This month’s Homeowner Spotlight is on Russell and Robbie at Mosaic District. Former commuters, Russell and Robbie are loving their new walkable lifestyle and have enjoyed watching the brand new Mosaic District retail shops and restaurants open just steps from their front door.
1. Why did you choose an EYA property?
We became empty nesters about two years ago. We decided we wanted more conveniences and options in our life. So, when we started looking for a new place to call home it was a tossup between no more commuting 3 hours a day or a "life within walking distance." We looked at a lot of places before deciding. EYA offered us everything we were looking for and more. We used to drive a mile to pick up our mail. So it is very exciting to walk over to all the shops at Mosaic. Our commute is now 3 miles vs. 3 hours. The time we have back is more than we expected. Not only did we get 3 hours a day back but we no longer have to go to bed by 9:00 pm and get up at 4:00 am. We love all the options we have with a new EYA home and community. Our life now is about enjoying our time with friends.
2. What attracted you to Mosaic District?
I would have to say, we saw the potential of what this home brought to our desired lifestyle. We moved in June 22nd and it’s been fun watching Mosaic develop and blossom. We love our neighbors and enjoy going out to dinner with them or having Terrace parties. We enjoy walking to Angelika to see a movie or a late night walk over to Cold Stone for ice cream. It’s been great watching the shops come in and having such a variety of options to enjoy. Knowing more to come is exciting and also fun to watch and see what will come next.
3. What do you like most about your EYA house?
While I am not a tree hugger, I truly did like the idea of a house built to LEED standards. My company prides themselves on that certification and I know it’s truly hard to achieve. The rooftop terrace is definitely a huge plus and we do spend quite a bit of time on it. For a lot of the houses we looked at, the amenities we got standard with EYA would have been upgrades elsewhere. The biggest feature I love the most is the brick wall on the second floor. What a nice touch to have that option.
4. What is your favorite restaurant/bar/store/etc. in the area?
Hands down, it’s Four Sisters. The food is awesome, reasonably priced, the service is outstanding and the decor is warm and inviting. It’s so nice to have a grocery store within walking distance, too. MOM’s Organic Market and Target supply everything we need.
5. Have you met your neighbors? If so, how did you get to know them?
We met our neighbors before moving in at the Grand Opening back in June. Our sales team ensured we were involved and informed when local events were taking place. Since then, EYA has held several “Meet and Greet” events that have allowed us to meet the neighbors who haven’t moved in yet. Everyone coming into the area are genuinely nice folks.
6. How will you use your rooftop terrace?
There have been several get-togethers sponsored by EYA and a couple get-togethers hosted by neighbors. They have been a blast to go to and get to know everyone. Moving into the EYA community so early has helped provide a common bond.
7. Do you have a special place you like to vacation?
We like to go on cruises. Many times we will take a train to NYC and cruise from there. Outside of cruising, NYC is someplace we both would go to every weekend if it was feasible.