Founded in 1925 as one of the nation's first fully planned communities, Coral Gables, Florida is home to the University of Miami as well as 46,000 permanent residents. Originally designed to evoke an international atmosphere, with many historic buildings in the Mediterranean style, Coral Gables offers today's homebuyer many options, from high- and low-rise condos to spacious single-family homes on the shores of Biscayne Bay, in a pedestrian-friendly city characterized by parks, plazas, and tree-lined avenues.
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Coral Gables is situated in Miami-Dade County, southwest of downtown Miami. True to its origins as a community with an international flavor, today it's the home of more than 150 multinational corporations and 26 consulates. Coral Gables' reputation as the fine dining capital of South Florida can also be attributed to these international influences. But even as the city fosters growth in the commercial sector, it preserves the serenity and natural beauty of its residential areas. A Neighborhood Renaissance program uses a diversified approach to neighborhood renewal, from repaving streets and beautifying intersections and traffic circles to revitalizing fountains and parks and building a senior center. A Public Art Program works both to preserve existing, historic public art pieces and to commission and display new ones.
Coral Gables is home to several unique South Florida attractions. The Venetian Pool was carved into a coral rock quarry in 1923. Fed by natural springs, the famous pool features waterfalls, grottoes, and caves for swimmers to explore. The hidden walking trails in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden thread 11 lakes and take visitors through rain forest, past orchids and other exotic undergrowth. The Biltmore Hotel has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1996. Once the tallest building in Florida, and featuring in its heyday water ballet extravaganzas in the world's largest pool, the hotel routinely welcomed such luminous guests as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Judy Garland, and Ginger Rogers. Franklin Delano Roosevelt even installed a White House office in the Biltmore for use on his Florida fishing trips. Coral Gables celebrates culture and heritage today with a variety of theaters, concert halls, and art-house cinemas, and the University of Miami provides opportunities for residents to participate in many of their programs. The Coral Gables Trolley provides free transportation around town from early mornings until 8:00 pm. If life in "The City Beautiful" sounds like your style, browse our listings of homes for sale in Coral Gables.