Hoods: Suprising Finds At This Lake Forest Neighborhood

Surprising finds—from a vet who focuses on preventive care to one of the county’s best indoor climbing gyms—have taken over this Lake Forest neighborhood.



Gold and Blue

Veterinarian David Driscoll, owner of Irvine Boulevard Animal Hospital, opened this practice in January to emphasize proactive care for pets. In chic “exam lounges” (no metal tables here), he provides wellness checks and vaccinations to cats and dogs to keep them healthy. 20780 Lake Forest Drive, 949-600-8310


Studio Vintage
In classes at this roomy studio, arts-and-crafts enthusiasts can paint wooden signs and trays with customized stencils, learn modern calligraphy and hand-lettering techniques, and make aromatic candles. Most workshops cost about $50 and include materials, snacks, and drinks. 20331 Lake Forest Drive, 949-916-0009


Aesthetic Climbing Gym

The indoor rock-climbing facility boasts three distinct climbing zones and walls up to 27 feet high. The bouldering area is meant to emulate some of Southern California’s best outdoor climbing, while the rope areas combine to offer 75 routes. 26794 Vista Terrace,  949-716-7116


Fat Fish Sushi
At this mom-and-pop spot, hungry families chow down on all-you-can-eat sushi for $25 per person or choose from a la carte items. Regulars rave about the creative rolls, such as the Tuna Boy with tuna, avocado, and mango, and the Pink Lady with baked salmon, shrimp, and asparagus wrapped in soy paper. 20761 Lake Forest Drive, 949-837-1713


Photos by Melissa Valladares 

 

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