Category Archives: Around Town

Amenities and events in the Washington Metropolitan area

Take a Scenic Trek along the Capital Crescent Trail

July 29, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The Capital Crescent Trail connects our new townhomes at Little Falls Place to the Washington Harbor in Georgetown. Photo courtesy of Flickr's S Pakhrin.The Capital Crescent Trail connects our new townhomes at Little Falls Place to the Washington Harbor in Georgetown. Photo courtesy of Flickr's S Pakhrin.

Have you ever wondered what you pass while enjoying a nice walk, run or bike ride from our townhomes at Little Falls Place to Georgetown? Thanks to the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail, here are a few of the highlights along the way:

About mile 5.0 – stairs leading directly from Little Falls Place to the Capital Crescent Trail.

Mile 5.0 – Loughborough Mill, named after John Adam’s Secretary of Treasury, Nathan Loughborough, marks where he built a mill in 1830. The mill was later reportedly destroyed during the Civil War.

Mile 5.5 – The last remaining evidence of Fort Sumner, Battery Bailey’s gun emplacements are visible atop the east hill in Westmoreland Hills Park.

Mile 6.7 – An original stone district line boundary marker behind a small fence. These stones were used until the land southwest of the river was given back to Virginia from DC.

Mile 8.2 – Abner Cloud House, built in 1801 by Abner Cloud, is the oldest standing structure along the C&O Canal.

Mile 10.5 – Francis Scott Key Bridge, named after the man who wrote our nation’s Star Spangled Banner, connects Rossyln and Georgetown and pedestrian trails on both sides of the river.

Miles 10.5-11 – Your destination! Georgetown Waterfront Park and the Washington Harbour, preserved by the National Park Service, is home to many acclaimed restaurants and adjacent to all the exciting Georgetown shops.

To learn more about the mile markers on the Capital Crescent Trail visit Points of Interest on the Trail and the map.

Already 65% sold out, EYA’s townhomes at Little Falls Place offer residents unparalleled luxury in a quiet park-like setting with direct access to the Capital Crescent Trail. The townhomes feature private elevators and rooftop terraces unlike anything else in the area, with stunning outdoor kitchens and fireplaces.

New Restaurants in Your EYA Neighborhood

July 23, 2014 | by | 2 Comments
Carluccio's coming soon to Old Town Alexandria. Photo courtesy of Flickr's Jeremy Keith.Carluccio's coming soon to Old Town Alexandria. Photo courtesy of Flickr's Jeremy Keith.

EYA homes are not the only new additions to Old Town Alexandria, Bethesda, Mosaic District, Arts District Hyattsville, and Silver Spring. Take an exciting look at what is coming to your neighborhood!

Old Town Alexandria

Carluccio’s – The UK-based restaurant and market plans to open its first location in the United States at 100 King Street in Old Town. As mentioned in an Old Town Alexandria Patch article, the man behind the vision, Italian Chef Antonio Carluccio, describes Carluccio’s as “an Italian café, restaurant and food shop, renowned for bringing authentic and traditional Italian cooking and ingredients to families in a relaxing and friendly environment.” Our newest Old Town neighborhoods at The Oronoco and Old Town Commons are perfectly situated minutes from Carluccio’s future location and all the other acclaimed King Street shops and restaurants.

Bethesda

MoMo Chicken and Jazz – Bethesda recently welcomed this Korean restaurant and bar to the neighborhood at 4862 Cordell Avenue. Under the same ownership as the popular New York City restaurant, Turntable, MoMo Chicken and Jazz offers delicious food, great music, and a wonderful overall environment and experience. Be sure to try the Korean fried chicken and exotic cocktails while enjoying the unique restaurant décor. MoMo Chicken and Jazz is a great neighborhood addition and just moments from our brand new townhomes at Little Falls Place.

Mosaic District

True Food Kitchen – The restaurant focused on an anti-inflammatory diet under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Weil will be coming soon to Mosaic District at 2905 District Avenue. True Food Kitchen is located in five other states around the country, but Mosaic will be the first in the Mid-Atlantic region. Diners will enjoy a wide range of healthy, yet still delicious, dishes proven to make you feel better. True Food Kitchen is proud of its vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options, ensuring there is something for everyone on the menu. Our homes at Mosaic District are within walking distance of this soon to be healthy oasis.

