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Oct. 10th Fall Festie at Montgomery Row

October 2, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Join EYA at Montgomery Row for its Fall Festie and get a delicious taste of Bethesda. We’ll be joined by Not Your Average Joe’s restaurant for afternoon hors d’oevres and cocktails. Don’t miss this chance to meet your future neighbors at Montgomery Row!

Fall Festie
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Noon – 3 PM
10435 Fernwood Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 530-1300

Multi-Generational Living Gains Popularity

October 2, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Multi-generational suites offer privacy to live-in family members and guests.Multi-generational suites offer privacy to live-in family members and guests.

Caring for loved ones, returning kids from college, and out-of-town guests. Homebuyers are increasingly wanting space to accommodate their friends and family in a semi-private, multi-generational space. It’s a topic that home builders are embracing, notes The Washington Post writer Michele Lerner. EYA, too, has heard from it’s homeowners and has developed “multi-generational suites” complete with living space, sleeping space, and “wet-bar” style spaces for simple beverage service. Visit an EYA neighborhood near you to learn more about multi-generational living and how your new home can accommodate your lifestyle for years to come.

AFI Silver Hosts Latin American Film Festival

September 25, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

This weekend is calling for clouds and rain, so what better chance to check out AFI Silver’s Latin American Film Festival.

The theatre will be showing 42 films over the course of 3 weeks in their downtown Silver Spring location, directly across the street from Ray’s the Classics restaurant. A video compilation of trailers is available on YouTube.

This weekend, special presentations and Q&A sessions with the filmmakers are available, plus a Latin American-themed happy hour with complimentary hors d’oeuvres tonight from 6 PM – 7 PM.

Want a little more culture in your everyday life? AFI Silver is merely steps from EYA’s silver spring townhomes at Chelsea Heights. Now selling for immediate move-in.

Pledge to Go Car Free: September 22nd

September 18, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Car Free Day is just around the corner! On Tuesday, September 22nd, park your car and go car free or car-lite by taking an alternative mode of transport such as biking, walking, Metro or carpooling. To participate, take the pledge to go car free or car-lite and you’ll be eligible to win great prizes, including a Capital Bikeshare membership and new Kindle. Giveaways and raffles will also take place on Car Free Day at various locations around the Washington area. You can also enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card from EYA* by posting your “commuter” selfie on our Facebook page!

EYA builds homes in walkable areas where residents can enjoy healthier and happier lives. Learn how EYA neighborhoods are measurably different and take the pledge to go car free today!

*EYA will select one winner from the entrants at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 22nd. Employees are not eligible. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Westfield Montgomery Mall a Culinary Destination

September 18, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

While many people may not think of the mall as a culinary destination, Westfield Montgomery Mall offers shoppers and diners a wide array of delicious food options. And the dining scene continues to grow with new restaurants now open or coming soon!

In addition to favorites such as CRAVE American Kitchen and Sushi Bar and the newly opened Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria, two more restaurants are scheduled to open at the mall. Rockville, Maryland-based Shanghai 66 will be opening soon, serving up dumplings, Szechuan-style beef, braised duck and more. Tara Thai will also be welcoming hungry shoppers with tasty Thai dishes such as curries, pad thai and a variety of rice and noodles. Scheduled to open in early 2016.

Westfield Montgomery Mall is walking distance to EYA’s new Montgomery Row townhome community in Bethesda and just moments from Grosvenor Heights elevator townhomes.


Labor Day Like a Local

September 3, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Looking for Labor Day weekend ideas? Your local EYA neighborhood has plenty to keep you active and entertained all weekend long.

Downtown Silver Spring

Kick off the weekend by picking up some fresh, local ingredients at weekly FRESHFARM Farmer’s Market held every Saturday from 9 AM – 1 PM. Invite your friends and family over for a Labor Day get-together at your beautiful new EYA townhome. You’ll enjoy cooking in your gourmet kitchen and entertaining on your spacious rooftop terrace.

Bring the kids down to the Interactive Fountain to soak in the last of the Summer fun. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxed dinner on the patio at one of the downtown restaurants.


Head over to Cabin John Regional Park and enjoy the outdoors in this scenic 528 acre park. Unwind with a picnic or get active out on the hiking and biking trails or tennis courts. Be sure to bring your four-legged friend for a trip to the dog park!

If a leisurely brunch sounds tempting, Mon Ami Gabi is serving an extra day of brunch for the 3-day weekend. Indulge in Waffles with Nutella, Steak Frites, crepes and more. After brunch, wander through the shops at Bethesda Row and treat yourself to something special.


Now in its 77th year, the Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade will be hitting the streets of Olde Towne. Beginning at 1 PM, the parade will feature high school marching bands, dance groups, antique cars and more. Free parking will be available in the Olde Towne garage located at the corner of Olde Towne and Summit Avenues.

Or check out the acclaimed DC Labor Day Capitol Concert on Sunday, September 6th at 8 PM. Just a quick trip, all of EYA’s neighborhoods are just minutes from Metro. Avoid weekend parking hassles and simply enjoy the concert!

The Whole Foods Effect

August 28, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

A recent study indicates that in addition to walkability to Metro and other conveniences, the proximity to a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s can impact a home’s value. Homes near one of these acclaimed retailers tend to appreciate at least as quickly as, or more than, the national average.

EYA’s newest Silver Spring neighborhood, Chelsea Heights, is just steps from Whole Foods, Metro and all the best downtown Silver Spring shops, restaurants and nightlife. The townhomes feature beautiful Craftsman-style architecture, garage parking and rooftop terraces, all in the perfect walkable location! Stop by our sales center this weekend at 25 Ellsworth Heights Street to learn more about this distinctive new neighborhood. We’re open daily 11-6.

Rockville Friday Night Live

August 28, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Just one Metro stop from Westside, discover the sights and sounds of Rockville Town Square’s Friday Night Live. On Friday nights through September 4th, enjoy live music, great food, and drinks from the many excellent restaurants onsite. Events are from 6:30 PM – 9 PM and the Town Square is just a short stroll from Rockville Metro Station. Tonight’s performance is blues & soul by the Sandra Dean band.

What Washingtonians Want Most

August 27, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Above all else, Washingtonians want to spend less time in the car, according to a study by Redfin which was recently covered by the Washington Business Journal. It’s no surprise, as the DC area is known for having the worst traffic in the country. The good news is that many local jurisdictions are incredibly focused on smart growth, so transit-oriented communities are becoming the norm. Want to spend less time in your car? Discover the walkable neighborhoods of EYA and enjoy a lock-and-go lifestyle today!

Partner Post: Embrace the Benefits of A Simplified Move

August 21, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Let’s Move LLC understands that the simple act of moving from one home to another is not always so simple.

With your personal Move Manager, tasks are intelligently sequenced in a manageable timeline.  Appropriate resources to support accomplishing these tasks are identified.  Personal “to do” lists become manageable.   This simplified approach to your upcoming move helps you to:

  • Save time and ultimately save money
  • Bring clarity to the move process
  • Focus on the important tasks at hand
  • Decrease Stress
  • Increase Joy

Choosing EYA for your next home brings you a wealth of resources to help you discover a smarter way to live. Through our Move Concierge partner, Let’s Move LLC, you are given the support you need to make your move easy and dare we say, more joyful.   No time is too early to begin planning your move.  Contact Let’s Move Manager Susan Mooney at 301-498-8899 to discover how to embrace the simplified move experience today!