Treat yourself to a vacation at Ludington's finest beach/downtown house. You can walk out the door to everywhere of importance in Ludington.
Here is a review of what you'll enjoy nearby:
--Stearns Beach--350 steps away. In 2012 'USA Today' named it the best beach in Michigan; thus it's one of the 51 best beaches in the US.
--North Breakwater Lighthouse--3 blocks. Its pier extends 1/2 mile into Lake Michigan. It is a lovely spot to see the sun set and the moon rise over the water. You'll see pleasure boats, The Badger, surf, clouds, fish, people. It's fun!
--2 blocks to Stearns Beaches' children's play park, skateboard plaza, and miniature golf.
--3 blocks to the municipal marina, play park at the marina, and charter boats. Waterford Park's sculpture walk is part of this property.
--3 blocks to the harbor to watch the SS Badger arrive and depart. Locals and tourists love to wave to the passengers.
--3-4 blocks to pier and rock fishing.
--3 blocks to a dedicated dog beach.
--3-4 blocks to downtown restaurants, antique stores, art and photography shops, ice cream parlor (36 flavors) , banks, clothiers, souvenir stores, music bars and a bike shop.
--Right in the midst of many horn blasts. The Badger blows its horn as it sails in and out twice daily and charms us all. There are fog horns. There's a 10:00 curfew horn. A noon whistle. For a small town we have an amazing amount of horns. It is quaint.
This is Ludington's only historical house for rent--a 1930 English-cottage style, with newly restored interior with art deco baths, arches, and high curved ceilings. The kitchen has just been remodeled with quartz counters, Shaker walnut cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The house has been furnished with quality furniture, as well as antiques and art. There is an awesome new leather sectional in the living room that provides a large seating area.
The house sits on a small dune rise, the site of the first log residence in Ludington (1866). The yard has a gathering area with 2 charcoal grills, a picnic table, lots of chairs and a firepit. The house's exterior is not yet fully restored but will one day display its cedar shake siding.
I live in the residence during off-season months; therefore many of my decorative items are on display. I have put away items that would tempt children and have cleared out a dresser for guests to use in each bedroom. Each room also has a hanging unit for guests' clothing. The house has a personal charm not found in a vacant property.
I'm a longtime author with four published books and many articles. I love sand walking at Stearns Beach and do so just about every night when its warm. I have three grown children, two living in Ludington. I'm not in love with the cold here so I go to the gulf in the winter.
My partner works as an accountant and an enrolled agent during the winter months and as a motel/inn owner in the summer. She still has seven children at home. Of all her endeavors, mothering her children is her favorite.
My grandfather had a cottage on Hamlin Lake in Ludington. I loved Ludington as a child; the birch trees, the little minnows that I dragged for with my father, the dunes, and Lake Michigan. When I had a chance to buy this house, I did so in a heartbeat. I relocated from southern Ohio.
The huge benefit is being so near the lake that I can hear it at night in bed and see it from the kitchen window (when the leaves are off the trees).