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Experience Northern Michigan in a One Of A Kind Retreat with Stunning Views

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 6,250 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, sleeps 12

Property Details;

Situated 10 miles South of downtown Charlevoix, this is the absolutely perfect property for entertaining, business retreats or just a relaxing vacation. The unique, one of a kind, spacious 6250 square foot home situated on 5 private, scenic acres sits high atop a bluff that overlooks undeveloped wilderness below and Lake Michigan in the near distance. The home offers 3 floors of unparalleled Lake Michigan and countryside views. One large wraparound deck on the main level and another smaller observation deck on the 3rd floor provide absolutely breathtaking views anytime of year. Incredible views of Grand Traverse Bay, Leelanau Peninsula, Mission Point, Northport and more. Watch the sun rise on the East side and watch it set into Lake Michigan on the West.

3rd Floor Excitement- : The unique 2000 square foot 3rd floor includes vaulted ceilings, draft beer dispenser (beer not included), the workout area with a treadmill a Bowflex style home gym, 55' LCD tv and a 'Klipsch' theater quality sound system. Two 8'x8' pane glass windows on this floor make the Lake Michigan and wilderness views unimaginable.

Please Note:

*This property is lake view. The nearest beach (relatively private as it is not known to people not familiar with the area) is a scenic 2 mile drive through beautiful countryside. There are more populated beaches with full amenities, a short distance further.

*This property does not have air conditioning. There are 56 windows in the house and many with screens on each floor, 7 ceiling fans and 4 floor fans. Uncomfortably hot days are rare due to the favorable breezes off of Lake Michigan.

More Details

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About SJP

I bought my first property when I was 18 and sold my car for the down payment. That started my adventure in owning and managing rental properties and it's been an exciting experience. Even though real estate investing is one of my passions, my real passion is riding my Harley. I'm fortunate enough to be able to ride a great deal. Across town or across the country. Every ride is a good ride!

I've also traveled a lot internationally and my three favorite international destinations are Rio De Janeiro, Moscow and Caracas Venezuela. My three domestic choices are Sturgis South Dakota, home of the Sturgis Bike Rally, Chicago and Newport Rhode Island. I love pasta, a blue rare steak or sushi and just about anything else actually. I like finishing off a meal with a bit of Auchentoshan and a good cigar. Of course my "go to foods" are a bit different. A burger with a few PBRs works great as well and in fact are definitely more "my style."

The property you are reviewing is one of a kind. It's 140 years old was moved in 3 pieces in it's original condition from downtown Charlevoix approximately 13 years ago. It was initially a 16 bedroom boarding house. It was reassembled and every major system in the house was replaced. The first floor has the original hard wood flooring although the entire home looks like it was built yesterday. The character of the property is remarkable. The views are one of a kind.

The home is fully stocked with all the necessities when you check in. Paper products, coffee, etc. All you'll need to pick up on the way in is your dinner selection. The rest will be there for you to get you going. And if you want me to have steaks waiting in the fridge with a few bottles of wine or beer, I can do that too.

My goal is to make your experience memorable. When you vacation here I want it to be the best I can make it for you and will do what I can to make that happen.

If you have any questions at all please contact me...

Thanks again for your interest!

SJP purchased this house in 2005

Why SJP chose Northern Michigan

The character, the spaciousness and the absolutely priceless, unmatched year round, expansive, one of a kind, Lake Michigan and wilderness views. The view is the #1 compliment received when people visit. It is stunning year round and truly one of a kind. The interior of the property is large, open and clean. You won't be disappointed in any aspect of your stay.

What makes this house unique

This stunning home with unquestionable character is unlike any other you've experienced. Completely rebuilt in 2005, the first life of this home was as a boarding house in downtown Charlevoix. It was disassembled, moved and reassembled at it's current location. All of the systems of the house were replaced including electrical, plumbing, heating, etc. Multiple decks with collectively over 3000 square feet of space, stainless appliances, expansive granite counters, high ceilings, original hardwood floors, 5 original claw foot tubs, 52 new Pella windows, 2 new 8'x8' double pane glass panels overlooking Lake Michigan on the 3rd floor, and multiple original windows add to this home's incredible uniqueness.

Rural, remote setting. Wildlife abounds. All within 10 minutes of downtown Charlevoix.


Charlevoix House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 6250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , 1st floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 1st floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , Master Bath - 2nd floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , 2nd floor
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd floor
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub , 3rd floor
  • There are 5 antique claw foot tubs in this home.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sofa Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Mattress and Box Spring
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Mattress on a permanent frame
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Mattress on a permanent frame
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Mattress on a permanent frame
  • There are five available bedrooms (one on the main, three on the second, including the master bedroom and one on the third.) Of the five queen beds available, one is a high quality fold-out (main floor), and four are permanent mattresses. There is an over abundance of extra floor space that could be set up for additional, temporary sleep area. There are two Aero Bed air mattresses on site which can be moved anywhere in the house as well.
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Large, well equipped kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless appliances including 2 ovens. Main floor butlers pantry includes an additional full size refrigerator and a second dishwasher. High ceilings throughout the home, hardwood floors on the main floor and windows in every conceivable location add to the stunning beauty. Enjoy the large main deck along with a picnic table for entertaining. At night, light the torches that surround the deck and add another layer of beauty or simply count the falling stars which cross the night sky laden with billions of twinkling stars and planets. Interested in a bonfire? Take advantage of the extra large fire pit (wood included) and melt smores as you watch the sun set into Lake Michigan. There is an additional picnic table at the firepit.


