What up, What Up, BrickGals! Although the picture is pretty much the only intro you need for this week’s BrickGuy, Michael Williams is one funny dude. Bonus, he’s also smart, athletic and can find you a kick ass condo in our hood. Another point to note, if you have this guy find you a spot, you can tell all your friends that you and Zo have the sale realtor. Bam. BrickGal style.
Name: Michael Williams
Hometown: Los Angeles
Occupation: Official Realtor© of BrickGals
What’s a good quality in a BrickGal? Got to have the total package: I like confident, smart, professional, social, active, and funny Gals (like my wife!). Another good quality is that she’s looking for a great new condo or house to call home (is that selfish…?).
Celebrity Crush? Bar Refaeli, but I admit that all I know about her is that she’s hot and dated Leo. Not much basis for a crush. So, I’ll go with Chelsea Handler: hilarious, savvy, playful, and she’s off her rapper kick (I’m no rapper!).
What you got with Brickell? I lived here until buying a house in Coconut Grove a few months ago, and I’m still in Brickell almost every week to show properties to clients looking for condos. Brickell has been, in my opinion, the strongest condo market in Miami over the past year and a half, which is a testament to the great restaurants, bars, businesses, people, and vibe that have made Brickell such an attractive place to call home.
Favorite Place to Eat in Brickell? River Oyster Bar has to be one of the most under-publicized really good restaurants in Miami. I never hear anyone talk about the place, but they serve some delicious eats and it feels so neighborhoody. The ‘bar bites’ listed on the chalkboard above the bar are outstanding.
Favorite Place to Go Out with Friends in Brickell? I’m a sucker for live music, so Brickell Irish Pub is fun…when it’s not too crowded and has a good cover band on the stage. But for a more chill and social vibe, can’t go wrong with Fado. Trivia Tuesdays, anyone?
Favorite thing about the hood? The mix of energy and ambition; Brickell people are active and social balanced with driven and professional. That and being able to walk everywhere, which I definitely appreciated after spending five years in New York.
What do you do when you aren’t working? We’re in the final stages of a near-gut renovation of the new house, and I’ve done a good amount of the work myself, so that’s been a big chunk of my recent life. It’s been a great experience, but I’m excited to get back to other things I enjoy: coaching youth basketball, biking Key Biscayne, hanging out with friends, and playing with my English Bulldog.
Best building for a quiet student? Depends on how quiet. Super quiet? I hear there are some nice buildings in Coral Gables. Quiet balanced with fun? Brickell on the River, 500 Brickell, Plaza, Ivy, and Mint have been popular amongst my student clients. If quiet is really important, there are specific lines in a few buildings I might try to avoid since they have issues with poorly-insulated walls.
outgoing young professional? 1060 (I might be a bit biased on this one, since that’s where I used to live), Plaza, Brickell on the River, Icon, and One Miami.
budget? Most of the less expensive buildings have one or two shortcomings specific to each property, so if those aren’t priorities for a particular buyer/renter, then there are always great options. It really does depend on what characteristics are most important to the client, though.
decked out? Icon, but it’s not suitable for everyone’s budget. 1060 and Mint are the next-best in terms of amenities, common areas, management, and staff.