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Home is ON Lake Michigan!! Gorgeous Sunsets! Ideal Location!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom on Lk Michigan; direct access to the lake out the door!

This home is in a quiet neighborhood surrounded by state protected land, and facing due west on Lake Michigan. There is a deck and boardwalk connecting the house to the beach directly. The lingering sunsets and direct view of the lake are breathtaking and ever-changing. This area has been deemed as the #1 Destination in 2014 named by 'Lonely Planet!'. Lonely Planet (worldwide travel guide) has named Lake Michigan's Gold Coast 'perhaps the USA's most unexpected beach getaway. Along 300 miles of seemingly endless beaches lie sugar-white dunes, wineries, antiquing, U-pick orchards and berry farms, cider houses, Hemingway haunts--you can even go surfing!'

This location was also voted the ' #1 Most Beautiful Place in America--Sleeping Bear Dunes'--Voted Aug. 2011 by Good Morning America-- just 70 miles away! In June 2012, USA Today voted Lake Charlevoix--10 miles away-- the #2 Most Beautiful Lake in the U.S.! This entire location in northern Michigan was also featured in USA Today (April 2010), and on the TODAY show (Aug. 2010) as an ideal vacation destination--especially on Lk. Michigan. Though these award winning locations are nearby, the amazing views from this house may be the most prized of all! This west-facing home *on* Lk. Michigan is a spectacular place for your vacation! Comfortable 1970 ranch home with updates, newly renovated full bath (2014), screened porch (lake-facing), attached two-car garage, washer, dryer, gas grill, and a beach fire pit. Breathtakingly beautiful sunsets linger until 11:00 p.m. in the summer months. Extensive decking connects the home with the shoreline.

The 'backyard' IS Lake Michigan! The sight of the sun setting into Lk. Michigan is unforgettable. This tidy home is in a quiet neighborhood, surrounded by state land, and only 6 miles south of Charlevoix. Miles of sand-rock beach in low dune protected shoreline. Special quiet, residential location.

No Smoking permitted.

Beach Description: The property is in a low dune area on the shores of Lake Michigan.

The beach is a mixed sand/stone beach only a few steps down from the property's deck.

Six miles of pristine undeveloped shoreline is less than a five minute walk away.

The Lake Michigan water level varies yearly, but on average this is a shallow bay area of the Lake, with water depths of one-to-three feet for the first fifty feet of water.

There are several public Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix beaches within a ten minute drive.

Lake Michigan temperatures run between 65-70F from July 4th to Labor Day, and Lake Charlevoix runs between 65-75 F. Various water activities are available nearby in Charlevoix and Petoskey.

The sun sets from the deck over the water from St. Patrick's Day through Thanksgiving.

The long summer evening make a bonfire on the beach a perfect way to end your day.

Resort Town Area: The property is within a short drive of several popular resorts towns in Northwestern Lower Michigan. The closest is Charlevoix, a quaint all seasons town wedged between Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix. Boyne City, Petsokey, Bay View, Bay Harbor, and Harbor Springs are within 10 miles. All the towns are excellent centers for shopping, restaurants, year long festivals, and favorites for mid-westerners since the early 1900's. At the property their is an extensive catalog of area attractions, restaurant ratings, and a festival schedule for you to explore and enjoy. Traverse City and Mackinaw are also within a hour of the property, and are excellent areas for a day trip. This is also an ideal location for nearby wedding venues such as The Castle, Perry Hotel and Bay Harbor.

'SLEEPING BEAR DUNES'--70 miles away-- was recently voted #1 Most Beautiful Place in America by Good Morning America. It's a beautiful drive, and an exquisite site to behold.

Golf: This area of Northern Michigan is home to nearly 40 Championship Courses, and this property could be used as a base to explore most of the highly rated. The nearest is Belvedere Golf Club, a semi-private course with public access built in the 1920's, host of the Michigan Amateur for over 40 times. Also, in the immediate Charlevoix area are the highly acclaimed Dunmaglas course and Charlevoix Country Club. Within a 30 minute drive you will reach all of the nine Boyne USA courses at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, and Bay Harbor. The Bay Harbor course (links/quarry) and The Heather at Boyne Highlands are ranked in the 'Top 100 courses you can play' in the US. Just another 15 minutes one can reach the Gaylord Golf Region which includes the Treetops Resort, and if you head south, you can reach the Grand Traverse and Shanty Creek Resorts, home of The Bear, Cedar Creek, and The Legend. But don't forget the sunsets.

Family pet dogs will be considered on a case-by-case basis by owner and must be approved in advance of reservation.

More Details

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018


Charlevoix House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Sleeper Sofa
  • Master Bedroom (Queen Bed), Second Bedroom (2 twin beds).There is also a Queen Sleeper Sofa (Living Room)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Wi-Fi service is currently unavailable in this neighborhood (as of Feb 2016). Cellular service IS available (AT&T, Verizon work consistently well). Wi-Fi cafe's are available in nearby Charlevoix (4.5 miles).


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Home is ON Lake Michigan!! Gorgeous Sunsets! Ideal Location!
average rating of 4.6 based on 10 reviews

Quiet & relaxing

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely time at this cottage. It's close enough to the towns for dinners out, groceries and "touristy" activities yet, still so peaceful on the shores of Lake Michigan. We would stay again in a heartbeat.

