Bay Harbor Islands: The Quaint Neighborhood off of Miami Beach is Abuzz with New Condos

Bay Harbor Islands: The Quaint Neighborhood off of Miami Beach is Abuzz with New Condos

Dec 05, 2022 December 05, 2022

The once sleepy bay town of Bay Harbor Islands, sandwiched between Miami Beach and mainland Miami, is undergoing a Renaissance of late. This small neighborhood has recently come alive with a flurry of new construction activity, as old 1950s buildings, long past their prime, are bought and cleared for new, boutique, waterfront condos. Clean, quiet, and pristine, this almost forgotten piece of Miami real estate had stood unnoticed for way too long, considering the building boom of the early 2000s skipped over this part of town.

With new zoning rules in place, and a prime waterfront location, Bay Harbor Islands is in for a revival. A multitude of developers has been drawn to the area given the recent surge in demand for luxury housing as South Florida becomes the destination region to live and work. Not to mention, the scarcity of developable waterfront parcels.

What’s Bay Harbor Islands Like? Is Bay Harbor Islands a Good Place to Live? 

Surrounded by Biscayne Bay, and with a quintessential small-town feel, this island community’s location is hard to beat as it is only a mile from world-class shopping at Bal Harbour Shops and the ocean. An incredibly safe, family-friendly neighborhood, a K-8 school, quaint bistros, fine dining, and boutique retail are all an easy walk. This is also where you’ll find some of the softest sands and secluded beach fronts at Bal Harbour and Surfside.

Living in Bay Harbor Islands will always carry a sense of community and island retreat-vibe, considering the islands are almost exclusively residential, with many single-family homes, and all other buildings here having strict height limits. For anyone looking to ditch Downtown Miami or Brickell’s high-rise culture for less crowded, boutique living, Bay Harbor Islands affords a great opportunity.

So what are all of the new projects recently announced in Bay Harbour Islands making Miami abuzz? Let’s take a look at all the new condo projects poised to subtlety transform this waterfront neighborhood, and make it one of the most desirable places in all of Miami to live.

Miami’s Bay Harbor Islands: Pre-construction Condos in Development

La Baia, 9201 East Bay Harbor Drive

Groundbreaking:Broke ground in Q1 2022 
Completion: Due for completion in November 2023

La Baia Project Overview: Transformative, boutique waterfront living with 30,000 square feet of luxury amenities and a private, 20-boat marina – developed by Ian Bruce Eichner’s Continuum Co.

From the developer behind the famous Continuum condos in South Beach’s coveted South of Fifth neighborhood, La Baia will be a bespoke waterfront community of only 68 luxury residences. Designed by Revuelta Architecture, La Baia will rise only 8 stories along a calm bayfront, featuring a light, airy aesthetic owing to its all-glass façade.

Big on space, floor plans for the one- to four-bedroom residences at La Baia will range from 1,125 to 2,500 square feet with expansive waterfront balconies – intended to offer a single-family home experience. All residences will feature 9 to 10-foot-high ceilings, wide-plank European wood flooring, custom Italian cabinetry by Snaidero, Miele appliances, Hansgrohe fixtures, marble flooring in the baths, and other luxurious curations by the New York-based Durukan Design.

Stand-out Amenities: An ultimate rooftop experience afforded by a 6,000 square-foot sundeck including an adult pool, dedicated kids’ splash pad, adult soaking spa, and outdoor bar. There will also be a residents’ club room, a third-floor lounge deck with mediation lawn, a ground-floor wood deck terrace with hammock coves, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pet grooming center, and a water sports launch dock alongside the 20-boat private marina.

La Baia

La Baia

La Baia North, 9481 East Bay Harbor Drive

Groundbreaking: Expected to break ground by year-end 2022
Completion: TBD

La Baia North Project Overview: With the success of La Baia, Eichner launched a second waterfront edition in La Baia North, featuring a more lavish landscape, larger residences with dens, and a Tesla house car - all developed by Ian Bruce Eichner’s Continuum Co.

Up-street from its sold-out sister tower mentioned above, La Baia North will rise 8 stories with 57 high-end residences. Designed by Revuelta Architecture, with interiors by New York’s Durukan Design, the boutique tower will feature a bespoke pool design and lavish landscaping by the renowned C. Wright Studios.

With open floor plans starting at 1,400 square feet, future residents can again expect waterfront terraces with clear glass railings, a den/home office with attached full bath, generous double-closet space, and other refined touches such as European wide-plank wood flooring throughout, exquisite kitchens with custom European cabinetry, and primary baths with dual rainfall showers.

Stand-out Amenities: Of its 20,000 square feet of resort-style amenities, 10,000 square feet will be designated for an exceptional rooftop experience. The rooftop amenity deck will feature an expansive relaxation pool with sundeck, a dedicated kids’ area with splash pad, hanging swings and outdoor play tents, plus a soaking tub, firepit, dining, and lounge areas.

Other amenities will include a residents’ club room, dock-side pick-up/drop-off area, dockside lawns with waterfront seating, a residents’ Tesla House Car, plus for-sale boat slips at the private marina.

La Baia North

L a Baia North

Sophie Bay Harbor, 1055 92nd Street

Groundbreaking: TBD
Completion: Delivery is scheduled for Summer 2023

Sophie Bay Harbor Project Overview: A boutique, contemporary-chic mid-rise boasting no more than 6 residences per floor, open atriums, and rippling water features – developed by Allure Development Group.

Designed by Frankel Benayoun Architects, the 7-story Sophie will feature a collection of 26 limited-edition residences. With only 4 to 6 units per floor, residents will come home to bright, modern interiors by Addison House in association with Paris-born Sophie Rouillon as the featured artist. In addition to tall ceilings and gorgeous glass balconies, the spacious floor plans will feature spilt-bedroom layouts - ideal for families with children or frequent guests.

