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More Brookland Shops Ready to Open

April 16, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The group running the Arlington Courthouse farmer's market is coming to Brookland this May. Photo by Flickr's Cliff1066TM.The group running the Arlington Courthouse farmer's market is coming to Brookland this May. Photo by Flickr's Cliff1066TM.

Brookland’s booming Monroe Street Market is quickly becoming one of DC’s most coveted neighborhood destinations.

Just announced: Locally-renowned Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar will be partnering with owners of The Bike Rack to bring a bike shop/coffee house concept to a large retail space along the Arts Walk. Their spot is expected to open this Fall.

A farmer’s market will also open at Monroe Street Market this May, offering goods from up to 20 vendors on Saturdays from 9 AM – 1 PM. The market will be operated by Lydia’s Fields, the same group who organizes the Arlington Courthouse Farmer’s Market (pictured).

Learn more about the variety of shops opening in Brookland here or visit the Monroe Street Market site. Monroe Street Market is just three blocks from EYA’s Chancellor’s Row townhomes. Now selling our final phase, with homes priced from the upper $600s to the low $800s, all ready for summer move-in.

EYA to Award Scholarships to Ward 5 High School Seniors

April 11, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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EYA today announces its 2014 college scholarship contest for District of Columbia public & charter high school seniors living in Ward 5. This June the company will award a $2,000 annual scholarship to up to two students based on an evaluation of short essays and recommendations.

Interested students are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible. To qualify, a student must:

  • Be a senior at a DC Public or Public Charter High School
  • Reside in Ward 5
  • Have accepted admission to either a 2-year or 4-year college (by the June 6, 2014 application deadline)
  • Have a GPA that ranks in the top 30% of their class

While homebuilding is the primary thing we do, building sustainable neighborhoods is what we love.  And that means more than welcoming new homeowners – it means giving back in the communities where we build. This scholarship will make a direct and positive impact on two young people and their families living in Ward 5, the site of EYA’s Chancellor’s Row townhouse neighborhood now selling in Northeast DC.

Tips for Spring Cleaning in Your EYA Home

April 7, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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Spring is (finally) in bloom around Washington and we know you’re eager to open up your windows for a breath of fresh air. If spring cleaning is on your agenda, here are a few tips for tidying up your EYA home.

Take a peek at our Homeowner Maintenance video series, chocked full of helpful tips for common finishes and cleaning exterior areas of the home.

Looking to make way for your Spring wardrobe? We’re collecting gently used career attire in our clothing drive for A Wider Circle. Donate in DC, Alexandria or Bethesda.

Before you toss unneeded household items, check to see if it’s on the list of Green America’s 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Recycle. They have a solution for discarding all sorts of items like CFL bulbs, pantyhose and “technotrash”.

Life in an EYA Home

April 7, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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What’s it really like living in an EYA home? Washington Post contributor Katharine Salant recently spent 2 days living in our Aster Model Home at Mosaic District in Fairfax, VA to get a taste.

Not too surprisingly, the loft and rooftop terrace were determined to be a huge bonus, as they are with many of our homeowners.  Salant also noted that “Nearly as compelling as the Aster itself is the urban lifestyle that is part of the Mosaic District package…” With a free Metro shuttle and dozens of new onsite retail shops and restaurants, Mosaic District has become Fairfax’s hottest new destination neighborhood. Read the full article.

Mosaic District is currently sold out, but Phase 2 townhomes are scheduled to open in September 2014. Sign up here to receive email updates and grand opening announcements.

Spring Cleaning for a Good Cause

April 1, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The Center for Professional Development at Wider Circle's Silver Spring Campus provides free career attire and job readiness training for individuals in need.The Center for Professional Development at Wider Circle's Silver Spring Campus provides free career attire and job readiness training for individuals in need.

This Spring, cleaning out your closet could be good for both your wardrobe and local residents in need.

We’re collecting gently used career attire for men and women at Wider Circle’s Center for Professional Development. There, low-income individuals receive complimentary job readiness training, as well as interview-appropriate clothing for their new job search. Your donation is tax deductible, thanks to our partnership with Professional Women in Building. You can view the flyer here.

Donate now through April 21, 2014 at any one of our drop off locations:

EYA’s Chancellor’s Row Townhome Community
627 Regent Place NE, Washington, DC 20017
Open Daily from 11 AM – 6 PM

EYA’s Old Town Commons Community
735 N. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Open Daily from 11 AM – 6 PM

EYA’s Corporate Office
4800 Hampden Lane, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814
Open M-F, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Home Buying Tips 101

March 25, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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If you are like many home buyers, you’ve likely spent many weekends touring Open Houses and hours browsing the latest listings. And at last, you found your dream home! Once you have the home under contract, it’s easy to get distracted with all the excitement, but a few small mistakes could end up costing you the home. Here are a few tips to help you through the purchasing process.

