Hot Real Estate Trend: How Walkability is Attracting Luxury Buyers to Pasadena’s Ambassador Gardens

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 7:54 pm

Walkability. It’s not just a buzzword; it’s a must-have for today’s homebuyers. In fact, walkable locations hold so much sway that people, especially in older demographics, are willing to give up some of their living space to do so, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors®. They found that “a majority (53%) said they’d be OK living in neighborhoods with smaller properties, if that means they can walk, rather than drive, to stores and restaurants.” That number is up from 49% in 2015 and is the first time it’s surpassed the 50% mark in the NAR’s decade-long history of the survey.

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Of course, some upscale communities offer that walkability while still offering ample square footage, and with the addition of detailed architecture, modern floorplans, high-end features and finishes, and a lock-and-leave lifestyle. Acclaimed builder etco HOMES has seen interest swell in its two Old Town Pasadena communities as buyers embrace the idea of luxury downsizing and seek out these spectacular offerings.

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Villas at The Ambassador Gardens features three to four bedrooms in 2,904 to 3,717 square feet, and its sister community, Terraces, offers three to four bedrooms in 3,040 to 4,430 square feet—ample space to spread out and showcase favorite furniture and furnishings while in a lower-maintenance configuration, and without having to climb stairs. Villas and Terraces both offer luxurious three-story townhomes with private elevators while Terraces also features glamorous single-story flats. Pricing for Villas is from the $2 millions, and Terraces is priced from the mid $2 millions.

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Both communities are nestled in a majestic and historic garden setting that feels like a private oasis, brimming with flowers in bloom, acres of lush rolling lawns, meandering walkways, towering trees, and bubbling fountains and streams. Yet this stunning setting is juxtaposed against Ambassador Gardens’ incredible walkability, which puts the best of Old Town Pasadena within an east stroll. Just minutes away, and without the need to access your private, four-car garage, is great Pasadena shopping, an array of restaurants from quaint cafes to fine dining, and culture including Pasadena’s famed City Hall.

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Each residence at Ambassador Gardens exudes fine craftsmanship and sumptuous appointments. Lavish kitchens in both Villas and Terraces present professional Wolf® and Asko® appliances as well as built-in Subzero® refrigerators, with Italian Linea Quattro flat-panel, European-style cabinetry in designer-selected finishes. These upscale cabinets feature soft-close doors and drawers, and are topped by sleek Caesarstone® countertops. Perfect for entertaining, the homes boast great rooms and formal dining rooms, and each unit also includes expansive outdoor living spaces accessed by bi-fold doors.

For more information about Villas and Terraces at The Ambassador Gardens, visit the website at or call (866) 387-6213.








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