The beautiful and exclusive village of Bal Harbour is synonymous with fine luxury shopping and living the good life at the beach. Its location on the northern tip of the Miami Beach barrier island gives it a secluded feel, yet it’s just minutes from the action in South Beach or Miami.
Bal Harbour was originally envisioned as a “dream village” in the 1930s. Its name was meant to evoke the two bodies of water that envelop it – “B” for Bay, and “al” for Atlantic Ocean. Bal Harbour’s founders carefully planned the community as an upscale haven, even installing the country’s first underground utilities. Today, the town stays true to that original vision in Bal Harbour’s beautiful landscaping along Collins Avenue, pristine beaches and upscale shopping, dining and boating.
Bal Harbour Shopping and Recreation
Ever since Arthur Godfrey televised his show nationally from the Kenilworth Hotel, Bal Harbour has drawn celebrities to its sunny shores. But it’s the Bal Harbour shops that have made the village an international destination. Originally built in the 1960s, the open air mall with tropical landscaping has always catered to luxury shoppers, showcasing designer shops that are hard to find outside of Manhattan or Beverly Hills. Anchor tenants are Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and shopping includes Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Tory Burch and jewelers Van Cleef and Arpels, Harry Winston and Tiffany.
Bal Harbour is also home to pristine, semi-private beaches. A jogging path with native plants along the dunes runs the length of Bal Harbour’s beachfront. Directly west is the exclusive Indian Creek Country Club, whose golf course is considered by many to be the finest in the entire Miami area. And for boaters, Bal Harbour is in a prime location with easy access to the Atlantic Ocean via the Haulover Inlet.
Bal Harbour Schools
Bal Harbour is in the Miami-Dade School District. Students in Bal Harbour attend the Ruth K Broad/Bay Harbor K-8 Center, Nautilus Middle School and Miami Beach Senior High School. Parents also have a wide selection of private schools in the Miami area.
Bal Harbour Real Estate
Bal Harbour real estate includes Bal Harbour condos on the oceanfront and huge single family homes along the bay. There’s also a selection of new luxury condos just south of Bal Harbor in the tiny village of Surfside. And Bal Harbor borders Indian Creek Island, home to the most expensive street in America.
Bal Harbour Condos and Surfside Condos
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort and Residences is an oceanfront resort and condominium located directly across from the Bal Harbour Shops. The one to five bedroom residences come with a dedicated butler to attend to your every whim and are equipped with high end finishes and appliances throughout. Other amenities available to residents include:
- Private residents’ pool and fitness center
- In room dining service, catering and personal chef
- Pre-arrival provisioning and grocery delivery for part-time residents
- Nanny service
- Bag pickup service from the Bal Harbour Shops
- Oceanfront cabana with television, mini bar, icemaker and Wi-Fi connection
- Intelligent controls for lighting, window shades and climate
- Private balconies with large outdoor living areas
Oceana Bal Harbour is being constructed on the former site of the Bal Harbour Club. It’s a beachfront tower of flow-through residences offering unobstructed views of the ocean, Biscayne Bay and the town of Bal Harbour. With open floor plans, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens and spa bathrooms, Oceana will truly offer the utmost in luxury. Other amenities will include:
- Olympic style lap pool and expansive leisure pool amid manicured gardens inspired by Versailles
- 400 feet of beautiful white sand beach
- Furnished poolside cabanas
- Members-only spa and tranquility center
- Private restaurant and outdoor café
- Championship clay tennis courts
- Billiards, ping pong and private cinema
- Kids activity room
- Beach and poolside service and full restaurant poolside
- Ocean view fitness center, and yoga and Pilates areas
The Surf Club at Surfside is a restoration of a famed 1930s resort where luminaries such as Winston Churchill used to gather. The developers have added three glass towers to the original structure – a condo tower, a five star Four Seasons hotel and spa, and a tower that mixes residences and hotel units. The 121 private residences range in size from 1800 to 7800 square feet with two to five bedrooms each and high end finishes and appliances. The thirty hotel residences each have 950 to 2000 square feet and one or two bedrooms, and they come fully decorated and furnished. Residence amenities also include:
- Spacious balconies with frameless glass railings
- Private residents’ swimming pool
- Four Seasons beach service
- Private arrival, valet and elevator service for each building
- State of the art fitness center
- Private residents’ lounge
Fendi Chateau Residences offers 58 exclusive residences situated on 300 feet of pristine beach just three blocks from the Bal Harbour Shops. The Residences are filled with elegant and luxurious touches like wavy balconies, landscaped ponds overlooking the ocean and Zen-inspired gardens. The interiors are designed by Fendi. Other amenities include:
- Two swimming pools with tropical landscaping and cabanas
- Pool and beach service
- Gazebo with full summer kitchen overlooking the ocean
- Wine lounge with private lockers
- Cigar bar with humidor boxes
- Private cinema and media center
- Private restaurant
- Kids club
- State of the art fitness center with ocean views
Single Family Homes for Sale in Bal Harbour and Surrounding Towns
Bal Harbour Single Family Homes are clustered in the area west of Collins Avenue and north of the Bal Harbour Shops. They include posh waterfront residences fronting on Indian Creek and Biscayne Bay, midcentury three and four bedroom homes, and newer six or more bedroom residences with the ultimate in luxury features and finishes.
Surfside single family homes include freshly remodeled midcentury homes and some newer, larger and more luxurious residences along Indian Creek. Surfside’s older residences offer an excellent opportunity to enjoy all that the Bal Harbour area has to offer at a lower price than you’re likely to find for single family homes in Bal Harbour or the Bay Harbor Islands.
Indian Creek is an ultra exclusive island that’s home to some of the most expensive and luxurious homes in America. There are just 32 residences – all of them waterfront — on this 300-acre enclave west of Bal Harbour. The exclusive Indian Creek Country Club and its golf course occupy the interior of the island. Home to both celebrities and billionaires, Indian Creek is also known for offering the utmost in security, with its own police force and boat patrol.
Visiting Bal Harbour – Recommendations from Bal Harbor Realtor Donna Zalter
No trip to Bal Harbour would be complete without a visit to the renowned Bal Harbour Shops. Even if designer shopping isn’t your thing, you’ll be impressed by the beautiful landscaping and fountains at one of the nation’s most exclusive shopping destinations. While you’re there, you can enjoy the shops’ popular restaurants: Italian food at Carpaccio, Mediterranean inspired food at the French Brasserie Le Zoo, Asian-inspired dishes at Makoto, or a tasty lunch at Santa Fe News and Espresso.
The J&G Grill in the St. Regis Hotel is a Jean Georges restaurant that offers sweeping ocean views and contemporary American cuisine with local influences. The dinner menu includes inventive takes on seafood and meat dishes, grilled meat and fish with a selection of sauces, and a tantalizing assortment of side dishes. 9703 Collins Avenue
Pescecane Ristorante in Surfside draws rave reviews for its Italian dishes, Dover sole and lamb chops. It’s a small, intimate place where you can choose from traditional Italian pastas, lamb and veal dishes and wonderfully prepared fish. 9551 Harding Avenue
Bal Harbour is truly a special place. I’d love to show you everything that this exclusive village has to offer. Just give me a call!