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Experience Northern Michigan in a One Of A Kind Retreat with Stunning Views
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews
Okemos, MI

Great Place

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place for my wedding party to stay. Reasonably priced and great views. Plenty of space to spread out. The house is a little quirky but that is what you get when it was built in the 1800's. Great sound system and deck for enjoying the expansive private view.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Girl Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with lifelong friends, every year we take a long weekend. This time was later than most and we found this place online. Really nice place and all of us decided the only thing that could have made it better was warmer weather. It was October in northern michigan though so we knew it would be a gamble. The accommodations and surrounding view are better than we expected. Very nice! Several of us are returning next year with our spouses and families.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Kim, Thanks very much for your review! It was a pleasure to meet you and your girlfriends. It's unfortunate that the weather turned on you, however, that's one of the benefits of this location, there's always plenty to do within a short drive. Thanks for your Summer 2017 reservation. Looking forward to seeing you again and meeting your family. Stan
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The house was wonderful and had great view of Lake Michigan

  • 4 of 5

I booked this house to accommodate 12 people, which were family from out of town for my sons wedding in Charlevoix. It worked out perfectly! The owner has a very spacious house, with all the features you would expect and kept up nicely. The property is about 8 to 9 miles south of downtown Charlevoix, an easy drive down south 31, and puts you in a quiet and peaceful area. A great place to just relax and enjoy the outdoors. The owner met us on are arrival and was very pleasant and helpful in everyway. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your positive review and kind words Richard. It was a pleasure meeting all of you. If you are in the market for another Charlevoix vacation and my property is available, I'd like to see all of you back. Everyone I met was very gracious and certainly respected the property during their stay. Thanks Again, Stan
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We Will Return

  • 5 of 5

Heard about this place from a friend who lives in the area. His suggestion was a great one. Spacious, clean and many basic initial supplies are provided. Views are incredible. Stan is an accommodating owner, very helpful. We will recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Worth Every Penny

  • 5 of 5

Our family from around the country met here for an overdo family reunion in June of 2015. We were a bit hesitant due to the price. The experience was worth every penny.

The house is phenomenal. Incredibly clean and well maintained and a short drive to downtown Charlevoix. VERY quiet and peaceful in that area as well. You could here a pin drip outside at night.

We arrived to find everything we needed to start as far as paper supplies, towels, dish soap, laundry soap, coffee and on. The supplies we arrived to lasted us the entire week. (depends on the situation I suppose, you might need more of one thing or another than we did.)

The view is beautiful and the surrounding forest, trails (right out the door) are stunning.

The owner is very nice, helpful and genuinely concerned about the people staying in his property and making sure they enjoy their stay. Right from the first day as we sent in questions before we even decided on this place, he responded to all our questions and more. Thanks for everything Stan! :)

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Wonderful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We rented the house for our annual family gathering. There were 12 of us and we found the house to be as advertised and very clean, comfortable, well stocked and Stan (the owner) was there to check us in and acquaint us with the property. We found the views to be outstanding and the location conducive to day trips. We made a few suggestions to Stan, which he thanked us for and said he would address during the off season. All in all a very nice experience and we would recommend the house to others.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm very glad that you and your guests enjoyed your stay. Thanks very much for the positive comments and suggestions for the property. My goal has always been to offer a complete guest experience. That starts with providing a well stocked, clean property and includes being responsive to my guests questions and needs before and during their stay. The highest compliment I receive is when guests reserve the property again for another vacation. At this point the bulk of my reservations at this property consist of guests that have stayed there previously. It was a pleasure meeting you and your guests, looking forward to seeing all of you again soon.
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Nearest Airport
39 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Flight Deck Pub
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Beaver Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Antrim Dells
Nearest Train
41 Miles
Amtrack Traverse City
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Mt. McSauba Recreation Area Charlevoix
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Banks Township Park
Car: necessary

Midwest Living Magazine has ranked the Charleovoix/ Petoskey area (aka, Michigan's 'Gold Coast') the #2 destination in all the Midwest! 'These neighboring resort towns along the Lower Peninsula’s northwestern shore began entertaining vacationers who came by steamship more than a century ago. No wonder they’re so good at it, offering an ever growing to-do list for travelers and a relaxed attitude. Petoskey climbs hills along Little Traverse Bay, and Charlevoix nestles between Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix. The beach and harbor are steps from the 100 shops and galleries of Petoskey’s Gaslight District and landmark Stafford’s Perry Hotel. Charlevoix’s boutiques string along the waterfront. In the warmer months, visitors golf at the Inn at Bay Harbor, a first-class resort with courses heralded as the Midwest's Pebble Beach.

Excitement is all around this property!

Shopping, swimming, world class golfing, charter fishing and more!

Don't forget Fall on Michigan's Gold Coast! Experience Fall colors like never before right from the comfort of this property.

Multiple casinos within 45 minutes

Great Cities! Charlevoix, Traverse City, Petoskey, Mackinac City

Multiple breweries within a short drive

Paved Bike/Walking Trail from Charlevoix to Petoskey

World Class Dining and Shopping

Avalanche Bay Water Park, Solace Spa and Boyne Mountain golf within 40 minutes.

Semi-private Lake Michigan beaches, rustic parks and trails within 2 miles or just walk the property and enjoy the scenery!

Golf: Nearest golf course 4 miles from property. (Antrim Dells)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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