Category Archives: The Oronoco

EYA Voted City Paper’s “Best Residential Builder” 3rd Year in a Row!

April 24, 2015 | by
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EYA has been named “Best Residential Builder” in Washington City Paper’s Reader’s Poll for the 3rd year in a row! The annual Poll attracts thousands of participants around Washington who vote for their favorite businesses, people and places in over 100 categories.

Since 1992, EYA has built over 4,000 homes in the Washington area. We specialize in creating transit-oriented neighborhoods that positively impact individual lives and communities in a socially responsible way.

Thank you to everyone who helped name us “Best Residential Builder” again this year!

Staycation in Old Town Alexandria

April 17, 2015 | by
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Need some R & R but don’t want to deal with the travel hassles? Old Town Alexandria offers many great attractions and first class experiences right in your own backyard!

Dust off your bike and head to the Mt. Vernon Trail. From Old Town you could bike approximately 7 miles into DC stopping at the Mall and taking in the monuments or a few museums. Or you could head south approximately 10 miles to Mt. Vernon. Tour the beautiful estate and gardens and take in some history of this iconic historic home.

Treat yourself to a spa and shopping day! Sugar House Day Spa & Salon is located in a restored 19th century home that was once part of a sugar refinery. They now offer “sweetness of a different kind,” including deep tissue massage, organic chocolate therapy, sugar house scrub and more. Kimpton’s Lorien Hotel & Spa also offers a day of relaxation including caviar dream facials and a lavender dreams body experience featuring a scrub and warm body wrap.

The Old Town boutiques provide retail therapy of every kind. Update your wardrobe with the latest Spring fashions from Hysteria or The Pink Palm or redo a room with some new accessories from Red Barn Mercantile or European Country Living. After a day of shopping, treat yourself and your special someone to a nice dinner at Bastille, Brabo or Restaurant Eve.

Take a day to tour your own city. There are many great tours available, including self-guided walking tours, historic breweries tours, food tours, boat tours and more!

All of these great establishments and experiences are steps from the Townhomes at Old Town Commons. Now selling our final 2 homes!

Cruise the Potomac via Alexandria’s Water Taxi

April 3, 2015 | by

Explore your own back yard by boat along the Potomac with Potomac Riverboat Company’s direct service to the National Mall and National Harbor! Leave the car behind and hop aboard their fleet. Explore the sights in downtown Washington and then head over to National Harbor for afternoon libations and evening dinner. Tickets can be purchased on their website, and be sure to check their schedule for the last service of the day. If your boat leaves before your party’s over, call an Uber for a luxury ride home. Potomac Riverboat Company is a 20-minute walk from Old Town Commons and a 13-minute walk from The Oronoco. All aboard!

Spring Events in Historic Old Town

March 27, 2015 | by
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Spring is around the corner and Old Town Alexandria is getting ready to bloom! Spring is a great time to wander through the historic streets, visit gardens and enjoy some of Old Town’s fantastic Springtime events.

Fun for your four-legged friends, Doggy Happy Hour is back at Jackson 20! Beginning April 7th, canines will take over the courtyard every Tuesday from 5 PM – 8 PM. Treats for the dogs and drink specials for their companions will be available.

Celebrate Spring with a Historic Garden Tour on Saturday, April 18th. The walking tour will visit five row houses with courtyard gardens and stop for refreshments at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The tour also provides access to the Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden, Mount Vernon Estate and Garden and more. Tickets are $40 per person.

Saturday, April 22nd is Spring2ACTion Business Give Back day in the Old Town Boutique District.  Shop at a participating boutique and they will give a percentage of your purchase to their selected charity or your charity of choice! Participating boutiques include Red Barn Mercantile, Pink & Brown, The Sugar Cube and more.

EYA’s townhomes at Old Town Commons and luxury condominiums at The Oronoco are moments from King Street and all these great events. Both communities are now selling their final homes, so stop by our sales centers before it’s too late!

Happy Spring!

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

March 13, 2015 | by

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!


Alexandria Makes Top 10 Best Downtowns List

March 6, 2015 | by
Photo by Flickr Creative Commons' PetcoffrPhoto by Flickr Creative Commons' Petcoffr 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, 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

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
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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.

Move Concierge makes moving easy

February 24, 2015 | by
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EYA’s new Move Concierge service makes moving easy, so you can relax and enjoy the best that city living has to offer in your new EYA home.

Check out some (but certainly not all) of the services offered by our Move Concierge partner, Let’s Move, LLC.:

  • Provide you with a personal “move management” team to handle all the moving parts;
  • Liaise with all of your external contractors and vendors, including interior designers, landscapers, utilities, consignors, etc.;
  • Facilitate appraisal and sale of any valuables that you’re not taking with you to the new home;
  • Dispose of unwanted items;
  • Organize and pack all of your belongings;
  • Unpack in your new space according to a personalized floor plan;
  • Prepare and stage your home for sale; and
  • Archive and shred legal documents.

Now, when you purchase a home at Little Falls Place or Grosvenor Heights, Move Concierge service is included*.

*Prices, terms, features and incentives subject to change without notice. Seller will provide a specified number of hours of professional services for move-related activities to include: floor plan analysis; rightsizing sessions; packing and unpacking; personal concierge project management services; and move labor and transport. Professional services are provided by Let’s Move LLC. Purchaser shall be responsible for services beyond the scope of work outlined in the Seller’s agreement.

Moving . . . as easy as 1,2,3 . . .

February 18, 2015 | by
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Preparing for a move and getting your house ready to sell has never been easier with EYA’s new Move Concierge™ service. In partnership with organization and move management firm Let’s Move, every aspect of your transition will be meticulously handled. Experts will work with you to evaluate what you have, what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of – and they’ll create a customized approach for relocating your possessions, from floor plans to appraisal of valuables for sale.

It’s all about creating more peaceful and balanced spaces in your new home.

The folks at Let’s Move also understand how to prepare a home for market. As certified stagers, they’ll remove the burden of preparing your old home for sale so you can prepare for your new lock and go lifestyle.

Now, when you purchase a home at The Oronoco, Little Falls Place or Grosvenor Heights, Move Concierge™ service is included*.

For more information about our Move Concierge™ service, join us on February 21st , for the grand opening of Grosvenor Heights, distinctive elevator townhomes in Bethesda, and the official launch of Move Concierge™.  If you plan to attend, please kindly RSVP to

*Prices, terms, features and incentives subject to change without notice. Seller will provide a specified number of hours of professional services for move-related activities to include: floor plan analysis; rightsizing sessions; packing and unpacking; personal concierge project management services; and move labor and transport. Professional services are provided by Let’s Move LLC. Purchaser shall be responsible for services beyond the scope of work outlined in the Seller’s agreement.