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).

A striking inspired Baccarat Hotel sky penthouse - Oceana Bal Harbour Oceana Bal 3 BR Condo$18,950,000
Oceana Bal Harbour - Oceana Bal Harbour 3 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$6,988,000
Fendi Luxurious Model unit with extreme attention to detail$6,750,000
Stunning 2 bedroom 2 baths beach front residence in the recently renovated Harbour House$749,000
AMAZING OPPORTUNITY - Sereno 4 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$1,749,900
Brightest unit in the building with open floor plan$959,000
Fabulous Ocean View from living room - RIMINI BEACH CONDO RIMINI BEAC 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$532,800
Stunning designer furnished residence at St - BAL HARBOUR NORTH SOUTH C ST R 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$2,499,000
This is it - OCEANA BAL HARBOUR C 3 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$11,500,000
The fully custom interiors of this condo unit is designed in contemporary Italian Chic$8,499,000
ONE BAL HARBOUR 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$2,695,000
More photos coming soon - ONE BAL HARBOUR 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$2,695,000
Fabulous recently upgraded 2 B unit in Harbor House with E garden view$870,000
This spectacular St - St Regis St Regis 3 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$7,150,000
THE TIFFANY OF BAL HARBOU Tiff 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$939,000
Rarely available & desired HIGH floor 05 line with UNOBSTRUCTED VIEWS of the ocean and the Downtown Miami$2,500,000
Unique/only one PH for sale at Harbor House - Harbour house 3 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$2,450,000
One of the finest apartments for sale in Bal Harbour$10,999,000
Harbour House 1 BR Condo$525,000
Beautiful oceanfront apartment in prestigious Bal Harbour$630,000
This 5 star resort amenities has world class services$649,000
MOTIVATED OWNER - HARBOUR HOUSE 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$1,050,000
1 bed - HARBOUR HOUSE HARBOUR HOUSE 1 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$560,000
HARBOUR HOUSE 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$795,000
Rimini Beach Condo 2 Bedrooms features a side ocean view with large balcony$590,000
Welcome to your turn-key - OCEANA BAL HARBOUR CONDO Ocean 2 BR Condo$3,395,000
Beautiful high floor two bedroom residence in the St$2,850,000
Unique building in the privileged Town of Bay Harbor Island$898,000
Amazing 1+ den + 2 full bathrooms in Oceana Bal Harbour$3,600,000
Unique building in the privileged Town of Bay Harbor Island$850,000
Private elevator takes you directly into this gorgeous north east corner unit with completely unobstructed view of the ocean$3,950,000
Unique beach front building in a prestigious community of Bal Harbour$929,000
This beautifully finished and furnished by the designer 3 bedroom$5,500,000
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