Windermere

Live Among the Lake in Windermere. A lifestyle like no other with the famed "Butler Chain of Lakes" right at your fingertips. The Town of Windermere is overflowing with history, charm, and an "old town" sense of family.  11 community parks, community docks, tennis courts, rowing clubs, nature trails, and award-winning restaurants. The annual community runs, a weekly farmer’s market and monthly food truck nights add to this all-encompassing and one-of-a-kind location! Interestingly, only the main roads are paved as the town has resisted paving the side roads. Residents feel that this helps preserve the uninterrupted beauty and charm of the area. Windermere is also home to world-class golf courses played on by a number of famous golfers such as Tiger Woods. When it comes to real estate, Windermere serves a variety of property types from sprawling, multi-million dollar, luxury estates to beach cottages, apartments, and townhomes. Becoming one of the most desirable zip codes in Central Florida, Windermere has been able to keep its exclusivity and charm. When the sky turns dark, put your eyes on the sky, you may just see the fireworks shows from Walt Disney World and Universal Studios! 

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About Windermere, Florida

Windermere, FL is located in Southwest Orange County, approximately 14 miles from downtown Orlando, and 6 miles north of the Walt Disney World Resort. It has a population of approximately 3,500, over a total area of 1.57 square miles.

Known as the “Town of Lakes”, Windermere is surrounded by beautiful sand-bottom lakes, including Lakes Butler, Down, and Bessie. Through a series of canals, these lakes also connect with 6 additional lakes, forming the Butler Chain of Lakes. Windermere was founded in 1887 and is one of the oldest towns in Orange County. It prides itself on many of its historical sites, from its Town Hall (completed in 1924) to Cal Palmer’s office building (completed in 1911), and the Historic 1890 Windermere Schoolhouse, the first school in the area. Many of the town’s streets remain unpaved to continue its commitment to retain the pristine nature of the area.

With its proximity to Orlando and lake access, Windermere’s luxury neighborhoods are home to much of Orlando’s elite. Residents include everything from corporate executives to local entrepreneurs, celebrities, actors, and athletes. Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal is a noted resident.

Windermere Real Estate

Windermere real estate offers a quaint refuge from the hustle and bustle of Orlando’s theme parks and tourist areas, with a decidedly “old town Florida” feel. With its traffic-relaxed streets, unpaved roads, and white concrete signs, this historic enclave is a highly sought-after community for everyone from families, to retirees, to celebrities. The community is surrounded by a chain of lakes and canals, meaning residents can easily find a home on the waterfront, or one with a lake view. Due to its popularity, Windermere has slowly added upscale subdivisions with luxury properties, including the exclusive Isleworth, Reserve at Lake Butler, and Chaine Du Lac neighborhoods.

Windermere real estate offers the finest in super-luxury properties, with spectacular estate homes in gated communities or lakefront access. Often featuring exquisite Mediterranean architecture, soaring ceilings, 8-10 bedrooms, and lavish features like fountains and indoor pools. Gourmet kitchens offer professional-grade appliances, climate-control wine cellars, and humidors. Properties feature extensive outdoor entertainment areas, beautifully designed pools, and lakeside docks. But Windermere also offers plenty of selection of more modestly-priced homes, from single-family homes in quiet neighborhoods close to shopping and schools to spacious condos and townhomes in complexes with extras like pools, sports courts, and other amenities.

Single-family homes in Windermere often feature 4-5 bedrooms, with large open kitchens and entertainment areas. Premium features like granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and walk-in closets are common. Most properties offer lanais for the ultimate in indoor/outdoor relaxation, as well as beautiful outdoor terraces, pools, or lushly landscaped yards.

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Windermere Attractions

Windermere, FL is the perfect location for those who want upscale living, with a small-town feel, within driving distance of all the urban amenities one could need. Nestled in the heart of the Butler Chain of Lakes, it is a relaxed, picturesque area, with great outdoor amenities and even more in neighboring communities.

Charming downtown Windermere consists of three blocks of commercial space, with small local shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. Favorite local spots include the Dixie Cream Cafe, Allen’s Creamery and Coffee House, Rokka Market, and Paloma Coffee Co. The Windermere Farmer’s Market is hosted along Main Street every Friday and attracts vendors and visitors from all around the area.

Major shopping centers, including grocery stores and big-box retailers, are mostly located minutes outside of the Windermere area. The Grove, only a mile east along Windermere-Conroy Road, is an upscale outdoor shopping plaza with groceries, banks, restaurants, and other essentials.

The main attraction for Windermere residents is the beautiful sand-bottom lakes surrounding the area. The Butler Chain of Lakes is one of the few clean chains of lakes remaining in Central Florida and is a haven for fishing, boating, wakeboarding, and waterskiing. The lakes also house an array of wild species, including pelicans, turtles, hawks, and crocs/gators. Lake cruises are another popular activity for residents and visitors alike.

Windermere features a large number of community parks, featuring lush green spaces, playgrounds, sports courts, and walking paths. Some also feature lake access, fishing piers, and wetlands areas. The nearby Tibet Butler Nature Preserve is a 483-acre refuge, featuring trails and boardwalks accessing unblemished wetlands, pine forest, swamp, and lakeshore lined with cypress trees.

There are many fantastic golf courses within minutes of the Windermere area. The Isleworth Golf & Country Club is a prestigious club and community located on the shores of Lake Louise. The Golden Bear Club features a Jack Nicklaus-designed course and luxury clubhouse.

With such close proximity to Orlando, Windemere residents can enjoy endless shopping, dining, recreational, and entertainment possibilities. For a taste of the area’s arts and culture, be sure to catch performances by the renowned Orlando Philarmonic or Orlando Ballet. Disney and Universal Studios theme parks, Sea World, and other attractions offer a vast amount of entertainment for the entire family.

Walt Disney World Resort is only a 15-minute drive away and is so close that Windemere residents can watch the Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks display from the comfort of their own yards.

Windermere Real Estate Stats

Average Price $1.1M
Lowest Price $238K
Highest Price $16.5M
Total Listings 1,281
Avg. Days On Market 186
Avg. Price/SQFT $285

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