DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY - ON THE BAY, STUDIO APARTMENT

Bob Eichenlaub

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
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Minimum Stay 2 nights
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DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY - ON THE BAY, STUDIO APARTMENT

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1 Bedroom Guest Suite With Kitchenette, Sleeps 4

Welcome to our home! We just finished building it in June (2013). It is one of the coolest houses in Northwest Michigan. We live on the 2nd and 3rd floors with an amazing view of West Grand Traverse Bay. It is a passive and active solar home. We are 2 blocks west of downtown Traverse City - on West Bay across from the West End Beach. Our guest suite is on the first floor of our home AND it has a private entry off the front door. It includes a living room, bedroom (with a Queen size bed) and a full bath with a tub. The living area has a sofa bed (with a memory foam mattress), TV with cable, WIFI, and a kitchenette. The kitchenette has a full size refrigerator, hot plate, microwave, sink and a coffee maker.

Most Importantly......you are downtown across from West Bay within walking distance of everything that Traverse City has to offer. Park Your Car!

Walk, bike or drive to our many restaurants, wineries, breweries, bars and food trucks:

Come for all our festivals, for the Great Lakes, for family and new friends. Use our place as a hub for all your explorations to the surrounding counties!

You can connect to miles of paved trials just across the street. Mountain bikers and cross country skiers will enjoy 3-25k loops at the Vasa trail system. Bike, kayak and stand-up paddleboards can be rented at the Bayfront Park, approximately 1/4 mile away. Hiking and fly fishing are superb on the Boardman River, a blue-ribbon trout stream. Just 30 minutes to the north, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore was recently named the most beautiful place in America.

There are museums - the north's only children's museum and Dennos Museum, which holds the world's largest collection of Inuit art. There are numerous art galleries. Our downtown is one of the most vibrant in the state - unique shops abound.

Named a top five Foodie Town by Bon Appetit, we love our local restaurants and will point you in the right direction. The best bakery in town is a half block away and you can often smell fresh bread and cinnamon rolls baking at night. There are a number of wineries on both our peninsulas and microbreweries abound.

Traverse City is home to the State Theatre, just named the top small theater in the country - you can walk to the State and its new sister theater, Bijou by the Bay. Art and first run films are shown at the theater, along with kid's 25-cent matinees and classic films on Wednesday mornings. Traverse City's Film Festival takes place the first week of August - it is in its ninth year, attracting film makers, actors and producers from around the world.

Just down the block -

Bay Bakery - the best bakery in town.

Frenchies (Breakfast and Lunch)

Sledders Restaurant - kiss the moose!

Wonder Freeze Ice Cream

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Bob Eichenlaub (Owner)
Advertiser since 2013
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About Bob Eichenlaub

I am retired Special Education Teacher and builder and Becky is manager at a local foundation. We are avid runners, bikers and skiers. I have biked all over the world and love biking here the best. We have lived here for decades and love Traverse City!

Bob Eichenlaub purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Bob Eichenlaub chose Traverse City

The ‘Rock Shop 2’ started 3 years ago when my wife and I were looking for a new home. We stumbled onto an old storefront with a house attached. The “Davidson Rock Shop” had been polishing Petoskey stones and selling them to tourists for over 50 years. The building was part of Traverse City’s original downtown and was built just after the Civil War. It sits across the street from the public beach on West Bay - an awesome location, just 2 blocks away from downtown.

We decided to tear down the commercial side and sell the small house to some friends. The design was particularly difficult due to the fact that the commercial infill lot that was left was 25’ wide and 117’ deep AND we needed a ‘one hour fire rated wall’ on the long sides. That means no windows on the long sides. A big challenge was bringing light into a ‘shotgun’ style house.

The other big design consideration was that I wanted to build the most energy efficient building in Traverse City. The building follows a German design standard called Passiv House. This design standard has four main criteria 1) Super-insulation 2) Very tight envelope 3) an Energy Recovery Ventilator to bring in fresh air and is 4)Solar heated.

I retired last June from teaching and started tearing down the old building the next day. The final design (I went through 4 major design changes) has a small apartment and a garage on the first floor. The second floor has the main living space and has a ‘clear story’ that goes up to the third floor and the decks, flooding the house with light. The floors and the domestic hot water are heated by the solar panels on the roof. Last week we got a courtesy call from DTE saying that we would not be getting a bill for the month of May because they do not send out bills less than $ 30.00.

What makes this apartment unique

We are so very happy with our new home, it is nothing short of amazing! It has turned out better than we expected. Look out your front window on one of the most pristine bays in the world!

CAUTION: A sign has gone up on the bank across the street. Apparently, a developer has purchased the building and is planning on razing the building and constructing condos in its place. We are not sure of his timeline, but he may start this summer (2014). Fortunately, we'll still keep our view, AND due to the fact that our house is super insulated; we don't think the noise should be a problem.

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Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
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Minimum Stay 2 nights
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4.9
based on 11 traveler reviews

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DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY - ON THE BAY, Studio Apartment
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews
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DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY - ON THE BAY, Studio Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3596143
+1 231-632-7427
Traverse City Northern Michigan
5

Excellent!

