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Transportation

Park It: Car Free Days September 20th – 22nd

September 19, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

This weekend, Washington area drivers will take part in a worldwide movement to support sustainable transportation by pledging to go car free or car-lite. Car Free Days is an international event that takes place in 1,500 cities across 40 countries to celebrate alternative forms of transportation.

To participate, fill out the pledge to go car free or car-lite on one or more days and use alternative transport such as a bicycle, public transit, carpool or walking. Plus, by simply submitting your pledge, you are entered to win great prizes including an iPad, $250 gift certificate to BicycleSPACE, memberships to Capital Bikeshare and ZipCar, Metro passes and more!

Pledge to use alternative transportation such as Metro, bus, carpooling and bicycling on Car Free Days. Photo credit: Creative Commons/Ben Schumin.

Pledge to use alternative transportation such as Metro, bus, carpooling and bicycling on Car Free Days. Photo credit: Creative Commons/Ben Schumin.

EYA recognizes the benefits of going car free and is committed to building walkable communities. The company recently commissioned a third-party study to measure the true lifestyle benefits of living in an EYA neighborhood. The findings showed that 60 percent of EYA homeowners have an “alternative” commute and 71 percent walk to Metro at least once a week. View more benefits here.

Join the thousands of participants who have pledged to make Car Free Days a success in DC and start living your car free lifestyle today!

EYA Welcomes Capital Bikeshare to Chancellor’s Row

August 16, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Residents of Chancellor’s Row have a new neighbor! We’re excited to welcome Capital Bikeshare to the community, at the intersection of Hamlin St and 7th St NE. CaBi joins Zipcar in the transit friendly location, where Metro is only steps away. Easy access to the Met Branch Trail means walkers and bikers can be at Union Station or the nation’s Capital in just minutes.

Welcome Capital Bikeshare!

Welcome Capital Bikeshare!

My, Capital Bikeshare, your station looks great here!

My, Capital Bikeshare, your station looks great here!

The combination of car alternatives, LEED certified construction, and beautiful design has earned the community designation as 2012 Community of the Year and City Paper‘s Best Designed Residential Development. The neighborhood is now 90% sold out and a few homesites remain from the upper $600s. Model homes open daily at 627 Regent Place NE in the District.

To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member of Capital Bikeshare, visit http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/.

Use Walk Score’s Commute Calculator to Find Your Next Home

July 26, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

From the brainiacs at Walk Score who originally launched the walk ratings that define neighborhood accessibility is another tool that revolutionizes home search!

You can enter your daytime office address and find neighborhoods within a certain commute time: by transit, by car, bike or foot. Add your housemate’s office address, too, and find a place that’s convenient for you both. The navigation on Walk Score’s website is incredibly easy to use and very intuitive.

For now, you can only find real estate listing information for rental homes, so home shoppers looking for for-sale listings will have to wait. But you can still use the tool to narrow your search to a particular neighborhood. Now, that’s pretty handy!

Want a shorter commute? Then consider the neighborhoods of EYA. Our townhome and condo communities are just a hop, skip and jump from everywhere you want to be.

EYA Launches Homeowner Discounts with Zipcar

May 2, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Zipcar is readying their fleet for the Spring/Summer driving season. What better time to launch our Homeowner Discount program with them!?

Many EYA neighborhoods are within walking distance of Zipcar locations.

We love the concept of car sharing. You maintain the convenience of access to a car, but don’t have the burden of car payments, insurance, gas and registration. With Zipcar, gas and insurance are included, and you can pay either by the hour, or by the day.

Now, you can pick up a Zipcar near our walkable new home neighborhoods and save $30 off the first year’s annual fee, plus receive $30 in free driving credits!

Simply visit http://www.Zipcar.com/EYA to register. Beep beep!

 

Study Measures Impacts of Smart Growth Developments

April 22, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Bethesda, MD – Washington-area homebuilder and real estate developer EYA has long focused on close-in, walkable new home developments throughout the region. Fittingly, the company places a strong emphasis on sustainable design, green building and smart growth. While EYA has heard anecdotally that its neighborhoods and construction techniques have improved their homeowner’s lives, the company recently commissioned a third-party study to measure the true lifestyle benefits of living in an EYA neighborhood.

EYA selected third-party research firm, Robert Charles Lesser & Company (RCLCO), to conduct a survey of homeowners among its recently built communities in Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA. Owners were asked to report their actual energy & water usage, commuting and lifestyle habits. RCLCO also collected comparison energy & water usage data for older homes and newer homes built by other homebuilders.

