|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
The Grand Traverse Region is one of the TOP PLACES TO VISIT! Originally known as the cherry capital of the world, it is now home to numerous vineyards and wineries, miles and miles of pristine shoreline, nationally recognized events--such as the National Cherry Festival, the Michael Moore Film Festival and the distinction of being the Most Beautiful Place in America (our Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore). This home, while boasting a serene and peaceful setting, is in the middle of all of this!
This property abuts the Whitewater Township Park, which has 150 acres of wooded trails, 2,000+ feet of shoreline along Elk Lake, and a public boat launch and swim area. Elk Lake is your entry point to the “Chain of Lakes”, a 55+mile watershed of 14 interconnected lakes and rivers, including the infamous Torch Lake Sandbar. Rent a boat for the week from one of the many local marinas.
Within a 5 minute drive, you’ll find the $90 Million Turtle Creek Casino with gaming and nightlife; world renowned golf at the Grand Traverse Resort; the quaint village of Elk Rapids-with its many eclectic shops and beautiful riverfront; and Pearl’s Restaurant, a local favorite for New Orleans cuisine—don’t forget to order the crawfish adorned Bloody Mary!
My concept is to provide you a home away from home. The idea is to pull up, drop your bags and begin your perfect vacation!
This home has a large open floor plan with vaulted cathedral ceilings and bamboo floors throughout. There are many multiple areas for gathering and relaxing.
The kitchen, open to the dining room, is fully equipped with everything you will need to entertain and enjoy a carefree vacation: dishes, utensils, cookware, glassware. The dining table can seat 6. The granite counter top bar area seats 4. The bay window is often full of fresh herbs.
Relax with a cocktail in the formal living room. Enjoy the view from the bank of bright windows. Unwind and read a book, or watch the large screen television with surround sound.
There is a recently remodeled full bath on the main floor--conveniently located. It has a large tiled shower that is very accessible (a low edge). Towels and linens are provided.
There is a computer nook for those desiring a private work space. DO keep work to a minimum! ;)
The main floor bedroom is large and airy and has a king size bed and private bath. The shower and stool are isolated from the double vanity sink area....so sharing space while getting ready for an outing is a breeze. The room also has a very large walk in closet with iron & ironing board.
The 2nd bedroom, on the upper level, has a double bed and a trundle bed. The room could comfortably sleep 4.
The 3rd bedroom, on the upper level, has a double bed and overlooks the woods & lawn.
The 3rd bathroom, on the upper level, is located between the two bedrooms. It has a step in shower/tub, vanity and stool.
There are two decks outside. The front deck is great for sunning--it never has any shade. Bring your sun tan lotion! The side deck is large, located immediately off the kitchen French doors and is partially shaded by noon. It has an umbrella table and chairs as well as additional cushioned chairs. There is also a gas grill on the deck, the perfect place for a summer barbecue.
The property has ample space for parking. The driveway is large and asphalt paved. There is a basketball hoop for the kids and a fire pit area for roasting s'mores. Beach volleyball can be found at the township park.
Every effort will be made to ensure you have an amazing and memorable vacation. Reserve your space today!
I grew up in and around the Traverse City area. My parents made their exodus from the big city in the early 1970's...depositing their family in this quaint area known as northern lower Michigan. As a typical teenager, I planned my 'escape'...eager for the hustle and bustle of the urban landscape. But over time, I came to appreciate the area--and ultimately couldn't bear to leave it : ) My career provides me the opportunity to speak with people of wealth rather regularly. There's nothing more satisfying than hearing these words from them: 'I've travelled the world and can live anywhere I choose. I choose northern Michigan. I choose HERE!'
Sally Akerley purchased this house in 2006
My family purchased this property in 2006. We didn't move far, just across town...but my goal was to put the children into the Elk Rapids school district. The property suited us beautifully! It was isolated enough to be quiet, yet close enough to enjoy all the area amenities. The beach is just down the road. All summer long, we were in constant pursuit of the water--whether it was biking down, loading up the boat for a jaunt out to the Torch Lake sandbar, or a quiet moonlight stroll down for an evening swim.
Now the children are grown. And while it might be tempting to sell this property and move on....I cannot. Instead, I am inviting you to share in it.
This property spoke to me the minute I saw it for sale online. Before I even stepped foot onto the property, I knew it would be ours. And it was!
Located immediately between Traverse City and Elk Rapids--it is the perfect location. It is a very private, wooded setting. You cannot see the water, but you can hear it while you're sunning on the deck. The public boat launch/beach area/campground are at the end of the road (0.15 mile). Immediately upon purchasing the home, we bought our first boat. We were in it almost constantly, maneuvering the Chain of Lakes that was mere footsteps from our back door. Here is our detail of the 'chain'...Elk Lake greets you at the end of the road. Through that is Lake Skegemog, to Torch River, to Torch Lake (fabled for its crystal clear turquoise waters and sandbar), to Clam River, to Clam Lake, to Grass River to Lake Bellaire. There are several towns and hamlets along the route. Eagles nest along the riverbanks. It is exceptionally beautiful. Some nights, we wouldn't go 'out' to dinner...we would BOAT to dinner!
Some nights, we would walk down the road to the beach, cocktails in hand, eager to meet friends-old and new-that were gathered at the pavilion or enjoying a fire overlooking the lake.
