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Old Town’s Winning Coffee & Wine Shop

July 14, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

            After recently perusing through Washingtonian’s “Best Of” list (see some of Alexandria’s local winners), we noticed that Grape + Bean, a wine and coffee combo shop just a half block off King Street in Old Town Alexandria, made the Best Coffee House list this year and we wanted to check it out for ourselves.

         The outside of Grape + Bean is reminiscent of Old Town Alexandria’s historic and quaint architecture featuring a traditional hanging street sign and old glass pane windows.  We were greeted by a series of cheerful “hellos” and “how-may-we-help-you’s” from the staff behind the counter as we entered the store.  Along both sides are rows and rows of wine bottles and various hightop tables and bar stools scattered throughout the store.  The cozy atmosphere is charming , with beautiful worn wood flooring, a wood planked ceiling, and an interior brick wall, and fits in perfectly with the rest of Old Town.

Old Town Alexandria's Grape and Bean was recently recognized by Washingtonian as one of the best coffee spots in DC.

         Specializing in both wine and coffee in a single retail is not a common occurence but  Grape + Bean appears to pull it off seamlessly.  The coffee is high quality, specializing in unique single-origin coffee.  Grape + Bean’s initial claim to fame was that they were one of the only restaurants in the DC area to own the Clover, a unique machine that brews one cup of coffee at time.  Recently, however, Starbucks purchased the Clover design and since then, independent coffee shops have been unable to get the services necessary to maintain the device and thus the Clover now sits unused for the time being.  Staffers at Grape + Bean said that the Clover was a fantastic addition to their shop while it lasted and while we were curious to try coffee from the Clover, we were not at all disappointed by the coffee we received when we visited – it was one of the best cups of coffee we’d ever tasted!

Enjoy coffee or a glass of wine as you look out onto Royal Street in Old Town. The cozy shop also offers a full menu of lunch and dinner food.


          Grape + Bean specializes in supplying wine from independent producers, and the prices for their wines range on average from $25 to $40.  One very unique component of Grape + Bean is the educational opportunities they offer in the form of wine classes and tastings, which are being held frequently throughout the summer (there is a champagne & sparkling wine tasting class next Thursday!).  Overall, Grape + Bean epitomizes the value of the independent coffee shops in the DC area that are so quickly diminishing, and exemplifies the spirit of Old Town Alexandria.  

Grape + Bean specializes in independent and unique wines. The staff is well versed in their inventory and can help you pick out the perfect selection for any occasion.

118 South Royal St (1/2 block off King St), Alexandria, VA


EYA’s Capitol Quarter Community Named “Best Real Estate Deal”

April 29, 2011 | by | 0 Comments
Washington’s leading business publication, Washington Business Journal, just named EYA’s Capitol Quarter DC townhome community one of the area’s Best Real Estate Deals 2010 in the Community Impact category.

Five prestigious judges reviewed over 130 nominations in the 14th Annual competition, in which real estate deal makers are honored for their contributions to the industry.

Capitol Quarter was honored in the Community Impact category for:

  • Preserving affordable housing in close-in locations
  • Setting a model for sustainable development
  • Reducing automobile dependence
  • Positively impacting public housing residents by reducing the concentration of poverty in neighborhoods
EYA Green Building & Smart City Living

EYA Green Building & Smart City Living

This is just one of many recent home building awards given to EYA’s Capitol Quarter neighborhood over the past months. The project would not be possible without the support and partnership of the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The award was accepted by DCHA Chief Development Officer David Cortiella and EYA’s Senior Vice President, Brian Allan Jackson.

EYA’s Frank Connors Named CFO of the Year

December 13, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Washington Business Journal selected EYA’s founding partner and senior vice president, Frank Connors, as Chief Financial Officer of the Year in the real estate category.

Connors, who joined EYA shortly after its founding in 1992, has led the company’s finance, IT, and risk management functions.  Even during the downturn of 2007-2009, EYA managed to deliver the same number of homes pre-recession thanks to Connors’ leadership.

