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Old Town Commons at Braddock Metro Station

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.

A Sweet Addition to Old Town Alexandria

February 27, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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It’s easy to spot someone leaving Sugar Shack – look for a big, satisfying smile!

Alexandria locals are raving about Sugar Shack’s new location at 804 N. Henry Street near Braddock Metro station. Some of the tweets about the new shop include, “Best donut I’ve had in my life”, “Most amazing donut ever”, and “Devoured”.

On the menu: hot apple fritters, bacon covered donuts, and kid-pleasing candy sprinkle donuts. There are over 30 other varieties to choose from. Some expected and some certainly not.

Warm beverages include coffee, specialty teas and hand-crafted espresso drinks.

Sugar Shack is steps from the townhomes at Old Town Commons and is open Monday through Thursday 6am-10pm, Friday 6am-11pm, Saturday 7am-11pm, and Sunday 7am-9pm.

Boutique District Warehouse Sale

February 7, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Looking for the largest selection of boutique merchandise under one roof? The Old Town Alexandria Boutique District is holding their 10th Annual Warehouse Sale Saturday, February 7th.

Head to the historic George Washington Masonic Temple and delight in hundreds of designer brands up to 90% off! With so many boutiques onsite, you’re sure to find something perfect for you and your loved ones.

Steps from Old Town Commons and The Oronoco, the shops of Old Town’s Boutique District offer the area’s best selection of unique clothing, wares and more. Happy shopping!

Super Bowl Gatherings in Your EYA Neighborhood

January 30, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Whether you are rooting for the Seahawks or Patriots, or just a fan of the commercials, this Sunday’s Super Bowl is a great opportunity to gather with friends and enjoy the local establishments in your EYA neighborhood.

Silver Spring

Super Bowl excitement is in the air at Fire Station 1! A 100-year old restored Fire House in the heart of downtown Silver Spring, the venue features 3 levels, 2 bars and 10 big screen HDTVs. Doors will open at 4:30 and early arrival is encouraged. VIP packages are available and you can continue the festivities until 2 am at their After Party.

Bethesda

If you prefer to entertain friends at home, Luke’s Lobster Roll has a great Super Bowl catering option. For $11 per person, you will get a tasty ½ lobster roll, chips, pickle and Shipyard beer. $110 minimum required. What better way to finish off the meal than with Georgetown Cupcake’s Super Bowl Dozen! You can choose between the “Go Hawks” or “Go Pats” decorated cupcakes.

Old Town Alexandria

Old Town is full of game day excitement with many great venues to watch the big game. The medieval-inspired John Strongbow’s Tavern will have 2 huge 120” projection screens showing the game and plenty of Super Bowl food and drink specials. Reservations are encouraged. If you are a Patriot’s fan, Murphy’s Irish Pub is “where die hard fans gather to cheer on their team.” Meet other Patriots fans and enjoy their game day specials.

Fairfax

Watch the game at Dogfish Head Alehouse or pick up some party food to go. Special take out packages and growlers are available. For entertaining at home, check out the many shops and restaurants at Mosaic District to pick up some great party foods. Red Apron Butcher is offering game day specials, including subs, chili, dips and charcuterie boards. Be sure to place your order soon. And delight your guests with Artisan Confections special Seahawks or Patriots bon bons for dessert!

Enjoy the game!

Old Town Commons is a “WOW” House

January 16, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Real estate reporter Mary Ann Barton recently cited Old Town Commons as a “WOW” House, notable for its enviable walkable location and beautiful LEED design. It’s no wonder so many residents choose to call the community “home”. In addition to receiving a significant amount of local coverage, Old Town Commons has won a variety of national awards, such as the Best in American Living “Neighborhood of the Year”.

What’s New in Old Town

January 9, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Move over King Street. Some of Old Town’s best new eateries are finding a home in the north end.

Five major residential communities in Old Town are driving the growth of new retail north of Wythe Street, nearer to Braddock Metro Station.

Harris Teeter has recently opened in the lower level of The Kingsley and offers an impressive selection of to-go meals as well as Express Lane service for those on the run.

In the 1111 Belle Pre building, Lost Dog Cafe has opened their fifth location, now in Old Town. The spot offers dine-in pizza, sandwiches and beer – along with takeout. Also in Belle Pre will be Sugar Shack Donuts, a Richmond-based bakery.

The Asher apartments will welcome Bastille Restaurant, which is relocating from their former home on N. Royal Street into their new space at 620 N. Fayette. Bistro Royal will be taking the former location on N. Royal.

And of course, EYA’s Old Town Commons townhouse neighborhood and The Oronoco Condo have spurred the growth of independent retail such as the much anticipated Mason Social modern American spot with full-bar, which will open shortly.

 

Resolutions for a Walkable Lifestyle

January 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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As we welcome a new year, many of us will make resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle. More and more research indicates that living in a walkable neighborhood is good for you. From better health to reduced crime rates to increased social interactions, walkable urban living has many far reaching benefits. The studies show:

  • There is a significant connection between walkability and health benefits
  • Walkability encourages more civic engagement in our communities
  • Walkable urban environments spur social interaction and creativity
  • Walkability is a key to influencing housing prices

EYA is passionate about creating distinctly special neighborhoods that positively impact individual lives and communities in a socially responsible way. Visit our website to learn more about our walkable neighborhoods and resolve to start living your walkable lifestyle today!