Windsor, Florida, Is the Exclusive Seaside Enclave You Probably Don’t Know About—But Should
From a full-service equestrian center to an 18-hole golf course with no tee times, this is the ultimate luxury community
Posted February 24, 2017
Sitting on 425 acres of verdant land in Vero Beach, Florida, is the luxury residential community of Windsor. It was founded in 1989 by Canadian businessman W. Galen Weston and his philanthropist wife, Hilary Weston, the former lieutenant governor of Ontario. The Westons had been searching for a more permanent warm-weather home for themselves and their children after renting a retreat in the Bahamas. At the recommendation of Mr. Weston’s father, they chose Florida, and Vero Beach was the perfect locale for their dream seaside village. After building a couple of homes and a private polo field (Mr. Weston is an avid fan of the sport) for themselves, they enlisted Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk to design Windsor in the New Urbanism style of living, making it a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with a focus on community and public spaces.
Windsor comprise 350 palatial homes—Anglo-Caribbean residences designed by power hitters such as AD100 firm Jacobsen Architecture and Merrill, Pastor & Colgan Architects. Meanwhile, residents include the likes of the Swarovskis, tennis player Ivan Lendl, businessman Pete Peterson, and of course the Westons. As you cruise around on a golf cart or bike your way through palm tree–lined streets, the vibe is Charleston meets Bermuda meets the Bahamas—it’s pristine, it’s manicured, it’s downright beautiful. Aside from an upcoming 2,000-square-foot wine cellar and tasting room, we take a look at all of the details that have us wanting to live in this exclusive community.