Connors maintains EYA’s investor relations – the vital role in which EYA is able to secure new land and construction financing for its neighborhoods.  The company has built more than 3,000 homes in 30 communities in the Washington Metropolitan Area with sales totaling more than $1.5 billion.

Washington Business Journal CFO of the Year Frank Connors

His contributions extend beyond the office as well.  He has logged countless  hours as a volunteer in EYA community events and outreach programs such as Buff and Scrub, the Carpenter’s Shelter, DC BIA Community Improvement Day, Arts District Hyattsville Annual Arts Festival, Alexandria Residential Housing Authority and Home Aid.  He also serves as a coach for his children’s many sporting events and school activities.  He is on the Board of the Bethesda Country Club and a supporter of the DC Prep Public Charter Schools.

EYA’s Capitol Quarter Townhome Community Honored by ULI

November 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Terwilliger Center selected EYA’s Capitol Quarter New Townhome Community in Washington, DC for recognition in their annual Jack Kemp Models of Excellence Workforce Housing Award.

The award is designed to honor neighborhoods which bring homeownership opportunities to people earning between 60-120% of the Area’s Median Income (AMI).  Further, the homes are close to employment centers and transportation hubs – which reduces the amount of time homeowners spend in their cars, lessening the impact on the nation’s roadways and the environment.

EYA's Capitol Quarter architecture is designed to blend seamlessly with the Capitol Hill historic district.

Capitol Quarter combines market-rate townhomes with workforce homes and affordable rental homes, all designed to blend seamlessly with each other and the surrounding historic homes of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  Situated just steps from two Metro stations, the downtown business district and the booming new Capitol Riverfront entertainment district, Capitol Quarter offers life within walking distance® to everything homeowners want and need.   

Homebuilder EYA has won more than 200 awards for its 30+ urban infill communities built in the Washington Metropolitan Area since 1992.  To learn more, visit www.eya.com.

Arts District Hyattsville named “Best Mixed Use Neighborhood”

October 26, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

EYA’s new townhome community at Arts District Hyattsville has again been named “Best Mixed Use Neighborhood” by the 2010 Great American Living Awards (GALA) Committee at a ceremony on October 21st.

The GALA competition is the DC building industry’s most prestigious awards event, in which architects, builders, and developers select the area’s best new home communities and home designs.

Arts District Hyattsville, since opening, has been recognized with 15 local and national awards for its smartly planned urban design, unique architecture, and onsite amenities – including a restored 1950’s automobile showroom which has been repurposed into the community’s clubhouse.

Anchoring the 25-acre neighborhood are art galleries, shops and restaurants, with popular local favorites opening Spring 2011:  Busboys and Poets, Tara Thai, Yes! Organic Market, Elevation Burger and Chipotle.

By providing onsite amenities and neighborhood retailers in the community, residents enjoy easy access to everything they need and love – all while spending less time in the car.  It’s a greener, more convenient, and more relaxing way to live.  It’s life within walking distance and smart city living.

Since its founding in 1992, EYA has won over 150 GALA Awards (some formerly the MAME and Monument Awards) and just last year was given the GALA Lifetime Achievement Award.  To learn more about EYA and Arts District Hyattsville, visit www.eya.com.

Old Town Commons Neighborhood named “Best Green”, “Most Innovative”

October 26, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

EYA’s new townhome community at Old Town Commons has been open only 5 months, and it’s already been named “Best Green Community” and “Best Infill Neighborhood” at the 2010 Great American Living Awards (GALA) Ceremony October 21st.

Old Town Commons GALA Award

Old Town Commons GALA Award

The GALA competition is the DC building industry’s most prestigious awards event, in which architects, builders, and developers select the area’s best new home communities and home designs.

Old Town Commons was recognized as the area’s most “green” community – featuring new homes built to LEED standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council.  Judges measured proximity to public transportation & Metro, fitness & recreation, and shops, as well as energy-saving construction techniques and sustainable design.

