Springtime is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy nature. It’s also the perfect time to check out what local farmers are producing at some of Denver’s best farmer’s markets. Since Denver is an active town, you’ll find a lot of different farmer’s markets strewn throughout the area. This list includes some of the most popular spots to pick up local veggies, fruits, and all kinds of other goodies – take a look!
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1. Belmar Fresh Market: from June 7th to September 27th, you can check out Belmar Fresh Market located between Wadsworth and Alameda Aves. If you get there early enough, you can check out the pancake breakfast too – and some seriously good eats.
2. Highlands Ranch Farmers Market: this market is filled with vegetables from farms that surround the Denver area, and you’ll find some fresh baked goods at this market too. The market is open from May 4th to October 26th and operates on Sundays only.
3. City Park Esplanade Market: if you don’t want to drive out to Highlands Ranch, you can stay right in the city and still get your market goods by visiting City Park Esplanade on Sundays from June 1st to October 26th.
4. Cherry Creek Market: either go to the City Park Esplanade Market on Sunday or go to the Cherry Creek Market on Saturday, but doing both will result in a lot of repeats (these markets have roughly the same vendors). No matter which ones you choose, though, there are plenty of delicious fresh vegetables and other local foods to go around.
Since Exodus Moving and Storage is active in both communities that we work in (Fort Collins and Denver), we’d also like to encourage you to check out the Fort Collins and Loveland Farmers Markets that happen Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from May 4thof the summer season. Come and see what Fort Collins and Loveland bakers, farmers, and craftspeople have in store for you!
Your Own Little Garden
Whether you live in an apartment with a balcony, rent out a community plot, or have a large backyard, you can grow some of your own vegetables on your own. There are plenty of websites and guides to help you get things started. All you need is some earth, some time, and some plants – the rest is all about love, care, and the proper gardening techniques. Or, you can simply sign up for your local CSA during the summer months when things are really in bloom.
At Exodus, we’re big on supporting community events and initiatives, and that includes letting you know all about the great farmers markets that we have here. No matter what part of Colorado you live in, you can rest assured that there’s plenty of local produce to go around – you may even find a delicious tamale cart or two if you hit the right market! If you’re just moving to Fort Collins or Denver, we can help you there too.
Fort Collins Moving Companies
There’s no time like the present to pack up your things and move to the great state of Colorado. No matter where you plan on living, we can help you with moving to Fort Collins or Denver from start to finish. As a full service moving company, we do it all from packing to unloading. We also have two large storage facilities in both Fort Collins and Denver where you can safely store the things that you can’t move into your new home. Give us a call for a free estimate or for any additional information that you need – we’re here to help with your move!
We know that you are going to love Colorado as much as we do, and that’s why you’ll find all kinds of local tips and articles on this site. Not only do we focus on moving as one of Fort Collins moving companies that you can rely on, we also focus on helping you discover this state as much as possible. From trails to cities, Colorado truly has it all – and don’t skip those farmers markets this summer! If you’re moving to Fort Collins or anywhere else, give us a call. Do you have a favorite spot for picking up fresh vegetables and other local goods? Share with us!
Forbes Magazine recently released an interesting comparison chart entitled ‘Homes Within Reach: How Much House Can the Middle Class Afford?’ The study took into consideration various metro areas within the United States, and calculated the home affordability price based on average middle class incomes within those areas. What the study found is that Denver, and some other places, still has homes that are well within reach of the middle class. Why is this an anomaly?
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Home prices have been rising much faster than wages, and that tends to mean homes that are overvalued and out of reach. But, there are still some places in the U.S. that are affordable. Here’s are the places that you’ll want to move to if you are looking to buy a home and are in the middle class bracket.
Most Affordable Middle Class Homes
1. Denver: 50% of homes are within reach; the median middle class income is $62,000; and that means that the average middle class household can afford a home priced at $325,000, which turns out to be nearly half of the homes for sale. If your household pulls in more than $62,000 combined, more than 50% of the homes in Denver are entirely affordable.
2. Atlanta: most middle class households in Atlanta pull in around $55,000. According to the Forbes calculations, the average middle class household can afford a home priced at $273,000. How many homes in Atlanta are price at or below this number? Around 72%. If you’re moving to Atlanta, you’ve got lot of homes to select from!
3. San Francisco: you have to make a decent amount of dough to be considered middle class in San Francisco. The average middle class home in San Fran pulls in around $84,000, and this means that middle class San Francisco residents can afford a home priced at $440,000. How many homes in San Francisco are available at that price? A really low 14%!