Arts District Hyattsville

The Vigilante Coffee Co. Roastery and Cafe – The previously nomadic coffee company opened shop earlier this month in Hyattsville at 4327 Gallatin Street. The Vigilante Coffee Co. Roastery and Cafe, featured in The Washington Post’s Going Out Guide, also sells pastries and snacks to accompany their original coffee blends. While waiting in line at the coffee bar, costumers are entertained by the stages of coffee production happening right before their eyes. Founder, Chris Vigilante, plans to get involved in the Hyattsville community by holding “Coffee College” for those interested in starting their own coffee business and will lead weekly small single-origin coffee cuppings for anyone to participate in. The new Vigilante Coffee location is conveniently located steps from our homes at Arts District Hyattsville.

Silver Spring

Denizens Brewing Co. – Earlier this summer, Silver Spring welcomed Denizens Brewing Co. to 1115 East-West Highway. Costumers love the sense of community at the brewery because it was founded by and is run by locals. Denizens offers expansive outdoor seating in their beautiful biergarten. It’s a great place to enjoy a nice Summer day! For the time being, all beers are on tap. Denizens is only minutes away from our townhomes at Chelsea Heights.

Celebrate the City of Alexandria’s Birthday!

July 8, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The birthday celebration will be held in the beautiful Oronoco Bay Park.The birthday celebration will be held in the beautiful Oronoco Bay Park.

This month, the City of Alexandria will celebrate its 265th birthday! Join in the festivities on Saturday, July 12th along the Potomac waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park. Bring a blanket and picnic and pick a prime spot on the lawn to enjoy live music, fireworks and more. The event kicks off at 7:00 pm with a live band, followed by birthday cake and the grand finale fireworks display at 9:30 pm! Admission is free.

Oronoco Bay Park is located next to EYA’s newest Old Town neighborhood, The Oronoco, and just minutes from Old Town Commons. EYA has been building homes in Alexandria for the past 22 years. We are proud to be a part of the city’s past and look forward to being a part of its future. 

4th of July Celebration Guide

July 1, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The annual 4th of July fireworks in Washington, DC light up the sky. Photo courtesy of Flickr's Matthew Straubmuller.The annual 4th of July fireworks in Washington, DC light up the sky. Photo courtesy of Flickr's Matthew Straubmuller.

Every year, thousands of people visit DC to celebrate Independence Day in the Nation’s capital. The city hosts many fun events for the whole family to enjoy, including parades, concerts and spectacular fireworks over the National Mall. Here are a few ideas to kick off your celebrations.

Begin your day reliving history as a founding father and get the chance to sign a replica of the Declaration of Independence at 7th Street and Constitution Ave. After leaving your mark, continue to the National Archives at 10:00 am for the Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony. Hear songs, historic speeches, and a dramatic reenacted reading of the Declaration of Independence! Then head over to the National Archive Museum’s Boeing Learning Center for a fun-filled day of events including arts and crafts, stories, a chocolate tasting, and more.

Another fantastic July 4th tradition is watching the Independence Day Parade. The annual parade begins at 11:45 am at 7th Street and travels up Constitution Ave to 17th Street. See marching bands, floats, and political figures as they celebrate this historic day in our country’s history. The events continue at 8:00 pm with A Capitol Fourth Concert! The live music, hosted by Tom Bergeron and televised by PBS, will be held on the US Capitol West Lawn. Enjoy star-studded performances by Phillip Phillips, Jordin Sparks, Frankie Valli, The Muppets, Patti Labelle, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Be sure not to miss the famous July 4th fireworks beginning at 9:10 pm!

EYA’s neighborhoods are just a quick Metro ride to these downtown events and many other local celebrations. Visit our website for more information on our actively selling communities. We hope you have a very happy 4th of July!

Get Active on the Metropolitan Branch Trail

June 20, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Take in amazing city views while staying active on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons Payton ChungTake in amazing city views while staying active on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons Payton Chung

Looking for a way to spend time in the beautiful outdoors this summer?

Free yoga and fitness classes are coming to the Metropolitan Branch Trail!  Brought to you by the MBT5K, classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July at 6:30 PM, weather permitting. Walk, run, bike, skate or drive in (on street parking available).

