A panel of industry experts weighed criteria such as sustainable design, construction which minimizes environmental impact, homes with reduced energy and water consumption, and the protection of the health of occupants.
In 2009, EYA committed to design all future neighborhoods to LEED for Homes standards, and the company has received over 500 certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Chancellor’s Row, which was also named 2011 Community of the Year, is a 10-acre urban infill townhouse community, built to LEED-ND and LEED for Homes standards and includes onsite Capital Bikeshare and Zipcar. The community is over 90% sold out and a limited number of homes remain for quick move-in.
This weekend, Washington area drivers will take part in a worldwide movement to support sustainable transportation by pledging to go car free or car-lite. Car Free Days is an international event that takes place in 1,500 cities across 40 countries to celebrate alternative forms of transportation.
To participate, fill out the pledge to go car free or car-lite on one or more days and use alternative transport such as a bicycle, public transit, carpool or walking. Plus, by simply submitting your pledge, you are entered to win great prizes including an iPad, $250 gift certificate to BicycleSPACE, memberships to Capital Bikeshare and ZipCar, Metro passes and more!
EYA recognizes the benefits of going car free and is committed to building walkable communities. The company recently commissioned a third-party study to measure the true lifestyle benefits of living in an EYA neighborhood. The findings showed that 60 percent of EYA homeowners have an “alternative” commute and 71 percent walk to Metro at least once a week. View more benefits here.
Join the thousands of participants who have pledged to make Car Free Days a success in DC and start living your car free lifestyle today!
Residents of Chancellor’s Row have a new neighbor! We’re excited to welcome Capital Bikeshare to the community, at the intersection of Hamlin St and 7th St NE. CaBi joins Zipcar in the transit friendly location, where Metro is only steps away. Easy access to the Met Branch Trail means walkers and bikers can be at Union Station or the nation’s Capital in just minutes.
The combination of car alternatives, LEED certified construction, and beautiful design has earned the community designation as 2012 Community of the Year and City Paper‘s Best Designed Residential Development. The neighborhood is now 90% sold out and a few homesites remain from the upper $600s. Model homes open daily at 627 Regent Place NE in the District.
To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member of Capital Bikeshare, visit http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/.
Instead, researchers are seeing empty nesters increasingly choose the conveniences of city living. They’re ditching the car, walking to farmer’s markets, enjoying a lower maintenance lifestyle and generally embracing the vibrancy of walkable lifestyles.
It’s a concept on which EYA was founded, and EYA builds townhomes and condominiums in locations which offer life within walking distance (the company’s tagline) throughout the Washington Metropolitan area.
Wondering if urban living is right for you? Discover how these families enjoy their choice or visit any one of our sales centers in Bethesda, Fairfax, Old Town Alexandria, Hyattsville or the District.
From the brainiacs at Walk Score who originally launched the walk ratings that define neighborhood accessibility is another tool that revolutionizes home search!
You can enter your daytime office address and find neighborhoods within a certain commute time: by transit, by car, bike or foot. Add your housemate’s office address, too, and find a place that’s convenient for you both. The navigation on Walk Score’s website is incredibly easy to use and very intuitive.
For now, you can only find real estate listing information for rental homes, so home shoppers looking for for-sale listings will have to wait. But you can still use the tool to narrow your search to a particular neighborhood. Now, that’s pretty handy!
Want a shorter commute? Then consider the neighborhoods of EYA. Our townhome and condo communities are just a hop, skip and jump from everywhere you want to be.
The Repax mission is simple, “to make your move as easy and affordable as possible while minimizing your environmental impact.”
Repax is an innovative packing system that utilizes reusable interlocking plastic crates, rather than cardboard boxes. The crates are cleaner, sturdier, and larger than the average cardboard box. And the best part about the Repax service? They deliver the crates and dollies to your door, and when you’re done with the move, they come pick them up!
Visit www.repax.com to view their newest commercial, price your move, compare Repax to a traditional move, read customer reviews, and order your delivery online! Enter the special EYA promotion code, EYA1_2013, to receive 10% off your next move.
P.S. You can now bundle Repax and Zipvan! Combine your EYA Homeowner Discounts for a more affordable, easier move in the city. Move Smart!
Zipcar is readying their fleet for the Spring/Summer driving season. What better time to launch our Homeowner Discount program with them!?
We love the concept of car sharing. You maintain the convenience of access to a car, but don’t have the burden of car payments, insurance, gas and registration. With Zipcar, gas and insurance are included, and you can pay either by the hour, or by the day.
