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5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

April 22, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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Earth Day celebrations are taking place around the world and there are many ways you can make a difference in your community and your home. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Pledge to reduce and recycle. Purchase food products that use less plastic packaging and bring recyclable shopping bags to the grocery store. Shopping at a local Farmer’s Market can also reduce the amount of plastic packaging you consume. If you don’t already recycle at home, pledge to start.
  2. Plant a tree. Volunteer with a local tree planting organization or simply plant a tree in your own yard.
  3. Use public transit, carpooling or bicycle. Reduce your carbon footprint by using alternative transport methods such as public transit, carpooling, bicycling or walking.
  4. Install energy saving devices in your home. Change out those old incandescent bulbs for more energy-efficient bulbs, add a programmable thermostat (and be sure to change your air filters) and get low flow fixtures and appliances.
  5. Attend an Earth Day event. This weekend, there are lots of great Earth Day events taking place in the area that will feature plant sales, live music, family-friendly activities and more!

EYA has long demonstrated a commitment to environmentally sound business practices and building sustainable neighborhoods. Nearly every home we build is LEED certified and no other homebuilder in the Washington area has earned as many LEED certifications. We also build in urban areas where homeowners are within walking distance of transit, shopping, dining and other conveniences. Learn more about our actively selling communities and discover a smarter way to live today!

Life in an EYA Home

April 7, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
EYA Townhomes in Fairfax VA

What’s it really like living in an EYA home? Washington Post contributor Katharine Salant recently spent 2 days living in our Aster Model Home at Mosaic District in Fairfax, VA to get a taste.

Not too surprisingly, the loft and rooftop terrace were determined to be a huge bonus, as they are with many of our homeowners.  Salant also noted that “Nearly as compelling as the Aster itself is the urban lifestyle that is part of the Mosaic District package…” With a free Metro shuttle and dozens of new onsite retail shops and restaurants, Mosaic District has become Fairfax’s hottest new destination neighborhood. Read the full article.

Mosaic District is currently sold out, but Phase 2 townhomes are scheduled to open in September 2014. Sign up here to receive email updates and grand opening announcements.

Home Buying Tips 101

March 25, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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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!

 

EYA Readies to Open Chelsea Heights Townhomes in Silver Spring

January 10, 2014 | by | 1 Comment
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Silver Spring, MD – On Saturday, January 25, Washington-area building leader EYA will celebrate the grand opening of its newest Montgomery County townhome community, Chelsea Heights.

Located in the heart of walkable Silver Spring, Chelsea Heights will feature 63 contemporary townhomes just steps from the acclaimed retail shops and restaurants, Whole Foods and Silver Spring Metro.

New home buyers at Chelsea Heights will enjoy features such as expansive rooftop terraces, 2-car garage parking, advanced Home Automation, and European-style Chef’s kitchens. Floor plans offer 2-4 bedrooms, open main living levels, plus recreation rooms or lofts for up to 2,553 sq ft of interior living space. Contemporary finish options include such details as outdoor kitchens, linear fireplaces, decorative steel stair rails, exposed brick walls, and more. Home prices range from the $700s to $900s.

The townhomes at Chelsea Heights will offer a beautiful, tranquil setting—all within walking distance of downtown Silver Spring’s countless amenities.

 

Townhomes at Chelsea Heights Grand Opening
Saturday, January 25, 2014
11 AM – 6 PM
630 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-6700
www.EYA.com

About:

EYA is a smart growth developer, specializing in walkable new townhome communities and mixed-use developments.  Since its founding in 1992, the company has built over 30 neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area.  EYA is currently selling six new home communities: Chancellor’s Row in Washington, DC, Old Town Commons and The Oronoco in Old Town Alexandria, VA, Mosaic District in Fairfax, VA, Little Falls Place in Bethesda, MD and Arts District Hyattsville in Hyattsville, MD. For more information on the company or its neighborhoods, visit http://www.eya.com/.

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Chancellor’s Row Featured in Washington Post

December 17, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

The Washington Post has discovered what our homebuyers have known all along: Chancellor’s Row is quite the gem of walkable townhome living in the heart of the District!

Read what their reporter said about our architecture and community design, as well as the story of one of our homeowners. Want the carefree lifestyle of urban living for yourself? Visit our decorated model homes, open daily, from 11 AM – 6 PM. Learn more at EYA.com.

Grand Opening: Decorated Model Home at Arts District Hyattsville

November 13, 2013 | by | 1 Comment
EYA's newest model home at Arts District Hyattsville includes countless innovations in new home design.EYA's newest model home at Arts District Hyattsville includes countless innovations in new home design.