TUESDAYS:  Yoga with Crystal Moore in the mini park at 4th & S Streets NE (and the trail intersection).  Bring towel or mat.

THURSDAYS:  Fitness classes at 8th & Edgewood Streets (at trail entrance near Chocolate City Beer) with Project Fitness.

Join us and bring a friend!  Visit www.facebook.com/mbt5k for news and announcements.  Email metbranch5k@gmail.com for more information.

The Metropolitan Branch Trail winds through DC and Maryland, passing EYA’s new townhomes at Chancellor’s Row. Want your very own walkable lifestyle in the District? Consider EYA’s Chancellor’s Row townhomes in Brookland. Now 95% sold out!

Summer Fun in Downtown Silver Spring

June 18, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Enjoy a Summer day in Silver Spring's FRESHFARM Market.Enjoy a Summer day in Silver Spring's FRESHFARM Market.

Summer is almost here and downtown Silver Spring offers lots of great outdoor activities for the entire family. From live music to farmer’s markets to playing in the fountains, here are a few ideas to kick off your Summer fun.

Downtown Date Night

Grab your special someone and head over to the Fountain Plaza Stage for some live music. Fridays at 6:30 PM, Downtown Live features a variety of music including reggae, new swing, funk, rock and more. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at one of the many acclaimed Silver Spring restaurants. Voted one of the Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants, 8407 Kitchen Bar has a sophisticated menu with mussels, crispy confit pork belly, seared sea scallops and more. If your special someone has a playful side, stop by Throwback Thursday Game Night on the plaza featuring a DJ, Trivia, Name that Tune and dancing!

Shopping in Style

Stroll through the shops of Silver Spring to find the perfect Summer outfit. Pick up some sandals at DSW to pair with the hottest new shorts or sundress from H&M. On Saturdays, head over to the FRESHFARM Farmer’s Market between 9 AM – 1 PM for some locally grown produce. They also offer lots of other tasty treats such as pies, salsas, pastries and more.

Fun in the Sun

Bring the kids by to play in the interactive fountain! Open from 10 AM to 8 PM, the kids will love splashing around on the hot Summer days. On Mondays, grab your co-workers and enjoy lunch and live music with Lunchtime Lounge at the Fountain Plaza. Or get your groove on with Washington Sports Club on Tuesday nights from 7:15 – 8:15 PM for Zumba on the Plaza!

EYA’s newest Silver Spring community, Chelsea Heights, is located in a beautiful, tranquil setting just steps from downtown Silver Spring’s countless shops and restaurants. Chelsea Heights will feature 63 craftsman style townhomes with expansive rooftop terraces, 2-car garage parking and contemporary finish options such as linear fireplaces, decorative steel stair rails, exposed brick walls, and more. Home prices range from the $700s to $900s.

Discover Alexandria’s Summer Concert Series

June 17, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Alexandria's City Hall is the perfect backdrop for a summer concert series. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons Michel Curi Jr.Alexandria's City Hall is the perfect backdrop for a summer concert series. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons Michel Curi Jr.

Looking for a fun, free way to kick off your summer? Check out the 2014 Alexandria Concert Series happening all summer long! Go back in time to the War of 1812 at the Carlyle House Magnolia Terrace every Thursday evening in June for a fun twist on history with live music or jam out to rock ‘n roll in Ben Brenman Park. Enjoy men’s barbershop tunes during an evening in July or soul influenced rock during an afternoon in August. Additional genres include blues, acoustic jazz, world music, jazz vibraphone, Americana, folk, rockabilly and honky tonk, choral, R &B, and folk rock.

The Venues:

  • John Carlyle Park, 300 John Carlyle St.
  • Market Square, 301 King St.
  • Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr.
  • Canal Plaza, 44 Canal Center Plaza
  • Waterfront Park, 1 Prince St.
  • Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St.

Check out the 2014 Alexandria Concert Schedule and the Thursday Evening Concert Series Schedule for specific dates, times, and venues.

If you would like to take a stroll to a live concert in Alexandria every night, consider making a move to EYA’s townhomes or condos at Old Town Commons or The Oronoco, both within walking distance of all of these venues. Don’t wait, both communities are nearly sold out!

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”.