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4th of July Celebration Guide

July 1, 2014 | by
The annual 4th of July fireworks in Washington, DC light up the sky. Photo courtesy of Flickr's Matthew Straubmuller.The annual 4th of July fireworks in Washington, DC light up the sky. Photo courtesy of Flickr's Matthew Straubmuller.

Every year, thousands of people visit DC to celebrate Independence Day in the Nation’s capital. The city hosts many fun events for the whole family to enjoy, including parades, concerts and spectacular fireworks over the National Mall. Here are a few ideas to kick off your celebrations.

Begin your day reliving history as a founding father and get the chance to sign a replica of the Declaration of Independence at 7th Street and Constitution Ave. After leaving your mark, continue to the National Archives at 10:00 am for the Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony. Hear songs, historic speeches, and a dramatic reenacted reading of the Declaration of Independence! Then head over to the National Archive Museum’s Boeing Learning Center for a fun-filled day of events including arts and crafts, stories, a chocolate tasting, and more.

Another fantastic July 4th tradition is watching the Independence Day Parade. The annual parade begins at 11:45 am at 7th Street and travels up Constitution Ave to 17th Street. See marching bands, floats, and political figures as they celebrate this historic day in our country’s history. The events continue at 8:00 pm with A Capitol Fourth Concert! The live music, hosted by Tom Bergeron and televised by PBS, will be held on the US Capitol West Lawn. Enjoy star-studded performances by Phillip Phillips, Jordin Sparks, Frankie Valli, The Muppets, Patti Labelle, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Be sure not to miss the famous July 4th fireworks beginning at 9:10 pm!

EYA’s neighborhoods are just a quick Metro ride to these downtown events and many other local celebrations. Visit our website for more information on our actively selling communities. We hope you have a very happy 4th of July!

Thanksgiving Dinners: Take Out or Go Out

November 5, 2013 | by

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!

Canal Park Grand Opening

November 14, 2012 | by

Canal Park, the newest addition to the Capitol Riverfront, opens with much excitement this Friday, November 16th. The park features an ice skating rink, the Park Tavern restaurant, monumental water fountains, sculptures and large green spaces to host movie nights, concerts, farmer’s markets, educational programs and more.

Image courtesy of Canal Park Development Association

Events kick off on Friday, November 16th at 11 AM with the Ribbon Cutting ceremony and remarks by Mayor Vincent Gray, Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton and other honored guests. After the ceremony, the ice skating rink opens for FREE skating from 12 – 2 PM. The celebration continues on Saturday, November 17th with music, fitness classes and more. See a full list of events here.

In keeping with the city’s commitment to green building, Canal Park is a model of sustainability featuring a LEED certified Pavilion and extensive storm water collection and reuse system. Stop by this weekend to enjoy the festivities and celebrate the opening of this beautiful city park! Located at 2nd and M Street SE, Canal Park is one block from the Navy Yard metro and just steps from EYA’s Capitol Quarter neighborhood.

EYA & DCHA Celebrate Capitol Quarter’s Completion

November 1, 2012 | by

Last Wednesday, October 24, 2012, EYA gathered with the DC Housing Authority, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, HUD and Councilmember Tommy Wells to celebrate the completion of Capitol Quarter.

EYA’s Capitol Quarter was hailed as the nation’s leading example of how private companies, housing authorities and municipalities can work together to design and build a neighborhood for residents of all income levels. The seven-city-block redevelopment project includes affordable rental homes, workforce homes and market-rate townhomes in the new ballpark district called Capitol Riverfront.

From left: DCHA Interim Director, EYA Homeowner, Congresswoman Norton, Public Housing Resident

Government leaders praised the architecture, construction quality, landscaping and overall income integration. Two residents spoke, one market-rate and one public-housing, and both commented that living at Capitol Quarter is a truly life changing experience and they can’t wait to enjoy the neighborhood’s new amenities.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was covered by NBC’s Tom Sherwood and you can view the clip here.

Capitol Quarter is EYA’s seventh development in the District of Columbia and the company has built over 30 neighborhoods throughout the Washington Metropolitan area.

DC Area Guide to The Fourth of July

July 2, 2012 | by

Every 4th of July, thousands of DC area residents and out of town guests flock to the National Mall to view the incredible fireworks display over the monuments. Many of EYA’s developments, both old and new, are in a prime location to access the National Mall as well as various other 4th of July celebrations.

From Chancellor’s Row, the best way to get to the National Mall would be by Metro. Walk to the Brookland Metro station and ride the red line to Judiciary Square. Exit the metro station and head to the nearby Capitol building where you can view the Capitol 4th Concert which takes place on the West Lawn of the Capitol building.

The annual concert features performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, The Voice winner Javier Colon, Matthew Broderick, and many more. Also don’t miss Apollo Anton Ohno as he joins composer John Williams in sending off Team USA to London. Or you can also watch the excitement from the comfort of your own home by tuning into WETA TV 26. Perhaps if you’re really lucky, you’ll even be able to view the fireworks from your roof top terrace.

For those living in Alexandria, including residents of Old Town Commons, walk down to Oronoco Bay Park (front yard to EYA’s newest project, The Oronoco.) Not only will you be able to see the fireworks over the National Mall, but because of the park’s spot on the Potomac River, you will get a unique panoramic view of various firework displays from across the entire metro area.

