Category Archives: Mosaic District

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!

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.

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!

 

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.

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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.

Design Inspiration: Outdoor Decks and Terraces

February 18, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
EYA's townhomes at Chelsea Heights in Silver Spring offer outdoor wetbars and outdoor fireplaces.EYA's townhomes at Chelsea Heights in Silver Spring offer outdoor wetbars and outdoor fireplaces.

If this week’s approaching Spring-like weather has you eager to open your deck and rooftop terrace for the season, you’re not alone. Check out some of these great tools to make decorating your space easier and more enjoyable!

EYA’s Pinterest page has a section on Outdoor Spaces where you can be inspired by photos of EYA terraces around town, as well as other beautiful design tips and tricks. Houzz is another great resource for photos and ideas.

Plan on doing some planting outdoors? Check out our tips on organic vegetable gardening and planning a rooftop garden. EYA does also offer a limited number of homes with rear yards at Old Town Commons and Little Falls Place for those wanting a ground level escape.

Looking for some tips on home maintenance for your outdoor spaces? These YouTube videos might help: cleaning roofdeck stains, caulking exterior joints, cleaning terrace drains, and cleaning exterior windows.

Whatever your outdoor pleasure, we hope this week’s reprieve from winter gets you thinking about how to use your home’s deck or terrace!

EYA Wins Six National Awards at Builder’s Show

February 10, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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EYA’s annual trip to the International Builders Show is normally a week of exploring the industry’s most innovative new products on the showroom floor, combined with education sessions led by home building’s brightest minds.

This year, EYA was honored during two evenings of awards ceremonies with six national awards!

At the 33rd Annual National Sales & Marketing Awards, EYA won recognition for Best Architectural Design (Mosaic District), Community of the Year (Chancellor’s Row), Sales Person of the Year (Adam Cetron), and Marketing Director of the Year (Jennifer McIvor).

The following evening, EYA won two Best in American Living (BALA) awards in what is considered the industry’s premier design excellence competition. Honors were given to The Oronoco Condominium Residences (Best On-the-Boards Project) and Old Town Commons (Neighborhood of the Year).

EYA continues its 20-year-history of designing award-winning projects. In fact, the company has won over 250 awards in this time. To learn more about EYA or its neighborhoods, visit http://www.eya.com.

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.

10 Easy Ways to Give Back this Holiday

November 26, 2013 | by | 0 Comments
You can help the folks behind the wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery by either donating or volunteering.You can help the folks behind the wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery by either donating or volunteering.

Your everyday actions and everyday dollars can go further than you think! This Thanksgiving as we count our own blessings, check out these 10 easy ways to give back to others this holiday season: Read More

EYA Wins “Builder of the Year” Award

October 25, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Last night at the MNCBIA membership dinner, EYA was awarded recognition as “Builder of the Year” in the Large Volume category. Associate members of MNCBIA vote on a winner for the category, which recognizes excellence in subcontractor relations, quality control, supervision and ethics.

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“On behalf of everyone at EYA, we are so pleased to accept this award. Our vendor partners are vital to our business and our ability to deliver an excellent product to our homebuyers,” said Bob Youngentob, President of EYA. “We couldn’t be more proud.”

Since 1992, EYA has built over 4,000 homes in urban infill locations. The company has earned more than 250 industry awards in this time, including America’s Best Builder, not once, but twice. EYA has actively selling neighborhoods in the District, Old Town Alexandria, Fairfax, Bethesda, Hyattsville and Silver Spring.

MNCBIA is the building industry association for the Maryland National Capital area. Among its many activities, the organization provides networking opportunities for industry businesses, advances important issues in housing, and gives back through philanthropic efforts.