The largest Lake Forest neighborhood is Forest Creek. It has 596 single family homes. These houses range in size from 1,585 square feet single story homes up to 4-bedroom 2-story homes, with a bonus room that is more than 2,700 square feet. There are a couple of homes that come with 3 car garages. However, most of them have a standard 2 car garage included.
There are several mini-parks in the Forest Creek neighborhood, in addition to entry monument signs and private streets. The neighborhood’s homeowners own and maintain these features. The 2012 HOA dues are $103.50. This pays for the operations and services at the Sun and Sail Club, in addition to maintenance for the neighborhood’s streets and greenbelts.
The neighborhood has a very friendly character, which is apparent when you drive through it. You frequently see houses decorated for Valentines Day, 4th of July and Halloween, in addition to the traditional holidays. Due to all of the speed bumps, level streets and cul de sacs, many families that have children are attracted to Forest Creek, although there are also some long-term “empty nester” owners living there as well.
In 2012 the price ranges were high $300,000 up to mid-$600,000.
Rancho Canada is the elementary school that has been assigned to the Forest Creek neighborhood. It is a very good school that has won several national and state awards for excellence.
June 2012 Market Update For Lake Forest
The real estate market recovery is really in progress now! Between the low inventory and low interest rates (at approximately 3.5% on 30 year fixed mortgages), buyers are coming out in droves to bid up prices on houses. It is the norm now for there to be multiple offers, especially on condos priced under $300,000 and single family homes for less than $500,000.
For houses sold during the month of May, the average price was $370,533 (at $230.26 per square foot) and the median price was $368,000. The 29 “distressed” house sales (bank-owned and short sales) sold at $205.24 per square foot on average. Non-distressed houses sold at $250.41 per square foot on average.