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Holiday Gift

By |December 13th, 2021|From The Newsletter|

Did you receive your holiday gift yet? Over 10,000 of these gorgeous, state-of-the-art, guitar shaped cheese graters were distributed to every resident in the greater Cheviot Hills, Rancho Park and Beverlywood areas. Once in a while a house accidentally gets skipped. If you fall into this category and would like a gift, please send me an email or give me a call and let me know: ben@benleeproperties.com or 310-704-6580. We have extras and would be happy to drop one off for you. Just a small gesture to show my appreciation for making me your number one neighborhood real estate agent. Hope you think they are as grate as we do!

We made it!

By |December 8th, 2021|From The Newsletter|

Well, we made it through another year. 2021 is drawing to a close which is so hard to believe. It’s crazy to think in this year we witnessed the Covid vaccine rollout which helped alleviate some of the stress and fear that this once-in-a-hundred-year pandemic provided. The relief I felt after getting the first jab and then the second (and most recently, the third) gave me a feeling of optimism that had sorely been lacking the year before. Protecting my family and community felt attainable after so many months of uncertainty.

This year I took as many opportunities as I could to live life to the fullest. I think if nothing else, the pandemic taught us to really treasure each day and not take our health for granted. When it was deemed safe to do so, I went back to some of our favorite restaurants and ate indoors. I was lucky to get out of town a handful of times and embrace the pleasure of travel with loved ones. And speaking of embrace, it was nice to hug friends and extended family once again, too. Seeing the boys return to in-person school felt monumental and witnessing them return to a modicum of normal teenage social interaction felt special, too.

So, it’s with sincere reverence when I congratulate you on making it to the end of the year because no matter how many struggles we faced as a family, I recognize they pale in comparison to those who were REALLY affected by this disease and all the problems, restrictions and issues it brought. The real estate market in our neighborhood thrived which is very good news for all of us homeowners and real estate professionals alike. With inventory low and the interest rate even lower, it was an extremely busy year for both buyers and sellers. The nice thing about this area is that the homes are perpetually increasing in value. And with Google getting ready to move onto Pico as well as Apple and Amazon making their way into Culver City, I think the new year will bring a real uptick not only in home values but new shops and restaurants, too. But the good news is: we are a neighborhood full of great shops and restaurants already. In fact, just for fun, I’ve compiled a Top Ten List of Lee Family Favorite Things for 2021. So with all do respect to Oprah and David Letterman, here they are in no particular order:

1. Coffee and muffins at Undergrind: Thank you for staying open past 3:00pm so Hamilton students can come by after school and enjoy your coffee drinks and hospitality. 2713 S. Robertson Blvd.

2. Fish Tacos at Dolce Isola: Their baked goods are delicious, too, but treat yourself to a fish taco first. You won’t be disappointed 2869 S. Robertson Blvd.

3. Anything at C and M Café: They’ve moved since their days on Motor. Now you’ll find this delightful café tucked into a mini mall. Everything I’ve tried is delicious. 10645 Woodbine St. #104

4. Canales at Ludivine Paris: Let the diet go and do yourself a favor by trying the specialty of the house. They’re that good. 10509 W. Pico Blvd.

5. Coal and Ice Boutique and Gifted: My wife loves this clothing store. She swears by their selection of jeans, sweaters and the overall quirky yet cool collection. So ladies, pick something nice for yourself before heading next store to find unique and fun gifts for the whole family at Gifted. 10588 ½ W. Pico Blvd and 10590 W. Pico Blvd.

6. FOOD: With an ever changing selection of delicious fresh salads as well as all the favorites off the regular menu, dining here feels like the high-end home kitchen of the neighborhood. You’ll always find someone you know and Judy, the owner, makes everyone feel like family. 10571 W. Pico Blvd.

7. Arancini & Quattro Formaggi Pizza at Sestina: You will seriously be shocked and amazed after eating here, wondering how in the world could it possibly be vegan? Trust me. You would never know that what you’re eating is dairy/meat free. It’s so good. 9725 Culver Blvd.

