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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

$1,599,995
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,754
SQFT
1051 Summit Oak Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$1,066,412
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,492
SQFT
2233 Arroyo Trabuco Way
Lake Forest, CA 92610
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,752,995
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,754
SQFT
1062 Summit Oak Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,799,995
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,672
SQFT
1092 Summit Oak Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,626,995
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,432
SQFT
1162 Summit Oak Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,790,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,244
SQFT
40 Dogwood
Lake Forest, CA 92630
HIGHLANDS (BKHGL) Subdivision
$1,488,995
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,146
SQFT
1731 Sunset View Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$1,066,415
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,612
SQFT
2295 Arroyo Oaks Court
Lake Forest, CA 92610
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,041,936
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,492
SQFT
2224 Arroyo Trabuco Court
Lake Forest, CA 92610
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,099,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,151
SQFT
1999 Aliso Peak Way
Lake Forest, CA 92610
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,580,757
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,814
SQFT
1218 Viejo Hills Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92610
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$499,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,162
SQFT
19005 Canyon Circle Drive #144
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon Rim (CR) Subdivision
$475,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
971
SQFT
19055 Canyon Cove Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon Rim (CR) Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$439,900
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
908
SQFT
18949 Canyon Hill Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyonview (FHCN) Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$390,000
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
954
SQFT
28953 Canyon Oak Drive #9
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
Open House 12/16 at 1PM
$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
$834,900
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
$319,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
766
SQFT
18928 Canyon Hill Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon View (CV) Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$505,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,297
SQFT
28975 Canyon Rim Drive #250
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon Rim (CR) Subdivision
Open House 12/16 at 1PM
$389,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
979
SQFT
28876 Canyon Heights
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon View West (CVW) 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.