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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: 148
Avg: $765,791
Avg $ SqFt: $395
Search Area: Lake Forest
Price: $250,000 to $100,000,000
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$255,000
24001 Muirlands Boulevard, Lake Forest CA 92630
3
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,569
SQFT
$163
$/SQFT
2005
BUILT
"This is a rare chance to own this outstanding home in Forest Gardens! A 10+ Pride of Ownership manufactured home situated on a private lot landscaped to perfection! Custom-designed and exceedingly well appointed 2005 Champion Residential Series double-wide about 1,569 SF plus enclosed porch is awaiting new owners! Enter this nautical/marine themed home through a beautiful and highly unique front door. The open floor plan features a living room, separate dining room, three large bedrooms, two bathrooms and service area. Comfortable & spacious living room offers a surround sound system, fireplace with granite mantle plus 55 tv above it, transom windows, and hardwood floors. 5 ceiling fans throughout home, skylights and solar tubes, drywall with bull-nose corners, and vaulted Ceilings. Gourmet Kitchen with large island, breakfast nook & pantry. Kitchen cabinets with glass fronts & quartz counter tops. Top of the line stainless steel appliances. Large private master suite with walk-in closet, his and her sink, marble tile counter tops, step-in shower. Service area offers storage and built in sink. Brand new washer/dryer negotiable. Relax and enjoy porch with ceramic tiles. Home also features an enclosed porch with AC/heat. Large storage shed will hold all your extras! This home has so many more special features...too many to list! Furniture Optional."
$257,997
25652 Rimgate Drive Unit 6B, Lake Forest CA 92630
1
BEDS
1
BATHS
625
SQFT
$413
$/SQFT
1981
BUILT
"Fantastic cosmetic fixer upper in a secluded corner of the community! Bring your ideas and make this condo your own, well maintained community and unit includes the fridge, washer and dryer. This unit is also wired and plumbed for central air making it easy to install. New dual pane windows installed in 2016."
$262,495
20702 El Toro Road Unit 61, Lake Forest CA 92630
1
BEDS
1
BATHS
560
SQFT
$469
$/SQFT
1980
BUILT
"20702 El Toro Rd #61, Lake Forest, CA 92630 is a condominium centrally located in Lake Forest California. The property is a 1 bedroom 1 bath condo with approximately 565 Sq Ft of living space. The pleasant creek complex has many amenities. A unit is on the ground floor. Our photos and virtual will give a good overview of the property but are not substitute for seeing it in person. Near schools and shopping."
* PRICE LOWERED - $264,995 TO $262,495 
$267,000
20702 El Toro RD Unit 246, Lake Forest CA 92630
1
BEDS
1
BATHS
560
SQFT
$477
$/SQFT
1980
BUILT
"Great first time buyer one bedroom one bath one car garage condo. Great location in the beautiful pheasant creek community. Relax on your patio listening to trickling waterfall or lay poolside, this community also boast tennis courts and a dog park. The property has fresh paint and newer carpet ready to move in and make it your own! Don't miss this one!"
* NEW LISTING 
$280,000
24001 Muirlands, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,620
SQFT
$173
$/SQFT
2017
BUILT
"SENIOR PARK, SPACE RENT IS $995/mo. THIS IS A BRAND NEW HOME AND WILL BE DELIVERED ABOUT 7/1, THE INTERIOR & EXTERIOR COLORS WILL BE DIFFERENT THAN THE PHOTOS. CUSTOM DESIGN WITH A LARGE ISLAND KITCHEN, FORMAL DINING ROOM, AND A STUDY OFF THE LIVING ROOM PERFECT FOR AN OFFICE OR GUEST . 9 FOOT CEILINGS WITH CROWN MOLDINGS AND TALL BASE BOARDS. TRANSOM WINDOWS, BUILT IN MICROWAVE, UPGRADED STAINLESS APPLIANCES WITH A GLASS CANOPY HOOD OVER THE RANGE. 4 CEILING FANS THIS HOME IS SURE TO PLEASE WITH ITS MANY UPGRADES."
