The city of Lake Forest is located in the heart of Orange County and the beautiful Saddleback Valley. The city is well-situated next to the merger of interstate 5 and the 405 freeways, along with the Foothill and Eastern Transportation Corridors. Lake Forest was incorporated as a city in 1991 with an understanding that it will always be an ideal place for business to prosper and people to live, work and play.
In the 1960’s, master developer Occidental Petroleum decided to create a masterplanned community around the abundant trees and man-made lakes. The eucalyptus trees provided landscaping for the new modern homes and led to the “Forest” in Lake Forest. During the peak of activity at the nearby El Toro Marine Base, the need for new homes and support services increased. Steadily, the Lake Forest area was built into the community it is today.
Newer communities in Lake Forest include:
Lake Forest has the charm of a small community with the convenience of a large metropolitan city. It’s the place to live the good life in beautiful, safe and well-planned neighbhorhoods. The environment is ideal with mild Mediterranean weather, lush green hills, groves of Eucalyptus trees, lakes and style. It’s family living at its finest with homes to meet all needs including lake front homes, equestrian estates, luxury condominiums, townhomes and retirement communities.
Twenty public parks and the Whiting Ranch Regional Wilderness Park offer acres of great outdoor pleasure. Everything from tennis, handball, basketball and volleyball courts, tot lots, a golf course, stable, hiking, biking and equestrian trails, cozy picnic areas and barbeques, to boating and swimming are all conveniently available within the city.