Category Archives: Capitol Quarter

Capitol Quarter at Navy Yard Metro Station

Study Measures Impacts of Smart Growth Developments

April 22, 2013 | by

Bethesda, MD – Washington-area homebuilder and real estate developer EYA has long focused on close-in, walkable new home developments throughout the region. Fittingly, the company places a strong emphasis on sustainable design, green building and smart growth. While EYA has heard anecdotally that its neighborhoods and construction techniques have improved their homeowner’s lives, the company recently commissioned a third-party study to measure the true lifestyle benefits of living in an EYA neighborhood.

EYA selected third-party research firm, Robert Charles Lesser & Company (RCLCO), to conduct a survey of homeowners among its recently built communities in Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA. Owners were asked to report their actual energy & water usage, commuting and lifestyle habits. RCLCO also collected comparison energy & water usage data for older homes and newer homes built by other homebuilders.

The findings are:

  1. 60% of EYA homeowners have an “alternative” commute, as compared to only 32% of Washingtonians[1].
  2. 73% of EYA homeowners have a commute less than 30 minutes, which is 10% shorter than the DC-average[2].
  3. The average EYA homeowner walks 32 minutes per day, compared to the national average of only 13 minutes[3].
  4. 71% of EYA homeowners walk to Metro at least once a week, compared to only 15% of Washington-area residents[4].
  5. The average EYA household has only 1.43 cars, compared to a regional & national average of 1.9 cars per household[5].
  6. The average EYA household drives only 21 miles per day, as compared to a regional average of 26.3 miles per person[6].
  7. By moving into an EYA community, owners report driving 25 miles less per week, which saves them $734.50 per year[7].
  8. EYA homeowners report saving $258 per year on utility bills (or 9%) versus older homes or other new construction.
  9. 88% of EYA homeowners report that moving into an EYA neighborhood positively impacted their lives by bringing amenities within walking distance.
  10. In a typical EYA new home development, the company recycles 85% of construction debris, diverting over 2,000 tons of waste from landfills[8].

The study is timely for EYA, as it recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, 4,000th settlement and completed its 500th LEED certification. The results are a testament to the merits of the green building techniques the company has implemented in pursuing LEED certification, along with the lifestyle benefits of living in a walkable neighborhood.

Living in a Statistically Smarter Neighborhood, an EYA Infographic


EYA is a smart growth developer, specializing in walkable new home communities and mixed-use developments.  Since its founding in 1992, the company has built over 30 neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area. Learn more at


Robert Charles Lesser & Company (RCLCO) is the largest independent real estate advisory firm in the nation. The company provides strategic and tactical advice regarding property investment, planning, and development. RCLCO has offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, CA, Austin, TX and Orlando, FL. Learn more at


[1] Commuting in the United States, 2009. Data for households earning $75K+ per year. U.S. Census Bureau. September 2011.

[2] Commute Times in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis. June 2001.

[3] Vital Signs: Walking Among Adults. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 2012.

[4] Commuting in the United States, 2009. U.S. Census Bureau. September 2011.

[5] Consumer Expenditures for the Washington, DC Area: 2010-2011. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

[6] Mega Commuting in the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. November 2012.

[7] Using an IRS mileage rate of 56.5 cents.

[8] Data compiled using actual construction waste recycling reports from Northern Virginia Waste.


Capitol Quarter: Looking Back

November 16, 2012 | by

After a decade of planning, development, and construction, EYA’s vision of Capitol Quarter is now complete.

Capitol Quarter Townhomes

This vibrant new mixed-income neighborhood combines the best of walkable city living with a quaint community feel. It’s all anchored by the exciting changes coming to Capitol Riverfront in the Nationals Ballpark district. For a trip down memory lane, check out the before-and-after story here.


Canal Park Grand Opening

November 14, 2012 | by

Canal Park, the newest addition to the Capitol Riverfront, opens with much excitement this Friday, November 16th. The park features an ice skating rink, the Park Tavern restaurant, monumental water fountains, sculptures and large green spaces to host movie nights, concerts, farmer’s markets, educational programs and more.

Image courtesy of Canal Park Development Association

Events kick off on Friday, November 16th at 11 AM with the Ribbon Cutting ceremony and remarks by Mayor Vincent Gray, Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton and other honored guests. After the ceremony, the ice skating rink opens for FREE skating from 12 – 2 PM. The celebration continues on Saturday, November 17th with music, fitness classes and more. See a full list of events here.

In keeping with the city’s commitment to green building, Canal Park is a model of sustainability featuring a LEED certified Pavilion and extensive storm water collection and reuse system. Stop by this weekend to enjoy the festivities and celebrate the opening of this beautiful city park! Located at 2nd and M Street SE, Canal Park is one block from the Navy Yard metro and just steps from EYA’s Capitol Quarter neighborhood.

EYA & DCHA Celebrate Capitol Quarter’s Completion

November 1, 2012 | by

Last Wednesday, October 24, 2012, EYA gathered with the DC Housing Authority, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, HUD and Councilmember Tommy Wells to celebrate the completion of Capitol Quarter.

