Coral Gables, FL The City Beautiful
Coral Gables, known as “the City Beautiful,” stands out in South Florida as a planned community that blends both the color and rich details of the Mediterranean Revival architectural style with the lush green winding avenues, monumental buildings and ornate fountains of the early 1900s City Beautiful Movement that swept across America.
Incorporated in 1925, founder George Merrick envisioned a city built in a cohesive, aesthetic style largely maintained to this day. Though zoning laws and regulations can be strict compared to its neighbors, residents and visitors alike appreciate the preserved beauty of this historic city.
Located just 15 minutes south of Miami International Airport and 15 minutes west of the Port of Miami, a large portion of Coral Gables sits in a coveted central location, just “15 minutes to everywhere” feel as they commute to many of Miami-Dade’s key areas.
Cultural happenings are part of the everyday experience in Coral Gables—from Gallery Night the first Friday of the month (hop on the free trolley and visit the city’s galleries), to art cinema, to live theatre at its own Actor’s Playhouse. Downtown Coral Gables also boasts a lively nightlife that, though healthy, still winds down at fair hours.
Finally, with excellent private and public schools, this city also enjoys all the perks of hosting a Top 50 University (UM) with few of the downsides common in university-towns. Add to this award-winning, dedicated police and fire departments, and over 30% of the city committed to green spaces, a marina and network of canals and waterways, and you have a city consistently voted as one of the top places to live in South Florida.