$288,000
20702 El Toro Road Unit 190, Lake Forest CA 92630
1
BEDS
1
BATHS
686
SQFT
$420
$/SQFT
1980
BUILT
"Love the beach? This condo is minutes from Dana Point Marina, Laguna Beach & San Clemente Pier. This close to the ocean at a fraction of the price most would pay to live in O.C. All the amenities are here for you and just a short distance from your condo! Pull into your private single car garage at the end of your day and enter into an open-concept living space with spacious living, dining, kitchen and large balcony overlooking the expansive pond filled with turtles and koi fish. Additional features include, high ceilings in living room with ceiling fan in the roomy bedroom. Also has laundry closet off balcony, very nice storage in kitchen equipped with new wall air conditioner. New laminate wood floors, new stove, microwave and dishwasher too! There is a new refrigerator, washer and dryer included in sales price. More amenities include pool and spa, tennis and basketball courts, meandering trails,ponds and streams throughout the complex. Across the street from Aliso Creek Trail and Saddleback Church. Walking distance to shopping and many fine restaurants. This is truly a great place to call home!"
* PRICE LOWERED - $295,000 TO $288,000 
$289,900
20702 El Toro Road Unit 125, Lake Forest CA 92630
1
BEDS
1
BATHS
686
SQFT
$423
$/SQFT
1980
BUILT
"Quiet interior location in Pheasant Creek. Large one bedroom in Lake Forest under 300k! Lower level, no steps! All new construction in 2013 featuring: rounded edges, two tone paint, recessed lighting, two panel doors with levers, matching bullnose corian counters in kitchen and bath with white sinks, matching cabinets throughout, flat switches, 20x20 neutral porcelain tile throughout, white appliances in the kitchen, and glass shower enclosure with brushed nickel fixtures. Large bedroom has a private bathroom and a walk in closet with two shelves. Dining room has energy efficient ceiling fan. Patio has a flower bed with removable shade cloth and a double door enclosure to the washer/dryer area with two shelves for storage. One assigned parking spot under carport and one parking permit. HOA includes three pools/spas, trash, water, tennis and basketball hoops. Close to everything!: church,shopping, and the 241 toll road. No Mello Roos!"
* NEW LISTING 
$312,995
25736 View Pointe Unit 4E, Lake Forest CA 92630
1
BEDS
1
BATHS
700
SQFT
$447
$/SQFT
1983
BUILT
"EXTREMELY MOTIVATED... Gorgeously remodeled END TOP UNIT in a fantastic location of beautiful community of White Oak. Very open floor plan and nicely bright and private. Enjoy your meals on the porch or inside of course. There are two separate rooms/areas for living and dining room which is right next to the kitchen with new splendid granite counter tops and back splash, new appliances, and new tile flooring. Bathroom also has been very impressively remodeled with new tile surrounding the tub and covering the floor. A nice layer of fresh paint has touched the entire unit, with attractive baseboards and crown molding. LED lighting throughout. Also water heater is only one year old. This very cute condo is very conveniently close (about 5 minutes walking distance) to two shopping centers at the corner of the street which have restaurants, stores, shops, coffee shop, and few banks for your needs. This property with it's great value is in fantastic Saddleback School District, has no Mello Roos, low HOA dues, and it is only about 20 minutes by driving to the beach and about 5 minutes to highway 5."
* PRICE LOWERED - $315,000 TO $312,995 
$314,900
25626 Mont Pointe Unit 2F, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
1
BATHS
957
SQFT
$329
$/SQFT
1984
BUILT
"PRICE REDUCTION for this Nice Upper End Unit located in the White Oak Community in Lake Forest. Large Living Room with Fireplace. Inside Laundry area large enough for full size Washer and Dryer. Large Patio Deck where you can Bar-b-que and Entertain. Entrance to the Unit up the stairs. Separate Dining Room. Neutral Carpet and Paint. Carport with Extra Storage. Water and Trash included with Association Dues. Short Sale Package in Process. Subject to Short Sale Approval of all terms and conditions. Property needs some work. Any repairs are subject to Short Sale Lenders approval. Nice Community Pool and Spa for your enjoyment. Close to schools, plenty of restaurants, shops, parks and both freeway and/or toll road close. No Mellow Roos. Low monthly HOA Dues. Wonderful starter Home!"
