Maria McBride-Mellinger Real Estate Salesperson

  • Real Estate Salesperson
  • Member of Long Island Board of Realtors
  • Member of New York Association of Realtors
  • Member of National Association of Realtors


A North Fork homeowner since 1997, Maria made Southold her full-time home in 2015 and has been deeply involved in the community ever since working as a special events planner for some of the area’s most admired non-profits including Sylvester Manor, The Retreat and Oysterponds Historical Society and helping many couples plan their dream wedding.

A native of Wilmington, Del., and the eldest of twelve children, Maria was raised to be an achiever who always valued a cozy nest. She graduated from Barnard College in Manhattan and after several years working for publications including Country Home, Working Mother, Fitness and In-Style, she landed her dream job as Style Director for BRIDES magazine. While staging gorgeous photo shoots in beautiful locales across the country, including her favorite North Fork, she managed to marry her college sweetheart, raise two children in New York City and author six books on weddings on topics such as cakes, dresses and the perfect table.

Maria and her husband, Brett Mellinger, a physician with a medical practice In Garden City, became North Fork weekenders in 1997 when they bought a 100-year-old old barn in Southold. It proved to be the perfect retreat from the hustle of the city. When Maria transitioned from publishing to producing special events, she and Brett decided to make Southold their full-time home.

Maria’s deep appreciation of the North Fork’s natural beauty, its culinary riches including great wine, plus her professional and personal focus on family, home, community and celebrations fuel her passion for life and real estate on the East End of Long Island. Utilizing Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty's technological tools and professional network Maria will work with you to find just the right nest to realize your own North Fork dream. And whether for sale or rent, Maria’s magazine editor-eye, extensive source list and can-do spirit will help you stage your home to maximize its fullest potential. Get to know Maria and her favorite local finds, trends and real estate details on Instagram @MariaMcBride_NorthFork .