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Spring Cleaning for a Good Cause

April 1, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The Center for Professional Development at Wider Circle's Silver Spring Campus provides free career attire and job readiness training for individuals in need.The Center for Professional Development at Wider Circle's Silver Spring Campus provides free career attire and job readiness training for individuals in need.

This Spring, cleaning out your closet could be good for both your wardrobe and local residents in need.

We’re collecting gently used career attire for men and women at Wider Circle’s Center for Professional Development. There, low-income individuals receive complimentary job readiness training, as well as interview-appropriate clothing for their new job search. Your donation is tax deductible, thanks to our partnership with Professional Women in Building. You can view the flyer here.

Donate now through April 21, 2014 at any one of our drop off locations:

EYA’s Chancellor’s Row Townhome Community
627 Regent Place NE, Washington, DC 20017
Open Daily from 11 AM – 6 PM

EYA’s Old Town Commons Community
735 N. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Open Daily from 11 AM – 6 PM

EYA’s Corporate Office
4800 Hampden Lane, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814
Open M-F, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Valentine’s Day Like a Local

February 10, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
EYA Valentine's Day

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.

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.

Thanksgiving Turkey

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!

Upscale Shopping and Dining at Chevy Chase Pavilion

November 5, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

If you haven’t been to Chevy Chase Pavilion recently, you are in for a treat. Earlier this year, the shopping center re-opened after extensive renovation featuring new high-end retail shops and restaurants and a dramatic multi-story atrium.

Chevy Chase Pavilion

Chevy Chase Pavilion

Located just above the Friendship Heights Metro station on the border of Washington, DC and Maryland, this small yet upscale shopping center now includes World Market, J.Crew, Richey & Co. Shoes and DJBENNETT on its list of retailers.

With sweeping views over the atrium, the shopping center’s showcase tenant is RANGE restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio. RANGE features an open kitchen design, allowing guests to view the chefs in their state-of-the-art kitchen stations. Enjoy clams and mussels from the Raw Bar, pizza from the Wood Fired Hearth, biscuits and corn bread from the Bakery and a variety of meats, poultry and game.

Adjacent to RANGE is Civil Cigar Lounge, a premier cigar lounge and small plate eatery. The Lounge offers patrons a carefully curated selection of cigars, premium spirits, wines and beer and a small plate menu created by RANGE.

Chevy Chase Pavilion, Mazza Gallerie and many other luxury retail shops are just moment’s from EYA’s newest Bethesda neighborhood, Little Falls Place. Perfectly situated in a park-like setting, the townhomes feature private elevators and rooftop terraces with outdoor kitchens and fireplaces. Stop by our new onsite sales center to discover Bethesda luxury living like nowhere else.

How to Furnish Your Open Floorplan

October 24, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

We’re pleased to present this post from our friends at Danziger Design:

Homes with an open floor plan provide homeowners with the ability to entertain and carry on day to day family activities with a greater ease than homes of the past. Because of the open plans, family members easily participate in conversation while preparing dinner, watching TV and entertaining.

There are some things consider when planning interiors for these indoor open spaces:

COLOR – Select a paint color that will be carried throughout the space. If choosing more than one color, keep shades in the same color family. This will help unify the space and make it feel even more open and airy. If the dining room is separate, this is a great place to break off from the color family rule. The “new” neutral color palette by Benjamin Moore is a great place to start.

EYA's Duncan model home at Old Town Commons features a timeless design that flows seamlessly from room-to-room.

EYA’s Duncan model home at Old Town Commons features a timeless design that flows seamlessly from room-to-room.

FABRICS & FINISHES – When selecting upholstered furniture, also think of a unifying color. You don’t have to use the same fabric everywhere, but coordinating fabrics will give the space a put-together look. The same is true of finishes. You may decide you like satin nickel knobs, pulls, light fixtures and door hardware. Keeping these details uniform creates harmony within an open concept space. 

FLOW – In order to keep the open floor plan “open”, edit what is put into a space. Too much furniture or too many accessories can overwhelm an open floor plan. Also, arranging furniture which closes off walking paths may stop the eye. Avoid placing the backs of chairs and couches in the eye’s path to the other side of the room. Glass tables are helpful, as well.

Glass tables and fabrics and paint in the same color palette keep the eyes moving.

Glass tables and fabrics and paint in the same color palette keep the eyes moving.

FLOORING AND RUGS – Hardwood floors throughout an open floor plan provide the space with continuity. Coordinating rugs (with common colors) provide a connection within a space. For example, a geometric rug with cream, tan and green in the family area would pair nicely with a floral rug with similar colors in the dining area.

