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Downtown Doral, a 250-acre dynamic city center, has grown to become a most sought-after community and destination in South Florida, having once been no more than a government office park. Elating the glamour and delight that Miami is so well known for, while upholding an unmatched family living experience – this has been the vision and motivation for Mr. Armando Codina and partners for many years.

Now complete with luxury residences, Main Street’s trendy shops and restaurants, a bustling business park, two beautiful schools, as well as thoughtfully designed and expansive green spaces, Downtown Doral offers the pulse of city life along with the comfort of simple pleasures. 

CC Homes – a partnership between veteran homebuilder Mr. Jim Carr and Codina  – first built a boutique collection of townhomes near Main Street in 2013. Having seen the demand and how many people wished to raise their families in the neighborhood, it was clear to Carr and Codina that purchasing the adjacent property, formerly known as the “White Course” in the neighboring golf resort, would be a remarkable expansion to an already thriving community. 

75 Years of Experience

CANARIAS at Downtown Doral benefits from the superb location of Downtown Doral just minutes from Miami International Airport, Brickell and Coral Gables. With urban land for new construction scarce, it’s no wonder when the team closed on the property in 2016, the press buzzed that this was possibly the largest land deal in Miami-Dade history.

It was important to Carr and Codina that the homes at Canarias be inspired and exceptional. CC Homes and its architects focused discernably on delivering what homebuyers look for in terms of design and modernism curating an array of new homes for sale in a variety of styles and sizes. Whether an empty-nester from the Northeast seeking a place to retire vibrantly, a family outgrowing their condo or current home, or a multi-generation household with in-laws in residence, there truly is something for everyone in the community.

With a climate so coveted, it would be sinful for the neighborhood not to offer areas for residents to expand beyond their yards, thus the team at CC Homes engaged a leading land planning firm that put forth the concept of new urbanism- an approach based on creating walkable streets with shopping and public spaces all in close proximity to the homes.

As one drives, walks or bikes through Downtown Doral and CANARIAS, they will also notice numerous sculptures, two of which are designed by acclaimed artist John Henry and another by esteemed artist Michele Oka Doner.

Codina Partners commitment to delivering an unparalleled living experience in Doral is ongoing with a packed calendar of events for residents of all ages bringing neighbors together for a wealth of activities centered on wellness, learning and culture.

The Principals of CC Homes

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Armando Codina

Armando Codina is Founder and Executive Chairman of Codina Partners, LLC, a real estate investment, development, and property management firm based in Coral Gables, Florida. The firm’s portfolio is comprised of residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects including the over one-billion-dollar investment in Downtown Doral, the more-than-one-million-square-foot industrial complex, Beacon Logistics Park, and the transformational ultra-luxury residential rental tower, Regency Tower, which is expected to break ground in the coming months within Downtown Coral Gables. The 250-acre, mixed-use development of Downtown Doral is composed of more than 5,000 residential units, over one million square feet of office space, 250,000 square feet of retail space, Doral Government Center, Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School and Downtown Doral Charter Upper School, Downtown Doral Park, and the soon-to-be-completed Doral Cultural Arts Center. Codina Partners and its affiliates are engaged in multiple real estate development and investment activities. The single-family and townhome affiliate, CC Homes, is rated one of Florida’s top builder-developers and multi-family affiliate, CC Residential, has developed more than 3,500 multi-family units since its founding in 2011.

Previously Mr. Codina served as Chairman of Flagler, a full-service commercial real estate firm headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida. Prior to that Mr. Codina served as Chairman and CEO of Codina Group, a South Florida-based commercial real estate firm, which he founded in 1979. Under his leadership the firm grew to be Florida’s largest privately-held commercial real estate company. In 2006, Mr. Codina merged his firm with Flagler Development Group, part of Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FLA). In July 2007, FECI was sold to a private equity firm.

