Category Archives: Old Town Commons

Old Town Commons at Braddock Metro Station

Can Your Commute Save Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

August 12, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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We intuitively know that commuting with public transportation is a lower-stress, eco-friendly, and healthier option. Now, WMATA provides a tool that allows you to calculate your precise impact from door-to-door.

Simply enter your starting and ending address into WMATA’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Savings Calculator and out comes your total GHG savings, calories burned and suggested bus/metro route. Double these numbers for a morning and evening round-trip.

Our example: commuting round-trip from Vienna to Bethesda by public transportation every work day for a year would offset the carbon equivalent of planting 25 trees. You’d also save over 130,000 calories, the equivalent of 650 vanilla lattes.

So ride, bike or walk now to an EYA sales center near you to discover the many (measurable) benefits of life within walking distance!

Kevin and the Bacon Brothers Surprise Sugar Shack

July 23, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Kevin Bacon image courtesy of Flickr's @Veni via Creative Commons.Kevin Bacon image courtesy of Flickr's @Veni via Creative Commons.

Recently, Kevin Bacon and his band, The Bacon Brothers, enjoyed some of Old Town Alexandria’s charms.  While in town for their show at the Birchmere, they stopped off at the Sugar Shack and the Port City Brewing Company. Even a musician/actor such as Kevin Bacon couldn’t pass up performing for a free Sugar Shack Pastry. That same day, the inspiring band also performed a surprise concert for the Volunteers at City Blossoms, a neighborhood organization dedicated to creative green spaces. You can view more pics and video here.

So take a stroll through Historic Old Town, and see what the vibrant community has to offer. This is your last chance to live within walking distance to these amazing shops and restaurants and enjoy the best of smart living at EYA’s Old Town Commons. Only 1 home remains!

EYA Voted City Paper’s “Best Residential Builder” 3rd Year in a Row!

April 24, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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EYA has been named “Best Residential Builder” in Washington City Paper’s Reader’s Poll for the 3rd year in a row! The annual Poll attracts thousands of participants around Washington who vote for their favorite businesses, people and places in over 100 categories.

Since 1992, EYA has built over 4,000 homes in the Washington area. We specialize in creating transit-oriented neighborhoods that positively impact individual lives and communities in a socially responsible way.

Thank you to everyone who helped name us “Best Residential Builder” again this year!

Staycation in Old Town Alexandria

April 17, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Historic Old Town

Need some R & R but don’t want to deal with the travel hassles? Old Town Alexandria offers many great attractions and first class experiences right in your own backyard!

Dust off your bike and head to the Mt. Vernon Trail. From Old Town you could bike approximately 7 miles into DC stopping at the Mall and taking in the monuments or a few museums. Or you could head south approximately 10 miles to Mt. Vernon. Tour the beautiful estate and gardens and take in some history of this iconic historic home.

Treat yourself to a spa and shopping day! Sugar House Day Spa & Salon is located in a restored 19th century home that was once part of a sugar refinery. They now offer “sweetness of a different kind,” including deep tissue massage, organic chocolate therapy, sugar house scrub and more. Kimpton’s Lorien Hotel & Spa also offers a day of relaxation including caviar dream facials and a lavender dreams body experience featuring a scrub and warm body wrap.

The Old Town boutiques provide retail therapy of every kind. Update your wardrobe with the latest Spring fashions from Hysteria or The Pink Palm or redo a room with some new accessories from Red Barn Mercantile or European Country Living. After a day of shopping, treat yourself and your special someone to a nice dinner at Bastille, Brabo or Restaurant Eve.

Take a day to tour your own city. There are many great tours available, including self-guided walking tours, historic breweries tours, food tours, boat tours and more!

All of these great establishments and experiences are steps from the Townhomes at Old Town Commons. Now selling our final 2 homes!

Cruise the Potomac via Alexandria’s Water Taxi

April 3, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Explore your own back yard by boat along the Potomac with Potomac Riverboat Company’s direct service to the National Mall and National Harbor! Leave the car behind and hop aboard their fleet. Explore the sights in downtown Washington and then head over to National Harbor for afternoon libations and evening dinner. Tickets can be purchased on their website, and be sure to check their schedule for the last service of the day. If your boat leaves before your party’s over, call an Uber for a luxury ride home. Potomac Riverboat Company is a 20-minute walk from Old Town Commons and a 13-minute walk from The Oronoco. All aboard!

Spring Events in Historic Old Town

March 27, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Spring is around the corner and Old Town Alexandria is getting ready to bloom! Spring is a great time to wander through the historic streets, visit gardens and enjoy some of Old Town’s fantastic Springtime events.

Fun for your four-legged friends, Doggy Happy Hour is back at Jackson 20! Beginning April 7th, canines will take over the courtyard every Tuesday from 5 PM – 8 PM. Treats for the dogs and drink specials for their companions will be available.

Celebrate Spring with a Historic Garden Tour on Saturday, April 18th. The walking tour will visit five row houses with courtyard gardens and stop for refreshments at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The tour also provides access to the Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden, Mount Vernon Estate and Garden and more. Tickets are $40 per person.

Saturday, April 22nd is Spring2ACTion Business Give Back day in the Old Town Boutique District.  Shop at a participating boutique and they will give a percentage of your purchase to their selected charity or your charity of choice! Participating boutiques include Red Barn Mercantile, Pink & Brown, The Sugar Cube and more.

EYA’s townhomes at Old Town Commons and luxury condominiums at The Oronoco are moments from King Street and all these great events. Both communities are now selling their final homes, so stop by our sales centers before it’s too late!

Happy Spring!

