Why you'd want to live in Coral Gables
Coral Gables (/krleblz/), officially the City of Coral Gables, is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, located in the southwest of Downtown Miami. According to United States Census Bureau estimates conducted in 2013, the city had a population of 49,631. Coral Gables is home to the University of Miami. Coral Gables was one of the first planned communities, and prefigured the development of the gated community and the homeowners association. It is famous for its strict zoning regulations.The city was developed by George Edgar Merrick during the Florida land boom of the 1920s. The city's architecture is almost entirely Mediterranean Revival style. By 1926, the city covered 10,000 acres (4,000ha) and had netted $150 million in sales, with over $100 million spent on development. Coral Gables is known for its sweeping, tree-lined streets and Mediterranean-style buildings, including the palatial 1920s Biltmore Hotel. Chic boutiques, home decor stores and jewelers line upscale Miracle Mile, also home to the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, which stages musicals and comedy. The spring-fed Venetian Pool, with waterfalls, grottos and lush tropical foliage, makes for atmospheric lounging.