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Amenities and events in the Washington Metropolitan area

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

April 22, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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Earth Day celebrations are taking place around the world and there are many ways you can make a difference in your community and your home. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Pledge to reduce and recycle. Purchase food products that use less plastic packaging and bring recyclable shopping bags to the grocery store. Shopping at a local Farmer’s Market can also reduce the amount of plastic packaging you consume. If you don’t already recycle at home, pledge to start.
  2. Plant a tree. Volunteer with a local tree planting organization or simply plant a tree in your own yard.
  3. Use public transit, carpooling or bicycle. Reduce your carbon footprint by using alternative transport methods such as public transit, carpooling, bicycling or walking.
  4. Install energy saving devices in your home. Change out those old incandescent bulbs for more energy-efficient bulbs, add a programmable thermostat (and be sure to change your air filters) and get low flow fixtures and appliances.
  5. Attend an Earth Day event. This weekend, there are lots of great Earth Day events taking place in the area that will feature plant sales, live music, family-friendly activities and more!

EYA has long demonstrated a commitment to environmentally sound business practices and building sustainable neighborhoods. Nearly every home we build is LEED certified and no other homebuilder in the Washington area has earned as many LEED certifications. We also build in urban areas where homeowners are within walking distance of transit, shopping, dining and other conveniences. Learn more about our actively selling communities and discover a smarter way to live today!

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.

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”.

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!

 

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.

Valentine’s Day Like a Local

February 10, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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This Valentine’s Day, shop local in your EYA neighborhood. Everything you need to surprise your sweetie is just moments away, including gourmet restaurants, unique gifts and delectable treats.

Bethesda, MD

Pamper the special someone in your life with a day at the Aveda Salon and Spa. Give the gift of a massage or choose from one of their salon and spa packages. After a day of relaxation, indulge in a delicious dinner at one of Bethesda’s many acclaimed restaurants. The Mussel Bar & Grille is offering a special 4-course “aphrodisiac” prix fixe menu for $60 ($80 with wine pairings) and live music beginning at 10 PM. Cesco Osteria will be serving an elegant 4-course dinner starting at $75. Visit Open Table for reservations for these and other Bethesda restaurants.

If the lady in your life craves chocolate, then a visit to Max Brenner is a must! Dip strawberries in chocolate fondue, experience their iconic chocolate pizza or feast on Belgian waffles with vanilla ice cream, fresh fruit, milk chocolate ganache and choco-pops.

Silver Spring, MD

For a classic evening of dinner and movie, grab an early bite at Jackie’s or 8407 Kitchen Bar. Jackie’s will be offering a romantic 3-course menu for $49.95 and 8407 Kitchen Bar will be serving Chef Justin Bittner’s 4-course Tasting Menu for $65. Early reservations are still available on Open Table. After a delicious dinner, head over to the AFI Silver Theatre to enjoy the classic black and white film, The Philadelphia Story featuring James Stewart and Katharine Hepburn.

If you prefer to spend the evening at home, pick up the perfect bottle of wine at Adega Wine Cellars & Café. You can also pre-order flowers and tasty treats such as chocolate covered strawberries, French macaroons and chocolate samplers at Whole Foods.

Old Town Alexandria

Whether you are shopping for him or her, your best friend or your four-legged friend, the Old Town Boutiques have got it all! Stop by the Shoe Hive for some great accessories including the hottest new bags and iPhone cases. For the guy in your life, give the “Guy’s Valentine’s Box” from Lou Lou featuring a chic water bottle, men’s soap and energy pack. And don’t forget Valentine’s Day treats and toys for your four-legged friends at The Dog Park.

What woman could resist a man with cupcakes and flowers? Pick up a stunning bouquet of hot pink and red roses or orchids from Helen Olivia. Then swing by Alexandria Cupcake for scrumptious cupcakes including dark chocolate, strawberry or decadent red velvet.

EYA Homeowners and Staff Give Back This Holiday Season

December 20, 2013 | by | 0 Comments
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This holiday season, EYA homeowners and staff joined in the spirit of giving back by participating in EYA’s annual Toy Drive.  Our homeowners and staff generously donated over $2,500 worth of toys to benefit children attending the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (ARHA’s) annual Winter Wonderland. The EYA Foundation also donated $2,500 in gift cards to the event.

ARHA’s Winter Wonderland takes place at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in Old Town Alexandria. It is a truly special event where thousands of children living in public housing developments are treated to an evening of fun including a visit from Santa and new toys. EYA staff also volunteered for the event, sorting and passing out toys to the children.

This is the 5th consecutive year that EYA has been a donor, volunteer and participant in ARHA’s Winter Wonderland.

Chancellor’s Row Featured in Washington Post

December 17, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

The Washington Post has discovered what our homebuyers have known all along: Chancellor’s Row is quite the gem of walkable townhome living in the heart of the District!

Read what their reporter said about our architecture and community design, as well as the story of one of our homeowners. Want the carefree lifestyle of urban living for yourself? Visit our decorated model homes, open daily, from 11 AM – 6 PM. Learn more at EYA.com.