Crystal Lake Cottage Rental Photos and Description
5 Bedroom, 3 Bath Cottage Sleeps Up To 12, With Private Beach And Dock
Large, 2,700 square foot, year-round cottage on wooded lot that sits on 80' of private frontage on the desirable south shore of Crystal Lake. 5 spacious bedrooms can accommodate up to 12 people in 2 king rooms, 1 queen room, 1 room with 2 doubles, and 1 room with a twin bunk bed. 3 full bathrooms.
Property was purchased by current owner in December 2013 and has been completely renovated with new kitchen appliances and island; new carpeting, laminate, and tile flooring throughout; fresh paint, new light fixtures and window treatments; many new furnishings and all new mattresses. Great Room features a vaulted ceiling, natural cut stone fireplace, and expansive windows facing the lake. Open concept kitchen, dining area and great room are perfect for comfortable entertaining and family gatherings. A screened porch facing the lake off the kitchen offers a relaxing respite.
Cottage sits on a large yard with a private, sandy beach located across a low-trafficked street (25 mph speed limit), with a new dock and swim platform. Crystal Lake is an exceptionally clear, spring-fed lake of almost 10,000 acres. The south shore generally features calm waters with a gradual slope that is ideal for wading and swimming for children of all ages. The lake is easily large enough to accommodate boat traffic and is a wonderful place for power boating, sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking. A boat mooring is provided for the use of guests.
1.8 miles to Congregational Summer Assembly. 3 miles to quaint downtown Frankfort, with dining, shopping, and a gorgeous Lake Michigan public beach. Travel 4 miles to Point Betsie Lighthouse and public beach for stunning sunsets, and 5-6 miles to the southern edge of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, voted by Good Morning America viewers as 'Most Beautiful Place in America,' with miles of unspoiled dunes. 17 miles to Crystal Mountain golf and skiing. 18 miles to Arcadia Bluffs, ranked by Golf Digest as America's 10th Best Public Golf Course. 30 miles to Traverse City and year-round activities and events, wineries, dining, and shopping. Hike or bike the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail, a former railroad line now trail running from Frankfort to Thompsonville, partly along Crystal Lake. Or just sit at the end of the dock and enjoy the cool lake breezes!
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- Long-term Renters Welcome
About Jonathan Ball
We're Jon and Kathy Ball, and we grew up vacationing in northwest lower Michigan from our native suburban Detroit. In 1988, we rented our first cottage on Crystal Lake with our toddler son. In 2001, we bought our own place on the south shore, near Beulah. In 2012, with our children grown, we decided to make Crystal Lake our permanent home.
Jonathan Ball purchased this cottage in 2013
Why Jonathan Ball chose Crystal Lake
We've had our eye on this property for several years. It's a very roomy cottage in a pleasant location on the lake, but it suffered from a couple of quirky features and needed some attention. In December 2013, we were fortunate enough to be able to acquire the cottage and begin to put our own stamp on it. We've done a number of very substantial renovations over the winter of 2013-14, and we're excited to share the results with our guests!
What makes this cottage unique
We think you'll enjoy the views of the lake from almost every room, the large, open gathering space, the screened porch, and the big yard and waterfront.