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A Hassle-Free Thanksgiving Dinner

November 25, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Looking for a last minute spot to enjoy a hassle-free Thanksgiving dinner in and around Bethesda, Rockville or Silver Spring? Go to About.com’s Thanksgiving dining guide and make a reservation today at your favorite restaurant. Be sure to call ahead to confirm availability and then hop over for a delectable spread of all your Thanksgiving favorites. Best of all? No dishes to do! Happy Thanksgiving!

8 Steps to Take Now to Winterize Your Home

November 25, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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With winter’s cold weather just around the corner, now is the time to winterize your home. Here are 8 easy steps to take this week.

  1. Winterize your hose bibs. If you leave water in lines that service your hoses, you risk a busted pipe and costly water damage that may not be covered by warranties and insurance. Begin by turning off the water to your house bibs via the shut-off valve(s) in your garage or utility closet. Next, open and drain all exterior bibs (leaving the valve open all winter). If your shut-off valve includes a bleeder, your last step is to remove the cap on the bleeder and let the remaining water drain out into a bucket. Replace the cap on the bleeder once the draining is complete.
  2. Clear your gutters and downspouts. Damming and ice buildup in your gutters can cause your gutters to pull away from your house and/or water to build up under the shingles and eventually into the house. You can decrease the likelihood of these fates by clearing your gutters of leaves and other obstructions.
  3. Check your window seals and exterior door thresholds. Air drafts from your windows and doors will cause you to lose heat and require your system to work harder to keep your home warm. First, make sure all windows are latched for proper seal between upper and lower sashes. Second, check thresholds on all exterior doors and adjust them by simply turning the screws. Typically, in winter months, due to contraction, you may need to raise the threshold to prevent cold air drafts from under the doors. You’ll want to check and adjust them again when the weather warms up next year.
  4. Clean or replace your furnace filters. Failure to keep your filters clean can create uneven airflow and put an unnecessary strain on the system, which may void your warranty. Maintenance providers recommend changing your filters up to once per month during the winter season, but consult your owner’s manual for manufacturer’s recommendations. Changing your filters will also help to keep your evaporator coils clean (See #5).
  5. Clean your HVAC’s condensate lines and evaporator coils. Dirty evaporator coils in your furnace can cause condensate lines to clog and then back up causing water damage to your home. We recommend that you have a licensed professional HVAC service technician check and clean your system on an annual basis.
  6. Balance your system’s airflow by adjusting the supply registers. Begin with the coldest room first by adjusting the supply registers to the full open position. Set the thermostat to maintain the desired temperature in the coldest room, then adjust all the other supply registers accordingly in the warmer rooms until you have balanced the entire system. If you have a single heating unit, make sure that your volume dampers (located in your mechanical room) are set appropriately for the winter season.
  7. Keep the outdoor unit clear. With all the leaves that have fallen off trees in recent weeks, now is a good time to check our outdoor heat pump unit. The accumulation of anything (including snow or ice) on or around the unit can cause inefficiency or damage to the unit, so you will want to check it regularly throughout winter. In an EYA townhouse, your heat pump is the taller of the two outdoor units and has a model number that starts with the letters HP.
  8. Warm up your gas fireplace. Don’t wait until five minutes before your holiday party to turn on your fireplace for the first time! The initial use of your gas fireplace requires eight to 10 hours of constant burn on high to remove any chemical odors. We recommend that you open your windows to allow constant fresh air in the room during this period. This may also help prevent your smoke detector from activating.

And here are five bonus tips that don’t need to be taken asap, but you should consider as fall rolls into winter:

  • If you are going to be away from home for an extended period of time, turn off the main water supply (but not the supply to the sprinkler system) and keep all interior doors open to allow warm air to circulate.
  • When it snows, be sure to clear drains and downspouts to avoid water seepage into your home. Do not allow snow to build up or around doors and windows.
  • On extremely cold days, you may find it more comfortable to switch your thermostat setting from auto to on, which keeps air continuously circulating through the system rather than frequently cycling it off and on. Close the doors to any unused rooms.
  • Open window treatments during the day where windows face the sun to allow for passive heat to enter through the glass; Close the treatments at night to retain the heat in your home. Furniture and area rugs will also help to retain heat. (Yes, we just gave you an excuse to go shopping!)
  • Seal your garage slab to prevent damage from melting road salts, or periodically clean your concrete slab if it is untreated. Also be cautious not to use any chemicals or salts that will damage brick sidewalks.

Thanksgiving Parade Marches through Downtown Silver Spring

November 19, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

The annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade is coming to downtown Silver Spring on Saturday, November 21st! Grab the family and get ready to watch over 100 parade groups make their way through the streets. Parade groups include an inflatable turkey, portable ice skating rink, dance troupes, marching bands and the grand finale – Santa!

Beginning at 10 AM, the parade will march on Georgia Avenue from Ellsworth Drive to Silver Spring Avenue. Be sure to head over to Veteran’s Plaza to take selfies with an inflatable Frozen’s Elsa, 10-foot tall turkey and more. The best selfies posted with the hastag #MoCoThanksParade will be broadcast on the big screen along the parade route!

EYA’s townhomes at Chelsea Heights are just steps from this great event. Stop by our sales center after the parade and learn how to start living your walkable Silver Spring lifestyle today!

Join Us at RIO Washingtonian’s Tree Lighting

November 12, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Kick off the holiday season on Friday, November 20th at RIO Washingtonian’s annual Tree Lighting celebration! The festivities will take place on the Lakefront Plaza beginning at 6 PM. Bring the kids to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy horse and carriage rides, taste samples from local restaurants and more.

