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Windermere is known for two things: the beautiful lakes that surrounds its borders, and the number of celebrities that grew up or live there, including Vince Carter, Shaquille O’Neal, Phillip Michael Thomas, Tiger Woods, Grant Hill, Ken Griffey Jr. and a host of others. You’ll find many people out fishing or enjoying one of the nine parks within the city limits. Water sports, picnics, and family activities are huge components of residential life.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in the area supports an affluent lifestyle, at 138 compared to the national average of 100. Home values range from the $300,000’s to over $3M. Being in Orlando, the cost of living is a little higher than the national standard, and being surrounded by three lakes adds to the ambience, and the price tag. Being in Florida also adds to the energy bill.
Although having a car is a good idea, there is plenty of public transportation in the area, which is an advantage due to it being full of national attractions. Residents can expect a 20 minute commute into downtown Orlando, without traffic. Windermere being close to all major highways and roads for quick accessibility to wherever they want to go. Work commutes can be a lot longer due to everything being spaced out, and there is a lot of traffic during rush hour due to all the visitors in the area.
The schools in this area are excellent, with high ratings in the neighborhood schools such as Bridgewater and Gotha middle schools, Lake Whitney, Thornbrooke and Windermere elementary schools, and high schools Cornerstore Charter Academy, Olympia and West Orange High. These school place a high priority on excellence, and sporting activities. Parents are very active in school and community life, which assists in these schools keeping high scores all year.
Even though the Disney properties and Universal Orlando theme parks are only about 20 minutes away, Windermere residents get to enjoy a number of attractions, including the historical Windermere Schoolhouse built in 1890, and the Town Hall, which was built between 1922-1924. There are also festivals going on year-round. Visitors have to visit the Yellow Dog Eats Café when in town, while enjoying the quaint nature of the city. Orlando is home to an NBA team, and other major attractions like the beaches of St. Petersburg and Busch Gardens in Tampa are just a hour away.
Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.