Judges also named Old Town Commons “Most Innovative Infill Community” for the neighborhood’s location in the heart of Old Town and its smartly designed site plan.  Situated perfectly between Metro and the Potomac River, the community is the only new neighborhood in Old Town featuring private rear yard space.

Since its founding in 1992, EYA has won over 150 GALA Awards (some formerly the MAME and Monument Awards) and just last year was given the GALA Lifetime Achievement Award.  To learn more about EYA and Old Town Commons, visit www.eya.com.

Coalition for Smart Growth Honors Arts District Hyattsville

April 16, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Hyattsville, MD – The Coalition of Smart Growth recently named Arts District Hyattsville one of the area’s “Cool Communities” and released its research report documenting the benefits of choosing urban neighborhoods close-in to the City.

Residents of Arts District Hyattsville enjoy lower household transportation costs, reduced air pollution and traffic congestion, and better access to neighborhood shops and employment centers.  Click here to view the Fox 5 DC report.

This recognition is among numerous awards that industry leaders have given to Arts District Hyattsville.  Among them are:  Best Urban Smart Growth Neighborhood,  Best Green Building, Best Mixed Use Design, Best Townhome Design and Preservation Award for Lustine Center.

Capitol Quarter Selected for National Award

January 14, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Yesterday we learned that EYA’s newest townhome community in Washington DC, Capitol Quarter, has been named “Best Urban Smart Growth Neighborhood – Platinum Award” by the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) committee.

BALA is considered the most prestigious new home design competition in the industry.  Annually, building leaders, design professionals, architects, and land planners gather to select the new home community which best represents Smart Growth principles.

Judges praised Capitol Quarter for excellence in land use, home design, environmental protection, energy efficiency, proximity to retail and public transportation, and delivering a genuine sense of place.  The award details will be published in the upcoming issue of Professional Builder magazine. 

Special thanks goes to EYA’s homeowners, vendor partners, consultants, and staff!!

You’re invited to tour the neighborhood and our decorated model homes daily from 11 AM – 6 PM, located just steps from Navy Yard Metro and the new Nationals Stadium. 

Capitol Quarter is EYA’s newest town house community in Washington, DC, located just steps from Metro and Capitol Hill.  What was once aging public housing stock is quickly becoming a vibrant mixed income community.  Home styles feature classic DC rowhome architecture and rooftop terraces.  Learn more at www.eya.com.

EYA Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

September 30, 2009 | by | 0 Comments

Last night, Bethesda-based real estate developer and new home builder EYA was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Building industry leaders selected EYA for recognition at the 2009 Great American Living Awards (GALA) at the Ritz Carlton in Tyson’s Corner, an annual region-wide awards competition for home builders and developers.

Judges chose EYA for the Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to new home and community design in the Washington Metropolitan area; pioneering the way developers build communities in locations where home buyers are close to employment centers, entertainment, and public transportation; leading the way for green design in large-scale communities, such as building the nation’s largest LEED for Homes community; and giving back in communities where they build, including important contributions in DC public schools, building industry charities, and numerous advisory boards throughout Washington. Founders Terry Eakin, Chairman of the Board, and President and CEO Bob Youngentob accepted the award for EYA.

“It is truly a pleasure to accept this honor from my peers and colleagues tonight. Since we founded EYA in 1992, we have had the pleasure of interacting with so many talented individuals – our success would not have been possible without our partners, employees, and friends. We are thrilled that so many buyers have chosen to call EYA neighborhoods, ‘home’,” said Terry Eakin, Chairman and Co-Founder.

In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award, EYA was also honored with awards for “Innovative Infill Land Planning”, “Green Building”, and “Interior Design” at its Capitol Quarter townhome neighborhood in DC.

Since the company’s founding in 1992, EYA has been recognized with nearly 200 awards, including over 80 “GALA/Monument” awards locally and the ULI International Award for Excellence. Just earlier this year, BUILDER Magazine selected EYA as “America’s Best Builder” for the second time in 8 years, a national competition in which the magazine evaluates builders on their company strategy, community design, and contributions to the industry.