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Just Stops Away from Westside at Shady Grove Metro

June 19, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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With the red line just steps from Westside, life truly is within walking distance of your new EYA townhome! Jump on at the Shady Grove Metro station and get off at any location. There are a plethora of things happening, no matter the time of day!

Rockville Station
- Morning: Check out the Rockville Farmers Market every Saturday 9am-1pm
- Noon: Catch a matinee at AMC Cinemas
- Night: Grab a beer and watch the Nats play at American Tap Room

Bethesda Station
- Morning: Take a Pure Barre class with friends
- Noon: Swing by the Apple Store to pick up the newest gadget
- Night: Enjoy a romantic dinner at Mon Ami Gabi

Woodley Park – Zoo Station
- Morning: Visit the Washington National Cathedral
- Noon: See the pandas at the Smithsonian National Zoo
- Night: Try the delicious Italian cuisine at Cafe Paradiso

Dupont Circle Station
- Morning: Enjoy brunch with the family at Le Pain Quotidien
- Noon: Stroll the aisles of Second Story Books for hidden treasures
- Night: Get a delicious glass of wine at Bar Dupont as you look out over the circle

Gallery Place Station
- Morning: Grab a coffee at Chinatown Coffee Co.
- Noon: Visit the National Portrait Gallery
- Night: Get in line early to dine at Daikaya

The amount of things to do at each Metro stop is unlimited, but these are a few to help plan perfect outings every stop along the way. Find out what else is just moments away from Westside here or visit us at our onsite sales center in Rockville.

Discover the Silver Spring Blues Festival

June 18, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Downtown Silver Spring is singing the Blues! If you are a Blues fan, get ready for an extravaganza of live performances and fun festivities as part of the week-long Blues celebration. Enjoy nightly performances at some of your favorite local venues including Veterans Plaza and McGinty’s Public House. View the schedule of events here.

The main event takes place on Saturday, June 20th. The 7th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival is a free, all-day block party with 2 stages of acoustic and electric Blues music from 10 AM – 9 PM. The festival also features food, drink and craft vendors. The music continues into the wee hours at McGinty’s after-party beginning at 10 PM.

EYA’s new Silver Spring townhome community, Chelsea Heights, is just steps from all the great downtown Silver Spring shops, restaurants and fun events. Stop by to visit our beautifully decorated Model Homes, now open daily 11 AM – 6 PM.

Experience the new Westfield Montgomery in Bethesda

June 16, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Westfield Montgomery MallWestfield Montgomery's chic makeover provides a totally new shopping environment. Photo by @Herry via flickr Creative Commons.

Bethesda’s best shopping spot has recently been transformed into a vibrant destination offering a brand new sense of place. Westfield Montgomery Mall has been reinvented and you’ll definitely want to linger longer.

Just steps from Montgomery Row and moments from Grosvenor Heights, Westfield Montgomery is now considered one of the area’s top entertainment and shopping locations. Treat yourself to a light bite at Lobster ME followed by a hand-crafted coffee beverage from aroma espresso bar. Or make it an evening and dine at CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar before a movie premiere at ArcLight Cinema, a new-concept theater experience with full-service bar.

Westfield Montgomery features the County’s only Nordstrom location, along with favorites such as Madewell, BONOBOS, Tesla, Apple, lululemon and more.

You’ll be impressed with the Mall’s recent facelift, including lounge areas that inspire luxury and style. It’s a sophisticated take on Mall shopping. Discover more of Westfield Montgomery on their blog.

 

Chelsea Heights featured in Washington Post

June 11, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Real estate writer Deborah K. Dietsch published an excellent piece on Chelsea Heights this past week. Offering a bit of history on the site’s original use as a country estate in 1858, Dietsch describes the transformation of the land to urban, walkable enclave of townhomes. Craftsman-style architecture compliments the surrounding neighborhood, while the interior of the homes offer the latest design finishes such as smart home technology, Quartz countertops, rooftop terraces and more. Stop by to see Chelsea Heights for yourself: model homes are open daily from 11 AM – 6 PM at 25 Ellsworth Heights Street in downtown Silver Spring.

