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.
Single Family, Condominiums, Apartments
Varied - multiple tracts with different styles.
Vintage homes and family friendly community.
Mountain, waterfront, neighborhood, and park views.
Moderately-close to moderately-far driving distance to Laguna Beach.
Homes Currently Listed in Lake Forest
Other Nearby Cities
Urban and Suburban Excellence
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Award-Winning Master Plan
Mission Viejo is one of the most successful master-planned communities in the United States, with top performing schools, generous Spanish style homes, and vistas in every direction.
Work-Life Balance by Design
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