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History of Lake Forest / Foothill Ranch

 

THE HISTORY

This is a master-planned community, one of the newest in South Orange County, and is comprised of a balance of residential, business & open space.

Annexed into Lake Forest, in 2000, at that time, the population of Foothill Ranch was 10,899.

As Lake Forest was first developed in 1857, the planners laid roads that would provide very limited access to the city in an effort to prevent outside traffic and further isolate the tranquil settlement from neighboring areas. Though considerably more accessible today, due in part to the extensive new construction taking place further west, the much smaller neighborhood of eastern Lake Forest, near the coast of Lake Michigan, remains relatively secluded and is one of the most scenic, historical, and architecturally significant suburbs of Chicago. These neighborhoods include estates and homes designed by distinguished architects like Howard Van Doren ShawDavid AdlerFrank Lloyd Wright, Arthur Heun, Jerome Cerny, Henry Ives Cobb, and modernist George Fred Keck among others. Landscape architects Frederick Law Olmstedand Jens Jensen also designed projects in Lake Forest. Market Square, designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw, was completed in 1916 as a commercial center for Lake Forest.

One of Lake Forest's most notable features is its virgin prairies and other nature preserves. In 1967, a group of 12 long-time residents of Lake Forest formed a land conservation organization, Lake Forest Open Lands Association.[5] Its express purpose was to purchase or otherwise set aside the rapidly disappearing open spaces in the city, in the interests of preserving animal habitat, restoring ecosystems, and providing environmental education for the city's children. In the next 38 years, the group managed to acquire over 700 acres (2.8 km2) within the city limits, which now form six nature preserves with 12 miles (19 km) of walking trails open to the public. Preserved in perpetuity are wetlands, original pre-1830 prairie, woodland, and savanna, all within the city.

The Ragdale Foundation, an artists' community and residence, is located in Lake Forest. Formerly Howard Van Doren Shaw's summer retreat and built in 1897, the estate has accommodated notable artist Sylvia Shaw Judson.

Lake Forest is a city located in Lake CountyIllinoisUnited States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 19,375.[1] The city is south of Waukegan along the shore of Lake Michigan, and is a part of the Chicago metropolitan area and the North Shore. Lake Forest was founded around Lake Forest College and was laid out as a town in 1857 as a stop for travelers making their way south to Chicago. The Lake Forest City Hall, designed by Charles Sumner Frost, was completed in 1898 and originally housed the fire department, the Lake Forest Library, and city offices.[2]

Lake Forest Homes for Sale 

 

