BIRTH OF A LEGACY
Our company was founded in 1892 by Henry M. Flagler, an American pioneer who played a key role in Florida’s development.
It was Henry who recognized Florida’s potential. He developed dozens of resorts along Florida’s east coast and his Florida East Coast Railway system to transport visitors. His rail line stretched 351 miles from Jacksonville to Miami. This essential infrastructure led to and supported the major agricultural and commercial boom that took place in Florida in the early 1900s.
While expanding his railroad, Henry amassed a significant portfolio of Florida land, which laid the foundation for our real estate company. Throughout the nineties, Florida East Coast Industries—the holding company for the railroad and Henry’s land portfolio—grew into one of Florida’s commercial real estate leaders with 55 office and industrial buildings and 19,000 acres of land in Jacksonville, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
WE ARE THE LEGACY
In 2007, Florida East Coast Industries was purchased by Fortress Investment Group. Shortly thereafter, Fortress separated the railroad and real estate subsidiaries into two separate companies—Flagler and Florida East Coast Railway—so each could focus on its primary line of business.
Today, Flagler is positioned as a private real estate investment trust (REIT) and is recognized as Florida’s most trusted and proven full-service commercial real estate company.
THEN. NOW. TOMORROW.
Flagler’s relationship-based philosophy, unparalleled local market expertise, and team-focused values enabled the company to transform into the diversified powerhouse it is today – a commercial real estate investment, development, brokerage, and property management firm.
Honored repeatedly for its industry innovations and civic achievements, Flagler has most recently been recognized by NAIOP as the “Developer of the Year” in South, Central and North Florida markets. The company is an acknowledged pioneer in the development of state-of-the-art Florida facilities for industry leaders including Ryder, FedEx, Office Depot, IBM, Bacardi, Crowley, ACE Hardware, and Panalpina, among many others.