Fresh Place Friday: Moving to Music

Last week, we talked about a few of the big differences between Los Angeles and Denver.  For this edition of Fresh Place Friday, we’d like to focus in on a feature both have in common: world-renowned outdoor amphitheaters.

If you are considering moving to Los Angeles or moving to Denver, you are in for some world class entertainment and rich musical offerings in each location.  The Hollywood Bowl brings to mind the glamour and spectacle of Hollywood legend.  It is a perfect reminder that underneath the surface fads and trends, there is artistic achievement that can inspire awe.  Red Rocks showcases the stark natural beauty of Colorado and the vibrant relief of the Denver skyline.  It is as though a stage naturally formed through geologic events. When people come to a concert, they are simultaneously visiting nature and enjoying the showcased talents of advanced society.

Until recently, the natural acoustics of the Hollywood Bowl had been diminished by its massive and iconic shell rather than amplified.  It has undergone several changes in structure and materials throughout the years, although the dome shape has remained for the last seventy years.  The Bowl, as the locals call it, is probably the only building that has been worked on by both Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry, two of the most influential architects of the last century.

Red Rocks is a park and amphitheater 15 miles outside of Denver and has been hosting events as far back as 1906. It was purchased by the city of Denver in the thirties to showcase the city and its culture, but the main attraction has always been the huge fountain formation of rocks that encase a nearly perfect storm of sound and sight.  Huge and angled red rocks jut out from stage right, and provide a natural amplifier that hones the music for the 10 thousand seats in between it all.  The unassuming disc shaped stage was designed by a Denver architect and built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, but the point has always been the discovery of an ideal place to listen.   And in the case of Red Rocks, nature took care of the details.

Both venues are great to take in the sunset and exist as constantly memorable summer venues, although Red Rocks is the only one that remains open year-round.  Both venues have hosted legendary concerts and have subtly made their mark on popular culture.  Even acts such as the Beatles, who performed at each, could not overshadow the stage they were on.  Red Rocks helped to popularize U2 in the eighties and remained the favorite stopping place of the Grateful Dead.  The Hollywood Bowl has drawn opera and symphony performers from the peaks in Paris and Italy since the twenties.

If you move to Denver or move to Los Angeles, you would be remiss to neglect spending an evening at a live outdoor music venue.  Whatever your tastes, the diverse line-up of world class acts will give you an opportunity for an experience you will never forget.

Fresh Place Friday: Moving from Los Angeles to Denver

On the Move from Way out West

This week’s Fresh Place Friday is dedicated to one of our most popular moves: moving from California to Colorado. There are many differences between these two sunshiny places and many compelling reasons to live in them both. But at Exodus, we are happy to help you move to Colorado from California or the other way around.

Los Angeles is a seaside center of entertainment. Once a destination for millions east of the Rockies, L.A. has been hit hard during the economic downturn, and many are leaving to seek better opportunities elsewhere. Many of these people are moving to Colorado.

You can watch television or visit a movie theater just about anywhere in the world, and eventually you will see the familiar images of Los Angeles: the beaches, the Hollywood sign, Sunset Blvd, and so on. You are only seeing pictures of a fraction of this sprawling metropolis.

What separates Los Angeles from almost every other city is how spread out it is. It was not built around a center (although there is a downtown) that serves as the economic and political hub. Instead there are several centers laid out across 30 or so square miles that make up Greater Los Angeles. From older cities like Pasadena to expansion burgs in the San Fernando Valley to the elite, iconic vistas of Malibu, Los Angeles is a diverse passage through time and culture. Everyone complains about the inadequate public transportation, but the fact is that in most cases, public transportation simply isn’t practical. Yes, the first and possibly greatest difference from Los Angeles life to Denver life is the time you will spend in the car. Don’t get us wrong, Denver has its share of traffic jams, but they are like a horse and buggy country ride compared to the 405 freeway. An Angelino can count on getting at least two hours a day back after moving to Colorado.

Another huge difference is the scenery. Los Angeles has a little of everything, but just a small helping of each. You are a short distance away from an ocean, a desert, the San Gabriel Mountains, and the Angeles National Forest. For a couple months of the year, there might even be snow just an afternoon drive away. In Denver you are limited to the prairies and the Rockies, but these are the premium versions. In Colorado, you know how expansive an open space really is and how towering mountains really can be. Finally, while the air quality in Los Angeles has improved dramatically in the last twenty years, it simply cannot compare to the cool, refreshing mountain air of Denver. An Angelino who exits his car for the first time after arriving will find it tough to get back in and close the doors.

Needless to say, the weather differences are dramatic, as there are roughly two seasons in Los Angeles to the four you will experience in Denver. In L.A. there is hot, warm, and chilly. Both places get about the same amount of rain (yes, it does rain in L.A.), but anyone who is moving to Colorado should also be prepared to shovel snow and wear thick clothes. There is quite a difference in magnitude between Los Angeles cold and Colorado cold, and any Angelino should expect to take a couple of winters to adjust.

