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Luxury Beachfront - Lake, Dunes, Chicago, Shopping, A/C, Internet, Parking

Jim Pappas, Developer/Owner

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Luxury Beachfront - Lake, Dunes, Chicago, Shopping, A/C, Internet, Parking

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Miller Beach House Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms + pull-out Queen, 1 Marble Jacuzzi Bath (Sleeps 6-8)

Custom built in 2009, this private & tranquil Guest House offers exceptional value! See our website ( Our guests are mostly repeats & often book the same time year-after-year. They too seek the ultimate spa-like-experience, finest & numerous amenities, outdoor living, Jacuzzi bath, gourmet kitchen, large great room, vaulted skylight ceilings, beautiful dunes, & sugar-sand beaches.

Only 35 min from Chicago, Miller Beach, is the center of hundreds of attractions. Boat Launch (seasonal) for watercraft is just down the street. Only a sliver of National Park & winding dune trails separates you from THE nicest, Semi-Private, sugar-sand beach in IN! Take the sand trail from the yard for a sunrise jog, catch some warm, afternoon rays on the soft beach, swim in cool Lake Michigan, or stroll in the surf at dusk & capture a snapshot of the setting sun or Chicago Skyline. No matter what the season or occasion, stay with us for the ultimate in relaxation!

See for complete details & Pics: Two Queen-sized bdrms + Queen pull-out, marble Jacuzzi bath, dog-friendly, credit cards accepted, loaded Island kitchen, fridge w/auto-ice maker, range/oven, dishwasher, garbage disposal, laundry center with detergent/fabric softener/bleach, island w/stools, 16' vaulted ceilings w/skylights let in the Southern sun!, private deck, parking, & entrance, large Great Room, 32' & 21” flat-screen Cable TVs, DVD & VHS players, beach murals, Sugar-Sand 'Semi-Private' beach, 150’ sand bar, no rocks/muck/algae, no under tows, free wireless internet, binder full of useful info & local attractions, gas grill w/ extra propane, remote-controlled A/C, ceiling fans, radiant heat, linens, towels, coffee maker, blender, toaster oven, cookware, bake ware, flatware, paper towel, shampoo, soap, hairdryers. Bedrooms have dressers, night stands, lamps, flat-screen cable TV, DVD/VHS players, large closets, hangars, & fans. No hassle!

No one offers more amenities and value!: See for more pics, our many unique features/amenities, availability, pricing/policies, & booking.

First-come, first served. We accept credit cards, Paypal, and personal checks

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Main House/Dream Retreat (sleeps up to 16) may be available.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jim Pappas, Developer/Owner (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
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About Jim Pappas, Developer/Owner

Completed in 2009, I built the Dream Retreat and attached Guest House with all the luxuries, premium fixtures, and custom amenities in mind to truly make it a spa-like experience for relaxing as well as functional and comfortable enough for entertaining large groups of family and friends.

I’ve been designing, building, and managing commercial real estate since 2001 and finally have built my dream home for my family to live in. My family and I always look forward to coming home to 'our private oasis on the beach” to escape from it all...

I truly hope you enjoy our home as much as we do. Please see and call me at (773) 264-1000 to book your chosen dates before you lose them; we fill up very fast, take credit cards, and are first come, first served.

Hope to see you soon!

Jim Pappas & Family

Jim Pappas, Developer/Owner purchased this house in 2009

Why Jim Pappas, Developer/Owner chose Miller Beach

We chose Miller Beach, IN for several reasons. It is THE closest beach side community to Chicago (35 minutes by vehicle or South Shore Train, 60 minutes from O’hare Airport, 30 minutes from Midway Airport), is right on the Indiana Dunes National Park, and has the BEST “semi-private” sugar-sand beach around!

Our backyard and beach IS the IN Dunes National Park!

Unlike most beachfront rentals, they are crowded, noisy, and offer no privacy. There are usually neighbors right next to you on both sides which offer limited privacy and minimal relaxation. The Dream Retreat and attached Guest House are built on a quiet, cul-de-sac street, corner lot, the only house on the corner, and 350 feet from the closest neighbor! Your views to the North and East are only Lake Michigan, the Dunes, and the Chicago skyline. I also installed 6’ and 8’ privacy fences to further isolate the back yard and decks from the street.

Follow the private sand trail to the best “semi-private” beach. Since we are a full mile from the public beach, even in the heat of Peak Summer Season, there are rarely more than a handful of other families near us.

Our beach is pure sugar sand, has no rocks, no muck, no algae, nor erosion. There is a knee-high, sand bar out 150 feet. There are no under-tows or rip currents either. This is great for our little ones and we feel very safe letting them swim alone in the crystal-clear, warm waters. Also, because we are the Southern-most tip of Lake Michigan, the water gets the warmest fastest and stays the warmest the longest--even well into Autumn.

