Our home features four bedrooms, all upstairs, two full bathrooms upstairs and a half-bath downstairs. The house has central air which, while it isn't needed very often, it's appreciated on the warmer days. All floors are either hardwood or ceramic tile.
Downstairs we have a full kitchen with stainless steel microwave, refrigerator (with built-in ice maker), and dishwasher. Off the kitchen is a mudroom with full laundry and a separate half-bath. The dinette will seat four and there are three bar stools at the granite counter. The dining room seats six. We have a family room and living room. Hi-speed internet is provided, along with HD cable and a 42' flat screen HD tv.
Behind the house is a bi-level deck and a stainless gas grill. A fire pit is available if you want to make s'mores. In the front of the house is a covered porch with a glider where you can sit and watch the kids playing in the large yard. A paved driveway has room for up to five cars.
We are literally just steps from a beautiful public beach. It is sandy, with playground equipment for the kids. Wide open spaces available for sun bathing. A covered pavilion and charcoal grills are available if you have a family gathering planned while you are in town.
The village is less than a ten minute walk from our home. If you want to take a walk to do some shopping or go to one of the many locally owned restaurants, it's easy to do. A wonderful grocery store is about two blocks from our house. A medical clinic is across M-22 if you have an emergency arise, and there is a pharmacy next to the grocery store. You can rent kayaks and bicycles at a nearby business.
We are about 1/2 hour drive from the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Named a top destination for the Knot in their '50 Honeymoon Hot Spots.' Good Morning America's choice of 'The Most Beautiful Place in America' and voted one of America's Top 10 Family Destinations by Family Fun Magazine-2012.
Traverse City is about 20 minutes away. The drive to 'TC' as we call it is on M-22, along West Grand Traverse Bay. It's one of the most scenic drives you will experience. You can easily get in to TC and enjoy the shopping and dining experiences they have to offer.
Locally there are dozens of wineries, and some small businesses that are making cider and liquor. You can easily spend a day touring the wineries on the Leelanau Peninsula.
As you look through the pictures, we want you to know that we are in the process of doing some remodeling and redecorating. We have removed all of the carpet from the home and installed wood floors. Most rooms will be furnished differently than what is in these photos. We will finish all of the projects before our first guests arrive, and we will update the photos as we finish each room.
Darryl grew up in Suttons Bay. He is the fourth generation in his family to live here. Susan grew up nearby and we met in 1986. We raised three kids in this house, and now they have all moved out so we don't need so much space.
Darryl practiced law in Suttons Bay for 20 years and recently took a job in Lansing, working for the State. Susan has been a stay-at-home mom, enjoying our kids and now our grand kids.
In the 1920s, Darryl's grand parents bought a large piece of land on the bay. Back then, people didn't want it because it wasn't any good for farming. Over the years they sold it off, piece-by-piece. We were blessed to get our lot from Darryl's parents in 1994. Just last year, Darryl's mother sold her house next door, so now our home is the last remnant of the acreage. We hope to retire here and ultimately leave the home as a legacy to our children.
When we originally planned the home, we only had two children. After the home was designed, we discovered we were going to have a third child. Fortunately, we had included a fourth bedroom adjacent to the master bedroom that served well as a nursery.
We enjoy sitting on the front porch in the mornings, drinking our coffee and breathing the fresh air off the beach. At night, with the windows open, you can hear the waves washing up on the shore. If you are an early riser, you can enjoy some fantastic sunrises from the beach. If you are more into staying up late, a 15-minute drive will get you to Leland where you can watch the sun set over the Manitou Islands.
Very close to the quaint and scenic small village of Suttons Bay. For as small as the town is there are a number of shops and restaurants. Wonderful sandy beaches. Paved recreational trail for walking, biking, running, or rollerblading just two blocks from the house. We are just 20 minutes from Traverse City - far enough to get you away from the 'big city' but close enough that you can easily get there to enjoy their events, shopping, and dining.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 20 2014 - Sep 12 2014
2 night minimum stay
|Cleaning Fee||$200 + Tax|
|Property Damage Protection||$49|
|Notes||Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed. We collect Michigan Use Tax of 6%. Smoke free and pet free. $400 smoking fee if you smoke or have a pet inside our home. These are to preserve the freshness of our home for the next guest. Refunds only provided if we are able to find a substitute renter, and subject to $150 cancellation fee.|