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Given the low real estate vacancy rates in some neighborhoods, a realtor might come in handy if you want to move to Lake Forest. Some of them can foresee distressed landlords from a mile away. But the best place to start would be online listings because it is free and quite informative.
Real estate rental costs in Lake Forest are among the highest in the nation; although certain cities beat it to the top of the renting order. Expect to pay way more than than the national average for a small condo, studio apartment or for a land hogging, residence.
This neighborhood is season-proof. So dont expect to get landlords running to you during winter. The best advice would be to rent when the time comes for you to move. But it's always good to look ahead of time to ensure you have enough time to scout out as many places as possible before making the life-changing decision. Your relocation could be work related, school related or even love related. Whatever the reason it is, it'll be a good excuse to move to Lake Forest.
It's always been said that nothing last like first impressions when it comes to meeting people for the first time. And it isn't different when it comes to meeting landlords -- they are people too! So if you want to rent a house, arm yourself with anything that will speak in your favor. For example, a good credit report will show a landlord that you're fiscally responsible. So will your latest paycheck, employers letter, etc. Also try to get as much details about the property you seek to rent from your landlord. For example, is there a pet policy that will force you to send Clifford or Garfield away? A referral letter from you current landlord will also help you in case you are competing for the same house with another annoying potential renter.
Ones options are numerous when it comes to renting a place in Lake Forest. You can find a townhouse, luxury condo, and even a retirement home if you want. Below are some of the main neighborhoods in this city.
Foothill Ranch: This suburban neighborhood is loved by executives, so expect to part with a good chunk of change each month. The housing style here is majorly medium-sized family homes. The real estate vacancy rate here stands at 6.9% at the moment, so there is hope as long as you have the cash. This place is also commuter-friendly with the average commute to work taking about 30 nonredeemable minutes.$$$
El Toro Rd Area: The average home in this metropolitan neighborhood is ideal for families. Home vacancy rate stands at 6.3%, so dont worry about finding a place. Its the rent that should concern you. However, due to its popularity amongst university students, expect the vacancy rate to fluctuate along with the school calendar. The typical commuting time in this neighborhood for the working class is about half an hour on the higher side. $$$
Jeronimo Rd Area: Average rental rates in Jeronimo Rd and nearby Lake Forest Drive presently tops the charts here. If you have to stay at par with the Jones', no matter what, then this is it. With this kind of rent expect palatial homes and an vacancy rate that iswait for it0.0%. Commuting takes 30 minutes to work and most people do it alone in their cars. $$$$$
Town hall: This is another locale that is not soft on the pocket. But with a vacancy rate of 0.0%, perhaps youre better off checking back in two months' time--or not at all if the price isn't right. Commuting to work mostly done alone driving takes about half an hour. So arriving to work late requires a pretty good excuse. $$$$$
El Toro R/Portola Pky: Average rental costs in this urban enclave are relatively pocket-friendly. The vacancy rate at a friendly 8.7% makes this neighborhood quite tempting to those on a tighter budget. Expect to bump into mostly small to medium sized apartment complexes. Commuters here often invest around 30 minutes driving to work. $
Glenn Ranch Rd: This area is home to mostly medium-sized single family homes. So, if you have a family, this area is well worth it due to its family-friendly amenities. With the affordable rents here, you and your family will settle in just fine.$$
Although Lake Forest has the appeal of a small neighborhood community, it offers its residents the convenience of living in a city. The environment is somewhat Mediterranean, and with its well-planned communities, many residents are able to live quiet a comfortable life here.
Lake Forest has very good public educational facilities including play schools, universities, technological colleges, trade institutions, etc. But the luckiest residents are people that love nature. There are twenty-seven parks and outdoor rec areas, so if you feeling playing sports or exercising, you'll definitely be able to find the right place to do it -- whether you love cycling, golf, hiking, boating or even swimming. One unique attraction in Lake Forest is Whiting Ranch Park, which provides acres of outdoor activities. The yearly celebration at Heritage Hill Historical Park is certainly an added draw for lots of people in the region.
One of the newer "gateway" cities in south OC that really came to prominence in the late 80's/early 90's. Lake Forest is the closest and most direct offspring of the Mission Viejo effect - cookie-cutter houses, big-box stores, good schools, and recipients of a population brought here by the booming business of Irvine and Newport Beach and the white flight out of LA, Anaheim and Santa Ana. You get what you get in Lake Forest, and there's certainly not much here that's going to challenge any preconceptions about what OC (or more accurately, South OC) is. Almost non-existent history, mid-level affluence, safe bedroom community. A nice place to raise a family, but not a very interesting one.
Pros •Safe safe safe. Kids can be kids. Great family environs. •Close to the 5, centrally located - 15 minutes from anywhere. •Nice golf/outdoors activities nearby.
Cons •Two words: Cookie. Cutter. •Zero arts or creative scenes or areas - go to Laguna! •A depressed feel - city is getting hammered with foreclosures.
It's one of those newer OC cities that have a bit of a cookie-cutter feel to them. Very, very safe, and very, very similar. You're not going to get any vibrant arts scene or mom-and-pops here, but you're not moving to Lake Forest for that anyway. Good schools, non-existent crime rate. Pretty cut and dried. -dedelvis