Columbia graduate Steve Ambrose and his father, Clarke
Steve Ambrose after graduating from Columbia University in 1987. Holding Steve's diploma is his late father, C. Clarke Ambrose, who retired shortly afterward as managing director and executive vice-president of EF Hutton.
Steve at Goldsmith Murphy
Steve in his office at midtown Manhattan real-estate firm Goldsmith Murphy, Inc.


PJ - Havanese Best of Breed 2009Best Of Breed at the 2009 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show! Steve's parents, Clarke & Joan Ambrose, again won top honors for PJ (aka Ch Los Perritos-Shallowbrook Heir I Am), a Havanese.
View larger picture | See WKC page & PJ's competition video

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Work History:

Clarke Stephens Ambrose


Columbia University — New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts - History, 1987

Professional Experience

Goldsmith Murphy, Inc. — midtown Manhattan, NY
1986 to 1990
    Vice President Commercial Real Estate, Leasing Salesperson, and Broker

Marbrose Inc. — New York, NY
1990 to 1993
    Sole Owner
Ran a full-service real-estate brokerage and management company responsible for 19 buildings in Manhattan.

Phoenix-Kenmure Limited Partnership/
Phoenix Land Company
— Hendersonville, NC (assets transferred to Ambrose Landscapes)
1993 to present
    President/Sole Owner
Purchased and developed a 58-acre subdivision of a 1440-acre gated golf-course development in Flat Rock, North Carolina called Kenmure. When I purchased it, the area was raw land. I worked with a surveyor to create luxurious lots that would maximize the natural features such as long-range views and almost pristine springs and streams. In addition to beautifying the lots, some extensively, I gained a great deal of knowledge about erosion and stormwater runoff. I needed to make the lots as attractive as possible, so in addition to paved roads and utilities, I preserved as many old trees as possible, utilized an abundance of hand-cut stone from old spring houses, and turned the required silt ponds into fish ponds.
Ambrose Landscapes — Asheville, NC
2004 to present
    Sole Owner
Currently offering landscape design and installation services to high-end residential homes and commercial properties. Previously I performed these services as a function of Phoenix Land Company, but I decided to create Ambrose Landscapes in order to reflect my transition to full-time landscaping.
  • I specialize in tree, plant and flower selection, gardens, stone work, ponds, entrances and borders, water-runoff solutions and low-impact development (LID).
  • I utilize a professional foreman and crew with whom I have worked for over a decade.
  • I personally oversee and participate in all of the landscaping projects.
  • Client consultations are kept confidential for privacy and to minimize exposure for those who travel extensively.

Related Experience & Interests

  • Real Estate Brokers Licenses — North Carolina, South Carolina, New York
  • North Carolina Insurance Licenses — Health/Accident/Life, Property/Casualty
  • North Carolina State Master Gardeners course
  • Award-winning Hot Sauce inventor
  • Member NC Arboretum, Lifetime Member of United Plant Savers, ECO-Hendersonville
  • NC State Stream Doctor I and II
  • NCNLA Certified Turfgrass Professional course
  • NC Pesticide License
  • NC Registered Landscape Contractor License