Now, you can pick up a Zipcar near our walkable new home neighborhoods and save $30 off the first year’s annual fee, plus receive $30 in free driving credits!
Simply visit http://www.Zipcar.com/EYA to register. Beep beep!
Bethesda, MD – Washington-area homebuilder and real estate developer EYA has long focused on close-in, walkable new home developments throughout the region. Fittingly, the company places a strong emphasis on sustainable design, green building and smart growth. While EYA has heard anecdotally that its neighborhoods and construction techniques have improved their homeowner’s lives, the company recently commissioned a third-party study to measure the true lifestyle benefits of living in an EYA neighborhood.
EYA selected third-party research firm, Robert Charles Lesser & Company (RCLCO), to conduct a survey of homeowners among its recently built communities in Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA. Owners were asked to report their actual energy & water usage, commuting and lifestyle habits. RCLCO also collected comparison energy & water usage data for older homes and newer homes built by other homebuilders.
The findings are:
- 60% of EYA homeowners have an “alternative” commute, as compared to only 32% of Washingtonians.
- 73% of EYA homeowners have a commute less than 30 minutes, which is 10% shorter than the DC-average.
- The average EYA homeowner walks 32 minutes per day, compared to the national average of only 13 minutes.
- 71% of EYA homeowners walk to Metro at least once a week, compared to only 15% of Washington-area residents.
- The average EYA household has only 1.43 cars, compared to a regional & national average of 1.9 cars per household.
- The average EYA household drives only 21 miles per day, as compared to a regional average of 26.3 miles per person.
- By moving into an EYA community, owners report driving 25 miles less per week, which saves them $734.50 per year.
- EYA homeowners report saving $258 per year on utility bills (or 9%) versus older homes or other new construction.
- 88% of EYA homeowners report that moving into an EYA neighborhood positively impacted their lives by bringing amenities within walking distance.
- In a typical EYA new home development, the company recycles 85% of construction debris, diverting over 2,000 tons of waste from landfills.
The study is timely for EYA, as it recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, 4,000th settlement and completed its 500th LEED certification. The results are a testament to the merits of the green building techniques the company has implemented in pursuing LEED certification, along with the lifestyle benefits of living in a walkable neighborhood.
EYA is a smart growth developer, specializing in walkable new home communities and mixed-use developments. Since its founding in 1992, the company has built over 30 neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area. Learn more at http://www.EYA.com.
Robert Charles Lesser & Company (RCLCO) is the largest independent real estate advisory firm in the nation. The company provides strategic and tactical advice regarding property investment, planning, and development. RCLCO has offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, CA, Austin, TX and Orlando, FL. Learn more at http://www.RCLCO.com.
 Commuting in the United States, 2009. Data for households earning $75K+ per year. U.S. Census Bureau. September 2011.
 Commute Times in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis. June 2001.
 Vital Signs: Walking Among Adults. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 2012.
 Commuting in the United States, 2009. U.S. Census Bureau. September 2011.
 Consumer Expenditures for the Washington, DC Area: 2010-2011. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 Mega Commuting in the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. November 2012.
 Using an IRS mileage rate of 56.5 cents.
 Data compiled using actual construction waste recycling reports from Northern Virginia Waste.
It’s 2013 and for many of us, that includes a resolution to get a little more exercise. Joining a gym is an easy choice, but resolving to live a more walkable lifestyle in general has benefits beyond fitness, according to researchers at The George Washington University.
In a recent study, The WalkUP Wake-Up Call, report authors found that walkable urban neighborhoods (aka WalkUPs) have surpassed suburban neighborhoods in home values by as much as 70% and the Washington area is leading that trend.
Urban dwellers enjoy walkable access to shops, restaurants, libraries, cultural activities and more – all while ditching the car and saving thousands in auto ownership costs. But WalkUPs aren’t necessarily centered in DC’s downtown urban core. Rather, many walkable neighborhoods are scattered throughout northern Virginia and Maryland. Old Town Alexandria, Bethesda, and Merrifield’s new Mosaic District are a few great examples.
Did you know?
- Walking just 30 minutes a day, with no other lifestyle changes, can lead to easy weight loss
- Walking can prevent colds
- Walking is free!
The WalkUPs study provides a list of the region’s 43 best neighborhoods for walkable living, along with trends in real estate, economic rankings and implications for urban planners.
What’s more, all of EYA’s communities are in WalkUPs! Learn more about The Neighborhoods of EYA and discover how enjoyable life within walking distance® can be!