Least Affordable Housing Markets for the Middle Class
The middle class is really getting pushed out of some areas – take a look at these least affordable places:
1. San Francisco: with only 14% of homes available for the middle class, housing in San Fran is out of reach.
2. Los Angeles: only 23% of homes fall into the affordable category in L.A!
3. Orange County: 24% of homes are available for the middle class here.
4. NYC: 25% of homes are realistically in reach in the Big Apple.
5. San Diego: 28% of homes are attainable in San Diego.
Clearly, the West Coast is not the place to go to find affordable housing. So, what parts of the U.S. are actually affordable for the middle class? Right now, the most affordable state is Ohio followed by Indiana, South Carolina, and Michigan. Denver ranks high on that scale too, with 50% of homes within reach.
The Middle Class Housing Marketing In Canada
Just to give you something to compare home availability in the U.S. with, let’s take a look at the Canadian housing market. The most expensive areas to move to in Canada include:
1. Vancouver: the average price of a home here (according to Reader’s Digest) is around $700,000.
2. Toronto: home prices in the Toronto area average $480,000.
3. Calgary: prices in Calgary average $418,000.
4. Ottawa: $340,000 is the average home price in Ottawa.
5. Montreal: the average home price in Montreal is around $318,000.
What about the rest of the world?
The Most Expensive Places to Live Globally
How about the least expensive places to live globally?
1. Kiev, Ukraine
2. Bogota, Columbia
3. Santiago, Chile
4. Johannesburg, South Africa
5. Mexico City, Mexico
It’s interesting to look at the prices of homes across the world and in the U.S. But, if you’re moving to Fort Collins, we have some good news for you. The average home price in Fort Collins is around $299,000. In fact, Colorado, in general, is affordable no matter where you go. If you’ve decided to move to Colorado, you’ve made a great choice! Let us help you get here. As one of the top Fort Collins moving companies, we can help you get where you’re going simply. Call Exodus Moving and Storage today for rates, answers to questions, or for a free estimate.
Some places in the world might be way out of reach, but Colorado remains an excellent place to live, set up a new shop, and explore. Have you ever lived in one of the most expensive cities listed above? Let us help you make your move a smooth one – Exodus is the trusted name in moving when it comes to Fort Collins moving companies.
Are you moving to Fort Collins, Colorado? You’re in luck! This town is bursting with lots of amazing things to do and see. Trust us, you’ll never get bored here! Take a look at our top ten things to do when you move to Fort Collins.
1. Nature galore! Colorado is a nature lover’s paradise. No matter where you turn, you’ll see all kinds of things that make you stop and really wonder at the beauty of nature. For serious cyclists, there are path for miles that wind around mountains and by streams. Hikers will love all of the rock formations that we have here, and rafters can sign up for a tour of the ‘The Poudre River,’ which is right near Fort Collins. Whatever your passionate about when it comes to nature, we have it here!
2. CSU! Even if you aren’t moving to Fort Collins in order to attend university, Colorado State University’s campus is amazing to walk around. If you have some time to spare, visit the campus and take stroll. You’ll see lots of great things (and get to enjoy a slice of college life!).
3. Anheuser-Busch Brewery tour. Why wouldn’t you want to see this brewery? Take the tour, sip some brew, and get a taste of what laid-back Colorado life is like.
4. Check out Fort Collins’ ‘Old Town.’ This historic part of town is decked out from top to bottom in cobblestone streets, homes from years past, and plenty of shops and cafes to stop and have a bite to eat – Old Town was even the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s ‘Main Street!’ The older part of town is the ideal place to meet up with friends, too.
5. New Belgium Brewery tour. Wait; there are two major breweries in one town? You bet! We’re major supporters of local business here, so this town is perfect if you want to open up your own shop. The New Belgium Brewery is sustainable and makes a really great brew – anyone up for a tasting?
6. Frisbee Golf. What the heck is Frisbee golf? It’s a sport that originated on the CSU campus. Now, the sport has spread out to Eudora Park, and that’s where you’ll want to go if you’re interested in learning more about what happens when Frisbee and golf collide…
7. College Avenue. What’s so important about an avenue? Well, this one happens to be really big – four lanes big. You can even park your car in the middle of this avenue (or on either side). Plus, College Avenue is lined with great little shops and spots. Make a day of it and spend some time strolling along the avenue to get a feel for what life is really like in Fort Collins.
8. Snowshoe. Winter does come in Colorado, but we also get sunshine almost all the time during the winter months. That means that you can get outside and enjoy any winter sport while also getting a healthy winter tan. If you haven’t tried snowshoeing, give it a whirl. Snowshoeing is one of the most popular ways to get around Fort Collins (or maybe just a park or two) during the winter months.
9. Hop on a tour bus, or drive to Rocky Mountain National Park. Do you ever wish that you could close your laptop cover, stuff your phone in a drawer, and head somewhere that makes it possible to completely disappear into nature? Experience mountains that seem to touch the sky, the stunning colors of nature, and the breathlessness of fresh mountain air by checking out Rocky Mountain National Park (about a one hour drive from Fort Collins).
