I am a realtor that own my own home and work Coral Gables. In order to answer that question, it is all subjective to your lifestyle. In my opinion there are 2 sides of coral Gables, east of Us-1 (annexing the coconut grove area, and west of US-1. One side tends to have larger lots and homes and has more of a luxiourious private feel neighborhood. the other side is much smaller lots and tend to have lots more of starter homes type. Bother locations are still great, as they offer great neighborhoods with great amenities from the city of coral Gables.
One of the things that I enjoy about my neighborhood is its proximity to the shops and restaurants in downtown coral gables (Miracle Mile), and at the same time have the ability to drive to most of what I need (airport, beaches, hospital...) with-in 15 minutes time.
when making an offer in coral Gables, make sure you compare "apples" to apples as far as homes are concerns, and also street to street. Old Spanish homes (built in the 1920's) for example tend to demand more money than ranch style homes (built in the 1950's). One street that has mature trees or is closer to the golf course or to a historical land mark might also demand more or less. So when you choose to make an offer make sure you are using comps that make sense- particularly in this market. should you need further assistance with this, feel free to contact me at 305-968-4262. warmest Regards!Samy