* LISTED OVER 120 DAYS  * PRICE LOWERED - $325,000 TO $314,900  * SHORT SALE 
$319,000
19431 Rue De Valore Unit 59A, Lake Forest CA 92610
1
BEDS
1
BATHS
692
SQFT
$461
$/SQFT
1990
BUILT
"BRIGHT & PRIVATE Ground level, corner unit located in gated Tuscany community. This one bedroom and one bathroom condo showcases a newly updated kitchen cabinets and beautiful granite counter tops allowing for bar-stool eating area. Adjacent to the kitchen is a dining area. Spacious Bedroom has a large walk-in closet. Ceiling fans in dining area and bedroom. Your own laundry room in the patio with space for storage. One car detached garage. Tuscany community amenities include: pool & spa, tennis court, clubhouse. Near shopping, restaurants, biking & hiking trails, theater."
* NEW LISTING 
$320,000
20906 Serrano Creek Road Unit 44, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
1
BATHS
884
SQFT
$362
$/SQFT
1983
BUILT
"Beautiful upper level 2 Bed 1 Bath unit with great location within the community of Serra Creek Villas and super close to pool! Very clean and updated, walk in pantry in a kitchen,plantation shutters, pedestal bathroom sink, mirrored closet doors, and very attractively painted. It is turnkey ready for you to enjoy now. HOA covers water, gas, trash, as well as the maintenance of grounds, pool and spa and plenty of guest parking spaces at uncovered parking area."
$324,900
23250 Orange Avenue Unit 3, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
947
SQFT
$343
$/SQFT
1980
BUILT
"Ground floor 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Condo. New Wood flooring in living room , Kitchen and one bedroom, Newer smooth surface Stove. New Dishwasher.New lower Kitchen cabinets and counter tops. New Faucets. New paint. 2 Patios. one in front and one in the back off of the Kitchen with direct access to the parking. Laundry Hookup. association clubhouse and pool. laundry closet in front patio. Must see."
$324,950
23228 Orange Avenue Unit 16, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
947
SQFT
$343
$/SQFT
0.03
ACRES
1980
BUILT
"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. Will Sell Fast!"
$325,000
21961 Rimhurst Drive Unit 197, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
1
BATHS
829
SQFT
$392
$/SQFT
1981
BUILT
"Welcome to this beautifully renovated ground level end unit! Freshly done this home offers new quartz counters in Kitchen, breakfast bar, and Bathroom. In addition, new fixtures, sinks, carpet, paint, lighting, blinds, new appliance, and is Move-In ready for you and your family!! The home features inside laundry, dual sliders that opens out to an entertaining patio which includes its own private storage area. There is a lot of natural light in this open floor plan home, thus providing a warm enjoyable living atmosphere. ALSO, behind the home is the Fabulous Rimgate Park! This is a spectacular space that features several amenities such as; Basketball and Tennis courts, walking and biking trails, Tot Lot, and acres of lush green grass for kids, families, adults and family pets to explore. This home is within walking distance to excellent shopping, great restaurants and entertainment! HOA pays for water and trash. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to live in the Bench Mark Villas!!"
