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EYA Receives Gold National Housing Quality Award®

September 23, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Bethesda, MD, Sept.  22, 2014 – EYA, a leading developer and builder of more than 4,000 Washington, D.C.-area homes in distinct urban-lifestyle neighborhoods, has received a Gold Award in the 2014 National Housing Quality (NHQ) Award® program. Modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the NHQ Award represents the housing industry’s highest recognition for achievements in total quality management.  This award adds to the list of national recognition received by the local company, who has also won America’s Best Builder twice and the ULI Award of Excellence.

NHQ Awards

EYA is one of only two Gold Award winners in the entire country.  The company was judged on eight business categories: leadership, strategic planning, process management, customer satisfaction, human resources, construction quality, trade relationship and business results.  Judges for the 2014 NHQ Award, including housing industry executives, management consultants, and marketing experts, evaluated a 150-question application from each entrant. In addition, on-site interviews were conducted with EYA employees and trade customers and customer feedback was assessed.

“This is quite a feat, and I’m extremely proud that our team has achieved this distinct honor in the first year that we were evaluated for the NHQ Award,” said Bob Youngentob, EYA president. “The clarity and focus of our mission, the strength of our core values, the high degree of accountability and the openness of our communication have allowed EYA to continuously exceed our goals and customers’ expectations.”

Founded in 1992 and headquartered in downtown Bethesda, EYA has built more than 35 walkable neighborhoods in the D.C. metro area, predominantly located inside the Beltway in Montgomery County, the City of Alexandria, Arlington, and Washington DC.  The company is actively selling new townhomes in Silver Spring, Bethesda, Washington D.C., and Old Town Alexandria, along with one condominium in Old Town Alexandria.

Frank Connors, EYA Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer says quality management for EYA includes building neighborhoods that promote convenient, comfortable and responsible living for residents and the community at-large.

“While homebuilding is the primary thing we do, building sustainable neighborhoods is what we love; and that means more than welcoming new homeowners,” said Connors.  “It means emphasizing social responsibility and giving back in the communities where we build.”

The National Housing Quality Award®, established in 1993, is sponsored by Professional Builder Magazine. EYA executives will receive their Gold Award at the Housing Giant Leadership Conference in Dana Point, California in October.

About EYA

Founded in 1992, EYA is an urban infill developer specializing in the creation of distinct neighborhoods that positively impact individual lives and communities in a socially responsible way.  Since its inception, EYA has built more than 4,000 homes across the Washington Metropolitan area, tackling some of the region’s most challenging sites along the way.

Take the Pledge: Go Car Free on September 22nd

September 12, 2014 | by | 1 Comment
Pledge to go car free on September 22nd and use alternative transit such as Metro, bikeshare or walking.Pledge to go car free on September 22nd and use alternative transit such as Metro, bikeshare or walking.

On Monday, September 22nd, Washington area drivers will take part in a worldwide movement to support sustainable transportation by pledging to go car free or car-lite. Car Free Day is an international event that takes place in 1,500 cities across 40 countries to celebrate alternative forms of transportation.

To participate, fill out the pledge to go car free or car-lite and use alternative transport such as a bicycle, public transit, carpool or walking. Plus, by simply submitting your pledge, you are entered to win great prizes including a Kindle Fire, Sole Custom Bicycle, memberships to Capital Bikeshare and ZipCar, Metro passes and more!

EYA recognizes the benefits of going car free and is committed to creating distinctly special neighborhoods that positively impact individual lives and communities in a socially responsible way. Visit our website to learn more about our walkable neighborhoods and start living your car free lifestyle today!

Phase 2 Townhomes Grand Opening at Mosaic District

September 9, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Phase 2 features only 25 new townhomes. Stop by the Grand Opening on September 20th to learn more!Phase 2 features only 25 new townhomes. Stop by the Grand Opening on September 20th to learn more!

We are excited to announce the Grand Opening of our Phase 2 Townhomes at Mosaic District on Saturday, September 20th! Phase 2 features only 25 new townhomes just steps from all the exciting new Mosaic District retail shops and restaurants. Stop by to discover why so many people are calling Mosaic District home!

Phase 2 Townhomes Grand Opening
Saturday, September 20th
11 AM – 6 PM
3002 District Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22031

Priced from the mid $700s, the townhomes feature 3 and 4 bedroom floorplans, lofts with rooftop terraces and private garage parking. Dozens of Washington’s iconic new retail shops and restaurants are now open onsite at Mosaic District, including Gypsy Soul, Matchbox, Swirl & Sip, Taylor Gourmet, Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen, the Angelika Film Center and much more. The community also offers great amenities including a free shuttle to the Dunn Loring Metro station, less than 1 mile away.

Come by the Grand Opening on Saturday, September 20th to learn more about this exciting new urban neighborhood!

