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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.

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.

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!

Grand Opening: New Bethesda Townhomes!

February 20, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Grosvenor Heights by EYA

We are excited to announce the Grand Opening of Bethesda’s newest townhomes at Grosvenor Heights! The community will soon offer over 100 elevator townhomes in the perfect wooded oasis just off Grosvenor Lane. Stop by on Saturday, February 21st from 11 AM – 6 PM to learn more about this distinctive new neighborhood.

Grosvenor Heights Grand Opening
Saturday, February 21st

11 AM – 6 PM
5430 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814

Directions: From 355/Rockville Pike, travel westbound on Grosvenor Lane for approximately ¼ mile. Turn left at the Grosvenor Heights sign. From Old Georgetown Road, travel eastbound on Cheshire Drive. Turn right onto Grosvenor Lane. Take the first right after Fleming Avenue at the Grosvenor Heights sign.

Priced from $1.1 million, the townhomes will feature private elevators, 3 and 4 bedroom floorplans, available multi-generational suites with kitchenettes and baths, and expansive rooftop terraces for memorable entertaining. Grosvenor Heights is quietly tucked away in a 33-acre wooded oasis, yet just moments from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station, Wildwood Shopping Center and all the acclaimed Bethesda shopping, dining and nightlife. View our community video here.

We are also excited to announce EYA’s new Move Concierge service! We’ve partnered with Let’s Move LLC to make your move simpler and more relaxing. Their experts will manage every aspect of your move, all you do is pack an overnight bag and arrive to your beautiful new home, completely unpacked, for a relaxing first night!

The sales center will open for information on Saturday, February 21st and contracts will be accepted starting at 11 AM on Sunday, February 22nd on a first come, first served basis.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

EYA Holds Completion Ceremony at Old Town Commons

October 30, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Pictured left to right: EYA President & CEO Bob Youngentob, EYA Chairman Terry Eakin, ARHA Board Member A. Melvin Miller, Alexandria Mayor William Euille,   ARHA Board Chairman Merrick Malone, ARHA Board Member Karl Sandberg, EYA SVP Brian Allan Jackson, ARHA Board Member Carter Flemming, ARHA CEO Roy PriestPictured left to right: EYA President & CEO Bob Youngentob, EYA Chairman Terry Eakin, ARHA Board Member A. Melvin Miller, Alexandria Mayor William Euille, ARHA Board Chairman Merrick Malone, ARHA Board Member Karl Sandberg, EYA SVP Brian Allan Jackson, ARHA Board Member Carter Flemming, ARHA CEO Roy Priest

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, EYA gathered with Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) for a Completion Ceremony at Old Town Commons.

About 100 partners, consultants and business leaders attended the ceremony, which celebrates the six-year redevelopment effort. What was once five city blocks of outmoded public housing at the James Bland Housing Site is now a vibrant mixed-income neighborhood in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.

Officials from the City of Alexandria, ARHA, EYA and community and business leaders at the Old Town Commons Completion Ceremony

Officials from the City of Alexandria, ARHA, EYA and community and business leaders at the Old Town Commons Completion Ceremony

The redevelopment is a model for the preservation of public housing and public-private partnerships. EYA, ARHA and the City of Alexandria worked closely together to work through a host of complicated development decisions and designs. Today, Old Town Commons is smart, green, livable and worthy of emulation, thanks to the dedication of countless consultants, employees and partners.    

The community has won numerous local, regional and national awards, including:

  • ULI Award of Excellence, 2014 Finalist, Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment, 2014 Best Use of a Public-Private Partnership
  • Best in American Living Awards (BALA), 2013 Gold Award, Neighborhood of the Year
  • Delta Associates Awards for Excellence, 2013 Best Mid-Atlantic Neighborhood Impact Condominium Community
  • Virginia Housing Awards, 2013 Governor’s Award, Best Mixed Income Project
  • The Great American Living Awards (GALA), 2011 Best Interior Merchandising, 2011 Best Designed Architecture, 2010 Best Green Community, 2010 Most Innovative Infill Neighborhood

The public rental apartments are now complete and the condominiums are sold and occupied. A limited number of new townhomes remain for sale. Learn more at

EYA Townhome from the Movie “Syriana” Sells Above Asking Price

May 27, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

The 2005 hit movie “Syriana” featuring George Clooney was in a small part filmed in an EYA townhome. The living room, kitchen and front porch were all seen in the film as the home of Jeffrey Wright’s character. The townhome recently went on the market and with seven offers at or above asking price, sold well above its asking price of $1.125 million.

EYA’s Harrison Square community is located at 13th and V Streets NW, walking distance to local restaurants, shopping, and the U Street Metro. An entire city block was developed to seamlessly blend with the historic neighborhood, and ultimately was credited with sparking a renaissance of the U Street Corridor.

EYA is Again Named “Best Residential Builder”

April 28, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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For the second time in a row, EYA has been voted Best Residential Builder in Washington City Paper’s Reader’s Poll.

The annual Poll attracts thousands of voters around Washington for their favorite businesses, people and places in over 100 categories.

No other builder in the District has built as many homes as EYA in the last 20 years and the company has touched over 4,000 home buyers in the area since its founding in 1992.

Readers also voted EYA as a runner-up in the “Best Developer” category, a category which EYA did win last year.

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.