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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.

Cool Roofs, Cool Effects

July 15, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
EYA's new townhomes at Old Town Commons have environmentally friendly, white painted, cool roofs. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.EYA's new townhomes at Old Town Commons have environmentally friendly, white painted, cool roofs. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

According to a recent article posted on Grist, “cool roofs save money by keeping indoor temperatures more comfortable in warm weather and reducing the need for air conditioning.” In this case, a “cool roof” is flat rooftop that has a brightly colored roofing membrane, most commonly, white, in order to reflect heat from the sun. Roofs that are darker colors, like dark gray or black, absorb more of the sun’s heat, making the building warmer inside. Not only do cool roofs save money, but also help the environment. The article explains that “reducing energy absorption at Earth’s surface decreases the amount of heat these [greenhouse] gases can trap in the atmosphere.” On a larger scale, Art Rosenfeld, the man behind the cool roof vision, compares a successful worldwide cool roof campaign to “’taking half of the world’s cars off the road for 20 years.’”

EYA has long known the benefits of cool roofs and we have been installing white roofing membranes on our flat roofs since 2009. We are very proud of our commitment to environmental sustainability and creating energy efficient homes. Nearly every home we build is LEED certified and no other homebuilder in the Washington area has earned as many LEED certifications. EYA homeowners save on utility bills, have shorter commutes and walk more. Learn more about how EYA homes are measurably different and visit one of our actively selling communities today!

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. 

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!

Old Town Alexandria Named in Top 10 Best Downtowns

May 27, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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Old Town Alexandria was recently named one of the Top 10 Best Downtowns, according to livability.com. Ranked #5 on the list, Old Town scored high marks due to its vibrancy and appeal to both businesses and families, waterfront setting, many acclaimed restaurants and close proximity to DC. The Mount Vernon Trail and neighborhood walkability also adds to Old Town’s appeal as a top place to live.

EYA’s Oronoco Waterfront Residences and Old Town Commons communities are just steps from King Street’s many shops and restaurants and the Alexandria waterfront.

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!

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”.

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

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!