Located just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the 16.8-square-mile city of Lake Forest, California, is ranked as one of the top 10 safest cities in the United States. This city of 77,264 residents boasts two lakes and a several-hundred-acre eucalyptus grove. Well-planned communities offer a variety of living spaces, including equestrian estates and lakefront single-family homes as well as townhomes and luxury condominiums. Retirement communities and mobile home parks can also be found in Lake Forest.
Before the city's incorporation in 1991, the area was known as El Toro and operated as a sprawling cattle ranch for over 100 years. In keeping with the city's motto "remember the past, challenge the future," Lake Forest maintains the Heritage Hill Historical Park. This four-acre historical gem houses four restored buildings that are open for public tours: the Serrano Adobe (built around 1863), the El Toro Grammar School (1890), St. George's Episcopal Mission (1891), and the Harvey Bennett Ranch House (1908). Modern cultural attractions include an 86-acre sports park and recreation center and a 40,000-square-foot public skate park. Annual community events include a 4th of July 5K run, fireworks over the Sun & Sail Club lake and an annual summer concert hosted by the city.
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