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Old Town Commons at Braddock Metro Station

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!

 

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.

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!

Valentine’s Day Like a Local

February 10, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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This Valentine’s Day, shop local in your EYA neighborhood. Everything you need to surprise your sweetie is just moments away, including gourmet restaurants, unique gifts and delectable treats.

Bethesda, MD

Pamper the special someone in your life with a day at the Aveda Salon and Spa. Give the gift of a massage or choose from one of their salon and spa packages. After a day of relaxation, indulge in a delicious dinner at one of Bethesda’s many acclaimed restaurants. The Mussel Bar & Grille is offering a special 4-course “aphrodisiac” prix fixe menu for $60 ($80 with wine pairings) and live music beginning at 10 PM. Cesco Osteria will be serving an elegant 4-course dinner starting at $75. Visit Open Table for reservations for these and other Bethesda restaurants.

If the lady in your life craves chocolate, then a visit to Max Brenner is a must! Dip strawberries in chocolate fondue, experience their iconic chocolate pizza or feast on Belgian waffles with vanilla ice cream, fresh fruit, milk chocolate ganache and choco-pops.

Silver Spring, MD

For a classic evening of dinner and movie, grab an early bite at Jackie’s or 8407 Kitchen Bar. Jackie’s will be offering a romantic 3-course menu for $49.95 and 8407 Kitchen Bar will be serving Chef Justin Bittner’s 4-course Tasting Menu for $65. Early reservations are still available on Open Table. After a delicious dinner, head over to the AFI Silver Theatre to enjoy the classic black and white film, The Philadelphia Story featuring James Stewart and Katharine Hepburn.

If you prefer to spend the evening at home, pick up the perfect bottle of wine at Adega Wine Cellars & Café. You can also pre-order flowers and tasty treats such as chocolate covered strawberries, French macaroons and chocolate samplers at Whole Foods.

Old Town Alexandria

Whether you are shopping for him or her, your best friend or your four-legged friend, the Old Town Boutiques have got it all! Stop by the Shoe Hive for some great accessories including the hottest new bags and iPhone cases. For the guy in your life, give the “Guy’s Valentine’s Box” from Lou Lou featuring a chic water bottle, men’s soap and energy pack. And don’t forget Valentine’s Day treats and toys for your four-legged friends at The Dog Park.

What woman could resist a man with cupcakes and flowers? Pick up a stunning bouquet of hot pink and red roses or orchids from Helen Olivia. Then swing by Alexandria Cupcake for scrumptious cupcakes including dark chocolate, strawberry or decadent red velvet.

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