Located north of Ann Arbor near Island Lake State Recreation Area, South Lyon is a small city with a historic village and community feel.
Why Residents Love Living Here: Residents love the historic and charming downtown area, access to green space, excellent schools, and the overall small-town, community-oriented feel.
Located about 19 miles north of Ann Arbor in the southwest corner of Oakland County, South Lyon is a city with a population of just over 11,000. Encompassing 3.5 square miles, this small city is primarily residential. Meeting at the intersection of Ten Mile Road and Pontiac Trail, the historic downtown district is home to several unique shops and restaurants, and is the heart of activity for the city and its residents. Here, you’ll find a mixture of businesses both old and new, housed in colorful, historic buildings. Downtown South Lyon hosts a number of annual events, including Pumpkinfest, the city’s largest annual festival typically held on the last weekend in September.
Residents enjoy the small-town feel of South Lyon, with the convenience of nearby highways connecting them to major airports and metropolitan areas, including Ann Arbor and Detroit. The city was originally established as an agricultural center and incorporated as a city in 1830. It has since become a center for manufacturing and has 70 acres of light industrial properties located within the city limits, providing a variety of employment opportunities for residents.
South Lyon has several excellent parks, including McHattie Park, Volunteer Park, Paul Baker Memorial Park, Andover Park, and Columbia Park. McHattie Park is home to The Witch's Hat Depot Museum and Historic Village, a historic village with six buildings: Washburn School, Queen Anne Depot, the Caboose, the Little Village Chapel, the Freight House, and the Gazebo.
Residents may easily access the nearby Lake Island State Recreation Area, a 4,000-acre park along the Huron River with several miles of hiking and biking trails, a couple of small lakes, and the only hot air balloon launch area in a Michigan park.