Category Archives: Smart Growth

Discussions about smart growth and urban infill development

Multi-Generational Living Gains Popularity

October 2, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Multi-generational suites offer privacy to live-in family members and guests.Multi-generational suites offer privacy to live-in family members and guests.

Caring for loved ones, returning kids from college, and out-of-town guests. Homebuyers are increasingly wanting space to accommodate their friends and family in a semi-private, multi-generational space. It’s a topic that home builders are embracing, notes The Washington Post writer Michele Lerner. EYA, too, has heard from it’s homeowners and has developed “multi-generational suites” complete with living space, sleeping space, and “wet-bar” style spaces for simple beverage service. Visit an EYA neighborhood near you to learn more about multi-generational living and how your new home can accommodate your lifestyle for years to come.

Pledge to Go Car Free: September 22nd

September 18, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Car Free Day is just around the corner! On Tuesday, September 22nd, park your car and go car free or car-lite by taking an alternative mode of transport such as biking, walking, Metro or carpooling. To participate, take the pledge to go car free or car-lite and you’ll be eligible to win great prizes, including a Capital Bikeshare membership and new Kindle. Giveaways and raffles will also take place on Car Free Day at various locations around the Washington area. You can also enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card from EYA* by posting your “commuter” selfie on our Facebook page!

EYA builds homes in walkable areas where residents can enjoy healthier and happier lives. Learn how EYA neighborhoods are measurably different and take the pledge to go car free today!

*EYA will select one winner from the entrants at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 22nd. Employees are not eligible. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

What Washingtonians Want Most

August 27, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Above all else, Washingtonians want to spend less time in the car, according to a study by Redfin which was recently covered by the Washington Business Journal. It’s no surprise, as the DC area is known for having the worst traffic in the country. The good news is that many local jurisdictions are incredibly focused on smart growth, so transit-oriented communities are becoming the norm. Want to spend less time in your car? Discover the walkable neighborhoods of EYA and enjoy a lock-and-go lifestyle today!

Can Your Commute Save Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

August 12, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Metro Train

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!

New Silver Spring Library Sets Design Standard

August 7, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

The all-new Silver Spring library has set an incredible design standard for libraries around the nation. Designers, county officials and neighbors gathered recently in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the 90,000-square-foot building, which is expected to earn LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Just four short blocks from EYA’s townhomes at Chelsea Heights, the new Silver Spring library boasts over 100,000 books, a cafe, computer labs, childrens spaces and activities, as well as a quiet room stocked with the latest magazines and newspapers. An older library location on Ellsworth adjacent to Chelsea Heights is planned for a new urban dog park.

Silver Spring is quite possibly the County’s most amenity-rich neighborhood, with an excellent mix of recreation, shops, dining and entertainment venues. Discover for yourself today!

Millennials Prefer Walkable Neighborhoods

July 29, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

In a recent study by the National Association of Realtors, surveyors confirmed a fact that EYA has long known: today’s homebuyers prefer walkable neighborhoods close to shops and transit. The study was covered by the Washington Business Journal, in which writer Kent Hoover urged the housing industry to do more to adapt to this trend. Looking for a walkable neighborhood to call ‘home’? Discover modern townhome living at

Montgomery Row Featured in Washington Business Journal

July 28, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
EYA Bethesda Townhomes Montgomery Row

What’s next for Marriott and its future headquarters location? That’s all the buzz around Bethesda and the Washington region. Reporter Daniel J. Sernovitz wrote about the popular topic, with input from EYA’s Vice President, McLean Quinn. The article discusses the potential relocation of Marriott headquarters across from EYA’s Montgomery Row townhomes, and what impact it might have on the neighborhood. Plus, learn more about the area’s new luxury residences and why EYA has sold 15 homes in just 30 days.

By The Numbers: Shady Grove Station

July 17, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Metro Train

Eager to call Westside “home”? Here are some Shady Grove Metro stats to peak your interest.

  • 1984 Year Opened
  • 3rd Busiest Metro Station System-wide
  • 29,100 Weekday Ridership in 2009
  • 40,000 Weekday Ridership Projected for 2030
  • 32 Bike Racks
  • 60 Lockers
  • 40,000 Square Feet of New Neighborhood Retail Shops
  • 5,745 Park and Ride Spaces
  • 76 Kiss and Ride Spaces
  • 15 Trains Per Hour During Peak
  • 407 Number of New EYA Townhomes Onsite


More Support for Transit-Oriented Neighborhoods

June 9, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Mixed-use development by EYA at Westside at Shady Grove Metro, a transit-oriented neighborhood.Mixed-use development by EYA at Westside at Shady Grove Metro, a transit-oriented neighborhood.

We’re excited to share Roger K. Lewis’ most recent piece on transit-oriented development, a concept that’s at the very heart of life within walking distance. We work tirelessly to deliver on the best, timeless practices in urban living and neighborhood design. You can see some evidence of our past commitments smart growth on Enjoy!