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About Windermere, FL

Although Windermere is small in square mileage (only 1.5 square miles) this city is host to plenty of fun attractions, good schools, waterways and beautiful homes. As of the 2010 census, the total population for the city of Windermere was 2,462. Although the city is small in area and population, there is still a stand-alone police force for Windermere, but it is also patrolled by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Crime in this area is particularly low.

Windermere is located on the Butler chain of lakes, with the downtown center located between Lake Butler and Lake Down. During the summer months these lakes come alive with people eager to use their boats and enjoy the endless waterways that snake through this area. Also located on this chain of lakes is Isleworth and Butler Bay. In late 2007, Windermere tried to annex both of these other municipalities but was met with stiff competition from Orange County, which stood to lose tens of millions of dollars in property tax income. Ultimately, Windermere ended up acquiring Butler Bay by an overwhelming 90% positive vote on the ballots, which were mailed in.

This area is known for is wealth and affluence all through Central Florida with median family income a staggering $105,000 per year. Only 3% of the total population lived below the poverty line. Most of those living in this area are from out of state and don’t necessarily work in Orlando, although there are some local millionaires in Windermere.

Home sales in this area are incredibly impressive. The average piece of real estate in this area sells for over $630,000! The waterfront properties here can sometimes garner over 10 million dollars! Some of the largest pieces of property and largest houses in the Orlando metropolitan area are located in and around the Butler chain of lakes. Some of the notable local residents include Arnold Palmer, Shaq and Tiger Woods. The scenery in the area is a sight to behold and is in no short supply. Some homes even have docks that are hundreds of feet away from the mainland in order to adequately access the lake and not disturb the shoreline. Real estate activity here is constant and high in volume, which makes it one of the number one destinations for realtors in the area. Some homes here have over 13,000 square feet and sit on over 2 acres of land. Recently, David Siegel began construction on a mansion that bears resemblance to the Palace at Versailles and is estimated at being worth almost 100 million dollars. To say this area is wealthy is an obvious understatement.

Due to the concentration of affluent families here, it should come as no surprise that the school system is top notch. Windermere Elementary scored a 10 out of 10 on Gotha Middle School and Sunset Park Elementary both scored 8 out of 10 and Keene's Crossing Elementary was listed at 9 out of 10. Additionally, there are plenty of private schools in the area to choose from which also boast very impressive statistics.

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