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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

$1,450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,823
SQFT
1621 Sunset View Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
Open House 05/25 at 12PM
$529,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,297
SQFT
19041 Canyon Terrace Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon Rim (CR) Subdivision
Open House 05/25 at 1PM
$1,189,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,504
SQFT
19242 Sleeping Oak Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
J.M. Peters Portola (PPH) Subdivision
$299,900
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
766
SQFT
18911 Canyon Hill Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon View (CV) Subdivision
$844,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,606
SQFT
29012 Modjeska Peak Lane
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Live Oak (LO) Subdivision
$559,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,364
SQFT
28996 Canyon Rim Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon Rim (CR) Subdivision
Open House 05/26 at 12PM
$499,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,162
SQFT
19013 Canyon Meadows Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon Rim (CR) Subdivision
Open House 05/25 at 10AM
$829,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,201
SQFT
19505 Misty Ridge Lane
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Live Oak (LO) Subdivision
$422,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
936
SQFT
18980 Canyon Summit
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon View West (CVW) Subdivision
$799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,708
SQFT
19462 Misty Ridge Lane
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Live Oak (LO) Subdivision
Open House 05/25 at 1PM
$765,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,776
SQFT
19266 Sycamore Glen Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Alderwood (AW) Subdivision
$595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,144
SQFT
24551 Bridger Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
Open House 05/25 at 1PM
$799,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,284
SQFT
19532 Highridge Way
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$729,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,075
SQFT
24252 Twig Street
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Laguna Real Phase I (LR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$649,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,144
SQFT
24462 Highpine Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$900,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,471
SQFT
24092 Gemwood Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Laguna North (LN) Subdivision
Open House 05/25 at 1PM
$874,888
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,513
SQFT
28551 Camelback Road
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Antigua (AT) Subdivision
Open House 05/25 at 10AM
$1,099,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,814
SQFT
1996 Aliso Peak Way
Lake Forest, CA 92610
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$738,888
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,690
SQFT
24761 Belgreen
Lake Forest, CA 92630
 
Open House 05/25 at 10AM
$1,318,210
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,324
SQFT
1994 Aliso Canyon Dr
Lake Forest, CA 92610
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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Another knockout hit in the Orange County master-plan playbook, Aliso Viejo is a city designed to encourage residents to have a healthy town core, with ample commercial and retail opportunities just down the street from any home.