I had some spare time on my most recent trip and decided to check out the Brickell Bay Drive area.....very nice, especially with the nice walk path along the bayfront. Gave me a Brooklyn Heights type of feel.
A lower floor unit at an affordable price caught my attention online at the Jade, which I understand remains one of the premier buildings in the entire Brickell area. I finally tracked down the agent for the unit and gave 3-4 days advanced notice for the exact day I wished to view the unit--more than enough time to schedule a viewing. Turns out I ended up having to reschedule twice for that day (from the owners' end, not my end) before the owner decided he wanted to show me the unit, on the market for 200 days now....I stressed that I was catching a flight back home in the early evening that day but the owner insisted he could/would only show the place at 5:30PM--when I needed to head to MIA to catch a 7:45PM flight (and assuming he works on my clock--which is punctual to the second). When asked if his agent could show the unit at an earlier time that day, instead, the response was no--he wanted to show it himself.
Very unique way of selling a condo--maybe he is related to the schmuck I used to (not) sell my place in San Diego....guess he's not really motivated to sell the place....as for the unit, gorgeous on the inside (from online pics) BUT (1) on the second floor in the corner where you get, both, the valet driveway AND, on the other side, the self park driveway leading to the garage; (2) there is a parking lot to the side of the unit, 20-25 yards away, which I definitely suspect will get developed at some point in the future (real estate is too valuable to remain a parking lot); and (3) looks like the immediate floor below is designed for retail, in general, and a cafe in particular. Pass, regardless of price.
Did like the area and the Jade building, with amenities--though you pay for them--is first rate....too bad they are having problems with Brickell Place (car elevator not working, plumbing through the walls, etc)...some of the other older complexes in the area (i.e. Mark, Emerald) have some nice views but appear dated and not as nice as the Jade....cute little coffee shop, Bertoni, across the street--though a bit overpriced. Good location--I describe the area as Brickell Key minus the bridge.
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