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EYA Awards Five More Scholarships to Ward 5 Students

June 30, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Congratulations to the 2014 scholarship recipients! Photo courtesy of Flickr's offersafrica.Congratulations to the 2014 scholarship recipients! Photo courtesy of Flickr's offersafrica.

EYA, in partnership with The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Chancellor’s Row College Scholarship Fund.

The fund, established as part of the St. Paul’s College redevelopment now known as Chancellor’s Row, provides scholarship monies to Ward 5 High School Seniors. Five recipients were selected for award:

Terry Talford – Dunbar Senior High School

Courtney Thomas, Jr. – Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

Elisha S. Williams – Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

Cole Randolph – Woodrow Wilson High School

Harper Randolph – Woodrow Wilson High School

Additionally, EYA and The Community Foundation are in the process of contacting past winners to renew their awards for 2014. EYA believes strongly in giving back to the communities where we build and this scholarship will make a direct and positive impact on young people and their families living in Ward 5. We would like to congratulate the recipients and wish them good luck as they head off to college this fall.

EYA: The Washington Post’s #5 Top Places to Work 2014

June 27, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
EYA voted #5 top place to work in the area by the Washington Post!EYA voted #5 top place to work in the area by the Washington Post!

The Washington Post’s 2014 Top Workplaces have been released, and EYA is one of them! We ranked #5 out of the 80 small companies (50-150 employees) included on the list. The article mentions that our “employees enjoy a fun atmosphere” and commends our “charitable foundation, the EYA foundation” for its great contributions to the communities where we build. We would also like to congratulate our investment partners, JBG, for ranking #1 as the best large company to work for in the area!

Companies featured on the list were nominated by their employees. We are proud that our employees enjoy the work they do and love creating new neighborhoods for our home buyers.

EYA Townhome from the Movie “Syriana” Sells Above Asking Price

May 27, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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The 2005 hit movie “Syriana” featuring George Clooney was in a small part filmed in an EYA townhome. The living room, kitchen and front porch were all seen in the film as the home of Jeffrey Wright’s character. The townhome recently went on the market and with seven offers at or above asking price, sold well above its asking price of $1.125 million.

EYA’s Harrison Square community is located at 13th and V Streets NW, walking distance to local restaurants, shopping, and the U Street Metro. An entire city block was developed to seamlessly blend with the historic neighborhood, and ultimately was credited with sparking a renaissance of the U Street Corridor.

EYA is Again Named “Best Residential Builder”

April 28, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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For the second time in a row, EYA has been voted Best Residential Builder in Washington City Paper’s Reader’s Poll.

The annual Poll attracts thousands of voters around Washington for their favorite businesses, people and places in over 100 categories.

No other builder in the District has built as many homes as EYA in the last 20 years and the company has touched over 4,000 home buyers in the area since its founding in 1992.

Readers also voted EYA as a runner-up in the “Best Developer” category, a category which EYA did win last year.

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!

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

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.