Lake Forest, surrounded by Irvine and Mission Viejo is a city comprised of 10 planned communities that make up 12 square miles of land. With a population of nearly 80,000, it is the most densely populated city in Orange County, but also has the distinction of being ranked as one of the safest cities in the country.
Lake Forest residents enjoyd two man-made lakes in addition to 27 city parks, Etnies Skate Park, and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park provide nearly endless opportunities for fun. Lake Forest Beach and Tennis Club is another popular option for recreation. The Club features several pools and lagoons, tennis courts, volleyball and basketball courts, a gym, and an adults-only bar and lounge. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate having the Lake Forest Golf and Practice Center right in their back yard. This 9-hole executive course offers a friendly atmosphere for all skill levels.
The central location of Lake Forest with easy access to both the 5 Freeway and 241 toll road makes trips to nearby attractions easy as well.
Lake Forest is also known for being the home of the 8th largest church congregation in the country, Saddleback Community Church. Annual events hosted by the city also help develop a sense of community among Lake Forest residents. In celebration of the areas rich history, the Rancho Days Fiesta held in May at Heritage Hills Historical Park features Native American Dancers, crafting exhibits and storytellers who bring the past to life. The Victorian Christmas celebration, held on the first Saturday of December is another popular event each year.
Despite being a new city, incorporated in 1991, Lake Forest is surrounded by a rich natural environment. Neighborhoods are full of mature trees. Homes have been built over the past several decades and new today, guaranteeing that buyers will find many different sizes and styles to choose from. Overseeing everything Lake Forest related, is the Lake Forest Community Association which enforces all Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs). It also maintains an active website which allows Lake Forest residents to communicate via message boards and a resident directory.