We could not have asked for a better introduction to South Haven than our visit here. Susan was wonderful to work with and very responsive to emails every step of the way from initial inquiry all the way through our departure. The house was very well represented in the pictures and it is very clean, well equipped and well maintained. Her expectations in the contract for what to do at the end of the visit are very reasonable. The house is in a small neighborhood on quiet street and an easy 1/4 mile walk to the private access stairs and tram to the beach. There are a lot of stairs, which I do not mind at all (all 5 of us used the stairs at various points), but the tram made getting to the beach easier with chairs, towels, and coolers. We never ran into a problem with use of the tram with other residents, so that was nice. Having the private access beach area was such a nice contrast to the very busy South Beach and North Beach areas downtown. We did very much enjoy those as well, though. It is a super easy 10 minute drive to get to downtown from the house. We pulled out of the driveway and were sitting on South Beach in 25 minutes on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, with three kids and a bunch of gear!
The four bedrooms gave us plenty of room and the three bathrooms were terrific. The outdoor shower is a must for cleaning off after a day at the beach, and our three boys loved it (ages 12, 8, and 6). The large mud room when entering at the side door was an expected bonus. There were toys and plenty of kid friendly movies available. The boys got a kick out of the retro combo TV/VHS player in the first floor bedroom. Thankfully the weather was overall very nice, so we did not have to watch too many movies.
Downtown South Haven is a really nice town. We ate at Clementine's for dinner, and it was excellent (best chicken fingers ever). We had ice cream at Kilwins and lunch at the Golden Crust Bakery. There are many shops as well. We also explored the residential areas on either side of downtown, particularly the south side where the Kids Corner park is.
I highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a fun getaway.