The proximity to Traverse City and Elk Rapids were especially appealing to me. It was a foot in both doors, so to speak. We had our quaint little village where everyone knew one another...and the larger city with its many amenities. Over the years, it's been a joy to discover we're always a tourist in our own town. There is always someplace new to visit, eat, hear, explore!
Come--See for yourself!!
We have been going north, on a color week away, for several years. This property was exceptional. A wonderful home in the country. Everything was just as promised. The kitchen is big and well supplied with everything needed for cooking. Cable television with premium movie channels that we enjoyed on our rainy days. Very clean and very comfortable! The owner was extremely pleasant and called immediately to check on us. All in all, a great week!
We've been to this area before and knew we would enjoy the location. Only one other house in sight of this property. Wonderful! The house was superb with everything you needed. Terrific kitchen. Great deck. Huge. Included very friendly humming birds. Possibly their last week in northern Mi. We only spent a week but would loved to spent another. Hoping to return soon.
We traveled to the area for a wedding and the 5 of us couldn't have had a better time. The house is perfect for 6 grownups or for 4 grownups and a few kids. Everything you needed was provided: dish soap, pans, dishes, coffee filters, sheets, towels, etc., we just picked up a few food items. We are already talking about renting this same property again in a warmer month. Who knew winter started in October in Michigan? Not us East Coast kids that's for sure! We also especially enjoyed walking to the lake on the private road and hiking through the woods along the shore - we got muddy but it was a blast! The house is about 10-15 min from the Turtle Creek Casino - where we all won money, so that was an added bonus.
Our stay was wonderful. We wanted to stay in a home/cottage in lieu of a hotel for our stay during our son's soccer tournament in TC. The home is beautiful and the beds were really comfortable. We will look into renting this property again. The home kept us dry during the rainy weather too. Thank you for a short but awesome stay at your home.
Our getaway was ideal and amazing. The house more than met our expectations. So much to do and see, we only had 4 days and it was not enough time to do and see everything. We plan to return to this home next year and hopefully can stay longer. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home.
My family enjoyed our stay at this lovely home. It was spacious, comfortable, and attractive. Some of the things we loved most: 1. the kitchen; 2. the large peaceful property surrounded by trees; 3. the big comfy couches in the T.V. room; 4. the piano (our daughter plays piano alllll of the time and we've never had one available at a rental, so that was nice); 5. the comfortable beds; 6. the floor plan; 7. the remoteness, but at the same time easy accessibility to Traverse City; 8. all of the natural light in the house; and 9. the whole house water softening system (a real treat for our skin and hair!). What was also really nice was the gorgeous Elk Lake right at the end of the street. It's a park area with picnic benches and grills available for public use. Nice owner, too. Would definitely stay again!
TRAVERSE CITY/ELK RAPIDS area...Nationally recognized mecca of the north!! World renowned for our natural beauty & vibrant culture: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore-NAMED MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN AMERICA; the Caribbean of the north--Torch Lake (3rd most beautiful in the world); world class wineries on Old Mission & Leelanau Peninsulas; Top 10 golf courses (Arcadia Bluffs, The Bear); Casinos (Turtle Creek & Leelanau Sands); a burgeoning micro-brew region (Shorts & Right Brain Brewery); Arts festivals (Michael Moore's: 1 week Film Festival and 1 week Comedy Festival); the National Cherry Festival (2014-Return of the Blue Angels); Gourmet cuisine (Trattoria Stella, Aerie, Patisserie Amie, The Boathouse, ETC!), museums (the Music House, Dennos); sailing (Tall Ship Manitou, the Nauticat); scuba diving (world class Great Lakes shipwrecks); beaches abound with turquoise colored fresh water; vibrant & eclectic communities--Fishtown near Empire, Traverse City downtown district, Elk Rapids village--to name just a few. Check out the historic Grand Traverse Commons...former 'insane asylum' converted to chic retail and fine restaurants. Don't forget to take a tour of the underground tunnels! Plan on attending the Horse Shows by the Bay, a month long equestrian event with prizes nearing $1Million. Daily tickets are just $10! There are miles and miles of biking and hiking trails; tennis; jet skiing; para-sailing; camping; fishing; kayaking; canoeing; boating; etc.
Our four seasons offer a multitude of activities. Come in the spring to witness the 'Blessing of the Cherry Blossoms'...and watch the countryside orchards explode in fluffy tufts of pink & white. Prowl the woods for the elusive (yet delicious!) morel mushrooms. Wintertime brings a peace and tranquility to the landscape. Take a romantic moonlit snow shoe excursion or cross country ski trek. Head to the area hillsides for snow skiing or snowmobiling. And don't forget...autumn in Northern Michigan cannot be beat. Plan on a color tour--whether it be hot air ballooning...or taking a country drive through the 'Tunnel of Trees'. The beauty of our four seasons is striking!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Apr 3 2015 - Jun 20 2015
4 night minimum stay
Jun 21 2015 - Sep 13 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
50% of Total due when making reservation...Remainder due 30 days prior to arrival.
If booking within 30 days of arrival date, 100% due upon reservation.
No Refund for cancellations within 30 days of arrival date.
All other cancellations subject to a $250 re-booking fee.
Guests interested in purchasing Property Damage Protection ($5,000 coverage for $89)--Call 888-501-3025
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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