Windermere is a town in Orange County, Florida, in the United States. Windermere is surrounded by sand bottom lakes. Lake Butler (the largest) is on the west, Lake Down on the east,and Lake Bessie on the southeast. By means of a system of canals, Butler, Down and six other lakes are connected to form what is known as the Butler Chain.
As of the 2000 census, the town population was 1,897. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2006 estimates, the town had a population of 2,019. It is expected that the 2010 census will show the town with almost 3000 people. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area.
During late 2007, the Town of Windermere filed a proposal to annex Isleworth and Butler Bay, another wealthy subdivision. This was met with extensive debate from town residents and an objection from Orange County, which stood to lose millions of dollars of property tax revenue. After lengthy discussions, and battles with the county, Isleworth remained in the county, but Butler Bay was annexed into Windermere with over 90% of its residents approving annexation via a mail in ballot.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,897 people, 704 households, and 561 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,688.2 inhabitants per square mile (654.0/km²). There were 723 housing units at an average density of 643.4 per square mile (249.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.68% White, 1.3% Black, 0.05% Native Americans, 2.00% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.53% of the population.
Windermere is home to Windermere Preparatory School, a private, coeducational PK-12 college prep school.
It is also home to Windermere Elementary School and Gotha Middle School, Orange County Public Schools in Windermere, assigned based on the parent/guardian’s home address. OCPS also provides school buses for local students.
Gotha Middle School (Students: 1518; Location: 9155 Gotha Rd)
Windermere Elementary School (Students: 576; Location: 11125 Park Ave)
Sunset Park Elementary School (Location: 12050 Overstreet Rd)