We will be re-locating to the area around the end of May, or beginning of June and I would appreciate any advice on which areas to stay away from. I am very unfamiliar with the area, having mainly spent time only in Lake Mary or at a friend's apartment right in the middle of downtown (walk to church street). We are both weighing options for employment so we don't know exactly where we will be working yet, but i'd like to go ahead and eliminate some "bad" areas if there are any I should be aware of. We need a house or at least a townhouse with it's own yard, fenced. We would also like to be within a few minutes of downtown. Another buddy just moved to the area and he lives off N. Orange near colonial which he says is a decent area. He advised me to stay north of Downtown. Budget is about $1,000 a month.