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Lake Forest

The City of Lake Forest is located in the heart of South Orange County, draped across the beautiful Saddleback Valley. Settled by Don Jose Serrano in the mid-1800’s, the area was originally called the Rancho Canada De Los Alisos (the Valley of the Sycamores). The area then became known as El Toro, named after the bulls that roamed the ranch. In the early 1900's, Dwight Whiting, a resident of the area, planted 400 acres of fast-growing eucalyptus trees in this growing agricultural community as an answer to the California lumber shortage (though eucalyptus was found to be an inferior building timber over time). Read more below

Lake Forest Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $904K
Lowest Price $0
Highest Price $3.2M
Total Listings 224
Avg. Days On Market 45
Avg. Price/SQFT $462

Property Types (active listings)


During the peak of activity at the nearby El Toro Marine Base (1960’s – 1980’s), the need for new homes and support services increased at a steady rate and efforts to create a master-planned community began in earnest with development springing up around the abundant trees and man-made lakes. While not suitable for building, the eucalyptus trees provided landscaping for the new modern homes and led to the "Forest" neighborhood in Lake Forest.

With interest from its residents, Lake Forest was finally incorporated as a city in 1991. Lake Forest has since expanded its city limits to include the newer master-planned communities of Baker Ranch, Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills.

Like other neighboring South Orange County cities, the climate in Lake Forest is generally pitch-perfect year-round with mild Mediterranean weather, coastal breezes, lush green hills in the spring, and shady groves of eucalyptus trees that run throughout the neighborhoods.

Lake Forest’s 30+ public parks & sport courts and the incomparable Whiting Ranch Regional Wilderness Park offer access to endless outdoor activities.

Homes in Lake Forest run a wide gamut – there are older, funkier neighborhoods near the 5 freeway that are slowing redeveloping as the value of land increases and neighboring Irvine’s orbital market pull makes them look like relative bargains… there are the aforementioned master-planned communities of Baker Ranch, Foothill Ranch and Portola Springs which still seem to have a stream of new homes available and offer snappy architectural choices with all the amenities that the developments offer – great parks, pools, trails, proximity to shopping, and good schools. From a macro perspective, Lake Forest’s central location in the County makes it an excellent choice for folks who have to commute either north or south.


Lake Forest Listings

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3022 Viejo Ridge N. Drive, Lake Forest

$3,192,995

3022 Viejo Ridge N. Drive, Lake Forest

5 Beds 5 Baths 3,867 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22173291

Melissa Hazlett, Broker

44 Lontano, Lake Forest

$3,050,000

44 Lontano, Lake Forest

4 Beds 6 Baths 4,025 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22168010

Sevki Piskinsoy, Broker

19 Ponte, Lake Forest

$2,950,000

↓ $200,000

19 Ponte, Lake Forest

3 Beds 5 Baths 3,559 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22142912

Keller Williams Realty

1062 Summit Oak Drive, Lake Forest

$2,780,000

↓ $100,000

1062 Summit Oak Drive, Lake Forest

5 Beds 5 Baths 5,050 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22140943

JC Pacific Capital Inc.

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17 Luminosa, Lake Forest

$2,498,000

17 Luminosa, Lake Forest

4 Beds 6 Baths 4,295 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22209071

Keller Williams Realty Irvine

1636 Sonora Creek Lane, Lake Forest

$2,398,000

1636 Sonora Creek Lane, Lake Forest

5 Beds 6 Baths 3,349 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22172351

Harvest Realty Development

20 Luminosa, Lake Forest

$2,350,000

20 Luminosa, Lake Forest

4 Beds 6 Baths 3,811 SqFt Residential MLS® # PW22183323

Seven Gables Real Estate

130 Buckeye, Lake Forest

$2,263,903

↑ $470

130 Buckeye, Lake Forest

5 Beds 6 Baths 3,572 SqFt Residential MLS® # PW22164063

Toll Brothers Real Estate, Inc

539 Serrano Summit Drive, Lake Forest

$2,257,990

539 Serrano Summit Drive, Lake Forest

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,656 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22195282

Keller Williams Realty

1711 Sonora Creek Lane, Lake Forest

$2,199,000

1711 Sonora Creek Lane, Lake Forest

5 Beds 5 Baths 3,414 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22170092

First Team Real Estate

151 Buckeye, Lake Forest

$2,196,773

↑ $470

151 Buckeye, Lake Forest

5 Beds 6 Baths 3,572 SqFt Residential MLS® # PW22162147

Toll Brothers Real Estate, Inc

5517 Heritage Oak Drive, Lake Forest

$2,188,000

↑ $188,001

5517 Heritage Oak Drive, Lake Forest

4 Beds 5 Baths 3,823 SqFt Residential MLS® # PW22161891

Coldwell Banker Realty

Lake Forest Living

  • Lake Forest is located just south of Irvine and runs from the east side of the 5 fwy to the foothills that border Trabuco & Modjeska Canyons.
  • Lake Forest is home to several master-planned communities and has a wide range of amenities for residents & visitors alike.
  • Lake Forest has over 30 parks + sports fields and is home to Whiting Ranch Regional Wilderness Park which offers world-class mountain biking trails

A park in Baker Ranch, Lake Forest, CA

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