|Coral Way is a neighborhood within Coral Gables, a city in Miami-Dade County. It is defined by the road of the same name that runs between Coral Gables and the city of Miami. Traveling along this road is like running down a timeline of Coral Way.|
About Coral Way
There are Mission Revival homes and bungalows that have stood since the 1920’s, when George Merrick first designed Coral Gables. Sitting amongst them are Art Deco homes that were built in the 1930’s as well as smaller, more modest homes that were built in the wake of World War II.
Coral Way is one of the most beautiful streets in Florida. Lined with citrus and banyan trees, it feels more like a country lane than an urban corridor. Streetcar tracks down the middle of the road makes traveling between Coral Gables and Miami extra easy.
As a whole, the residents of Coral Way have embraced a holistic lifestyle and spas and yoga studios abound. The entire neighborhood moves at a slower pace than the typical urban rush and a peaceful serenity permeates the air.
There is a distinctly Cuban influence over Coral Way. Little Havana sits right beside it, and much of the culture there bleeds over into this neighborhood. This is especially obvious in the local shops and little cafes. It can also be seen in the street art, much of which takes the form of shadows or silhouettes against the walls.
The small shops are almost all locally owned, giving the neighborhood a homegrown feel to it. It is the kind of place where you know your neighbors and the person working at the checkout counter probably recognizes you.
Spanish is commonly spoken in Coral Way and many signs are in both languages. And it doesn’t all come from Cuba. There is a rich Latino community that has come together from many different countries, all bringing pieces of their homeland with them. This is most evident in the local restaurants, which offer diverse menu options from all over the world.
Coral Way is not a large community and the street that shares its name is a main thoroughfare, but you are in no danger of missing this little gem. Most of the residences are single family homes, many of which date back to the early 1900’s, but there are some larger apartment complexes for those that aren’t ready to purchase real estate.