Category Archives: Around Town

Amenities and events in the Washington Metropolitan area

Thanksgiving Parade Marches through Downtown Silver Spring

November 19, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

The annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade is coming to downtown Silver Spring on Saturday, November 21st! Grab the family and get ready to watch over 100 parade groups make their way through the streets. Parade groups include an inflatable turkey, portable ice skating rink, dance troupes, marching bands and the grand finale – Santa!

Beginning at 10 AM, the parade will march on Georgia Avenue from Ellsworth Drive to Silver Spring Avenue. Be sure to head over to Veteran’s Plaza to take selfies with an inflatable Frozen’s Elsa, 10-foot tall turkey and more. The best selfies posted with the hastag #MoCoThanksParade will be broadcast on the big screen along the parade route!

EYA’s townhomes at Chelsea Heights are just steps from this great event. Stop by our sales center after the parade and learn how to start living your walkable Silver Spring lifestyle today!

Foodie Festivus & Tree Lighting in Silver Spring

November 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Not your typical tree lighting ceremony, downtown Silver Spring will be unveiling its 30-foot holiday tree made of recycled glass and kitchen items on Saturday, November 14th! The public art installation will feature spatula snowflakes, take-out food containers, utensil tinsel (u-tinsel) and a beautiful blue glass bottle star. The tree lighting and street fest begins at 6 PM and also includes food tastings, live music, drink specials, an ice skating Santa and more!

The installation art aims to celebrate the role food plays during the holidays and kick off the season-long Foodie Festivus. Foodie Festivus will offer chef-inspired events and food specials at local restaurants. Canned food items will also be collected and donated to Manna Food Center.

Fountain Plaza is just steps from EYA’s newest Silver Spring townhomes, Chelsea Heights. Stop by our sales center to tour our immediate move-ins and celebrate the holidays in your beautiful new home!

The Arts Arrive at Bethesda Row

October 14, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
art gallery

Once again, Bethesda Row will be transformed into an outdoor fine art gallery, as the town welcomes the 18th Annual Bethesda Row Art Festival.

Visit downtown Bethesda on Saturday, October 17th from 11-6 or Sunday, October 18th from 10-5 to peruse work from 190 museum quality artists. Take a leisurely stroll down “The Row” and pop into your favorite cafe for an espresso or light lunch.

Whatever visual style you like best, you’re sure to find it at the Bethesda Row Art Festival. What a great opportunity to pick up a few new pieces for your EYA townhome in Bethesda at Grosvenor Heights or Montgomery Row. Happy shopping!

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.

Can Your Commute Save Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

August 12, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Metro Train

We intuitively know that commuting with public transportation is a lower-stress, eco-friendly, and healthier option. Now, WMATA provides a tool that allows you to calculate your precise impact from door-to-door.

Simply enter your starting and ending address into WMATA’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Savings Calculator and out comes your total GHG savings, calories burned and suggested bus/metro route. Double these numbers for a morning and evening round-trip.

Our example: commuting round-trip from Vienna to Bethesda by public transportation every work day for a year would offset the carbon equivalent of planting 25 trees. You’d also save over 130,000 calories, the equivalent of 650 vanilla lattes.

So ride, bike or walk now to an EYA sales center near you to discover the many (measurable) benefits of life within walking distance!

Kevin and the Bacon Brothers Surprise Sugar Shack

July 23, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Kevin Bacon image courtesy of Flickr's @Veni via Creative Commons.Kevin Bacon image courtesy of Flickr's @Veni via Creative Commons.

Recently, Kevin Bacon and his band, The Bacon Brothers, enjoyed some of Old Town Alexandria’s charms.  While in town for their show at the Birchmere, they stopped off at the Sugar Shack and the Port City Brewing Company. Even a musician/actor such as Kevin Bacon couldn’t pass up performing for a free Sugar Shack Pastry. That same day, the inspiring band also performed a surprise concert for the Volunteers at City Blossoms, a neighborhood organization dedicated to creative green spaces. You can view more pics and video here.

So take a stroll through Historic Old Town, and see what the vibrant community has to offer. This is your last chance to live within walking distance to these amazing shops and restaurants and enjoy the best of smart living at EYA’s Old Town Commons. Only 1 home remains!

Grand Opening May 2nd: Westside at Shady Grove Metro

April 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Rockville, MD TownhomesRockville, MD Townhomes

On Saturday May 2nd, EYA will celebrate the grand opening of its newest Montgomery County neighborhood, Westside at Shady Grove Metro.

Perfectly situated at the doorstep to the red line, Westside will soon feature over 400 luxury townhomes, over 1,000 multi-family homes and 40,000 sq. feet of retail shops. Residents will enjoy amenities such as clubhouse with 25-meter outdoor pool, lounge areas, and state-of-the-art fitness center; dog park; community garden; walking paths connecting to nearby trails; and a variety of green spaces throughout.

Westside is the 45-acre parcel of the 90-acre redevelopment at Shady Grove Metro, which will also soon include an elementary school and regulation sports fields. Crabbs Branch Way will be transformed into a pedestrian-friendly promenade and will complete a connection of bike trails through the site. The 90-acre project is a Smart Growth Initiative in partnership with Montgomery County and improves the use of Metro-oriented land in the County.

The architecture of the homes and clubhouse, while fresh and contemporary, is timeless and enduring with careful attention to detail and materials. It’s a fresh take on modern townhome living and includes LEED for Homes certification, advanced home automation and contemporary finish options throughout.

