Lake Forest Real Estate and Homes for Sale
Article by Kevin Aaronson
Lake Forest Real Estate offers homes for sale comprising of condominiums, townhomes, single family homes, lake front homes, and retirement communities. City of Lake Forest is situated at the scenic Saddleback Valley Mountains. Thanks to its convenient location near Interstate 5 and Interstate 405, as well as the 241 Toll Road, all of the wonderful attractions in the area are readily accessible, whether in Orange County, San Diego, or Los Angeles. Lake Forest is also a mere nine miles from the Pacific Ocean, providing beach activities within easy striking distance. Restaurants are plentiful in Lake Forest as well, providing a number of both casual and fine dining options for residents and visitors alike.
The city was first incorporated on Dec. 20, 1991, and Lake Forest has generously expanded its city limits to include the adjacent communities of Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills. The city has been consistently ranked among some of the safest cities in the United States, which combines with its other numerous benefits to make Lake Forest an ideal place for raising a family. Lake Forest takes its name from its location near two lakes–hence, “Lake”–and the presence of a dense forest of eucalyptus trees, which leads to the “Forest” in the name.
The two lakes in Lake Forest feature the Lake Forest Beach and Tennis Club, and Lake Forest Sun and Sail Club. Locally, each lake is identified by whether it is the location for the Beach and Tennis Club or the Sun and Sail Club. In both cases, there are condominiums and custom homes built at the shores around the lakes.
Lake Forest features many open spaces and an assortment of public parks that offer an excellent variety of outdoor and sporting activities. The city has facilities for baseball and softball, tennis, handball, volleyball courts, basketball courts, and other sports. In addition, residents make use of beautiful golf courses, riding stables, equestrian, hiking and biking trails, and even swimming and boating. For the skaters and BMX riders in the family, there is also the amazing Etnies Skate Park of Lake Forest. Lake Forest is truly a city with unbelievable amounts of outdoor activities to offer.
Shopping in Lake Forest has recently taken a giant step forward, as well. El Toro Road has been developed into the new “Arbor at Lake Forest” commercial district. This picturesque and well-planned new center competes very handily with larger shopping centers located in Orange County cities that surround Lake Forest. The “Arbor at Lake Forest” provides residents with a terrific selection of restaurants and shopping.Business is booming in Lake Forest, as well. The city is the home base for Oakley, Inc., the world-famous eyewear manufacturer. Other excellent companies located in Lake Forest include the in-flight entertainment company Panasonic Avionics, computer hard-drive makers Western Digital, telecommunications software company Greenlight Wireless Corp., the Barbeques Galore barbecue company, Apria Healthcare medical equipment, and a collection of skateboarding companies. These include Etnies, Sole Technology, Inc., and Tilly’s.
The city is also the base of the corporate headquarters for Eagle Community Credit Union, which proudly serves the government and postal employees who live and/or work in Orange County. In addition, Pastor Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, one of the most famous churches in the United States–as well as the largest independent church in California–is found right in Lake Forest. Other religious communities abound, as well.