If you’re searching for small town living with the convenience of nearby major metropolitan areas, highways, and international airports, perhaps you should consider South Lyon, Michigan. Located in Oakland County in Metro Detroit, Michigan, South Lyon has a population of 11,327 according to the 2010 census. This town is part of the South Lyon-Howell-Brighton Urban Area which has a population of around 106,000 residents. South Lyon is only 3.73 square miles in size, setting the stage for that perfect small town feel. Only 19 miles from Ann Arbor, South Lyon is only 45 miles west of Detroit and 58 miles east of Lansing.
If you ask around folks will tell you South Lyon is known in particular for its charm, annual festivals, top rated schools and parks, and exceptional quality of life. Here’s what you’ll need to know if you’re thinking about relocating or just planning to visit this charming city. But first, some History…
The town of South Lyon was founded in 1832 and was known as Thompson’s Corners. Nearby another community was formed and named after Lucius Lyon, a member of the state legislature. South Lyon became a village in 1873 and then a city in 1930. It’s interesting to know that three rail lines passed through South Lyon. Beginning in 1871 the first railway was built with its predecessor in 1880. Then Grand Trunk was built in 1883 and it ran from Pontiac to Jackson, crossing the Pere Marquette at South Lyon. This railway ran until the early 80’s. The GTW serves as a paved bicycle trail these days. Moving ahead to modern times, South Lyon hosts the CSX main line from Detroit to a passing track located in the Grand Rapids. If you want to find out more about the city’s history, a good place to begin is a visit to The Witch’s Hat Depot. The Witch’s Hat Depot is not only a historical museum, but it also serves as a gathering spot for the South Lyon Historical Society. Other interesting historical landmarks include the Caboose, Freight House, Washburn School, and the Little Village Chapel. To read more on these historic sites visit: www.southlyonmi.org/1/223/witchs_hat_depot.asp .
The city of South Lyon has no shortage of parks. With over 200 acres of parkland South Lyon offers 6 parks for those who want to stay active and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Many of the city’s parks include volley ball courts, sledding hills for the winter months, little league diamonds, soccer fields, and multi-use trails.
Let’s talk about golf, shall we? South Lyon not only has one golf course, but they have four. With four locations, all you need to do is choose. Take a day and go charter fishing with the family. Canoeing anyone? South Lyon may be a small town but there’s definitely no shortage on things to do while you’re here. Take the kids out for a family day of laser tag, or do some rock climbing for a real adventure. Enjoy an evening out for a concert in the park or watch a movie in the park on a cool summer evening. Simply taking a stroll through the downtown district can be a history lesson in itself.
If you’re thinking of calling South Lyon home, remember this small town is close to major highways and not too far from many other metro cities. Once an agricultural hub built around two railroads, this little town is booming with 70 acres of light industrial properties.
South Lyon has seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. For more information about the South Lyon School District, log on to: www.slcs.us .
South Lyon….The city with small town appeal and exceptional quality of life is waiting for you to settle in and call her home.
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