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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


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 few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 13, 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 Northern 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!!


Traverse City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2019 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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!!


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(51 traveler reviews)

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Ranch with 134' on West Bay!! Beautiful waterfront !!!
average rating of 4.509804 based on 51 reviews

Bring some ear plugs!

  • 3 of 5

This place is right on the bay, but t is also right on M-22, and we all know how people love to drive on M-22! This we knew going in, but we did not realize just how much traffic there would be at night. This would not be as much of an issue if (1) they added air conditioning so that you could keep the windows closed, and (2) they replaced the street-facing Windows with more soundproof modern Windows. Good news is that this was our only complaint! The parts of the house that face the water (kitchen, dining, family, master br, deck) have been nicely upgraded, the place is well equipped, and the views are outstanding!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice location, great view and generous provisions.

  • 4 of 5

We loved the water and deck! Lots of room to play with kids. Glad we had water shoes for rocky bottom of lake. I have knee issues and wished for a railing on cement steps to beach for stability. Wished cleaning crew had washed floors. Our feet were black just walking inside. But our overall impression was good and we would recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice house - poor communication

  • 3 of 5

A group of 5 of us reserved this house for the Bayshore Marathon weekend. A few days prior to the check-in day, I messaged the owner for check-in information. I also left a voicemail after I didn't hear back. Check-in day comes, and I still hadn't heard from anyone. At 4:00, there was no way to enter the home, since it was locked, and I had no key code. As a group of runners who are supposed to run a marathon the next morning, you can imagine how stressful this situation would be! Thankfully VRBO customer service is wonderful, and they offered to find hotel rooms for us (which I knew would be impossible due to the Marathon and Memorial holiday). VRBO was finally able to find out that the owner was out of the country, and the owner's wife provided a key code. All of this could have been avoided had the owners communicated properly!

On to the house. The lawn wasn't mowed, so it was quite long after a week of rain. You can tell the house is being renovated. One side door was held shut with duct tape, and there was a hole in the floor where a vent cover should be. There were nail holes through the house, where lights or art previously were I imagine. All of this is fine, it just would look even better if fixed up.

The bedrooms are large, and the kitchen was perfect for a group to cook all their meals in. The space could even fit many sleeping bags or blow up mattresses if needed. All supplies we could need were available. There was plenty of firewood, and a nice fire pit. The water level was quite high, so there was no beach area. No problem in the off season since the water was still very cold!

Lastly, I would keep in mind the busy road this house is on when reserving. The traffic is quite loud! Cars drive very fast, and it was busy all weekend long. When trying to relax in the back yard, the constant sound of cars was a bit disappointing. If you were going to play loud music all the time or remain indoors, the noise wouldn't be an issue. If the windows were open at night, I imagine it'd be difficult to fall asleep.

I never received check-out instructions or contact information if anything went wrong with the house. Overall, it's a great house with plenty of space with a beautiful view of the water. I'd stay here if you don't need peace of mind with owner communication and don't mind the busy road.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place with a great view.

  • 5 of 5

It was what we were looking for on our weekend up north.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Old Mission Lighthouse
"awesome place to visit, bring your bathing suit!"
Leelanau Wine Cellars Ltd
Sunset Water Sports
Apache Trout Grill
Mackinaw Brewing Company
Beech Tree
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Grellickville Marina
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
Apache Trout Grill
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Mt. Holiday
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!!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $30 per person per night
Damage Deposit $50

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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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