Doral is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida. It’s located just one mile from Miami International Airport and thirteen miles from Downtown Miami. The city regularly hosts in excess of 100,000 people who work in Miami.
Head to Doral to work on your golf swing, a northwest suburb best known for its miles of manicured links and seemingly-limitless mega malls. A true resort town, the Trump National Doral Miami Golf Resort and Spa share the neighborhood’s palm-lined streets with perfectly landscaped Mediterranean-inspired homes, monumental mansions, and the winding drives that lead up to their chandelier-lit foyers.
For a city of its size, Doral has a large number of shops, financial institutions, and businesses, especially importers and exporters, primarily because of its proximity to the airport. In 2008, Fortune Small Business and CNN Money ranked Doral as 51 on a list of 100 cities with the best mix of business advantages and lifestyle appeal.
The city of Doral operates and maintains seven parks with an abundance of amenities for every age and lifestyle. The parks include Doral Meadow Park, Doral Central Park, Trails & Tails Park, Veterans Park, Downtown Doral Park, Morgan Levy Park, and Doral Legacy Park.
In the late 1950s, real estate pioneers Alfred and Doris Kaskel purchased 2,400 acres of swampland between Northwest 36 Street and Northwest 74 Street and from Northwest 79 Avenue to Northwest 117 Avenue for about $49,000, intending to build a golf course and hotel. In 1962, the Doral Country Club opened in western Dade County, featuring the blue, red and par-3 golf courses, along with a hotel on Miami Beach. The “Doral” name combined Doris and Alfred. As Doral’s very first structure, the Doral Hotel, and Country Club became the area’s hot spot: guests were transported from the beach to the country club for a day on the golf course.
By the early 1980s, Doral started to experience its first residential growth spurt, when Alfred’s and Doris’ grandson Bill developed Doral Estates, followed by a joint venture with Lennar Corporation to build Doral Park. Both communities were named after the hotel, a trend that was to be repeated many more times. Although younger families started flooding the area, there were no stores, schools, or parks. Initially, most new homes were investment properties or second homes, but early full-time residents started coming together as a community.
In January 2003, following a seven-year battle, 85% of Doral’s voters voted in favor of incorporation. In June of the same year, 92% voted to accept the City Charter and elected their first Mayor and City Council. The new City of Doral was named as an attractive location for entrepreneurs with an interest in the Latin America market.