Lake Forest is located in the heart of Southern Orange County and the Saddleback Valley. Originally called Rancho Canada De Los Alisos (the Valley of the Sycamores), Lake Forest’s city motto is “Remember the past, challenge the future”. This translates into the community’s way of life, preserving the rich heritage and ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future.
Lake Forest’s cityhood focuses on ensuring itself as the ideal place for business to prosper and people to live, work and play. This master-planned community is situated adjacent to the merger of the I-5 and 405 freeways and the Foothill and Eastern Transportation corridors, which provide easy access to Los Angeles, Sand Diego and the Inland Empire. The Orange County Airport and Amtrak station are only minutes away.
Home to Oakley, Wet Seal, Del Taco Corporate Offices, Black & Decker, Panasonic Avionics, Apria Healthcare and Wonderware headquarters, Lake Forest offers industrial and commercial office parks for all types of city-business. The city takes initiative when expanding existing businesses and encouraging commercial activity.
With the charm of a small town and the capabilities of a metropolitan city, Lake Forest is the place to live the good life. It’s beautiful, safe and well-planned with ideal Mediterranean climate. From lake front homes, to equestrian estates, to luxury condominiums, to mobile home parks - Lake Forest has it all for you and your family. With twenty-seven public parks and the Whiting Ranch Regional Wilderness Park, there is no shortage of outdoor activities.
Lake Forest has top tier public, private, technical and trade schools. University of California – Irvine, California State University Fullerton, Chapman University, Concordia University, Saddleback Community College and Irvine Valley Community College are just minutes away.
Ranked as the 15th safest city in the country by Morgan Quitno and later ranked the 10th safest in 2007 – Lake Forest is the place for your next family destination.