Welcome to the City Dweller blog, EYA’s hub for conversation and news about smart growth, green building, and DC's best city living hot spots. Subscribe or check back often to keep up to date.

Millennials Prefer Walkable Neighborhoods

July 29, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

In a recent study by the National Association of Realtors, surveyors confirmed a fact that EYA has long known: today’s homebuyers prefer walkable neighborhoods close to shops and transit. The study was covered by the Washington Business Journal, in which writer Kent Hoover urged the housing industry to do more to adapt to this trend. Looking for a walkable neighborhood to call ‘home’? Discover modern townhome living at EYA.com.

Girls Night Out near Westside

July 28, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
girls night out 615

When planning a girl’s night out, there are two things that must come together perfectly: the outfit and the location. At Westside, both are just moments away!

With the weather warming up, this girl’s night is calling for a new floral dress on an outdoor patio! With Westside’s ideal location, shopping is just a short drive away at the Lakeforest Mall. Lord and Taylor’s new spring line has beautiful dresses that will turn heads and get compliments. Not to mention, there may be a 25% off sale happening. The Limited is also in the mall and always has great jewelry to choose from. Finding the perfect earrings to match the new dress is simple!

Pair your new ensemble with a table for four outside at La Tasca in Rockville Town Center. Some favorites from La Tasca’s menu are Vieiras Sobre Pil Pil, Patatas Bravas, and Agua de Sevilla. Their tasty happy hour drinks (including their famous Sangria) and tapas will be more than enough to keep everyone around gabbing and dining all night.

With a brand new outfit and a perfect outdoor dining location with friends, a night out with the girls turns into a simple, yet tasty evening.

Find out what else is just moments away from Westside for all of your shopping, dining, and relaxing needs! Westside at Shady Grove Metro is quiet when you need it, lively when you want it. And with Westside being just steps from the Shady Grove Metro, home is just one stop away on the red line! Visit us at our sales center to find out more.

Montgomery Row Featured in Washington Business Journal

July 28, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
EYA Bethesda Townhomes Montgomery Row

What’s next for Marriott and its future headquarters location? That’s all the buzz around Bethesda and the Washington region. Reporter Daniel J. Sernovitz wrote about the popular topic, with input from EYA’s Vice President, McLean Quinn. The article discusses the potential relocation of Marriott headquarters across from EYA’s Montgomery Row townhomes, and what impact it might have on the neighborhood. Plus, learn more about the area’s new luxury residences and why EYA has sold 15 homes in just 30 days.

Kevin and the Bacon Brothers Surprise Sugar Shack

July 23, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Kevin Bacon image courtesy of Flickr's @Veni via Creative Commons.Kevin Bacon image courtesy of Flickr's @Veni via Creative Commons.

Recently, Kevin Bacon and his band, The Bacon Brothers, enjoyed some of Old Town Alexandria’s charms.  While in town for their show at the Birchmere, they stopped off at the Sugar Shack and the Port City Brewing Company. Even a musician/actor such as Kevin Bacon couldn’t pass up performing for a free Sugar Shack Pastry. That same day, the inspiring band also performed a surprise concert for the Volunteers at City Blossoms, a neighborhood organization dedicated to creative green spaces. You can view more pics and video here.

So take a stroll through Historic Old Town, and see what the vibrant community has to offer. This is your last chance to live within walking distance to these amazing shops and restaurants and enjoy the best of smart living at EYA’s Old Town Commons. Only 1 home remains!

EYA Foundation Donates Backpacks to Montgomery Housing Partnership

July 23, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

The EYA Foundation proudly donated 25 backpacks to Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP) as part of the company’s summer meeting in Bethesda. MHP provides the backpacks to kids-in-need at their after-school homework club in Silver Spring. The organization operates affordable housing communities throughout Montgomery County and serves their residents with a variety of programs designed to improve quality of life. EYA regularly does an annual backpack drive in the summer and toy drive in the winter. To learn more about the Foundation, click here.

Savor Italian Cuisine at the Newly Opened “Naples”

July 23, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Now open at Westfield Montgomery Mall in the beautifully re-designed dining terrace, famed restaurateur Nick Valenti and master Chef Joachim Splichal bring you “Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria e Bar“.

The team behind Naples boasts approximately 60 restaurants and food service operations in performing arts centers across the country. Their menu in Bethesda features artfully prepared seafood, pastas, small plates and pizza. Enjoy happy hour from 4pm-6pm in the bar with discounts on beer, wine and cocktails – and order some light bites such as risotto balls, escarole and baby octopus.

Naples at Westfield Montgomery is just steps from EYA’s Bethesda townhomes at Montgomery Row and just moments from EYA’s elevator townhomes at Grosvenor Heights.


Free Zumba in Downtown Silver Spring

July 23, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Hop out this Tuesday and bust-a-move at Downtown Silver Spring’s free Zumba Tuesdays! Hosted by Washington Sports Clubs and Adventist Healthcare on the Plaza, the class starts at 7 pm every Tuesday now through August 25th. After your workout, cool off with a refreshing treat from FroZenYo and pick up a new outfit at City Sports. It’s all walkable from Chelsea Heights, an EYA townhome neighborhood in Silver Spring.

Day Trips are Unlimited from Westside at Shady Grove Metro

July 23, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

When summer’s in full swing, there are unlimited day trips you can take from Westside. It’s located in the perfect spot to be just close enough to Downtown DC, but still just moments from major highways to get out of town for the day!

With the Shady Grove Station just steps from the community, you can jump on the Metro and be in the heart of the Nation’s Capital in 20 minutes. With dozens of museums and monuments to explore, this kind of day trip can easily be taken multiple times a month. Some of the best museums to visit with kids, to keep them learning but still having fun, are the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History. On a beautiful day, make sure to head to the Smithsonian National Zoo.

If you feel like getting out of town and traveling by car, the list of trips double! Gather the family and jump on 370 to the Baltimore Aquarium for some underwater fun. Or get on 270 and head to Harpers Ferry to enjoy a picnic in the mountains and historic landmarks.

Wherever the destination, you are never more than steps to the metro or moments from merging on the interstate to head towards the ideal getaway for the day. Imagine where you can go from Westside. Learn more at eya.com/westside or visit us at our sales center that is open daily.

By The Numbers: Shady Grove Station

July 17, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Metro Train

Eager to call Westside “home”? Here are some Shady Grove Metro stats to peak your interest.

  • 1984 Year Opened
  • 3rd Busiest Metro Station System-wide
  • 29,100 Weekday Ridership in 2009
  • 40,000 Weekday Ridership Projected for 2030
  • 32 Bike Racks
  • 60 Lockers
  • 40,000 Square Feet of New Neighborhood Retail Shops
  • 5,745 Park and Ride Spaces
  • 76 Kiss and Ride Spaces
  • 15 Trains Per Hour During Peak
  • 407 Number of New EYA Townhomes Onsite




Friday Night Concerts in Downtown Silver Spring

July 10, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Summer’s back and so are Downtown Silver Spring‘s Friday night concerts! From EYA’s townhomes at Chelsea Heights, stroll right down Ellsworth into the heart of Silver Spring and discover a jazzy, delightful and hip collection of local artists. Tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m., enjoy the sounds of Ruben Montoya and his “funky blues roots rock” while sipping a cocktail from one of the many patio bars. Or bring the little ones to dance on the plaza with an ice cream in hand. The concerts are just one of the countless amenities in Silver Spring. We hope to see you there!