For those who enjoy stargazing, the winter months offer peak viewing conditions for backyard astronomers. The cold air holds less moisture and brings clear skies, while the long winter nights allow for more times to soak in the wonders of the universe. These five U.S. homes offer access to nearby national parks, natural areas and beautiful backyard settings to take in awe-inspiring constellations.

Pasadena, California City Home | $3.68M, 3 Bed, 5 Bath, 2 Half Bath, 3,947 Square Feet

Located 20 minutes from the Griffith Observatory and only 12 minutes from the Angeles National Forest (home of Templin Highway, a stargazing area that has long been a popular spot among amateur astronomers), Pasadena has long been a special place for astronomy for more than 100 years. Many significant discoveries in Astronomy including magnetic fields in sunspots, the expansion of the universe, and the first evidence of the dark matter have been made by Pasadena astronomers. With its rich history in astronomy, Pasadena has become a nurturing ground for innovations and producing a series of cutting-edge discoveries.

The Terraces at the Ambassador Gardens by etco Homes boasts a collection of 60 contemporary flats and townhomes located in the historic Ambassador Gardens. Featuring interiors by Los Angeles-based designers Casa Stilo and Meredith Baer and priced from the mid $2 millions, residences range from approximately 3,040 to 4,430 square feet and offer three- and four-bedroom floorplans and up to three baths and two powder rooms.

Residents enjoy a dedicated concierge and security features with each tri-level townhome featuring private elevators, butler’s pantries, personal four-car garages, rooftop terraces and more. The Terraces is located within walking distance to the fashionable and landmark Old-Town Pasadena area offering residents a unique variety of historical, cultural, shopping and food destinations. The sales gallery is now open by appointment for private showings or via virtual tour. www.pasadenaperfected.com

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