Lake Forest, CA


Highest Appreciating Lake Forest Neighborhoods Since 2000

Lake Forest, CA Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Lake Forest Housing Market Information

With a population of 82,492, 27,044 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $637,326, real estate costs in Lake Forest are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive California communities.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Lake Forest, accounting for 54.40% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Lake Forest include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 20.37%), row houses and other attached homes ( 15.62%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 5.68%).

Owner-occupied, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes are the most prevalent type of housing you will see in Lake Forest. Owner-occupied housing accounts for 69.65% of Lake Forest's homes, and 57.33% have either three or four bedrooms, which is average sized relative to America.

There is a lot of housing in Lake Forest built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Lake Forest built between 1940-1969 ( 9.25%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 2.46%).

Lake Forest Home Appreciation Rates

Real estate appreciation rates in Lake Forest's have tracked to near the national average over the last then years, with the annual appreciation rate averaging -0.36% during the period.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Lake Forest's appreciation rate, at 4.35%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Lake Forest's appreciation rate has been 1.99%, which annualizes to a rate of 8.20%.

Importantly, this makes Lake Forest one of the highest appreciating communities in the nation for the latest quarter, and may signal the city's near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to California, our data show that Lake Forest's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 90% of the other cities and towns in California.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Lake Forest differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Lake Forest - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Lake Forest real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,256,000 1.3
$942,001 - $1,256,000 12.1
$628,001 - $942,000 38.5
$502,001 - $628,000 16.4
$377,001 - $502,000 11.6
$251,001 - $377,000 8.8
$126,001 - $251,000 4.9
$63,001 - $126,000 4.1
$0 - $63,000 2.4

High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
3.36341263330599 27.1164021164021

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Lake Forest Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
112.64% 4.47% 8 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,380 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 69.65
Renters 30.35
Vacant 4.10

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Lake Forest HOMES
2000 or Newer 2.5
1970 - 1999 88.0
1940 - 1969 9.2
1939 or Older 0.3

Types of Homes

Single-Family 54.4
Townhomes 15.6
Small Apt. Buildings 5.7
Apt. Complexes 20.4
Mobile Homes 3.9
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 0.71
1 Bedroom 11.21
2 Bedrooms 24.95
3 Bedrooms 30.91
4 Bedrooms 26.43
5 or more bedrooms 5.79