Phil Hahn always dreamed of the tropics while growing up in Michigan. He started his southerly
migration in 1982 by attending Florida State University. As a student/athlete at FSU he studied
Interior Design / Housing and was a Varsity Diver on the Swimming and Diving Team. Prior to
graduation, he started a residential design business that ultimately designed over 6,000 homes
and expanded into construction and development.
In 2003, Mr. Hahn saw the potential for development in Belize and purchased 115 acres for the
development of a new Caribbean town. He planned and permitted a New Urbanist community,
designed and built several homes, and established the foundation for a successful community.
In 2010, Mr. Hahn was hired to plan and develop 98 acres on the Belize River in the Cayo
District of Belize. Recognizing the mass desire for freedom and independence, Mr. Hahn
planned, permitted and is building a place, Carmelita Gardens, where people can be
“Independent Together”. Thanks to his vision and a dedicated team of Belizeans and expats,
Carmelita Gardens has emerged as a prototype for a whole new development trend of self-
sufficient traditional communities.
In addition to his planning and development business Mr. Hahn has been President of the
American Chamber of Commerce – Belize and a member of the Royal British Legion – Belize.
Mr. Hahn received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and is certified by the
Institute of Classical Architecture in New York.