* NEW LISTING 
$334,000
20874 Serrano Creek Road Unit 64, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
1
BATHS
915
SQFT
$365
$/SQFT
0.02
ACRES
1982
BUILT
"BEST BUY in Lake Forest, Super Location, recently renovated downstairs condo with wonderful floorplan optimizing livable space. Completely RENOVATED from top to bottom, travertine flooring in Versailles tile pattern, designer baseboards throughout, large open kitchen with granite countertop slab and interlocking marble backsplash tile, stainless steel appliances, ample storage with plenty of cabinet space and walk-in pantry. Extra-large family room with sliding door entry to private patio. Walk-in storage room complete with build-in shelving. Two (same size) large bedrooms with large closets complete with mirror doors. Modern Design bathroom is remodeled to perfection with designer vanity, double sinks, custom splash, designer mirror and lighting as well as medicine cabinet. Association includes trash and water (hot water as well). The location of this condo is perfect, close to your assigned, covered parking space, community clubhouse, pool & spa - so close to nature trails, bike trails, state of the art parks and sports park, shopping, restaurants, freeways/Toll Road. Come see what true luxury living offers in South Orange County, California."
* NEW LISTING 
$335,000
20914 Serrano Creek Road Unit 48, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
1
BATHS
884
SQFT
$379
$/SQFT
0.02
ACRES
1982
BUILT
"This ground unit gem is perfect for a small family! Home has been recently renovated with new paint, flooring, and carpet. Kitchen has been tastefully equipped with newer dark walnut colored cabinets, Granite countertops and appliances. Dining area provides ample space for dinner table. Home has views to the pool and located next to club house that is perfect for entertaining. Come and see for yourself, you won’t be disappointed."
$335,000
25671 Sycamore Pointe Unit 2B, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
1
BATHS
957
SQFT
$350
$/SQFT
1982
BUILT
"Beautiful must-see 2 bedroom 1 bath 1st floor charming home! Corner unit for more privacy. New paint and carpet. Breakfast nook/bar counter separates the kitchen from dining room. The open layout of the living room, dining room, and bedrooms allow natural sunlight to brighten your home. Huge walk-in closet in master bedroom. Plenty of cabinets and closets for all your storage needs! Washer/dryer hookups inside the unit. One assigned covered parking spot with plenty of guest parking. The peaceful White Oak complex is surrounded by trees and shade and offers great facilities including pool and spa! Conveniently located near shopping malls, grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, parks, and more! This is a great opportunity to own property in Orange County!"
* NEW LISTING 
$335,000
23012 Ditz Lane, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
1
BATHS
912
SQFT
$367
$/SQFT
0.05
ACRES
1972
BUILT
"Needs some TLC. No one above or below attached single family home. 2 Bedroom W/Large Family Room & 2 Car Garage W/Rollup Garage Door , Slate Like Countertops, Nice Dining Area, Large Patio, Insulated Vinyl Windows,Heating & Air Conditioning.This community has many amenities including pool, spa, playground, clubhouse and basketball courts. Do not bother occupant"
* SHORT SALE 
$369,000
25885 Trabuco Road Unit 199, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,190
SQFT
$310
$/SQFT
1981
BUILT
"Opportunity knocks in the popular community of Cedar Glen. Spacious 2 bedroom townhome in a prime, interior location within a short stroll to the community pool. Whether you are a first time home buyer, downsizing or looking for a great investment property, this home offers something for everyone. Clean as a whistle and ready for move-in or update and upgrade to make it the home of your dreams. The open floorplan features a spacious living room, kitchen and dining room on the main level. The upper level features 2 spacious bedrooms with plenty of closet space and a convenient upstairs laundry. Convenient parking with one covered carport with storage, an additional reserved spot and a guest parking area. Enjoy the resort style community pool, spa and clubhouse. Water, trash and basic cable are all included in the HOA dues. Enjoy nearby parks, trails, shopping and dining and entertainment. FHA & VA approved, low tax rate and no mello roos! Just minutes to the Irvine Spectrum Center and 5 fwy."
* NEW LISTING 
$369,900
25632 Mont Pointe Unit 2C, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
957
SQFT
$387
$/SQFT
1984
BUILT
"A light and bright corner unit condo NEWLY PAINTED AND NEW FLOORING. TURN KEY READY. This condo invites you to enjoy an openness feeling of a SFR back yard. GREAT LOCATION, Very convenient to shopping and freeway. No stairs for entry or inside. Located in Saddleback Valley Unified School District. HOA has Pool and Spa. Gas Fireplace in living room. Includes brand new washer and dryer, air conditioning and heater newly installed. Great Investment Property. Tenant is willing to rent back from the new owner."