10. Slow down and enjoy life. One of the best things about Fort Collins is the pace at which life moves here. If you’re coming to this town from a fast-paced city, you’ll see right away that we take life at a different speed. Fort Collins is where you want to live if you want to really get the most out of life. Slow down, take it easy, and enjoy the beauty of Colorado!
Fort Collins Moving Companies
Can you tell that we love this town? We want you to love it too! At Exodus Moving and Storage, we will take all of the stress out of moving here, so that you can enjoy everything listed above. We offer full-service storage and moving solutions for moves of any size (corporate or individual). Just give us a call, and we’ll schedule your move today.
There are a ton of moving companies in Colorado who all compete for essentially the same business. Separating out what makes them unique is really what the challenge is for each business. It’s important though that they look at it from the view of what they can provide better than the competition. Some may offer convenience, where others may offer superior service. These two are really important to focus on, though there are a great deal other things that have influence upon whether or not the company could be considered unique. We won’t go into those yet though.
Convenience is something that moving companies like U-Haul rely on. The service that they provide is not necessarily unique, nor does it really provide anything that stands out of the ordinary. However, the convenience of picking up your own moving trailer is a very important factor to consider. It’s what has made them such a successful company over these many years that they have existed. Not everybody needs a full service moving company that can provide them with people to help them move. In these cases it’s best just to rent something out that’s as cheap as possible. The convenience of dragging the trailer along is always there and it provides a meaningful way to understand what the company does and should be remembered for.
Service on the other hand is an important factor that a lot of companies who are full-service moving companies, like Fort Collins-based moving companies such as Exodus. The service provided by the employees who are hired to help move things is really what makes or breaks and experience from a customer. They could have rented out any self-service moving company, but instead they chose to go full-service and have all of their belongings transferred from one house to another with the help of some additional people. It’s the service that these employees provide and the experience that they create which makes them unique and allows the company to be branded as more of a service based company. Overall, it depends upon how each company wants to brand themselves. Both ways are viable, but you should really only focus on one. Attempting to do both is essentially impossible.
It is official, Fort Collins moving season is over! All of the people who are going to school here have moved in, and the streets are quieting down. Yes, there are still people moving up to Fort Collins because the town is quite busy. However, the big rush to get up to this glorious town has subsided for now and will be this way until the beginning of the year. Sure, this isn’t all that great for the Fort Collins moving companies, but like I said, people are still moving.
You might be thinking to yourself at this point, well how would I go about finding the best time to move to the Fort? Well I’m glad you asked, or didn’t but I’m going to tell you anyway! Think about what kind of town this is. Fort Collins is a college town, which means that at certain points in the year, mainly when school starts and ends, the town turns into a madhouse! All you have to do in order to remember when it’s a good time to move is think about if people are going to be returning to school in the next 3 weeks or so. If the answer is no, then hey look it’s a great time! If your answer is yes, then you may want to consider stalling out your move if possible.
At this point I should probably clarify something. I’m not saying that there’s a “bad” time to move to this town. It’s large enough and has enough roads to alleviate that issue. What I am saying is if you can avoid moving during the student moving times, you probably should. Unless you are a student of course. Then you have no choice. You will be forced to move with the rest of the students in order to be at school that first day.
Fort Collins is a wonderful town that is highly thought up by more than the people who live up here. However, you should still be smart about when you do your move. You could save yourself a lot of problems by simply waiting.
In the city of Ft Collins, moving can be such a huge hassle, particularly this time of the year. People are coming and going from the school as they graduate and come in for the remainder of the year. This means that the roads are in absolute disaster, and every single subdivision is packed with people moving in left and right. In order to avoid all this hassle, there are a couple things we should recommend for you.
First off, if you can avoid moving in from August 15 till around September 1, that is the most advisable. Any time before or after that is going to be the easiest time, but during that particular time of August, the road to become a disaster in the neighborhoods become packed with college students. Granted, not every neighborhood is a disaster. Places that are much more residential don’t see this kind of activity. However, in the districts that are much more apartment and condominium related, it’s extremely busy.
Secondly, it’s important that you know a few roads that are going to be very beneficial to take. If you’re coming in off of harmony, and need to get to the north side of town, then Lemay is one of your best options. It provides you with a very clear road without the massive number of traffic lights that can be found on College. If you need to go east and west, then harmony is going to be one of your best options. It’s one of the fastest roads in Ft Collins and it’s one of the most frequently used. Though moving may not put cheery exactly on these roads, they can still be good access points for you to use.
These are just a couple of the little tricks that can make your life a great deal easier when moving into Ft Collins. Just remember to keep them in mind when deciding when to make your move date. Try to avoid between the 15th and the 31st, and remember those couple of roads. Your life will be so much easier if you decide to follow them.