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Booking now for next summer. Weekends available in early June and Sept.

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Six bedrooms (with extra bonus rooom) 2 1/2 baths, sleeps 17

Location, Location, Location. On historic, brick lined, State Street right in downtown St. Joseph. An easy walk to Silver Beach, SJ Library, Krasl Art Museum and more. The house is classic, spacious and lovingly restored. Available for family reunions, weddings, retreats, workshops, etc. The house offers six bedrooms including a bonus adjoined room with a queen futon off the bedroom with two queens. There are two bedrooms on the first floor, and four (plus extra room) on the second floor. The downstairs bedrooms offers a twin bed and the other bedroom has a queen and twin bed. Upstairs offers a suite with a queen futon and two queens. Another bedroom offers a trundle (two twins). There is a large master bedroom with a queen and two twins and another bedroom with a desk and a queen bed. This pre-civil war home is nicely furnished with art and antiques, yet cozy and comfortable. There are two very large bathrooms and a brand new half bath. There is a formal dining room (with piano!) & eat-in kitchen. The living/dinning room are large and perfect for large gatherings.

Weeks and weekends available!: This house is large and available off-season for weekend getaways, reunions, small weddings, retreats and football games, etc. Very conveniently located to downtown and the beach. Closest house to town on brick lined street.

Please see our other houses on homeaway.

Sand Rabbit (6 bedrooms, sleeps 14) www.homeaway #309683

Emma's (3 bedrooms, sleeps up to 8) www.homeaway #317736

Sunflower (2 bedrooms, sleeps up to 6) www.homeaway #315880

More Details

Property Manager
Jennifer Miller
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Jennifer Miller

I grew up in Michigan and discovered St. Joe on my way back home to Chicago. I purchased my first rental the Sand Rabbit about eight years ago. After renovating that house and a smaller house up on State St, I needed a break! One day, however, while walking downtown I noticed a 'for sale' sign at the McNeil House and it was love at first sight. I'm a social worker, yoga instructor, freelance writer and mother of two kids and a big, lovable chocolate lab. I really didn't want another 'project,' but I loved the historic (pre-civil war) home and, like a stray puppy, I couldn't help myself. The grand dame has come back to life!

Why Jennifer Miller chose Saint Joseph

I have so many dreams for this huge house. I think it could be a bed and breakfast or a salon where cultural events are held. I love the idea of a tea house or selling artist work. I have lots of art and antiques (including my mother's piano) in the house and yet it's not stuffy or formal. It an AWESOME place for families to gather because of it's size and the location is the best. I'm the closest (and biggest) house to downtown St. Joe and the beach is a couple blocks away. Come check it out and fall in love for yourself!

What makes this house unique

Location, location, location.


Saint Joseph House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 17
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 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 - toilet
  • One and a half baths downstairs and one full bath upstairs. Bathroom downstairs is large and offers a claw foot tub.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 7 - 2 queen
  • The McNeil comfortably sleeps 17. There are two bedrooms down stairs and four large bedrooms upstairs. One of the bedrooms upstairs is open with two queens and one queen futon.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Booking now for next summer. Weekends available in early June and Sept.
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 22 reviews

Large house, great location

  • 4 of 5

Great place for a large group. Not all bedrooms have privacy which can be a pain with a lot of couples, but the amount of bedding makes up for that. Cute, older home. Within walking distance to restaurants and bars. Great spot.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved my stay! Would recommend highly!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Sunflower this past fall and LOVED it. I found the house to be quaint, quiet, cozy, and clean! Really loved the walk to town and it's close to the beach which makes it an awesome location. My vacation was perfect. Will be renting again!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent accomodation

  • 5 of 5

We were in St Joe for our sons wedding in April. There were so many of us from UK that we decided to rent the Sand Rabbit, Emmas House and the McNeil House. All the houses supplied the necessary equipment to self cater and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in St Joe and everyone said they will visit again. Thanks to Jennifer.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Big yet charming house blocks from downtown

  • 5 of 5

Very nice property with just a few blocks from the beach and from downtown. Great size for the amount of people that we had, and the overall experience of renting from Jennifer was very easy. I would recommend to Jennifer to supply a little more toilet paper and to make the jump in providing towels. The place is great and i would recommend it!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great house w/ a great porch in a great location

  • 4 of 5

A wedding weekend rental for 5 families...the location of this house was great for our needs. We walked to frozen yogurt, the beach, the carousel, pizza, farmers market and the children's museum. When we were at the house during the day, we enjoyed the outdoors on the porch. Bedrooms were a comfortable size. And we appreciated the pack n play available for our use. We would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Place to celebrate Wedding Adventures

  • 5 of 5

My husband's and my family stayed in this house the weekend of our wedding! it was absolutely beautiful! it was so close to the beach and downtown that we were able to walk. There was a garden across the street that was beautiful for our pictures. The owner was very easy to speak with, which made the planning process easier. I would highly recommend this for large families and weekend getaways!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm thrilled that the McNeil House could be part of your wedding celebration and you loved the house and location. The garden across the street is also a lovely place to create memories. Thank you so much for staying at the McNeil House. Please come back and visit again soon...perhaps on our first wedding anniversary! Congratulations! Jennifer
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Car: not necessary

St Joseph is a charming little town overlooking Lake Michigan. It is unique because you can easily walk to the beach and the town from this house. Silver Beach is a fabulous beach and stroll the town known for charming shops and good places to eat.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
cleaning fee $200
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are subject to change without notice. Will consider Thur to Sunday during the summer/shoulder season at higher nightly rate. Please inquire. Cleaning is $200.00 if sheets are supplied or $150.00 if you bring your own sheets for rentals that are less than a week. Holidays are additional.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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