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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 | 0 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.

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival Returns this Weekend

May 8, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Looking for that perfect piece of art to spice up your home? This weekend, stop by downtown Bethesda for the annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival featuring over 130 of the nation’s top artists. This two-day event brings together acclaimed artists showcasing paintings, photography, glass works, furniture and much more.

The festival takes place in Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk, Auburn and Del Ray Avenues on Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th beginning at 10 AM. Festival events also include live entertainment, children’s activities and food vendors.

Head over to the stage on Del Ray Avenue for some live music, including jazz, rock, reggae and more. Then stop at the restaurant booths for a tasty bite. Bethesda Curry Kitchen will be serving Indian fare, including samosas and butter chicken; Hard Times Café will have chili and hot dogs on hand; and Urban Heights will be serving some unique snacks such as wasabi blue cheese guacamole and XO edamame. A dedicated children’s activity area will be set up on Auburn Avenue daily from 11 AM – 4 PM.

EYA is now selling elevator townhomes in two beautiful Bethesda locations, Little Falls Place and Grosvenor Heights. Visit us online to learn more!

Day-in-the-life: Saturday mornings around Westside at Shady Grove Metro

May 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Westside at Shady Grove Metro Townhomes

It’s Saturday morning and you wake up to sunlight streaming through your floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s a beautiful day and the bike trail right behind your house is calling your name. You and your husband throw on workout clothes and jump on your bikes for an early morning ride.

On your way back home you see your neighbor in the community garden and stop for a quick chat. She generously hands you a few of her beautiful heirloom tomatoes. You happily accept the kind offer and make a mental note to invite her to your Memorial Day cookout.

After a quick stop at home to leave your bikes and tomatoes, you head to the Shops at Westside to grab a cup of coffee from the corner café that knows exactly how to make the perfect soy latte. As you stroll around the neighborhood, you see your friends at the soccer field watching their son play goalie for the first time. You both chat about your weekends and make plans for happy hour later that week at Fontina Grill just down the road.

You start to wander back home, beginning to feel hungry after your morning workout so you pick up a fresh loaf of bread from the local bakery on your way back through the Shops at Westside.

Since your kitchen was built with foodies in mind, you feel like a true chef as you whip up a tasty caprese salad with the fresh bread, and even fresher tomatoes. The weather is still cool enough so you decide to dine al fresco on your rooftop terrace and soak up the rays as you enjoy every last bite.

A morning stroll around Westside at Shady Grove Metro includes a variety of activities, tasty local shops, and many additions to your social calendar. Quiet when you need it. Lively when you want it!

EYA Voted City Paper’s “Best Residential Builder” 3rd Year in a Row!

April 24, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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EYA has been named “Best Residential Builder” in Washington City Paper’s Reader’s Poll for the 3rd year in a row! The annual Poll attracts thousands of participants around Washington who vote for their favorite businesses, people and places in over 100 categories.

Since 1992, EYA has built over 4,000 homes in the Washington area. We specialize in creating transit-oriented neighborhoods that positively impact individual lives and communities in a socially responsible way.

Thank you to everyone who helped name us “Best Residential Builder” again this year!

Staycation in Old Town Alexandria

April 17, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Historic Old Town

Need some R & R but don’t want to deal with the travel hassles? Old Town Alexandria offers many great attractions and first class experiences right in your own backyard!

Dust off your bike and head to the Mt. Vernon Trail. From Old Town you could bike approximately 7 miles into DC stopping at the Mall and taking in the monuments or a few museums. Or you could head south approximately 10 miles to Mt. Vernon. Tour the beautiful estate and gardens and take in some history of this iconic historic home.

Treat yourself to a spa and shopping day! Sugar House Day Spa & Salon is located in a restored 19th century home that was once part of a sugar refinery. They now offer “sweetness of a different kind,” including deep tissue massage, organic chocolate therapy, sugar house scrub and more. Kimpton’s Lorien Hotel & Spa also offers a day of relaxation including caviar dream facials and a lavender dreams body experience featuring a scrub and warm body wrap.

The Old Town boutiques provide retail therapy of every kind. Update your wardrobe with the latest Spring fashions from Hysteria or The Pink Palm or redo a room with some new accessories from Red Barn Mercantile or European Country Living. After a day of shopping, treat yourself and your special someone to a nice dinner at Bastille, Brabo or Restaurant Eve.

Take a day to tour your own city. There are many great tours available, including self-guided walking tours, historic breweries tours, food tours, boat tours and more!

All of these great establishments and experiences are steps from the Townhomes at Old Town Commons. Now selling our final 2 homes!

Grand Opening May 2nd: Westside at Shady Grove Metro

April 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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On Saturday May 2nd, EYA will celebrate the grand opening of its newest Montgomery County neighborhood, Westside at Shady Grove Metro.