Found: 121
Avg: $826,066
Avg $ SqFt: $390
Search Area: Lake Forest
Price: $250,000 to $100,000,000
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$259,000
24001 Muirlands Boulevard, Lake Forest CA 92630
3
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,512
SQFT
$171
$/SQFT
2006
BUILT
"Home is located in the charming 55+ community of Forest Gardens. Beautiful and spacious Karston Home with 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and over 1500 sq ft of living space. Gourmet kitchen with solid alder wood cabinets, Corian counter tops, center island and hanging pot rack. Home has 9 foot vaulted ceilings, drywall throughout, dual pane windows, custom draperies, beautiful hardwood floors. Dining room and family room are off the kitchen area. Beautiful electric fireplace in the family room makes it feel even more warm and cozy. Master bedroom suite with 2 large closets and master bathroom with dual vanities. Two spacious secondary bedrooms and bath complete this home. Separate laundry room with exterior access- this can double as a mud room. The large front porch is one of a kind with room to relax and enjoy the cool afternoons or your morning coffee. Spacious patio deck recently remodeled with TREX materials to be virtually maintenance free for many years. Custom shades off the porch make the space even more private. Community can be for active adults- it offers a great deal of amenities: swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym/ work out room, sauna, tennis courts, on site laundry facilities, community/ rec center, clubhouse, shuffleboard courts, banquet room, card room. Community is well taken care of and maintained with a country club atmosphere. Enjoy all that the Lake Forest area has to offer-- wonderful shopping and almost year round perfect weather. Grab this home quick!"
* PRICE LOWERED - $279,000 TO $259,000 
$260,000
20702 El Toro Road Unit 329, Lake Forest CA 92630
1
BEDS
1
BATHS
560
SQFT
$464
$/SQFT
1983
BUILT
"Welcome home to Pheasant Creek! 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom downstairs unit with 1 car garage. Newly installed laminate flooring. Kitchen is open to the living room, dining room and patio area. You have your own Laundry is & there's additional laundry facilities just in case. This unit is the closest to the pool, yet very quiet. Great Community Equipment: Washer,Dryer. Heating: Combination Heating. Association Fee Includes: Exterior (Landscaping),Hot Water,Common Area Maintenance,Security. Laundry: Closet Full Sized. Parking Non-Garage: Assigned. Rooms: Breakfast Area,Storage Room,Dining Area. Sewer: Sewer Connected. Water: Available."
* PRICE LOWERED - $260,000,000 TO $260,000 
$264,900
23298 Orange Avenue Unit 4, Lake Forest CA 92630
1
BEDS
1
BATHS
685
SQFT
$387
$/SQFT
0.02
ACRES
1980
BUILT
"Beautifully upgraded upper-level condo in prime location within the development. Vaulted ceiling, custom paint, bamboo hardwood flooring, and new carpeting. Kitchen upgraded with granite counters, newer appliances, and new cabinets. Inside laundry with full-size W/D. Bedroom features dual closets (including walk-in), room A/C, and updated full bathroom. Spacious balcony with open views to gorgeous tree-lined street! SALE INCLUDES: Full-size washer/dryer, refrigerator, room A/C unit, and any remaining furniture (if buyer wants). Development boasts three community pools, clubhouse, playground, and ample guest parking. Low tax rate!"
* PRICE LOWERED - $279,900 TO $264,900 
$280,000
20702 El Toro Road Unit 17, Lake Forest CA 92630
1
BEDS
1
BATHS
686
SQFT
$408
$/SQFT
1981
BUILT
"LOCATION! LOCATION!! One bedroom downstairs corner unit with new kitchen maple cabinets, granite counter and new appliances-dishwasher, full range stove, microwave. Kitchen recessed panel ceiling lights. All electrical has been upgraded. new bathroom vanity, enclosure, bathroom shower door. Baseboard throughout the house, new sliding door and new wall ac. One car garage include with this unit. MOVE-IN Ready! Great location to relax on your porch with water fountain sound and watching the ducks."
$285,000
20702 El Toro Road Unit 173, Lake Forest CA 92630
1
BEDS
1
BATHS
560
SQFT
$509
$/SQFT
1980
BUILT
