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Terraces at Ambassador Gardens combines modern luxury with historic charm

By Kamala Kirk

Having a beautiful and comfortable home is more important now than ever. A home serves as the ultimate personal sanctuary, offering a place of comfort, refuge and a direct connection to one’s well-being. For those in search of the perfect place to call home in Pasadena, Terraces at Ambassador Gardens features a limited collection of premium luxury residences by Etco Homes in a prime location just steps away from Old Town Pasadena. Residents of Terraces enjoy unlimited access to world-class shopping, dining and entertainment, including Ambassador Auditorium — home of the Pasadena Symphony — which is a two-minute walk from Terraces.

“Pasadena is rich with history and home to world-renowned arts and entertainment venues like Norton Simon Museum, which is right across the street from us,” says Bree Long, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Etco Homes. 

“We’re very close to The Huntington Library and Descanso Gardens as well. Terraces at Ambassador Gardens sits amidst a historical neighborhood, and the world-famous Rose Parade goes down our street every year. We are literally a stone’s throw from Old Pasadena and Colorado Boulevard, which has so many beautiful retail shops and restaurants. Because of our close proximity to the 134 and 210 Freeway corridors, our residents can easily access other neighborhoods and cities.”

One of the most unique features is Ambassador Gardens, the picturesque 34-acre garden setting that serves as the backdrop at Terraces. Located on the former Ambassador College campus, the grounds are home to a range of stunning plants and rare trees including native oaks, giant cedars and jasmine. Residents can enjoy a peaceful stroll across the expansive lawns surrounded by beautiful scenery such as koi ponds, stone-lined streams and a reflecting pool.

“The historic Ambassador Gardens are over a century old and protected by the city of Pasadena and Historic Society,” Long says. “It has rare species of trees that were originally brought over as status symbols for the original owners of the historic mansions that are located along the side of Ambassador Gardens. The trees have been beautifully preserved and are a focal point of the community.”

Built in 2018, the brand-new and sophisticated residences at Terraces range from 2,616 to 4,430 square feet and include single-level condos, tri-level townhomes and penthouses. The ultra-spacious condos include an open-concept great room and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass that fold open to a private patio or terrace. 

Each townhome has a private elevator, a great room that opens to a terrace, and a third level that offers a wet bar and media room with glass doors that lead to a private or roof terrace. In addition to expansive roof terraces with views of the surrounding gardens, the penthouses offer soaring ceilings and light-filled great rooms with stairs that lead to an airy mezzanine.

The modernized units are outfitted with state-of-the-art amenities and design features that include Sub-Zero appliances, walk-in closets, open-concept chef’s kitchens with islands, bi-fold glass doors and en-suite bathrooms. Every home at Terraces is appointed with the finest materials and finishes that have been hand-selected by renowned designers.

“One of the things that Etco Homes is known for is customization, especially in kitchens and bathrooms,” Long says. “There is a lot of customized tile work and individualized details that vary between each home, and there are many different features and color palettes that homebuyers can select from our remaining units. These homes really lend themselves for entertaining with folding glass doors that create a seamless indoor-outdoor living experience. Living in Pasadena, we have such a special opportunity to enjoy a great climate year-round and our penthouse units with rooftop living rooms are a luxury that our homeowners really appreciate.”

Residents at Terraces also enjoy a multitude of exclusive on-site amenities ranging from a resort-style community pool and free one-year Equinox gym membership to top-of-the-line security features and a lifestyle concierge that caters to every need, whether it’s booking dog walking services or reserving a personal chef.

Terraces is the last new construction development to be built on Ambassador Gardens grounds, and there are only 20 remaining units left for homebuyers to purchase.

“We had a really great response in the early days of our sales process with people really embracing the community and convenience of the lifestyle that Terraces offers,” Long points out. “Our homeowners have been really happy here and enjoy being part of this community. They love the ease of being able to get around, walk their pets in the gardens and engage with their neighbors. Many of them love the convenience of being able to lock their homes up whenever they want to travel and knowing it’ll be safe, secure and cared for while they’re away. Terraces offers the comfort of a single-family home without the burden of owning one.”

Long says Terraces attracts a wide range of homebuyers, from young professionals to retirees, but the common thread that ties their community’s owners together is a shared love of all the great things that the location and surrounding area has to offer in terms of its rich history and access to culture and entertainment.

“While we only have 20 units remaining, there is still an opportunity for homebuyers to select the best of what we have available,” Long says. “We’d love to invite anyone who is interested to come down so that we can give them a peek at what life at Terraces and in the heart of Pasadena looks like.” 

For more information, visit pasadenaperfected.com.

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