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!

EYA Breaks Ground for Westside at Shady Grove Metro

May 12, 2015 | by | 2 Comments
From left to right:
Brian Allan Jackson, Ronnie Warner, Greg Ossont, Clarence Snuggs, David Dise, Ike Leggett, Casey Anderson, Bob Youngentob, McLean QuinnFrom left to right: Brian Allan Jackson, Ronnie Warner, Greg Ossont, Clarence Snuggs, David Dise, Ike Leggett, Casey Anderson, Bob Youngentob, McLean Quinn

Bethesda, Maryland, May 12, 2015 – EYA broke ground today on Westside at Shady Grove Metro, a new transit-oriented, mixed-use residential and retail community. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett joined EYA to mark the beginning stages of construction at the 45-acre smart-growth community.

Westside will feature 407 townhomes, more than 1,000 rental homes, 131,000 sq. feet of office space and a total of 41,828 sq. feet of retail space. Plans also call for the addition of a community library.  Moderately priced dwelling units (MPDU) and workforce housing are included among the residences.

The Westside neighborhood is a public-private partnership between Montgomery County and EYA that transforms the former Montgomery County Service Park from warehouse and industrial space to a vibrant mixed-use community.

“I am very excited to break ground with our development partner EYA on the first development project under my Smart Growth Initiative,” said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. “Developing this land around the Shady Grove Metro Station will deliver quality housing and the promise of a vibrant urban village.  The Smart Growth Initiative, of which this is an important part, will create a better quality of life for our residents well into the future.”

EYA President Bob Youngentob said the community will bring significant change.

“Everyone at EYA is so proud to be a part of this transformational effort to redevelop the former Montgomery County Service Park into a world class residential community in accord with County Executive Ike Leggett’s ‘Smart Growth Initiative’.” EYA believes the combination of innovative new home design, neighborhood-serving retail, a rich complement of recreational amenities and unparalleled access to transportation options including the ICC, I-270 and walking distance to the Shady Grove Metro platform, will result in a neighborhood that will offer the ultimate in ‘life within walking distance’. EYA has been working on this community for more than 10 years, and we want to thank the County Executive, his staff, and the County Council for entrusting us with this unique opportunity to create Westside at Shady Grove Metro.”

Westside at Shady Grove offers homebuyers a choice in sleek and spacious townhomes currently for sale. Market-rate homes are available in four models (Bancroft, Copeland, Davis and Erving) that range from 1,678 to 2,427 square feet with three or four bedrooms and 2.5 or 3.5 baths. Homes are three or four floors and include a private, two-car garage and a rooftop terrace with available outdoor kitchen and gas fireplace.

The townhomes at Westside have been designed in two contemporary architectural styles, distinct, yet complementary, and consistent with the overall urban character of the mixed-use development.

The SoHo style is influenced by West Coast design details and materials, with an emphasis on expansive windows that allow natural light to fill the open interior spaces. The Tribeca style is based on design concepts more prevalent in East Coast urban environments, with full masonry facades and bays, accentuated by towers of paneled trim work and floor-to-ceiling glass.

Each street in the community will be architecturally controlled to provide a balance of both façade styles and a variety of color schemes, ensuring a unique urban experience within the residential portion of the Westside neighborhood.

Market-rate residences will feature chef kitchens with ENERGY STAR® appliances; advanced home automation of security, heating and cooling; water-saving Kohler fixtures; and eco-friendly construction built to LEED® for Homes standards.

Westside will offer residents a unique combination of well-preserved green space with desirable shopping and dining choices. Homebuyers will enjoy use of the community’s swimming pool, clubhouse, outdoor lounge, fitness center, dog park, garden, open parks, walking paths and onsite Metro access as part of homeowner association fees.

Homes are priced from the upper $500s to the upper $700s. First move-ins are expected in first quarter 2016. The sales center at 16658 Crabbs Branch Way is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information is available at

About EYA

EYA is Washington D.C.’s leading developer of urban and transit-oriented communities that promote Life Within Walking Distance®. The company has built more than 4,000 residences and 37 walkable urban neighborhoods in the D.C. area in last 22 years, including nearly 900 homes in Montgomery County. EYA plans to add 1,872 new homes to Montgomery County within the next five to seven years in six neighborhoods:  Chelsea Heights, Chevy Chase Lake, Grosvenor Heights, Montgomery Row at Rock Spring and Westside at Shady Grove Metro.