Fisher Island is a world-class private island, residential community and exclusive club where distinguished members enjoy the lovely Vanderbilt Mansion's main club, its charming ocean side private beach club and intimate restaurants. Fisher Island is also home to a superb Mediterranean-inspired Tennis Center, beautiful cottages and guest suites built in 1925, elaborate deep-water marinas, world-class championship golf course and the spectacular Spa Internazionale.
As of 2010 census, Fisher Island had the highest per capita income of any place in the United States. The CDP had only 226 households and a total population of 132 people. A relatively small part of the north island is incorporated as a part of the city of Miami Beach. Named after automotive parts pioneer and beach real estate developer - Carl G. Fisher - who once owned the island, it is located 3 miles off of mainland South Florida. No road or causeway permits access, it is only accessible by boat or ferry. Once a one-family island home of the Vanderbilts, and later several other millionaires, it was sold for development in the 1960s. The property sat vacant for well over 15+ years before development started for a very limited and restricted multi-family use. The island is now home to a private school –Fisher Island Day School - which covers pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade for both on-island and off-island residents. The Fisher Island Day School was founded by Lexie and Robert Potamkin and Valerie and Michael Pearce in 2001. Approximately 30% of the students come from off-island, predominantly the nearby Miami and Miami Beach neighborhoods: Star Island, Hibiscus Island, Palm Island and the Venitian Islands, Bayshore, South Beach and Coconut Grove.