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The Whole Foods Effect

August 28, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

A recent study indicates that in addition to walkability to Metro and other conveniences, the proximity to a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s can impact a home’s value. Homes near one of these acclaimed retailers tend to appreciate at least as quickly as, or more than, the national average.

EYA’s newest Silver Spring neighborhood, Chelsea Heights, is just steps from Whole Foods, Metro and all the best downtown Silver Spring shops, restaurants and nightlife. The townhomes feature beautiful Craftsman-style architecture, garage parking and rooftop terraces, all in the perfect walkable location! Stop by our sales center this weekend at 25 Ellsworth Heights Street to learn more about this distinctive new neighborhood. We’re open daily 11-6.

Rockville Friday Night Live

August 28, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Just one Metro stop from Westside, discover the sights and sounds of Rockville Town Square’s Friday Night Live. On Friday nights through September 4th, enjoy live music, great food, and drinks from the many excellent restaurants onsite. Events are from 6:30 PM – 9 PM and the Town Square is just a short stroll from Rockville Metro Station. Tonight’s performance is blues & soul by the Sandra Dean band.

What Washingtonians Want Most

August 27, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Above all else, Washingtonians want to spend less time in the car, according to a study by Redfin which was recently covered by the Washington Business Journal. It’s no surprise, as the DC area is known for having the worst traffic in the country. The good news is that many local jurisdictions are incredibly focused on smart growth, so transit-oriented communities are becoming the norm. Want to spend less time in your car? Discover the walkable neighborhoods of EYA and enjoy a lock-and-go lifestyle today!

Partner Post: Embrace the Benefits of A Simplified Move

August 21, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Let’s Move LLC understands that the simple act of moving from one home to another is not always so simple.

With your personal Move Manager, tasks are intelligently sequenced in a manageable timeline.  Appropriate resources to support accomplishing these tasks are identified.  Personal “to do” lists become manageable.   This simplified approach to your upcoming move helps you to:

  • Save time and ultimately save money
  • Bring clarity to the move process
  • Focus on the important tasks at hand
  • Decrease Stress
  • Increase Joy

Choosing EYA for your next home brings you a wealth of resources to help you discover a smarter way to live. Through our Move Concierge partner, Let’s Move LLC, you are given the support you need to make your move easy and dare we say, more joyful.   No time is too early to begin planning your move.  Contact Let’s Move Manager Susan Mooney at 301-498-8899 to discover how to embrace the simplified move experience today!

Dinner and a Movie Just Steps Away

August 21, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Enjoy dinner and a movie just steps away from EYA’s Montgomery Row neighborhood. Westfield Montgomery Mall offers endless dining options from delicious Sushi to decadent Italian. CRAVE American Kitchen and Sushi Bar’s large menu features lettuce wraps, Kogi beef tacos, steaks, seafood, sushi and more. They also have a $50 Date Night special that includes 3 courses and a bottle of wine.

If you are in the mood for Italian, head over to the newly opened Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria E Bar. The restaurant serves authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and contemporary Italian cuisine. Their daily Aperitivo Happy Hour from 4 PM – 6 PM features hand-crafted cocktails, Italian Sangria, wine, beers and more.

After a delicious meal, take in a film at the acclaimed ArcLight cinema. More than a typical cinema, Arclight features a café, reserved seating and membership options. The café offers small bites, dessert, wine, beer and cocktails. Be sure to save room for their homemade cookies, cake or ganache – the perfect way to end a delectable evening!

Development is Booming Around Shady Grove Metro

August 14, 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.

EYA’s 45-Acre Westside neighborhood is spurring numerous other developments adjacent to Metro’s red line station at Shady Grove.

One newly announced development by Lantian Development and 1788 Holdings involves “a 31-acre, seven office building site in Shady Grove for $50 million. [Developers] are proposing a mixed-use project that will include offices, retail- including a grocery store, a hotel and residential space,” according to Urban Turf.

It’s no surprise, as the land surrounding Shady Grove Metro offers unmatched access to transit, I-370, I-270, the ICC and a booming retail amenity base. Discover for yourself the transformation coming to Shady Grove in our video and make Westside your home today!

Rethinking Outdoor Spaces at Grosvenor Heights

August 14, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

For many people, townhome living is a lock-and-go way of living with little home maintenance and even less yard maintenance. But that doesn’t mean that townhouse owners have to give up the outdoor space they love.

In fact, EYA’s Grosvenor Heights elevator townhomes are surrounded by lush green space preserves and old-growth trees. Atop the luxury home, owners will enjoy an expansive rooftop terrace unlike anything in the area. We’ve even introduced a variety of innovations designed to bring the indoors out:

  • Retractable awnings and retractable screens
  • Outdoor music and television
  • Outdoor cooking, refrigeration and dishwashers
  • Rooftop cameras and home automation to easily view activities from anywhere in the home

Every amenity you’d expect to find for an outdoor viewing party of the PGA Tour or evening cocktail hour is available on these oversized rooftop terraces.

Stop by our onsite sales center today and enjoy pre-construction pricing. Open daily 11 AM – 6 PM at Grosvenor Heights.


Restaurant Week Comes to Downtown Silver Spring

August 14, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

At last, the acclaimed eateries of downtown Silver Spring will unite for one delicious week. September 8-13, 2015, participating restaurants will offer two-course lunches for $12 and three-course lunches for $17. Two-course dinners will be available for $17 and three-course dinners will be offered for $27. Over a dozen restaurants are signed up to participate and you can make reservations here. Our top picks? We’re looking forward to trying AG Kitchen and 8407 Kitchen Bar. Don’t worry about indulging a little. The homes at Chelsea Heights are in a walkable setting just steps from downtown Silver Spring, so a little exercise is easy to achieve! We hope to see you there.

Beat the Heat at Your Local Swim Club

August 14, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Summer Flipflops

What better way to beat the heat than relaxing poolside at your local swim club! Fun for the entire family, swim clubs typically offer recreational and team swimming, as well as classes and social events. Many also feature tennis courts and lessons, cafes and play areas. The following swim clubs are less than 10 minutes from EYA’s newest Bethesda townhome neighborhood, Montgomery Row.

Old Georgetown Swim and Tennis Club:  9600 Fernwood Rd, Bethesda, MD 20817

Wildwood Manor Pool: 10235 Hatherleigh Dr, Bethesda, MD 20814

Seven Locks Swim and Tennis Club: 9929 Seven Locks Rd, Bethesda, MD 20817

East Gate Swim & Tennis Club: 10200 Gainsborough Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

Visit their websites for more information on their facilities and memberships. Some may have waiting lists so be sure to get your name in early.

Whether you are looking to relax, swim or socialize, these swim clubs will keep your family happy all Summer long!

Can Your Commute Save Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

August 12, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Metro Train

We intuitively know that commuting with public transportation is a lower-stress, eco-friendly, and healthier option. Now, WMATA provides a tool that allows you to calculate your precise impact from door-to-door.

Simply enter your starting and ending address into WMATA’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Savings Calculator and out comes your total GHG savings, calories burned and suggested bus/metro route. Double these numbers for a morning and evening round-trip.

Our example: commuting round-trip from Vienna to Bethesda by public transportation every work day for a year would offset the carbon equivalent of planting 25 trees. You’d also save over 130,000 calories, the equivalent of 650 vanilla lattes.

So ride, bike or walk now to an EYA sales center near you to discover the many (measurable) benefits of life within walking distance!