EYA’s Capitol Quarter was hailed as the nation’s leading example of how private companies, housing authorities and municipalities can work together to design and build a neighborhood for residents of all income levels. The seven-city-block redevelopment project includes affordable rental homes, workforce homes and market-rate townhomes in the new ballpark district called Capitol Riverfront.

From left: DCHA Interim Director, EYA Homeowner, Congresswoman Norton, Public Housing Resident

Government leaders praised the architecture, construction quality, landscaping and overall income integration. Two residents spoke, one market-rate and one public-housing, and both commented that living at Capitol Quarter is a truly life changing experience and they can’t wait to enjoy the neighborhood’s new amenities.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was covered by NBC’s Tom Sherwood and you can view the clip here.

Capitol Quarter is EYA’s seventh development in the District of Columbia and the company has built over 30 neighborhoods throughout the Washington Metropolitan area.

Last Minute Labor Day Like a Local

August 31, 2012 | by

If your Labor Day plans don’t call for a commute to the beach, consider these last minute events for celebrating like a local:


  • Tonight, Friday, sip sangria while listening to Zydeco and Louisiana Cajun Funk at the National Sculpture Garden’s Jazz in the Park. Starting at 5 PM.
  • Grab a growler and a bite at Chocolate City’s Saturday Growler Sales Event and enjoy a visit with Something Stuffed food truck. Steps from Brookland-CUA metro and EYA’s Chancellor’s Row townhomes. Saturday from 12:30-4:30.
  • Take in a baseball game with the Washington Nationals. They’re home all week and playing everyday for nine straight home games. While you’re there, take a stroll past the nearly complete Capitol Quarter townhome community and make a stop at the Half Street Fairgrounds which is an uber cool bar/foodtruck/party area right outside Nats Park.

Jazz in the Park at the National Sculpture Garden










Old Town Alexandria:

  • Off the beaten path in Del Ray, discover the Alexandria Art Market Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM. Complete with art, music and food.
  • Delight your senses with Pianist Carlos Ibay at Washington Philharmonic’s free concert series at the Lyceum in Old Town. Sunday from 3-4:30 PM.  Steps from EYA’s Old Town Commons and Oronoco Condo communities.
  • Stretch your legs on a bike or boat with Washington Sailing Marina. They offer rentals and lessons, alongside their popular Indigo Landing Restaurant (where the cocktails and small plates are highly recommended).

Fox 5 News Alexandria Art Market


    Falls Church/Fairfax:

    • Discover Dogfish Head Alehouse at their Fairfax or Falls Church locations and sip their tasty Punkin Ale, now available on tap. The Saturday night concerts and Sunday brunches make for the perfect outing.
    • Pack a picnic and head to Wolftrap for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. There are showtimes all weekend and lawn tickets are only $25. Express bus service runs every 20 minutes from the West Falls Church Metro station on the Orange line.
    • For a full listing of farmers markets, art events and festivals in the Falls Church area, check out the Patch guide to Labor Day. They’re all near EYA’s townhomes at Mosaic District.

    You can always take in DC like a tourist and use the guide to Labor Day, which is packed with festivals and parades all over town.

    Whatever your plans, ditch the car and take advantage of some of the many stress-free transit options, like Capital Bikeshare, Zipcar or Metro. Just be sure to check Metro’s weekend schedule before heading out.

    “Something for Everyone” When Visiting a Showhouse

    June 11, 2012 | by

    There’s “something for everyone” at area showhouses. Keep a lookout for ones near you or for something to do when you’re visiting other cities.

    Often times a showhouse is for sale. For perspective buyers, it is a great way to see the home completely furnished and get a better idea of how rooms can work. Furthermore, most items in the rooms are for sale. So a light fixture, for example, that works perfectly in the home can be purchased directly from the designer.

    Many people also attend showhouses for design ideas. “Tricks of the trade” and creative ideas can be gleened from every room. For example, at this year’s Kips Bay showhouse in Manhattan, designer Alexander Doherty shows that paneling does not have to be circa 1970. Paneling can be light, and sophisticated.

    Photo by Gabrielle Savoie at Savvy Home
    Showhouses also provide inspiration for paint color, wallcoverings, and the latest trends in rugs and floor coverings. Many houses have “flaws” that need attention or hiding. For example, at the Kip’s Bay showhouse, interior designer Chuck Fischer simply used a low screen to hide an unattractive radiator.
    Photo by James Ransom

    This year’s DC Design House was full of furniture ideas and featured new pieces, repurposed furniture given new life, and over-the-top custom items. A favorite feature was a dual purpose headboard in a young boy’s room.  It featured a twin headboard with a queen headboard behind it – just ready and waiting for the little boy to grow up!

    Danziger Design provided lots of ideas of how to transform a guest bedroom at the DC Design House.

