Coral Gables is a community located south-west of downtown Miami. Coral Gables is home to approximately 50,000 Florida residents. Originally designed and developed during the 1920s, Coral Gables was one of the first planned communities and was a predecessor of gated communities.
The University of Miami was part of the city from its conception and continues to offer one of the best educations in the nation. Today, this well-established city has become an economic hub; it is the location of many international headquarters for businesses. This coastal community has plenty of parks and recreational opportunities for visitors and residents as well, including the historic Venetian Pool and Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden.
Coral Gables Schools
Coral Gables is part of the Miami-Dade school district, the largest school district in Florida and the south-eastern United States. It is one of the only public-school systems to offer bilingual education, reflecting the great diversity this city has to offer. Coral Gables is home to several elementary and middle schools. This area has one high school.
The University of Miami is one of the highest ranked among national universities, focusing studies primarily in the fields of business, engineering, law, marine science, medicine, communications, and music.
Coral Gables Amenities, Parks and Recreation
Coral Gables is close to the airport, allowing for greater commerce with the rest of the country and world. On Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile, the main street, you can find boutiques, shops, and cafes. Just a few blocks away are some of Miami’s most critically-acclaimed restaurants and upscale shopping locations.
A historic swimming pool, the Venetian Pool, is located in Coral Gables. Originally, the land it sits on was an old casino atop a quarry. The area was redeveloped alongside the creation of Coral Gables itself, in the same Mediterranean Revival style that can be found throughout much of the town. The pool has expanded over time to include Venetian-style bridges, gondola rides, and a waterfall, all of which were recently restored in 2013. As the only pool on the national register of historic places, it can be quite an intriguing place to visit.
Coral Gables is home to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, an 83-acre museum, lab, learning center, and conservation facility. The beautiful gardens’ main goal is to preserve the natural biodiversity found in the area. In addition to the amazing variety of flora on offer are the “Wings of the Tropics” exotic butterflies in the observatory, and the frequent art exhibits held on conservation grounds.
Coral Gables Real Estate
Much of the real estate in Coral Gables is modeled after turn of the century Venice and Grenada. The grandiosity of Europe can be seen throughout the community’s well-manicured landscapes and striking Mediterranean Revival architecture. The large community can be broken up into 13 constituent neighborhoods, which themselves are quite diverse. Gables by the sea, for example, offers a coastal, but suburban, atmosphere with large 3 to 5-bedroom homes. The city center is quite densely populated, containing plenty of apartments with an older, but more unique flair.