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10 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


South Haven House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, Ten guests maximum.

The Oakland North is a historic landmark building which was built in 1927 and originally known as Mendelson's Oakland Hotel. In the 1970's it was converted into two separate residences and the north half provides over 2200 square feet of sun soaked living space. There are four spacious bedrooms (two queen beds, one full bed and the fourth bedroom has two sets of twin bunk beds) with two completely remodeled full baths.

The Oakland North has been impeccably maintained and boasts all of the original architectural details of a bygone era including ten foot high ceilings, arched double hung windows with true divided lights, original oak hardwood flooring on the entire first floor, stain grade millwork trim throughout with operable transom vents above the second floor bedroom doors. The feeling of the home is truly unique and feels as if you are in a historic turn of the century beach house. The finishes, fixtures and furnishings all add to the overall casual relaxed feeling and remind you that you are 'away from it all'.

Keywords: Single Family Home

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Michael Biedermann
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 4, 2016
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About Michael Biedermann

We are parents of four young children. We wanted a beach house to escape from the hustle and bustle and focus on family.

Michael Biedermann purchased this house in 2000

Why Michael Biedermann chose Southwest Michigan

Historic Monroe Park is our neighborhood which is directly adjacent to the North Beach on South Haven's North Shore. The key to this location is there are no huge hills nor endless staircases to climb up and down when going to and from the beach. Kind of an important thing to remember with small children and grandparents who want to join you down at the waters edge.

Remember… 'Location. Location. Location.'

What makes this house unique

We enjoy the easy access to the North Beach as well as the less than ten minute walk to downtown South Haven. Once the groceries are purchased, there is no need for your car again. Even if you do need something from the store, you can walk two blocks to North Side Memories which is a small, privately owned convenience store and deli. We have said it so many times but it is true... once you cross the draw bridge, it feels as though all of life's struggles seem to be lifted. We hope you are able to experience the same feeling!


based on 10 traveler reviews

average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Amazing Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

I am a writer and needed some time away to write and refresh. The Oakland North was the perfect place! First of all, the owner is very easy to work with and accommodating, so everything just fell into place. Second, the house was very clean, neat, and cozy. It was exactly what I needed. Plus, it's just steps from the beach, where my heart and mind feel restored. I highly recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, MI

Can't wait to come back!

  • 5 of 5

The Oakland North was the perfect rental for us! The house was beautiful and well maintained, and the location was perfect. We could easily walk back and forth to the beach or pier. There was plenty of space for out whole family to relax, and my little boys loved the outside shower (with hot water). The bedrooms were all a nice size, and it was great having two bathroooms. We will be back next year!!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We greatly appreciate it when our guests take the time to submit a review. The highest compliment however is for our guests to return year after year. Please take a moment to review our almost always current online availability calendar to see if your desired dates are available. If they are not available, send us an inquiry anyway. We may be able to accommodate you at another one of our properties. We look forward to hearing from you and hope we can accommodate your family as our guests in South Haven at the Oakland North! Sincerely, Michael Biedermann
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Perfect house!

  • 5 of 5

The Oakland North is the perfect place for a great getaway! The house has so much history and charm, not to mention that it is stocked with more than just the basics, including toys and games that kept us entertained for hours. Both the front and back of the home have beautiful views, and the back deck is the perfect place to gather at the end of a fun filled day. The beach and the marina are just short (minute or two) walks from the house (both literally right down the road). The owners are amazing as well and provided great and quick feedback and tips as we got ready for our trip. We couldn't have asked for a better vacation home and/or location. In fact, just a few days after we got back from our trip, we booked the same house for our vacation next summer!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have and continue to work hard to provide the highest level of accommodations possible. Receiving a review like this is so rewarding. The highest compliment however is when our guests tell us they want to come back next year. We very well realize that you have many options to choose from when considering a vacation rental by owner in South Haven. We hope you will not only choose the Oakland North, but will come back year after year! Please take a moment to review the availability calendar on our listing to see if your desired dates are available. If they are not available, send an email with the size of your group and your desired dates. We own and manage other homes in South Haven and will do our best to help find you accommodations. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to accommodate your family in South Haven at the Oakland North! Sincerely, Michael Biedermann
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Gorgeous House and Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

