Neighborhood photography

A Day in the Life of a Congress Park Realtor

A morning with Andrew Nagel, Cherry Creek ReMax agent and Congress Park Realtor A day in the life of a realtor is much like you might expect:  paperwork, phone calls, driving, signs, phone calls, driving, phone calls.    Andrew shares an office with his friend and business partner John Sullivan - they work together with their clients, both specialize in the Congress Park neighborhood where they've both lived and have long-standing connections.  It was fun to go around putting up For Sale signs, and even more exciting, putting up SOLD signs.  I got to see some neat properties in the area and met the nicest woman who is ready to downsize and move off to the next stage of her life.  Moving is difficult and sometimes emotional stuff, I loved seeing how deftly Andrew and John handled that situation.  We all drove separate cars and it was fumy how much faster they arrived at any destination than I did, they know all the best routes in the area.

Realtor in his office.
Realtor in his office.
Two realtors in ofice talking.
Two realtors in ofice talking.
Two realtors working at their desks next to each other.
Two realtors working at their desks next to each other.
Realtor in his office on the phone, hoding a yard sign.
Realtor in his office on the phone, hoding a yard sign.
Doorway to Remax office with two men walkking out.
Doorway to Remax office with two men walkking out.
Andrew Nagel hangs his name on his real estate sign.
Andrew Nagel hangs his name on his real estate sign.
Hands getting signs out of a car trunk.
Hands getting signs out of a car trunk.
Realtors in a house while painters are working.
Realtors in a house while painters are working.
Realtor installs a for sale sign.
Realtor installs a for sale sign.
Two realtors talking inside an empty house.
Two realtors talking inside an empty house.
Andrew Nagel and John Sullivan put up a Neighborhood Expert sign.
Andrew Nagel and John Sullivan put up a Neighborhood Expert sign.
Hands unlocking a door.
Hands unlocking a door.
Andrew on the phone getting things out of his trunk.
Andrew on the phone getting things out of his trunk.
Andrew Nagel and John Sullivan talking in a yard.
Andrew Nagel and John Sullivan talking in a yard.
Andrew Nagel talking on the phone.
Andrew Nagel talking on the phone.
Man walking down the street on a cell phone.
Man walking down the street on a cell phone.
John Sullivan talking on the phone.
John Sullivan talking on the phone.
In a coffee shop, man is on the phone, outside you see another man also on the phone.
In a coffee shop, man is on the phone, outside you see another man also on the phone.
Two men conversing over coffeee.
Two men conversing over coffeee.
Andrew takes a sip of coffee.
Andrew takes a sip of coffee.
Man writing at an outdoor tble.
Man writing at an outdoor tble.
Man talks on the phone standing next to his car with a real estate sign next to him and a planner in his other hand.
Man talks on the phone standing next to his car with a real estate sign next to him and a planner in his other hand.
Andrew Nagel and John Sullivan in front of a sold sign.
Andrew Nagel and John Sullivan in front of a sold sign.
Man greets older woman at her front door.
Man greets older woman at her front door.
Man talks to an older woman.
Man talks to an older woman.
Two men planning a house showing.
Two men planning a house showing.
Day in the life of a realtor man on the street talking on his phone carring a real estate sign.
Day in the life of a realtor man on the street talking on his phone carring a real estate sign.

