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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english

Vacation Rental on Beachwalk Lane, Sleeps 11, Only Steps from Beach

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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4 bedroom , 3 bathroom, 3 story home that can sleep 11

Welcome to Castle in the Sand in an award winning boardwalk like community!! This home offers four bedrooms and three baths and can accommodate 11 guests. An open floor plan makes this an ideal home for gathering friends and family.

There is also plenty of outside space, on the front porch and rear patio, for enjoying the beautiful outdoors!!! If you are looking for a little quite time, there is a private screened in porch off the master bedroom. Additionally, the loft area is a great place for the kids to hang out!

The community offers many amenities that are available to all guest, these include a pool, basketball court, tennis court, putting green, playground and a fishing pond.

We are only a short walk from Sheridan Beach, Indiana's best beach on Lake Michigan. The Indiana Dunes National Lake shore is a 5 minute drive away and boosts great hiking and picnicking, as well as the beautiful lake front. Blue Chip Casino has recently built a new full service hotel, to go along with its' bigger and better casino. Washington Park Zoo is just a short journey down Lake Shore Drive. Lighthouse Outlet Mall is within minutes, for those looking for that great bargain!!!

There are also many dining options in the Michigan City/New Buffalo area.


More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Steven (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english


based on 12 traveler reviews

Vacation Rental on Beachwalk Lane, Sleeps 11, Only Steps from Beach
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

The house is very clean. It has all new appliances. It's close to the beach, pool, basketball court and pond. The owner gave me his cell and email, but we didn't need to contact him as everything was very good. We went to the zoo and Treehouse restaurant ( very kid-friendly ). Everything was excellent!! Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent house

  • 5 of 5

The house is in great condition. The induction stovetop was new since our last visit, and we had to resort to YouTube to find out how to work it - then it was our 7 year old who became the expert. Plenty of towels, cooking equipment and wineglasses.

Steven has been very obliging with check-out times.

It is easy walking distance to the beach, but far enough that the wind is moderated.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Think Twice Before Booking

  • 1 of 5

Imagine a minivan packed full of a week’s worth of needs for a family of 5 – luggage, coolers & grocery bags full of food, fishing poles, strollers, bag chairs, beach & swim toys, sleeping bags, etc - halfway into it’s drive to Castle in the Sand on a Friday at 2:20pm only to get a call from the owner informing them that the house “won’t be ready” for their 3pm check-in time and giving them a check-in time of SUNDAY at 5pm instead. That’s the call we received from Steven, the owner of CITS, the day our vacation was to begin. Steven apologized and offered to refund our vacation and pay for 2 nights in a hotel while he finished numerous construction projects on the house. However, hotel rooms simply were not an accommodation that would work for 3 families convening at Beachwalk with coolers full of food & cars full of gear. Our group decided to find alternative lodging rather than spend 2 days in limbo waiting to get into CITS on Sunday. Thankfully we were able to secure another rental for the week. And in hindsight, after seeing the interior of CITS, we are incredibly thankful that we did because the construction work would never have been completed by Sunday as was promised. However, having to frantically pull over to the nearest rest stop before even reaching our destination to reorganize a vacation that was planned, booked and paid for months in advance is completely unacceptable. Steven agreed to pay the $1,100 differential between the weekly cost of his rental and our new rental. After numerous follow-up calls & emails, we finally received the $1,100 from Steven on June 30th, 11 days after our scheduled check-in date at CITS, and after we were already home & done with our vacation. Needless to say this was a huge source of stress for us on vacation – wondering whether Steven was actually going to make good on the payment he had promised, checking our email & voicemail for communication from him, etc. All that being said, I would NEVER recommend renting from him. It is unimaginable to believe that he didn’t know that the house was unsuitable to accommodate guests more than 40 minutes before our arrival. What he did was unconscionable and we deserved better than that. Unreliable contractors & unforeseen construction delays causing a rental home to be uninhabitable should not be the burden of the renter and in this case, Steven allowed it to become our problem.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I do not wish to sling mud via these reviews and agree with most of what this review has to say. In my defense, I did make a very reasonable offer because the house was still under construction and agreed to wave our normal refund policy. The house was subject to a frozen pipe and a large amount of water, causing severe damage. I worked on the house through out the winter and spring, but unfortunately timelines and schedules do not always work out. For those considering this property, the work has been completed and photos of the house will be posted soon. We toke advantage of the disaster to update the upstairs bathrooms and the entire kitchen. We hope these upgrades will be suitable for all of our future guests. We hope you consider us for your rental and will do everything we can to make sure you have and enjoyable stay!
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a true castle in the sand

  • 4 of 5

A well laid out, roomie house. A well appointed kitchen, except the very old oven did not work. Could use an upgraded oven & dishwasher. Addition of a fire pit would be nice too. Loved the private deck off master & the roof top deck was a great spot for day/night gazing. Nice furnishings & beach decor. Huge beach towels provided (need hooks for drying tho) Close to beach. Have stayed in 10+ homes in BW, Would rent 'Castle' again.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable house with lots of space

  • 5 of 5

We stayed over a cold weekend, so had to spend most of the time indoors. The house has lots of rooms with big beds and comfy furniture, so adults could hang out and kids could play or watch TV elsewhere. Big kitchen, well equipped, and a nice front porch to fantasize about sitting on.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Castle in the Sand

  • 5 of 5

We've rented this home many times. The ammenities are wonderful and the owner fixed the barbecue grill, and installed a wonderful new washer and dryer. This is a great house.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Midway Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Amtrak Train Station
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Michigan City Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Train
2.3 Miles
South Shore Line to Chicago
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
I94 & Indiana 421
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Sheridan Beach
Car: recommended

Only an hour from Chicago and South Bend!


Rates & Availability

Michigan City House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Rental
Jun 28 - Sep 2
7 night minimum stay
Fall Rental
Sep 3 - Nov 1
2 night minimum stay
Off Season Rental
Nov 2 - Apr 4
2 night minimum stay
Pre Spring Rental
Apr 5 - May 23
2 night minimum stay
Spring Rental
May 24 - Jun 27
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $160
Tax Rate 12.0%

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Indiana House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2648 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Master Bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 1st floor bathroom adjacent to 1st floor bedroom.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , 2nd floor 3/4 bath adjacent to both 2nd floor bedrooms.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2nd floor Master Bedroom with private bath and screened-in p
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1st floor bedroom with queen bed adjacent to 1st floor bath.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2nd floor bedroom with queen bed, adjacent to 2nd flr bath.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 2 child bed , 1 baby crib , 2nd floor kids room with slide and across from 2nd flr bath.
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Loft is open with futon and inflatable bed, use 2nd flr bath
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom, Queen size Beds (2) 2 bedrooms with Queen beds, Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Futon in loft, Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Whirlpool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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