Founded in the 1920s, Coral Gables is known as “The City Beautiful,” harmonizing European elegance with the excitement and energy of the Americas. Residents are instantly transported to another place and time on these quiet streets where lush, tropical flowers and plants frame the Mediterranean Revival architecture. Nestled along Biscayne Bay with its serene, tropical waters, Coral Gables is an exquisite tourist attraction as well as a stable residential community. Home to multinational corporations, the area is known for its outstanding financial climate. The powerfully diverse University of Miami is also the area’s largest employer. Renowned as the fine dining capital South Florida, Coral Gables also features the “Miracle Mile” shopping area with specialty shops, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. One of the region's most popular tourist destinations, the Venetian Pool, is included in the National Registry of Historic Places. Although single-family homes in Mediterranean style dominate many of the tree-lined streets, housing is available in a myriad of styles. Playgrounds, a community pool, public golf courses, tennis courts, beach parks and community centers ensure abundant opportunities for recreation.