Dream Retreat has an outdoor shower & Professional sand volley ball court (Peak Seasons only), set to Woman’s Olympic specs, in the back yard right off the main deck and additional privacy fencing.

How much more “one with nature” can you get, have no neighbors, enjoy ultimate luxury and privacy, and still be only 35 minutes from Chicago, one of the largest and most culturally diverse cities in the world!

What makes this house unique

No other beachfront vacation rental offers this level of privacy, beauty, and luxury. Our guest list is confidential, but includes A-list celebrities on-site during filming of major movies, professional sports stars, and noted journalists.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Met with a bunch of girls who all Scrapbook. Thats what we did from Thursday until Sunday in Nov. 2011. Beautiful home, beautiful location, beautiful times!! Would I do again? In a heartbeat!! Oh and did I mention the hot tub. This would be a great place for a small family reunion or maybe a New Years Eve party. Very lovely--hoping to make plans to do it again.
Nov 2011
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Luxury Beachfront - Lake, Dunes, Chicago, Shopping, A/C, Internet, Parking
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Loved this Guest House in the Dunes!

  • 5 of 5

The Guest House is darling! Stayed here for a late summer trip to the beach and absolutely fell in love with the place. Short walk on the trail to the gorgeous beach, surrounded by nature and secluded on a quiet street—my friends and I had THE best time. There were 6 of us and even though 1 couple stayed on the pullout couch, it was no big deal. The kitchen was great—had everything we needed and open to the living area, which was perfect, cause everyone always ends up there anyway right? Also had an amazing view of the dunes!! Who knew this was SO close to Chicago! Seriously—we will be coming back many, many more times.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I completely agree. People always zoom right by Miller Beach to get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on there way to other less desirable destinations much further from Chicago with sub-standard beaches. For what? I don't know. The Guest House is LOADED with everything and is always priced right! Thank you very much for you stay and see you again in 6.5 months! Also, we are in the process of updating the furnishings in the Guest House as well. Jim

Great Family Staycation

  • 5 of 5

I decided to book a quick winter “stay-cation” for my family and was searching for a comfortable, relaxing place where we could also enjoy the outdoors. I found the Guest House and knew it would be the perfect getaway.

The owner responded to my inquiry immediately and thoroughly walked me through all of the amenities and highlights of the home. As it turns out, we were also allowed to bring our dog!

Our stay couldn’t have been better. The kids spent the days playing in the dunes while my husband and I caught up on our reading and even a nap or two!

The house is situated on a quiet cul de sac and was such a delightful respite from our everyday hectic lives in the city. We were able to cook all meals in the fully stocked, open kitchen (with everything from utensils/pots and pans to a toaster oven, coffee machine and a dishwasher) and enjoyed having the entire family in one cozy space. All five of us fit comfortably in the house, with one bedroom for my husband and I, a room for the girls and a pull out sofa in the main room for my son. The kids loved the big screen tv/dvd player, hubby was glued to overstuffed leather sofa and I adored having a washer/dryer. The indoor Jacuzzi tub was also a huge hit with eveyone!

The Guest House was truly a great value…more fun and in the end more cost effective than a hotel! We will be back again, hopefully when it is warmer!

~Kim L.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kim! I'm glad everything worked out so well. Hope to see you again soon!

Great Romantic Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in the guest house for a much needed getaway in January. Very beautiful, comfortable and relaxing....just what we needed. He liked the well stocked kitchen, for he is the chef in the family ;) I especially enjoyed the comfy cozy bed and jacuzzi tub!!!! Great for couples needing to get away together and recharge the batteries.

Another great thing....they are pet friendly! Hard to come by.... Nice not having to worry about our dog when we go on vacation.....

Any questions or concerns we had were answered by the property owner who was waiting for us when we arrived (nice perk). We both highly recommend this property and are looking forward to our next escape!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Galveston, TX

Beautiful views, relaxing, quiet, great hiking

  • 5 of 5

My four sisters, I and 2 dogs met at the house in Mid-December and loved it! it was big enough for all of us. 2 of us are from Galveston, 1 from Detroit, and 2 from Rockford, IL. we do this sister's getaway once a year. The dunes and lake were very pretty. the location was convenient and somewhat centrall located for all of us to get to. we love to be outdoors and even though it was chilly, we enjoyed hiking the beach trails. the dogs (boxer and golden retriver) loved to romp all over the dunes and beach. The staff was pleasant and even met us on site to give a tour. We will definitely make this place our yearly sisters outing. thank you Jim and Marty!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Chicago, IL.

