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4th of July Celebration Guide

July 1, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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!

Get Active on the Metropolitan Branch Trail

June 20, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Take in amazing city views while staying active on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons Payton ChungTake in amazing city views while staying active on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons Payton Chung

Looking for a way to spend time in the beautiful outdoors this summer?

Free yoga and fitness classes are coming to the Metropolitan Branch Trail!  Brought to you by the MBT5K, classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July at 6:30 PM, weather permitting. Walk, run, bike, skate or drive in (on street parking available).

TUESDAYS:  Yoga with Crystal Moore in the mini park at 4th & S Streets NE (and the trail intersection).  Bring towel or mat.

THURSDAYS:  Fitness classes at 8th & Edgewood Streets (at trail entrance near Chocolate City Beer) with Project Fitness.

Join us and bring a friend!  Visit www.facebook.com/mbt5k for news and announcements.  Email metbranch5k@gmail.com for more information.

The Metropolitan Branch Trail winds through DC and Maryland, passing EYA’s new townhomes at Chancellor’s Row. Want your very own walkable lifestyle in the District? Consider EYA’s Chancellor’s Row townhomes in Brookland. Now 95% sold out!

Summer Fun in Downtown Silver Spring

June 18, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Enjoy a Summer day in Silver Spring's FRESHFARM Market.Enjoy a Summer day in Silver Spring's FRESHFARM Market.

Summer is almost here and downtown Silver Spring offers lots of great outdoor activities for the entire family. From live music to farmer’s markets to playing in the fountains, here are a few ideas to kick off your Summer fun.

Downtown Date Night

Grab your special someone and head over to the Fountain Plaza Stage for some live music. Fridays at 6:30 PM, Downtown Live features a variety of music including reggae, new swing, funk, rock and more. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at one of the many acclaimed Silver Spring restaurants. Voted one of the Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants, 8407 Kitchen Bar has a sophisticated menu with mussels, crispy confit pork belly, seared sea scallops and more. If your special someone has a playful side, stop by Throwback Thursday Game Night on the plaza featuring a DJ, Trivia, Name that Tune and dancing!

Shopping in Style

Stroll through the shops of Silver Spring to find the perfect Summer outfit. Pick up some sandals at DSW to pair with the hottest new shorts or sundress from H&M. On Saturdays, head over to the FRESHFARM Farmer’s Market between 9 AM – 1 PM for some locally grown produce. They also offer lots of other tasty treats such as pies, salsas, pastries and more.

Fun in the Sun

Bring the kids by to play in the interactive fountain! Open from 10 AM to 8 PM, the kids will love splashing around on the hot Summer days. On Mondays, grab your co-workers and enjoy lunch and live music with Lunchtime Lounge at the Fountain Plaza. Or get your groove on with Washington Sports Club on Tuesday nights from 7:15 – 8:15 PM for Zumba on the Plaza!

EYA’s newest Silver Spring community, Chelsea Heights, is located in a beautiful, tranquil setting just steps from downtown Silver Spring’s countless shops and restaurants. Chelsea Heights will feature 63 craftsman style townhomes with expansive rooftop terraces, 2-car garage parking and contemporary finish options such as linear fireplaces, decorative steel stair rails, exposed brick walls, and more. Home prices range from the $700s to $900s.

Discover Alexandria’s Summer Concert Series

June 17, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Alexandria's City Hall is the perfect backdrop for a summer concert series. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons Michel Curi Jr.Alexandria's City Hall is the perfect backdrop for a summer concert series. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons Michel Curi Jr.

Looking for a fun, free way to kick off your summer? Check out the 2014 Alexandria Concert Series happening all summer long! Go back in time to the War of 1812 at the Carlyle House Magnolia Terrace every Thursday evening in June for a fun twist on history with live music or jam out to rock ‘n roll in Ben Brenman Park. Enjoy men’s barbershop tunes during an evening in July or soul influenced rock during an afternoon in August. Additional genres include blues, acoustic jazz, world music, jazz vibraphone, Americana, folk, rockabilly and honky tonk, choral, R &B, and folk rock.

The Venues:

  • John Carlyle Park, 300 John Carlyle St.
  • Market Square, 301 King St.
  • Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr.
  • Canal Plaza, 44 Canal Center Plaza
  • Waterfront Park, 1 Prince St.
  • Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St.

Check out the 2014 Alexandria Concert Schedule and the Thursday Evening Concert Series Schedule for specific dates, times, and venues.

If you would like to take a stroll to a live concert in Alexandria every night, consider making a move to EYA’s townhomes or condos at Old Town Commons or The Oronoco, both within walking distance of all of these venues. Don’t wait, both communities are nearly sold out!

More Brookland Shops Ready to Open

April 16, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The group running the Arlington Courthouse farmer's market is coming to Brookland this May. Photo by Flickr's Cliff1066TM.The group running the Arlington Courthouse farmer's market is coming to Brookland this May. Photo by Flickr's Cliff1066TM.

Brookland’s booming Monroe Street Market is quickly becoming one of DC’s most coveted neighborhood destinations.

Just announced: Locally-renowned Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar will be partnering with owners of The Bike Rack to bring a bike shop/coffee house concept to a large retail space along the Arts Walk. Their spot is expected to open this Fall.

A farmer’s market will also open at Monroe Street Market this May, offering goods from up to 20 vendors on Saturdays from 9 AM – 1 PM. The market will be operated by Lydia’s Fields, the same group who organizes the Arlington Courthouse Farmer’s Market (pictured).

Learn more about the variety of shops opening in Brookland here or visit the Monroe Street Market site. Monroe Street Market is just three blocks from EYA’s Chancellor’s Row townhomes. Now selling our final phase, with homes priced from the upper $600s to the low $800s, all ready for summer move-in.

