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Steps to Private Beach, Really !!

Bedrooms 3
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, single bathroom, sleeps 8 with open air family shower

This beach front cottage offers the beautiful sunsets of the summer and the clean sandy beaches of Eastern Lake Michigan. Our 3 bedroom 900 square foot cottage has been the owners residence for the past 15 years and 2008 is the first year offered to our guests. Situated on 5/8 of an acre this heavily shaded property offers open space of lawn to play baseball or croquet, or to just sit on the front deck, drink a cold lemonade and enjoy the warm lakefront breeze. The stairs to the beach are fifty feet away where you can situate yourself on the expansive private beach area (patrolled on weekends to keep strangers off). The private beach is an association beach shared by Gordon Beach families. We have been using this site successfully for 9 years. Now that HomeAway is a mega conglomerate there are over 450 properties returned in a search for Union Pier. Make sure that you get the address from the owner before renting and go into Google Earth to see where the lake front is located. On our search of rental properties looking for our own cottage returned more than 25 properties that were walking distance to Notre Dame Football Stadium, (which is 45 miles away!). Hardly the search results intended for the family that is looking to be on the beach! Our kitchen was updated in 2016 along with new living room furniture. Our beach chairs and umbrellas are always new. If you have any questions, please call or text us. thank you. We accept a $1000 refundable deposit to Memorial Day weekend at which time we ask that final payment for your vacation is due. We accept personal checks unless other arrangements are made with the owner. Please feel free to text or call the owner to make special arrangements for payment. We are very flexible. During the summer rental season our changeover date is on Friday. Thank you for your interest in our property.


Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Exterior - outdoor shower
  • The bathroom has a walkin European style shower installed in 2008 and is very nice. During the summer months most guests use the family size (100square feet) outdoor shower that offers plenty of seclusion to shower in the buff. The shower is constructed of redwood, soft to the feet and absolutely no harsh chemicals to stand in as compared to treated lumber, and is surrounded in fragrant smelling flowering clematis and has a nice bench to sit on. Of course the shower has hot and cold water.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • The upstairs bedroom has a beautiful view of the beach and lake. There is also a game size table in the bedroom. The upstairs bedroom is large enough to accommodate sleeping bags or air mattress if 2 or 3 children wanted to sleep in a bedroom with adults. Additionally there is a washer and dryer located in the closet in the upstairs bedroom. The two first floor bedrooms have a mens size dresser to store your clothes. Our bedroom linens, bathroom towels and beach towels are new and fresh...we have not stocked this unit with our 'old stuff', and want your visit to be of the same experience as finer hotel.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hunting
  • roller blading
  • swimming
The kitchen and bathroom is fully stocked and equipped to cook indoors or outdoors. All the linens, bath towels and beach towels and beach chairs are supplied. We also have a beach umbrella with SPF50 factor. Additionally the home is equipped with High speed Internet access with a wireless router. We also have an Home Ipod so you can listen to and charge your Ipod in the house, or just listen to AM/FM radio. There is a flat panel LCD television with DVD player in the living room. You do not need a telephone calling card to make outgoing telephone calls - Any local or continental USA long distance calls are free. As far as outdoor cooking, we have a larger propane grill. We also supply firewood for two campfires, but due to local ordinances we ask that you have your campfires after sunset and at the beach, not in the backyard.


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Steps to Private Beach, Really !!
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews
Kokomo, IN


  • 5 of 5

We had a terrific week's stay at the Union Pier Cottage. The grounds were beautiful, the cottage was very clean and in great shape, the stairs to the beach were a few yards away! It was hot the week we stayed - in the 90's - but the breeze off the lake and the ceiling fans kept it comfortable. John was very helpful, and provided us with beach chairs and a beach umbrella, as well as firewood, tinder, and matches for a bonfire at the beach. The kitchen was well stocked with everything from pots and pans to saran wrap and aluminum foil. All we needed to bring was food! The loft was a really neat space - and the washer and dryer in the closet was really helpful! There was a gas grill and a charcoal grill and we grilled almost every night. The sunsets were beautiful. I would recommend this property very highly! We absolutely loved it.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2007
  • Stayed: June 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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16 4

Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great vacation at this cute house!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carmel, IN

Lovely cottage with easy beach access and partial lake views from two decks and most windows.