In addition to serving as CEO and Chairman of his core real estate holdings, Mr. Codina is an active investor and owner of MBB Auto Group, a premium luxury retail automotive group consisting of 15 dealerships in the Northeast that include Mercedes- Benz, BMW, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi and Toyota. He is also chairman of Kingfisher Land-Secured Bond Fund, L.P.

Mr. Codina served as the Lead Director of the board of BellSouth; on the board of directors of American Airline’s parent company, AMR Corporation where he served in the capacity of Lead Director until December 2013; and on the board of General Motors. He recently served on the board of The Home Depot. In addition, Mr. Codina has served several professional, civic, and educational organizations, including as a Board of Trustees member of the Urban Institute, and as Chair of the Town Square Neighborhood Development Corporation. He is a Chairman Emeritus of Florida International University, Co-Founder of the Community Partnership for the Homeless, and is a member of the Florida Council of 100, among others.

Most recently, Mr. Codina received the Joseph Wharton Business Statesman of the Year. In March of 2016, Mr. Codina received the United Way prestigious Tocqueville Award for Outstanding Philanthropy. In May of 2015, Mr. Codina was honored with the Vanguard Award by BOMA Miami. In March of 2014, Mr. Codina was received the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Real Estate Achievers & Leaders Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Codina received the Urban Land Institute’s Lifetime Achievement award in September of 2011. Other awards he has received over the past 15 years are: the University of Florida Bergstrom Center Hall of Fame Award; ‘Free Enterpriser of the Year’ by the Florida Council on Economic Education; ‘Developer of the Year’ by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP); ‘Office Developer of the Year,’ ‘Shopping Center Developer of the Year,’ and ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the Wharton School; the Building Association of South Florida’s Hall of Fame; the Charles Whited ‘Spirit of Excellence Award’ from Knight Ridder Newspapers; ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ award from the American Red Cross; ‘Sand In My Shoes’ lifetime achievement award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; and the Merage Foundation’s ‘National Leadership’ award, which recognizes leaders whose journeys to the United States as immigrants have made a positive impact on the quality of life for all Americans.

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James Carr

Jim Carr is a 40-year career homebuilder, real estate developer, and the CEO of CC Homes. Jim Carr’s lifetime of builder experience is showcased in the more than 50 communities he has brought to the Florida landscape, as far south as Homestead and as far north as Jacksonville.

In 1976, Jim Carr founded Westbrooke Communities, Inc., a land development and residential home building company which quickly catapulted into the ranks of the state’s largest and most respected builders, with more than 15,000 homes constructed throughout South Florida.
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In its first year of operation, Westbrooke built 101 homes. Subsequently, the company he founded built in excess of 1,000 homes per year. After selling Westbrooke Communities, Inc. to Pacific USA Holdings in 1998, he continued to serve as President and CEO until 2001. In 2001, Mr. Carr formed Carr Residential I, LLC with the purpose of developing urban in-fill locations and multi-family communities throughout South Florida.

In 2007, Jim Carr co-founded CC Homes with business partner and life-long friend Armando Codina. Since then, CC Homes has become one of the largest privately-owned homebuilders in Florida with properties for sale at a wide range of prices serving the area’s diverse needs.

Jim Carr is active in several civic organizations and has been the recipient of many philanthropic and professional awards. Most recently, he and wife Susan Carr received the Philanthropy Award from The Coral Gables Community Foundation.

Currently serving as Chairman of the Board, Mr. Carr has been extremely involved with Baptist Health South Florida, the region’s largest health care provider, for the past 20 years.

Mr. Carr has served on the board of directors of three public corporations: Newmark Homes Corp, LNR Properties and Great Florida Bank. Carr is also past president of the Builders Association of South Florida (1986).

Among Jim Carr’s many completed residential projects, some of the most notable include: The Residences of Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, Shenandoah in Davie, Westlake Village in Hollywood, Monterra in Cooper City, Traditions and Torino at Grey Oaks in Naples, The Villas at Harbor Isles and Cocoplum in Dania Beach and Bonterra in Hialeah. Other townhome/villa communities located throughout South Broward include Aqua Isles, Siena, Treo and Pembroke Cay.

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