Be sure to stop by the EYA Westside at Shady Grove Metro table for free hot cocoa! We’ll be located between Uncle Julio’s and Joe’s Crab Shack serving up warm chocolaty goodness from Corner Bakery.

Plus, enter to win an event VIP Experience. The lucky winner will receive VIP parking during the event, cut-the-line passes for carriage rides, the carousel and to meet Santa and dinner for four at Copper Canyon! The deadline to enter is November 17th.

Washingtonian/RIO Center is just moments from EYA’s new townhomes in Rockville at Westside and is one of the many great neighborhood amenities. We look forward to seeing you there!

Foodie Festivus & Tree Lighting in Silver Spring

November 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Not your typical tree lighting ceremony, downtown Silver Spring will be unveiling its 30-foot holiday tree made of recycled glass and kitchen items on Saturday, November 14th! The public art installation will feature spatula snowflakes, take-out food containers, utensil tinsel (u-tinsel) and a beautiful blue glass bottle star. The tree lighting and street fest begins at 6 PM and also includes food tastings, live music, drink specials, an ice skating Santa and more!

The installation art aims to celebrate the role food plays during the holidays and kick off the season-long Foodie Festivus. Foodie Festivus will offer chef-inspired events and food specials at local restaurants. Canned food items will also be collected and donated to Manna Food Center.

Fountain Plaza is just steps from EYA’s newest Silver Spring townhomes, Chelsea Heights. Stop by our sales center to tour our immediate move-ins and celebrate the holidays in your beautiful new home!

EYA Foundation Sponsors Day of Service at A Wider Circle

October 28, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

On Friday, October 23rd, EYA staffers ascended upon A Wider Circle in Silver Spring, Maryland for the company’s Day of Service. Volunteers sorted donated items, made repairs to furniture, re-stocked the showroom floor, assembled shelving, and loaded items onto recipients’ vehicles.

Since its founding in 2001, A Wider Circle has touched the lives of over 160,000 low-income children and adults living in varying degrees of poverty. The organization provides educational programs and urgently-needed beds, dressers, cribs, and more. In addition to sending nearly 50 volunteers to A Wider Circle, the Foundation provided a grant of $10,000.

[solidcore] Coming to Wildwood Shopping Center

October 22, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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A new fitness studio is coming to Wildwood Shopping Center. [solidcore] will be opening its first Maryland location in December, just in time to burn off the holiday treats!

[solidcore] is an intense 50-minute workout that is said to burn 600 calories per class and “work muscles to failure.” The class is not for beginners and it is recommended that you have a solid fitness foundation before attending. For those looking for less intense workout options, there is also a Washington Sports Club just across the street.

EYA’s townhomes in Bethesda at Montgomery Row and Grosvenor Heights are just steps from these fitness studios and all the great recreation activities at Cabin John Park, including tennis courts, ice skating rink and hiking/biking trails. Getting (or staying) in shape will be no sweat at all!

Back from the Dead: Silver Spring’s Zombie Walk

October 22, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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On Saturday, October 24th, zombies are taking over downtown Silver Spring! The 7th annual Silver Spring Zombie Walk is a ghoulishly good time as party-goers wander through the streets and enjoy zombie-themed events.

Zombies will begin gathering at 7 PM on Sligo Avenue next to Jackie’s Sidebar and Sligo Cafe. Pre-walk events include a rally, kids activities and costume contest. The zombie walk begins at 9 PM, making its way through the downtown streets. Be sure to join the Zombie Dance Party along the way! After the walk, head over to the AFI Silver Theatre for the 10 PM showing of the Day of the Dead or to the “After(life) Parties” at Sidebar or The Quarry House.

EYA’s Chelsea Heights townhomes are just steps from all the great downtown Silver Spring events and restaurants. Don’t be afraid to visit our model homes – they aren’t haunted!



Workforce Housing Now Released at Westside

October 16, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Bethesda, MD – The developer of the 45-acre Westside at Shady Grove Metro community in Rockville, EYA, will soon make workforce homes available for public sale. In partnership with Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), a total of 25 workforce homes will be sold at Westside, of which four are included in initial sales.

The homes are designed to introduce affordable housing in the moderate income range, slightly above the County’s MPDU program, but below what are normally market-rate income ranges.

For example, an eligible family with four persons in the household can earn between $76,500 – $105,000, or up to 90 percent of the area’s median income (AMI). Income brackets for a variety of household sizes have been established and can be found in the Consumer Information Packet.

The initial four homes will be sold at $411,482 for a new-construction, three-bedroom, two and one-half bath residence. Named “The Allen,” the home includes garage parking and a rooftop terrace and will be built to eco-friendly LEED for Homes® standards. Other market-rate residences within the development at Westside range from $574,900 to $819,900.

Interested purchasers may attend one of two information sessions held by EYA this weekend:   Saturday, October 17 or Sunday October 18, 2015 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Westside at Shady Grove Metro sales center located at 16658 Crabbs Branch Way in Rockville. A lender will be available onsite to assist with pre-qualification. The sales center is also open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and interested purchasers may visit anytime or make an appointment by calling (301) 208-1200 or emailing westside@eya.com.

Applicants who provide all requested documentation to the County by Nov. 2, 2015 will be issued a “Certificate of Eligibility” and may be entered into the “Random Selection Drawing” to determine which purchasers will be offered the opportunity to purchase. A one percent earnest money deposit will be required to enter a sales agreement, in addition to 50 percent of all options. Purchasers have until settlement to make the remaining down payment required by their lender.

EYA expects the homes will be constructed, complete and ready for occupancy in Spring 2016.