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Richard or Jill Lutz

Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Beautifully Remodeled 1920 Craftsman-Style Home

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Special Offer! Cancellation opening!!!!!!!!!!!! July 9 - July 16

Northern Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

1750 sq foot, 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 baths sleeps 8 very comfortably.

Remodeled in 2007, this 1920 craftsman style home is built on a bluff overlooking beautiful Crystal Lake on a 70 foot high bluff providing both privacy and the quiet most people want on their vacation. Take a short 1 mile drive down to the beautiful sandy public beach to enjoy a swim in the crystal clear lake or go out fishing and watch the fish 12 feet down bite on your hook. Your family can play on the public beach one mile down the road while you watch from your warm sunny perch on the 175 foot wide beach or in the shade from the picnic area. The beach has bathrooms, picnic area, boat launch and pavilion.

Our home is custom built for artists with custom trim, maple floors and cabinets with many built-in storage cabinets, stone gas fireplace, inlaid stairs, three decks, and a gourmet kitchen. The owner utilized many unique pieces of wood in the custom interior decor. The home has 45 acres of woods with trails. for your hikes. Enjoy deer and other wildlife visiting the artisan well and stream. Guests can visit nearby Sleeping Bear National Park, Crystal Mountain, artists' shops, take a charter boat ride on Lake Michigan and fish fish fish!. One can also hike or bike (we have five bikes) on the Betsy Valley Trail, or visit any of the 8 golf courses within a 30 minute drive.

World class fishing: The world record Brown Trout was caught in Betsy Bay in Frankfort in 2008. Lake Michigan and Crystal Lake fishing are always productive for a wide variety of fresh water species including Coho Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Perch, Brook Trout, Pike, Steel Head Trout, Bass, pan fish, and other native fish.

World class golfing: The Frankfort area offers 8 golf courses within 25 minutes. Arcadia Bluffs has been rated as one of the World's most scenic and best courses in the world. Crystal Mountain's three courses are unmatched in beauty and will bring the most capable players to their knees. Crystal golf course provides wonderful views of Crystal Lake and challenges to the best golfers. Other courses are very playable and offer their own challenges and views. Golf pros are available for private lessons at several of the courses. Crystal Mountain offers a health spa, swimming pool and other activities for children and adults as well.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Richard or Jill Lutz (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Richard or Jill Lutz

Jill is employed as the Title One Director with the local school system. Richard is a retired construction trades teacher/builder having taught as an adjunct at Eastern Michigan University and retired from teaching Building Trades at the local school district. Jill graduated from Eastern Michigan University in Elementary Education with a minor in art. Jill's art background and interest has melded with Richards craftsmanship to transform a 1920 cottage into a beautiful year around home.

Richard or Jill Lutz purchased this house in 1983

Why Richard or Jill Lutz chose Northern Michigan

Guests enjoy Jill's mother's artwork as well as Jill's handcrafted ceramics. Richard's craftsmanship is obvious throughout the home from inlaid maple stairs to utilizing wood pieces they have gathered from all over the United States. The home is many steps about the standard rentals in the area. One feels like they are truely welcome in this lovely home made with much pride and tender loving care!

What makes this house unique

When Jill and I first traveled in this area and rented a nearby cottage, we instantly fell in love with the beautiful wooded lake views and above all the quiet. To fall asleep at night listening to the waves gently washing ashore is a dream in itself. Our friend who owns a home nearby called us letting us know his cousin was selling this cottage. We drove up in the dead of winter, walked back to the cottage and we noticed a sign hanging next to the door. 'Greenwood' We looked around and our view was the many 100 foot tall pines standing out against the beautiful white snow covered lake. We were in love and immediately made a call to purchase what was soon to be our home.


based on 12 traveler reviews

Beautifully Remodeled 1920 Craftsman-Style Home
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews
Toledo Ohio

Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage -- beautiful woodwork; great 'space' for community and privacy; nice hot tub and separate jucuzi bath; good access to the lake. It's not on the lake itself, but excellent access down a hill.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing, quaint, and clean home!

