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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

$978,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,808
SQFT
357 Laurel
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$925,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
331 Laurel
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,401
SQFT
36 Dogwood
Lake Forest, CA 92630
HIGHLANDS (BKHGL) Subdivision
Price Change - yesterday
$1,199,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,053
SQFT
14 Dogwood
Lake Forest, CA 92630
HIGHLANDS (BKHGL) Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$1,468,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,401
SQFT
33 Dogwood
Lake Forest, CA 92630
HIGHLANDS (BKHGL) Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$935,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,015
SQFT
79 Plumeria
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,248,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,092
SQFT
18 Goldenrod
Lake Forest, CA 92630
HEIGHTS (BKHTS) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$958,880
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,145
SQFT
35 Lavender
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,198,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,769
SQFT
14 Peony
Lake Forest, CA 92630
HEIGHTS (BKHTS) Subdivision
$839,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,658
SQFT
20 Cooper
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$868,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,709
SQFT
60 Fuchsia
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,050,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,507
SQFT
41 Castellana
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,190,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,507
SQFT
33 Umbria
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,025,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,752
SQFT
81 Eclipse
Lake Forest, CA 92630
 
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,717
SQFT
19 Lark
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,226,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,717
SQFT
19 Heron
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$689,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,455
SQFT
59 Savannah
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$698,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,482
SQFT
52 Finch
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,298,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,547
SQFT
37 Forster
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,298,800
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,547
SQFT
22 Heron
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision

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