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How Doral Morphed From An Industrial Business Center To A Luxury Enclave

Doral is still officially a young city, incorporated only 15 years ago.

But Doral’s roots date back to the 1950s, when Doris and Alfred Kaskel scooped up 2,400 acres of swampland for $49,000 on which they built a grand hotel, country club and golf resort nearly a decade later. The Kaskels, apartment developers from New York City who also built a pair of Art Deco hotels in Miami Beach, named their new resort after themselves — and Doral was born.

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Related, Partners Sell CityPlace Doral Apartments For $135M

The Related Group, Shoma Group and PGIM Real Estate Investors just sold a piece of CityPlace Doral.

Property records show the developers sold the Manor at CityPlace, at 3450 Northwest 85th Court, to TA Realty affiliate FHF I Manor Doral for $135 million. The deal breaks down to nearly $343,000 per apartment.

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Doral Had No Downtown For Nearly 15 Years. Now It Has Two.

When author Gertrude Stein wrote one of her most-quoted lines — “there is no there there” — she was alluding to her hometown of Oakland, California. Stein’s aphorism might have applied just as well to Doral.

Until now.

Nearly 15 years after it was carved out of a sprawling, disjointed agglomeration of warehouses, gated communities, office parks and strip malls, the suburban city without a focal point finally has not just one “there,” but two of them.

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