How CityPlace Doral is Building Out the Live-Work-Play Mantra
By Marcelle Sussman Fischler Ocean Drive| October 1, 2015
The Miami real estate boom extends west with CityPlace Doral, a live-work-play destination that’s redefining the industry’s mixed-use entity.
CityPlace Doral will feature the city’s only Fresh Market.
The old days of mixed-use—just residential and retail—is so very 2014. Nowadays, developers are planning higher-octane versions of that, designing communities where people can live, eat, shop, unwind, work, and play, without venturing far.
Like much of South Florida, fast-growing Doral is quickly becoming a place to do it all—all in one location. One of the catalysts is The Related Group’s upcoming $800 million CityPlace Doral, the latest in a string of mixed-use pearls—from the soon-to-be completed nearby Downtown Doral to Brickell City Centre and Paramount Worldcenter in Miami to Boca Raton’s Mizner Park, Delray’s Atlantic Avenue, and CityPlace West Palm Beach. These walkable “smart-growth” centers are redefining the region’s image as more than a retirement haven. “It enhances the reputation of South Florida as an urban destination,” says Al Zichella, Related’s vice president of development.
Oval Fountain will feature music displays to delight patrons at 30-plus bars and restaurants.
By day, 150,000 people head to jobs in Doral, a Westside business hub. Companies like Carnival Cruise Lines, Perry Ellis, and Univision make this suburban city, with more than 54,000 residents, a prime setting for mixed-use development. The 600,000-square-foot contemporary entertainment and shopping mecca, designed by Arquitectonica, incorporates 1,000 new luxe apartments, condominiums, and single-family residences by Shoma Homes.
Slated for completion late next year, CityPlace Doral features the city’s only Fresh Market. Two eight-story residences will face each other across a pedestrian-friendly main thoroughfare with a “boutique boulevard” of fashion-forward shops on the street level. More than 30 bars and restaurants will allow patrons to watch choreographed music displays on a $3-million fountain on a center island. Passersby can relax on grassy knolls and view a Jumbotron screen. A CinéBistro Cobb Theatre features full-service dining during movies. Kings’ 10-pin bowling center boasts bars, a restaurant, and large-screen televisions. “We decided to create a lifestyle center that was also an entertainment center,” says Steve Patterson, president and CEO of Related Development. “It will be an experience. People will be presented with a plethora of opportunities for shopping and dining.”
Rendering of CityPlace Doral from above.
Within walking distance is Oasis Park Square, a new, gated million dollar-plus community of 150 modern homes, and CityPlace Doral’s The Manor, a 385-unit luxury apartment building with amenities like a yoga and virtual spinning room, a Zen lounge, a three-hole putting green, and a dog park.
At press time, CityPlace’s retail space is already 60 percent pre-leased—and that’s just the start. For Doral, it seems, this next-wave of the mixed-use mega-project is a winning combination.