Terra Group

While studying at the University of Florida, a young David Martin did not know that his opening of “Java Lounge Coffee Shop” for $50,000 would lead to one of the most accomplished and creative development companies in South Florida real estate with over 8.6 million sq. ft. of residential/commercial space developed and equity in access of $8 million. His company is called Terra Group.

Founded with his father in 2001, Terra Group has built a reputation for developing extraordinary one-of-a-kind designs with an innate sense of creativity and vision. They bring together some of the best, hand-picked, highly trained architects, designers, planners, engineers, and builders to build incredible monuments. Examples are Glass – An all-glass 10 unit, 18 story masterpiece designed by Rene Gonzalez in South of Fifth, Grove at Grand Bay – Dutch Architect Bjarke Ingel’s 22 story twisting dual towers in Coconut Grove, Park Grove – Three towers in the sky by the bay in Coconut Grove designed by OMA/Rem Koolhaus and developed with the partnership of Related Group, Eighty Seven Park – World acclaimed Renzo Piano’s first design in the United States is an 18 story oceanfront property in North Beach, Nautica – Terra Groups first build is a seven-story property overlooking the intercoastal waterway in Miami Beach.

One more property to mention is the recent acquisition of the Miami Beach Marina in South of Fifth. They plan to do a $40 M renovation, including the last high rise in the SoFi area ever built due to new building restrictions and a large park. Along with high-end ultra-luxury condominiums, Terra is active in developing multi-family apartments, single-family homes, retail and office properties, hotels, and industrial properties. Terra Group is not an international firm or even a national firm, although, with its reputation, it could be a significant player in both markets.
Instead, it is a Florida-based company that only does business close to home, in Miami Dade and Broward Counties. They are a significant factor in the continuing growth and transformation of cities like Coconut Grove, Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, Sunny Isle, Doral, and Weston into booming communities. Community is vital. They focus on creating eco-friendly design-orientated communities that enhance the neighborhoods and bring people together. Having a flourishing community after the completion of their projects is what truly matters. The company feels strongly that its mission is to create better. To continue pushing beyond what has gone before. To build a company whose purpose is to help transform neighborhoods and the way we live through the considered intelligent and unexpected design.” Terra finds a neighborhood, be it an established bustling one or one less traveled. Before the design even starts, they figure out how the property will benefit the community and make people’s lives better. Their passion for Miami and South Florida goes beyond business, it is their home, and they want to make it better for decades to come.
To do this, they, as a company, do not overextend themselves doing hundreds of projects. Instead, they focus on quality projects that spark their imagination and vision and are built to last. Terra makes some of the most resilient buildings in the nation. Resiliency is one of Tera’s trademarks, and in an area that is ravished by mother nature, this is key. They garner international recognition for these resiliency measures and construction and their design excellence, and their commitment to sustainability integrating green space and renewable energy in their projects whenever possible. David Martin is the CEO of Terra, but he is so much more. He is the business’s eyes and ears, and he has his hands in every aspect of the company; development, design, construction, financing, marketing, sales, and leasing. Some comment that there has to be two or three of him because he gets much more done in one day than many of his competitors in a week. Because of this, he attracts big-name partners, like Related Group and OMA/Koolhaus at the Park Grove, and investors and buyers flock to Terra from all over the world. David is one of the most talented and respected developers in South Florida’s real estate market, and people are always excited to join him and Terra. David’s mission statement is “To create environments that enrich peoples lives.” And he and Terra are reshaping the face of South Florida’s communities one project at a time.