cute on the outside, ninja on the inside…
Soo specializes in helping buyers. She is a former restauranteur in the hip Downtown LA area- Soo knows how to set you at ease and find out what really matters to you. Soo is native to New York – she might look like she is all sweetness and light, but watch out! She’s a really tough cookie and sharp negotiator, and she can do it equally well in English or Korean.
What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Soo Young Lee and I go by Soo. I grew up in New York, moved here about 18 years ago and lived pretty much all over, LA.. Glendale, Burbank, Northeast LA, Downtown… now I am in Korea Town.
What is your background and how does that help your clients?
I opened a restaurant in Downtown LA called the Blue Dahlia. I opened it because I love entertaining people. I wanted a place that was an extension of my living room. My passion for wanting to help and for creating that kind of environment fits really well with what I am doing now. I want to be able to help people find a place they can call home and create wonderful memories and make that process as easy and simple as possible. You develop a skill for making people feel really comfortable, quickly and creating an environment where they felt safe and home-like. I have a knack for connecting with people and they trust me.
Why did you decide to make real estate as your career?
I thought about real estate even before I moved to California. People thought I had the personality for it. I love decorating homes and when I see a house I can envision the possibilities. Interior design is just decorating inside, but selling homes I get to help people find a space that they can call home and that is more rewarding. Home is where memories are made and it is where people come together. Real Estate was a way to bring my love of design together with a way of truly affecting peoples lives. Paint is temporary, but home is forever!!
Do you have a special skill or talent?
I am truly bilingual and equally comfortable in English and Korean. I am also very bicultural and able to relate equally well to someone foreign born as well as more Americanized people. I’ve had a really diverse life since I’ve been here and I think I am an especially good bridge between the two.
What is your most unusual hobby, interest or life experience?
When I was younger I used to be into extreme things. In college, we went to Jamaica with some girlfriends on Spring Break. We went to Ricks Cafe where people do cliff diving. And I thought, everyone else is jumping, must be fun! I had no idea how high the cliff was, but when I looked down, people looked like ants. But I started the process and I couldn’t turn around… so looked down and I said, “here I go” and took one giant step and went straight into the water. Wow! I made it, so I figured, “of I could do that”. There was a huge rock, maybe two stories high, and I decided to climb up. I am an expert swimmer, so I figured I could swim and dive into anything. So I climbed up and decided to do a jack knife. the rocks were uneven and I misjudged the height… instead of a jack knife I did a FLOP and spent the rest of the trip with a huge bruise from my thigh down to my ankle… not quite the look I wanted for my exciting Spring Break trip!