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Charming Victorian in Downtown Elk Rapids--2 blocks to beach and main street

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Great Vacation Home, Perfect Location

Charming Victorian home perfectly located in downtown Elk Rapids. Its just a quick 2 block walk from the gorgeous Grand Traverse Bay beach and fun filled public park area which includes basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic tables and playground. This historic home offers a full wrap around porch which is perfect for your morning cup of coffee or watching a sunset with a glass of wine.

The open yet cozy floor plan makes it easy to relax and enjoy a good book, do a puzzle or just hang out. It may be called a lake cottage, but it has all the modern amenities, including an updated kitchen with stainless steal appliances, wifi and cable, to making getting away relaxing and easy.

This perfect vacation home has plenty of room for a big family or 2 small ones. The second floor has 3 Bedrooms each with a queen bed, one of which has an additional sitting area with futon and TV. The entire 3rd floor is a kid's paradise with 4 twin beds, futon and TV. Even if it rains, the kids can stay happy and content, letting you get to that book you have been wanting to read! With 3 bedrooms and the entire attic space, the home easily sleeps 10 and with the futons you can sleep up to 12.

Elk Rapids is the perfect escape, a walking town with a wonderful main street full of unique small shops, movie theatre and dining options, from the casual pub to Cellar 152 with its craft beer and wine to high end Siren Hall, there is something for everyone. In the summer, the main street is closed off every Wednesday night for the Street Festival, complete with food, games and live music! It's like stepping back in time and you will understand why Elk Rapids is such a hidden gem.

If you are an equestrian, you can't find a better location for the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival held in July and August! An easy drive will have you at the show grounds in 10 minutes. You won't want to miss the Grand Prix where top horses from all over come to compete. There are also great activities for kids at the show, if you have never been to a show, you should try this.

If you want to explore, Elk Rapids is centrally located for so many great Up North adventures year round. Traverse City is just a short drive with great events, shopping, mini golf and dining. If you are a wine drinker the Old Mission and Lelanau peninsula's offer a large number of wineries and tasting facilities. Torch Lake, Charvlevoix and Petoskey are all within an hour. And the famous Great Bear Dunes will give you a view and a challenge like no other!

Summers are great, but there is so much to do in the winter too! Winter activities include skiing, tubing, snow mobiles and even an indoor water park. Check out Boyne Mountain and Schuss for some of the best skiing in Michigan. Or you can choose my personal favorite, cross country skiing through town after a big snowfall!

You will have plenty to do and see while you are here or just relax and do nothing. One of the best ways to end the day is by the outdoor fire pit, drink in hand and a sky full of starts.

This is a weekly rental running from Sunday to Sunday to accommodate the horse show schedule. We do require our renters to be at least 25 years of age and typically do not allow pets. Please contact for exceptions.

More Details

Monica Toomey
Member since: 2018
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

About Monica Toomey

Chris and I grew up in Philly suburbs, met in DC in 1989, married in 1992 and began our adventure together living in many states (MD, PA, NJ, OH) over the years due to job promotions and takeovers. We moved to the Detroit area in 2015 and immediately felt a connection. We have an equestrian business in NJ and in MI now, and we love the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, which is how we found Elk Rapids. We are an active family, with 4 kids, 2 of which compete at GLEF, and we love everything about Northern Michigan. I wasn't excited about moving again, but now I couldn't imagine living anywhere else!

Monica Toomey purchased this house in 2017

Why Monica Toomey chose Elk Rapids

My husband Chris and I just purchased this home in October 2017. We moved to Michigan in 2015 from NJ where we both grew up spending lots of time at the Jersey shore. We are an equestrian family and found Elk Rapids during the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival and fell in love with this small town and its beach. We had a hard time finding a place to rent in Elk Rapids so we decided to buy and couldn't be happier! We have spent weekends up North this winter skiing at Boyne Mountain and will be spending parts of our summer at the horse show and beach. We decided to rent it to let others enjoy this wonderful small town escape while we are not using it. We hope you love it as much as we do!

What makes this house unique

The first things that got me with this home are the wrap around porch and location in Downtown ER. I have always wanted a wrap around porch and I don't know why all homes don't have them, it is such a special place to enjoy the day. The home itself is perfectly located in Downtown Elk Rapids, centrally located, it is 2 blocks to the beach and 2 blocks to town and set back just enough to be peaceful and quiet even in the "busy" summer months. You never have to worry about parking or noise, Chris always says one of his favorite things is the quiet, it is a perfect escape.


