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Rob Gorman

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, norwegian

So-Heavenly! South Beach home - 4 BR/2.5 BA, Sleeps 12+, August weeks available!

40 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, sleeps 12+, South Haven cottage

** Can't find the weeks you want? Please check out Homeaway listing #330461/ VRBO#314809. **

June rentals, Friday to Friday. July and August rentals Saturday to Saturday. Other months, flexible turnover dates.

Built in 2009, 2300 square foot, two story home with mature trees and balconies. Perfect for a large family, two families or an extended family vacation. Our guests tell us that this is the nicest home near the beach in this price range... they love the new, clean open feel of our home... check out the great reviews. Summer weeks fill quickly... great fall getaway as well.

While the maps will show you that we are one block off the water, the closest public access is a 4 block, 8-10 minute walk to the Blue Stairs / Kids Korner Park. (Please see last paragraph for more info on this beach access.) Nice quiet tree lined street with great neighbors. There’s a fire pit for evening family gatherings, Wi-Fi, cable TV, flat screen TVs, gourmet kitchen, big dining area, four decks/balconies, large yard, relaxing decor and more. The house is made for relaxing, lots of windows and light, with a private balcony off the master bath, a front balcony, plus front and rear ground floor decks - 4 individual decks in all!

New hardwood floors in the main level living area... the floor plan is open with a large front living room, as well as a den opening up to the kitchen and dining room. Sleeping arrangements are queen bed in master bedroom, queen in hall bedroom, and bunks in both front bedrooms. The bunks are twin over full with a trundle, so up to 4 can sleep in each bedroom. In addition, there is a queen sleeper-sofa downstairs.

Other bonuses include the gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, first floor 9 foot ceilings, crown molding throughout, whirlpool tub in the master bath, 4 TVs with cable, and two pairs of a front loading washer/dryer combo. (Yes 2! You won’t be spending your vacation waiting for laundry.) There is also a unfinished basement with a foosball table and a combo air hockey/mini-ping pong/pool table. DVDs, kids videos, and games are available as well.

Ready for your large group family: We understand rentals with large families and friends. Have you rented and found out that they barely have enough places to sit for dinner, or not enough dishes? We understand this as we have a big family with lots of friends; our home is comfortable for a large group with plenty of dishes and utensils. We also stock our home with the basics to get you started. No running to the store when you get there... you just need to add food and people to have a great time.

About the bed setup... there are 4 bedrooms. We have set up our home to accommodate extended families. There are two bedrooms with queen beds,so with two couples, these two bedrooms sleep 4 people. There are also two identical front bedrooms, with a twin over full bunk, plus a trundle. This allows for a couple on the full, and one child in the top bunk and one in the pull out trundle Each of these two bedrooms sleeps 4. This provides for a total of 12 people. Last, there is a pullout sofa in the front living room, which can sleep 1-2 people. From a sleeping perspective we think that our home works best with 3-4 couples and lots of kids.

Towels and linens are included. We also have some beach towels and camp chairs available. For weekly rentals, check-in is 4:00 PM Saturday and check-out is by 10 am the following Saturday.

*** New to South Haven? Here's a little South Haven info as you look for the right place for your family.

- Often we get the question, what is the 'Blue Stairs'? South Haven is divided into two sections, North Beach and South Beach, split by the Black River. South Beach has easier access to the downtown area. Our home is about a mile south of town. There are two main beach access points on the South Beach side: 'The Blue Stairs' and the pier. The Blue Stairs are 36 solid, large, (concrete/steel) steps to the beach area. It is right by the popular Kids Korner park. Our home is just slightly less than half a mile away. We usually just walk, but if we are carrying a lot of stuff, i.e. kids stuff, one person may drive with all the stuff, (about a 2 minute drive), and people walk home as they are tired... last person drives home. Other guests tell me that they never drive to the beach, so it is just what you prefer. If you have someone that has a physical challenge, the Blue Stairs may be a little tough, not because of the stairs, but rather walking through the fine sand at the end of the day from the beach to the stairs.

- In addition, there is parking by the pier ($7/day or $15/week), and there is a beach boardwalk that facilitates walking through the sand. (South Haven has done a great job catering to the physically challenged, even providing bleachers to sit on.) There's also kids play equipment at this location.

- We use the Blue Stairs for our access... we have family members which include toddlers to blind to physically challenged to healthy, however given the number of questions we have received on this subject, we thought it might be helpful to provide a little background and alternatives. There are great beaches on the North Beach side... occasionally we will drive over there for a change of pace, but not often. We think the Blue Stairs access point is the best, as it is wide beach with plenty of room even on crowded days.

- We hope this explanation helps a bit... we hope you find the right place for your family and friends!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Rob Gorman (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, norwegian

About Rob Gorman

After our first visit to South Haven, we started looking for a house to purchase. It is hard to come to South Haven in the summer and feel stressed. Having been from California, and having spent lots of time on the beaches there, we were surprised to find out that we were living right near some of the nicest beaches in the country. (OK, our California friends may not believe that comment, but they have not been to South Haven.)

Rob Gorman purchased this house in 2009

Why Rob Gorman chose Southwest Michigan

We were looking for a property that could serve our large family (6 kids) and was within walking distance to the beach. With so many properties being small and needing lots of TLC, we chose to purchase a lot nearby and build. Having a new house gives us the opportunity to enjoy our time in South Haven, with the conveniences of new, in a relaxing setting.

There's something about Hazel Street that is just relaxing. It does not have the house upon house feel you can find in the rest of the South Beach area. There are large trees and deeper lots throughout the area giving it a 'out of the way' like feel in the middle of town.

