

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Bri Chmel's Accomplishments:

2019 Good Times Santa Cruz, Best of Awards - voted “Best Real Estate Agent”

2019 Good Times Santa Cruz, Best of Awards - voted “Best Real Estate Agency”

Represented highest price per square foot sale in the history of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz Sentinel April 2018

First female professional kiteboarder on the cover of a magazine, The Kiteboarder Magazine April 2005

Professional Wakesurfer, 7x Women's World Wakesurfing Champion, 2007-2014

UCF Business Plan Competition winner, 2008

UCF Business Marketing and Sales degree, 2009

Graduate of UCF Professional Sales Program, #1 ranked senior year university sales program, 2009

Top sales rep in the nation, Core Essence Orthopedics, 2012

Territory manager for Arthrex Santa Cruz/Monterey/Salinas, 2013-2016

2015 Arthrex National Sales Meeting "Million Dollar Territory Award" at 113% quota

Pleasure Point home owner by age 29

Real Estate License

Private Pilot License

Traveled worldwide to over 35 countries

The following is a compilation of photos that I have chosen to represent me. The home photos are all projects of mine that I have either designed or built by hand.  I have also included photos of the things that I am passionate about in life, and my past sports career. 


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