Agent Spotlight: Chris Ritchey
As a frequent weekend visitor to South Beach since 1997 I never actually thought I would leave the beach and enter the "City of Miami". If you're only in town for the weekend it's difficult to pull yourself away from the beach, the pools, and the fun of South Beach. Recently, however my husband and I purchased a second home in Miami (with a Compass agent of course, thanks Mercedes!) and I have been able to spend the last 3 weeks here. Who knew there was life outside of South Beach!?!
One of our greatest finds has got to be Alter in the Wynwood Art District. Voted one of The 21 Best Restaurants in America by Eater.com, it's a short $13 Uber drive from South Beach. Chef Brad Kilgore (Food+Wine Best New Chef 2016), has worked with such culinary luminaries as Grant Achatz and Jean-Georges Vongerichten and brings a new take on American cuisine. Every course was excellent not only in taste but in fantastic presentation.
One of the most surprising parts of the evening was the cost. The seven course tasting menu is $89 (+$65 for wine pairing) and the four course menu is $69 (+$50 for wine pairing). By New York City standards this is a bargain! And to be honest the food was as good as if not better than many of the NYC restaurants that charge $200 and up for their tasting menus.
So next time you are in South Beach for the weekend take the plunge and leave the beach for a fantastic dinner and experience but be sure to book ahead. With only 40 seats and an obvious following it's takes a few weeks to get a table. Bon apetit!
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Whether it's a short-term lease or buying a brownstone for life, everyone is looking for their own special part of this amazing city. Christopher is proud to be a facilitator in that process for his clients. An avid researcher and fantastic organizer, Christopher presents his clients with the most relevant options and best opportunities based on their needs. He makes the search extremely efficient, as he does the entire transaction once his clients decide on 'the one.'
Having lived in four different rental apartments and now in his own condo, Christopher understands the daunting, yet exciting, task of finding a home in Manhattan.
Originally from Maryland, he grew up on his family's horse farm, home to Preakness and Belmont winner "Afleet Alex." He moved to the big city 16 years ago. Christopher started in the East Village, then moved to Hell's Kitchen, Long Island City, and now Hamilton Heights. Prior to entering real estate, Christopher perfected his keen eye and customer service skills at the Salon at Bergdorf Goodman as a freelance hair stylist for television and magazines. He has worked with many types of people, has a natural ability to listen, intuitively takes in exactly what a client wants, and possesses patience that is legendary.
When not busy showing properties, Christopher takes advantage of the city in his free time as much as possible. His real estate clients often rely on him for restaurant, theater, and New York City neighborhood recommendations. Chris is also very involved in The Trevor Project as a member of The Impact Circle. He has been a host or on the host committee for many of their fundraisers in both NYC and The Hamptons.