  • 5 of 5
This was our first VRBO experience and our first trip to Traverse City, so we were a little nervous about it all . . . but it was awesome! From the start -- when I emailed Bob to see if we could bring our noisy blender -- to the finish -- when I wondered about our deposit refund, the owners were responsive, kind, and helpful. The listing description is spot on. The studio apartment was clean, well-appointed and so cool. The owners prepared a 3-ring binder with all kinds of recommendations for restaurants, sights to see, and a history of their property. Top-notch customer service. They even invited us to tour the house before we left. One really impressive thing? Bob asked if we had any suggestions and we had a couple little ones about the bathroom fan (so quiet we weren't sure it was turned on) and what can guests put in the recycle. By the time we returned home Sunday night, Bob had sent us an email with photos of the labels to clarify our questions for future guests. It's so refreshing to know that others listen! So, yes, we would highly recommend this to a friend or relative. Loved being within walking distance to awesome restaurants and seeing the view of the bay. I'm not sure when we'll be able to return to TC, but if/when we do, we'll be back here.
  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY - ON THE BAY, Studio Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3596143
+1 231-632-7427
Traverse City Northern Michigan
Columbus, Ohio
5

Amazing Location!

  • 5 of 5
This was our first time using HomeAway/VRBO and we were not disappointed! Everything about Rock Shop 2 is accurately described in the description. The pictures are spot on! Bob is super quick to respond and answers any questions you might have. When we arrived to Rock Shop 2 we were blown away by the view and the location. The place itself is very clean and had everything we needed for our stay. We felt very safe while staying there, especially with the private entrance with the locking system. Bob and Becky are very gracious and have amazing recommendations for anything you might want to do! The best part of Rock Shop 2 is the location. It is perfect as it is close to the places you want to go but still far enough away from the touristy parts of the city. It is located just across the street from the bay and a couple of blocks from Front Street. You are able to walk to the bay and enjoy the beach, or get on the TART bike trail that you can enjoy for miles. Just next door are an amazing bakery and a great restaurant to enjoy breakfast and lunch. Downtown is about a 10-minute walk where there are plenty of great breweries, shops, and restaurants. We could not have asked for a better place to stay, and I would hands down recommend to stay at Rock Shop 2 rather than a hotel!
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review. We look forward to seeing you again.
Bob & Becky
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DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY - ON THE BAY, Studio Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3596143
+1 231-632-7427
Traverse City Northern Michigan
5

Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5
"Rock Shop 2" was the perfect location for our visit to Traverse City! Nearly everything we wanted to do in the city was within walking distance, and when we wanted to do further exploring it was only a very short drive. Bob and Becky's recommendation book came in very handy.

The place itself was very clean and just the right amount of space (larger than we expected, in fact). Checking in and out was a breeze. When we return to Traverse City this will be our go-to place to stay!
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY - ON THE BAY, Studio Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3596143
+1 231-632-7427
Traverse City Northern Michigan
North Carolina
5

We loved every minute

  • 5 of 5
We stayed for 2 nights are this VRBO and enjoyed every minute at the rental. We brought our two burner stove so that we could make breakfast at the studio, but we could have also walked a few yards to the bakery or another breakfast place just down the street.
Bob and Becky were very personable and even gave us some restaurant recommendations for places that offer gluten free options.
This studio is very well maintained, very clean, cozy and great for a romantic getaway. The sun set on Grand Travers Bay is just beautiful.
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
business
DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY - ON THE BAY, Studio Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3596143
+1 231-632-7427
Traverse City Northern Michigan
5

Glue to a Great Trip

  • 5 of 5
This studio had everything we were looking for during our weekend stay. Walking distance to many brewery's and great eateries downtown. Your close to many great places, yet far away enough from the touristy area of the city. Great view of the bay. The studio itself had everything we needed. The entire home was very impressive. Bob and Becky were very gracious. They had plenty of suggestions and the also would respect your privacy if desired. There is no doubt we would try and book here again the next time we return to TC!
  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. We loved having you.
Bob
business
DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY - ON THE BAY, Studio Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3596143
+1 231-632-7427
Traverse City Northern Michigan
5

Wonderful memories created here!

  • 5 of 5
It is that time when you think back on the past year and fond memories rise quickly to the surface. For me, one of the first is our stay at the Rock Shop 2 condo back in August of 2013. Bob and Becky are the most gracious of hosts. They know the area well and have the best advise/suggestions to all that Traverse City has to offer: restaurants, clubs, biking-hiking-jogging trails, shops, bakeries and farmers markets. They even have great books to read! But they are also very respectful of your space and time. The Rock Shop is in a perfect location with an amazing view. While there we took a beautiful late night walk along the bay, paid a visit to an aromatic and delicious bread shop (just a few doors away) and shopped at a nearby farmers market. The accommodations were impeccable. The bed was so comfortable I had to ask where the mattress was purchased. The condo had everything we needed and were looking for, all with an attractive décor. It’s one of those places you don’t want to tell others in fear that it will get too busy and you won’t be able to get in but a place so wonderful you want everyone to experience it as well. So I’m going with the latter because everyone should look back on their fond memories and have the Rock Shop as one of them. Thank you Becky and Bob for the wonderful memories.
  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Map

Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
US 31 & M-72
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Across the street
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Sledders - Kiss the Moose!
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Elmbrook, Grand Traverse Resort
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Sledders - Great Burger
Car: not necessary
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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Traverse City Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall
Sep 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
$200
$1,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter - Spring
Nov 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$150
$1,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$150
From
$150
Fri,Sat
$1,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $50
Tax Rate 6.0%

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Traverse City Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Beach View
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Internet
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Full sized tub and shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen sized bed with a Memory Foam Mattress
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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