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Family all alone in 32 floor high-rise

This 32 story high-rise is home to just one family, and even they want to leave! This 32 story high-rise is home to just one family, and even they want to leave!
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(NBC) - They say it's lonely at the top, and for one Florida family it really rings home.

A 32-story luxury condo in downtown Fort Myers, Florida has gotten a little too lonely for the Vangelakos family. Their condo is the only one of the 300 units that's occupied.

The lone residents fear they're stuck there without many of the services and amenities they paid for. Victor Vangelakos' only neighbor is silence.

"It's kind of like a scary movie," he said. The newspaper in the luxury condo's lobby is months old. The security cameras sit unmanned and the state-of-the-art gym looks untouched.

Vangelakos and his family are the only people living in the Oasis condo tower. Theirs is the only unit that's occupied. "I invested all my money into this building," he said.

The family says there is no more regular garbage service or building security for the tower.  It's even gotten to the point where the developer has actually shut off electricity on every other floor.

"It gets a little scary. The kids will not go to the car to get something out of the van. It's pitch black," said Vangelakos.

"You see one solitary light on, in a 32 story skyscraper, and you think how does this happen?" said Johnathan Ewing, the family's attorney. Ewing says the situation has created safety concerns for the family,  especially after a recent break-in.

Maintenance has also become an issue. "We got fire alarm problems, electrical hazards by the pool, we got health department issues," said Vangelakos.

The developer, The Related Group, says it moved some other tenants to a second tower once it realized how many buyers were backing out.

The problem for the Vangelakos family is that they have a mortgage on their unit, and the lender won't budge. "They're basically telling me if I transfer, I'm abandoning my unit so I'm stuck in the middle here," Vangelakos said.

He just wants The Related Group to buy back his unit so he can pay off his mortgage and either purchase a new place in the other tower or just move on. The Related Group says it can't do that because of the construction loans it owns on the property.

The developer said both towers were nearly sold out in pre-construction sales, but the housing bust changed all that.

Now no one, including Vangelakos, seems to have an answer to what will come next.

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