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South Lyon

Welcome to South Lyon

Imagine being able to leave the hustle and bustle of the big city behind everyday for a peaceful home on a generous-size, private property. Imagine being able to walk down the streets of your town and recognize your neighbors, perhaps even stopping to have a chat with them. And imagine picking up your children up from school at some of the best educational facilities in the region?
When you live in South Lyon, Michigan – this idyllic home life can be your reality!
This Oakland County community, which is located in Lyon Township, is home to roughly 11,500 residents. It is conveniently located just 19 miles north of Ann Arbor and 45 miles west of Detroit.

The Early Days of South Lyon

This beloved community was founded in 1832 and was originally called Thompson’s Corners.
But in that same year, the surrounding township was named Lyon after Lucius Lyon, a member of the state government.
As a result, South Lyon was ultimately given its present day name in 1873 when it was incorporated as a village. It was made into a city in 1930.

Over the years, growth was supported by the three rail lines that passed through South Lyon. Although these rail lines are nowhere near the same level of operations, South Lyon does still host the CSX main line from Detroit to Grand Rapids.

A Great Place to Get a Quality Education

South Lyon Community Schools, the district that serves residents in this community, covers roughly 88 square miles and boasts some of the best public schools in the area.
Specifically, this district is comprised of two high schools, two middle schools and seven elementary schools. These are:
  • Kent Lake Elementary School
  • Sayre Elementary School
  • Salem Elementary School
  • Dolsen Elementary School
  • Bartlet Elementary School
  • Brummer Elementary School
  • Hardy Elementary School
  • Centennial Middle School
  • Millennium Middle School
  • South Lyon High School
  • South Lyon East High School
These schools are known for being innovative in their teaching approach and for going above and beyond in preparing their students for the future.

Recreational Amenities For the Whole Family to Enjoy in South Lyon

Regardless of your interests, you’ll find an amenity in South Lyon that will meet your needs!
Here you can check out McHattie Park, which is the location of the Witch’s Hat Depot Museum and Historic Village. Now that’s unique!
This village consists of six buildings, which include the Little Village Chapel, the Freight House and the Queen Anne Depot. And many of these buildings are actually historic.
What’s more, this park and museum regularly hosts public events, including Depot Days in September as well as a free Concerts in the Park series during the summertime.
You might also be interested in checking out the portion of the Huron Valley Trail System that runs through town. Managed by the Western Oakland County Trailway Management Council, it’s a must see!
There are also a number of local restaurants that have certainly made a name for themselves locally.
For instance, you might want to check out Brown’s Root Beer & Sandwich Shop, which is known for their coney dogs and homemade rootbeer.
Or perhaps head over to Lake Street Tavern and the South Lyon Grill, both of which are known for being upscale restaurants in town.

Pumpkinfest in South Lyon? Tell Me More!

This is actually the largest annual festival held in the community each year. It traditionally takes place during the last weekend of September and features such fun events as inflatable rides, a 5k run, carnival food and an arts and crafts show.
Other attractions and fun activities at this event include:
  • The Great Pumpkin & Fun Veggies Contest
  • Home Arts Contests and Exhibits
  • A Dog Show
  • Live Entertainment
  • A Parade through downtown
  • More concessions than you can eat!

Investing in Real Estate in South Lyon

Does this sound like the kind of place you would like to call home year-round? If so, please take a moment to Contact us today!
We can provide you with an even better idea of what life is like in South Lyon as well as tell you about the various properties for sale here.

List Your Current South Lyon Home With Us!

And don’t forget to also connect with us if you’re interested in listing your current property on the market. We would be happy to assist you by first helping you determine the true value of your property!

Overview for South Lyon, MI

11,786 people live in South Lyon, where the median age is 43.8 and the average individual income is $45,627. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around South Lyon, MI

There's plenty to do around South Lyon, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Twisted Cork Winery, Country Fair Market, and Mancini's Italian Pizza Kitchen.

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Dining 0.06 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.87 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.11 miles 30 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 4.02 miles 29 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $$ 1.75 miles 12 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining 4 miles 4 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for South Lyon, MI

South Lyon has 5,074 households, with an average household size of 2.31. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in South Lyon do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 11,786 people call South Lyon home. The population density is 3,150.25 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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46.58 / 53.42%

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Schools in South Lyon, MI

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The following schools are within or nearby South Lyon. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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9th - 12th
Millennium Middle School
6th - 8th
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Centennial Middle School
6th - 8th
Frank E Bartlett School
PreK - 5th
Sayre Elementary School
K - 5th
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