Lake Forest, CA Homes For Sale
The enchanting Lake Forest community of Orange County, CA is an energetic and progressive city, that is home to; a bustling business community and multiple commerce hubs, beautiful and well-maintained residential areas, and fun, active and outdoor recreational opportunities for people from all age groups. The popular Lake Forest real estate market endeavors to support stable and engaging environmentally-conscious neighborhoods where families can work, play, live and worship in. Formally known as "El Toro" (The Marine Corps Air Station El Toro was originally located one mile from the city's center), Lake Forest, CA officially incorporated the communities of Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills within its borders in the late 1990's. Strategically located adjacent to Irvine (separated by Bake Parkway), the distinctive properties in Lake Forest are scattered around; creeks, lakes, groves of eucalyptus trees, wilderness areas, parks, recreational facilities, hiking and biking trails, and expansive open green space. Culture also plays a pivotal role for the residents in the Lake Forest, such as the Heritage Hill Historical Park's four, fully-restored and furnished historic buildings that cover the early history of the city from the Mexican Rancho era, through the citrus farming days of the early twentieth century, along with community playhouse productions.
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The multifarious Lake Forest residential market is much more than just detached, single-family-residences, the local neighborhoods posses equestrian estates, intimate and elegant condos, lakefront residences, spacious townhouses, retirement communities for those aged 55+ and cozy mobile home parks. The older Lake Forest neighborhoods are not subject to special Mello-Roos tax assessments (but since it is a master-planned community there is month H.O.A. dues). The home owners in the newly-constructed communities of Baker Ranch, Serrano Summit, Teresina, and Portola Center will encounter Mello-Roos taxes and H.O.A. dues. The highly-desirable homes in Lake Forest are served by the Saddleback Unified School District, and the younger, school-aged children will attend; Lake Forest, Foothill Ranch or La Madera Elementary Schools and the Serrano Intermediate School - the older kids attend the highly-rated El Toro High School (there are other private school options that parents may wish to consider).
Lake Forest luxury homes for sale are respectable in size when compared to newer neighborhoods in the city). At the upper-end of the echelon of pricing, you will find estate-homes fetching asking prices exceeding $2,000,000 in the Baker Ranch area with up to 4,800 square feet and five-bedrooms and six-bathrooms (found on much smaller lots). Homes in these areas are close to the 241 and 133 Toll Roads for convenient access to all of Orange County and Southern California via the 5, 405, and 91 Freeways.
The city of Lake Forest community invites you to interface and enjoy the local shopping centers, entertainment areas and neighborhood restaurants that are all found within two-miles of any of the unique Lake Forest residences. The Foothill Hill Ranch Towne Center boasts national-chain retail stores (Target, Hobby Lobby, etc) as well as specialized boutique stores, a plethora of culinary choices, with al fresco options (both fast food and sit-down dining), movie theaters, office buildings, car dealerships, and a library. At The Plaza El Toro (AKA The Arbor), you will find grocery stores, restaurants that serve food influenced from different countries from around the world, huge national retail chains (Home Depot, Staples, Smart and Final, etc), all set in a wonderful outdoor setting. In 2014, Lake Forest, California opened the 86-acre Sports Park and Recreation Center which is one of the largest sports parks in Orange County with nearly 60-acres allocated to sports fields and a multi-functional recreational center. The Lake Forest Sports Park serves approximately 1,800 softball/baseball participants and close to 1,600 soccer/lacrosse/cricket players each month and hosts nearly a dozen sports tournaments annually. The gymnasium is used by around 1,200 athletes monthly during "open gym" to test their skills at basketball and volleyball.
The picturesque Lake Forest inland real estate market is approximately 25-minutes away from Laguna Beach (which is an easy commute - taking El Toro Road West which connects with the 133-freeway dropping you off right at the Ocean). The handsome Lake Forest homes are situated in a relaxed and satisfying living haven that will impress you with the surrounding environs, with the feeling of living in the great outdoors. The properties are found in a whimsical congregation of reticent, mature, tree-lined streets, where you will find children laughing and playing in their front yards. There really is nothing quite like a: city-lights, lake or mountain-view home in Lake Forest that meets your families needs, emotionally, aesthetically and financially. The homes are a perfect alternative to the more expensive cities that it sits next to the city such as Mission Viejo, Irvine and Tustin.
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The weather is ideal here, with a nearly-perfect climate enjoyed throughout the year, and the terrain is not bland and undistinguished, with gently rolling hills rising East from the I-5 freeway to the foothills of Saddleback Mountain. Lake Forest boasts 32 parks which offers outdoor entertainment for all ages and includes the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park which encompasses nearly 2,500 acres of riparian and oak woodland canyons, rolling grassland hills and steep slopes of coastal sage scrub and chaparral. The park is highlighted by scenic rock formations, including the beautiful Red Rock Canyon. Is Lake Forest going to the dogs? Well, kind of. At the Baker Ranch Dog Park that is open from dawn to dusk, you will find artificial turf with separate entrances for large dogs (5,300 square feet of play area), and small dogs (3,400 square feet of play area), along with benches and perimeter fencing. At the Portola Dog Park, in the not-to-distant future, the city will be developing a one-acre dog park located at the intersection of Saddleback Ranch Road and Glenn Ranch Road. Lake Forest is bordered by Laguna Hills to the southwest, Irvine to the west, Trabuco Canyon to the east, and Limestone Canyon Regional Park to the north.
The official slogan of Lake Forest is "Remember the Past - Challenge the Future" which is an appropriate one for a city that as it is as forward-looking as it is reflective of its storied past. The beautiful real estate for sale in Lake Forest is found in an area that promises a small-town ambiance with all of the amenities and conveniences of a larger, more cosmopolitan city. The residents enjoy the quality of lifestyle that the city offers in a safe and secure environment. The Lake Forest community is the most densely populated area in South Orange County, with over 78,000 residents calling Lake Forest their place of residency. The city sponsors complimentary concerts in the park at different times throughout the year, and Lake Forest is home to the sturdy and flourishing Saddleback Church which was founded by world-known, and influential Pastor Rick Warren.
Lake Forest North and Lake Forest South are the original, older areas of the city and includes; the two man-made lakes which are found in the Lake Forest Lakes and Lake Forest Keys and are identified by the clubhouses on the lakes — the Beach and Tennis Club (Hidden Lakes, formerly Lake I) and the Sun and Sail Club (Lake II). The city has two Libraries, found at the Foothill Ranch and El Toro branches. Lake Forest, CA covers three ZIP Codes; 92630, 92609 and 92610, and the area code for the city is 949. BanCorp's local Lake Forest Realtors say that the lovely Lake Forest housing market is only 15 minutes from John Wayne International Airport, and 10 minutes away from the Laguna Hills Mall and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. Lake Forest puts on an annual summer concert at Pittsford Park, which is widely attended. Other public events include the Fourth of July 5K run and pancake breakfast which is followed later in the evening by a spectacular fireworks bonanza hovering directly over the Lake at the Sun and Sail Club at the Lake Forest Keys.
Sellers and buyers alike searching for classy Lake Forest view properties turn to the Professionals at BanCorp for our extensive knowledge of the local neighborhoods and housing tracts combined with our unmatched client service. As potential home buyers made a brouhaha over no custom-built homes in the city, many sellers reaped the benefits of a ambitious move to more traditional housing options such as single-level and two-story residences built by well-know California home builders. Offering useful floor plans and a multitude of elevations and differing paint schemes, The city of Lake Forest community continues to rank as one of the most favored, and financially feasible areas in South Orange County.
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