|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
THE PERFECT BEACH VACATION RETREAT FOR A FAMILY - 2 HOUSES, THE BEACH, A POOL, PANORAMIC LAKE MICHIGAN VIEWS, JUST STEPS TO THE BEACH, LOTS OF SPACE FOR EATING, SLEEPING ,OR GATHERING INDOORS OR OUT AND JUST AN HOUR FROM CHICAGO.
We call it our secret hideaway!
The Main House:
An all glass jewel box on the top a sand dune overlooking Lake Michigan. An open floor plan includes a large galley-style kitchen, yards of open counter space for buffets, a large outdoor dining area with seating for 20, indoor dining area that can seat 20 with folding tables, living room with glass on all sides for lake and dune views, a master bedroom with queen size bed and a guest bedroom with two full size beds and two twin beds bunked over the top of them.
360 degree views bring Lake Michigan into all parts of the house and most rooms overlook the expansive pool deck, gazebo dining area and Lake Michigan. The house comes with 2 central a/c units but Lake Michigan breezes make it unnecessary most of days and nights. A paved circular driveway provides parking for up to 4 cars.
The Guest House:
Connected to the main house by a private walkway, the open floor plan includes a full kitchen, dining room with seating for 10, living room with glass on two sides for lake and dune views, a master bedroom with king size bed and two guest bedrooms each with two full size beds.
Abundant windows provide lake views from the living room, dining room and kitchen. A large deck runs the entire length of the house on the lake side with plenty of space for outdoor dining, sunning or watching sunsets. The cottage comes with central a/c but lake breezes make it unnecessary most of days and nights. Our paved driveway provides parking for up to 4 cars.
The stairway to the beach is right outside your door. Enjoy sunning on the sandy beach, swimming in the crystal clear water, or walking miles of serene shoreline away from the crowds of urban life. If you prefer a beach with lifeguards, the Indiana State Park Beach is only a 15 minute walk away. After a day on the beach you’ll enjoy incredible sunsets over the distant Chicago skyline and on many evenings you’ll encounter bonfires hosted by friendly “Dunies”
The nearby Dunes State Park offers miles and miles of hiking, sand dunes and bike paths. Just 2 miles to the new Seven Peaks Water Park for kids. Bicyclers will also enjoy the National Lakeshore bike trail that is just a miles ride from the cottage and is free from motorized vehicles.
Nearby Valparaiso still operates a drive in movie theater for old fashioned family fun.
The houses are supplied with sheets and towels, dishes, glassware, and cooking supplies, as well as a gas grill. For those who prefer to bring their own bedding and or pillows, we have one king bed, one queen and 7 full size beds and two twins
Sorry, to protect our guests with allergies, we do not allow pets.
Lake Michigan Family Compound is the perfect beach vacation for an extended family - panoramic Lake Michigan views, just steps to the beach, lots of space for eating, sleeping, or gathering indoors or out and just an hour from Chicago. Immediately East of East Beach Dune Acres.
If you thought the listing photos were too good to be true....let us tell you that it was all that and more! The main home was as if someone said "Welcome to my Paradise!" Well maintained & expertly decorated with amenities for a crowd and scenic views like you've never seen in Indiana. Beautiful sunsets...more times than not when you looked out over Lake Michigan you could imagine yourself in the Caribbean with all the beautiful blue & green hues of the water. At night we could see Chicago lit up in the distance. Photo ops were endless. The guest house was very comfortable and a great place for the younger crowd that wanted to party a little later & sleep in. Seating for 20 or more inside & out. The pool was fabulous after an afternoon on the beach. No negatives about this property. Sleeping 16-18 may be more comfy than 20. Only suggestion...an outdoor rinse off station/hose at top of steps from beach to keep from tracking sand in pool and on patio area. Sweet memories were made and we hope to come back. By the way...did I mention that we loved it!