The findings are:

  1. 60% of EYA homeowners have an “alternative” commute, as compared to only 32% of Washingtonians[1].
  2. 73% of EYA homeowners have a commute less than 30 minutes, which is 10% shorter than the DC-average[2].
  3. The average EYA homeowner walks 32 minutes per day, compared to the national average of only 13 minutes[3].
  4. 71% of EYA homeowners walk to Metro at least once a week, compared to only 15% of Washington-area residents[4].
  5. The average EYA household has only 1.43 cars, compared to a regional & national average of 1.9 cars per household[5].
  6. The average EYA household drives only 21 miles per day, as compared to a regional average of 26.3 miles per person[6].
  7. By moving into an EYA community, owners report driving 25 miles less per week, which saves them $734.50 per year[7].
  8. EYA homeowners report saving $258 per year on utility bills (or 9%) versus older homes or other new construction.
  9. 88% of EYA homeowners report that moving into an EYA neighborhood positively impacted their lives by bringing amenities within walking distance.
  10. In a typical EYA new home development, the company recycles 85% of construction debris, diverting over 2,000 tons of waste from landfills[8].

The study is timely for EYA, as it recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, 4,000th settlement and completed its 500th LEED certification. The results are a testament to the merits of the green building techniques the company has implemented in pursuing LEED certification, along with the lifestyle benefits of living in a walkable neighborhood.

Living in a Statistically Smarter Neighborhood, an EYA Infographic

ABOUT EYA

EYA is a smart growth developer, specializing in walkable new home communities and mixed-use developments.  Since its founding in 1992, the company has built over 30 neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area. Learn more at http://www.EYA.com.

ABOUT RCLCO

Robert Charles Lesser & Company (RCLCO) is the largest independent real estate advisory firm in the nation. The company provides strategic and tactical advice regarding property investment, planning, and development. RCLCO has offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, CA, Austin, TX and Orlando, FL. Learn more at http://www.RCLCO.com.

 


[1] Commuting in the United States, 2009. Data for households earning $75K+ per year. U.S. Census Bureau. September 2011.

[2] Commute Times in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis. June 2001.

[3] Vital Signs: Walking Among Adults. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 2012.

[4] Commuting in the United States, 2009. U.S. Census Bureau. September 2011.

[5] Consumer Expenditures for the Washington, DC Area: 2010-2011. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

[6] Mega Commuting in the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. November 2012.

[7] Using an IRS mileage rate of 56.5 cents.

[8] Data compiled using actual construction waste recycling reports from Northern Virginia Waste.

 

Resolve to Live a Walkable Lifestyle

January 3, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

It’s 2013 and for many of us, that includes a resolution to get a little more exercise. Joining a gym is an easy choice, but resolving to live a more walkable lifestyle in general has benefits beyond fitness, according to researchers at The George Washington University.

In a recent study, The WalkUP Wake-Up Call, report authors found that walkable urban neighborhoods (aka WalkUPs) have surpassed suburban neighborhoods in home values by as much as 70% and the Washington area is leading that trend.

Urban dwellers enjoy walkable access to shops, restaurants, libraries, cultural activities and more – all while ditching the car and saving thousands in auto ownership costs. But WalkUPs aren’t necessarily centered in DC’s downtown urban core. Rather, many walkable neighborhoods are scattered throughout northern Virginia and Maryland. Old Town Alexandria, Bethesda, and Merrifield’s new Mosaic District are a few great examples.

DC's waterfront makes for leisurely evening walks or brisk morning runs.

Did you know?

  • Walking just 30 minutes a day, with no other lifestyle changes, can lead to easy weight loss
  • Walking can prevent colds
  • Walking is free!

The WalkUPs study provides a list of the region’s 43 best neighborhoods for walkable living, along with trends in real estate, economic rankings and implications for urban planners.

What’s more, all of EYA’s communities are in WalkUPs! Learn more about The Neighborhoods of EYA and discover how enjoyable life within walking distance® can be!

 

 

 

 

Calculating Your Next Move: City vs. Suburbs

July 27, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

It’s easy to appreciate how convenient urban living can be: everything is within short walking distance and the city’s many public transportation options make getting to the office a snap.

Union Station DC

DC's Union Station offers convenient shopping and dining options for your trip to and from the office. Photo by ravik964 via Flickr Creative Commons.

