Among the premier communities situated in Orange County’s Saddleback Valley, Lake Forest, with its tree-lined streets and expansive views, is one of the warmest and most welcoming. It was named after the two manmade lakes located within its boundaries.
Around 78,000 people live in Lake Forest, where there’s an abundance of green spaces. Aside from its 20 public parks, the city is also home to Heritage Hill Historical Park and Whiting Ranch Regional Wilderness Park. Popular recreational activities in this picturesque enclave include hiking, biking, boating, and swimming.
Families with children can opt to send their kids to El Toro High School, which is supervised by the Saddleback Valley Unified School District.
Lake Forest was incorporated as a city in 1991, its borders extending all the way to the communities of Portola Hills and Foothill Ranch. Originally called El Toro, the city makes much of its long history by adopting the slogan, “Remember the Past – Challenge the Future.”
Some of what’s available in Lake Forest’s real estate market are:
- Single-family detached homes
Some properties boast lakeside views and vistas of the scenic Saddleback Valley.
- Heritage Hill Historical Park – Located just off Serrano Road, the park occupies four acres, and is home tofully restored buildings that date back to the late 19th century. These structures are the Serrano Adobe, the El Toro Grammar School, St. George’s Episcopal Mission, and the Harvey Bennett Ranch House.
- Arden – The Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens – A designated National Historic Landmark, Arden was the home of acclaimed Polish Shakespeareanactress Helena Modjeska from 1886 to 1906. The grounds bear a striking resemblance to Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden, a place mentioned in his play As You Like It. Tours of the house and its gardens are offered Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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