Meet the Team

Armand Candea

With over ten years of experience in real estate brokerage and general contracting, Armand has a vast knowledge of and expertise in all aspects of the construction industry and the building process. His journey into the field began in 2002 after graduating with a BS in Finance from DePaul University. Fresh out of college, he started working as a commercial real estate broker selling apartment buildings. This work sparked his interest and led him to work as a project manager in the rehab of 130 rental units. He then led the construction of a 7,000 square foot custom home in 2003. Soon after, he went on to form Lakepointe Development Group, an award-winning company, with two other partners. In 2006, after several successful residential condominium developments, Armand decided to leave Lakepointe in order to partner with his brother Alan. Under Armand’s direction, Candea Development has designed and built a number of successful condominium projects and single-family homes.

Alan Candea

Alan was raised in Chicago’s Lincoln Square/Andersonville area. Growing up in a family with a strong real estate background, his enthusiasm for the field was formed at an early age. Alan attended college at the University of Illinois-Chicago as a student athlete where he earned a B.A. in Marketing with a minor in Management. In 2006, he decided to form the company that is now known as Candea Development, and Alan received his real estate license looking to make Candea Development a full service company. Alan is personally involved and manages every project from its inception to completion. Alan oversees Candea Development’s architectural team and puts great thought into every design detail of the floor plans and outdoor spaces creating exotic layouts that are unparalleled in the market. On the development side, Alan tirelessly searches for new projects to develop and will only settle for those projects where the space can be maximized for his customers. Alan’s unending energy is the driving force behind Candea Development.

Melaina Prest

After practicing real estate and construction law in the public and private sectors, Melaina joined Candea Development in 2014. Melaina oversees the operations of Candea's residential and mixed-use developments and also serves as its in-house legal counsel. Melaina lives in Lincoln Square with her husband and son.

Sasha Molchanov

A Chicago native, Sasha has watched northside neighborhoods change with rapt attention. After graduating Francis Parker in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood in 2006, Sasha left Chicago for a brief stint on the East Coast. While attending Smith College, she developed an interest in sustainable architecture and landscape architecture. Once she graduated in 2010, Sasha was invariable drawn back to her city. She's always had a flare for improving the comfort and ease of people's lives and is excited to bring that energy to real estate. Having worked on several custom home projects, Sasha is adding her experience and expertise to Candea's on-going projects.

Any plans are subject to change by the city or the developer.
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