Bal Harbour

Bal Harbour is a village in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 3,305 at the 2000 census.

The beachside Village of Bel Harbour has a rather fascinating history. It began life as an undeveloped swamp land that, in the 1920s, was owned by the Miami Beach Heights Corporation. By the 1930s, Robert C. Graham, one of the heads of the corporation, decided to finally develop the area, but his plans had to be temporarily shelved in 1940, when World War II started. During this period, Graham allowed the US Air Corps to rent the land for one dollar a year, and they used it to train soldiers and set up barracks and a POW camp there.

At the end of the war, the barracks building remained, and Graham soon after converted them into apartment buildings and moved in 25 families, in order to qualify for incorporation as a Village. Only after that was the swampland filled, and sea walls and a yacht basin built. Soon after that came the sewer systems, utilities, and water pumping stations were added. In 1947, the Village of Bay Harbour was reincorporated.

The name “Bal Harbour” has just as interesting origin as the place itself. Its original name was going to be Bay Harbour, but since the city is located on the beach rather than the bay, the planning committee nixed the idea and instead invented a name to describe this city that spanned from bay to ocean, the Atlantic. The “B” in “bay” was merged with two letters from Atlantic (“a” and “i”) to form the new word, “Bal.”

Bal Harbour’s beach, in fact, continues to attract residents and tourists today with its gorgeous landscaping and its jogging path, the only beachfront one of its kind in all of South Florida. Bal Harbour also happens to be known for its shopping. Bal Harbor Shops—which boasts such stores as Valentino, Armani, Fendi, Cavalli, Diane von Furstenberg, De Beers, Carolina Herrera, Miu Miu, and Feragami—has, in fact, ranked as the country’s best shopping center.

Bay Harbour also has a wide variety of fine dining at such establishments as Carpaccio, Lea’s Tea Room, Zodiac Café, and La Goulue. Its popular local bars, taverns, and lounges include 1 Blue, The View Bar, Aqua Soleil, and Emerald Lounge.

Besides the chain hotels available in the area, Bay Harbour also offers tourists such elegant options as the Sea View Hotel on the Ocean, Bal Harbour Quarzo, Fairfield Manor, and St. Regis Resort & Residences Bal Harbour (opening in 2011).

RENT THIS BEAUTIFUL UNIT FURNISHED BY ARTEFACTO - Bay Harbor 3 BR
3 BR 3 bath
Condo
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$6,500
Island House 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$5,990
SLS Brickell 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$4,500
2BD/2BA in Artecity North tower - artecity 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$4,500
FABULOUS OCEANFRONT VIEW FROM EVERY ROOM - Champlain Towers South 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Miami
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,500
Amazing skyloft overlooking the city and Bay - Infinity At Brickell Cond 2 BR
2 BR 3 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,395
Located in the luxurious Bristol Tower - Bristol Tower 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$8,200
Luxurious three bedroom in South of Fifth - Murano At Portofino 3 BR
3 BR 3 bath
Condo
Rental
$13,500
Magnificent panoramic direct ocean views from every room in this residence
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$6,900
Sls Brickell 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Miami
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,000
Fantastic one bedroom/1 - Murano At Portofino Condo 1 BR
1 BR 1 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,900
Make this beautiful 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms soon to be upgraded unit at SLS Brickell Residences your new home
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$4,500
: Located South of 5th - Cosmopolitan Residences O 1 BR
1 BR 1 bath
826 sq ft
Condo
Rental
$3,200
Key Colony 01 Amd 3 BR
3 BR 3 bath
Condo
Rental
$5,300
Best deal on a large 2 bed plus convertible den for newer construction
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,700
PANORAMIC VIEWS OF CORAL GABLES and BILTMORE HOTEL
3 BR 3 bath
Condo
Rental
$5,500
Unobstructed spectacular views to Start Island - Bentley Bay 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$4,800
Breathtaking sunset views of beach/ocean/ bay & city
3 BR 3 bath
Condo
Rental
$7,499
Recently renovated charming and large 1 bedroom apartment completely furnished in the trendy Sunset Harbour neighborhood
1 BR 1 bath
965 sq ft
Condo
Rental
$3,000
Bristol Tower 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$5,000
Luxury Beachfront Oasis set along pristine white sands and beaches in the most exclusive neighborhood in Miami - Bal harbour
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$7,000
Murano at Portofino-For rent this beautifully renovated
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$16,500
Sands Of Key Biscayn 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Miami
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,800
SPECTACULAR VIEWS TO THE MIAMI RIVER - Ivy Condo 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$25,000
Gorgeous 2/2 corner unit in very secure building in beautiful Surfside
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,300
Absolutely stunning 3 bedroom at the Mint w/ unobstructed vws of the Miami River and all of Miami from the double-height floor to ceiling windows
3 BR 3 bath
Condo
Rental
$5,200
SPIAGGIA OCEAN 3 BR
3 BR 3 bath
Condo
Rental
$6,500
Fabulous Yacht Harbor condominium with outstanding views of Biscayne Bay
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$6,000
Great Seasonal Rent at the heart of Aventura - The Venture West 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,500
SLS BRICKELL - SLS Brickell 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,800
Beautiful 2 bedrooms plus Den - Aventura Marina Two 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,200
Ideal beach apartment - Casa Del Mar Condo 1 BR
1 BR 1 bath
930 sq ft
Condo
Rental
$3,200
Absolutely gorgeous full 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment in prestigious boutique style condo in a heart of Sunny Isles Beach
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,500
Brand new unit at SLS Brickell - SLS 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
962 sq ft
Condo
Rental
$3,100
THE PALACE - PRESTIGIOUS BUILDING IN EXCLUSIVE BAL HARBOUR
2 BR 4 bath
Condo
Rental
$12,500
SEASONAL RENTAL *MAGNIFICENT WATER VIEWS OF BAY/INTRACOASTAL & CITY FROM WRAP AROUND BALCONY IN OPERA TOWERS 46TH FLOOR
1 BR 1 bath
821 sq ft
Condo
Rental
$3,500
South of Fifth's most affordable upscale building - Cosmopolitan Residences 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Miami
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,100
Spectacular and Highly sought after 2BED/3BATH LOFT with Direct East Bay views of the Water with Panoramic views of the Miami Skyline from every room
2 BR 3 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,500
19th FLOOR PENTHOUSE WITH DIRECT OCEAN VIEWS - The Riviera Condo 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Miami
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,400
Marvelous flow-thru 3 bedroom/4 - Oceana Bal Harbour 3 BR Condo Miami
3 BR 4 bath
Condo
Rental
$25,000
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