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Across from Hot North Beach! 3BR/2BA - Sleeps 8 in beds. Perfect beach house!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

House - 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s) - 2 Baths - (Sleeps 8)

Location, location, location! The location is amazing! The Oakland is in the highly sought after Monroe Park area of North Beach. With views of Lake Michigan from the entire front of the house (1 minute walk to the beach) and views of the harbor from the back of the house, you will always know that you are at the lake. Sit out on the front patio with a cool drink and watch the sun set on the lake - you won't want to leave! A casual 15 minute walk takes you to the shops and restaurants of beautiful downtown South Haven.

The Oakland was built as a resort hotel in 1927 and was first known as 'Mendelson's', and then later as 'The Oakland Resort'. According to the S.H. Historical Society, this is the resort that Clark Gable vacationed at in the '30s. Antique memorabilia of the period is displayed throughout the home.

Now converted into two separate private residences, the Oakland South has over 2100 square feet of sun soaked living space with soaring ten foot ceilings, original millwork trim & windows, and solid wood doors with antique transom vents above the doors.

This is a three bedroom home (one queen, one full, and two sets of bunk beds) which very comfortably sleeps eight, with two full sized baths (perfect for two couples and four children). If an additional bed is needed for two more, there is a queen size sofa sleeper in the den.

The Oakland South was renovated by an interior designer to provide you with all the modern conveniences while maintaining the comfortable feeling that a classic Lake Michigan resort should.

The huge 'North Beach' of South Haven is one of the finest beaches in all of Southwest Michigan. This huge beach of clean, sugar-like sand has all the amenities you could hope for: full concession stand with ice cream cones and hot dogs, clean restrooms, playground equipment, picnic tables, and volleyball courts. The best part about this beach, however, is the fact that there are absolutely NO stairs to climb! Anywhere!!

More Details

Bob and Lynn Bruno
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2017

About Bob and Lynn Bruno

Lynn and I reside in Glenview, Illinois with our 3 daughters: Sophia, Gianna and Bianca. We are a beach loving family and enjoy everything that South Haven has to offer.....the huge beach, walking on the pier, playing in the park and of course, swimming in the lake!

Bob and Lynn Bruno purchased this house in 2000

Why Bob and Lynn Bruno chose Southwest Michigan

Quick, easy and simple access to the beach with no steps of stairs. We grew up going to other beaches in Michigan and the good memories are diluted by the painful memories of hauling all the stuff up and down all of those stairs! At North Beach, pull a wagon full of your beach toys, coolers and blankets from the house right to the waters edge on the beach. Now that is relaxing!

What makes this house unique

After making our post arrival trip to the grocery store, we love the fact that we rarely ever get back into the car - walking everywhere is great family time. My favorite ritual is taking an early morning walk over the drawbridge into town to the Golden Brown Bakery and surprising the kids with fresh baked donuts and expressos for my wife and I.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Bob,

Once again, we had a fantastic week at your wonderful home. The girls are already demanding that I set up a week for next year.

I'll be in touch in the next few weeks.

Thanks again for your warm hospitality and it was nice to meet you.


Jul 2012
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South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , 2 sets of Bunks
  • Additional queen sized sleeper sofa in living room.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Towels provided for bathing only. Please bring your own beach towels.


5/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

Across from Hot North Beach! 3BR/2BA - Sleeps 8 in beds. Perfect beach house!
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

A wonderful vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I were so happy with this house. Bob was very responsive to ALL my inquiries! My parents, husband and two young children stayed here. This is one of the few houses in South Haven that is perfect for older adults because there are no steps to the beach! My dad loved seeing the harbor from the back yard and the kids loved the play space in the back. It was just perfect. The house is well equipped and the location is central to wherever you want to go in South Haven. We hope to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing beach vacation at Oakland South

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a great week-long stay at Oakland South. This property delivered on every level; from the ideal location to the meticulously maintained interior and exterior, Oakland South will be remembered as a family favorite.

The spacious home was perfect for our family of three teenagers, offering plenty of room to spread out AND plenty of opportunities to gather (front porch, deck and "game" table in the family room to name a few). The close proximity to the beach and town can't be beat. After stopping at the grocery store, we parked our car and walked everywhere for the remainder of the trip. Whether renting a kayak or paddle board or heading into town for shopping and dining, everything is conveniently located from Oakland South.

It's obvious the owners love this home and have gone to great lengths to provide renters with a place for a memorable stay. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location & beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

My experience with Oakland South was all that I was hoping it would be. It was a beautifully decorated and spacious house and it was just a block from the stunning North Beach. It was great to take a morning run around the friendly neighborhood or a sunset stroll along the inlet. I loved this house and would stay there again in a heartbeat. I stayed there with my family. We have small children and adults and everyone was pleased with the amenities. We even took a trip out on the Tall Ship "Friends Good Will" which I recommend for kids of all ages.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Haven Lighthouse
Phoenix Street Cafe
Michigan Theatre
North Beach Public Park
Sherman's Dairy Bar
Bob's Processing
Kids Corners
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Captain Lou's in the Harbor
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
HawksHead Links
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
The huge, groomed, sugar sand North Beach
Car: not necessary

Other Activities: Sun Tanning on the beach, Building sand castles, Watching boats, relaxing, Flying kites, Enjoying friends and family and building memories

Golf: We are a 10 minute drive to the wonderful Arthur Hills designed Hawkshead Links course in South Haven. We are a 20 minute drive to the outstanding Palmer course in Saugatuck called The Ravines.


Rates & Availability

South Haven House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early June
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid June
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late June
Jun 18 2017 - Jun 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $120
Refundable damage deposit $300

Weekly rentals only during June, July and August. 2 night minimum during the off-season

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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