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About the Stapleton Scoop

Thanks for taking the time to check out our blog about life in Stapleton! This page will share a little bit about us personally & give you an overview of the blog.

My name is Joe Phillips and I live in the Stapleton neighborhood with my family which includes my wife Mandi, my 3 young daughters (Emerson “Emme” (11), Tatum “Tater Tot” (9) and Sloane (“Sloney Pony”) (6) and our small dog “Major” (age unknown as he is largely neglected due to children). Once we decided Stapleton was our long term neighborhood where we’d raise the girls & we built a new home here I decided it would be my main area of focus as a real estate broker.

The blog came from my desire to learn everything I could about the Stapleton neighborhood and share it with others who may find the information useful. I’ve been producing the blog for 9 + years now and it’s been a great source of new info, friends, clients and relationships in the area.

I write posts and shoot Facebook live videos about things I think the Stapleton community will find interesting. For example…news in the area, community events, school information, parenting, good causes to support, local businesses and personal things in my life that I think you could relate to. Of course I have a wealth of new and resale real estate information on the site (I am a real estate broker!) but it’s never presented in a sales pitch… it’s just good info you may find useful.

After a few years Mariel Ross came along and joined me on the Scoop. She’s the mom of 2 wonderful boys and wife of a patient and loving, golf-obsessed husband (really, they have a custom putting green in the basement).  Mariel had great fun building her new Parkwood townhome in Conservatory Green and loves to talk about new construction anytime.

So how did Mariel end up at the Scoop?  After a fruitful career in Quality/Patient Safety and Research Administration at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Mariel transitioned to real estate to follow her passion for helping neighbors and friends find their perfect home!  She’s the author of our monthly neighborhood updates, “Inside Scoop” articles and provides Anschutz Campus related news. (she’s a preferred Realtor for Children’s Hospital staff too!)

More recently we’ve added Amy Atkinson to the Focus Real Estate team and regular contributor to the Stapleton Scoop.  Along with being a full time real estate broker, she is a mom of three and wife.  They’ve purchased three homes in Stapleton over the years,  including their latest which is a Parkwood home they built in Stapleton’s Wicker Park area.  With over 10 years of experience as a creative director and designer in the fashion and retail industry prior to her real estate career, she lends her strong sense of style and creativity to helping clients buy and sell their homes.

Having relocated to Stapleton in 2013, Amy understands the possibilities and challenges of relocating to the neighborhood and enjoys not only helping people find a house that matches their lifestyle but also discovering the many things the community and Colorado have to offer.  Her family loves exploring and maintains an active lifestyle.  When Amy isn’t busy with kids lacrosse, baseball, basketball, dance, or gymnastics you’ll find this adventurous family camping, skiing or mountain biking!

Ashley Faller joined the team just this year.  Ashley and her family moved to Stapleton in 2016.  They found Stapleton by Googling “best neighborhood in Denver to trick or treat in.”  Ashley’s husband is an active-duty Marine and they have two children, Bryan (7) and Lila (1).

Ashley was raised in Wyoming but has lived in eastern North Carolina and San Diego before calling Stapleton home.  Before becoming a Realtor, Ashley spent nearly 10 years in the legal field as both a paralegal and court reporter.  In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her friends and family and heading up to the mountains during ski season.

Lisa Palladino is the newest member of the Focus team. She and her husband built a home in Stapleton six years ago. The community aspect, small-town feel and close proximity to downtown Denver where big selling points for Lisa. She and her husband have built their lives and family in Stapleton, including two children, Joey and Olivia and two fur babies, Meadow and Willow.

Lisa’s professional background is in communications, specifically media and advertising sales to travel and vacation sales and most recently a career in real estate. Lisa strives to develop long-term relationships with her clients with a goal of finding the perfect home to match their current and future needs. Lisa hopes that in contributing to Stapleton Scoop she will bring thoughtful information, community events and highlight local businesses for our readers.

In addition to Focus Real Estate team we have 10+ regular Stapleton resident contributors to the Stapleton Scoop who write about topics they are passionate about such as education, local businesses, health & fitness, parenting, relationships, faith, Autism, interior design, travel, Stanley Marketplace & more!  There are also quite a few other regular contributors to the Scoop from the neighborhood.  Anyone who has a relevant message that will add value to the lives of the readers and wants to contribute on a regular basis is welcome.  (Interested in being a contributor? Check out this post!)

If you have any questions we are here to help.  You can reach Joe at joe@focus-realtors.com or (720) 299-1730, Mariel at mariel@focus-realtors.com or (720) 316-7653, Amy at (303) 408-7114 or amy@focus-realtors.com, Ashley at (720) 799-6376 or ashley@focus-realtors.com, and Lisa at (303) 564-3734 or lisa@focus-realtors.com.

Thanks for reading the Scoop.  If you’ve enjoyed it you can sign up by clicking the button below & you’ll receive an email every few weeks with the latest posts!  You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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