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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
$434,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,002
SQFT
18886 Canyon Summit
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon View West (CVW) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$859,900
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
$568,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,528
SQFT
28985 Canyon Rim Drive #248
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon Rim (CR) Subdivision
$829,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,283
SQFT
29011 Canyon Vista Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Live Oak (LO) Subdivision
$339,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
766
SQFT
18922 Canyon Hill Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon View (CV) Subdivision
$469,500
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
971
SQFT
19055 Canyon Cove Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon Rim (CR) Subdivision
$839,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,410
SQFT
28861 Sierra Peak Lane
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Live Oak (LO) Subdivision
$879,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,150
SQFT
19701 Highridge Way
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$775,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,240
SQFT
24302 Twig Street
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Laguna Real Phase I (LR) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$723,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,999
SQFT
19432 Highridge Way
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Serenado (SRO) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$699,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,279
SQFT
19132 Highland View Lane
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Alderwood (AW) Subdivision
$1,049,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,814
SQFT
2005 Aliso Peak Way
Lake Forest, CA 92610
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,149,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,324
SQFT
2027 Aliso Peak Way
Lake Forest, CA 92610
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,192,199
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,349
SQFT
1761 Canyon Oaks Lane
Lake Forest, CA 92610
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$585,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,488
SQFT
19055 Woodland Way
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Sycamore Ridge (SR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$759,888
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,284
SQFT
19505 Highridge Way
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Serenado (SRO) Subdivision
Open House 03/23 at 12PM
$1,160,888
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,412
SQFT
19641 Dorado Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Crown Pointe (CRNP) Subdivision
$607,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,144
SQFT
24392 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

Other Nearby Cities

Irvine

Urban and Suburban Excellence

As the technology capital of Orange County and one of the best cities in America for families, Irvine continues to push growth and commerce into the region, which has provided an abundance of housing in the heart of Orange County.

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

Work-Life Balance by Design

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.