Dear Mathew, unfortunately during your stay last year there were some works on the street that lasted a couple of weeks but they have never affected the view .
Everything is like in the picture! Enjoy the ocean!
WiFi speed is excellent and had no issues working online from the apartment. Apartment is basic, but has everything you need for a comfortable stay.
Some traffic noise because of proximity to the airport, but wasn't a major problem as there aren't too many flights into or out of the island each day.
Electrics tripped a few times when using too many utilities at once, but Michel had talked me through how to reset them, so wasn't a major problem. Would recommend as a place to stay on Sao Miguel, and Michel is an excellent and responsive host.