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Charming Redbird designed by Pro for Comfort -Walk to Lake Mich. & Muskegon Lake

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,032 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2- Stories, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, A/C, WIFI, Fire Pit, BBQ grill

Ideal location for families up to 6 and professionally designed with "Country French" theme for comfort and charm. Easy walk or drive 3 blocks west to Lake Michigan Pere Marquette beach, 1 block east to Muskegon Lake shoreline, Muskegon Yacht Club. Friendly, historic Bluffton neighborhood.

Smoke-free, no pets, firm. Main renter must be age 25 or older. No students, unrelated groups, weddings or parties.

Not on beach or lake. No view of beach or lake from house.

2ND FLOOR: Calif. King bedroom, TV, DVD; Two XL Twin beds bedroom; Full Bath with tub/shower.

MAIN FLOOR: Queen sleeper sofa in Great Room, with living area, dining area, open kitchen, and half-bath, TV, DVD.

Wonderful, Pere Marquette Lake Michigan award-winning clean-beach, shoreline trail, fishing, The Deck restaurant on beach, Dockers restaurant on marina, Express Lake Ferry.

15 minutes to music, culture, festivals, town, malls, medical, and highway access.

Furnished home, delightful, comfortable County French decor by designer. Equipped kitchen, towels, linens provided.

Home is charming, comfortable, and sparkling clean. FIRE PIT, BBQ GRILL, PICNIC TABLE. FLAT-SCREEN CABLE TV, DVD, WI-FI. Central air & heat. Furnished, fully-equipped kitchen, linens, towels, washer & dryer. Catch the breezes or enjoy your favorite beverage on the open front porch.

With friendly neighbors in the Bluffton historic "actors' colony" area, It's close to downtown festivals and cultural events, and it's the perfect base for exploring up and down the coastline. Popular Michigan's Adventure and Waterpark is only a 28-minute drive.

Redbird Cottage is located in popular Bluffton area: Within a 1-15 minute drive, you reach beaches, festivals, submarine and ship tours, and many places or events to see or do. And, it's only 15 minutes or less to town, culture, festivals, chain and independent restaurants and shopping, medical, and major highways.

You'll live in a perfect location for exploring other beach towns north and south, and when you feel like it, you'll return home to prepare your dinner, or eat out at one of the numerous restaurants nearby.

The Bluffton neighborhood oozes love of Buster Keaton and the Chicago Actors' Colony, lakes, dunes, and nature. The former Bluffton Village is still home to artists, musicians, nature advocates, teachers, regular working people, self-employed, and retirees. The Bluffton neighborhood of close-knit heritage homes is a favorite area for nature lovers.

Quick access to Cross Lake Express Ferry dock (Muskegon-Milwaukee), festivals, culture, malls, MICHIGAN ADVENTURE & WATER PARK (28 min.), and other activities. 15 minutes to hospitals.

Historic Cottage House and Area: The heritage front porch is perfect for relaxing and sipping refreshments. Central air-conditioning and heat means you control your comfort.

Redbird Cottage is one of two houses on one lot in a quaint, quiet neighborhood reminiscent of an eastern seaboard community. There is shared driveway parking for one car and free on-street parking, as available.

The friendly neighborhood is residential, with no condos, no resorts. You'll be transported back to a leisurely atmosphere when you're sure to relax.

Activities:: Muskegon Summer Celebration; Muskegon Main Street Car Show; July 29-30 Big Fat Greek Festival; Sep 16-18; Michigan Irish Music Festival; Seasonal Party in the Park, Fridays; Seasonal Port City Princess boat excursions. Michigan's Adventure and Waterpark. Submarine tour, beach volleyball, pier fishing, charter boat fishing. Tennis, rollerblade park, scuba diving. Historical and Cultural-Downtown Muskegon (10 MIN.) Monet Garden; Hackley Public Library; Muskegon Museum of Art; Muskegon County Museum; Muskegon Civic Theatre

Backyard:: Fire pit and chairs. BBQ grill, propane. Picnic table.

More Details

Jane at Redbird
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2017

About Jane at Redbird

Lake lover, beach comber, sailor in youth. Forever student who loves learning. Personal repository of area "secrets," for folks interested in art, architecture, music, etc.

