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The Bungalows at Ambassador Gardens

Pasedena, CA


Ambassador Gardens - Parcel 16
Luxury Podium Condos & Townhomes
Sustainable Development
10 Homes

.76 AC

13.15 U/A

1,996 - 3,381 SF


Architecture & Planning

Architectural Graphics

Colors & Materials


City Ventures LLC


Recognized at the 2017 Historic Preservation Awards.


Set within a most unusual and sensitive historic context of a Great Estate, filled with historic mansions, gardens, streams, sculpture, fountains, and trees, four sites were created for 70 new condominium homes.  Catering to a distinctive move-down buyer, the new buildings are designed to fit into each individual context recreating the effect of large mansion homes, sensitively working within the tree canopy and neighbor's interests.


Our efforts began in 2010 with construction finally under way.  Working within numerous delicately determined constraints related to Historic Preservation, Building Mass, Urban Forestry, and intensive Design Review, new buildings that complemented the style and massing of the remaining mansions was key to the success of this project. Developing in a prestigious city that demands quality is challenging; but repurposing a century old estate with a storied history, surrounded by turn-of-the-century "Millionaire's Row" mansions required something extra special.  After numerous tries by others developers, this project was approved by the City because of the respectful integration of these new luxury units. 

The new buildings recreate the original Craftsman, English Arts & Crafts, blending within the exquisite gardens. The individual units, targeted to move-down luxury buyers, include townhomes and expansive flats, and are characterized by broad terraces and authentic, quality finishes.  Incredibly, all parking is hidden in subterranean structures with each unit having individual 3 to 4-car garages, creating an unspoiled community of buildings in an unmatched setting. Private elevators in several of the garages offer discrete and immediate access to the resident’s unit.

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