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Ranch with 134' on West Bay!! Beautiful waterfront !!!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,019 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9-12)

We love our cottage and we hope you do as well! We geared our renovations toward relaxation and easy maintenance. We tried to stock everything you'd need to ensure a great time (and to keep you from having to bring up the kitchen sink). We have a large variety of movies (Kid friendly), games and toys (including beach toys) for your enjoyment. The basement is set up with toys, games, cable TV and is a safe and fun environment ... there is also plenty of room to play in the huge backyard, side yard or on the beautiful sandy beach. The entire layout of the home is geared toward outside activities and entertaining on the new 20 x 40 deck. Perfect for eating, laying out, watching the kids play, cooking on the grill, watching wildlife or the boats and my favorite ... sleeping.

We love our fires at night, we have a fire pit overlooking the water. It's an awesome view and you will enjoy hearing the water calmly roll into the rocks as you sit by the fire.

1,800 square feet on 3/4 of an acre with one of the best waterfronts on West Bay! Former beach photos show the awesome view of the waterfront!

We have made many renovations to make it an enjoyable and relaxing environment. To mention a few: gutted the kitchen and bath(s), 8 ft door wall and two French doors that open up to the huge deck (20 x 40), natural stone exterior, knotty pine walls and tile galore, plus hundreds of other items you would never notice!

The house is set off the road and we have plenty of room for additional parking on the side lot, driveway holds 4-6 vehicles.

Our house is your house, make yourself at home!

Keywords: Single Family Ranch

More Details

Mike Thomas owner
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 30, 2017

About Mike Thomas owner

My wife and I have been married for over 14 years and we have a beautiful daughter. We love spending time in our cottage and we share it with our many friends. We feel blessed to be able to share it with all of the wonderful people who have rented from us in the past. We've met so many wonderful people and we really enjoy hearing about your time in TC.

Mike Thomas owner purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Mike Thomas owner chose Michigan

My parents have had a cottage in Traverse City for over 25 years and it was always a goal of mine to have a family getaway in that area. We just love the Traverse City area and plan on to retire up there in about 10 years!

What makes this cottage unique

We really spend our time relaxing. We often go up there with a long list of activities and find ourselves night after night in front of the fire pit. Just listening to the water crash on the shore and watching out for the Bald Eagles flying across the water, you just can't beat it!!


Elmwood charter Township Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2019 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Newly remodeled!
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Across from bedroom #2
  • One and a half baths!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Beautiful view of the bay from this room!
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Bunk bed w/ single / pull out trundle. This room sleeps 5
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Nice room and close to the bathroom!!
  • King bed in master (1)Queen size Beds (1) (2) Serta Beds, Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Bunk Beds (1) Upper bunk capacity should be 125lbs or lighter.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We reduced the price to help make your vacation more affordable, however, all of the expenses are going up! It's very expensive to operate!!


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(47 traveler reviews)

Ranch with 134' on West Bay!! Beautiful waterfront !!!
average rating of 4.574468 based on 47 reviews

Best Rental in Traverse City on West Bay

  • 5 of 5

I brought my family up to Traverse City for a Fall weekend get away and were we surprised! Mike, the owner, was great to work with and made everything very easy. This place is great! Beautiful views, nice large lot, private setting and a very comfortable cottage. We have been renting cottages for the last 15 years all over the area and we came across this one and for the's a steal! They could definitely charge more than they do. The hardwood floors are beautiful and the furniture is very comfortable. Gorgeous views off the rear deck and great location. Five stars for the owner and the cottage!!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Location

  • 3 of 5

Nice place and great location on bay. Nice Owners but they live a distance away so when a problem develops they are not prepared to handle it. Such was the case when we were there. Spent a couple of chilly nights because the furnace was not working. That is why I gave it only three stars. Otherwise they stay was very nice.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house! Gorgeous frontage on the West bay!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this home for a long weekend and wish we could have stayed longer. The house was well-stocked, clean and very well-kept. The views of the West Bay from the back deck are phenomenal! Location (7 miles north of Traverse City proper) is ideal for relaxing while close enough for a quick trip to grocery stores, bars and restaurants. Owner was local during our stay and very easy to contact. We highly recommend staying at this property - you cannot go wrong here!!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family and another family have booked this lake front house as a last minute getaway before the kids return to school. I've got to say that in speaking with the owner, MIKE, he made my stress level drop to a minimum. He was accessible to attend to any of my concerns. Customer service at its best. I am looking forward to enjoying a relaxing getaway with my family and close friends. Thanks again, Mike!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome House!

  • 5 of 5

I have never used VRBO before, but booked this lakefront house for my sisters bachelorette party. Mike, the owner was so easy and friendly to work with. The house was very clean on the inside, and had everything we could need. The views were gorgeous, and the deck was amazing. The house is just a short 10 minute drive to downtown so its close to the action. I would absolutely recommend this house, you will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome stay!

  • 5 of 5

The house and location were perfect! The house was clean and had everything we needed for our stay. The view is gorgeous and I hope to book the house again when I can take advantage of the outdoor space. Couldn't have asked for a better place!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Elmwood charter Township Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 4 2017 - Sep 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

After we receive your full payment and prior to your arrival we will deliver instructions as to how to enter the cottage. Feel free to call at any time, even while you're up there! More than 8 people is an additional charge, please call for rates if you have 4 people or less. Also, cleaning is very expensive, I want to come back in my next life as a Traverse City house cleaner, LOL! Average is about $100 every time, this has caused me to raise my rates. Sorry!! Weekend rentals are a full pay only and I do not offer payments through VRBO because it takes forever to receive payments (several months!!). If you want to pay by credit card, please notify me and you can pay through paypal. Personal checks are always welcome.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
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Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
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Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
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Nearest Ski
10 Miles
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Nearest Beach

We have a large selection of games available including a basketball net, pool table, beach toys, inflatables, horse shoes, volleyball net, soccer ball and some fishing equipment. Of course it is hard to guarantee that all of these things will work when you get there because it is difficult to monitor their condition. As you can imagine, things break and turn up missing but we really try to keep a good selection of items available. I would venture to say that we have way more than most homes you would rent!!


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