12th Annual King Street Art Festival

September 5, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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On Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th, Old Town’s acclaimed King Street will be transformed into a world-class outdoor art gallery. The 12th Annual King Street Art Festival will showcase over 200 artists from the U.S. and abroad featuring more than $15 million worth of handcrafted art and one-of-a-kind wares!

From Washington Street to the waterfront, artist booths will line the street offering festival patrons fine art paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography and more. The weekend will also be full of hands-on activities, live music and the return of the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser! For a $15 donation, you will receive a hand-made ice cream bowl full of delicious ice cream from Artfully Chocolate. Proceeds will benefit the Art League’s ceramic department. The event is free and open to the public.

King Street in Old Town offers festivals year round. EYA is now selling townhomes and condominiums within walking distance of King Street and the Alexandria waterfront. Old Town Commons features townhomes with garage parking and rooftop terraces. The Oronoco offers expansive one-level luxury condominiums on the banks of the Potomac River with unparalleled amenities such as heated pool, outdoor kitchen, concierge services, dog washing station and more.

Grand Opening: Decorated Model Home at Little Falls Place

September 2, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Stop by the Model Home Grand Opening on September 13th and be the first to preview our spectacular rooftop terrace!Stop by the Model Home Grand Opening on September 13th and be the first to preview our spectacular rooftop terrace!

Join us for our Model Home Grand Opening at Little Falls Place on Saturday, September 13th from 12 PM – 4 PM! Enjoy refreshments on our one-of-a-kind rooftop terrace and tour our spectacular new model home.

Model Home Grand Opening
Little Falls Place
Saturday, September 13th
12 PM – 4 PM
5113 Willet Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20816

Starting from $1.49 million, the townhomes at Little Falls Place offer European inspired Chef’s kitchens, private elevators and rooftop terraces unlike any other in the area, including outdoor kitchens and fireplaces. This boutique community of 30 luxury townhomes is surrounded by parkland and the Capital Crescent Trail and is moments from downtown Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Mazza Gallerie.

Little Falls Place is already over 75% sold out! Stop by on September 13th to learn more about this distinctive new townhome community and see why so many people are calling Little Falls Place home.

Directions: Little Falls Place is located off Little Falls Parkway between River Road and Massachusetts Avenue.

Silver Spring Jazz Festival

August 21, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Flickr's Jimmy Baikovicius.Photo courtesy of Flickr's Jimmy Baikovicius.

If you are a jazz fan, mark your calendar for the highly anticipated Silver Spring Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 6th! The annual event will take place at Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring from 3:30 PM – 10:30 PM.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will headline the event along with a variety of other jazz performances. Bring a chair or blanket and pick a prime spot to enjoy the festivities. Food will be available from local vendors and admission is free.

EYA’s newest Silver Spring community, Chelsea Heights, is just steps from Veterans Plaza and all the exciting downtown retail shops and restaurants. The townhomes feature timeless craftsman architecture and contemporary finish options including linear fireplaces, exposed brick walls and decorative stair rails, all in a quiet park-like setting.

Your Guide to Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week 2014

August 6, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Shop Tax-Free at stores in Bethesda and Silver Spring. Photos courtesy of Flickr's ehpien and takomabibelot.Shop Tax-Free at stores in Bethesda and Silver Spring. Photos courtesy of Flickr's ehpien and takomabibelot.

Sunday, August 10th kicks off Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week 2014! For the entire week (August 10th – August 16th) there will be tax exemptions on clothing and shoes under $100 per item (accessories do not apply). Click here for more information. Below is your guide to the shops in Silver Spring and Bethesda where you can save big.

Silver Spring:

  • DSW – DSW is the ultimate shoe store. Find the latest summer designer footwear trends at discounted prices.
  • H&M – H&M offers stylish clothing for women, men, teenagers, and children at an unbeatable value.
  • LOFT – LOFT is where women can purchase clothes to look great and feel great. The simple, neutral designs are crucial for every women’s closet.
  • City Sports – City Sports has all of the sports apparel an athlete needs to perform at his/her best level.
  • Men’s Warehouse – Men’s Warehouse is the place to go to get the most value for your buck on men’s clothing. Find suits, dress shirts, pants, sports jackets, etc. at the price you’re looking for.

Bethesda:

  • Lululemon Athetica – Lululemon sells great athletic wear with a stylish twist. Men and women can find what they need to gear up and get fit.
  • Bonobos – Bonobos focuses on finding each of their customers the perfect fit. The men’s clothing store has the simple essentials made at a great quality.
  • Francesca’s Collections – Francesca’s is known for their adorable dress and blouse collection. Buy a perfect outfit to kick off the fall season.
  • Mustard Seed – Mustard Seed has the best looks, new and used. Discover the vintage items you need to keep your style current.
  • Wear It Well – Wear It Well is the perfect store for women desiring both hip, funky styles, as well as the modern un-complicated must-haves.

EYA’s newest neighborhoods in Bethesda and Silver Spring are within walking distance of these fabulous stores and many other great retail shops. Happy shopping!

