Fisher Island

Surrounded by the crystal waters of Biscayne Bay, Fisher Island offers true opulence for those seeking a home in a private, glamorous, and unusual setting. This 216-acre refuge, though part of the Miami metropolitan area, is accessible only by ferry or private boat. A small northern portion of the island is incorporated as a part of Miami Beach, and the island itself is three miles from cosmopolitan downtown Miami and only half a mile from sizzling South Beach. 

As of the 2010 census, Fisher Island had the highest per capita income of any place in the United States. If you live here, you've arrived. Once the private island home of the Vanderbilt family, Fisher Island still remains somewhat exclusive, dotted with majestic waterfront villas, breathtaking mansions, elegant condominiums (for purchase or rent), an observatory and a private marina. Add to that deep-water marinas, a world-class golf course and racquet club, fine dining establishments and posh cocktail lounges, a sumptuous spa and private beachfronts. 

The storied history of Fisher Island began in the early 1900s when Carl Fisher purchased a piece of wild land from South Florida millionaire Dana A. Dorsey. In 1924 Fisher whimsically traded the undeveloped island to William Kissam Vanderbilt II for a 250-foot yacht. The famous millionaire intended to create a private sanctuary superior to the leisure retreats of his peers, and a year later his palatial estate was complete. 

Today this Mediterranean-style mansion serves as the nucleus of the Fisher Island Club, the exclusive residential community and resort at the center of life on the island. Set amidst elegantly landscaped grounds, the Vanderbilt Mansion houses stately clubs and lounges, distinctive restaurants, a grand ballroom, library and boutique hotel. Restored guest cottages from 1925 add to the charm. The historic estate features an elegant piano bar, the Garwood Lounge. Serving sophisticated meals and inventive cocktails and desserts, this unique restaurant abuts the island aviary of rare and tropical birds. The relaxed City View Cafe offers casual dining and lighter fare, and through the windows you can view the ever-evolving skyline of Downtown Miami. The Snooker Club, a private billiards and gaming room, is available only to residents of the island. Just outside the former Vanderbilt Mansion is the popular Beach Club restaurant overlooking a half-mile of private beach. 

For those seeking active pursuits, the Fisher Island Club offers many options. The Grand Slam Tennis Center features 18 courts with clay, grass, and hard surfaces. Golfers enjoy the 9-hole championship course designed by legendary architect P.B. Dye. In addition to the course, The Links at Fisher Island boasts a double-ended driving range, a 10,000 square foot club and pro shop, and the Golf Grill restaurant which serves casual dishes either indoors or on an outdoor terrace that overlooks the verdant course. 

Despite the island's wealth of leisure and recreation amenities, the business of day-to-day life is easily accomplished here. Fisher Island's Office of the GM offers members accounting services as well as a Regions Bank branch, a dry cleaner, a florist, and an upscale boutique. Also on-island are a Post Office, a Security Center to address any member's security needs and an established Fire Station and Emergency Medical System. Nestled between sparkling bay waters and the endless Florida sky, Fisher Island provides a peerless lifestyle built on natural beauty and man-made convenience.

Miami listings last updated May 20, 2022 2:16:am.