A strong sense of community
MetroWest is a 1,805-acre master-planned community in southwest Orlando, with the main entrance situated on MetroWest Boulevard, off of Kirkman Road. The community was developed in the 1980s by Debra, Inc., an Orlando-based developer, as a business, commercial and residential community— a place where people can live, work, play and connect. Housing options in the diverse community include a range of single-family homes with several apartment, townhome and condominium complexes spread over the gently rolling landscape. The community has swelled to almost 10,000 residential units, 1.4 million square feet of office space and 762,444 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
MetroWest Master Association Mission Statement
The MetroWest Master Association maintains a harmonious sense of community for our diverse, cultural neighborhood of families, professionals, students and businesses. We strive to be the premiere community of Orlando through quality schooling, thriving businesses, visual aesthetics and community building activities.
Prior to its development, the area south of Hiawassee Road, a county road, was endless rows of orange groves divided between the city limits of Orlando and Orange County. Between 1980 and 1981, Aaron Dowd, vice-president of Debra, Inc., bought the MetroWest Development acreage for $22 million in cash from 23 landowners, on behalf of unidentified investors.
Since it’s beginning in the mid-1980s, the quality of life has been a priority at MetroWest. Landscaping was treated like fine architecture, carefully chosen and planted to grow into what many now describe as an oasis in a busy city. Islands of trees and flowering shrubbery separate traffic. Gentle curves were chosen over harsh corners. Well-respected builders followed, creating beautiful new neighborhoods, shops and daycare centers.
Work on the MetroWest Golf clubhouse was started in 1986. It was opened and dedicated the following year. Arnold Palmer Golf Management first managed the course. Residential development near the community's 18-hole golf course was started in 1987. By 1989, about 700 single-family homes or villas had been built or planned. Another 1,300 apartment units had been built or were on the drawing boards. Development was also started on the community's most exclusive residential area, Palma Vista, a planned 200-lot subdivision that surrounds the 13th and 14th holes of the golf course on the highest land in the community. The crest of the property, at an elevation of 198 feet above sea level, is one of the highest points in Orange County and offers views of downtown Orlando's skyline five miles to the east. The community's first shopping center, MetroWest Village, at the corner of South Hiawassee Road and Westpointe Boulevard, was opened, fully leased, in the fall of 1990.
In 2009, South Florida businessman and developer, Carl Shakarian, bought three acres of MetroWest for an undisclosed sum from former developer Kevin Azzouz, who faced financial troubles at the time. In that transaction, he also assumed control of the association and its multimillion-dollar budget. In 2014, the residents of the community voted to buy out Carl Shakarian for two million dollars, thus assuming control of their community.
MetroWest is owned by its members and managed by the MetroWest Master Association (MWMA), which has the overall responsibility, and right, in maintaining the standards of all common areas located within the community. The beautiful award-winning landscaping and clean environment keep MetroWest at the top of the City of Orlando’s most beautiful places to live.
An Award-Winning Community
Victor Godlewski, Orlando’s Wastewater Division Manager, and Orlando City Commissioner, Sam Ings, presented The City of Orlando’s 2014 Environmental Excellence Award. This award was presented to the MetroWest Master Association on behalf of Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City of Orlando to recognize the Master Association’s commitment to the efficient use of reclaimed water.
MetroWest is the recipient of the Florida Communities of Excellence 2013 Safety and Security Award, recognizing the MetroWest Master Association’s contribution toward improving the quality of life for residents, business owners and visitors alike, by fostering an environment in which public safety is a key component of the community.
MetroWest was a finalist for the Florida Communities of Excellence 2014 Florida Friendly Landscaping Award.
MetroWest was a finalist for the Florida Communities of Excellence 2016 Water Conservation Award.
MetroWest was awarded The City of Orlando’s City Beautiful Award for District 6 in 2012. The City Beautiful Award recognizes MetroWest for preserving beautiful grounds throughout the entire community. The beautiful landscaping and litter-free environment keep MetroWest at the top of the City of Orlando’s most beautiful places to live.