We believe that it is fitting to begin the Coral Gables blog with the history of our City Beautiful, but there is so much important information to share with you regarding market trends and life here that we have decided to share our history over time in short episodes.
Coral Gables was founded in 1925, but its history began in October 1899 when George Edgar Merrick arrived in Florida with his Yale-educated father, Solomon, to prepare their newly purchased property for the arrival of the rest of the family.
George was thirteen years old. A youth of great intellect who had attended a New England prep school, he seemed to be destined for an ivy league education. He was a poet at heart and wanted to become a writer.
Their new home was a 160 acre property (in what is now Coral Gables) that Solomon purchased without seeing. It was wild pine land with a shack, a mule, and a barn. The family had spent all it had to purchase this most unwelcoming place. They had no income and knew upon their arrival that it would take years of hard labor and sacrifice to make this land a productive plantation.
About the picture: The fountain between the Biltmore Hotel and the Biltmore Golf Course at noon. (2018)