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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 - 3 weeks online
$995,888
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,062
SQFT
76 Lilac
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,053
SQFT
13 Hollyhock
Lake Forest, CA 92630
HIGHLANDS (BKHGL) Subdivision
$956,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,141
SQFT
115 Lavender
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,458,800
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,907
SQFT
16 Tomango
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,169,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,769
SQFT
14 Peony
Lake Forest, CA 92630
HEIGHTS (BKHTS) Subdivision
$2,380,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,420
SQFT
36 Cooper
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$854,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,658
SQFT
62 Fuchsia
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$989,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,904
SQFT
87 Eclipse
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,100,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,973
SQFT
83 Eclipse
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,780,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,728
SQFT
20 Barberry
Lake Forest, CA 92630
HIGHLANDS (BKHGL) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$685,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,563
SQFT
64 Savannah
Lake Forest, CA 92630
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$2,599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,761
SQFT
42 Hyacinth
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,198,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,673
SQFT
30 Heron
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$2,288,800
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,761
SQFT
27 Calliope
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$795,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,660
SQFT
43 Savannah
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,278,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,547
SQFT
37 Forster
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,925,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,039
SQFT
25 Calliope
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,460,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,870
SQFT
20 Heron
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$839,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,965
SQFT
57 Prominence
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,750,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,807
SQFT
11 Manzanillo
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision

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Mission Viejo

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.

Aliso Viejo

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