History & Culture
Windermere was, not so long ago, agricultural land, and there were more cow noses than golf balls dipping into these lakes. But it doesn't take a developer long to spot beauty, and shoreline after shoreline was soon lined with estate homes where tractor sheds once stood. Genteel golf-club living may have led the way, but there’s a real party-boat vibe to the area, and it's a rare evening that a backyard barbecue (or twelve) doesn’t echo across the choppy lake waters. The country club lifestyle is still at the core of Windermere, though in that distinctly laid-back Florida way. Patio parties serve great wine and cheap beer, local barbecue, and imported cigars, and the dress code is flip-flop formal.