Bal Harbour, Florida Real Estate and Information

Bal Harbour, Florida Real Estate and Information

Located on the northern tip of Miami Beach between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Bal Harbour is a small, prosperous community around 2,500. Home to the highest concentration of palm trees in the world and considered “America’s Riviera,” Bal Harbour’s pristine, white sand beaches are as picturesque as they are peaceful and uncrowded.

This exclusive Miami-area enclave boasts a long history of playing host to celebrities, dignitaries, and heads of state at its eminent hotels and resorts. And, chances are excellent that when dignitaries (or anyone who simply wants an extraordinary experience) visit the area, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort (originally the Americana) will be where they stay. Forbes ranked the resort No. 1 on its “most anticipated hotel opening of 2012" list. Its 243 guest accommodations are housed in three towers, each of which includes private, glass-enclosed balconie featuring floor-to-ceiling panoramic ocean views. In every way, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort excels, providing elegant, unsurpassed luxury lodging.

Bal Harbour is known for its scenic beauty and civic pride. Bal Harbour was originally named “Bay Harbour,” but was changed to “Bal,” a combination of “bay” and “Atlantic.” A top-flight, master-planned community, Bal Harbour offers the serenity of small town living with great amenities. It has been described as a beach community with “urban punch.” Bal Harbour real estate shows the “urban punch” in its variety and sophistication.

Shopping and Dining

Bal Harbour is home to Bal Harbour Shops, which is one of the village’s major attractions and indeed, one of the most prominent, noted and attractive open-air shopping areas in the country. Bal Harbour Shops stores include Gucci, Neiman Marcus, Diane von Furstenburg, Cartier, Bulgari, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Saks, Tory Burch, Stella McCartney, Yves Saint Laurent, Harry Winston, Van Cleef and Arpel, among other upscale retailers.

Bal Harbour’s award-winning restaurants include La Goulue, MadMac and Makato. For many people, the exceptional, must-visit restaurant in Bal Harbour is Carpaccio. It opened 15 years ago, and almost immediately became THE restaurant of choice to see and be seen. Of course, the food is remarkable, including citrusy Riviera salad, crispy pizza Margherita, and its signature dish: wafer-thin, succulent beef, tuna and salmon carpaccio.

Local resorts like St. Regis and One Bal Harbour are also home to many fine dining establishments. Collins Avenue is the village’s main corridor, and has a number of shops and restaurants. Other popular eateries ready to be enjoyed in Bal Harbour include The Harbour Grill Steak & Sushi, Adriana, and Pescecane Ristorante.

Less than two miles south of Bal Harbour, where Collins Avenue smoothly merges into Harding Avenue, resides the laid-back, walkable town of Surfside. The name “Surfside” says it all. If your mind just wandered onto a silky, white sand beach, where a warm, gentle breeze kissed you on the cheek, then you’ve almost been to Surfside already. The Town of Surfside also offers terrific public parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities, not the least of which is its sparkling new Community Center and Aquatics Facility.

Also beyond Bal Harbour, but an easy drive away, South Beach’s Lincoln Road is a ten-block pedestrian mall that has great shopping, dining, and entertainment. Miami’s Ocean Drive is famous for its nightlife.

Parks and Recreation

Perhaps the most famous attraction in the Bal Harbour area is Indian Creek, the ultra-exclusive playground of some of the wealthiest people in the world; the official population in 2012 was just 86. Indian Creek is often ranked among the wealthiest places in the United States, regardless of population or number of households. Famous residents past and present include Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.

All kinds of water sports are available in Bal Harbour, from boating to windsurfing to snorkeling, and of course fishing. Locals boast about Bal Harbour beach, a quiet, beautiful stretch of gorgeous sand. Oleta River State Park is Florida’s largest urban park. As a resort destination, the Bal Harbour area provides golfers a number of excellent golf courses, including Indian Creek Country Club, Normandy Shores, Miami Shores Golf Club, and La Gorce Country Club. Along the beach, a jogging trail begins at the southern end of town and runs between the ocean and hotels, ending at Haulover Park, a popular fishing spot.

Residents and visitors to the village enjoy a series of annual events, including Bal Harbour Art Nights and Art Chats; Beach Blanket Movies; and Beach camp in collaboration with Miami Children’s Museum. For art aficionados, Bal Harbour is minutes from the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Bass Museum, Wolfsonian-FIU in South Beach, and New World Symphony (designed by famed architect Frank Gehry).


Bal Harbour real estate is near the walkable community of Surfside as we’ve seen, and Sunny Isles, another attractive and affluent area, is adjacent. Its low crime rate, high income, manicured landscape, and proximity to Miami make this village a desirable place to live. While the median house or condo in the area is around $750,000, prices scale up considerably and there are many luxury properties. Homeowner and condo associations are typically very active.

Bal Harbour real estate encompasses historic architecture and new, modern developments. Many hotels have converted their properties into residential condos, considerably expanding the market. Populated primarily with newer, upscale condos, Bal Harbour also has some older buildings, some of which were popular with 1950s-era mobsters in a long-gone chapter of local history. Today, the city is among the wealthiest and safest in South Florida.

If you’re seeking some culture, artwork or entertainment events, check out the community’s events calendar. Everything from fashion and food to wellness and kids events are displayed here in a detailed, easy-to-follow format.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Miami-Dade County Public Schools serves Bal Harbour. Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10. The district offers Controlled Choice enrollment through its “I Choose!” initiative. Area colleges and universities include:

In addition to the many fine medical and dental providers in the area, there are outstanding acute care facilities. Mount Sinai Medical Center, Wittels Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Hospital provide medical support to the village.

For transportation, Bal Harbour offers an Express Bus service, and is a short commute from both Miami International Airport (about 16 miles) and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (about 14 miles) airports.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at (954) 862-2645 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

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