The sales center will open onsite May 2nd for pre-construction sales, with the first move-ins expected for late 2015/early 2016. New homes will start in the upper $500s. Local favorite Corned Beef King will cater the event.

Westside at Shady Grove Metro is EYA’s tenth neighborhood in Montgomery County. Previously, EYA developed, built and sold homes at National Park SeminaryThe Brownstones at Park PotomacFallsgroveStrathmore Park, Brownstones at Wheaton, Cameron Hill, Little Falls Place, Chelsea Heights and Grosvenor Heights.

Cruise the Potomac via Alexandria’s Water Taxi

April 3, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Explore your own back yard by boat along the Potomac with Potomac Riverboat Company’s direct service to the National Mall and National Harbor! Leave the car behind and hop aboard their fleet. Explore the sights in downtown Washington and then head over to National Harbor for afternoon libations and evening dinner. Tickets can be purchased on their website, and be sure to check their schedule for the last service of the day. If your boat leaves before your party’s over, call an Uber for a luxury ride home. Potomac Riverboat Company is a 20-minute walk from Old Town Commons and a 13-minute walk from The Oronoco. All aboard!

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

March 13, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Grab your green and get ready for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in your EYA neighborhood. From date night Irish take-out meals and bon bons to live music and plenty of Guinness, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on this fun holiday.

Old Town Alexandria, VA

For a casual day, stop by The Irish Walk on King Street and pick up some Irish attire and accessories. This unique gift shop has Celtic jewelry, Guinness accessories and special St. Patty’s Day items such as shamrock glasses, necklaces and more. Then head over to Eamonn’s A Dublin Chipper for a bite of fish and chips and a Guinness.

If you are in the mood for date night, Society Fair is offering a special Irish Date Night Bag. $49 for two people, this special take home meal includes corned beef and parsley sauce, boiled potatoes, and more. Pick-ups are available on March 16th and 17th, but be sure to place your order now!

Or, for something more lively head over to Murphy’s Pub for a pint of Guinness and some live music. Doors open at 9AM with live music beginning at 10AM. There is no cover charge and it’s sure to be a fun time!

All of these great local establishments are just moments from EYA’s Old Town Commons Neighborhood and The Oronoco Condos, both almost sold out!

Fairfax, VA

O’Malley’s Irish Pub at Tyson’s Corner is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all week long. From March 16th to 22nd, they will be offering food and drink specials and live music. Their brunch menu includes steak and eggs, corned beef hash and a Build Your Own “Bloody Mary” Bar. Their dinner menu features corned beef brisket, beef and Guinness pie, fish and chips, chocolate Guinness cake and more!

Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Party beginning at 3 PM. They will be serving some great craft beers and food specials, with live music beginning at 4 PM.

At Mosaic District, Artisan Confections is preparing a special treat this St. Patty’s Day. Pick up their St. Peppermint “Paddy” and Irish Coffee bon bons, available now through next week. Artisan Confections and all the other exciting Mosaic District retail shops and restaurants are just steps from EYA’s townhomes, now over 95% sold out!

Bethesda, MD

The establishments in Bethesda are starting the celebrations early! Stop by Redwood Restaurant and Bar this Saturday, March 14th for St. Patrick’s Day specials including mini Shepherd’s pies, Star Hill IPA cheddar and potato soup, corned beef and cabbage and $4 Guinness.

The folks at Georgetown Cupcake are creating some fantastic holiday cupcakes, as usual! Their St. Patrick’s Day dozen includes Irish Crème, Chocolate Mint Crunch, Peanut Butter Fudge and more.

For some good bar fun, head over to Union Jack’s on Saturday beginning at 4 PM for St. “Practice” Day drinks. The real party begins on the 17th at 8 AM with a free breakfast being served until 10 AM! Drink specials and Irish menus continue throughout the day. Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle will also be having festivities all day long with live music, Irish dancers and bag pipes!

All this fun is just moments from EYA’s Little Falls Place and our newest Bethesda neighborhood, Grosvenor Heights, now selling!

Silver Spring, MD

Stop by The Fillmore on St. Patrick’s Day for happy hour from 4 PM – 8 PM. Entry is free as they will be having DJs and drink specials at this great venue in downtown Silver Spring. For an evening in a Classic Irish Public House, head over to McGinty’s for some food and drink.

EYA’s Chelsea Heights townhomes are within walking distance of all the great downtown Silver Spring shopping, dining and nightlife. Immediate move-ins are available.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. May the luck of the Irish be with you!


A Sweet Addition to Old Town Alexandria

February 27, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
donuts and coffee

It’s easy to spot someone leaving Sugar Shack – look for a big, satisfying smile!

Alexandria locals are raving about Sugar Shack’s new location at 804 N. Henry Street near Braddock Metro station. Some of the tweets about the new shop include, “Best donut I’ve had in my life”, “Most amazing donut ever”, and “Devoured”.

On the menu: hot apple fritters, bacon covered donuts, and kid-pleasing candy sprinkle donuts. There are over 30 other varieties to choose from. Some expected and some certainly not.

Warm beverages include coffee, specialty teas and hand-crafted espresso drinks.

Sugar Shack is steps from the townhomes at Old Town Commons and is open Monday through Thursday 6am-10pm, Friday 6am-11pm, Saturday 7am-11pm, and Sunday 7am-9pm.