Named for automotive parts pioneer and Miami Beach developer Carl G. Fisher, who once owned it, Fisher Island is 3 miles off shore of Miami, Florida. No road or causeway connects to the island, which is accessible by private ferry and helicopter. Once a one-family island home of the Vanderbilts, and later several other millionaires, it was sold for development in 1960s. The property sat vacant for well over 15 years before development was begun for very limited and restrictive multi-family use.
Today, Fisher Island is occupied again, but remains a very exclusive and wealthy community. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fisher Island had the highest per capita income of any place in the United States in 2000.
The Island has a private school, Fisher Island Day School which covers Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade for both on-island and off-island residents. Approximately 30% of the students come from off-island, predominantly the nearby neighborhoods of Star Island, Hibiscus Island, Palm Island, Venetian Islands, Sunset Islands, southern Miami Beach, and Coconut Grove.
Accessible by car ferry - it offers 6 restaurants, aPar 35 championship golf course, 2 deepwater marinas, beautiful beaches, Vanderbilt mansion clubhouse and more!