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Cool Roofs, Cool Effects

July 15, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
EYA's new townhomes at Old Town Commons have environmentally friendly, white painted, cool roofs. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.EYA's new townhomes at Old Town Commons have environmentally friendly, white painted, cool roofs. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

According to a recent article posted on Grist, “cool roofs save money by keeping indoor temperatures more comfortable in warm weather and reducing the need for air conditioning.” In this case, a “cool roof” is flat rooftop that has a brightly colored roofing membrane, most commonly, white, in order to reflect heat from the sun. Roofs that are darker colors, like dark gray or black, absorb more of the sun’s heat, making the building warmer inside. Not only do cool roofs save money, but also help the environment. The article explains that “reducing energy absorption at Earth’s surface decreases the amount of heat these [greenhouse] gases can trap in the atmosphere.” On a larger scale, Art Rosenfeld, the man behind the cool roof vision, compares a successful worldwide cool roof campaign to “’taking half of the world’s cars off the road for 20 years.’”

EYA has long known the benefits of cool roofs and we have been installing white roofing membranes on our flat roofs since 2009. We are very proud of our commitment to environmental sustainability and creating energy efficient homes. Nearly every home we build is LEED certified and no other homebuilder in the Washington area has earned as many LEED certifications. EYA homeowners save on utility bills, have shorter commutes and walk more. Learn more about how EYA homes are measurably different and visit one of our actively selling communities today!

Celebrate the City of Alexandria’s Birthday!

July 8, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The birthday celebration will be held in the beautiful Oronoco Bay Park.The birthday celebration will be held in the beautiful Oronoco Bay Park.

This month, the City of Alexandria will celebrate its 265th birthday! Join in the festivities on Saturday, July 12th along the Potomac waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park. Bring a blanket and picnic and pick a prime spot on the lawn to enjoy live music, fireworks and more. The event kicks off at 7:00 pm with a live band, followed by birthday cake and the grand finale fireworks display at 9:30 pm! Admission is free.

Oronoco Bay Park is located next to EYA’s newest Old Town neighborhood, The Oronoco, and just minutes from Old Town Commons. EYA has been building homes in Alexandria for the past 22 years. We are proud to be a part of the city’s past and look forward to being a part of its future. 

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!

EYA Awards Five More Scholarships to Ward 5 Students

June 30, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Congratulations to the 2014 scholarship recipients! Photo courtesy of Flickr's offersafrica.Congratulations to the 2014 scholarship recipients! Photo courtesy of Flickr's offersafrica.

EYA, in partnership with The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Chancellor’s Row College Scholarship Fund.

The fund, established as part of the St. Paul’s College redevelopment now known as Chancellor’s Row, provides scholarship monies to Ward 5 High School Seniors. Five recipients were selected for award:

Terry Talford – Dunbar Senior High School

Courtney Thomas, Jr. – Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

Elisha S. Williams – Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

Cole Randolph – Woodrow Wilson High School

Harper Randolph – Woodrow Wilson High School

Additionally, EYA and The Community Foundation are in the process of contacting past winners to renew their awards for 2014. EYA believes strongly in giving back to the communities where we build and this scholarship will make a direct and positive impact on young people and their families living in Ward 5. We would like to congratulate the recipients and wish them good luck as they head off to college this fall.

EYA: The Washington Post’s #5 Top Places to Work 2014

June 27, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
EYA voted #5 top place to work in the area by the Washington Post!EYA voted #5 top place to work in the area by the Washington Post!

The Washington Post’s 2014 Top Workplaces have been released, and EYA is one of them! We ranked #5 out of the 80 small companies (50-150 employees) included on the list. The article mentions that our “employees enjoy a fun atmosphere” and commends our “charitable foundation, the EYA foundation” for its great contributions to the communities where we build. We would also like to congratulate our investment partners, JBG, for ranking #1 as the best large company to work for in the area!

Companies featured on the list were nominated by their employees. We are proud that our employees enjoy the work they do and love creating new neighborhoods for our home buyers.

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!

The Oronoco Featured in the Washington Business Journal

May 27, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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With its expansive terrace and sweeping views of the Potomac River, The Oronoco’s newly opened Model Home is truly like nothing else in the area. The Washington Business Journal’s Michael Neibauer recently stopped by for a visit. View his video tour of this stunning new residence.

The Model Home is a 3 bedroom plus library residence with over 3,000 sq ft of interior living space, balcony and private terrace with indoor/outdoor fireplace. With premium finishes, floor to ceiling windows and countless luxury building amenities, The Oronoco offers an unparalleled lifestyle in historic Old Town. For a tour of our Model Home and to learn more, contact our sales center at 571-483-0286 or visit EYA.com.

Get a Sneak Peek Inside The Oronoco

May 27, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The Oronoco Condo by EYA in Old Town Alexandria

The Oronoco, EYA’s landmark waterfront condominium in Old Town Alexandria, will be welcoming its first residents next month. Get a sneak peek inside this iconic new residence featured in The Washingtonian!

The Oronoco offers unparalleled luxury living with direct access to Oronoco Bay Park and the Alexandria waterfront. Building amenities include heated pool with bathhouse, outdoor kitchen, 24-hour security, concierge, fitness center with yoga room, dog washing station and much, much more. Visit our website to learn more and discover life on a grand scale today!