Bal Harbour is located at Miami Beach’s northern tip, bordering the Bay Harbor Islands to the west and Surfside to the south. Whether you’re into glamorous shopping or simply trying to find a perfect spot to unwind, Bal Harbour is the place for you.
Before the 2nd World War, Robert C. Graham, developed Bal Harbour which was then part of hundreds of acres of a swampy barrier island that was Miami Beach. But after plans for the village’s design were submitted by city planners Harland Bartholomew & Associates, World War II broke out. The land was rented to the United States Air Corps and was used as training grounds for soldiers. When the war ended in 1945, Graham immediately began taking steps toward incorporating the town. After having 25 families move in to satisfy the required 25 male voters needed for incorporation, Bal Harbour was finally incorporated in August 14, 1946. Soon afterwards, the remaining swampland was filled and utilities were placed underground - a first for planned communities in Florida. The Kenilworth Condominium now stands on the spot where Tom Raffington built Bal Harbour’s first hotel which was called “The Kenilworth By-the-Sea”, made popular by the renowned broadcaster, Arthur Godfrey. Bal Harbour was re-incorporated in 1947 with a few changes to its charter, and has since grown to become one of the most luxurious hotspots in America.
ENTERTAINMENT AND LIFESTYLE
Bal Harbour is a friendly community with great options for families looking for homes or vacation houses. Most of them are beach front properties with ocean views. Living in Bal Harbor is like living on an island paradise with its clean streets, pristine beaches, the fresh scent of the ocean, and luxurious shopping and dining establishments such as the famous and ultra-luxurious Bal Harbor Shops. Some of the most popular restaurants in Bal Harbour are the Palm Restaurant, the Da Vinci Café, Carpaccio and Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill. Arch Creek Park, and Bal Harbour Gallery are some of the places to go for great family bonding experiences. There also plenty of beautiful beaches nearby such as the Bal Harbour Beach, Haulover Beach Park, and the famous South Beach.
SCHOOLS IN BAL HARBOUR:
* David Lawrence K-8 Center
* Bay Harbor Elementary School
* Johnson and Wales University (2.9 miles from Bal Harbour)
* Barry University (4.37 miles from Bal Harbor)