And if you happen to miss the shows on the 4th, or if you simply can’t get enough, come back down to Oronoco Bay Park on July 7th from 4-10 for a full evening of festivities to celebrate Independence Day as well as Alexandria’s birthday. The celebration ends with a performance by Alexandria’s Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display at 9:30 pm.

Check out this link for more information about parades and fireworks in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

DC Jazz Festival: Coming to an EYA Neighborhood Near You

May 24, 2012 | by

Clear your calendars for early June as the annual DC Jazz Festival brings various music stylings to a neighborhood near you. From June 1st through 10th, more than 100 jazz performances will fill the city with music. Concerts are scheduled to take place at a variety of locations, ranging from restaurants and hotels, to museums and clubs. Not only does the festival highlight famous musicians from around the world, it also introduces up-and-coming artists.

A unique feature of the DC Jazz Festival is that it hosts more than 80 performances that showcase DC-based groups in 21 neighborhoods around the city. Some of these concerts are ticketed, however many are free.

On June 2nd at 9 pm, the Charles Woods Quartet will be playing at Johnny’s Half Shell on Capitol Hill, walking distance to EYA’s townhomes at Capitol Quarter. Later in the week, on the 6th and 7th, the Jazz Festival brings glorious music to the Children’s National Medical Center in Brookland, home to EYA community Chancellor’s Row.

For a detailed schedule of the neighborhood performances, as well as the main events, check out the DC Jazz Festival Website: http://www.dcjazzfest.org/

EYA: One Step Ahead of the Rest

May 21, 2012 | by

EYA has always been an innovator and industry leader when it comes to our environmentally conscious and walkable urban neighborhoods. Only now, 20 years after EYA started, are other developers across the country beginning to realize the benefits of “life within walking distance.”

USA Today published an article on the front page of the Business section that discusses how Real Estate has changed in recent years. Developers are beginning to move away from massive suburban communities and towards the cities, choosing to create smaller communities in already-developed urban settings.

EYA frequently develops small, modern neighborhoods in pre-existing urban areas. For example, Chancellor’s Row , just steps away from Catholic University, is part of the historic neighborhood of Brookland. Old Town Commons is within walking distance of Old Town Alexandria and the Potomac riverfront.

EYA's townhomes at Chancellor's Row

Capitol Quarter, The Oronoco, and Mosaic District are some other examples of EYA’s commitment to “life within walking distance.” EYA continually seeks to build new communities in established neighborhoods, giving homeowners the ability to experience the walkability and culture of both new and historic streets in the Metro area.

It’s Our Final Four!

March 8, 2012 | by

One pass by our Capitol Quarter townhouse neighborhood in DC and you’ll quickly notice construction is nearly complete. Now, we have only four homes remaining for sale in the entire community!

If you’ve been waiting to make your move, now’s the time. You’ll be getting settled just as countless new shops and restaurants are expected to start opening their doors in The Yards, the expansive redevelopment in Capitol Riverfront next to Nationals Stadium. New four-level townhomes with garage parking and rooftop terraces start in the upper $700s.

Hurry in this weekend to tour our two decorated model homes and start enjoying your new walkable lifestyle this summer! Open daily from 11 AM – 6 PM at 1020 4th Street SE in Washington, DC. Learn more at http://www.eya.com/Capitol_Quarter.

Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront, steps from Capitol Quarter New Townhomes

Did You See Capitol Quarter’s Hollywood Debut?

February 15, 2012 | by

For fans of NCIS, you might have done a double take about half way through the show last night when our Capitol Quarter townhome community was featured as a backdrop to one of the scenes.

Pictured below are the new homes along 3rd Street at I Street SE, which occur at approximately 23:50 in the airing of the CBS hit show.

    Capitol Quarter Townhomes as featured on CBS' hit show NCIS February 14, 2012.

Capitol Quarter Townhomes as featured on CBS' hit show NCIS February 14, 2012.

We’re pretty excited that the producers found the architecture to be so representative of Capitol Hill’s historic rowhome designs!

Want to get in on the action? Hurry into the Capitol Quarter sales center, where you can score one of the ten remaining homes in the neighborhood. Now selling new townhomes from the upper $700s.

What’s Brewing Near Capitol Quarter

January 26, 2012 | by

Neighborhood Restaurant Group — the team behind local hotspots Birch&Barley, Churchkey and Buzz, to name a few — recently announced more details around the brewery, tasting room and 200-seat restaurant going in at the Boilermaker Shops down the street from EYA’s Capitol Quarter townhouses. Read all the exciting details in this Washington Post piece. You may have to wait another year until the first brews are served, but we’re sure it will be worth the wait.

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The Boilermaker Shops slated to open in Fall 2012. (Rendering via CapitolRiverFront.org)

In the meantime, the Boilermakers Shops is expecting the following to open this Fall: Austin Grill Express, brb – be right burger, Buzz, Huey’s 24/7 Diner and Willie’s Brew & Que (by Xavier Cervera, who’s behind several Capitol Hill haunts including Lola and Molly Malone’s)

It’s not too late to be an early adopter in this up-and-coming Capitol Hill neighborhood. Visit our Sales Center at 1020 4th Street SE to learn more about the few townhomes we have remaining.