"Charming first-level condo with magnificently upgraded designer kitchen including granite counters, maple cabinets with roll-outs, under cabinet lighting, and newer appliances - oven/range, microwave and dishwasher plus newer carpet. You'll love the breakfast nook with ceiling fan, private outdoor patio, lots of closet space and carport. The community is quite a sight with running streams, basketball and tennis courts, a pool and tranquil pond. It is close to shopping and just minutes to Toll Road 241. This is a must-see in Pheasant Creek!"
$285,000
24001 Muirlands, Lake Forest CA 92630
3
BEDS
2
BATHS
2017
BUILT
"Gorgeous BRAND NEW 3/2 home located in beautiful senior park in lake forest. This home is an entertainers dream! Huge kitchen with large and open floorplan , oversized island with pendant lighting, recessed lights, quartz counters, full mosaic backsplash, 9' flat ceilings, upgraded flooring as well. Spacious bedrooms, coffered ceilings, inside laundry! Breathtaking finishes in this beautiful home!"
$294,900
21951 Rimhurst Drive Unit G, Lake Forest CA 92630
1
BEDS
1
BATHS
675
SQFT
$437
$/SQFT
0.02
ACRES
1981
BUILT
"COZY LOWER LEVEL UNIT, FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY FOR HOME OWNERSHIP IN LAKE FOREST. KITCHEN COMPLETELY REMODELED WITH SUB ZERO REFRIGERATOR, FREEZER AND NEW CABINETS AND GRANITE COUNTER TOPS. WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER IN MASTER, PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONER IN LIVING AREA. UNIT FEATURES A LARGE LIVING AREA, SPACIOUS DINING AND KITCHEN AREA AND LOTS OF CLOSET SPACE, STACKABLE WASHER AND DRYER. WALK TO RIMGATE PARK, WITH BASKETBALL AND TENNIS, WALKING TRAILS, TOT LOT AND GRASSY AREAS. HOA INCLUDES WATER AND TRASH. EASY ACCESS TO MAJOR THOROUGHFARES."
$295,000
24001 Muirlands, Lake Forest CA 92630
3
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,620
SQFT
$182
$/SQFT
2017
BUILT
"Georgous BRAND NEW home located in desirable senior park in lake forest. Great view lot with breathtaking view behind. This beautiful home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, georgeous kitchen with quartz countertops, white cabinets, 9' flat ceilings, pendant lighting, upgraded Laminate flooring in kitchen, living room and dining room, inside laundry, upgraded bathrooms with quartz counters, stainless steel applaiances, upgraded park package that includes full concrete driveway and porch, shed, this home is just beautiful and ready to sell!!"
$314,900
23228 Orange Avenue Unit 16, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
947
SQFT
$333
$/SQFT
0.03
ACRES
1980
BUILT
"PRICE REDUCTION!...Great End Unit With Balcony. Laundry Room In Balcony. Large Master Bedroom With Full Bath, Other Bedroom Is Also Large. Hall Bath is also a Full Bath. Laminated Wood Flooring, Mirrored Wardrobes In Both Bedrooms. Great Floor Plan, Separate Bedrooms, Large Closets, Spacious Dining Area, Country Kitchen. Short Walk To The Community Pool. This Property Is Close To Shopping, Transportation, Freeway, Park And Schools. Carport Plus Space. Needs A Little TLC To Make It Shine! Show And Sell!"
* PRICE LOWERED - $319,900 TO $314,900 
$329,900
19431 Rue De Valore Unit 12K, Lake Forest CA 92610
1
BEDS
1
BATHS
692
SQFT
$477
$/SQFT
1990
BUILT
"Light and bright lower level 1 bedroom and 1 bath condominium located in the fabulous, gated community of Tuscany. Front door and living room window faces beautiful city views. Enjoy 4th of July fireworks from the comfort of your living room. Kitchen overlooks family room and features new dishwasher and kitchen sink faucet. Master bedroom comes with generous walk-in closet with plenty of storage. Master bath comes with double vanity and tub. The porch has access to a private laundry area for full size washer and dryer and additional storage. Newer laminate flooring in bedroom area and new tile flooring in kitchen/living room. HOA dues include trash. Home comes with 1 dedicated garage and two guest permits. Enjoy easy access to HOA amenities such as lighted tennis court, playground, fitness center & aerobics room, and clubhouse. Nearby parks include Foothill Ranch Community Park and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, North & East. Conveniently located near 241 Toll Road and nearby shopping."
$359,900
25671 Le Parc Unit 53, Lake Forest CA 92630
1
BEDS
2
BATHS
896
SQFT
$402
$/SQFT
0.02
ACRES
1982
BUILT