Stand-out Amenities? Flowing water features, a rooftop pool deck with whirlpool, a spacious sun deck with chaise lounges, picnic space, a kids’ club, beach club privileges, and more.

Sophie Bay Harbor

Sophie Bay Harbor

Onda Residences, 1135 103rd Street

Groundbreaking: Broke ground in November 2021 
Completion: Completion expected by Fall 2023

Onda Residences Project Overview: Named after the Italian word for “wave,” a collection of waterfront, plus-den, Mediterranean-chic residences drenched in Italian-style luxury – developed by Ugo Colombo’s CMC Group and Morabito Properties.

Designed in the likeness of undulating waves by award-winning architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia (founder of Arquitectonica), Onda will rise 8 stories with only 41 oversized, luxury residences. In addition to being tech-forward, the mid-rise will feature interiors by A++ Human Sustainable Architecture with large floor plans. All residences will be impeccably styled with mid-century style furnishings, light wooden Italian flooring, fully accessorized Snaidero kitchens, natural materials and textures, plus stone and marble accents.

Stand-out Amenities: 14-slip private marina, 300 linear feet of direct bayfront access, watersports launch dock, lush landscaping by Enzo Enea, rooftop pool deck with bar and lounge area, fitness center with Technogym equipment, indoor yoga studio, Wi-Fi throughout common areas, integrated digital concierge, electric vehicle charging stations, and more.

Onda Residences

Onda Residences

Alana at Bay Harbor (previously Ambienta), 9901 West Bay Harbor Drive

Groundbreaking: TBD
Completion: Completion is slated for Q2 2024

Alana at Bay Harbor Project Overview: Modern, minimalist mid-rise featuring a striking rooftop experience, a multitude of Zen gardens, and spacious residences - developed by Alta Developers.

Designed by Revuelta Architecture, the 7-story Alana at Bay Harbor will be a stylishly chic residential haven with only 30 designer-ready residences. The boutique building will echo Miami’s Art Deco legacy with its striking curvilinear design and minimalist glass façade.

From the developer behind Edgewater’s Casa Bella by B&B Italia, the stylish mid-rise will afford larger residences starting at 1,229 square feet. All units will feature a nature-inspired color palette, expansive glass-framed balconies, walk-in closets, Italian kitchens with Italkraft cabinetry and Bosch appliances, spa-like master baths, and more – creating an exceptionally elegant boutique product.

Stand-out Amenities: Striking rooftop experience inclusive of resort-style pool, sundeck with water views, open-air sky lounge with summer kitchen, shaded areas and chicly lit garden spaces for day-night comfort, Zen-like space for meditation and yoga, plus outdoor fitness area. Other amenities include a fully-outfitted fitness center plus a resident’s social room with lounge seating for events and meetings.

Alana at Bay Harbor

Alana at Bay Harbor

The Well, 1160 Kane Concourse

Groundbreaking: TBD
Completion: Completion is expected somewhere in 2024

The Well Bay Harbor Islands Project Overview: Wellness-centric luxury residences by the internationally-renowned THE WELL lifestyle brand with bespoke amenities and perks like exclusive benefits across the brand’s locations globally – developed by Terra Group.

Boasting a certified Florida Green Building Design by the award-winning Arquitectonica, this mixed-use, sustainable building will rise 8 stories with 54 luxury condo residences. With interiors by New York’s Meyer Davis Studio, residents will come home to a restorative environment supported by high ceilings, natural light-filled layouts, aromatherapy diffusers, and a meditation corner. Expect high-end touches like neutral engineered wood floors, Italian cabinetry, Kore workstation kitchen sinks, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, a built-in wine fridge, Vitamix air fryer accessories, rain showers, stone floors in the primary bath, and much more.

Stand-out Amenities? Its 22,000 square feet of wellness-focused amenities include restorative water features, subtle aromatherapy throughout, wellness products curated and provided by THE WELL practitioners, and a wellness concierge. There will also be a rooftop pool deck with summer kitchen, a cozy reading room and tea lounge, dedicated children’s programming and wellness activities, dedicated boardroom, exclusive access to a private beach club, membership to THE WELL Bay Harbor Islands, access to the latest in wellness tech in THE WELL Locker, The Club with Miami’s first caldarium and Halotherapy steam room, plus an electric house car.

THE WELL’s mixed-use community will also feature 101,805 square feet of commercial office space, 10,888 square feet of retail, and 6,581 square feet of food & beverage space, complete with parking, and an elevated plaza.

The Well

The Well

Bay Harbor Islands: Planned Condos We’re Watching

Origin Residences by Artefacto, 9760 West Bay Harbor Drive

What we’re watching? Developed by VDA Miami, this limited edition of waterfront luxury condos will rise 7 stories with plus-den floor plans. Designed by Revuelta Architecture, and partnered with Artefacto, the luxury design and furnishings company, the minimalist building will be home to 27 unique residences. All luxury residences will feature Italian porcelain flooring throughout, fully-accessorized imported Italian kitchens, modern bathrooms with Italian marble, and European cabinetry.

Expected amenities include an 8-slip private marina with direct ocean access, a water sports launch dock, private waterfront cabanas, a rooftop pool with summer kitchen, a fitness center, EV charging stations, and more.

Further, Aventura-based developer BH Group has also recently proposed BH Bay Harbor I & II at 10290 East Bay Harbor Drive and 1165 97th Street, respectively. The condo buildings will feature about 30 condos each. Preliminary designs show the first Studio Baigorria-designed tower to feature 35 condos and 71 parking spaces in a 6-story building. Amenities could include a translucent acrylic pool on the roof, a lounge, a gym, and a spa.

Origin Residences

Origin Residences

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