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

March 13, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Grab your green and get ready for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in your EYA neighborhood. From date night Irish take-out meals and bon bons to live music and plenty of Guinness, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on this fun holiday.

Old Town Alexandria, VA

For a casual day, stop by The Irish Walk on King Street and pick up some Irish attire and accessories. This unique gift shop has Celtic jewelry, Guinness accessories and special St. Patty’s Day items such as shamrock glasses, necklaces and more. Then head over to Eamonn’s A Dublin Chipper for a bite of fish and chips and a Guinness.

If you are in the mood for date night, Society Fair is offering a special Irish Date Night Bag. $49 for two people, this special take home meal includes corned beef and parsley sauce, boiled potatoes, and more. Pick-ups are available on March 16th and 17th, but be sure to place your order now!

Or, for something more lively head over to Murphy’s Pub for a pint of Guinness and some live music. Doors open at 9AM with live music beginning at 10AM. There is no cover charge and it’s sure to be a fun time!

All of these great local establishments are just moments from EYA’s Old Town Commons Neighborhood and The Oronoco Condos, both almost sold out!

Fairfax, VA

O’Malley’s Irish Pub at Tyson’s Corner is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all week long. From March 16th to 22nd, they will be offering food and drink specials and live music. Their brunch menu includes steak and eggs, corned beef hash and a Build Your Own “Bloody Mary” Bar. Their dinner menu features corned beef brisket, beef and Guinness pie, fish and chips, chocolate Guinness cake and more!

Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Party beginning at 3 PM. They will be serving some great craft beers and food specials, with live music beginning at 4 PM.

At Mosaic District, Artisan Confections is preparing a special treat this St. Patty’s Day. Pick up their St. Peppermint “Paddy” and Irish Coffee bon bons, available now through next week. Artisan Confections and all the other exciting Mosaic District retail shops and restaurants are just steps from EYA’s townhomes, now over 95% sold out!

Bethesda, MD

The establishments in Bethesda are starting the celebrations early! Stop by Redwood Restaurant and Bar this Saturday, March 14th for St. Patrick’s Day specials including mini Shepherd’s pies, Star Hill IPA cheddar and potato soup, corned beef and cabbage and $4 Guinness.

The folks at Georgetown Cupcake are creating some fantastic holiday cupcakes, as usual! Their St. Patrick’s Day dozen includes Irish Crème, Chocolate Mint Crunch, Peanut Butter Fudge and more.

For some good bar fun, head over to Union Jack’s on Saturday beginning at 4 PM for St. “Practice” Day drinks. The real party begins on the 17th at 8 AM with a free breakfast being served until 10 AM! Drink specials and Irish menus continue throughout the day. Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle will also be having festivities all day long with live music, Irish dancers and bag pipes!

All this fun is just moments from EYA’s Little Falls Place and our newest Bethesda neighborhood, Grosvenor Heights, now selling!

Silver Spring, MD

Stop by The Fillmore on St. Patrick’s Day for happy hour from 4 PM – 8 PM. Entry is free as they will be having DJs and drink specials at this great venue in downtown Silver Spring. For an evening in a Classic Irish Public House, head over to McGinty’s for some food and drink.

EYA’s Chelsea Heights townhomes are within walking distance of all the great downtown Silver Spring shopping, dining and nightlife. Immediate move-ins are available.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. May the luck of the Irish be with you!

 

Old Town Commons Selected as ULI Jack Kemp Award Finalist

March 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Old Town Commons Townhomes by EYA

The Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Terwilliger Center selected Old Town Commons as a Finalist in their annual Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards.

The award is designed to honor neighborhoods that ensure housing affordability for a range of incomes.  Awardees were selected based on criteria including sustainability, proximity to transit, community impact, innovation, public/private partnerships and more. Old Town Commons truly represents these qualities of a sustainable, innovative and successful mixed income community.

Watch ULI’s video featuring all of the 2014 finalists.

Old Town Commons is located within walking distance of the Braddock Metro station and all the King Street shops and restaurants. Only 4 homes remain and they are going quickly! Contact our sales center at 571-312-8910 to learn more.

Alexandria Makes Top 10 Best Downtowns List

March 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Livability.com has just released its “2015 Top 10 Best Downtowns” list and Alexandria, VA is once again on the list! Ranking as the #6 Best Downtown, Livability.com calls it as “hip as it is historic” and cites its growing number of restaurants and artistic establishments as a draw for new residents.

Some of Old Town’s additions include the new Sugar Shack location near the Braddock Metro and the much anticipated Mason Social. Mason Social features modern American cuisine such as Beer Mussels, Marrow Burgers and BBQ Fries.

Old Town Alexandria also offers easy access to transit, many unique boutiques and historic attractions, as well as bike paths and the waterfront.

EYA is now selling luxury condominiums at The Oronoco and townhomes at Old Town Commons in Old Town Alexandria. Hurry in, over 95% sold out!

Smart Building Techniques: Third-Party Verification

February 28, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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EYA’s long-standing commitment to environmentally friendly home design is now enhanced by third-party verification of important installations in all homes. In addition to LEED for Homes certification, the following systems are now inspected by a third-party verifier:

  • Building envelope wrap and flashing details
  • Quality of insulation installation
  • Blower door test
  • Duct leakage test
  • Exhaust fan performance
  • Kitchen exhaust performance
  • Pest control techniques
  • Mechanical ventilation performance

Green building techniques, such as third-party verification, ensure that even the best laid plans are properly implemented in new home construction. It’s one of the many ways we’re building a smarter, greener home. Learn more about EYA’s “smart city living” efforts here.