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Kelly, Other/Just Looking in Laguna Niguel, CA

I am considering purchasing a home in Lake Forest, CA. Do all homes have lake membership?

Asked by Kelly, Laguna Niguel, CA Tue Sep 11, 2007

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Hi: there are two lakes in the city of Lake Forest: Hidden Lakes (which used to be called Lake One) & the Lake Forest Keys (which used to be called Lake Two). Before the city was incorporated as Lake Forest it was comprised of two un-incorporated areas: Lake Forest which comprised the two lakes & all the homes that belonged to those lakes and El Toro which comprised thousands of other homes that did not & could not belong to either lake. Since then the areas called Foothill Ranch & Portola Hills have been incorporated into the city of Lake Forest (although most people still call those two communities by their original names).

In any case, only the few thousand homes (including detached homes & condos) that originally belonged to either of the two lakes can belong to the lake. And it is the home that belongs; in fact, once a home belongs to the lake it can never not belong to the lake, which means that current owners must pay the association dues that go along with lake membership whether they use the lake or not: it is called running with the deed.

So, buying a home in Lake Forest which belongs to the lake, will make those homeowners members of only that lake (no home belongs to both lakes). And, buying a home which does not belong to either lake means the owners can not belong to either lake not even by offering to pay a fee to do so.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 21, 2012
Kelly, Vicki's answer below is perfect. She is a consummate professional for the Lake Forest area. Check out her blog and her website.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 4, 2009
Lake Forest is divided into many different areas there is Lake 1 and Lake 2 . There are many areas sthat do not belong to either of these, so if you want to have one of the lake avaiable you need an agent who can outline the nieghborhoods for you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 3, 2009
Kelly ... good question about Lake Forest. Some of the approximately 21,000 homes at Lake Forest have membership at the larger Lake Forest II association where there is the Sun & Sail Club. The smaller non-maintenance association has the Beach and Tennis Club.

Harrison K. Long
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 10, 2008
Kelly, I used to live up there. It is really lovely. Enjoy your new home!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 12, 2007
No. Out of the approximate 20,000 homes in Lake Forest, there are 3,436 that have membership in the larger lake association "Lake Forest II." That is the association with the Sun & Sail Club facility and the 32 acre lake that you can see as you are driving up Lake Forest Drive. The other lake association is smaller, but still has nice facilities at the "Beach & Tennis Club" for their 1750 homes.
Web Reference: http://www.lf2.org
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