What is Horizon West? I get this question a lot.

Aside from being an awesome place to live, it does have a story to share.

Horizon West is a new community development area in SW Orange County that was conceptualized in 1995 and includes 23,000 former citrus groves that were devastated by freezes in the 1980s. It was designed using the principles of Garden Cities and New Urbanism to create self-sustaining, mixed use villages. 

As the area continues to grow, the Horizon West Foundation ensures that new development contributes to environmental preservation, excellent design, quality access via bike and walking and exciting community gathering places.

Horizon West boasts some of the best public schools in all of Central Florida, wonderful town centers that bring together neighbors and the beauty of the outdoors. Several chain of lakes have public access and are within a 15 minute drive.

The Horizon West Area includes five mixed-use villages surrounded by greenbelts and each with their own town center.

1. Village of Bridgewater

Neighborhoods – Bellaria, Summerport, Independence, Orchard Hills, Orchard Park, The Vineyards, Casabella, Tildens Grove, Magnolia Pointe, West Orange Country Cub

Public Schools – Keene’s Crossing Elementary, Independence Elementary, Bridgewater Middle School and Windermere High School

2. Lakeside Village

Neighborhoods Include – Providence, Oxford Moor, Sawyer Sound, Lakes of Windermere, Waterstone, Casa Del Lago, Glenmuir, Lake Burden, Preston Square, Windermere Sound…..

Public Schools – Windermere Elementary, Sunset Elementary, Bridgewater Middle School, Windermere High School.

*Relief Elementary and Middle School planned for 2019

3. Hamlin Town Center

Neighborhoods Include: Summerlake, Summerlake Groves, Hamlin Reserve, The Cove at Hamlin, Overlook at Hamlin

Public Schools – Independence Elementary, Bridgewater Middle, Windermere High School

4. Hickory Nut Village

Neighborhoods include: Latham Park, Waterleigh, Watermark, Lakeshore, Lakeview Pointe

Public Schools – Keene’s Crossing Elementary, Bridgewater Middle, Windermere High School

*Relief Middle School 2019, Relief Elementary School 2020, Future Relief High School TBD

5. Village F – Not yet named 

Neighborhoods Include: Royal Cypress Reserve, Golden Oak, Grandview Isles, Mable Bridge, Lake Sheen Reserve, Provence

Public Schools – Bay Lake Elementary, Bridgewater Middle, Windermere High School. 

*Relief Middle School 2019

6. Village I – Not yet named

Neighborhoods Include: Story Grove, Peachtree Park, Royal Estates

Public Schools – Keene’s Crossing Elementary, Bridgewater Middle, Windermere High School

*Relief Middle School 2019, Relief Elementary School 2020, Future Relief High School TBD


Private Schools located within Horizon West include Windermere Preparatory School and Foundation Academy.