The screened in porch, decks and beach area are fantastic. We saw multiple bald eagles and 2 - 4 trumpeter swans feeding every evening.

The bathroom looks to be recently re-done, the living room is quite large with really comfortable furniture. We spent most of our time at the cottage and cooked quite a bit. Some of the kitchen equipment is a bit worn but we certainly made due. The master bedroom is a decent size and the second bedroom is quite large. Both bedrooms have nice sized closets and with the porch and garage there was more than enough space to store the gear we brought.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We strive to create a fabulous vacation experience, and value that you would return 'in a heartbeat'. While the dish ware and cups and glasses are new, we identified a few baking items that were worn and have now been replaced. Thank you for your kind comments about your stay!
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  • 5 of 5

I was referring a friend to this beautiful rental and realized I did not write a review. This is the cleanest rental I have ever stayed in. Owners were so nice and quick to respond, they even left us a gift for our anniversary and a gift for our dog. The views were stunning, deck amazing!! I would stay here again and again. Our dog loved it and had so much fun. I knew the place was clean when we walked in, because our dog was relaxed and not sniffing around. You do not want to miss this spot!!!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous sunsets, peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely love this place. Beautiful views from both the deck and the house. Comfortable ‘up north’ home. This place suits those who want to get away from chaos of everyday life but it also is very close to town and many activities for those who seek adventure. We enjoyed endless beach walks, s’mores at our private camp fire on the beach and of course magnificent sun sets. We have been visiting this 'home away from home' for over 11 years and love it more every time we come. Owners are wonderful people and ‘Basket of goodies’ makes you feel welcomed the moment you set your foot in the house. We cannot wait to be back next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

If you are looking for a perfect location, this is it--located right on Lake Michigan with a private, pristine beach and shoreline. We absolutely love the view from the deck. We have stayed here several times and the house is spotless. We take our day trips to Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Mackinaw, Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes, wineries, etc. from here--all doable within a day from this location. We always take our little doggie with us and we find that northern Michigan is very dog friendly in allowing dogs to shop with us and sitting outdoors at restaurants. We really enjoyed our firepit fires every evening, as we watched the perfect sunset! Thanks, Karey!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing, comfortable, clean, perfect

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this cottage and once again we were not disappointed. The best part about a repeat visit is the feeling of going home. We knew exactly what to expect. We chose this cottage a second time because it met our needs and desires perfectly the first time. The house is very well maintained is very clean. The kitchen is well stocked with everything needed for a week's stay. The decks are a wonderful way to start the day and watch the world wake up along the water. And an even better way to end the day watching beautiful sunsets. The shoreline is perfect for avid rock hunters. There's enough beach to satisfy our children and those of us who enjoy lounging in the sand with a book. The cottage is secluded enough to really feel like you're away, but the neighbors we met while there were warm and welcoming. Driving into town is very easy and quick too.

The amenities are a nice addition and in well working order. Although we couldn't figure out how to work the TV/satellite service. But that was a blessing in that we could all spend our nights reading or playing games. We did watch a movie one night from the DVD player.

We had a great drive over to Sleeping Bear dunes one day and enjoyed some time in Leland. Most of our trip this year we wanted to dedicate to art fairs and galleries. We spent time in Charlevoix, Petoskey and Harbor Springs. We always enjoy eating at the Village Pub in Charlevoix. We also went to Kelsey's one night. We got ice cream at Kilwins, which is always good.

We're hoping for another visit next year. The homeowners are wonderful to work with and really provide a top-rate vacation destination. We have been very happy and more than satisfied with our experience at this cottage and in that location. We recommend to our family and friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved this house. It was perfect. The deck was fantastic and gave us the best sunsets every single night. The screened in porch was ideal once those bugs came out. The small cove that you had access too was perfect for launching kayaks and canoes and the neighbors seemed friendly where they didn't mind if we were swimming in that area too. We would definitely recommend this place to everyone and stay here again ourselves!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Pellston and Traverse City Airport
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Beaver Islander and Ironton Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Belvedere Golf Course, Charlevoix
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
US 31 and M 66
Car: necessary

#1 Destination in 2014 named by 'Lonely Planet!' Yes--it's true! Lonely Planet (worldwide travel guide) has named Lake Michigan's Gold Coast 'perhaps the USA's most unexpected beach getaway. Some argue that these shores rival Hawaii's and Southern California's. Along 300 miles of seemingly endless beaches lie sugar-white dunes, wineries, antiquing, U-pick orchards and berry farms, cider houses, Hemingway haunts--you can even go surfing!'

This home is in a special, quiet neighborhood with a west-facing beach--unbelievable sunsets!!-- surrounded by pristine state land. Off your deck stroll miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline, enjoy birdwatching, and other native wildlife, swim and search for Petoskey stones. Outdoor activities abound in this popular vacation area. Enjoy hiking in Fisherman's Island State Park. Play golf in this highly rated area--over 40 championship courses within 30 miles.

Excellent public beaches along Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix are within a short drive.

Shopping, gourmet dining, fine antiques and summer festivals await you in three quaint Northern Michigan resort towns within 15 miles of your secluded homesite, or hop in your car and explore Little Traverse and Grand Traverse Bay scenic drives.

Besides the peak summer months, spring and fall are especially pleasant, with the trillium bloom in early May, and the spectacular fall color throughout October


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100

*Consideration of dogs: $100 surcharge/week.
*Multi-week discount available.
*Closed early November-late April

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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