Bal Harbour Condos + Neighborhood
Welcome to Bal Harbour
Epitomizing beachfront luxury with designer labels, world-class cuisine, sublime resorts, white-glove amenities and everything 5-star
Life in Bal Harbour
Bal Harbour doesn’t just dominate the northern tip of Miami Beach, but is also the crown jewel of the barrier island. A luxurious coastal town, this is where natural beauty and timeless elegance come together, enwrapped in 5-star amenities, to woo the rich and famous. The epicenter of exclusivity, extraordinary and everything first-class, no wonder this affluent village is a favorite among the discerning.
A slow-paced resort town, living in Bal Harbour puts you in the lap of beachfront luxury, with the time and space to enjoy it. Begin your day with a relaxing morning walk or yoga on a pristine stretch of white sand. Enjoy brunch on a private beach with pampering cabanas and towel service from one of its world-famous resorts – Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Quarzo and Sea View Hotel. Unfold the afternoon with a quick spin around the ocean on your yacht or paddleboat. Spend the evening shopping for the latest Oscar de la Renta or Tiffany’s at the luxury-defining Bal Harbour Shops. And, end the day on a high note by wining and dining at any of the top-tier restaurants with personalized service.
Although just minutes from the contagious party spirit of South Beach, Bal Harbour offers the serenity of an Oceanside daydream. The Haulover Beach Park is only a bridge away, replete with picnic areas, tennis courts and a marina.
The birthplace of high-end in Miami, it’s but obvious that this upscale neighborhood comes perfectly sculpted with manicured spaces and full-service amenities. Bal Harbour’s premium landscape is a mix of the gated Bal Harbour Estates’ single-family homes, haute high-rises on the water, world-class hotels and beach resorts. Each of the living spaces here share in the lavish sensibilities of this upscale neighborhood. An enclave of style and serenity, Bal Harbour is a popular choice of residence for affluent families, professionals, socialites, fashionistas, business moguls, celebrities as well as an attractive second-home for snowbirds.
Setting the standard for high-style and ultra-luxury among discerning locals and world travelers, find indulgence wrapped in exclusivity at Bal Harbour
Shop – The Mecca for high-end boutiques and brands, anybody who’s anybody either aspires to or is found shopping at the Bal Harbour Shops. With two floors featuring the crème de la crème of retail, find the latest by Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dior, Tiffany & Co., Bulgari and more at this designer dreamland. Select cafés and restaurants, palm trees, marble fountains and koi ponds complete the picture of tres chic at this internationally renowned al fresco shopping hub.
Eat – In step with its shopping scene, Bal Harbour boasts of equally enviable dining options. Makoto at Bal Harbour Shops offers top-notch Japanese and is a haute favorite for lunch and dinner. Helmed by Chef Makoto, the exquisitely inventive delicacies include frosty kobe rice with foie gras, wagyu short rib and cauliflower robata. Another favorite for afternoon and evening shoppers is the Carpaccio. Find the best Italian pastas, seafood and vegetarian fare in South Florida with an indulgent side of people-watching.
The J&G Grill at St. Regis provides an exceptional culinary experience with its take on American fare. Popular indulgences include the black truffle pizza and tuna tartare. Weekends are best spent noshing at the waterfront Bistro Bal Harbour in Ritz-Carlton for its scrumptious sea-to-table menu with a Latin twist. And, while Le Zoo is the top French Bistro with terrace seating, The Zodiac at Neiman Marcus wins over with its popovers with strawberry jam and chic, relaxing ambiance.
Drink – Most restaurants in Bal Harbour such as Makoto and The Zodiac offer a complementing drinks and cocktail menu. However, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort deserves a special mention for its Bar & Wine Vault and BH Burger Bar. While the former is home to an incomparable selection of rare and vintage wines, finest champagnes in the world and hand crafted cocktails, the latter houses a casual-chic collection of craft beers.
Art – Where there are fashionable people, how couldn’t there be a mention of art? Bal Harbour features its very own “Unscripted” Art program that makes contemporary art accessible to its guests and residents. The art access program provides year-round, free admission to and private tours of the finest art museums, private collections, galleries and cultural destinations in Miami.
Play – To be within minutes of one of the most uncrowded, gorgeous white sand beaches and not indulge would be absurd. Besides lounging about the serene beaches of Bal Harbour and strolling down the Beach Walk, there’s much to do. With a jetty extending into the sea and the Haulover inlet, it’s easy to fit some surfing or Jet Ski action into the day. When the waters are calmer, snorkeling and standup paddleboarding prove to be great alternatives.
Bal Harbour is bound by 96th Street and the Atlantic. Its neighbors are Surfside, Bay Harbour Islands and the Ocean.
- Haulover Beach – 10 minutes by car/15 minutes by bike
- India Creek Country Club – 10 minutes by car
- Museum of Contemporary Art – 15 minutes by car/25 minutes by public transit
- Ronald L Book Athletic Stadium – 15 minutes by car/40 minutes by public transit
- South Beach (Lincoln Road Mall) – 25 minutes by car/40 minutes by public transit
- Downtown and Brickell - 35 minutes by car
- MD Now Urgent Care and St. Catherine’s Rehab Hospital – 10 minutes away by car
- North Shore Medical Center – 30 minutes away by car
- Miami International Airport - 35-minute car drive
- Collins Avenue – Instant access
- Broad Causeway – 5 minutes away
- Public Transit Options – Free local shuttle to Bal Harbour Shops
A Brief History of Bal Harbour and Where It’s Headed
Bal Harbour was envisioned to be the exclusive enclave of ultra-luxury people know today from its very inception. Founded by Robert C. Graham in association with South Beach’s Carl Fisher and Walter O. Briggs, the vision for this Oceanside paradise began in 1929.
Detroit-based real estate development corporation Miami Beach Heights started it all by purchasing raw land in 1929. Next, leading urban planners, Harland Bartholomew & Associates, were brought in to master-plan the affluent village. A tiny hiccup stalled plans during World War II; however, development began in earnest after incorporation on August 14, 1946.
Originally named ‘Bay Harbour’, the village was soon rechristened with a more appropriate “Bal” representing both the Bay and Atlantic. The upscale neighborhood got its first hotel, Kenilworth-by-the-Sea in December 1946 that set the standard for ultra-modern luxury. The following decade would see the addition of nine more world-class resorts along the beach, turning Bal Harbour into America’s Riviera. By 1953, Arthur Godfrey’s radio and television broadcasts from Kenilworth would put Bal Harbour on the map for dignitaries, celebrities, fashionistas and even presidents from around the world.
Come 1957 and developer Stanley Whitman would lay the foundation for one of the most iconic shopping destinations by purchasing 16 acres of land. Shunning all trends, the Bal Harbour Shops opened in 1965 as an open-air mall with lush landscaping and a parking structure. Its high-end tenants have included the first Cartier and Bulgari, the first Neiman Marcus outside of Texas as well as the first Louis Vuitton, Prada and Sergio Rossi outside of New York.
Staying true to Robert Graham’s dream, Bal Harbour has sustained its impeccable style and elegance through the eras. Every resort, hotel, restaurant, retail brand and residence addition is crafted to fit in with this urban village’s persona. A most coveted resort community, this exclusive hideaway for the rich and famous boasts of natural beauty, serenity and everything high-end to forever epitomize lavish beachfront living.
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