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New Research on Homebuyer Preferences

February 11, 2016 | by
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Our friends at Professional Builder magazine recently published an outstanding piece on homebuyer trends. Their exclusive research study reveals the most popular kitchen features, bathroom features, and color trends. Most popular cabinet color? You guessed it: white! This timeless cabinet choice polled in at nearly 30% of buyers preferring white. Most popular metal finish? Brushed nickel by a whopping 53.5%! View the article for the full details.

If you’re ready for a fresh start in a brand new home, stop by today to view our design centers located at each neighborhood. We’re open daily from 11 AM – 6 PM. Now selling new townhomes in Montgomery County.

Shovel No More

January 26, 2016 | by
Cozy up to a modern fireplace in your new EYA townhome.Cozy up to a modern fireplace in your new EYA townhome.

Tired of shoveling snow? If you’ve dreamed of a low maintenance, lock-and-go lifestyle, discover the convenience of townhome living. Townhome homeowners associations typically take care of snow removal and other pesky maintenance work so you can enjoy snowy days by the fireplace instead of shoveling the sidewalk! What’s more, our walkable neighborhoods are near shops, restaurants and other conveniences, so instead of cabin fever, you’ll enjoy a cup of joe at the coffee shop. 

Ready to start living your lock-and-go lifestyle today? Visit EYA’s new townhome communities in Bethesda, Rockville and Silver Spring. Today’s floorplans offer a variety of conveniences, such as multi-generational suites, integral garage parking, and even elevators. It’s the easiest move you’ll make this year.

MoCo Restaurant Week: January 22nd – 31st

January 22, 2016 | by
Photo by Samson Loo via Flickr.Photo by Samson Loo via Flickr.

Restaurant Week is coming to Montgomery County! Indulge your inner foodie and experience mouthwatering cuisine from an array of local restaurants. From January 22nd to 31st, over 40 participating restaurants will offer prix-fixe two-course lunches for $18 and three-course dinners for $36.

Silver Spring’s AG Kitchen’s special dinner menu includes a choice of Paella, Samba Chicken, Cubano, Maui Waui or Chopped Salad. Bethesda’s Wildwood Kitchen is featuring Sauteed Atlantic Salmon, Pan Roasted Chicken and Wild Mushroom Risotto.

View the entire list of participating restaurants and their special menus here.

EYA’s new townhome communities in Bethesda, Silver Spring and Rockville are just steps from Montgomery County’s best dining, shopping and nightlife.

Bon Appetit!

New Restaurants at Westfield Montgomery Mall

January 15, 2016 | by
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The dining scene at Westfield Montgomery Mall continues to flourish with three more restaurants now open!

Jamaican Mi Crazy serves authentic Jamaican food, such as mouthwatering jerk chicken. Their colorful menu also includes “no worries” sandwiches and “mi crazy” burritos. B|BOP|Q is a Korean fusion eatery, derived from the traditional Korean food bimibop. The fast-casual restaurant serves tacos, wraps and bowls from a Chipotle-style counter where you select your starch, meat, veg and sauce. Shanghai Bao Kitchen is a Chinese/Asian fusion restaurant offering pan-fried dumplings, create your own noodle bowls and traditional “baos,” buns with filled pork and/or vegetables.

Westfield Montgomery Mall is quickly becoming a culinary destination with an array of diverse restaurants. Stop by to taste some of the new flavors then visit EYA’s new townhome community, Montgomery Row, just steps away. Dinner options near your new home at Montgomery Row are endless!

Lock-N-Go Lifestyle in Silver Spring

January 15, 2016 | by
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EYA’s townhomes at Chelsea Heights offer residents a lock-n-go lifestyle just steps from all the best downtown Silver Spring shopping, dining and nightlife. If you’re looking to spend less time in the car or doing home maintenance and more time enjoying family, friends and the area’s attractions, then a lock-n-go lifestyle is for you!

Imagine this: On Friday evening after work, you hop off the Metro and meet friends for happy hour or dinner at one of the many tasty downtown Silver Spring restaurants. AG Kitchen offers a $5 tapas happy hour from 4 PM – 7 PM and Urban Butcher is a local favorite with an impressive menu and “upbeat bar scene.” On Saturday morning, you stroll over to the FreshFarm Market to pick up fresh fruit and veggies, bread and pastries. In the late afternoon, you go see a show at the AFI Silver Theatre then head over to Sidebar for a cocktail. On Sunday morning, you run into your neighbors walking their dog and invite them over to watch the day’s sporting events in your beautiful recreation room turned home theatre.

Ready to start living your lock-n-go lifestyle? Stop by our sales center at 25 Ellsworth Heights Street to learn more. Immediate move-ins are still available!

Girls Night Out: Bethesda

January 15, 2016 | by
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Grab your girls for an evening of pampering, cocktails and decadent desserts in downtown Bethesda and beat the winter blues!

