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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
$1,899,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,650
SQFT
1711 Sunset View Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$698,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
7
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,730
SQFT
24882 Stem Avenue
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Laguna Real Phase I (LR) Subdivision
Short Sale
$570,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,207
SQFT
24142 Larkwood Lane
Lake Forest, CA 92630
 
$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
$629,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
24092 Landisview Avenue
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Lake Forest Keys (LK) Subdivision
$720,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,690
SQFT
24761 Belgreen
Lake Forest, CA 92630
 
Price Change - 5 days ago
$499,999
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,297
SQFT
19041 Canyon Terrace Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon Rim (CR) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$355,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
766
SQFT
28983 Canyon Ridge Drive #103
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon View (CV) Subdivision
$1,129,000
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
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$319,900
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
632
SQFT
18932 Canyon Hill Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon View (CV) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks 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
$444,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
971
SQFT
19041 Canyon Cove Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon Rim (CR) Subdivision
$425,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
979
SQFT
18922 Canyon Summit
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Canyon View West (CVW) Subdivision
$749,999
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
$629,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,620
SQFT
19041 Wildwood Circle
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Sycamore Ridge (SR) Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$649,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,518
SQFT
19101 Sycamore Glen Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Sycamore Ridge (SR) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$739,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,284
SQFT
19481 Highridge Way
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Serenado (SRO) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$729,888
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,999
SQFT
28725 Pendleton Road
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Serenado (SRO) Subdivision
Price Change - 7 days ago
$1,128,888
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
$965,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,100
SQFT
28701 Malabar Road
Lake Forest, CA 92679
Estates (PHE) Subdivision

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