I enjoy seeing my grandchildren love and appreciate the lakes, sand dunes, fishing, and nature in general.

Jane at Redbird purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Jane at Redbird chose Muskegon

Great country living in the City of Muskegon, with all city amenities and close to beaches, festivals, the arts, yet in the historic, quaint Bluffton neighborhood! Walk to sugar sand, award-winning Lake Michigan clean beach, friendly neighbors, and a relaxed atmosphere that takes you back to a gentler time.

What makes this cottage unique

Open front porch for sipping morning or evening beverage while beighbor watching. Open kitchen, living room, dining area makes family connections easy. Make memories forever at the large fire pit in the back yard. Wonderful location with easy access to coastal beach towns.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is an adorable cottage. My family of 6 were very confortable. We rode to the beach and hung out inside during the rainy days and we weren't cramped for space. Top 3 Things: Location & good rates, amenities, and privacy. Don't miss: Sunset on Lake Michigan.
Jul 2008
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Beachwood-Bluffton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1032 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , Sink
  • Bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Front bedroom - 1 king
    Guest bedroom - 2 twin/ single , XL twins convert to 1 king
  • Upstairs Bedrooms: King bed in front bedroom; 2 XL Twin beds in second bedroom, convertible to 1 King Downstairs: Queen sleeper sofa Pack-N-Play (portable bed for babies) available
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Small back yard with: Fire pit. BBQ grill, propane . Picnic table, Open front porch with chairs for sipping your favorite beverage, listening to waves on a windy day, and neighbor watching. Child-Friendly: Booster chair and Pack-N-Play available upon request. Garbage disposal. WiFI High-speed Internet

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(37 traveler reviews)

Charming Redbird designed by Pro for Comfort -Walk to Lake Mich. & Muskegon Lake
average rating of 4.756757 based on 71 reviews
Carmel, IN

Great Fall Break Destination

  • 5 of 5

Everything described about the Redbird cottage was spot on! We arrived to find a property that overall, was very clean, and inviting. As my caption states, we chose the Redbird to enjoy the start of the Fall season in Muskegon. The cottage was perfect for our family of three.

From this location, we were able to travel to some of the areas wine tasting vineyards, and places to eat. We enjoyed watching the Michigan vs. Michigan State football game on the 55" flat screen television! After the game, we were able to go outside to enjoy the fire pit.

Jane provided great communication before, during, and after our visit. I would, and already have, recommended this property to some of our friends, and co-workers.

We look forward to a possible visit in warmer months, so as to enjoy the lakes, and other warm weather activities.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for telling about Redbird, and we're glad you enjoyed it and the surrounding areas. Now that summer is past and fall is here, cool outdoor activities, like the wineries you mentioned, trails, and inside ARTS are popular. The West Michigan Symphony season showcases sounds from the East and West on select Fridays nights at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, in the heart of downtown Muskegon no more than 15 minutes from Redbird, and individual tickets are available. See: The Muskegon Museum of Art displays famous art and exhibitions from various periods. Our gallery has world-class famous paintings, glass, and other artwork, and special exhibitions change on a regular basis. The gift shop is also worth a trip. See: Muskegon Civic Theater provides live theater beginning in October until spring. Shows are performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, with a matinée on Sundays in the heart of downtown, at most 15 minutes from Redbird. See:
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Cozy, clean, relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, very clean home. Very comfortable beds (including pull-out couch). Jane was so helpful and made our quick get-away very easy.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay and so close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

The house and the prep that Jane and her family puts into ensuring you have a great stay was amazing, point blank. It was so easy to find, access and call our home base for a week. My only complaint is that there was a lack of really good food options (to eat in or takeaway) in the immediate area.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Such a clean and cozy home. Great area between Lake Michigan and Lake Muskegon. Wonderful amenities

