An inland city in Orange County, Lake Forest is a picturesque community of about 85,000 residents, named after its two man-made lakes and eucalyptus grove. A number of new residential developments have sprung up over the past few years, attracting buyers in search of spacious single-family homes within the well-regarded Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Here we’ve rounded up five attractive options, all priced under $2 million.

1. Teresina

Developer: Shea Homes
Address: 13 South Pointe Drive
Priced from: $1,320,000

Teresina is a collection of two- and three-story homes with contemporary Italian flair. Choose from four to five-bedroom floorplans offering up to 4,329 square feet of living space. Home features include covered outdoor rooms, gourmet kitchens with generously-sized islands, first-floor guest suites, enclosed dens, second-floor laundry rooms, and sumptuous master retreats complete with private terraces, walk-in closets and freestanding soaker tubs (as per plan). The community sits adjacent to Tamarisk Park, a sprawling greenspace with a treehouse-themed playground, picnic area, sports fields and a jogging path.

2. Serrano Summit: Soria

Developer: Lennar
Address: 510 Catalonia
Priced from: mid-$900,000s

Soria is an enclave of detached homes in Lennar’s Serrano Summit master-planned community. Promising no Mello-Roos, the six-neighborhood development will feature a large recreation center with a pool, spa, cabanas, barbecue areas, fire pits, pickleball courts, a turf play area and an outdoor event space. Soria currently offers two floorplans — residences two and four — showcasing three to four bedrooms, two-bay garages, covered decks and flex spaces. The homes are equipped with over $41,000 of included smart technology, from Ring video doorbells to Honeywell thermostats and Ruckus wireless access points.

3. Brookhaven

Developer: Landsea Homes
Address: 2165 Aliso Peak Way
Priced from: $1,350,000

Lot 2 is the only remaining home within Brookhaven at IronRidge, a vibrant master-planned community touting an expansive recreation center with a resort-style pool, splash pad, sports fields, picnic pavilion, grassy lawn and two playgrounds. Adhering to Plan 1, this former model home at Brookhaven boasts four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen with a large island, a flexible second-floor loft, and a California room appointed with an outdoor fireplace for chilly evenings. Asking $1,350,000, this designer-decorated residence spans 2,492 square feet and provides pristine mountain views.

4. Serrano Summit: Castellon

Developer: Lennar
Address: 333 Adela
Priced from: $1,160,767

Another neighborhood within Serrano Summit is Castellon, a collection of detached homes with modern, West Coast style. Residence 3 is the only floorplan that’s not temporarily sold out, but it’s sure to impress with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a loft and a third-floor bonus room. Expect luxurious home features at no additional cost, including GE Café appliances, quartz kitchen countertops, Shaker-style cabinetry with soft-close hinges, built-in closet shelving and shoe racks, Moen plumbing fixtures and LED stair lights.

5. Windstone

Developer: Landsea Homes
Address: 1636 Sonora Creek Lane
Priced from: $1,850,000

There’s only one quick move-in home left at Windstone, an IronRidge neighborhood offering “unparalleled estate living.” Lot 2, located at 1628 Sonora Creek Lane, is a model home outfitted with a LiveGen-suite, a first-floor bedroom with its own three-piece bathroom and a reach-in wardrobe. Ideal for an aging parent, live-in nanny or adult child, this sought-after home feature ensures comfort and privacy. Another highlight is the chef-worthy kitchen with an elongated island, walk-in pantry, breakfast nook, and a command center featuring a built-in desk. Priced at $1,850,000, this elegant 3,580-square-foot home is ready for its future owners.

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