Lake Orion community

Best Known For: Beautiful green space, lakes and outdoor activities









What We Love

Downtown – The Village of Lake Orion is a quaint, historic downtown area with boutique shops like Simply Marcella, and cafes like 20 Front Street

Food – Although there are not as many choices as some other nearby communities, Lake Orion does have some fantastic eateries like Old Detroit Bar and Grille, CJ’s Lakeside Grill, and Sagebrush Cantina

The Homes – There are both older and newer developments and there’s typically a price point for everyone.

The Vibe – The city’s slogan says it all: “Where living is a vacation!”

The Outdoors – Endless activities. Hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, boating, beaching and the best dog park in Oakland county

What We Don't Love

Commute – Driving distance to work and shopping malls is a bit farther than some other surrounding communities and traffic can get congested especially in the downtown area

Shopping: No Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods (gasp!)


Settled in the early 1800s by several upstate New Yorkers, Lake Orion grew quickly into a bustling commercial center thanks to the local sawmill, and the power dam which served to form what is now the 506 acre lake that gave the town it’s name. Lake Orion became a popular vacation spot with over 300 cottages on the lake in the early 1900s – prompting the formation of the country’s first marine postal service to deliver mail by boat.

Technically, Lake Orion is the original downtown village of Orion Township. Most of the homes are actually in Orion Township, but everyone refers to both as “Lake Orion.” There are good schools, community services, and the outdoor recreational activities are unsurpassed.

Real Estate

From lake front homes to platted subdivisions to cottages and luxury homes with acreage, Lake Orion has a variety from which to choose. There are both older and newer subdivisions and a price point for most everyone. Within a mile of any community you will find a state or county park, a lake, and hiking and biking trails. It’s the beauty and outdoor activities that make any commute worth it.


Lake Orion Village is a National Registered Historic District and offers a historic business district with boutique shops, antiques, and a few local restaurants. While small, the downtown is darling. The village plays host to a number of annual festivals, parades and other events.

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Lake Orion is a bit more rural than some of the other nearby communities, but the proximity to parks and abundance of outdoor recreation make it worthwhile.

From the center of Lake Orion, I-75 is just about a 10 minute drive, about 20 minutes to M59, and about an hour commute to downtown Detroit.

Economic Report

Median household income is nearly $80,955, and the median home price is $178,750. Cost of living here is 4% lower than the Oakland County average.

Outdoor Recreation

With so many parks, nature areas, trails, rivers and lakes, it’s not hard to find year round outdoor fun in Lake Orion. The township offers youth camps, senior activities, nature programs and more.

From the 5k Dragon Dash in spring, Summer Sizzle carnival fun in the summer, to the Winter Carnival festivities – Lake Orion offers something something to do in every season.


Lake Orion is serviced by both Rochester and Lake Orion Schools – both highly rated and offering excellent student achievement programs. Find out more at

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