Bal Harbour is a wealthy suburb of Miami, Florida, famous for its pristine, white sand beaches, glamour, elegance, vast collection of luxury retail, and an internationally recognized hot spot for the rich and famous, dignitaries, entertainers, celebrities, royalty, and Presidents, such as John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton.
Bal Harbour, originally called "Bay Harbour", was incorporated in 1946, and the founders of the Village master-planned this community, that covers less than a square mile, into a carefully designed haven for the best in luxury living and a world-class attraction for upscale tourism.
Back in the 1950's, Bal Harbour and Miami Beach were known internationally as America's Riviera, where top musicians and entertainers, such as Count Basie and Guy Lombardo, were seen having drinks at Ivanhoe's Pump Room Lounge, whilst over at the Americana's Carnival Supper Club, Frank Sinatra and his "Rat Pack" were regulars.
Located on the northern tip of the barrier island commonly known as Miami Beach, and between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Bal Harbour is about a half an hour drive south to the Miami International Airport, and north to the Fort Lauderdale Airport.
The renowned Bal Harbour Shops is a 500,000 square foot, open-air shopping mall,anchored by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue Department Stores.Withover a hundred top designer boutiques, salons, and fashion designers showcasing their latest styles, such as Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Vera, Ralph Lauren, Bulvgari, Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors, Dolce &Gabbana, it is considered to be on par with those accustomed to be seen while strolling along Rodeo Drive, or the streets of Milan, London, or Paris. There is also a large selection of the finest restaurants, outdoor cafes, and bistros, with menus offering Italian, French, Japanese, and American cuisines.
The Bal Harbour Police Department offers a high degree of protection and safety by land and sea, to both the residents and visitors of the Bal Harbour Village, with a ratio of one officer to every 132 residents, making Bal Harbor one of the safest places in the world to live.
Bal Harbour boasts the most magnificent, luxurious residences and condos in all of South Florida.This community of about 3,000 residents enjoys a comfortable, lavish lifestyle, with the finest in dining, shopping, and all the conveniences of a pampered lifestyle. The Village is charming, lushly landscaped throughout with palms and tropical foliage, and impeccably manicured lawns and gardens can be seen whether you are out shopping,strolling the neighborhood, or arriving at your favorite restaurant.
It is not surprising that Bal Harbour is so well known and such a sought-after destination in the world. The beauty of the white sand beaches, coupled with the charm, elegance, opulence, and sophisticationthe community exudes, have made Bal Harbour a crown jewel recognized locally, as well as globally.