We have rented homes on Lake Michigan for the last 5 years and had a wonderful week! This home and the owners will leave your family with lasting memories. The owners were responsive, helpful and easy to work with. Our group is a bit of a challenge as we range in age from 4 to 87. The home was set up in a manner to suit us all. Thank you for the memorable week! We entertained the teenagers with walks on the beach, trips to the dunes and a quick train to Chicago for a day. My 87 year old mother-in-law was very comfortable in the main house and even ventured down to the guest house a time or two to check in on the kids. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Our group of 16 really enjoyed this property and location. Things we loved - the view, the pool, lounge chairs, room for everyone to eat together indoors or out, large living room for gathering our whole group, cleanliness - especially al those windows, lots of neat things to explore in the area and access to a nice beach with gorgeous sunsets and volleyball! Things that should be addressed to make it worth the fee charged - main grill did not work and was very, very dirty - even after the owner worked on it the second day, only drain in main kitchen sink is a non-working garbage disposal - had to reach down near blades to clear out bits of food several times during the week so it would drain properly, light in pool is coming out of socket exposing wires and light switch could easily be turned on when someone is in the pool putting them in danger of a shock, several windows in guest house have no or non-working screens so there's not good cross ventilation. Pictures do not show that the guest house is two steep flights of stairs below the main house. The houses slept 16 okay with some people in the guest house living room, but to sleep 20 you would have to put 6 people in the guesthouse bedroom with the trundle bunk fully open which leaves very little floor space and only a small closet (no dressers) for the luggage of 6 people - and 12 people in the guest house with one bathroom. If you want to kayak, canoe, etc., you need to bring those items with you. Overall, we had a great week.
We had our entire family stay here for the 4th of July and we had a wonderful time. The pool is beautiful and very large. The beach is just down a flight of stairs and there is a parking spot close to the beach for those who can't take the stairs. The views from inside the house and on the deck are amazing! We took the train into Chicago and had a great time. The owners were wonderful to work with. We highly recommend this property.
We stayed at the family compound and it was a perfect setup for our family reunion. The lower house was perfect for the 8 teenage cousins. The view is beautiful and the lake is a stair climb to the beach. There is a lower level parking spot which was great to drive the grandparents and two infants to the beach. It was nice to have a pool when the beach got too hot. Plenty of outdoor seating for the family to sit down and eat together and we grilled every night. The owners checked in to make sure we had every thing we needed. Thanks Michael and Bruce!
My wife and I are actually from indiana and grew up in valparaiso, but when we lived right on the beach in this amazing house, we felt like we were on vacation very far way. It is hard to describe everything but lets talk about the house. It is a very cool and hip place, three bedrooms, the living room is huge and the kitchen is awesome for cooking. The view from the kicthen looking at the lake is stunning and on clear days you can see chicago far off in the distance. We would watch the sunset from the awesome balcony everynight. Everything in the house is great and it is loaded with everything you need. I forgot to mention the beds are super comfortable. The beach is super nice and no crowds at all. I would be the only one running most of the time. You are also a couple minutes drive from the many miles of hiking in Indiana dunes or you can hike from the house toget to the trails. A lot people go to the beach(public side) when the weather is perefect, but if it does get windy or a cool front comes thru, you feel as you are in califorina as huge waves crash on the dunes.We would just drink coffee and watch the waves break. Also it is 5 minutes from the south shore train to chicago It is a very cozy place and we were just thrilled with it. The owners are super nice.
Located just 2 miles off I-94 at the Indiana Dunes exit, we are easy to reach by car in less than a one hour drive from Chicago. For those needing to dash back to Chicago or get to the airport during your vacation, the Chicago South Shore commuter train line is only 5 minutes away and runs West to downtown Chicago and East to the South Bend airport. Our area has many great resources for a family vacation. Supermarkets, K-Mart, and a number of family dining options are just 3 miles away in Chesterton. And for cooks, Chesterton's European Market provides an opportunity to find local produce, fresh baked goods, artisanal cheeses, and charcutare every Saturday. Local produce, gifts and antiques are also available at the charming Schoolhouse Shop.
The great variety of gourmet and family dining options are detailed below.
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Peak Summer Season
Jun 19 2015 - Aug 20 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
All rates subject to 7% Indiana Sales Tax.
$1,000 refundable security deposit required.
The rental week starts after 3:30pm on Fridays and runs until 10am the following Friday – that allows the housekeepers and us to prepare the house for the next family’s vacation.
A $1000 deposit is required to confirm your reservation and the full rent is due 6 weeks prior to check-in. Upon check in the depo
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.