This beautiful, spacious lakefront cottage was gut-rehabbed in 2009 to provide an elegant yet comfortable family vacation home for its owners, who have opened it up to select families and groups looking for the perfect place to vacation, with all the luxuries and amenities but none of the pretentiousness of a five-star inn. Constructed of cedar and stone, 'The Fox House' (we name our cottages up here) is located on a gorgeous wooded property with stunning views of the beautiful sugar-sand beach. The enormous white sand beach is a few steps out the back door and folds into a crystal clear, all sand water access. Several sandbars provide the perfect setting for swimming, snorkling, skiing and any other imaginable water activity. You will not find a more perfect beach access for kids in all of Leelanau County. Family and friends will have fun filled days swimming, sunbathing, boating, kayaking, sailing, hiking, skiing, beachcombing, grilling, building beach fires, watching the sunrise, relaxing on the screened-in or flagstone porch and so much more.
With five bedrooms and four baths, the home sleeps 12 people very comfortably, and is perfect for a large and/or extended family, or several smaller families. All five bedrooms are spacious and provide ample sleeping and closet space with no crowding. On the first floor there is a large private bedroom with a queen bed and private bathroom. Upstairs are three bedrooms that share a large bathroom: one with a queen bed; one with two twin beds; one with 2 bunk beds. Last but not least is the enormous master suite with a queen bed and large, private stone shower bathroom.
The kitchen, dining room and living room have floor to ceiling windows facing Lake Michigan. Outside the kitchen and adjacent to the patio is a large, private but open cedar outdoor shower with hot and cold water (our favorite part of the house). The dining room has a large farmhouse table that seats 12 comfortably. The family room has an enormous wood-burning, fieldstone fireplace, perfect for cooler days, roasting marshmellows or relaxing with a good book. The screened-in porch (our second favorite part of the house) is also a perfect place to eat, read and relax, and is accessible from inside or outside the house. The new, large gourmet kitchen includes custom cabinets, a butcher block island, top quality stainless steel appliances and so much more. The kitchen is also equipped with new dishes, barware, and kitchen tools, and is fully equipped to prepare gourmet meals or entertain two or two-hundred.
The Fox House interior has been lovingly and carefully renovated to retain the 'Up North' feel. The cottage has been updated with all new and antique furnishings and rugs, top quality brand new beds/mattresses, fresh paint, new light fixtures, newly-tiled baths and laundry room, updated bath and kitchen cabinetry and hardware, and heart pine flooring. The home is elegant yet casual to enhance the spectacular setting and beachfront. The photos do not do it justice. The entire home is fully equipped with all of the comforts of home, including: books, games, DVD’s, large laundry room/washer/dryer, dishwasher, garbage disposal, new high thread count linens, new pillows/quilts, new soft towels and so much more. There is a television, DVD player, expanced cable and High Speed Internet coming.
There is so much more to experience even after the summer ends! Enjoy spectacular foliage, biking, golfing, hiking, and winery tours while making this beautiful cottage your home base. If you enjoy skiing, cross country skiing is available right out the front door and in several nearby state parks, and downhill skiing is available a short drive away.
Keywords: Lake House
Owners use the home for family vacations and time away from the city.
Christy Harrison Schaefer purchased this house in 2008
This is our favorite place in the world.
This lovely beach cottage, constructed of cedar and stone, is located on a gorgeous wooded property and has stunning views of the beautiful sugar-sand beach right outside the back door. Family and friends will have fun filled days swimming, sunbathing, boating, kayaking, sailing, hiking, skiing, beachcombing, grilling, relaxing on the screened-in or stone porch and so much more.
My family and I have vacationed in Northern Michigan for nearly 40 years - searching for that perfect home and perfect beach/waterfront property. The Fox House is that. Not only is the home updated, spacious and filled to the gills with every amenity possible, the outdoor experience cannot be beat. You are on the leeward side of Lake Michigan meaning that the beach is gorgeous, the water is calm and you can safely swim out for what feels like miles. Northport - and its surrounding communities - continues to grow and offers great biking, running, water sports, and restaurants. This is our fourth year at the Fox House and we will be back next year.
A perfect fit for any group but particularly for our large family. With our 4 adult "kids" and 6 grandchirldren, room was never an issue. The kitchen is state of the art and always enough room for everyone at the very large dining room table. The house is beautiful with many amenities and the beach area is outstanding. The sandy beach is as nice as it gets. It was very easy to keep an eye on all of the grandchildren from the patio. Another plus is that the grandkids could walk out into the water for a good distance and the water never got above their waist. They had their choice of the water or the beautiful sandy beach to play on. Also great for the adults to sit at the beach or on the patio and relax in a quiet setting with no loud boats. How can you not enjoy a week at the Fox House. Thank you Christy.
What a wonderful week with our family and friends at the Fox House! The house, beach, and food could have not been any perfect. The sand on the beach was soft and the water was clean but a little cold. We made a lot of family memories at this wonderful cottage and did not want to leave. I will never forget my youngest daughter starting walking for the first time at the Fox House. These will be reflections that we will talk about for the rest of our lives. Thanks for allowing us to rent this BEAUTIFUL cottage.