Perfectly situated at the doorstep to the red line, Westside will soon feature over 400 luxury townhomes, over 1,000 multi-family homes and 40,000 sq. feet of retail shops. Residents will enjoy amenities such as clubhouse with 25-meter outdoor pool, lounge areas, and state-of-the-art fitness center; dog park; community garden; walking paths connecting to nearby trails; and a variety of green spaces throughout.

Westside is the 45-acre parcel of the 90-acre redevelopment at Shady Grove Metro, which will also soon include an elementary school and regulation sports fields. Crabbs Branch Way will be transformed into a pedestrian-friendly promenade and will complete a connection of bike trails through the site. The 90-acre project is a Smart Growth Initiative in partnership with Montgomery County and improves the use of Metro-oriented land in the County.

The architecture of the homes and clubhouse, while fresh and contemporary, is timeless and enduring with careful attention to detail and materials. It’s a fresh take on modern townhome living and includes LEED for Homes certification, advanced home automation and contemporary finish options throughout.

The sales center will open onsite May 2nd for pre-construction sales, with the first move-ins expected for late 2015/early 2016. New homes will start in the upper $500s. Local favorite Corned Beef King will cater the event.

Westside at Shady Grove Metro is EYA’s tenth neighborhood in Montgomery County. Previously, EYA developed, built and sold homes at National Park SeminaryThe Brownstones at Park PotomacFallsgroveStrathmore Park, Brownstones at Wheaton, Cameron Hill, Little Falls Place, Chelsea Heights and Grosvenor Heights.

New Eateries Coming to Downtown Silver Spring

April 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Great news for local food lovers! Downtown Silver Spring will be getting new eateries, including Chef Alex Garcia’s AG Kitchen and the fast-casual Gusto Italian Grill.

New York-based Chef Alex Garcia is readying to open his first AG Kitchen location outside of New York in downtown Silver Spring! The restaurant will be located in the former Romano’s Macaroni Grill space facing the mall’s fountain and feature outdoor patio seating. The menu will offer mouth-watering Nuevo Latino cuisine, such as his signature seafood paella, pineapple and pomegranate guacamole, NYC’s Best Cubano and Manhattan Latin Burger. The restaurant is scheduled to open this Spring.

Similar to the Chipotle-style concept, Gusto Italian Grill serves fast, fresh Italian food made with locally-grown, sustainable ingredients in an assembly line set–up. Step up to the counter and order one of their signature Italian roll-ups, pasta bowl or salad bowl and customize it with your favorite ingredients. They also serve gelato Gusto pops, Italian sodas and made in-house breadstix, served fresh and warm. The restaurant is scheduled to open this Summer on Fenton Street, across from Whole Foods.

EYA’s townhomes at Chelsea Heights are just steps from all the downtown Silver Spring restaurants and nightlife. Purchase one of our immediate move-in townhomes and welcome in Summer with your new life within walking distance!

 

 

Cruise the Potomac via Alexandria’s Water Taxi

April 3, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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Explore your own back yard by boat along the Potomac with Potomac Riverboat Company’s direct service to the National Mall and National Harbor! Leave the car behind and hop aboard their fleet. Explore the sights in downtown Washington and then head over to National Harbor for afternoon libations and evening dinner. Tickets can be purchased on their website, and be sure to check their schedule for the last service of the day. If your boat leaves before your party’s over, call an Uber for a luxury ride home. Potomac Riverboat Company is a 20-minute walk from Old Town Commons and a 13-minute walk from The Oronoco. All aboard!

Celebrate Spring at Mosaic District

April 3, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Mosaic Market

Mosaic District is the place to be this Spring! Fairfax’s hottest new destination neighborhood will be celebrating film, hosting a food festival, opening lots of great new retail shops and restaurants and much more. Be sure to stop by to enjoy these great upcoming events!

The Northern Virginia International Film Festival will take place at the Angelika Film Center April 13th – 18th. In its first year, the festival will work in conjunction with its sister festival, The Action On Film International Film Festival, to host a week-long series of screenings, seminars and social events. View the list of films and screening times here.

Food lovers get ready! The 2nd Annual Taste of Merrifield is coming to Mosaic District on May 2nd. From 12 PM – 8 PM, local restaurants will be offering scrumptious food tastings. Tickets are $1 each and most tastings costs between 3 – 5 tickets. There will also be a beer garden, live entertainment and children’s activities. Free parking is available in all the parking garages.

Plus, the Farmer’s Market is returning to Mosaic District on May 3rd! The Mosaic Central Farm Market takes place every Sunday from 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Vendors include Naughty Girls Donut Shop featuring locally crafted donuts and pastries, the Upper Crust Bakery offering delicious Artisan breads, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and more!

And if that isn’t enough to bring you out to Mosaic District, there are many more retail openings scheduled for this year, including Zengo Cycle (April 11th), Great Gatherings (May 15th) and DGS (May 18th).

All these great new retail shops and restaurants are just steps from the Townhomes at Mosaic District. Only 2 homes remain so if you want to call Mosaic District home, now is the time!