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Bal Harbour: A Jewel in the Crown

January 16, 2019
Bal Harbour A Jewel in the Crown

As Bal Harbour approaches its 75th Anniversary, it does so with prestige, luxury, grace, and a dedication to a mission of quality.  Being the most Northern barrier island in the string that stretches to Key West, Bal Harbour provides a majestic front row seat to the Atlantic Ocean.  It is home to 3000 residents who live, breathe, and experience the beauty of quaint village living filled with shopping, fine dining, and an ocean view. Though this parcel of land was largely a mangrove island a century ago, the original founder, Robert Graham, saw a “Jewel in the Crown” in South Florida.  

Bal Harbour is globally known for its luxurious lifestyle, intimate environment, and its world famous “Shops at Bal Harbour.”  In 1965, owner, developer, and visionary, Stanley Whitman, saw the possibility of luxury in South Florida.  Determined to create a place of prestige and luxury, he developed a high-end shopping experience that is now the most profitable per square foot in America.  Notably, there is an expansion planned for 70 new boutiques opening by 2025 including Fred’s at Barneys.  

Though it was originally designed to be a beautiful living destination by the ocean, World War II changed that goal.  As an Air Corps barracks, the island was transformed into a habitable land space.  Following the war and the construction of its first hotel, local leaders mandated that all future construction endeavors would maintain a sense of quality and serenity.  And, it has succeeded.

Robert Graham originally noted, “We have only one objective.  We want to make the village, with its unusual advantages of ocean and bay and South Florida climate a lovely place to live.”  It’s here!  Bal Harbour is your entry into quality, luxury, and pristine living. Whether one is raising a family or settling down to enjoy the sunrise, Bal Harbour has something for everyone. Residents can rent Bal Harbour Park  if they choose to host a family reunion.  The beach paths are lined with native plants and art from the highly acclaimed “Unscripted Bal Harbour” public art forum where critical cultural dialogue meets contemporary art.  Nothing is lost in fine living at Bal Harbour.

In addition, Bal Harbour has some of the most desirable single-family residences and condominiums.  For example, the St. Regis , Oceana at Bal Harbour , and ONE Bal Harbour Resort and Spa offer the finest ocean living in the South Florida region.  For those who are a little more seasoned, the island provides the tranquility of living the good life.  For those raising a family, safety is assured with its national award-winning police department and schools.  Most importantly, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in a place that has maintained a history of high standards, superior services, and civic pride then Bal Harbour is a dream destination!  

Urban Resource has our hand on the pulse of the Bal Harbour community.  Our knowledge of the community, consultative role of finding the right home for the right family in Bal Harbour, and all-in-one approach will make your real estate search an enjoyable one.  So, let us hear from you in making your Bal Harbour dream come true.  We are ready to get to work for you!

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