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Westside Stories – May 2020

By |May 12th, 2020|From The Newsletter|

In these days of quarantine we have the opportunity to look at how things are not so different than in years past. The word quarantine itself comes from a Latin word meaning “forty”because that was how long a victim of infection had to be isolated during the bubonic plague: 40 days. Literature includes many works involving pandemics. Daniel Defoe published his “ A Journal of the Plague” in 1722.It was an account of the experiences of those who lived with the London plague of 1665. It was a history but the actual journal of one living through that plague in London was included by the great diarist, Samuel Pepys.“Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez involves the story of an unfaithful husband who is devoted to the eradication of cholera in Latin America. He falls off a ladder and dies and in the old age of his widow loves blossoms with her original love that her father had discouraged. It is also a movie made recently starring Javier Bardem. And for a movie that plots the rigors of life in, and the need to deal with, a plague you might consider the Stephen Soderberg movie named “Contagion.” It is prescient and entertaining but maybe a little too close to reality to be wholly entertaining. Stay safe, isolate and consider that we are reliving history as it repeats itself.

The New Normal

By |May 8th, 2020|From The Newsletter|

Has it really only been a month since this “new normal” of staying at home has been in effect? In a way it feels like a lot longer but, on the other hand, it also feels as though it was only yesterday when we were out to dinner with friends. I think about that night now (March 10. Madeo in Beverly Hills) and realize that was the last time we’ll be able to say we were at a restaurant without really worrying about waiters getting too close or kids sneezing a few tables away. There were no masks or gloves or anxiety about getting sick. In a way it has become like the last time we flew before 9/11, before all the post 9/11 measures were put into place. Our children will be able to tell their grandchildren about what life was like before the pandemic of 2020. They’ll recall times when they could hang out with friends in big groups or go to packed food courts at the mall. They’ll remember with fondness how fun Dodgers Stadium was on Opening Day with 55,000 other people clamoring to get in to watch the game. They’ll talk about being in a crowded classroom or bus or all the parties we used to have at the house and no one was in a mask unless it was Halloween. Not sure when or if life will return to what we knew pre pandemic days or how indelible an imprint the memories from these weeks/months in quarantine will make. Yes, there are plenty of moments when we get on each other’s nerves. There are times we each need to retreat to separate, private areas of the house just to catch a glorious moment of quiet. We worry about too much screen time for the youngest one, wondering if his brilliant little mind is slowly just eroding away. But then we rationalize that playing a game keeps him a) safe and b) engaged with so many friends he misses. We worry about getting sick while missing our parents and siblings and friends we can only interact with through Zoom. I’m missing Open Houses and showings and shaking hands with clients. And, of course, there is the underlying concern about the real estate market in general. Obviously now is a tense time; but once the stay-at-home orders get lifted and the economy reopens, I’m confident buyers and sellers will resume healthy transactions. I’m projecting about a month from now is when the best deals are to be had. For all the negatives swirling around us right now, there are plenty of positives to this quarantine, too. My 15 year old is learning how to drive with virtually no traffic. There is virtually no traffic! The air quality is impeccable. We haven’t had to set an alarm clock in months. There is no arguing over who has to pick up which kid from which practice at whatever terrible rush hour time of day. There is no rush hour time of day! We’ve labored over puzzles and laughed hysterically trying to make sense of them. Every late afternoon we head up to our upstairs balcony and chat with neighbors and friends walking by below. We’ve been given the gift of extra time with our boys who will one day leave home. We are living through history unfolding before our eyes. And despite all the things we are currently doing without, the one thing we do have besides our health (knock wood) is our neighborhood. Just knowing that we are going through it together as a community helps ease the tensions just a little bit. I wish I could give credit to the neighbors who put up the message we are using for our cover photo this month but I don’t know who is responsible. I do hope you are reading this so you know it is very much appreciated. Not only is it beautiful, heartfelt and true but it is also a great reminder that we are indeed lucky to have each other and yes, we will get through it together. Thank you for doing it and I hope you, your loved ones and all of our shared community continues to stay safe and healthy. Be well!

Ben Lee Represents Both Buyer and Seller of 2820 McConnell Drive

By |May 5th, 2020|Ben Lee Properties' News|

Ben represented both the buyer and seller of the beautiful 2820 McConnell Drive. This stunning 3 bed, 4 bath home spans across 2,487 square feet on a lot size of 7,691 square feet and it is a prime Cheviot Hills location.

Take a look at the magnificent pictures!

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Cheviot Hills or surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to reach out!

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Lee Represents the Buyer of 3227 Shelby Drive

By |April 21st, 2020|Buyers|

Ben Lee represented the buyer of 3227 Shelby Drive in the prestigious Cheviot Hills neighborhood. This stunning home spans 3,875 square feet on a lot size of over 10,000 square feet with a pool and sports court.

This 4 bed, 5 bath home sold in multiple offers (which Ben won in each of them) for $3,300,000.

If you’re looking to buy a home in Cheviot Hills or surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Ben Lee Represents the Seller of 2907 Beverwil Drive

By |April 17th, 2020|Ben Lee Properties' News|

And it just sold! 2907 Beverwil Drive. It was offered at $1,795,000.

This warm and inviting 3 bedroom/3 bath family home has recently been fully remodeled and offers a perfect architectural blend of minimalist modernity meshed with whimsical fantasy. No detail was spared in its recent renovation, resulting in an impeccably designed and thoughtfully created environment that makes the most intelligent use of space. Step over the threshold and be impressed by the clean lines, impossibly high ceilings and an abundance of skylights and windows that bask the entire first floor in beautiful, natural sunlight. An open floor plan allows for effortless flow and Zen-like calm in between the den, formal living room, dining room and chef’s kitchen. In the kitchen you’ll find chic, state-of-the art stainless steel appliances buffeted by all custom cabinetry that provides a vast amount of storage. This level also includes the Powder room and two bedrooms shared by a Jack and Jill bathroom. Big glass doors open from the living room to the outdoors which is more reminiscent of a tropical Balinese paradise than a typical Los Angeles backyard. Wholly private and completely surrounded by lush greenery, there is a cozy fire pit and hot tub tucked below a terraced hillside that offers an al fresco dining space nestled within the trees as well as a tranquil meditation alcove built into the natural landscape. The upper level of this home offers the Master Bedroom suite complete with picturesque views, attached bathroom with dual sinks in the vanity, oversized sunken tub, shower with multiple shower heads and an enormous walk-in closet. With a recently installed infrastructure that includes brand new plumbing, electrical, sewer and roof, this impressive and beautiful home in the award winning Castle Heights Elementary School District will most certainly not be on the market for long.

 

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