Moving to Cherry Creek

CBR001224At Exodus, we take pride in moving Colorado. As an internationally capable full service moving company, we see a lot of places. But with our main offices in Ft Collins and Denver, we can honestly say, there is no place like home. The people and culture of this area are what make it so lively and special. In an effort to highlight yet another great place to live in the Denver Metro area, this week we are talking about one of its most up and coming neighborhoods, Denver’s Cherry Creek.

The Location

In 1858, gold was discovered at the “Cherry Creek diggings” changing the area forever. This Front Range plateau giving way to a powerful creek, was not only a central point to the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, but soon became a vibrant center for trade. In 1950, the Cherry Creek damn was completed, forming Cherry Creek State Park and its Reservoir, creating more structure and form to its natural surroundings.

Today the neighborhood of Cherry Creek is still known for its “gold”. Located in South Central Denver, this posh and up and coming area is well known for its combination of natural beauty, breathtaking real estate and dynamic commerce.

The Scene

Boasting an exemplary school system, Cherry Creek is known for its commitment to the education of its young people. Believing that students are the future of the community, the workforce and the progress of the world, the school district carries a high standard of excellence. A guiding quote of the administration is “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.” – Aristotle

In addition to a top of the line school system, Cherry Creek boasts a thriving real estate market and an innately beautiful landscape. But Cherry Creek is perhaps best known for its shopping. Two major highlights within the area include the Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Cherry Creek North. While the shopping center is a highly acclaimed high end mall, the Cherry Creek North shopping and dining district covers 16 blocks and includes over 300 eateries, galleries and stores. Hosting both shopping and community events such as cinema festivals and recreational activities, it’s no wonder why Cherry Creek is fast becoming one of the most popular places to live and work in Denver Colorado.

How to Ship a Car Cross Country

Just the other day, Larry Brown asked us an interesting question. A colleague in the community and owner of one of the few honest auto mechanics in Denver http://davisrepair.com/, he wanted to know if Exodus Moving and Storage moves cars across the country. We were happy to answer, yes.

As a truly full service moving company, at Exodus, we are ready and able to help you relocate anything and everything that you own with the care and precision of our professional moving experience. Vehicle shipping is no exception. We understand that an important part of relocation is not only moving your home items safely and securely, but also making sure that all vehicles arrive on time and intact as well, when shipping your car long distance.

There are several things you want to make sure you check and consider when taking a car across country. Some of these things are more important than others. But when you are moving either to or from Colorado, it is vital to remember that not only is your body adjusting to the increase or decrease in altitude, so is your car. The following is a list created by Exodus and Davis Auto to help you with shipping your car.

Tire Pressure

It’s important to make sure this is checked when entering your new city to avoid blow outs or other damage.

Gas Tank

Make sure you are at ¼ tank or LESS for auto transport to ensure that there is enough to drive it a short distance but not too much to create a potential hazard.

Keys

Don’t forget to give all keys to the doors & ignition to your movers. Also make certain to have a spare set in case of emergency.

Your Belongings

Make certain to remove all personal items from vehicle.

Check Inside

Before and after the transport of your car its important to check your battery to make sure that it is fully charged. It is also good to check for fluid leaks.

Once your vehicle has been shipped by Exodus and has arrived safely at its new destination, the best way to make sure your car is as happy as you are with your new home is to take it into a local reliable dealer http://www.cartalk.com/content/mechx/ .

We suggest getting an oil change and mentioning to the mechanic just how far from its original destination your car is. Ask them to spend a little extra time to make sure your car is transitioning as well into its new environment as you are.

Mark Kruse &Exodus Partner Spotlight (Part 2)

In continuing with our partner spotlight, the following is from an interview we recently did with Mark Kruse explaining why he recommends Exodus Moving and Storage to all his clients.

What are the top things you look for in a Moving Company?

1)      Reliability

2)     Insurance- Safety

3)     Services Offered- distance/storage

4)     References

I usually find that people are worried that their things will be broken during a move. I had a client hire “random other movers” that had offered them a good rate. They told me that in the middle of the move the moving company actually held the clients belongings for ransom on the truck and tried to re-negotiate the contract before unloading. Another client hired a company that only got ¾ of their stuff across country. The client had gotten a cheap bid and taken it, only to find that the most valuable things such as art and antiques were never delivered.

I recommend Exodus because I know them so well. I really trust them and the work they do. They are easy to refer because I get so much positive feedback from my clients who use them which constantly turns out to be a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Why do you & Exodus Moving and Storage complement each other?