"Don t miss this TWO STORY TOWNHOUSE STYLE CONDO WITH RARE TWO CAR DETACHED GARAGE! And it s in such a QUIET, SECLUDED LOCATION, that you may have trouble finding it! The open floor plan includes a living room with WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE, half bath, FORMAL DINING AREA and UPGRADED KITCHEN WITH BREAKFAST COUNTER on the first level, and a SPACIOUS BEDROOM with high ceilings, walk-in closet, LAUNDRY HOOK-UPS and an adjoining alcove (great for office/library) on the second level. Additional features include granite counters and recessed lighting in the kitchen, WALK-IN BEDROOM CLOSET, INDOOR LAUNDRY hook-ups and CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING. The entire downstairs has a neutral ceramic tile floor. A PRIVATE, ENCLOSED PATIO off the living room has custom brick seating. Enjoy great association amenities: 3 pools/spas, BBQ and clubhouse."
* PRICE LOWERED - $369,900 TO $359,900 
$373,900
25388 Via Verde Unit 4, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
1
BATHS
981
SQFT
$381
$/SQFT
1972
BUILT
"Beautiful well kept 2 bedroom 1 bath condo with 1 car garage. The home has wood flooring in main living area and washer/dryer hookup full size in the unit. The unit is located upstairs and garage located directly below. The unit has a balcony that has stairs leading to private patio below open for entertaining or access from below to unit. Located in a well kept complex and close to stores, entertainment and access to local freeways. A must see!!"
* PRICE LOWERED - $374,900 TO $373,900 
$389,900
18950 Canyon View Drive, Lake Forest CA 92679
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
873
SQFT
$447
$/SQFT
0.01
ACRES
1986
BUILT
"This ground-level end-unit condo located in the tree-lined Canyon View community of Portola Springs is ready for its new owners. Enter into the open and inviting living room with rich laminate wood floors, a cozy fireplace and light-catching sliding doors to the backyard. The living room seamlessly flows to the dining area and to the kitchen. The kitchen features granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Down the hall, the master bedroom features dual closets, an en-suite vanity and direct access to the full hall bathroom. The secondary bedroom is generously sized and is adjacent to the full hall bathroom. Enjoy relaxing or entertaining in the spacious and private backyard. Additional features include private laundry, ceiling fans in the bedrooms, fresh paint and a convenient one-car direct access garage and plenty of additional guest parking. Located near the sparkling community pool and spa. Close proximity to Concourse Park with basketball courts, a tot lot and sprawling fields and Aliso Creek Trail, Live Oak Trail and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park."
$395,000
20702 El Toro Road Unit 193, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
916
SQFT
$431
$/SQFT
1980
BUILT
"Move in ready and completely turnkey, this 2 bedrooms 2 bath, beautifully and entirely upgraded end unit, is all about location. Every inch of this home has been touched and every nook and cranny cared for; the pride of ownership shows! The entire home has been remodeled. Upgrades include wood floors, custom travertine tile in hall bathroom, custom porcelain tile work in the second bathroom. The kitchen boasts beautiful granite countertops and custom built cabinets with slide-out shelves. In the living room, the hard work of running electrical wires behind the wall and hiding wires for your flat screen has been completed and left for its new owner to enjoy. Laundry room, with hookups for a full-size washer and dryer, is off of the patio and contains extra shelving for plenty of storage. Parking is never hard with a 1 car garage not far from the front door and an assigned parking spot with ample guest parking. The garage contains built-in storage cabinets for storage. But the real perk of this home is the breathtaking views from the bedroom, living room, and patio! Let the waterside view take you away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. If you're looking for a relaxing escape, you just found it. A true retreat. Pheasant Creek offers wonderful amenities, tennis & Basketball courts, saunas, 3 pools & spas. You are within walking distance of hiking and bike trails. Whether you are looking for a quiet spot or a place to cater to your active lifestyle, this is the place."
* NEW LISTING 
$398,000
28505 Salerno Drive, Lake Forest CA 92679
2
BEDS
1
BATHS
1,003
SQFT
$397
$/SQFT
1999