* PRICE LOWERED - $385,000 TO $369,900 
$399,000
22907 BONITA Lane Unit 4, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
1
BATHS
981
SQFT
$407
$/SQFT
1972
BUILT
"Move in ready 2 bedroom 1 bath condo.Great location in the complex,very quiet.Nobody above you and an end unit. Upgraded tile throughout.Close to freeway,school and shopping.Community pool and spa."
* PRICE LOWERED - $419,900 TO $399,000 
$399,900
25885 Trabuco Road Unit 259, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,190
SQFT
$336
$/SQFT
1979
BUILT
"This spectacular end unit condo in Cedar Glen Community located in the city of Lake Forest offers a functional floor plan of 1,190sqft with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths is now available to make this great opportunity your new home! This condo was tastefully renovated and features new interior paint, new recessed lighting, new wood laminate flooring and new carpet. Not to mention, your kitchen offers new kitchen cabinets and white quartz counter tops plus all new appliances. (New dishwasher, new stove and microwave). Enjoy beautiful Darrin Park for your morning walks and your community pool for those hot summer days! This home is also within 6 miles of Irvine Spectrum, within 12 miles of the Irvine Business center making this a great opportunity and a perfect purchase for a first time buyer or someone who works near Irvine or Orange County, DON’T MISS OUT!!!"
$409,000
25885 Trabuco Road Unit 89, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,190
SQFT
$344
$/SQFT
0.02
ACRES
1979
BUILT
"This is the one that you have been waiting for! Nestled in the highly desirable complex of Cedar Glen awaits this charming and move-in ready home. As you enter inside the rooms are spacious and inviting, and perfect for entertaining family and friends. There is great attention to detail throughout featuring an elegant remodeled kitchen with real wood stained cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite counter-tops, and recessed LED lighting. Other designer upgrades include: replaced doors with high-end brushed nickel hardware, neutral paint tones inside and out, dual pane windows and slider, majestic crown moldings and baseboards, fans in all rooms, extra storage created under staircase, and a large patio area.... This is a must see!!! The laundry room is conveniently located upstairs, and the unit is situated in a prime location in the complex away from any parking lot and/or El Toro road noise. The HOA covers water, trash, sewer, and basic cable, and is also FHA/VA approved. Cedar Glen is located in an excellent location in South Orange County positioned close by to freeways, shopping, nature trails, and the new Lake Forest Sports Park. Low tax rate, and no Mello-Roos. Call for your appointment today to see this magnificent home!"
* PRICE LOWERED - $415,000 TO $409,000 
$409,900
25761 Le Parc Unit 96, Lake Forest CA 92630
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
896
SQFT
$457
$/SQFT
0.02
ACRES
1983
BUILT
"JUST REDUCED!!! 2 BEDROOMS (MODIFIED) TWO-STORY CONDOMINIUM IN LE PARC WITH 2 CAR GARAGE BEAUTIFULLY UPGRADED KITCHEN WITH NEW WITHE CABINETS AND GRANITE COUNTER TOP (TAJ MAHAL). Spacious condo that consists of an open floor plan Living Room/Dining Room complete with fireplace, beamed ceiling. Open up the atrium sliding door to a private courtyard oasis, just off the main living area. The u-shape kitchen has newer stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, new white cabinets including Lacy Susan corner cabinet, Kitchen is open to living area with seated pass through bar area. 1/2 bath on the main level and a pantry/new water heater closet, completes the first floor that has laminated floors throughout. Master bedroom with separate second bedroom (modified with city approval). The cathedral ceiling master bedroom and second independent bedroom as well. A separate sink vanity area, a tub/shower/ toilet area in a separate room. A walk-in closet, washer/dryer closet complete the second floor. New windows on second floor, just few steps close to the scenic pool and fountain area. 2 car garage, for your storage and parking needs."
* PRICE LOWERED - $425,000 TO $409,900 
 
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