Lake Forest is a city in Orange County just South West of Los Angeles. It is one of the youngest cities in the county as it has been incorporated around 20 years ago. Before that it was known as El Toro.
In the 1900s, California was facing a lumber shortage. Dwight Whiting decided to plant Eucalyptus on 400 acres of land. At the time, this area was a growing agricultural community. After the Second World War, development in this area began taking shape. Industrial, commercial and residential properties were developed in place of the acres of farmland. A community was established around the mature eucalyptus trees and man-made lakes. This is how this area earned the name, Lake Forest.
Lake Forest has an excellent transport network. It is adjacent to the intersection of the interstate 5 and 405 freeway. The Eastern Transportation Corridors give the residents of this city easy connection to San Diego, Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire. The Amtrak station and Orange County Airport are only a few minutes away.
The population in this city has been growing steadily. In 2017, it had a population of 84,293. This large metropolitan city has been attractive as a residential and commercial area. The well-planned neighborhoods and lush green environment dotted with eucalyptus trees have been an attractive feature. The median price of houses is $714,000 and median rent for an apartment is $2,218.
This city has 30 public parks. The Whiting Ranch Regional Wilderness Park offers acres of alternative outdoor recreation for residents and visitors. Sporting facilities are also plenty in this area. They include tennis, basketball, volleyball, and handball courts, a golf course, hiking and biking trails, and swimming pools. Other social facilities include park theatre and Heritage Hill Historical Park.
The education needs of the children in this city are met by several public schools, preschools, private elementary schools, and technical colleges. Students have several University options in Irvine and Fullerton.
As the name suggests the city is know for its great nature with its huge Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in the North East. But also for the youth there is plenty to do with Skateboard and skate classes in the Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest. For the elderly are a wide variety of luncheons.
To accommodate commuting for the 80,000 or so people who often travels towards Los Angeles there is the Foothill transportation Corridor which is a toll road. An alternative is the San Diego Freeway at the Southern part of the city which connects San Diego with Los Angeles.