What makes this house unique

Quiet tree lined street that has almost no traffic. Our guests tell us again and again, that this location is great as it 'misses' the traffic of the South Beach area, but is within walking distance of the beach, pier and town. The other comment we often hear... 'new and clean', I think this is because we stay at our homes and keep them maintained and up to date, because that is how we like them too!

And for those with pet allergies, we keep our home dander free too!


based on 40 traveler reviews

So-Heavenly! South Beach home - 4 BR/2.5 BA, Sleeps 12+, August weeks available!
average rating of 4.975 based on 40 reviews

Nicely decorated, very clean, all the amenities. Locaton was great.

  • 5 of 5

Nice new, clean, well appointed large house. Located just off the water. What a great setup for two families to rent this house. I would deffinatly stay here again. And I am telling everyone I know about how great this place is. The owner is a pleasure to deal with and very responsive to my questions.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at So-Heavenly was great! The open concept kitchen was great for a large group. The backyard was large and we loved all of the balconies and the swinging chair on the front porch. The walk to downtown was easy and scenic. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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you will love this house!

  • 5 of 5

we have stayed here a few times. looked at other homes but always come back to this one. its on a nice quiet street yet close to everything. comfy and well decorated home. kitchen is stocked with a good selection of spices. even found olive oil and balsamic vinegar which made grilling handy. also stocked well with saran wrap, ziploc bags, paper towels, etc. which is usually the stuff I forget when grocery shopping. if you need a home for several people don't waste a lot of time looking at other houses. this is the one you want. and the owner is the nicest guy too

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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This is the one you want!

  • 5 of 5

This house was just perfect for our group of six adults and three children (5, 6, & 9) to enjoy a September weekend in South Haven. Every single person, even kids, commented on what a great house it was! It looked especially pretty in the evening when we had all the lights on. The kitchen table had ample seating for at least 10 (in addition to 6 chairs, there are two benches that are not visible in the picture), cabinets were full of supplies, and the cooks never got in one another's way. The front room had plenty of space for all of us get cozy and watch the birthday girls open their gifts. We took full advantage of the gas grill, firepit, and the table games in the basement. Every room in the house was spotless. Rob was such a pleasure to do business with. He contacted me during our first full day there to see if there were any concerns, and again after we left. There were just three teenie-weenie maintenance things I shared with him only because he really seemed to want to know about even the smallest thing that he could improve. Honestly, there was nothing big enough to affect our enjoyment of the house so I had to stretch my mind a bit to come up with ideas. I was impressed with his immediate and thorough response to every little thing, and I rest assured that each one is remedied. Rob really cares about maintaining a comfortable home for his guests to enjoy, and I hope I can get my family together again for a longer stay at one of his properties in the next year or so. Have a great time in South Haven!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Perfect and Peaceful and Great Owner

  • 5 of 5

House was absolutely stocked with every little thing that you could possibly need! Seriously, all you need is your swimsuits and sunscreen. There are two large capacity washers that made life so easy (wish I had that at home)! Owners are super cool and easy to work with! House is spacious and nicely decorated. It is in very close proximity (walking distance) to one of the most beautiful beaches and lighthouses (South Haven Beach). You can watch the majestic sailboats enter and leave the harbor! In close proximity to Van Buren State Park beach also which is incredible! Great for a large family or multiple families. Kids played all day in the water it was great! Thanks for a wonderful relaxing time! Go Blue!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sisters Week

  • 5 of 5

This house was a great place for our annual Sisters Week in South Haven. We liked cooking in the kitchen; enjoyed the deck, but most of all, this home had plenty of comfy seating for us to kick back and have some quality sister time; whether it was playing board games, watching movies or just catching up. Location was great for my "fitbit" sisters; we counted a lot of steps on our daily walks enjoying this quiet and quaint little community. We would definitely like to come back and rent this home again.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Rates & Availability

South Haven House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer weekly
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 19 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
August 20-27
Aug 20 2016 - Aug 26 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 22 - Sep 2 (6 days)
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 1 2016
6 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend - Sept 2-5
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 6 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
September, $750 for 3 days
Sep 7 2016 - Oct 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year's (Dates Flexible)
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Summer Wk#1 Friday June 2-9
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer#2 Fri-Fri June 9-16
Jun 9 2017 - Jun 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fri June 16 - Fri June 23
Jun 16 2017 - Jun 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fri June 23 - Fri June 30
Jun 23 2017 - Jun 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Extra for 6/23 or 7/1
Jun 30 2017 - Jun 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
July 4 week - 7/1-7/8
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Peak
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 11 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
BB Fest 2nd half 8/12-8/19
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
August wk#4 - 8/19-8/26
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Last 6 days of August!
Aug 26 2017 - Aug 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Fall Weekends
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $700
Tax Rate 6.0%

Off-season - $600/wkend, $150/extra night, $1100 weekly

Large group? Rent homeaway #330461 also during off-season for : $1200/weekend for both houses

Summer rentals - Sat. to Sat, weekly rentals only.

Rates quoted are for groups of 12 or less with up to 8 adults.
Calendar is kept up to date. Please verify calendar prior to inquiring.
Flexible turnover options during off-season.

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Southwest Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Double sink
    Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , With Private Balcony
    Hall Bedroom - 1 queen
    Front Left Bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , (Twin over Full Bunk with Trundle) with Balcony
    Front Right Bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , (Twin over Full Bunk with Trundle) with Balcony
    Living Room - 1 queen , Pull out full sofa
  • Air Hockey
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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