The residents Coral Gables, “The City Beautiful”, treasure its history and architecture. The city’s founder, George Merrick was inspired by the City Beautiful movement of the early 20th century to create one of the first fully-planned communities in 1925. George Merrick, with artist Denman Fink, architects H. George Fink and Phineas Paist, and landscape architect Frank Button, created a unique suburb constructed in the Mediterranean Revival style, with broad boulevards, a commercial center, secluded residential areas, country clubs areas, and recreational areas including bridle paths, parks, tennis courts and golf courses. The center piece of the city was The Biltmore Hotel, which was designated as a national landmark in 1996.
Today the Coral Gables Merrick House, Venetian Pool, and Coral Gables City Hall are on the National Register of Historic Places. There are over 1300 locally designated properties, many of them prized residences in the “Old Spanish” style. The City’s emphasis remains on preserving the residential sections, the natural beauty of the tree canopy, and the international flavor of Coral Gables.
The Coral Gables Waterway connects to Biscayne Bay. There are beautiful waterfront homes. Residents enjoy boating and kayaking on the waterway, and watching manatees from the bridges. The commercial center, with the broad boulevard lined with shops and restaurants is Miracle Mile. Coral Gables is a foodie paradise. It is a pedestrian friendly, fun town. You can eat in a different restaurant every night of the year. The shopping is great too, with the addition of Merrick Park.Coral Gables is home to the University of Miami, with 15,000 students. The current population of the City of Coral Gables is over 49,000 residents.