Congress Park Neighborhood Photography

Congress Park bungalows.
Congress Park bungalows.
A bungalow.
A bungalow.
Congress Park bungalows.
Congress Park bungalows.
A stree of bungalows.
A stree of bungalows.
Beautiful older home on 7th avenue.
Beautiful older home on 7th avenue.
Lady walks her dog in Congress Park.
Lady walks her dog in Congress Park.
Garage door painted with the Union Jack.
Garage door painted with the Union Jack.
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20150604-DSC_7983CongressPark
The Congress Park Pool
The Congress Park Pool
Picnicers at Congress Park.
Picnicers at Congress Park.
Congress Park soccer fields.
Congress Park soccer fields.
Congress Park tennis courts.
Congress Park tennis courts.
Older Congress Park Home
Older Congress Park Home
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20150604-DSC_7952CongressPark
Funny painted wall at neighborhood Greek restaurant.
Funny painted wall at neighborhood Greek restaurant.
Gorgeous congress park home.
Gorgeous congress park home.
The old firehouse converted to condos.
The old firehouse converted to condos.
Shops on 12th Avenue.
Shops on 12th Avenue.
Sewall School
Sewall School
Shops and restuarants in Congress Park.
Shops and restuarants in Congress Park.
Wild Flowers store on 12th Avenue.
Wild Flowers store on 12th Avenue.
Funny sign at pharmacy says "our pharmacists are better looking than yours"
Funny sign at pharmacy says "our pharmacists are better looking than yours"
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens

Congress Park is a neighborhood with a sense of humor.  There are little things, you see it in the signs of nearby restaurants and shops, you see it on a painted garage.  When I think of Congress park, I think of your basic bungalow house.  However there are plenty of charming timeless homes along 7th Avenue and of course the Denver Square.  A neighborhood that is friendly to walkers, runners, and bikers, it also has the nearby Botanic Gardens and of course the Congress Park - the park, home to one of Denver's few outdoor public pools and massive soccer fields.  I've always enjoyed the park's mulberry tress but due to a late frost, they sadly didn't bear fruit this year.

 

Stapleton Neighborhood Photos

What makes an area a "neighborhood"?  There are borders defined by the city.  There are signs we can point to.  We can see with our own eyes as we drive around subtle differences in architecture, in age or grandiosity of the homes.  Recently I have been working on a photography project trying to capture the uniqueness of different neighborhoods.   It really got me thinking about how I can characterize a space in photos to say what makes this area special, what makes it a neighborhood, not just the boundary streets but the innate character of the space. The Stapleton neighborhood is characterized by smaller sub-neighborhoods that are there by design.  Blocks come together with a small park at the center or wide greenbelt that is designed for gatherings of kids or families, for play and outdoor life.

Woman walking her dog down the street in Stapleton.
Woman walking her dog down the street in Stapleton.
Kids bike at a small playground in Stapleton.
Kids bike at a small playground in Stapleton.

Not many of the streets go all the way through to a main thoroughfare so it makes the driving slower, a bit more of a lazy feel.

Stapleton neighborhood street with greenbelt.
Stapleton neighborhood street with greenbelt.

The houses are all relatively new but have a more old-time feel with porches and green trees.  There is easy access to bike paths and plenty of areas for gathering.

Stapleton neighborhood with old fashioned style houses and porches.
Stapleton neighborhood with old fashioned style houses and porches.
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20150526-DSC_7334Remax-Edit

Stapleton has it's own town center with restaurants, coffee, yoga, bikes, and retail in easy walking distance from the homes.  There's a big town park that hosts concerts, outdoor movies, exercise classes, art fairs, and a farmer's market.

Stapleton Town Center Sign.
Stapleton Town Center Sign.
Downtown Stapleton neighborhood center.
Downtown Stapleton neighborhood center.
Stapleton off leash dog park.
Stapleton off leash dog park.
Dogs playing off leash in the neighborhood dog park in Stapleton.
Dogs playing off leash in the neighborhood dog park in Stapleton.

The area features a public Rec Center, tennis courts and an off-leash dog park.

Nearby is Central Park with a fabulous playground, ball fields, and plenty of walkable and bikeable trails.

Stapleton Central Park playground
Stapleton Central Park playground
Sand Creek Park view to the East.
Sand Creek Park view to the East.
Stapleton neighborhood downtown area.
Stapleton neighborhood downtown area.

Just east is Sand Creek Preserve, an amazing resource right here in town with 14 miles of biking/walking trails in a gorgeous wilderness preserve.  The Stapleton area isn't full of mansions, although there are some generous lots, but it feels like it's about creating a community, people who enjoy outdoor lifestyle, family, and kids.