More Support for Transit-Oriented Neighborhoods

June 9, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Mixed-use development by EYA at Westside at Shady Grove Metro, a transit-oriented neighborhood.Mixed-use development by EYA at Westside at Shady Grove Metro, a transit-oriented neighborhood.

We’re excited to share Roger K. Lewis’ most recent piece on transit-oriented development, a concept that’s at the very heart of life within walking distance. We work tirelessly to deliver on the best, timeless practices in urban living and neighborhood design. You can see some evidence of our past commitments smart growth on EYA.com. Enjoy!

Montgomery Row In The News

June 8, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
EYA Bethesda Townhomes Montgomery Row

EYA’s high-profile Bethesda townhome community, Montgomery Row, opened with incredible success and interest this past Saturday. The conversion of the site from office to residential was well-received by both neighbors, prospective buyers and the media alike. Check out this great story by Bethesda Magazine which provides greater detail on the transformation of the entire greater Rock Spring area near Westfield Montgomery Mall.

EYA Readies to Open Montgomery Row

June 3, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Montgomery Row Bethesda Townhomes

This Saturday, June 6th, EYA will celebrate the grand opening of its newest Bethesda townhome community, Montgomery Row.

Perfectly situated steps from acclaimed shopping and dining at Westfield Montgomery Mall and Shops at Wildwood, Montgomery Row is a new brand of modern townhome living. The neighborhood will include 168 luxury townhomes with garage parking and rooftop terraces, along with onsite park, promenade, and bikeshare. The community plans to offer a shuttle to Metro, as well.

Architecture is decidedly contemporary, with oversized windows, sleek bay projections, steel railings, and thoughtful details throughout. Advanced home automation, multi-generational suites and outdoor rooftop kitchens are also available. EYA will seek LEED certification for the homes.

The onsite sales center will open for pre-construction sales on Saturday, June 6th at 11 AM at 10435 Fernwood Road in Bethesda. New homes, priced from the $700s, are expected to be ready for move-in starting in Spring 2016.

Tapas & Tours at Chelsea Heights Model Grand Opening

May 27, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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This Saturday, May 30th, from Noon – 4 PM, enjoy an afternoon tour of EYA’s all-new Crawford model home at Chelsea Heights, and delight in Tapas and Sangria from locally-renowned Ridgewell’s Catering.

The Crawford model is one of EYA’s largest model homes at over 2,600 square feet. Three luxury levels include an oversized study on the entry level with 2-car garage in the rear, spacious open main living level with island kitchen perfect for entertaining, three generous bedrooms on the upper level and one of the area’s most relaxing rooftop terraces, with available outdoor fireplace and wetbar.

Chelsea Heights offers the ultimate lock-and-go lifestyle. Within moments, Whole Foods, restaurants, theater, entertainment venues and Metro are just steps from your front door. Low-maintenance, eco-friendly new construction means the weekends are meant for pure leisure.

Join EYA on Saturday for the grand opening of the Crawford model home, located at 25 Ellsworth Heights Street in Silver Spring. For directions, call 301-565-6700 or visit EYA.com.

Media Coverage of Westside Groundbreaking

May 21, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Westside at Shady Grove Metro Townhomes by EYA Rockville Maryland

We’re honored to receive such positive feedback on our plans for Westside at Shady Grove Metro, from our hundreds of guests who visited the grand opening to the great coverage earned by local media. Westside has been called “transformative” by the Washington Post and an “urban village” by the Gazette.  Montgomery Community Media provided excellent video coverage from the May 12th groundbreaking event, as did The Sentinel. Check back here often for more to come on what will soon be the largest neighborhood in EYA’s 23-year history.

