Get to Know Fairhope Realtor, Hollie Mackellar!
Hollie was born at Thomas Hospital back when Fairhope was still the best-kept secret on the Gulf Coast before it graced the pages of Southern Living Magazine. She was raised in Rosa Acres, often referred to as Fairhope’s first official subdivision. She remembers a childhood blessed with the safety and freedom to explore the streets of her small town with friends until the setting sun beckoned them home for supper.
Ballet was Hollie’s early passion in life. She studied the graceful art under the tutelage of Ms. Mosher at the Creative Outlet downtown. Yet, when the painful poses became too much for her toes to bear, she decided to trade artistic dance for the more primal field of competitive sport. Hollie was a standout soccer player and cross country runner for Fairhope High School, learning to harness her tenacity at a young age to accomplish her goals.
Hollie’s parents were determined to raise a responsible young adult, thus she was introduced to the value of hard work at age 12. She soon became one of the most sought after babysitters in town, so much so that many local parents worried that they might lose her to a more prestigious position, once she turned 16. Hollie did seek other opportunities, like selling artsy gifts at the Purple Parrot downtown and as a lifeguard at Waterville during the summers, yet she never outgrew babysitting. By the time she graduated, she had reached a level of financial independence that most kids her age wouldn’t comprehend until after college.
After high school, she decided to trade the shallow shoreline of Mobile Bay for the slow rolling plains of Auburn, Alabama. Although she describes herself as “more social than academic,” Hollie immersed herself in the rigorous studies of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Auburn University. Outside of the classroom, she taught water aerobics to the football team at the Aquatic Center and worked as a beverage cart girl at Grand National Golf Course. She was a disciplined and focused college student, determined to be a good steward of her parent sponsored tuition.
In March of 1996, she met Bryant Mackellar, an aspiring professional golfer from the suburbs of Detroit. His urban flair was a stark contrast to the prototypical southern boy. Yet, there was much more to him than fashion sense. He was driven, yet fun. He was cultured and an artist in the kitchen. Above all, he was different and she loved him for it.
Hollie graduated in December of 1997 and returned home to Fairhope to make plans for her future. In the absence of an immediate opening in her field of study, she decided to apply to be a flight attendant and was hired by Delta Airlines that February. Bryant encouraged her to take the job and spread her wings a bit, as small-town Alabama life was all she knew of the world. She soon found herself in Queens, sharing a close-quarters living space with 46 other roommates, who managed to diplomatically share a single bathroom with the assistance of a simple sign-in sheet. The sacrifice of privacy was a tradeoff for international travel, exploring Europe during brief windows of opportunity provided by 24-hour layovers.
Six months later she was transferred to Atlanta, putting her in arms reach of Bryant, as he finished his collegiate golf career in preparation for joining the professional circuit. They married and made Atlanta their home for the next three years before relocating to Miami. Big city life left Hollie yearning to return home to Fairhope and raise a family. Bryant and Hollie bought a house in Rock Creek in January of 2005. A year later, their son, Campbell, was born. Taking a leave of absence from flying during her pregnancy, allowed her to focus on potential career opportunities closer to home. At the time Fairhope’s population growth spurt created a demand for full-time Realtors. That, combined with the flexible schedule, made real estate an obvious choice.
By September of 2005, Hollie was a licensed Realtor, 9 months pregnant and preparing to close her first deal. In true Hollie form, she was making arrangements with her broker at Roberts Brothers to handle her closing file from the delivery room. Her career would blossom from there, evolving to vast experience with custom home development sales in the sought after communities of Avalon, Stone Creek, and The Waters, as well as high-end transactions in Fairhope’s most affluent residential areas.
Today, Hollie is one of the most respected Realtors on the Eastern Shore and an active member of the Fairhope Planning Commission, responsible for planning and zoning changes for future development projects, as well as current landowners. Her loyalty lies with the citizens of Fairhope, and her only agenda is to work toward fostering a balance between the positive and negative changes of decades growth. As a native, Hollie has an intimate relationship with the community, one that she is willing to fight to protect.
Outside of real estate and public service, Hollie is devoted to motherhood and loves the pace raising two active children. Her daughter, Audrey Claire, shares her mom’s youthful desire to be a ballerina and Campbell shares his dad’s passion for golf. They love to spend family time exploring the bays and rivers in their Boston Whaler, with their Golden Doodle, Laddie, perched on the bow with his nose in the air. Their Lakewood Club membership provides destination resort style amenities for soaking up the sunshine with family and friends. Sunday’s mornings are reserved for prayer and gratitude for their many blessings at Trinity Presbyterian Church where Hollie enjoys volunteering in the nursery and Bryant serves as an usher.
Hollie is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things Fairhope. She is an expert on the local lifestyle, schools, teachers, babysitters, neighborhoods and the generational history of a wide range of properties, from acreage to historic homes. Her experience, combined with a heart of gold, make her an exceptional hire.