This home is truly one of a kind, offering ample and luxurious space for a large group or extended family, coupled with a perfect beach-side location. An upscale and expansive home, every amenity, a beautiful wide sandy beach, stunning views, and endless nearby activities make for a vacation that you, your family and friends will always treasure. The last week of August 2012 is still available.
Located between the charming villages of Northport and Omena on Michigan’s beautiful Leelanau Peninsula, this spacious and beautifully appointed upscale beach house is situated directly on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay, with almost 160 feet of private, wide sandy beach in a secluded wooded setting. Enjoy blissful days filled with sunning, swimming, boating, skiing, beach combing, grilling, and spending true quality time with your family and friends. From the beach house, you will be treated to stunning sunrises over the water each morning and tranquil evenings where the colors of the sunset reflect off the bay.
The wooded, 2.13 acre lot provides a sense of pleasant seclusion, screened from neighbors on either side.
Constructed of stone and cedar, this expansive home has bright indoor spaces with large picture windows offering unobstructed views of the Grand Traverse Bay and 'Gull Island.' The two story living room is warmed by a natural stone fireplace. French doors off the entry hall open to a den with Satellite TV, a perfect place to unwind from the day's activities. The outdoor patios on the bay-side, one with an electric retractable awning, provide additional living spaces for dining and relaxing.
The dining room facing the bay, which has floor to ceiling windows and bead board wainscoting, has a large farmhouse table that will seat 10 comfortably. Additional seating is available in the adjacent living room or on the patio directly accessible from the dining room. The charming kitchen, with custom bead board cabinets and top quality appliances, is fully equipped to prepare and serve gourmet meals for your large group or family.
With five bedrooms and four baths, the home sleeps from 14 to 18 people in comfort, and is perfect for a large and/or extended family, or several smaller families. All the bedrooms are spacious and provide ample sleeping space without crowding. On the first floor there is a large master suite with gorgeous views of the bay, a sitting area, and a private entrance from the patio. A second bedroom on the first floor has a queen bed and its own bath. Upstairs are three bedrooms: one has a queen bed and another has a queen and two twins. These two bedrooms share a full bath. Finally, there is a huge upstairs suite with a private bath accessible from a back staircase with four twin beds -- perfect for the kids. If the beds are not enough to accommodate your party, there are two brand new sofa beds -- a full size in the den and a queen in the living room.
The home’s interior has been updated with all new furnishings and rugs, top quality brand new beds, fresh paint, new light fixtures, newly-tiled baths and laundry room, updated bath cabinetry and hardware, and maple flooring throughout. The home is elegantly but casually and cheerfully decorated, and fully equipped with all of the comforts of home, including a large collection of books, games and videos for all ages.
The beach house opens onto a beautiful wide sandy beach, complete with a dock, boat hoist and swimming ladder. With a gradual slope, crystal clear water, and areas of sandy bottom, the beach is an ideal place for children to safely enjoy the beach and lake. Only a strip of lawn -- perfect for croquet or horseshoes -- separates the house from the beach. No climbing down dunes or stairs or navigating winding paths. Beach chairs, beach towels, toys and two kayaks (including one tandem) and a small rowboat for exploring the bay are provided. The sandy cove invites long strolls in search of Petoskey Stones and other treasures. The home is on a cove in Grand Traverse Bay, with calmer waters, making it perfect for small craft boating and skiing. After a day at the beach, take advantage of the newly added outdoor shower, or lounge in the hammock beneath the shade of the trees in the yard. In the evening, enjoy the colors of the sunset reflecting off the waters of the bay and gather round a beach fire (we have a large, stone-surrounded fire pit on the beach and provide a supply of firewood).
The fantastic 'Up North' experience does not end with summer. Enjoy spectacular foliage, biking, golfing, hiking and winery tours while while making this beautiful beach house your home base at color season rates. Fall and winter weekend stays, as well as holiday weeks, are also available. Family friendly downhill and cross-country skiing are just a half an hour away.
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Keywords: Upscale, Beach House, Beachfront Home, Elegant, Luxury, Sandy Beach, Family
We are very much looking forward to our July vacation at your beautiful beach house. Last year was our first visit and the beach house turned out to be the most comfortable and accommodating of any place our family has enjoyed over the past twenty years of family reunions. The beach for sunning and enjoying evening fires, the green lawn and relaxing furniture where books are read and conversations held, the crystal clear water for wonderful swimming, it all surpassed our expectations. Enough can't be said about the house itself and how it accommodates in everyway with a well equipped kitchen, the comfortable sleeping arrangements and a layout that provides for quiet, away from the group, conversations. Thank you for sharing this lovely place.
This is our 4th year vacationing at this home, and we loved it! It's truly comfort: the kitchen is stocked with every need, the linen is quality, and the house is roomy. Our extended family range in ages from 5 years old to 76 years old; 17 people in all. The outdoor space offers hours of fun for all ages (swimming, beach toys, loungers, kayak, row boat, fish tackle, life jackets, hammack, and fire pit). And the views are AMAZING. It's worth getting up at 5:30 AM just to see the sun rise over the lake! The home owners have created a perfect space to relax, enjoy each other's company, and create new memories.
Bay Shore Beach House is the perfect setting for our family of fifteen. It is where some of our most cherished family memories are made. Our grandchildren can't wait to be together in 2015. Among their favorite amenities are the huge house with a kids room where they can all sleep together, cool beach for rock collecting, kayaking and swimming in the clear calm waters (Bay Shore Beach House is situated in a cove), swinging in the hammock, evening campfires, and sharing family meals around the dining room table. Thank you Holly and Andy for sharing this magnificent property with us.
We stayed in this beautiful lake home again this summer with seven children and twelve adults and had plenty of room for everyone. The layout of the home allows for privacy, as well as group activities. The home is well equipped and beautifully furnished with everything needed for a relaxing, enjoyable stay. The owners are wonderful and always deal with any issues promptly. The beach, dock, kayaks and shallow swimming area are enjoyed by all the children. The Northport location has become our favorite upper Michigan
destination and staying in this lovely beach house made for a perfect vacation.
One of the highlights of our summer is visiting Northport and staying at this beautiful house. The owners are fantastic and are always available to answer questions. The home is clean, has every convenience, and is located right on the bay with breathtaking views. The layout of the house allows our extended family to have privacy all week. The water is shallow enough for smaller children and the beach was perfect this year. Northport and nearby Suttons Bay have some wonderful restaurants to enjoy. All of us look forward to our visit next year. If you book this home, you will want to return too.
Perfect vacation home for a large family! We have been back for 5 years and enjoy the beautiful, well-equipped home! Lovely private beach setting on gorgeous Lake Michigan.
Bring your suitcase, bathing suit and toothbrush....literally everything else is there!
We have stayed at this wonderful location for the last 3 years. Our combined families totals 14 and there is more than enough room for everyone. Holly and Andy keep the house well stocked and beautifully maintained. Everyone in our family looks forward to their "little piece of heaven" for one week each year.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park is just over a half an hour away; we are in the heart of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Tours with many vineyards minutes away.