Design Inspiration: Outdoor Decks and Terraces

February 18, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
EYA's townhomes at Chelsea Heights in Silver Spring offer outdoor wetbars and outdoor fireplaces.EYA's townhomes at Chelsea Heights in Silver Spring offer outdoor wetbars and outdoor fireplaces.

If this week’s approaching Spring-like weather has you eager to open your deck and rooftop terrace for the season, you’re not alone. Check out some of these great tools to make decorating your space easier and more enjoyable!

EYA’s Pinterest page has a section on Outdoor Spaces where you can be inspired by photos of EYA terraces around town, as well as other beautiful design tips and tricks. Houzz is another great resource for photos and ideas.

Plan on doing some planting outdoors? Check out our tips on organic vegetable gardening and planning a rooftop garden. EYA does also offer a limited number of homes with rear yards at Old Town Commons and Little Falls Place for those wanting a ground level escape.

Looking for some tips on home maintenance for your outdoor spaces? These YouTube videos might help: cleaning roofdeck stains, caulking exterior joints, cleaning terrace drains, and cleaning exterior windows.

Whatever your outdoor pleasure, we hope this week’s reprieve from winter gets you thinking about how to use your home’s deck or terrace!

Halloween Happenings in Old Town

October 25, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

This Halloween, head to Old Town Alexandria to learn about its haunted history and indulge in some tasty treats. From graveyard tours to trick-or-treat shopping, there’s something for Halloween enthusiasts of all ages, including your four-legged friends – all steps from EYA’s new home communities in Alexandria!

More than two dozen member stores in the Old Town Boutique District will be handing out treats – and maybe some tricks – on October 26 from 11 am to 6 pm.

More than two dozen member stores in the Old Town Boutique District will be handing out treats – and maybe some tricks – on October 26 from 11 am to 6 pm.

Trick or Treat with the Boutiques

Grab your “ghoulfriends” and stop by the Old Town Boutique District on Saturday, October 26th for Trick or Treat with the Boutiques. More than two dozen Old Town boutiques will be handing out special treats from 11 AM – 6 PM. Participating stores include Red Barn Mercantile, Bellacara, The Shoe Hive and Apple Seed.

Ghost and Graveyard Halloween Tour

For a frightfully good time, join Alexandria Colonial Tours for their special Ghost and Graveyard Halloween Tour. Follow an 18th Century costumed guide through the charming streets of historic Old Town as you hear tales of angry ghosts looking for revenge, legends, folklore and unsolved mysteries. The one-hour tour ends with the guide abandoning you in a local graveyard!

Canine Costume Contest

Don’t leave your four-legged friends behind this Halloween. Stop by Jackson 20 on Halloween night for their annual Howl-o-ween canine costume contest! Local pets and their humans will model their finest Halloween attire in this popular pet costume contest.

View the full list of Old Town Halloween happenings here. And while you are in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by EYA’s newest Old Town communities, Old Town Commons and The Oronoco, just moments from King Street’s acclaimed boutiques and restaurants. Happy Haunting!

Only 4 Homes Remain at Mosaic District!

October 16, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

If you’ve been waiting to make your move to Mosaic District, now is the time! Only 4 homes remain in Fairfax’s hottest new destination neighborhood, all planned for Spring delivery.

At Mosaic District, dozens of Washington’s favorite iconic new retail shops and restaurants are now open onsite. Enjoy an evening of cocktails and theater at the highly acclaimed Angelika Film Cinema or stretch your legs and stroll through the aisles of Anthropologie or Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus. There’s never a shortage of things to do at Mosaic District, with weekly events such as yoga in the park, outdoor films and storytelling for the kids.

Angelika Film Center is a boutique cinema offering a gourmet menu of cocktails and hos d'oeuvres.

Angelika Film Center is a boutique cinema offering a gourmet menu of cocktails and hos d’oeuvres.

This Saturday, hop over to Mosaic District for the annual Merrifield Fall Festival, complete with live music, a beer garden, local artists, children’s activities, local store and restaurant vendors and much more, from 11 AM – 6 PM.

The townhomes at Mosaic District feature spacious 3 or 4 bedroom floorplans, gourmet kitchens, lofts with stunning rooftop terraces and private garage parking. Stop by the sales center today to tour our decorated model homes. We’re open daily from 11 AM – 6 PM. But don’t delay – these final homes will go quickly!

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

Get Moving with Joe’s Movement Emporium

October 1, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

This Fall, get moving with Joe’s Movement Emporium!  Located in Mount Rainier, MD, Joe’s Movement Emporium is the community performing arts center of Prince George’s County offering a variety of adult dance classes, children’s arts education, live performances and affordable rehearsal space. Here are a few highlights of the upcoming performance schedule:

Joe's Movement Emporium

Joe’s Movement Emporium

October 12thComedy Supremes: An all-female stand-up comedy show that includes a musical performance and DJ spinning music between sets.

October 26th – 27thLesole’s Dance Project: The dancers will present a fusion of modern and traditional Southern African styles of dance.

November 16th – 17thAerial Arts: Arachne Aerial Arts presents a series of performances in aerial dance, theatre, circus arts, music and poetry.

If these performances make you want to get up and move, Joe’s offers plenty of classes for the entire family! Adult classes include Zumba, Capoeira Angola and West Coast Swing and youth classes include creative movement and dance fundamentals.

EYA has long focused on building close-in, walkable new home communities that promote a healthy lifestyle and provide easy access to transit, shopping and entertainment. Whether you prefer to take in a performance or participate in pilates, Joe’s Movement Emporium has something for everyone is just moments EYA’s newest Hyattsville and Brookland neighborhoods.