MetroWest – Orlando’s Safest Neighborhood!?

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MetroWest has had a pretty bad rap over the last couple of years. I should know - I live there. It’s been affectionately nick-named “Ghetto-West,” “Metro-Pest” etc. etc. but everyone who lives here knows that apart from the occasional armed robbery at Dunkin Donuts, it’s really not that bad.

Having lived in London, New York, San Francisco and Chicago, I’ve always thought the media attention was a little worse than the problem itself. Until last month that is, when a drug deal went wrong in the parking lot right outside my condo - and I heard that familar sounding ‘pop’. I ran outside to find a casing on the concrete, a car with it’s engine running (and door open) – and another car screeching out of the lot. I approached the car that was left running, fully expecting to find a body slumped in the driver’s seat. Fortunately, all I saw was a bunch of dollar bills strewn around the floor and a .45 under the seat. 

About a month prior, one of our residents was robbed at gunpoint, and most of the metrowest signother communities around here had been suffering the same fate, including rapings, car jackings etc. etc. Like I say, no big deal. Besides, as everyone knows, it’s not MetroWest that’s the problem but Pine Hills (“Crime Hills”) just across the street.

The other half of the equation is that much of the problem has to do with the deterioration of the MetroWest demographic itself, which has been influenced by the heavy condo conversion buyout by investors – and the consequent influx of under-qualified renters that I discussed recently.

As a result of these relatively new problems, many people have dismissed MetroWest is a bad place to live – and a bad neighborhood to invest in.

Not so fast.

I’ve been saying for a while now, that the mini crime wave was just an inevitable blip for MetroWest, and given a couple more years the neighborhood will rebound and produce good profits for savvy condo investors who were able to hang in.

kevin azzouzBack in March, we mentioned that a police substation was rumored to be imminent for MetroWest (Hiawassee & Raleigh) and then also in March, it was announced the Kevin Azzouz, developer of the mulit-million dollar condos at Veranda Park would be organising a “private police force” for MetroWest. Now that’s what I call protecting your investment.

With the publication of local crime stats for July, it is clear that these measures have already begun to pay dividends. The MetroWest newsletter for July proudly trumpets “MetroWest - now Orlando’s safest neighborhood” – which is no doubt both premature and an overstatement. However the figures are impressive – and very welcome.

Since the new program began, MetroWest has seen a steady decrease in the amount of crime and in July, the number of crime incidents dropped to virtually zero. The cost to MetroWest residents is less than $20 per person - well worth the price.  

The eventual name change of MetroWest to “Veranda Park”, should complete the transition - and at Condo Metropolis we maintain the view that MetroWest remains a solid investment for both condo home buyers and condo investors.

So come on in, the water’s great! (As always, if you’d like to know more about local Orlando neighborhoods and current investment opportunities, just drop us a line…)

3 Comments

  1. Marcus,
    I am a broker here in Daytona Beach. I have sold a few units in condo conversions bothin Orlando and in Daytona, and I find your blog very well thought of, well written, very informative, and balanced.
    Terrific job, thank you.

  2. The Estates at Park Avenue: Is this a great aparment complex to move into? enjoyed your article!

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