Perfect Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented the Main House and Guest House for a family vacation this summer and had an incredible time. Wonderful management, impeccably clean, tons of amenities! We were really blown away by the size of the house and all it had to offer, but spent the majority of the time on the beach. The water clarity and temp. were perfect. When we weren't at the beach we spent the rest of the time on the padio cooking on the gas grill. Really an incredible place to spend time with the family!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Chicago, IL.

What a get-away!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this "Guest House" for a weekend get-away from Chicago and had an absolutely wonderful time! My family really needed something last minute and close by and this was perfect. It only took us about 45 minutes to get there from the north side of Chicago!

The home was beautiful and well-appointed with two large bedrooms and an open concept main room. The plasma screen tv was an added bonus as well. The beach was peaceful and the swimming was perfect. Though the next time might be in the Winter so as to take full advantage of the whirlpool in the Master Bath.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


Miller Bakery Cafe
"Fabulous upscale dining and craft cocktails--1 mile from Miller Beach Dream Retreat."
Thrive Acupuncture
Albanese Confectionery Group
"large candy factory offers tours daily--15 minutes from Miller Beach Dream Retreat"
Flamingo Pizza of Miller
"Best pizza in Miller Beach. 25% off all pies on Monday--1.5 miles from Miller Beach Dream Re..."
West Beach
"One of the BEST beaches in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and offers miles of hiking a..."
"Restored 1920 bathing house converted to two museums: Chanute Museum--first manned glider ri..."
Deep River Waterpark
Indiana Beach Amusement & Resort
Journeyman Distillery
"Tour a small batch distillery, enjoy great food in a relaxing atmosphere--30 minutes from Mi..."
Three Floyd's Brewery
Shoreline Brewery
Pleasant House Three Oaks
County Line Orchard
49ER Drive-In Theatre
Car: necessary

Custom built in 2009, this private Retreat will help you escape from it all! Retreat is situated on a cul-de-sac street & corner lot. No traffic! Completely private compound (6' & 8' privacy fences). Retreat is open to North (i.e., lakeside) and East (i.e. no neighbors, just rolling dune-scape). No noise except that of birds, breeze, and waves slapping against the shoreline.

Because of our unique location, only a tiny sliver of IN Dunes Nat'l Park separates us (stroll on natural sand trail) from the nicest semi-private, soft, white, sugar-sand beach on Lake Mich. 1/3 mile from Lake St. Beach boat launch (seasonal) for families, jet-skis, boats, sailboats, etc.

Welcome Binder provided of grocery stores, dining & all attractions.

Other Activities: Centrally located and something for everyone! All attractions are within a 45 minute drive or train ride. Shoppers and gamers paradise! grocery/liquor stores, factory Outlet malls (120 stores), West Lake two-story mall, candy factory tours, fine/casual Dining, EZ train to Chicago: (Loop, “Magnificent Mile” shopping, museums, convention center, airports), water parks, amusement parks, Amish Country, scenic drives, Fall foliage tours, flea markets, National Park hiking/biking trails and classroom discussions, winery tours, Casinos (10 min to Trump, Ameristar, Majestic, harrah's, Horseshoe; 30 min to Blue Chip), Wells Street & West Side Beaches, golf, marinas, etc.

Golf: 19 courses withing a 30 mile radius--list and contact information provided in binder at check-in.

Ski: FourLakes Apline Snowsports is in Lisle, IL approx 60 miles from the Retreat and offer a wide variety of terrain, slopes, lessons, and fun for people of all ages.


Rates & Availability

From $474 Per night

Miller Beach House Rental Rates

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Peak Season
May 22 2015 - Sep 20 2015
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Thnksvng/Xmas/Labor Day $149.00 + Tax
Cleaning $100.00 + Tax
Easter $49.00 + Tax
Memorial Day $79.00 + Tax
July 4/NYE $199.00 + Tax
Pet Fee $20.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%
Notes *System-Generated Rates MAY NOT BE ACCURATE*
Please visit for accurate pricing or call/email 773-209-5203
Dogs accepted (up to 2, treated at least 7 days in advance) CONFIRM FEES
Early check-in 1pm CST/late check out 1pm CST for add'l fees, subject to availability
Holiday premiums for July 4th, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Air Show, Easter

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Miller Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • Marble Jacuzzi bathroom includes bath matts, towels, hair dryers, tissue paper, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, night lights, etc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - Sofabed
  • Bedrooms equipped with high, vaulted-ceilings, walk-in-closets, dressers, HD flat screen TVs, DVD players, alarm clocks, hangers, ceiling fans, stand fans, all linens, etc.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Sand Box
  • Walkway to Water
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • bowling center
  • disco club
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • water sports
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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