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Small Town Big City

Lake Forest real estate is increasingly drawing attention from homebuyers for its affordability and mixture of housing types that range from mid-century Ranch homes and cottages to new resort-like enclaves like Baker Ranch and Portola Hills. What was previously seen as being a sleepy older community has become home to several large manufacturers and a vibrant crowd of professionals.

Originally recognized locally as “El Toro”, Lake Forest began growth in earnest after it was developed in part by a businessman in the late 1800s who planted eucalyptus in the area to create lumber supplies for the Santa Fe rail line, where it would get the “forest” for Lake Forest. The lakes of Lake Forest are man-made and surrounded by homes. These Lake Forest homes are comprised of a mixture of single family residences and condominiums. Homes in Lake Forest include a wide range of housing types, with most of the newer developments incorporating Mediterranean and Craftsman influences. Most of the neighborhoods that were formed in recent years will include an HOA, whereas many of the older neighborhoods that are closest to the city core are still independent.

A few popular neighborhoods in Lake Forest include:

  • Baker Ranch
  • Lake Forest 2
  • Pittsford Park
  • The Woods
  • Benchmark Villas
  • Bennett Ranch
  • Lake Forest 1
  • Foxborough Way

Lake Forest homeowners enjoy both quiet, peaceful neighborhoods and lively parks, which have the characteristic mature eucalyptus trees all around. The Spectrum Center sits at its northernmost tip that shares a border with Irvine, and many of the city’s strip malls have recently become home to trendy eateries and shops as young homebuyers begin to revitalize the area. To the south, Mission Viejo and the Mission Viejo lakes provide another waterfront escape to residents, and the Coronado National Forest provides access to some of the most popular hikes in Southern California.

HOMES

Single Family, Condominiums, Apartments

STYLE

Varied - multiple tracts with different styles.

HIGHLIGHTS

Vintage homes and family friendly community.

VIEW

Mountain, waterfront, neighborhood, and park views.

BEACH

Moderately-close to moderately-far driving distance to Laguna Beach.

Homes Currently Listed in Lake Forest

New Listing - 6 days online
$898,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,119
SQFT
24292 Fordview Street
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
Short Sale
$545,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,207
SQFT
24142 Larkwood Lane
Lake Forest, CA 92630
 
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$669,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
24092 Landisview Avenue
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Lake Forest Keys (LK) Subdivision
Open House 02/29 at 12PM
$700,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,207
SQFT
24752 Alanwood Street
Lake Forest, CA 92630
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$595,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,364
SQFT
19072 Canyon Terrace Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon Rim (CR) Subdivision
$450,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,061
SQFT
18941 Canyon Hill Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon View (CV) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$539,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,364
SQFT
28941 Canyon Rim Drive #264
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon Rim (CR) Subdivision
$559,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,300
SQFT
28922 Canyon Rim Drive #275
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon Rim (CR) Subdivision
$899,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,550
SQFT
19565 Aliso View Circle
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Live Oak (LO) Subdivision
$719,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,620
SQFT
19056 Woodland Way
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Sycamore Ridge (SR) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,154
SQFT
19021 Woodland Way
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Sycamore Ridge (SR) Subdivision
Open House 02/23 at 11AM
$1,249,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,600
SQFT
19702 Dorado Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Crown Pointe (CRNP) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$825,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,540
SQFT
24071 Parkhill Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Village Homes (VH) Subdivision
Open House 02/23 at 12PM
$749,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,284
SQFT
19521 Highridge Way
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Serenado (SRO) Subdivision
$719,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,116
SQFT
19535 Highridge Way
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Serenado (SRO) Subdivision
Open House 02/23 at 1PM
$739,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,999
SQFT
19541 Highridge Way
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Serenado (SRO) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$729,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,284
SQFT
19486 Dorado Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Serenado (SRO) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$948,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,400
SQFT
28631 Brookhill Road
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Antigua (AT) Subdivision
$389,900
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,132
SQFT
23266 Orange Avenue #1
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Aliso Creek Villas (AC) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$779,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,300
SQFT
24626 Jutewood Place
Lake Forest, CA 92630
 

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