The city of Coral Gables is a historic South Florida neighborhood just southwest of Downtown Miami. Planned and built in the early-mid 1920’s by George Merrick, Coral Gables is one of the nation’s first planned and gated communities. Coral Gables homes are known for their distinctive Mediterranean Revival style. Homes in this affluent area range from cozy two bedroom Spanish style cottages to large historic mansions, and strict building and zoning guidelines have maintained the distinctive character of the neighborhood for decades. The central business district of downtown Coral Gables is a relatively compact but dense area of offices, hotels, condos, and restaurants, anchored by Miracle Mile, a half stretch of restaurants, shopping and entertainment, including the historic Miracle Theater. Those seeking even more shopping options may be drawn to the Village of Merrick Park or nearby Dadeland Mall, located adjacent to the also popular downtown South Miami, an area below Coral Gables popular for restaurants, shopping and proximity the quiet, family-oriented neighborhoods of South Miami and Pinecrest. Coral Gables is also home of the historic Biltmore Hotel and the University of Miami.