  • Understand your credit score and know how much you can afford to spend on a home.
  • Don’t make any large purchases such as a new car or furniture. Even if you find the perfect sofa or a blow-out big screen tv sale, resist temptation until you move in to your new home!
  • Don’t change or quit your job.
  • Make sure you don’t have any sudden changes in spending habits.
  • Don’t apply for new credit cards, originate inquiries into your credit or co-sign other loans.
  • Don’t leave out any debts or liabilities on your loan application. Full disclosure up front will save you a lot of headaches down the road!

Read more tips here or visit any one of our new home sales centers to discuss your buying power today!

 

Employee Spotlight: Adam Cetron, Sales Manager

March 12, 2014 | by | 1 Comment
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This month’s Employee Spotlight is Adam Cetron. Adam has worked with many of our homeowners helping them find and purchase their new EYA home. He has been with EYA for over 17 years and recently was awarded The National’s Silver Award for “Sales Person of the Year” at the International Builder Show in Las Vegas.

Adam Cetron
Current Role: Sales Manager
At EYA for: 17+ years

What do you enjoy most about your current position at EYA?

I enjoy working with people from all walks of life. I have sold homes to singles, couples, families, extended families and even a few next generations of the same family!

What makes EYA unique or special compared to your work experiences elsewhere?

I used to build homes with my uncle in Vermont and as a laborer with other builders. I know EYA builds a better house then most other builders. I take pride knowing I work for a leader in our industry and I am selling value to our future home owners.

What do you enjoy most about helping people find their new home? 

Watching the excitement during the building process that ends with them moving into one of our neighborhoods and seeing them enjoying their new lives.

Do you have any interesting home buyer experiences you can share?

My best experience was not the most expensive home I sold, or celebrities I sold to; it was selling a Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit (MPDU) at Fallsgrove.  After escaping from an abusive marriage, this single mother appreciated how EYA and our lender helped her afford a house that gave her and her young son a safe and wonderful place to live. She invited me to her house after settlement to show me how they had furnished the new home. It was quite heartwarming.

What is the best advice you would give when it comes to work?

My best advice is “don’t go to work.”  I love what I do, so I never work.  I have new adventures every day meeting different people and facing challenges constantly.  I am lucky to have a great wife and family that supports me and my career.  My other advice is to never take them for granted.

What is your favorite restaurant/coffee spot in the neighborhood where you are now working?

The last community where I worked was Mosaic District in Fairfax. It is very close to my house and where I grew up. I love how this urban, light industrial area has been transformed into a new town center. I think Matchbox, Angelika Film Center and Taylor Gourmet are my current favorite places there, along with Trio Grill just up the street.  Now that I am back at Old Town Commons, I love Firehook Bakery and King Street Blues.

What are your hobbies?

I play softball and listen to live music (especially at Wolf Trap) with friends, but love to go to antique car shows with my son in my ’73 American Motors AMX/Javelin.  I can also spend hours playing pinball.

What was the best vacation you ever took?

I was lucky to travel with my parents when I was young to Europe and loved to walk through the castles and gardens of England and France. But with the right people Las Vegas is nice too.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Your EYA Neighborhood

March 12, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
DC's St. Patrick's Day parade will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2014. Photo courtesy of Flickr's Elvert Barnes.DC's St. Patrick's Day parade will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2014. Photo courtesy of Flickr's Elvert Barnes.

Grab your green attire and get ready for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! From parades and live music to pints of your favorite drink, here are some fun ways to celebrate the Irish in your EYA neighborhood.

Silver Spring, MD

Kick off your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on Sunday, March 16th with Kegs and Eggs at McGinty’s Public House. Then head over to the Fillmore for ShamROCK the Block beginning at 1 PM. The concert will feature several Celtic bands and dance groups offering high energy infused Irish music and “spontaneous bedlam.” Tickets are $12 for general admission.

On Monday, March 17th, skip out of work a wee bit early for the Downtown Silver Spring St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Stop by Fountain Plaza from 4 PM – 7 PM for live music and Irish Dance performances. McGinty’s Public House will have an outdoor patio and drink specials all afternoon. Steps from EYA’s Chelsea Heights townhomes in Silver Spring. 

Washington, DC

Just moments from EYA’s Chancellor’s Row townhomes in DC, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday, March 16th beginning at noon. The parade will proceed down Constitution Avenue from 7th Street to 17th Street NW featuring floats, marching bands, pipe bands and much more. Grand stand tickets are available for $15.

