Kelly was born and raised in the Bearden and Fountain City communities of Knoxville, and graduated with a degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee in 2001. She moved to New York City in 2003 and has since also lived in Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Austin. It was during her time in New York that she was first exposed to the real estate world when she worked as a bookkeeper for a firm in Manhattan. She learned a great deal about the industry from the financial side, but ultimately she wanted to be out in the field working with clients. It was also there that she discovered a love for historical neighborhoods and their preservation.
Kelly is a fan of all things vintage: from dance and music to fashion and culture. She grew up with a love for dance and was a member of the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, UT Dance Company, and Circle Modern Dance. Over the past few years she has traveled all over the world teaching swing dance and is now a co-owner of K-Town Swing, teaching dance in Knoxville as well as hosting vintage-themed events.
Kelly also has an affection for historical homes and the beautiful details they possess. She lives in the Happy Holler district of Old North Knoxville where she continues to work on her 1890’s Queen Anne. She is happy to be a part of First Neighborhoods Realty, and she loves to share her passion and knowledge of Knoxville’s historic communities with her clients.