  • 5 of 5

This home truly lives up to the reviews and photos provided. The craftsmanship, artwork, and gardens surrounding this home are going to keep you entranced throughout your entire stay. The thoughtful touches such as the fabulously scented hand soaps (a different one in each bathroom!), fluffy beach towels, and family-oriented books/games/movies were really nice. The lake was absolutely gorgeous, and is appropriately named Crystal. Great fishing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. We truly appreciated the owners' dedication to making our trip great, especially when the unexpected happened: Richard was very helpful in recommending a local mechanic to take care of a car repair. Lake views from the house aren't really possible, but you'll feel like you're in a tree house and the peace and privacy of being up the hill is worth it!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacularly special is just the beginning

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a fabulous week in this delightfully designed home that is filled with artwork inside and outside. The gardens added to our level of relaxation. The location was terrific as it was a short trip to Frankfort, boat rentals, Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Glen Arbor. We could have stayed for two weeks easily. The weather was beautiful, sunshine and breezy! So calming, just what we needed and received. The owners take great pride in their home. The story of how it came to be is honorable.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serene house, lush wooded surroundings

  • 5 of 5

The craftsman home that we rented near Frankfort was impeccable with lovely decor. The owners were there to give our family a warm welcome and provided every detail to make our stay comfortable. The idyllic setting included adjacent woods with hiking paths. We were close to all our favorite northern Michigan spots: beaches, Gwen Frostic's, Cherry Hut, canoeing down the Platt River, Crystal Lake, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan. This gave us the serene vacation we were looking for, and we highly recommend this lovely house!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

It was a pleasure to stay at this beautiful home. It was perfect for our family of three adults and three children. The description provided was accurate but doesn't do justice to how well cared for and well-appointed the home is. This is not the kind of vacation rental that is sparsely furnished with Ikea furniture and a few cheap linens. Quite the opposite - it was well stocked with comfortable furnishings and beautiful arts and crafts. The garden is also beautifully cared for and the kitchen is well suited for home cooking. It is also worth noting how professional, kind and accommodating the owners are. We were very pleased by our stay and would stay again anytime.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

We can not say enough about this home! It is beautifully decorated with a very artistic flare. Every room is warm and inviting and supplied with all the amenities any person would need. The woodwork and craftsmanship is fantastic. The outside decks are very relaxing and has a wonderful hot tub!

As the other reviews mentioned, there are numberous things to do in the Frankfort area, we recommend doing them all! Great restruants and shopping.

As a family we really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend this house. Richard and Jill are very kind and made us feel right at home. Thank you for such a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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The Fusion Restaurant
"Great place for Chinese food. We eat here often."
Cabbage Shed and Waterfront Pub
Bayview Grille
Papano's Pizza
The Mayfair Tavern
Hotel Frankfort Restaurant
Lighthouse Cafe
Cabbage Shed and Waterfront Pub
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Gretchen Knoblock Original Oil Paintings
Sleeping Bear Inn
Celia's on the Bay
Dinghy's Restaurant & Bar
Bayview Grille
Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce
Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
8 courses within 20 miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
just off M115
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Miles
7 in Frankfort
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Bellows Public beach w picnic pavillion,& restroom
Car: necessary

Our home is located on top of a 70 foot high bluff overlooking Crystal Lake. The public beach is located only 1 mile away and has a boat launch, public restrooms and a beautiful sandy beach. The home is located close to Sleeping Bear National Park( 8 miles), Lake Michigan, Crystal Mountain, world class golf courses, Lake Michigan (1 Mile), charter fishing,(4 Miles)(world record brown trout caught here in Betsie Bay in 2008), shopping, artists, biking, art festivals, wind surfing, boating, water skiing, (all within 4 miles) National Cherry Festival (43 miles) mushrooming, bird watching and much wildlife to view out the back door or walks in our 45 acre woods.

Golf: Crystal Mtn 3 18 hole courses 18 miles, Crystal Lake 18 hole 8 miles, Pinecroft 18 hole 20 miles, Chestnut hills 18 holes and 18 miles, Champion Hills 18 holes 25 miles,


Rates & Availability

Crystal Lake House Rental Rates

Special Offer! Cancellation opening!!!!!!!!!!!!

Special Offer From:
Dates Jul 9, 2016 to Jul 16, 2016

Due to a cancellation the week of July 9-16/2016 is now open at a reduced rate. Call Richard at 231-920-4025 or email for a lower rate. This week will not be open for long! Call or email now before it is gone!!!

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

Terms: $1,000 down and balance due 30 days prior to move in date. $2000 down and balance due 60 days prior to move in date for two or more rental weeks. Will consider house swaps in lieu of rental charges.

$1000 holds reservation for one week reservations. One week stays, balance is due May 1, 2015. Extended stays $2,000 down and balance 60 days prior to move in date. Payments by personal check or through

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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Top floor
    living room - toilet , middle floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , finished basement
  • All bathrooms recently remodeled and sparkling clean! Guaranteed!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , crib available upon request
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , newer studio bed
  • Linens, towels and beach towels are included.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Raft
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Skis
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Whirlpool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
AC has been installed in the home spring of 2012. Upper bedrooms also have ceiling fans when renters prefer the cool breezes coming in off the lake.

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