Join us for our Model Home Grand Opening at Arts District Hyattsville on Saturday, November 16th and be the first to preview some of EYA’s latest innovations in new home design!  Read More

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.

Chancellor’s Row Wins Environmental Award

October 25, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Last night at MNCBIA‘s annual Environmental Awards, judges praised EYA’s Chancellor’s Row townhome community with the firm’s fourth Green Building award.

EYA's commitment to green building practices has been recognized year after year in industry award competitions.

EYA’s commitment to green building practices has been recognized year after year in industry award competitions.

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.

Barnes & Noble and Starbucks Head to Brookland

September 4, 2013 | by | 0 Comments
Barnes & Noble, along with a Starbucks Cafe, is opening just four blocks from Chancellor's Row. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons @sagejp.Barnes & Noble, along with a Starbucks Cafe, is opening just four blocks from Chancellor's Row. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons @sagejp.

We’re happy to announce that Barnes & Noble, along with Starbucks, will be anchoring the retail town center at Monroe Street Market, just four blocks from Chancellor’s Row!

This retail announcement follows the developer’s earlier announcement that &Pizza will be serving up their delicious pizza creations onsite.

We heard early on that Barnes & Noble was moving the CUA bookstore to the all-new $200 million redevelopment across from campus at Monroe Street Market. The bookstore and coffee shop are expected to open in Spring 2014.

EYA Employee Spotlight: Aakash Thakkar, SVP of Land Acquisition and Development

August 23, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

In this month’s Employee Spotlight, we are pleased to feature EYA’s Senior Vice President of Land Acquisition and Development, Aakash Thakkar. A DC native, Aakash is passionate about creating great new communities that revitalize local neighborhoods and benefit the City’s residents. He has also been very involved in the EYA Foundation and is an active participant at many EYA volunteer events.

Aakash Thakkar
Current Role: Senior Vice President, Land Acquisition and Development
At EYA for: 9.5 Years

 

Aakash Thakkar was instrumental in bringing Busboys and Poets to Arts District Hyattsville. He is pictured here, to the right of Andy Shallal, founder of Busboys and Poets.

Aakash Thakkar was instrumental in bringing Busboys and Poets to Arts District Hyattsville. He is pictured here, to the right of Andy Shallal, founder of Busboys and Poets.

What do you enjoy most about your current position at EYA?

I love the entrepreneurial side of the business, working with municipalities, land sellers and the EYA team to create new opportunities for EYA. Also, EYA’s mission of urban-infill development and urban revitalization squares really well with my values.  There is nothing more exciting to me than working on a project that will create a new neighborhood and with that, lead to revitalization in the surrounding area.  EYA’s efforts in Brookland, Capital Quarter and U Street in DC, Chatham Square and Old Town Commons in Alexandria, and Arts District Hyattsville are all examples of how our work revitalizes neighborhoods, creates jobs, enhances the tax base and provides great homes for our residents.

I also enjoy working with communities and municipalities to both address their desires for their neighborhoods, while also ensuring that our projects are economically viable and will ultimately create great places.

What makes EYA unique or special compared to your work experiences elsewhere?

EYA is unique and frankly, awesome, for many reasons.  It starts with our mission of urban-infill and our commitment to people, planet and profit.  It is rare to find a company like EYA that is both highly profitable and has such an enormous, positive impact on the communities in which we build.

In addition to the mission, it’s the people.  Smart, dedicated, results-oriented and focused on rowing in the same direction, and at the same time kind, generous and fun loving.

You have been very active with the EYA Foundation. What is the best volunteer project you participated in and why?

The fact that leadership at EYA is committed and willing to put financial resources into the Foundation is wonderful.  It shows that we sincerely care about giving back above and beyond the great neighborhoods we create.  My favorite events were the Anacostia Watershed clean-up and the school buff and scrub we did in DC a couple of years ago.

As a native Washingtonian, what do you think makes DC such a special city?

The revitalization of the City since I was a child has been tremendous.  We have great restaurants, parks, public transportation, and more housing and office that keeps people working, living and playing in the City, day and night.

The diversity and openness of the City, welcoming to all types of people regardless of race, class and sexual orientation is also special in my book.  To be a great City, I think you have to be welcoming too and have amenities for all types of people and DC does a good job at that.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I am fortunate in that my work is a true hobby of mine.  I am definitely a DC geek and an urban revitalization geek.  I am also into local and national politics, like to play and watch tennis and love spending time with family and friends.

What was the best vacation you ever took?

My family and I spent three weeks in Thailand and Loas visiting friends in late 2011.  Great food, beaches, scenery and culture. I really enjoy immersing myself in other cultures, that’s a lot of fun for me!