Category Archives: The Oronoco

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”.

Home Buying Tips 101

March 25, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of http://www.stockmonkeys.com/Photo courtesy of http://www.stockmonkeys.com/

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!

 

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

Thanksgiving Dinners: Take Out or Go Out

November 5, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

If you love Thanksgiving, but not the cooking, there are many restaurants and markets near your EYA neighborhood that offer fully prepared take home meals or dine-in Thanksgiving Day feasts. From southern-style fried turkeys to organic Thanksgiving meals, there’s plenty to tempt your taste buds this holiday season.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving southern-style with a fully prepared take home meal from Georgia Brown’s in the District. Choose between a slow roasted or deep fried turkey hand rubbed with creole seasoning. There are plenty of tasty sides from which to choose, including collard greens, cornbread stuffing and homemade buttermilk biscuits! Orders must be placed by November 25th and picked up on Thanksgiving Day between 8 AM and 11:15 AM.

Whole Foods also prepares take home Thanksgiving dinners, including fully organic and vegan meals. A Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner serves 6-8 people and costs $119.99. The turkey comes ready to cook and sides include sage stuffing, homestyle mashed potatoes, organic cranberry orange relish, turkey gravy and choice of veggies or casserole.

Hill Country Barbecue Market, also in the District, offers both pre-ordered meals and dine-in options. Enjoy their Thanksgiving Day Feast including pit-smoked turkey with pan gravy, Texas toast stuffing, sweet potato bourbon mash, skillet cornbread and many other tasty options. Dine-in prices are $39.95 for adults and $15 for kids 10 and under.

For Thanksgiving with a French-twist, head to La Ferme restaurant in Chevy Chase. The three-course prix-fixe menu costs $47 and includes a number of delectable choices including pumpkin soup, seafood pot pie, roasted turkey, pan seared sea scallops, apple and cinnamon crème brulee and pumpkin and spice roulade cake.

Where better to celebrate Thanksgiving than in charming Old Town Alexandria? Historical Gadsby’s Tavern will be serving Thanksgiving meals that include turkey with savory giblet gravy and candied yams. Price is $49 per person (half price for children under 12). Or pre-order your meal from Old Town’s favorite, The Butcher Block. There are a variety of turkey and side options such as sweet potato puree, mac and cheese and fennel sausage stuffing. Orders must be placed by November 20th.

Click these links for lists of additional DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia restaurants serving up scrumptious Thanksgiving Day feasts. Be sure to make reservations early as many restaurants fill up quickly! No matter what your flavor, finding a tasty Thanksgiving meal steps from your EYA home is easy!

EYA Wins “Builder of the Year” Award

October 25, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Last night at the MNCBIA membership dinner, EYA was awarded recognition as “Builder of the Year” in the Large Volume category. Associate members of MNCBIA vote on a winner for the category, which recognizes excellence in subcontractor relations, quality control, supervision and ethics.

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“On behalf of everyone at EYA, we are so pleased to accept this award. Our vendor partners are vital to our business and our ability to deliver an excellent product to our homebuyers,” said Bob Youngentob, President of EYA. “We couldn’t be more proud.”

Since 1992, EYA has built over 4,000 homes in urban infill locations. The company has earned more than 250 industry awards in this time, including America’s Best Builder, not once, but twice. EYA has actively selling neighborhoods in the District, Old Town Alexandria, Fairfax, Bethesda, Hyattsville and Silver Spring.

MNCBIA is the building industry association for the Maryland National Capital area. Among its many activities, the organization provides networking opportunities for industry businesses, advances important issues in housing, and gives back through philanthropic efforts.