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).

Impeccable three-bedrooms-three and two and a half bathrooms with almost 2$849,000
Live the St Regis lifestyle in this extraordinary 3 BD$7,100,000
The private elevator brings you directly into the foyer of this turnkey unit at The Ritz Carlton$1,895,000
Amazing flow-thru Residence - Oceana Bal Harbour 3 BR Condo$6,297,700
Turn Key unit at Rimini Beach in Surfside - RIMINI BEACH CONDO Rimini Beac 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$979,000
Stunning 1 - 10295 Collins Ave 1 BR Condo$1,050,000
Amazing 1 plus DEN with 2 complete Bathrooms in a Boutique Modern Building located in a Bay Harbour Island just on the bay$875,000
Ocean front building in one of the best communities - Bal Harbour$935,000
This is a large condo hotel suite unit in exclusive Ritz Carlton at BaL Harbour$895,000
Indulge yourself by living and enjoying the one and only FIVE STAR$6,995,000
The presidential suite at the Ritz Carlton in Bal Harbour$5,900,000
Beautiful 2 bedroom - HARBOUR HOUSE CONDOMINIUM 2 BR Condo$740,000
Harbour House is the best value in ocean luxury living$530,000
OCEANA BAL HARBOUR 4 BR Condo$9,500,000
Enjoy DIRECT OCEAN views at the world renowned St - St. Regis Residences 2 BR Condo$2,750,000
Turn Key unit at Rimini Beach in Surfside - RIMINI BEACH CONDO Rimini 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$979,000
Spectacular 2 Bedroom + Den with 3 full bathrooms - OCEANA BAL HARBOUR CONDO OCEAN 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$4,299,000
Updated condo at Harbour House offers spacious living spaces and terrace from where one can relax and partake of the ocean and gardens views$840,000
Welcome home to this remarkably spacious corner residence at The Tiffany of Bal Harbour$926,000
Fabulous Bal Harbour condo - Harbour House 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$860,000
Unique building in the privileged Town of Bay Harbor Island$622,000
Live - One Bal Harbour 1 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$975,000
WELCOME TO THE RITZ CARLTON RESORT AND RESIDENCES - 10295 Collins Ave 1 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$529,950
Amazing flow-thru Residence - Oceana Bal Harbour 3 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$6,300,000
Stunning Miami Beach DIRECT oceanfront condo in CHATEAU FENDI$8,500,000
Turn key unit at prestigious One Bal Harbour - 10295 Collins Ave 3 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$4,100,000
This is it - OCEANA BAL HARBOUR C 3 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$11,500,000
Turn Key ready unit directly on the ocean - HARBOUR HOUSE Harbour House 2 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$770,000
Beautiful updated condo at the exclusive ocean front Harbour House in Bal Harbour$869,000
Stunning Fendi Model Unit - Fendi Chateau Residences 4 BR Condo Bal Harbour Florida$7,295,000
Beautiful high floor two bedroom residence in the St$2,850,000
Be the first to live in the spectacular flow through unit with breathtaking ocean and city views$6,400,000
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