I feel that there are two things that set me apart as a realtor: my commitment to education and my extensive network of fantastic business referrals. I am huge into education. I want my clients who have already bought 7 other homes before to turn to me after buying one with my help and say “wow, no one has ever explained this to me so well.” I love informing and empowering people by making them understand the process. I enjoy giving useful neighborhood statistics, outlining the buying/selling process and answering questions anytime and every time.  I truly believe there are no stupid questions. In this way people and their experience during the buying/selling is my main focus.

Exodus is also totally committed to people, which is why we work so well together.  In my business, personal recommendations mean everything. I get phone calls about Exodus all the time.  Joel comes over to provide an estimate and from then on everyone just raves about the entire process. They say things like, “Exodus did everything they said they would and made it all so easy.”

I had a client whose house was expected to sell in May or June during which time we were also expecting for her New Build Home to be completed. Instead, her property sold in April. She was concerned about beginning the move ASAP but continuing to have access to her stuff as she had 2 children under the age of 5. At my suggestion, she called Exodus and they came over to pick up the boxes she needed to store but didn’t want to move yet. They kept it all for her until they moved her into her newly finished home. She was so thankful for the great service, dependability and help that she has already recommended Exodus to a few of her friends.

I feel that the work I do is complimented by the work of Exodus Moving and Storage. Together we represent a full service, comprehensive purchase/sale & relocation experience.

At Exodus, we are proud to say that the feeling  is very mutual! For more information about the fantastic work Mark does please visit his website at:

http://www.krusedenver.com/

Exodus in Denver- Opening the Mile High Office

Putting our heads together we were considering how to make our company that much better. After over 20 years of satisfied customers in Fort Collins and beyond, we have brought our uniquely caring and detail oriented service to so many. Still trying to figure out a way to improve, the answer was clear.

Exodus is proud to announce the opening of our new Denver office!
5700 E. 56th Ave
Commerce City, CO 80022

In the end, it’s a no brainer. Denverites are finding out what so many other Colorado residents already knew: Exodus Moving and Storage is the best way to move. Unsurpassed service and a commitment to community has put our company head and shoulders above the rest.  Go ahead; we dare you to call us for free a quote!

303-442-3636

With the opening of our new Denver facility, Exodus Moving now offers even more uncommonly prompt, safe and reliable service to make your metro area move breezy. We are excited to have this new opportunity to serve you for your residential and commercial moving needs in northern Colorado and now throughout the Denver metro as well. We are proud to be the moving company and storage company that all of Colorado trusts!

Moving Up In the World

Moving to Denver can be exhausting for more than just the usual reasons. Many people underestimate the effects altitude can have on your mood, energy level and overall health. Unless you are relocating specifically from a mountain community, chances are there will be some adjustment taking place during your move, not only in your life but also in your body. They call Denver the Mile High City for 5,280 little reasons.

Because of the height of the Denver Metro, the air itself contains less oxygen then that of sea level air. This “thinner” air causes your heart to have to work harder to facilitate blood flow through your system. The water in your body evaporates more rapidly and can quickly create a dehydration situation.

Altitude sickness can present itself in a variety of ways. In fact, often newcomers to the city simply believe they are getting a common cold. But the symptoms can be more like a combination flu bug/carbon monoxide poisoning with a little bit of hangover for good measure. Experiences of nausea, headaches, lack of appetite, nose bleeds, shortness of breath and fatigue are quite common.

During your move to higher altitude, it is also important to increase your carbohydrate intake as it will give you more sustainable energy. Is it also a good idea to incorporate more garlic and more bananas into your daily food regimen. Instead of giving into the temptation to drink extra coffee to provide that quick pick me up to get through your move, we suggest drinking more water and other non caffeinated beverages to avoid the additional dehydration that caffeine provides. And while it may not be realistic during relocation, it is good to try to lighten up on the extreme physical activity and get a little extra sleep. By being the professional, helpful mover on your side, it is one of our greatest goals to help out with this last important point.

Exodus Team Profile #6 – Joel Coen

Name: Joel Coen

Title: Business Development in Denver

Years in industry: 4 months

Years at Exodus: 4 Months

Place of Birth: Santa Clara, California

Fun Fact: I have lived in 7 states and worked overseas

Strangest item you have ever moved: A 1950’s phone booth

Favorite part about working with Exodus: Exodus allows me to have freedom.  We are a small company and being able to change direction in a moment’s notice is a great feeling.  Our CEO comes from a community environment and that is how we treat our customers.  They are a part of our family and our community.

Tip to share with people who are moving: Relax!  We will take care of everything for you.

Valuing Feedback

After every move Exodus Moving & Storage completes, we will request your input about your moving experience with us. Continuous improvement is the hallmark of our success as a company and we are always anxious to get your feedback on how well we did our moving job.

Competitive and Accurate Estimates

The Cost of relocation is either based on weight or number of men and trucks needed as well as distance traveling. At no charge to you, one of our experienced and courteous Move Coordinators will review their move in great detail and provide you with an accurate move quote. Our Move Coordinator will also confirm requested pick-up and delivery dates.

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