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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (7) Coral Gables vs. (10) Sunny Isles Beach

Will Coral Gables be a sleeper this year?

A residential street in Coral Gables
By Averette [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Curbed Cup, our annual award for Miami’s neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 neighborhoods vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. We’ll reveal each of the neighborhoods this week, and polls will be open for 24 hours so you can cast your vote as to which ones should advance. Let the eliminations commence!


(7) Coral Gables

This city is home to the biggest home sale of the year at $43.7 million. The Gables was also involved in a fight with FPL after Hurricane Irma and had some notable celebrity listings, including retired linebacker Jon Vilma’s $18.5 million manse and the home of Panthers lineman Julius Peppers, The Biltmore Hotel also underwent a renovation and multiple residential developments are under construction, including Merrick Manor.


Aerial of a circular tower on the ocean in Sunny Isles
An aerial of the Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles
Courtesy of Dezer Development

(10) Sunny Isles Beach

The ritzy neighborhood is home to some lavish new developments. The over-the-top Porsche Design Tower opened earlier in the year, while both Jade Signature and Muse are nearing completion. In last year’s tournament, Sunny Isles Beach fell to nearby Surfside in Round 1.

This is our final matchup of Round 1. Be sure to return tomorrow when we’ll unveil the bracket and the results of the opening round.