    Guest Room Before
    One of the most talked about features in the room was the custom made, hand painted screen behind the fully upholstered queen bed. The screen was painted in such a way that it had the appearance of linen fabric with Italian scenes. Originally, the screen was used to hide an unusually placed window in the room as well as an unsightly bump-out in the wall. What began as a design necessity quickly became a major “wow!” in the room.
    Guest Room After. Photo by Angie Seckinger Photography
    The awkward “dormer” space under the window also received an amazing transformation. Why not invite a guest with his or her pet? Placing a dog bed in the window niche provided a touch of whimsy to the overall design and kept visitors from opening the closet doors!
    Photo by Angie Seckinger Photography

    Attending a showhouse is also a great way to find an interior designer. Often times the designers are present to talk about their rooms. Where else can you have dozens of perspective interior designers at your disposal? This is a fantastic way to meet the designer, and to get an idea of his or her personality and design style. Furthermore, showhouse admission and proceeds from items sold are often donated to charity. So grab some friends and make a date to attend the next upcoming showhouse!

    This post was written by EYA’s exclusive guest blogger, Danziger Design, a Bethesda-based interior design firm. If you’re looking for professional design services, check out their portfolio of beautiful work and give them a call at 301-365-3300!

    DC Jazz Festival: Coming to an EYA Neighborhood Near You

    May 24, 2012 | by

    Clear your calendars for early June as the annual DC Jazz Festival brings various music stylings to a neighborhood near you. From June 1st through 10th, more than 100 jazz performances will fill the city with music. Concerts are scheduled to take place at a variety of locations, ranging from restaurants and hotels, to museums and clubs. Not only does the festival highlight famous musicians from around the world, it also introduces up-and-coming artists.

    A unique feature of the DC Jazz Festival is that it hosts more than 80 performances that showcase DC-based groups in 21 neighborhoods around the city. Some of these concerts are ticketed, however many are free.

    On June 2nd at 9 pm, the Charles Woods Quartet will be playing at Johnny’s Half Shell on Capitol Hill, walking distance to EYA’s townhomes at Capitol Quarter. Later in the week, on the 6th and 7th, the Jazz Festival brings glorious music to the Children’s National Medical Center in Brookland, home to EYA community Chancellor’s Row.

    For a detailed schedule of the neighborhood performances, as well as the main events, check out the DC Jazz Festival Website:

    EYA: One Step Ahead of the Rest

    May 21, 2012 | by

    EYA has always been an innovator and industry leader when it comes to our environmentally conscious and walkable urban neighborhoods. Only now, 20 years after EYA started, are other developers across the country beginning to realize the benefits of “life within walking distance.”

    USA Today published an article on the front page of the Business section that discusses how Real Estate has changed in recent years. Developers are beginning to move away from massive suburban communities and towards the cities, choosing to create smaller communities in already-developed urban settings.

    EYA frequently develops small, modern neighborhoods in pre-existing urban areas. For example, Chancellor’s Row , just steps away from Catholic University, is part of the historic neighborhood of Brookland. Old Town Commons is within walking distance of Old Town Alexandria and the Potomac riverfront.

    EYA's townhomes at Chancellor's Row

    Capitol Quarter, The Oronoco, and Mosaic District are some other examples of EYA’s commitment to “life within walking distance.” EYA continually seeks to build new communities in established neighborhoods, giving homeowners the ability to experience the walkability and culture of both new and historic streets in the Metro area.

    Take Part in DC’s Largest Clothing Drive

    April 4, 2012 | by

    EYA has teamed up with LiveGreen and RePax sustainable moving supplies to donate a record breaking amount of clothes to Goodwill of Greater Washington. Taking place until April 20th, Fwd: Your Fashion is set to be DC’s largest clothing drive with the goal of collecting 5,000 lbs of clothing.

    Simply bring your unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories and linens to one of the drop off locations and place them in the RePax reusable green packing bins. EYA drop off locations include:

    EYA’s Bethesda Office: 4800 Hampden Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814 (M-F: 9am to 5pm)

    Chancellor’s Row Sales Center: 627 Regent Place NE, Washington, D.C. 20017 (Daily: 11am to 6pm)

    Capitol Quarter Sales Center: 1020 4th Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003 (M-F: 11am to 6pm)


    Donating your clothes is one of the most eco-friendly things you can do. Last year alone, Goodwill kept over 17 million pounds of household goods out of DC-area landfills. Start gearing up for Earth Day this month by reclaiming your closet and helping to divert thousands of pounds of waste from area landfills!

    It’s Our Final Four!

    March 8, 2012 | by

    One pass by our Capitol Quarter townhouse neighborhood in DC and you’ll quickly notice construction is nearly complete. Now, we have only four homes remaining for sale in the entire community!

    If you’ve been waiting to make your move, now’s the time. You’ll be getting settled just as countless new shops and restaurants are expected to start opening their doors in The Yards, the expansive redevelopment in Capitol Riverfront next to Nationals Stadium. New four-level townhomes with garage parking and rooftop terraces start in the upper $700s.

    Hurry in this weekend to tour our two decorated model homes and start enjoying your new walkable lifestyle this summer! Open daily from 11 AM – 6 PM at 1020 4th Street SE in Washington, DC. Learn more at

    Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront, steps from Capitol Quarter New Townhomes