Coral Gables, also known as The City Beautiful, is located about five miles southwest of Miami in Miami-Dade County in tropical South Florida. As of 2005 U.S. Census estimates, this exceptional city had a population of 42,871. This city, comprised mostly of Mediterranean architecture, was created in the 1920s by George Merrick. Coral Gables is considered one of, if not the first, planned communities and the progenitor of the gated community and homeowners association.
Merrick designed this city to be pedestrian friendly by creating a downtown that was only four blocks wide by about two miles long. As with any city, location is an important key to its success and Coral Gables was lucky enough to be chosen as the site for the University of Miami in 1925 and now sits only four miles from Miami International Airport.
These key institutions and a thriving business district have attracted many affluent professionals and families to this area. There are comprehensive medical, educational and recreational infrastructures, and add to this, the fact that Coral Gables has some of the best restaurants, boutiques, antique shops and art galleries in all of south Florida, and its no mystery why this is such a desirable place to live and work these days.