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The Van Buren St. Getaway - Walk to Beach & Downtown - $2,400

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights


South Haven House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12-16)

Spacious rooms invite you to settle in, relax and BE on vacation! Master Bedroom (2nd story) has a fullsize deck for hanging out 'above it all'. The deck below, which is off the kitchen/dining area, offers outside relaxation, eating, or watching the kids play in the large back yard. Lake Michigan is a short 2.5 blocks away - with one of the most beautiful sunset views available at the head of the Van Buren St. stairs - which lead down to the beach for lots of daytime fun.

This home is big enough to handle a large family, extended family, combined families or just a group of friends. Watch movies together from our DVD library, or head for Kids Corner Park, downtown shops, restaurants & marinas - all within walking distance. Park your car in the driveway and enjoy the freedom from gas prices!

If you are looking for a larger sized home, beautifully redone, then this is the vacation getaway for you.

Keywords: Residential Home

  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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About The Owner

Dan and Sarma Ilgenfritz are happy grandparents of 9. Dan is a general contractor and loved rehabbing the Van Buren St. Getaway house. It took 6 years, working in the off season for the complete rehab. Sarma enjoys semi-retirement by managing the vacation rental and taking care of infants at the daycare center.

The Owner purchased this house in 1998

Why The Owner chose Southwest Michigan

It is our hometown (we live 3 miles from the location) and South Haven is a great vacation spot, sitting right on Lake Michigan, with great shops, restaurants, outdoor activities, the best Farmer's Market, and really friendly people!

What makes this house unique

The large back yard has lots of room for our kids & grandkids; we love to lounge on the upstairs deck off the master bedroom - you can really feel the 'getaway' up there; eating together is great fun with enough room for everyone - at the huge family style dining table, spilling over to the attached lower deck when more space is needed. We can walk to the beach, downtown and Kids Corner.


based on 20 traveler reviews

The Van Buren St. Getaway - Walk to Beach & Downtown - $2,400
average rating of 4.85 based on 20 reviews
Mason, Michigan, USA

Great Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

This was our second family reunion at the Van Buren St. Getaway. Despite having grown to 7 kids under 10 plus 8 adults, there was enough room for everyone to feel comfortable. This house has so many advantages: good-sized rooms, all tastefully appointed, a big dining room table, washer, dryer, dishwasher, outdoor grill, a back porch ideal for reading and hanging out, plenty of dishes and silverware, even beach toys for the kids. Everything one might possibly need is provided, including laundry detergent and dishwasher tablets. The location could not be better: less than 10 minutes' walk to beach and playground and 15-20 minutes to yacht harbor and downtown businesses and restaurants. Best of all, the owners are super nice and even went so far as to check the contents of their vacuum cleaner after it turned out that one of us had lost an earring. We fully recommend this beautiful vacation home and are already looking forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great gathering place

  • 4 of 5

This 4 bedroom home had plenty of space for our family reunion. We parked the car all week, except to get groceries, because we were able to walk to the beach, to restaurants, and to shopping. The adults gathered on the porch in the evening, while the children slept. All 9 of us easily fit at the dining room table for shared meals. Everything was very clean and we had everything we needed, including a charcoal grill, washer and dryer, and dishwasher. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house for kids!

  • 4 of 5

Our tribe of 8 adults and 3 kids under 5 really enjoyed our week at the Van Buren St. Getaway. Beach, playground, and downtown are all just a short walk away. Loved the huge dining table. Everything was clean and spacious. Wagon and beach toys in garage were a nice bonus. Yard and deck could use a little maintenance.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Bend, IN

Memorial Day weekend, 2015

  • 5 of 5

Truly a Memorable weekend! Our family's eight adults and seven kids under 5 had a terrific experience in South Haven, due in no small measure to the place we stayed and its walking-distance proximity to all that we did. The Van Buren house accommodated our brood without a noticeable hiccup, each of the four families encamped in a large bedroom. We appreciated the large dining room able to accommodate everyone, the kitchen supplying all that we needed, the living room able to handle a crowd. One of the best parts was being able to walk to the beach, the play structure/park, downtown, and St. Basil. We left wanting more....

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Years celebration

  • 5 of 5

During our stay in this house, my friends and I had an amazing time. Judging from the pictures on here, the property looks a bit small, but as soon as we got there, we were surprised. It was way bigger than it looks, and not to mention, very clean and spacious. There was 10 of us, and everyone had a place to sleep in. Master bedroom is huge, as well as comfortable. Bathrooms were super clean, and also the living room had enough space for everyone to sit. We enjoyed watching the movies that were provided, and had a good time. Definitely recommend this beautiful home, and we are planning on staying here again most likely in the summer, since there is a lake 3-5 minutes walking distance from the property.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful, spacious and clean! We had 3 families with small children (15 of us in all) and there was plenty of room for everyone! The owners were wonderful~ answering all our questions and then some and even left the front porch light on for our arrival. I'd definitely stay here again if the opportunity arose for another getaway. :)

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Queen size Beds (1) Four poster, deep mattress, located under romantic skylight in master bedroom., Double Beds (5) Two double beds each in 2nd and 3rd bedrooms on 2nd floor; 1 double bed in main floor bedroom., Baby Cribs (2) Besides the regular size crib, we have available a travel crib/playpen., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) One queen size futon (in living room) and one queen size blowup bed - both very comfortable.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
High chair, booster seat, hair dryers in 2 full bathrooms.

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