Employee Spotlight: Milli Arakawa, Senior Director of Finance

August 5, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Milli with her husband and two daughters.Milli with her husband and two daughters.

Name: Milli Arakawa

Current Position: Senior Director of Finance

At EYA for: 5+ years

This month’s employee spotlight is Milli Arakawa. Milli manages the accounting team and oversees the financing of EYA and our individual projects. Along with her work at EYA, Milli is passionate about community service and enjoys making a positive difference in people’s lives.

What do you enjoy most about your current position at EYA?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE working with the accounting team. They are very passionate about what they do and they are always striving for excellence. They do a great job of keeping accurate records and ensuring that we have secure controls over our accounting processes. Everyone has their own strengths and talents making for a fun and dynamic team to work with.

What makes EYA unique or special compared to your work experiences elsewhere?

EYA is really committed to ensuring that everyone is growing both professionally and personally. We are all very fortunate to work at a company where management is committed to the personal development of each employee and where we are pushed to be excellent people in both our workplace and in our communities.

What are your hobbies?

I love to travel and spend time with my husband and two daughters. I also enjoy recording journal entries and reading the latest accounting literature published by the FASB, IASB and Big 4 accounting firms.

What was the best vacation you ever took?

After graduating from college, I traveled to Russia and volunteered at an orphanage. It was there that I truly experienced creating connections with people across language and cultural barriers. The kids I met were the most amazing people I have ever met. They reminded me of what was important in life and they inspired me to do things bigger than myself.

How do you connect your love for philanthropy with your job at EYA?

I am extremely grateful that the leaders of our organization are committed to community outreach and philanthropy as an important cornerstone to the culture of EYA.  The establishment of the EYA Foundation is just one tangible example, but in our neighborhoods, like Capitol Quarter and Old Town Commons, you can see how EYA has helped improve our local communities and made a difference in the lives of people living there. It is an honor to be part of a team that is purposeful about making lives better for other people.

 

EYA Earns Approval for Rock Spring Site in Bethesda

July 30, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, the Montgomery County Planning Board approved our plan to build a 168 townhome community in Rock Spring Park in Bethesda. The community will be located across the street from Marriot’s headquarters and is walking distance to Montgomery Mall, Wildwood Shopping Center and Georgetown Square, with easy access to I-270 and I-495 as well.

The new homes will have an upscale modern feel and feature open floorplans, large windows, and rooftop terraces. The neighborhood will offer plenty of green space for residents to enjoy, including a large central courtyard and park area. As with almost every home that EYA builds, the townhomes will be built to LEED for Home standards.

Sales center opening Spring 2015! Prices are projected to start from the $700s.

The Rock Spring site will be our 10th community in Montgomery County. We currently have two projects under construction and now selling in the county, Little Falls Place and Chelsea Heights. Rock Spring is one of four EYA neighborhoods located in Montgomery County planned to open in 2015.

Take a Scenic Trek along the Capital Crescent Trail

July 29, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The Capital Crescent Trail connects our new townhomes at Little Falls Place to the Washington Harbor in Georgetown. Photo courtesy of Flickr's S Pakhrin.The Capital Crescent Trail connects our new townhomes at Little Falls Place to the Washington Harbor in Georgetown. Photo courtesy of Flickr's S Pakhrin.

Have you ever wondered what you pass while enjoying a nice walk, run or bike ride from our townhomes at Little Falls Place to Georgetown? Thanks to the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail, here are a few of the highlights along the way:

About mile 5.0 – stairs leading directly from Little Falls Place to the Capital Crescent Trail.

Mile 5.0 – Loughborough Mill, named after John Adam’s Secretary of Treasury, Nathan Loughborough, marks where he built a mill in 1830. The mill was later reportedly destroyed during the Civil War.

Mile 5.5 – The last remaining evidence of Fort Sumner, Battery Bailey’s gun emplacements are visible atop the east hill in Westmoreland Hills Park.

Mile 6.7 – An original stone district line boundary marker behind a small fence. These stones were used until the land southwest of the river was given back to Virginia from DC.

Mile 8.2 – Abner Cloud House, built in 1801 by Abner Cloud, is the oldest standing structure along the C&O Canal.

Mile 10.5 – Francis Scott Key Bridge, named after the man who wrote our nation’s Star Spangled Banner, connects Rossyln and Georgetown and pedestrian trails on both sides of the river.

Miles 10.5-11 – Your destination! Georgetown Waterfront Park and the Washington Harbour, preserved by the National Park Service, is home to many acclaimed restaurants and adjacent to all the exciting Georgetown shops.

To learn more about the mile markers on the Capital Crescent Trail visit Points of Interest on the Trail and the map.

Already 65% sold out, EYA’s townhomes at Little Falls Place offer residents unparalleled luxury in a quiet park-like setting with direct access to the Capital Crescent Trail. The townhomes feature private elevators and rooftop terraces unlike anything else in the area, with stunning outdoor kitchens and fireplaces.