Blog Stories At Play

At Play

By Aaron Hartman, January 29, 2019

I ran into my client’s father at a playground he’d designed on Christmas day. He had been accompanying us at some viewings, tape measure in hand, full of suggestions. W had and easy, familiar report.

At the playground, my kids were entranced. He was chasing them around, luring them up and down ropes and poles; half playing, half testing out his design. I watched 40 years melt away as he leaped between swings, ran up the slide and crossed monkey bars as my kids howled.

I never think of time with clients as being “in the field.” And it’s times like this, on a brisk holiday afternoon, watching multiple generations goof around with total abandon, that I think – life is good. People are people and there’s nothing more important than play.


Aaron Hartman



Aaron Hartman is a long-time Portlander with a deep understanding of the neighborhoods and architecture that make this town such a special place to live. Whether he's helping you locate your dream house or helping you sell the one you already own, Aaron's knowledge, energy and laser-like attention to detail will make your real estate process make sense. Aaron has been involved in the Northwest independent music community for nearly two decades. He has traveled all over the place and always looks forward to coming home to the best city to live in Portland, Oregon.
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