This place was amazing, with lake views and a very short walk to North Beach (a 2 minute stroll), and about 15 minutes walk to beautiful South Haven downtown. Plenty of room for entertainment, and nice bedrooms. It has a nice backyard and has views of Black River from the back deck as well. The description of the property is very accurate. This is my second time renting from Michael and Karen, and they are extremely responsive and friendly. I would definitely rent from Michael again.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Owning and managing a vacation rental can be a lot of work. Meeting our guests and their families and seeing them enjoying their time in our homes is the fruit of that labor. We are very fortunate to have guests that appreciate the efforts we have made to try to provide comfortable, well maintained homes. To have families return year after year makes it all worth while. Please take a moment to review our current availability calendar on this listing to see if your desired dates are available. If not, let us know your desired dates and size of your family and we will do our best to try and accommodate you in one of our other homes. We look forward to hearing from you and hope we can accommodate your family in South Haven! Sincerely, Michael Biedermann
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Northville, MI

Family Tradition

  • 5 of 5

We started a new family tradition with our stay in South Haven. Oakland North was the perfect place! With family members from 3 to 50+, it fit all our needs. Just steps from the beach and minutes from downtown - it was perfect!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Northern Kentucky


  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about this house and the location. This was my first time to Michigan and I am so happy that I picked South Haven. I absolutely loved this town and this amazing house. Everything we could have possibly wanted was supplied here, (even the sunshine and fantastic weather). It was so much more than I ever expected. It was very close to the beach and the lighthouse. We walked the beach every day and evening and enjoyed the beautiful sunsets. The owner, Michael, went out of his way to make sure we were able to visit South Haven, even though I booked this property at the last moment. I highly recommend this property to anyone visiting South Haven. We can't wait to come back again!! Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
North Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
North Side Memories
Nearest Point of Interest
Stanley Johnston Memorial Park
Nearest Point of Interest
North Beach Pier Head
Nearest Point of Interest
Captain Lou's Cantina

Relax on the beach. Listen to the waves roll in. Do nothing!


Rates & Availability

South Haven House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 6 2016 - Dec 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 30 2017 - Jun 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 9 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
6/10-15/2017 (5 NTS.)
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
6/19-24/2017 (5 NTS.)
Jun 19 2017 - Jun 23 2017
5 night minimum stay
Jun 24 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 8 2017 - Jul 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 15 2017 - Jul 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 14 2017 - Aug 20 2017
5 night minimum stay
Aug 21 2017 - Aug 25 2017
5 night minimum stay
Aug 26 2017 - Aug 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Weekly only between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Rates "START" at as low as $300.00 per night.
Rates will vary depending on the following:
1. Total number of guests in your party.
2. The time of year you want to stay.
3. The duration of your stay.
4. The demand for the particular dates. Is it a holiday weekend, etc.
Please note that there is a three night minimum for holiday weekends.

Rates are subject to change without notice.
Rates may vary based total on number of guests, time of year, duration of stay, supply and demand.
Quoted rates include all cleaning and miscellaneous expenses.
A fifty percent deposit is required to reserve dates.
The remaining balance is due thirty days prior to arrival.
A $300 fully refundable security deposit is required with second payment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 bunk bed
  • Queen size Beds (2) Both front bedrooms offer high quality queen size beds with beautiful bed linens. See the pictures., Double Beds (1) Bedroom #3 offers a high quality full size bed with beautiful bed linens., Baby Cribs (1) We do provide a pack-n-play for your use. It is located in the front bedroom closet., Bunk Beds (2) The fourth bedroom offers two sets of twin bunk beds with quality mattresses and bed linens.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The best amenity is authentic, turn of the century architectural details and design. This was an Inn built in 1927 and was converted into two private residences. Character and charm of a bygone era!

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