 

EYA Breaks Ground for Westside at Shady Grove Metro

May 12, 2015 | by | 2 Comments
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Brian Allan Jackson, Ronnie Warner, Greg Ossont, Clarence Snuggs, David Dise, Ike Leggett, Casey Anderson, Bob Youngentob, McLean QuinnFrom left to right: Brian Allan Jackson, Ronnie Warner, Greg Ossont, Clarence Snuggs, David Dise, Ike Leggett, Casey Anderson, Bob Youngentob, McLean Quinn

Bethesda, Maryland, May 12, 2015 – EYA broke ground today on Westside at Shady Grove Metro, a new transit-oriented, mixed-use residential and retail community. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett joined EYA to mark the beginning stages of construction at the 45-acre smart-growth community.

Westside will feature 407 townhomes, more than 1,000 rental homes, 131,000 sq. feet of office space and a total of 41,828 sq. feet of retail space. Plans also call for the addition of a community library.  Moderately priced dwelling units (MPDU) and workforce housing are included among the residences.

The Westside neighborhood is a public-private partnership between Montgomery County and EYA that transforms the former Montgomery County Service Park from warehouse and industrial space to a vibrant mixed-use community.

“I am very excited to break ground with our development partner EYA on the first development project under my Smart Growth Initiative,” said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. “Developing this land around the Shady Grove Metro Station will deliver quality housing and the promise of a vibrant urban village.  The Smart Growth Initiative, of which this is an important part, will create a better quality of life for our residents well into the future.”

EYA President Bob Youngentob said the community will bring significant change.

“Everyone at EYA is so proud to be a part of this transformational effort to redevelop the former Montgomery County Service Park into a world class residential community in accord with County Executive Ike Leggett’s ‘Smart Growth Initiative’.” EYA believes the combination of innovative new home design, neighborhood-serving retail, a rich complement of recreational amenities and unparalleled access to transportation options including the ICC, I-270 and walking distance to the Shady Grove Metro platform, will result in a neighborhood that will offer the ultimate in ‘life within walking distance’. EYA has been working on this community for more than 10 years, and we want to thank the County Executive, his staff, and the County Council for entrusting us with this unique opportunity to create Westside at Shady Grove Metro.”

Westside at Shady Grove offers homebuyers a choice in sleek and spacious townhomes currently for sale. Market-rate homes are available in four models (Bancroft, Copeland, Davis and Erving) that range from 1,678 to 2,427 square feet with three or four bedrooms and 2.5 or 3.5 baths. Homes are three or four floors and include a private, two-car garage and a rooftop terrace with available outdoor kitchen and gas fireplace.

The townhomes at Westside have been designed in two contemporary architectural styles, distinct, yet complementary, and consistent with the overall urban character of the mixed-use development.

The SoHo style is influenced by West Coast design details and materials, with an emphasis on expansive windows that allow natural light to fill the open interior spaces. The Tribeca style is based on design concepts more prevalent in East Coast urban environments, with full masonry facades and bays, accentuated by towers of paneled trim work and floor-to-ceiling glass.

Each street in the community will be architecturally controlled to provide a balance of both façade styles and a variety of color schemes, ensuring a unique urban experience within the residential portion of the Westside neighborhood.

Market-rate residences will feature chef kitchens with ENERGY STAR® appliances; advanced home automation of security, heating and cooling; water-saving Kohler fixtures; and eco-friendly construction built to LEED® for Homes standards.

Westside will offer residents a unique combination of well-preserved green space with desirable shopping and dining choices. Homebuyers will enjoy use of the community’s swimming pool, clubhouse, outdoor lounge, fitness center, dog park, garden, open parks, walking paths and onsite Metro access as part of homeowner association fees.

Homes are priced from the upper $500s to the upper $700s. First move-ins are expected in first quarter 2016. The sales center at 16658 Crabbs Branch Way is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information is available at http://www.eya.com/westside-at-shady-grove/.

About EYA

EYA is Washington D.C.’s leading developer of urban and transit-oriented communities that promote Life Within Walking Distance®. The company has built more than 4,000 residences and 37 walkable urban neighborhoods in the D.C. area in last 22 years, including nearly 900 homes in Montgomery County. EYA plans to add 1,872 new homes to Montgomery County within the next five to seven years in six neighborhoods:  Chelsea Heights, Chevy Chase Lake, Grosvenor Heights, Montgomery Row at Rock Spring and Westside at Shady Grove Metro.