Also on Sunday, Shaw’s Tavern is hosting its Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Party. Doors will open at 10 AM with live music all day and no cover charge! The party continues on Monday with live music beginning at 7 PM.

Old Town Alexandria

Head over to the Old Town Boutique District on Saturday, March 15th for a “Wee Bit O’Irish Tasting” at Olio Tasting Room. Taste Guinness Irish Stew and other Irish-themed delights. Pick up the recipes and receive 10% off the ingredients.

On Sunday enjoy a hearty brunch at Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub from 10 AM – 3 PM. Start out with the Irish Country Breakfast and wash it down with your favorite draft beer. If you are up for a pub crawl, both Murphy’s and Ireland’s Own Pub will have live music on Sunday and Monday evenings, all steps from the Old Town Commons townhomes in Alexandria and Oronoco Condos in Alexandria. 

Bethesda, MD

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Bethesda near Little Falls Place townhomes at Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle.  Dine on tasty Irish Lamb Stew or Shepherd’s Pie while enjoying a pint of your favorite beer. Live music will begin at 11 AM with singer Kevin James’ “energetic approach” to traditional Irish folk tunes. Then the 19th Street Band will entertain guests with their rock/Celtic/bluegrass mix of music beginning at 4 PM.

No matter your pleasure, there’s plenty to do within walking distance of your EYA neighborhood this St. Patrick’s Day!

Brookland’s 12th Street Renaissance

March 5, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Be sure to order a signature cocktail at Little Ricky's in Brookland. Their cuban mojito is a great compliment to their savory menu.Be sure to order a signature cocktail at Little Ricky's in Brookland. Their cuban mojito is a great compliment to their savory menu.

Over the past few years, Brookland’s 12th Street NE has been undergoing a quiet renaissance with an influx of exciting new retail and restaurants. Currently home to culturally diverse dining options, Yes! Organic Market  and a new Capital Bikeshare station, 12th Street will also soon feature a new 20-unit condo building. In case you haven’t been in a while, stop by one of the new 12th Street restaurants for a taste of Brookland today.

Menomale has become a neighborhood favorite providing delicious Neapolitan-style pizzas, calzones and wood-fired sandwiches. Named one of the Washingtonian’s 2013 “100 Very Best Restaurants,” the restaurant has received acclaim from both critics and locals. Also specializing in craft beers, Menomalé has 20 craft beers on tap to taste or enjoy with your meal.

Serving up scrumptious Cuban cuisine, Little Ricky’s will add some spice to your life. Enjoy tasty empanadas, ceviche and a variety of sandwiches including Cuban chicken and pulled Cuban coffee BBQ.  They also have a great menu of signature cocktails and are open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays until 3:00 PM.

12th Street is also home to two wonderful local cafes. The Brookland Café, also known as Bcafe, is a charming neighborhood spot offering American fare and vegan meals. For a different twist on healthy eating, stop by Askale Café for its Ethiopian-American fusion cuisine and unique teas and coffees.

Two more restaurants will also be opening soon. Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is a new concept by the owners of Solly’s and The Pug. The restaurant is currently under construction and will serve classic American fare 7 days a week, including breakfast. The owners of Rustik Tavern will also be opening a new restaurant on 12th Street called Steel Plate. Scheduled to open in April, the restaurant will feature outdoor garden seating and serve delicious comfort foods such as chicken with dumplings, fried green tomatoes and chicken fried steak.

Want all this variety just steps from your front door? EYA’s Chancellor’s Row community is located just a few blocks from 12th Street NE and the brand new Monroe Street Market.

Design Inspiration: Outdoor Decks and Terraces

February 18, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
EYA's townhomes at Chelsea Heights in Silver Spring offer outdoor wetbars and outdoor fireplaces.EYA's townhomes at Chelsea Heights in Silver Spring offer outdoor wetbars and outdoor fireplaces.

If this week’s approaching Spring-like weather has you eager to open your deck and rooftop terrace for the season, you’re not alone. Check out some of these great tools to make decorating your space easier and more enjoyable!

EYA’s Pinterest page has a section on Outdoor Spaces where you can be inspired by photos of EYA terraces around town, as well as other beautiful design tips and tricks. Houzz is another great resource for photos and ideas.

Plan on doing some planting outdoors? Check out our tips on organic vegetable gardening and planning a rooftop garden. EYA does also offer a limited number of homes with rear yards at Old Town Commons and Little Falls Place for those wanting a ground level escape.

Looking for some tips on home maintenance for your outdoor spaces? These YouTube videos might help: cleaning roofdeck stains, caulking exterior joints, cleaning terrace drains, and cleaning exterior windows.

Whatever your outdoor pleasure, we hope this week’s reprieve from winter gets you thinking about how to use your home’s deck or terrace!