WINDOW TREATMENTS – Selecting shutters or wood blinds for an entire space is another way to master the open floor plan. EYA’s window covering partner, Dan Kugler, offers blinds, shutters, valances, drapery and motorized shades – all of which can be included in the price of your home (and financeable in your mortgage, too).

LIGHTING – The style of lights should coordinate in an open floor plan. Balance the amount of hanging fixtures vs. recessed lighting.  For example, you may use pendants above a kitchen island, a large pendant in the dining room, and recessed lights everywhere else.

The idea for the open floor plan is to allow the eye to take everything in without being stopped by something that just doesn’t seem “to fit”. Want a private design consultation? Contact Danziger Design today and be sure all of your finish, paint and furniture selections blend seamlessly in your new EYA home!

Fall Festival Guide: What’s Brewing in Your EYA Neighborhood

October 10, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Fall is here and the Washington area is buzzing with Oktoberfest celebrations, local beer festivals and Fall fairs. Here are a few fun upcoming events in your EYA neighborhood.

Chancellor's Row will be hosting an Oktoberfest Celebration at the sales center on Saturday, October 26th from Noon - 4 PM. RSVP to 202-290-3794

Chancellor’s Row will be hosting an Oktoberfest Celebration at the sales center on Saturday, October 26th from Noon – 4 PM. RSVP to 202-290-3794

Northeast DC

On Saturday, October 19th, Union Market hosts Snallygaster, a “gargantuan beer jamboree” featuring over 150 craft beers. Union Market restaurants and food trucks will be serving up tasty eats, including brats, sausages and artisanal hot dogs. Advance ticket packages are sold online or admission at the door is $10.

Old Town Alexandria

Take a leisurely bike ride along the Potomac down to the Mount Vernon Estate for the Fall Harvest Family Days. On Saturday and Sunday, October 26-27, you’ll enjoy reenactments of early settler life, such as wagon rides, apple roasting and wheat treading.

Fairfax

This year, the 9th Annual Merrifield Fall Festival will be held at Mosaic District. Stop by on Saturday, October 19th to enjoy entertainment, scrumptious food tastings, crafts, children’s activities and more. It’s sure to be fun for the entire family!

Bethesda

The 3rd Annual Redwood’s Oktoberfest will take place in Bethesda Row on Saturday, October 26th. Local restaurants will join Redwood in providing over 20 craft beers and festival foods, including brats and pretzels. There will also be live music, giveaways and an Oktoberfest costume contest!

Stay tuned for more upcoming events, all just moments from EYA’s newest townhome communities

24th Annual Taste of Bethesda

October 1, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

What do Nepalese dumplings, Malaysian noodles, sticky ribs and English banger sandwiches all have in common? They’re all on the menu at the 24th Annual Taste of Bethesda!

Taste of Bethesda, photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

Taste of Bethesda, photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

On Saturday, October 5th, the streets of downtown Bethesda will be turned into a culinary mecca of mouth-watering cuisines. The Taste of Bethesda offers festival goers the chance to sample the best of Bethesda dining all in one day, along with five stages of live entertainment and a kid’s corner full of fun activities.

Taste of Bethesda
Saturday, October 5th
11 AM – 4 PM
Woodmont Triangle

Sixty participating restaurants will be serving up a variety of foods from pizza to paella and lobster rolls to lemon crepes.  Here’s a taste of what’s on the menu: lamb sliders and hummus at Café Deluxe, white wine mussels at Mussel Bar & Grille and jumbalaya at Louisiana Kitchen & Bayou Bar. View the full list of participating restaurants and menu items here.

Admission is free and tasting tickets will be sold onsite in bundles of four tickets for $5. Food servings cost between one to four tickets.

If you’re craving the walkable Bethesda lifestyle for yourself, discover EYA’s elevator townhomes at Little Falls Place, where events like Taste of Bethesda are just steps away!

Little Falls Place Onsite Sales Center Grand Opening

September 12, 2013 | by | 0 Comments
Rooftop Terraces at Little Falls PlaceRooftop Terraces at Little Falls Place

Join us for the Grand Opening of our onsite sales center at Little Falls Place Saturday, September 21st from 12 PM – 4 PM. Perfectly situated near the intersection of River Road and Little Falls Parkway, this boutique community of 30 luxury elevator townhomes will be surrounded by parkland and the Capital Crescent Trail and is moments from downtown Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Mazza Gallerie.
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Bethesda Home Décor Shopping Guide

August 23, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

When decorating your home, there’s nothing more exciting than finding that “perfect piece.” And there’s no place better to find hidden treasures than the many home design and accessory shops in downtown Bethesda. Recently featured in the Washington Post, the home décor shops of Bethesda are full of surprises and great finds for any style or budget.