  • 5 of 5

Great owner-can't say enough. All you need to bring is your swimsuit. Darling cottage, clean and well stocked. Will stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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You can't beat the location!!

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming here for years and absolutely love it!! The house is charming and cute and the closeness to the beach is amazing!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bloomington, Indiana

Great location for family beach vacation

  • 4 of 5

Union Pier Cottage is a lovely, well-maintained and located property steps away from the steps down to the beach. It was equipped with pretty much everything we could want, including bicycles, cornhole set, lots of towels, and kitchen equipment - and when we sent a little note right after arriving about whether there was aluminum foil at the store down the street, the owner showed up with it within a few minutes. (He was very responsive about every inquiry from the first email.) Though the house is a bit short on common space and in a busy area (especially on July 4 week!) near the beach access point, it is very nicely appointed with up-to-date furnishings and fixtures and we loved all the things Union Pier had to offer - not just the beach but also the little shops at Red Arrow Highway (ice cream and breakfast at The Casual Chef Cafe/Pumpernickel .Inn, bakery, tiny grocery, and beach rentals at Red Arrow Ride) proximity to other activities in the area. We are already planning to go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was nicer than the photos depicted.

  • 5 of 5

What a great place, small but comfortable. Great outdoor space, nice back yard and so close to the beach. We enjoyed siting on both the front and back porches watching all of the beach goers coming and going - then the second rush of beach goers as everyone migrates back to the beach and to watch the beautiful sunsets. Open the front door and the stairs to the beach are only steps away. High Speed internet access allowed us to catch up and work and emails and update our social media accounts even outside in the back yard!! Our host stopped by to make sure that everything was to our satisfaction and the overall property was cleaner than a fine hotel.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Summer McCall
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish, italian, polish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Summer McCall

We currently live ,in Chicago and Union Pier is a great short trip to escape all of the weekend festivals, and leave the hustle and the bustle behind. We spend all day at the beach building sand castles and sand sculptures and getting knocked down in the water by the strong waves when the wind is blowing.

Summer McCall purchased this cottage in 1991

Why Summer McCall chose Union Pier

Location, location, location. This was the closest that I could get to the beach with out purchasing a lakefront property. Now lakefront properties are nearly unattainable and the rental rates on most are $3000 per night but much larger than our modest, comfortable cottage. We couldn't be happier listening to the waves from the Lake all night with the windows open and able to walk out to the beach every morning. When the heat and humidity rise, we crank out the central air conditioning, newly installed in 2008.

What makes this cottage unique

I had no idea how important access to a deeded private beach would be as I purchased the cottage in the middle of January. If you want to have a piece of privacy then this is your rental. We are strategically located at the public beach access with access to our private beach. There are many rentals in the Union Pier area but most advertise steps to the beach is one long half mile steps. You can leave all of your beach chairs and umbrellas and stuff at the beach, and come upstairs to have a lunch or take a quick nap. There is no need to move all of your beach chairs until either sunset or after you enjoy your beach side campfire and show your children how to make s'mores.


Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Gary (private jets only), O'Hare & Midway
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Stray Dog
Nearest Train
5 Miles
New Buffalo Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Exit 6 Union Pier, I - 94
Car: necessary

If you have stayed in Union Pier before, we are located at the public beach access! There are 2 small cottages between us and the beach. It is all about the beach in Union Pier. The beaches never close on this side of the Lake because of pollution or high bacteria count. Many Chicagoans make their way to Union Pier to train for The Chicago Triathlon, where it is easy to swim a mile without bumping into anyone and bike one of the designated bike routes through Three Oaks and cycle 25 miles without navigating around automobiles or roller bladers...Additionally it is worth making the drive to Warren Dunes State Park and Mt Baldy to view some of the nicest and largest sand dunes in the United States.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $225

Rentals are at the sole discretion of the owner and its management. Rentals are for the exclusive use of the guest inquiring and making payment and their specified party. Our rates are not based on the number of guests however that does not mean that you can add 5 additional guests to your party after confirmation of your rental without written request and consent of owner or its management. Invited guests for the day are limited to equal number of guests staying at the cottage. A party of five is allowed five daily guest. Rentals are non-transferable and for the exclusive use of the rental party. Guests are NOT permitted to host large group parties such as weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, bachelor and bachlorette parties, or any large group gathering for any purpose. Smoking is not permitted inside of the cottage. Violators will be asked to leave the property and forfeit the rental payment paid.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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