Kym & Hayden Mellsop
Kym Mellsop discovered Salida in 1994 having just graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts. Making her way back to the West Coast she stopped in Salida to visit her brother and never left. A self-professed city girl from the San Francisco Bay Area, she fell in love with Salida’s mountains and river and slower pace of life. Kym brings to Pinon a love of the land, the river and the people that make up the Salida community. When not working in real estate she volunteers with Heart of the Rockies Hospice, is curator for the Pinon office gallery, hikes with her high energy dog, patronizes the arts in Salida, participates in Salida’s growing Sangha, and enjoys spending time with friends and family. She believes that between all the outdoor recreation, strong schools and sense of community, Salida is the ideal place to raise her two daughters, Sophia and Beatrice. She enjoys sharing her passion for the area with her clients, helping them find their perfect mountain home, investment property or in-town residence.
Hayden was born in New Zealand, and first came to the Salida area in 1990. He met Kym in Salida in 1994, and they married and have called this area home since 1996.
Hayden has been with Pinon Real Estate Group since 2006, and has guided fly fishermen extensively in both New Zealand and Colorado for over twenty years. He writes for local Mountain Mail newspaper and for High Country Angler magazine.
As well as fly fishing, Hayden’s other interests include helping raise his two daughters, snowboarding and mountain biking. He has a strong conservation ethic, and is a current board member, and past president of the Central Colorado Conservancy, and member of Trout Unlimited. He also serves on the board of directors for the Realtors of central Colorado, where is a past board chair and Realtor of the Year in 2016.
The upper Arkansas River Valley is a great place for parents to raise their kids, outdoors enthusiasts to come and recreate, retirees to enjoy their golden years and investors to reap the benefits of investing in a sound real estate market. Hayden believes in utilizing his local knowledge and exceptional inter-personal skills to help people of all walks of life realize their dreams.