Meet up at Aveda Salon and Spa for a mani pedi or blow dry. The salon also offers makeup lessons and spa services, including massages and facials.  Then head out on the town to one of Bethesda’s many acclaimed restaurants for small plates and cocktails. Local favorite Jaleo serves delicious Spanish tapas. Their “Sangria Hour” features an array of reasonably priced tapas, Sangria, wine, beer and cocktails. Redwood Restaurant and Bar also hosts a happy hour from 4 PM – 7 PM featuring $4 – $6 bites and drink specials.

Be sure to save room for dessert! Max Brenner is chocolate heaven with towers of melted chocolate fondue and sugar waffles served with a “flask of liquid chocolate ganache!” Georgetown Cupcake is always a favorite to fulfill any sweet cravings. Their January specials include chocolate marshmallow fudge, chocolate s’mores chip and cookies & creme cheesecake.

EYA’s new townhome communities at Montgomery Row and Grosvenor Heights are just moments from all the downtown Bethesda girls night out hot spots. Discover a walkable, vibrant lifestyle today.

5 Tips for De-cluttering After the Holidays

December 29, 2015 | by
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After all the presents are opened and it’s time to take down the holiday tree, consider de-cluttering for the new year. Here are 5 tips for de-cluttering after the holidays:

  1. Pack up extra holiday decor that you’d rather not see again and donate it to Goodwill. The non-profit organization will re-sell it next year to needy families and proceeds benefit their job-training programs.
  2. De-clutter your linen closets and donate old sheets and towels to the local animal shelter which will use them to keep pets clean and warm over the winter.
  3. Take an inventory of your wardrobe. If you haven’t worn an item in over a year, sell it on consignment or pass it onto those less fortunate
  4. Make extra room in the garage by donating your vehicle to one of the area’s top non-profits and add custom garage cabinets from Tailored Living to tidy up the space. 
  5. Consider hiring a professional organizer. The professionals at Lets Move LLC can help you organize, purge, pack, donate and re-sell valuables. They can even help you obtain a total “home inventory” of your household goods for insurance purposes.  

Are you craving a simpler, lock-and-go lifestyle? Right size with EYA in one of our Montgomery County townhome communities, now selling for Spring move-in.

Resolve to Lighten Up Your Commute

December 17, 2015 | by
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Ditch your commute and start living life within walking distance in 2016! EYA homeowners report incredible savings on their commuting time and transportation costs. In fact, our third-party study with leading research firm RCLCO confirmed that EYA residents saved over $700 per year on automobile expenses and 28 hours per year over the average regional commute.

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There are health benefits, too, for taking a shorter commute, according to a Time Magazine study:

  • Lower Blood Sugar
  • Lower Cholesterol
  • Lower Depression Risk
  • Decreased Anxiety
  • Increase in Happiness and Life Satisfaction
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Better Sleep

Discover a new townhome neighborhood in Bethesda, Rockville or Silver Spring where shops, restaurants, fitness trails and transit are mere steps away. Make 2016 the year you resolve for a healthier, more relaxing lifestyle!

Neighborhood Favorite Kaldi’s Social Club

December 11, 2015 | by
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If you prefer your coffee shop of the independent variety, delight in neighborhood favorite Kaldi’s Social Club. This spot has it all. Amazing hand-crafted espresso and coffee beverages, delectable pastries and yummy cafe items, as well as soon-to-come cocktails, beer and wine.

4.5 stars on Yelp! Indeed, folks are raving about Kaldi’s and it’s the perfect neighborhood destination for a relaxing Saturday morning, a quick morning snack or a place to gather with friends. Kaldi’s is just a short stroll from EYA’s Silver Spring townhomes at Chelsea Heights. We hope to see you there!

Holiday Cheer at Westfield Montgomery Mall

December 4, 2015 | by
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The holiday season is in full swing at Bethesda’s Westfield Montgomery Mall! Santa has arrived and is waiting to hear whether your little one has been naughty or nice. Bring the kids by with their Wish List for a visit with Santa now through December 24th. Photos with Santa are also available. Skip the lines with the Fast Pass by pre-ordering your photo packages and making your reservation online.

Movie lovers, catch one of your favorite holiday classics on the big screen at ArcLight cinema! The theatre will be showing The Polar Express, Home Alone and It’s a Wonderful Life. Share one of their tasty small plates, including flatbreads, sliders and spring rolls, or grab a bite before the movie at one of the many local restaurants.

Westfield Montgomery Mall offers guests an array of upscale retailers and restaurants, with 400,000 sq ft of additional space approved for future use. Stop by this holiday season to enjoy the fun festivities, shops and variety of great new restaurants. The shopping center is just steps from EYA’s Bethesda townhomes at Montgomery Row.