Elk Rapids House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Weekly rental only during the months of July and August, 2 night minimum for all other months
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - 3rd floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 4 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Charming Victorian in Downtown Elk Rapids--2 blocks to beach and main street
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Charming home in a lovely town

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this home. Monica was amazing and went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable. Elk Rapids is a sweet little town with everything you need. We rented a boat for two days and explored the connected lakes and spent the rest of our time enjoying the beach and the shops and restaurants all within a short and easy walk. We would definitely recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Shannon for this awesome review! I am so so glad that you and your family loved your stay at our home and I am so glad we were able to fix the coffee emergency so quickly--great coffee is key to mornings on the porch! Also glad that you explored the surrounding area, so much to do so close, and of course, Elk Rapids itself is such a perfect get away with the beaches and town! You were a fabulous guest and we hope that you will visit again!
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Awesome porch, breezes, kitchen, and family spaces!

  • 5 of 5

Nothing like reading and napping on a covered, breezy porch. The kitchen, family room, living room were all conducive to family time and family chats. Then if anyone needed their space, the bedrooms and upstairs dorm provided the perfect recharge space. We enjoyed cooking a family meal in the kitchen.

We parked the van and then it was started only once between arrival and departure! Downtown, beach, and walks are (well) just a short walk away. We enjoyed to slowing down and overalll recharging.

I liked how many people waved or said "hi" as we sat on the porch - it was tough to admit that the property wasn't ours and that we hadn't been living here all summer.

OH! And the fire pit in the back yard was a hit too!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you and your family were able to relax and recharge! Nothing like a big porch and friendly neighbors! Elk Rapids is such a great town with the unique shipping, great food and the beautiful beach! Looking forward to having you stay again!
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Great time on this family vacation of 2018. House was roomy and able to fit our two families. Loved!

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Spacious house. Enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review Dina! Glad you all loved your stay and we look forward to having you visit again!
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Fabulous Trip!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a such a wonderful week in Elk Rapids over the 4th of July holiday. The house was incredible...great for families with young kids. It was fully stocked with everything we needed from linens and towels to all kitchen necessities. Monica was great to work with and checked in on us to make sure our needs were met. It's a short walk to the beach, and only a couple blocks away from delicious restaurants and shopping. We would stay there again in a heart beat! Thanks Monica & family!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this fabulous review! You were amazing guests and I am so happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay! We love this quaint town, the beach and of course, our home! I am happy to tell you that I just purchased some more beach chairs, an umbrella and a wagon for the beach—great suggestions! I always like to hear ideas for what can make our guests stays even better! We are looking forward to having your family stay again and look forward to keeping in touch! And next time you will have to check out the horse show—it’s only a 10 min drive and such a great family outing! Happy summer!
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Beautiful House

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed in this house with my family. We had 6 adults and 6 kids and there was plenty of room for all of us. The house is well stocked with all of the cooking essentials you could ever need, as well as plenty of linens and towels. The house is over 100 years old so it has its quirks, but that's part of the charm. The beach is only a 5 minute walk and the water is beautiful. The downtown area is the same distance and it's so charming - it's like stepping back in time. We went to two local restaurants and they were both amazing. I would definitely recommend this house to anyone that wants a relaxing vacation in a cute little town.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy that you had such a wonderful time with your family Angela! You were such a great guest, thanks for your patience during the crazy heat wave and new AC units! Glad that you enjoyed the house and town so much, we always say it is like stepping back in time--our favorite place to get away! We look forward to having you stay again anytime! Happy Summer to you and your family! PS We have a brand new 6 burner grill for your next visit!
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  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 12 ladies stay at this beautiful home in Elk Rapids, MI. We all fit perfectly with plenty of room to spare. The home was a short 2 block walk to downtown and the beach. An easy 20 minute drive to Traverse City. Everyone left that weekend happy. There was plenty to do that suited everyones interests. We're thinking of making this stay an annual tradition. I would highly recommend to anyone. Monica was very lovely and checked in on us enough to know she cared about us enjoying our time there.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this wonderful review! You gals were the perfect guests and I hope that you do make this an annual tradition! I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay, and I appreciate all the fun things you left behind—the guest book and picture were so incredibly thoughtful! Looking forward to more visits in the future!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Property Damage Insurance $59
Refundable Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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