aerial view of coral gablesAsk any native Miamian about Coral Gables and many things may come to mind. There’s the attractions, the rich history, the location–dead center in the larger area of Miami-Dade County. But the unanimous consensus will most likely consist of one word: beautiful.

It’s no wonder then that Coral Gables local nickname is “City Beautiful”.

Located southwest of Downtown Miami, Coral Gables was one of the first planned communities in Miami, and is home to a slew of beautiful upscale residences and businesses that collectively adopt the Mediterranean Revival Style of architecture; driving through the neighborhood is about as scenic a route as you can take in Miami.

Developed By George Edgar Merrick during the Florida land boom, the Gables was constructed with over a hundred million in development dollars, netting over $150 million in sales to become one of the more affluent areas in the city by the 1930’s and 40’s, part of the reason for such a huge increase in the population over those decades (from 8,000 residents in 1940 to 35,000 in 1960). It was also the site where many Navy pilots and mechanics were trained during World War II.

With such a rich history, it’s no wonder Coral Gables is held in such high regard by both local residents and the international community. Standing today as a predominantly upper-class Hispanic area–over 50% of its residents claim Spanish as the language most spoken at home–the Gables remains as culturally diverse as the rest of the surrounding areas. It is also the center for much of Miami’s rich arts community, with mainstays such as Miracle Mile, Actors’ Playhouse, and the Lowe Art Museum.

Even more impressive though are the local attractions. Since 1925, Coral Gables has been home to the University of Miami, a university ranked in the top tier of not just Florida universities, but all national higher education institutions.

Coral Gables also houses the Biltmore Hotel, a luxury hotel built around the same time Coral Gables finished development. At one point standing as the tallest building in the city, the Biltmore has an extensive resume, including serving as a hospital during World War II and as the setting of many films and television programs over the past forty years.

Other places of interest in Coral Gables include Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Venetian Pool, the upscale lifestyle center at Village of Merrick Park, Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, and more. It’s also the site of many annual events like the Festival of Art at University of Miami and the Carnival on the Mile in Miracle Mile, and is also known for its pedestrian-friendly environment, with 140 dining establishments, gourmet shops, and international retailers serving residents out for a stroll.

All of these accolades made Coral Gables a choice destination for a company with such a high-end vision as Direct AC. With an established presence in the community, Direct AC prides itself on its ability to meet all of Coral Gables air conditioning needs, whether they be residential, commercial, or business.

Direct AC vows to not only keep Coral Gables beautiful, but also cool.