8. Perfect Cleaners: You may have seen bright green drawstring bags on doorsteps around town. That’s just laundry that gets picked up by Tang or his helpers from Perfect Cleaners. A day or two later they get returned in tip-top shape: pressed, hung and perfectly cleaned. I’ve been a customer for years and can’t recommend the service highly enough.

9. Knox Hair Salon and Danny’s Barbershop: My wife has been getting her hair done at Knox for the last few months and is a fan. She says it’s a small intimate space, very Covid safe and does a top notch job with color and cut. 2823 S. Robertson Blvd. The boys and I have been clients of Danny’s for years. A no-nonsense cut, convenient location and congenial community atmosphere. Can’t get better than that! 10456 National Blvd.

10. The Apple Pan/Children’s Book World/Marty’s/John O’Groats: The oldies but goodies of the neighborhood, you’ve probably been to them as often as we have but it’s easy to take the classics for granted. Locals know the gold standard but perhaps you can take your visiting relatives to any of these locations for an extra special treat over the holidays. various addresses on Pico BlvdAnd no list would be complete without a number 11 for favorite local real estate agent, right? If we haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet, I look forward to helping you handle all your real estate needs this month and beyond. Until then, I wish you a happy and, more important, healthy holiday season. I hope you continue to be well, stay safe and have a fantastic, festive and fabulous month ahead!

Las Floristas

By |November 29th, 2021|From The Newsletter|


Since its inception in 1938, the philanthropic organization Las Floristas has raised an astounding $16 million dollars to benefit children in Los Angeles County. One of the beneficiaries is the pediatric program at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center, ensuring that any child, many victims of spinal cord injuries, can get medical assistance regardless of income. Programs there include (but not limited to): wheelchair sports, scholarships/educational grants, art programs, recreational therapy and adaptive driving lessons. One of Las Floristas’ largest fundraisers is coming up: the annual Holiday Luncheon on December 2. Not only does the price of admission include knowing you are supporting a worthy and necessary cause, but you also would be enjoying a delicious meal and silent auction, otherwise known as a one-stop shop for many/most of your holiday needs! If attending the luncheon is not something you are able to do but would still be interested in checking out the auction items or making a donation, you can visit the website: lasfloristas.org or contact my wife Lilli for further details: lillijlee@yahoo.com

HOLIDAY GIFT IS COMING!

By |November 19th, 2021|From The Newsletter|

It’s that time of year again! In just a few short weeks, you’ll be receiving a holiday gift from Ben Lee Properties. Just a small token of our appreciation for your on-going support of me and my real estate team. In the past you’ve gotten salt & pepper shakers, pie servers, potato peelers, tongs, ice cream scoopers, pot holders and more. Handy helpers to assist with all your holiday cooking needs. We hope you’ll find this year’s offering a fun addition to the rest of your Ben Lee Property utensils. If (for whatever reason) your house is accidentally skipped, please send me an email so I can bring a gift by. Sure it’s a little cheesy but it’s also pretty grate and no kitchen should be without it!

Sidewalk Talk Continued

By |November 15th, 2021|From The Newsletter|

Hi, neighbors! Thank you to those who contacted me regarding the lips/bumps/jagged edges of your property’s sidewalk. I think it’s fair to say we share a frustration with the growing (and hazardous) sidewalk problems going on in our neighborhood. I have formally registered and entered each of your complaints with the city. Everything has been put in a queue/waitlist and at some point (hopefully sooner rather than later) an inspector will take a look at each complaint in person and deem whether or not to award a permit in an effort to legally proceed with a licensed contractor to fix the problem. I’d prefer this to move a lot faster since we are tripping over these sidewalks (in an often publicly humiliating fashion, I might add!) but am unfortunately anchored by a bureaucratic procedure that may take a little bit of time. Speaking of time, it’s not too late to contact me about your sidewalk problems. Maybe if we continue to register each issue, it will be harder for the city to ignore? Shoot me an email with your address if you have a particularly nasty sidewalk that’s causing headaches for pedestrians, cyclists, etc. and I’ll follow up with the paperwork and a hopeful resolution! lillijlee@yahoo.com

Thanks,

Lili Lee