  • 4 of 5

We would recommend the home to anyone. We had a great stay and enjoyed relaxing with some morning coffee in the front porch and evenings with a beer and smores by the fire pit. We had a wonderful time. Enjoyed the extremely beautiful sunsets from the Lake Michigan beach. Great food and atmosphere minutes away at The Deck (beach scene) and Dockers (boat marina). I recommend an afternoon fishing charter on Lake Michigan and extend it an hour to see the sunset while on the lake. Captain Tom and crew (Reel Action fishing charters) made our experience special as we caught large trout and salmon. The only issue I had with the house was that there was no kayaks available for use as advertised. Jane provided the background on the reason why but others may consider the home because of the kayaks like we did. We wound up renting kayaks for several days from Beachside Kayak. What a great local business run by Jo. She was really nice and flexible around what worked for us. Her prices were very fair as well. I would recommend the home to anyone. We had a great stay and enjoyed relaxing with some morning coffee in the front porch and evenings with a beer and smires by the fire pit.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for pointing out that the reference to kayaks still existed. We were surprised because we thought we had removed all traces of it after unexpected wear and tear rendered the kayaks unsafe at the end of last year. You will be welcome back any time.
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Absolutely the best ! zero complaints ! Perfect location to beach , lakes , restaurants, stores

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was so much more beautiful

Than pictures show . Every little detail was lovingly thought out with pride from owner Jane and Della her assistant . The location is is perfect for both Lake Muskegon , Lake Michigan . Pere Marquette is something you don't want to miss , especially enjoying the sunset . We enjoyed the back yard bbq, fire pit , lounge chairs , the front porch .... Everything !!!!! The reason for our trip was bittersweet , this cottage made it perfect . We definitely plan to come back

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for telling others how you enjoyed the cottage, lakes, and Pere Marquette beach. We were honored to host you during your special time, and we look forward to seeing you next year.
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Perfect place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here, especially my son. It was very clean, spacious and comfortable. We ended up having two large dinner parties here with my in town family and visiting family because the space was so accommodating. Even my mother who is in a wheel chair was able to come in through the back door and use the main floor bathroom. Many family members and friends complimented the house and stated I should pick the house when I come to visit again.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for telling people about Charming Redbird and how it worked out well for your family. Such thoughtful, delightful people you were, and we would love to have you back any time. You are 5-Star guests in our eyes!
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Muskegon Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Lakeshore Tavern or Marine Tap Room -across street
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Express Cross Lake Ferry Muskegon -Milwaukee
Nearest Train
32 Miles
Holland, Michigan Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
I-96 and US-31
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Deck - ½ mile; Dockers -1 mile
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
3 blocks to Pere Marquette & Lake Michigan
Car: recommended

Located on a peninsula in the City of Muskegon, Michigan between Lake Michigan's Pere Marquette Park Beach and Muskegon Lake, you'll be only a

2-minute drive to the sandy, certified-clean beach of Lake Michigan,

2-minute stroll to Muskegon Lake,

5-minute drive to Lake Express Ferry to Milwaukee, Wisconsin,

10 minutes to the festivals, art fair, historic architecture, and cultural events--art museum, county museum, symphony and sports arena. NEW--2 craft beer companies downtown--Pigeon Hill at 500 W Western Ave and Unruly Brewing at 360 W Western Ave, Muskegon. Now you can go from your cottage on the original Pigeon Hill dune to the brewery with the same name!

Stroll 1 block to Muskegon Lake shoreline at the end of your street and watch sailboat races from the bench, or ice fish in winter.

2 minutes to Pere Marquette Park sandy beach: Great freshwater pier fishing; Ice fishing; Sledding; Lake Michigan channel; Water and beach sports; Restaurants; Children's play equipment; U.S.S. Silversides WW II submarine; Sailboats and freighters on the channel. Hiking trail.

5 minutes to Lakeside: Public boat launch; Fishing charters.

Other Activities: Family festivals, Cedar Fair's Michigan's Adventure & Water Park, historic architecture, museums, symphony, Buster Keaton home town


Rates & Availability

Beachwood-Bluffton Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Security Dep (damage ins $49
Tax Rate 10.0%

TOTAL = Rate + $150 cleaning fee + 10% tax + $49 "Security Deposit" (damage insur). Service Fee is imposed by HomeAway.
Smoke-free, pet-free, no exceptions.
Main renter-guest must be age 25 or more. Family or best friends rental only-no unrelated groups.
We do not refund, but you may purchase (or not) Cancellation Protection insurance during the reservation process.
CHECK-IN: after 4:00 pm EST; CHECK-OUT: BY10:00 am EST.
Rates are subject to change. Once reservation is accepted, rates are locked in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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