Coral Gables Real Estate Apartments and Condominiums Miami, Florida

HISTORY - CORAL GABLECoral 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 (40 km2), had netted $150 million in sales with over $100 million spent on development.[6]

Merrick designed the downtown commercial district to be only four blocks wide and more than two miles (3 km) long. The main artery bisected the business district. Merrick could boast that every business in Coral Gables was less than a two-block walk. The city used to have an old electric trolley system which was replaced by the popularity of modern automobiles, but now a new free circulator trolley system, initiated in November 2003, runs down Ponce de León Boulevard.

In 1925, roughly simultaneous to the founding of Coral Gables, the city was selected as the home to the University of Miami, which was constructed that year on 240 acres (0.97 km2) of land just west of U.S. Route 1, approximately two miles south of downtown Coral Gables.

During World War II many Navy pilots and mechanics were trained and housed in Coral Gables.

Coral Gables, officially the City of Coral Gables, is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, southwest of Downtown Miami. According to United States Census Bureau estimates conducted in 2005, the city had a population of 42,871.

Area: 37.2 sq miles (96.35 km²)

Weather: 89°F (32°C), Wind N at 5 mph (8 km/h), 69% Humidity

Population: 49,411 (2012)

Unemployment rate: 5.2% (Aug 2013)

Colleges and Universities: University of Miami, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine


Coral Gables is known as a pedestrian-friendly destination. Located four miles from Miami International Airport, the "City Beautiful" has around 140 dining establishments and gourmet shops, and many notable international retailers. Among the landmarks in Coral Gables are the Venetian Pool, Douglas Entrance, the Biltmore Hotel, and many fine residences.


Coral Gables is covered by several local and regional radio and television stations, several Coral-Gables-focused websites, and one weekly printed newspaper.

The Gables one remaining printed newspaper, The Coral Gables News Tribune, is still published twice monthly and is part of Miami's Community Newspapers, now also online.

At the University of Miami in Coral Gables, The Miami Hurricane, the official student newspaper, is published twice weekly.

Portions of the 1995 film Fair Game were filmed in Coral Gables.[13]


Major Coral Gables intersection at Coral Way (Miracle Mile) and Ponce de Leon Boulevard
  • The University of Miami has been the largest employer in Coral Gables since the city's beginning.
  • Baptist Hospital of Miami is the second largest employer in Coral Gables.
  • Bacardi has its headquarters with 300 employees at 2701 Le Jeune Road.
  • Capital Bank Financial has its headquarters in Coral Gables.
  • Intelsat has its Latin American headquarters in Suite 1100 at One Alhambra Plaza.
  • Fresh Del Monte Produce has its headquarters in Coral Gables.
  • ExxonMobil has marine fuels operations in Suite 900 at One Alhambra Plaza in Coral Gables.
  • MasTec is located at 800 South Douglas Road.
  • Odebrecht Construction, Inc. has over 300 employees at its location at 201 Alhambra Circle.
  • American Airlines maintains the Ponce de Leon Travel Center at 901 Ponce De Leon Boulevard.
  • MoneyGram has its Miami Office in Coral Gables.
  • Dolphin Entertainment is an independent film studio that is located in Coral Gables

By 2006, Burger King had announced that it planned to move its headquarters to a proposed office building in Coral Gables. By 2007 Burger King instead renewed the lease in its existing headquarters for 15 years. Burger King planned to consolidate employees working at an area near Miami International Airport and at a Dadeland Mall-area facility into the current headquarters by June of that year. Instead Bacardi USA leased the headquarters complex, a 15-story building. Bacardi consolidated employees from seven separate buildings in South Florida.[25]


Coral Gables is served by Metrobus throughout the area, and by the Miami Metrorail at:

  •      Douglas Road (SW 37th Avenue and U.S. 1)
  •      University (Stanford Drive and U.S. 1)

The City of Coral Gables also provides a free trolley service, with a trolley running a continuous circuit up and down Ponce de Leon Boulevard during the day.

Coral Gables is served by rapid transit on Douglas Road at Douglas Road station, at the University of Miami at University station, and near Sunset Drive and Red Road at South Miami station, connecting the city with Downtown Miami and Miami International Airport.

Diplomatic missions

Several countries operate consulates in Coral Gables. They include Barbados, Colombia, El Salvador, Italy, Spain, the Principality of Monaco, St. Lucia, and Uruguay.

Several countries have honorary consulates located in Coral Gables. These countries include Belize, Hungary, Senegal, St. Kitts & Nevis, Togo, and Thailand.

In addition, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami, of the Republic of China, is located in Suite 610 at 2333 Ponce De Leon Boulevard.


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Coral Gables is the location of the University of Miami, a university ranked in the top tier of national universities,with particular national status in the fields of business, engineering, law, marine science, medicine, communications, and music.

Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Coral Gables schools are part of the Miami-Dade School District, which serves almost all of metropolitan Miami. The district has one high school in Coral Gables, Coral Gables High School, which educates students in grades nine through 12, an elementary school, Coral Gables Elementary located on Ponce de Leon Boulevard and George Washington Carver Middle School is located in Coral Gables. An existing school was moved to the current location on Grand Avenue on land donated by George Merrick. When Carver died in 1942 the school was renamed in his honor.

Private schools

The management offices of Gulliver Schools are located in Coral Gables. Gulliver Academy, a PreK-8 school that is a member of Gulliver Schools, is within Coral Gables. The historic St. Theresa Catholic School, a PreK-8 school is located near The Biltmore Hotel. St. Philip's Episcopal and Riviera Day School, both PreK-5 schools are also loc



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