Now, Smart Money magazine offers a financial reason to make the move into a more accessible location. Author Brett Aurends in “Want to Save Money: Move Downtown” offers a series of calculations proving that home ownership in urban neighborhoods is a better value than dual car ownership in the suburbs.

Thinking of transitioning to a life within walking distance? Visit http://www.EYA.com to view one of our many transit-friendly townhome or condominium communities today.

An Environmentally Conscious Commute

May 17, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Tomorrow, May 18th, over 10,000 Metro area commuters will ditch their cars and bike to work for DC’s annual Bike to Work Day. Bike to Work Day is part of a national movement to get cars off the road and provide a healthy and safe alternative for commuters. Not only is biking good for your health, but by not driving to work you are reducing carbon emissions and helping the environment, something that is especially important to us here at EYA.

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Commuter Connections sponsor the events and helped to organize Commuter Convoys, which are packs of cyclists that start all over the area and head to work led by experienced commuters. Additionally, more than 50 pit-stops will be set up throughout the city that will have exciting raffles and delicious refreshments. Many of the pit-stops are within walking distance to EYA communities, like the stop at Alexandria’s Town Hall, which is only a few blocks away from Old Town Commons.

Visit DC’s Bike to Work Day website to learn more, and to find out about pit-stop locations and suggested routes.

Need a bike? Look no further than the Capital Bikeshare program, which will soon have a rental rack at EYA’s townhomes at Chancellor’s Row.

The District Readies to Welcome Monroe Street Market as its Next Hot ‘Hood

November 9, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Abdo Development and The Bozzuto Group today ceremoniously broke ground on the Monroe Street Market, a $200-million, 1-million-square-foot mixed-used development on five city blocks adjacent to the Brookland Metro station in northeast DC.

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Monroe Street Market Groundbreaking Ceremony

With site work beginning later this month, the project is slated to deliver its first phase, consisting of 562 residential units, in Summer 2013.  The community will ultimately host: approximately 720 residential units, 45 townhomes, 80,000 square feet of street-level retail, 15,000 square feet of artist studio space, a 3,000 square-foot community arts center, and more than 800 underground parking spaces.  This vibrant mix will dovetail well with the ArtSpace Brookland Lofts and EYA’s new Chancellor’s Row townhomes now selling just a few blocks away.

Abdo President and CEO Jim Abdo, The Bozzuto Chairman and CEO Tom Bozzuto, The Catholic University of America (CUA) President John Garvey, Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr., and DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray spoke at the event.

“Something that has been just a drive-by will become the front door to the university for those coming off Monroe Street and the Metro,” said President Garvey. He noted that the project will give CUA students and the Brookland/Edgewood communities “access to retail, restaurants, arts and culture like they have never had before.”

Monroe  Street Market will be an exciting walkable destination for residents of the neighborhood. It will be the perfect place to mingle with artists, enjoy a cafe lunch, or share a few drinks for friends.

DC Mayor Vincent Gray heralded the project as a prototype for the constructive partnerships that all universities and their surrounding communities should be fostering for their mutual benefit.  Interestingly, this project will receive no public funding and will put nine acres of previously tax-exempt university land back into the District’s tax base.

“We are not just starting a development here, we are adding to the Brookland and Edgewood neighborhoods and improving their connection to the university,” said Bozzuto in his closing remarks. “We will be contributing members of this community.”

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Mayor Gray unveiling the development's signage

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Jim Abdo announces the naming of Bishop O'Connell square, named after CUA's president emeritus

Friendly Reminders for Getting Around Town this Weekend

October 28, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Got plans this weekend? Don’t forget to leave yourself a little more time to get around the DC metro area.

The Marine Corps Marathon will shut down several roads in the District and Arlington on Sunday.  If you need to cross the river, note that the Key Bridge will be closed until 12p.m. and certain 395 lanes will also be inaccessible.  You can find the course map here.

Metro will start running early at 5.a.m. on Sunday in light of the marathon, but Metro also expects delays for planned track work on the Green/Yellow, Red and Orange lines from 10p.m. today through 5a.m. Monday.  They recommend riders add approximately 20 to 30 minutes to their commute times for certain portions of these lines.

We’re left thinking: Perhaps it’s a good weekend to check out Capital Bikeshare or stick close to your own neighborhood?  After all, if you’re living in an EYA townhouse, you’ve got life within walking distance.