Measuring a dense 2.8 square miles in southwest Orlando, MetroWest is both sprawling and multifaceted. Designed as a business, commercial and residential community –essentially a place to live, work and play– the development is filled with options for everyone.
Developed in the 1980s from damaged citrus groves, MetroWest now contains single-family subdivisions, 19 condominium complexes, and 10 apartments complexes. Surrounding roadways, such as Kirkman, Hiawassee, Turkey Lake and Apopka-Vineland roads.
Orlo Vista shares Hiawassee road with MetroWest as a boundary, which also includes West Colonial Drive, Pines Hills Road, and Old Winter Garden road, among others. Those roadways ensure similar vitality for Orlo Vista. The community contains more than 2,200 housing units.
In its earliest days, Metro West’s centerpiece development was an 18 hole championship golf course that opened in 1987, the same year housing development began near the course. Construction on Palma Vista, which sits at the highest elevation in the community, was started in 1989. It’s one of the highest points in Orange County, providing a view of downtown Orlando. MetroWest Village, the first shopping center, opened a year later.
Subsequent years, largely 1990 and 2003, brought the steady addition of several housing types in what can be described as a city within a city.
While adjacent attractions include Universal Orlando Resort, Eagle Nest Park is MetroWest’s prized natural setting. It’s an urban wetland and a nesting area for the American Bald Eagle, and most of the land is an educational environmental study area. Strolling on paved walkways, expect to see storks, herons, eagles, and osprey, among other birds.
Near the entrance to MetroWest on Kirkman road sits the 180 acres West Campus of Valencia College.