Design Within Reach

If your style is simple, beautiful and modern, then you’ll love the collections at Design Within Reach. This home furnishings chain brings coveted “designer only” pieces within reach for do-it-yourself designers. Select from furniture, accessories, lighting, rugs and more. Located in Woodmont Triangle.

Urban Country

From urban loft to chic rustique designs, Urban Country offers something for everyone with their stylish furnishings and home accessories. Shoppers are treated to inviting upholstered sofas with piles of pillows, beautiful wood tables and Old World style accessories. A member of the Sustainable Furniture Council, Urban Country promotes products designed for a greener home.

Bethesda's Urban Country Home Furnishings Store

Bethesda’s Urban Country Home Furnishings Store

Random Harvest

Random Harvest offers hand-selected furnishings and accessories from around the world. As the items are handpicked, there is an ever changing mix of furnishing and accessories on sale at any time. Featured items include antiques, vintage and newly manufactured goods that will give your home a stylish and timeless look. Most items are in-stock and available for immediate pick-up or delivery.

Bethesda's Random Harvest Home Furnishings Store

Bethesda’s Random Harvest Home Furnishings Store

Blue House

For those who love Cottage Classics, Blue House is a fun store that sells casual, colorful furniture and accessories. Give your home a pop of color with a beautiful aqua end table or beach-themed artwork. They also carry unique gifts, children’s items and kitchen wares.

Bethesda's Blue House Home Furnishings Store

Bethesda’s Blue House Home Furnishings Store

These home decorating stores, along with countless other retail shops and restaurants, are just moments from EYA’s newest Bethesda community, Little Falls Place. A boutique community of 30 luxury townhomes, Little Falls Place features stunning rooftop terraces with outdoor kitchens and direct access to the Capital Crescent Trail.

5 Fresh Ways to Get Your Fit On Around the District

July 1, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Tired of your mechanical routine of cardio and then weights at your local gym? Looking to get fit while enjoying the outdoors or sharing laughs with friends and family? Check out our fresh workout ideas to see the same great results, but with many more smiles along the way.

1. Bethesda: Spend a day biking along the Capital Crescent Trail, just steps away from the Little Falls Place townhomes in Bethesda. The trail features gorgeous views of the Potomac River and offers the perfect balance of serenity and bustling noises of a community coming together to enjoy the outdoors. If you need to cool off, you can rent canoes and kayaks from one of the boathouses along the trail


The Capital Crescent Trail, offering scenic views of the Potomac river, is just steps away from the Little Falls Place townhomes in Bethesda. (Photo via Flickr Creative Commons by @SPakhrin)

 

2.  Old Town Alexandria: Follow the latest trend and take a Zumba dance class at a local studio. Chakaboom Fitness offers very affordable and popular Zumba classes, helping you get fit with the best music, dance moves, and cardio workout. Chakaboom prides itself on a very upbeat and energetic atmosphere and also has two additional dance classes — Chakatoning and Kangoo Jumps. Chakaboom is close to both The Oronoco waterfront condos and Old Town Commons new homes in Old Town Alexandria

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3.  Enjoy the hot DC summers by going for a swim at the Ellen Linson Outdoor Pool, close to the Arts District Hyattsville. And when the leaves change colors and fall comes around, hop on over to the attached Herbert Wells Ice Rink and learn how to roller or ice skate through very low priced classes. The ice rink is open October through March, and offers public skating sessions in addition to private lessons. You can even take the whole family along to the family skating sessions on Sunday afternoons.

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Get your skate on at the Herbert Wells Ice Rink, close to Arts District Hyattsville. Group classes are available in addition to low-priced public skating sessions. (Photo via Flickr Creative Commons by @xersti).

4. Take Pilates on the Patio, an outdoor core-strengthening class offered in the District. Pilates-instructor and triathlete Chauna Bryant teaches this 45-minute class, which is followed by drinks to toast your newly toned body. The class helps you enjoy the beautiful DC summer while working your muscles. Classes are offered in different areas around DC.

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Enjoy a great workout and drinks in Chauna Bryant’s Pilates on the Patio program. Photo with permission from Chauna Bryant.

5. Play tennis with your neighbors and local community at one of the many local parks. Residents in Old Town Alexandria come together on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to play tennis in a fun and friendly atmosphere, showcasing their talents and creating a greater community feel. The matches are held at Montgomery Park, just a 5-minute walk from The Oronoco waterfront condos and Old Town Commons new homes.

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Show off your tennis skills at weekly tennis matches at Montgomery Park, just minutes from The Oronoco waterfront condos and Old Town Commons new homes in Old Town Alexandria. (Photo via Flickr Creative Commons by @NAVFAC