BUILT
"The definition of value, this is an amazing opportunity to own in the prestigious Bella Palermo community at an affordable price point. This enchanting two bedroom one bath features highly desirable open concept floor plan that leads directly to a private balcony. Home boasts all the modern creature comforts including spacious bedrooms, central air conditioning, recessed lighting, wood flooring and space saving television/ media wall insets. Luxurious matching granite counter tops and back splash adorn the kitchen, bar top and bathroom providing a sense of cohesive decor. Attached one car garage is finished and includes laundry area as well as ceiling storage. One additional designated parking space is also included. Bella Palermo community incorporates the resort lifestyle with well maintained pool, spa, clubhouse, excercise room and park all on property for an exceptionally low HOA. Central to Award Winning schools, the 241 Toll Road, shopping, restaurants, movie theaters and a multitude of outdoor activities, this home has something for everyone. No Mello Roos and low taxes."
$400,000
25885 Trabuco Road Unit 83, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,230
SQFT
$325
$/SQFT
1979
BUILT
"Welcome to Cedar Glen! Prime location, pristine condition and the perfect place to call home two-story, two bedroom, one and a half bath condominium offers 1,230 sq ft of living space located on the interior of the complex overlooking the pool. The light and bright remodeled kitchen has recessed lighting, white cabinets, farmhouse sink, and white appliances, including a Bosch dishwasher. Modern, laminate wood flooring and designer paint colors create a beautiful and comfortable atmosphere that flows from living room to kitchen, dining area and onto a private patio. Upstairs, are two spacious bedrooms, both with walk-in closets, huge picture windows and convenient laundry area. Other noted upgrades include a furnace and newer air conditioning unit, and front door. One covered carport and one assigned parking spot. Community pool, tot pool, spa, basketball court, clubhouse and BBQ area. Centrally located in South Orange County, near Irvine Spectrum, beautiful public parks, nature trails, schools and freeways. FHA approved and low HOA (no Mello Roos tax). Water, trash, sewer and basic cable paid by the HOA."
* NEW LISTING 
$408,000
28463 Yosemite Drive, Lake Forest CA 92679
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,000
SQFT
$408
$/SQFT
0.05
ACRES
1990
BUILT
"Beautiful light bright carriage unit with no one above or below you. Fireplace with custom mantle, plantation shutters throughout, etc . Attached one car garage with direct access. Great location across from pool complex with pool view and overlooks small greenbelt. Garage cabinets and storage. End unit privacy. No Mello Roos. Very clean property."
* PRICE LOWERED - $418,000 TO $408,000 
$417,000
19431 Rue De Valore Unit 18A, Lake Forest CA 92610
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,060
SQFT
$393
$/SQFT
0.06
ACRES
1990
BUILT
"Great Price Reduction! NEW GRANITE COUNTER-TOPS IN KITCHEN! Great Downstairs two bedroom, two bath home with open floor plan. Covered entrance patio gives this home twice the living space as there is plenty of room in the shade to enjoy guests and family! This home faces East so you get shade outdoors most of the day! This is a single level downstairs unit with parking close. If for a first home or investment property as a rental, this home is perfect in many regards. Sand Beige Cream large inch tiles grace living room, kitchen, hallway and bathrooms. High ceilings throughout. Detached one car space garage is close to unit to the right (number 443). Washer and dryer are included (AS IS). 2 beds, 2 baths 1,060 sqft Built in 1990 Two Pools Tennis Putting Green Gated"
* PRICE LOWERED - $425,000 TO $417,000 
$434,900
21296 Tupelo Lane, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,000
SQFT
$435
$/SQFT
1985
BUILT
"EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTY WITH NO ONE LIVING ABOVE OR BELOW, ATTACHED GARAGE, FULL DRIVEWAY AND IMMACULATE THROUGHOUT! Highly sought after Tierra Vista property in desirable Peachwood area and within walking distance to well maintained and manicured parks and recreation. Pristine property offering a large living and dining room with open kitchen featuring upgraded appliances, white cabinets and designer faucet. Sliding door leading to large balcony deck with view of mature trees and greenbelts, upgraded dual glazed windows, lots of cabinets and storage, upgraded flooring and baseboards, upgraded faucets and fixtures, mirrored closet doors, two tone interior paint and upgraded recessed lighting. Master suite with private access to patio deck, designer flooring, upgraded toilet and fixtures. Highly desirable driveway in addition to attached garage and resort style pool and spa. Excellent proximity to nearby shopping and easy freeway (via Bake) and toll road access."
$439,900
26385 Kilkarney, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,028
SQFT
$428
$/SQFT
1986
BUILT
"Lake Forest home at Greenridge. Upper Unit With 2 Bdrms, And A Loft!! Master Has Full Bath Rm And Huge Walk-In Closet. Loft Can Be Used For Library, extra Bedroor or Studio. Gas Burning Fireplace In Living Rm & Cozy Window Seat. Spacious patio One Car Garage. Convenient Location. Washer and dryer included."
$444,500
19373 Cascade Drive, Lake Forest CA 92679
2
BEDS
3
BATHS
1,152
SQFT
$386
$/SQFT
0.05
ACRES
1990
BUILT
"Beautiful Portola Hills condo with its own garage. Newly painted throughout and NEW carpet upstairs. Beautiful extensive light tile throughout lower floor. Fireplace in Living Room. Newly installed PEX piping throughout entire unit. Each room has Decorator fans with remote controls. Two Master bedrooms upstairs each with bathroom access plus a guest bathroom downstairs. Partially upgraded kitchen area. Additional upgrades include dual pane windows, recessed lighting and an attic fan. Unit includes its own 1-car attached garage with direct access to unit. Patio area off of living room is perfect for entertaining, BBQ's and parties. Close to shopping and Toll roads for convenience of commuting to Hwy. 5 or Hwy. 405. Within walking distance of Portola Hills Elementary School and Concourse Park. Association Pool available including spa, exercise room and clubhouse. LOW HOA DUES and NO MELLO ROOS. Great home for First Time Buyers."
* PRICE LOWERED - $455,000 TO $444,500 
$445,900
25195 Oak Canyon Lane Unit 6, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
995
SQFT
$448
$/SQFT
1985
BUILT
"Pool View, in this upper unit, that has just been painted, & the ceiling's scraped, textured & painted. The home is all on one level, & set up as two master bedrooms. Ceramic tile entry, and Laundry shoot directly to the garage where the washer & dryer are located, & both included with the home. The one car garage has direct access, and driveway parking. Pool & Spa are close, plus horse back riding, major shopping, toll road, hiking trails @ Whiting Ranch. Soccer & Baseball Diamond just up Peachwood on the left & Irvine Spectrum is close by. Bring your creative buyers, as they can bring this condo back to life, & make it their own design, to call it their home!"
* PRICE LOWERED - $459,900 TO $445,900 
$448,000
26421 Waterford Circle Unit 47, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
3
BATHS
1,305
SQFT
$343
$/SQFT
1984
BUILT
"Rare, 2 bed, 2.5 bath 2 car attached garage townhome located in the highly desirable and well located community of Crest townhomes. Well designed floor plan with dual masters, large kitchen open to dining or family room area. Nice balcony with privacy shades off the kitchen to sit and have your morning coffee. Living room and one bedroom have greenbelt views. Pools, tennis courts, a sports court and clubhouse are included in the amenities. Short distance to Lake Forest Elementary. Close to Montbury park with area for dog exercising. You won't want to miss this opportunity, make your appointment today to see this great opportunity."
* PRICE LOWERED - $468,000 TO $448,000 
$449,000
25353 Gemini Lane Unit 76, Lake Forest CA 92630
3
BEDS
3
BATHS
1,325
SQFT
$339
$/SQFT
0.02
ACRES
1973
BUILT
"Fabulous townhouse nestled in idyllic development offering park-like setting with tennis and resort quality pool. Impressive living room entry with dining area and slider access to patio. Good sized kitchen offers rich wood cabinetry, recessed lighting and wrap-around countertops. Large master suite with views of greenbelt. Other great features include: newer windows, inside laundry room, upgraded baths, whole house fan and more! A MUST SEE!!!"
* SHORT SALE 
 
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