FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

Northwest Gardens, a new community of affordable housing, is holding its grand opening in Fort Lauderdale.

Phase 2 of the project has just been completed, transforming 14 blocks of northwest Fort Lauderdale that were once known for bad housing and crime. Now, the area is a beautiful place with gorgeous homes.

The homes, which cost $1,050 per month, feature three bedrooms in two stories, beautiful cabinetry, sleek tile floors and lots of space. The community also features several environmentally friendly amenities, such as solar-powered street lights.

"One of our green initiatives is our water saver toilets, which are in each unit," said property manager Craig Kayton. "This is a half flush, and this is a full flush. I'll let you draw your own conclusions."

There are 150 units in the neighborhood.

"This really was built with the idea of people being able to live here comfortably, have the space they need, and to be able to improve their standard of living," Kayton.

"We are so happy right here, especially with the houses. The houses are so beautiful," said resident Carlos Murillo.

A new job brought Murillo to Fort Lauderdale, and he said it was hard to find a good place for his family to live, until he found Northwest Gardens.

"This is real great prices for the place. I can't believe that. I was really impressed," he said.

More than 100 units will be open for rental in the next few weeks.

"Everybody, come apply here. It's a really nice place," Murillo said.

The community also offers a vocational program for residents.