A Coastal Colony. Neighborly. Serene. Peaceful. Flamboyant. Tantalizing. Good-looking. Architecturally Significant.
Bay Harbor Islands is a quiet and elegant town separated from the mainland by Biscayne Bay, with which it is connected via the Broad Causeway. The town borders the city of North Miami on the west; Bal Harbour and Surfside on the east, and Indian Creek to the south. Bay Harbor is comprised of two islands –the east, which is filled primarily with low-slung residential buildings designed in a unique, playful, glamourous, and futuristic style that became known as MiMo [Miami Modern, post–WWII era (1945 to mid-1960)] and the west, which consists of large, luxury single family homes. Those residences that that rest on the perimeter of the island enjoy wide-open Biscayne Bay and Indian Creek Lake views. Kane Concourse is the main thoroughfare that stretches from east to west and on which a quaint, beautifully landscaped business district exists. Also in Bay Harbor is the renown Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center, which replaced the original school —Bay Harbor Elementary— and named by Shepard Broad, the town's developer, in memory of his wife —Ruth Kugel Broad— whose love for children and education were essential to her life. For the past 18 consecutive years, the school has achieved an A-rating by the Department of Education of the State of Florida. Bay Harbor is considered a blueprint residential community in South Florida with one of its major assets being Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center.