|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Wake up to breathtaking views of the lake, spend the day on the white sand beach in your backyard, and watch the sun set over the water from one of numerous private outdoor decks or porches. This newly constructed, immaculate 7,500 sq ft home is situated directly on Lake Michigan atop one of the area's lowest bluffs. Guests are greeted on the main floor by a spacious, contemporary living room with wood burning fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and a 2-story wall of windows overlooking the lake. The living room opens onto the furnished outdoor deck, a massive master bedroom, state-of-the-art kitchen, and dining room each with unrivaled lake views. Gourmet chef’s kitchen features Wolf 6-burner gas stove, double oven, 2 oversized sinks, 2 dishwashers, Subzero refrigerator, & wine cooler. Dining room has seating for 8-10. The den with cozy sectional sofa and satellite TV opens into huge lakefront screened porch. Upstairs, guests will find 3 additional bedrooms, sitting room, and 2 bathrooms.
Nearby the Property:: The Beach House is situated directly on the beach atop one of the lowest bluffs in all of Southwest Michigan. The white, sandy shoreline is just steps from your back door & deck. This beach is shared only by residents and guests of Frankliln Rd & the nearby Streed Street. Our property is nestled along the lake shore on a quiet, country road among majestic old trees and lush greenery. The home is within walking distance (or a very short drive) of fine dining, a casual cafe, grocery & convenience store, bakery, deli, and cocktail lounge. We're more than happy to accommodate guests with information on local dining, parks, wineries, shopping, activities, and special events.
Things to do in the Area:: Award winning dining in the area includes American, French, Middle Eastern, and Italian restaurants. St. Julian & Round Barn Wineries both have tasting rooms approximately 1 mi. from the home. Wine trail maps provide an excellent guide for a scenic drive to local wineries or schedule a chauffeured tour for your group. Both Lake Michigan & the nearby Galien River are excellent waterways for kayak and canoe enthusiasts. Just 5 miles away, in the harbor town of New Buffalo, you'll find the newly constructed, beautifully landscaped Four Winds Casino with its 3,000+ slot machines, World Poker Tour room, steakhouse, and immense buffet. Also Warren Dunes State Park, with its impressive sand dunes along 3 miles of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline, offers hiking, swimming, & hunting is just a 10 min drive away. Visitors have access to miles of bicycle/ ATV/ snowmobile trails, boat/ watercraft rentals, u-pick produce farms, chartered fishing, and numerous organized festivals throughout the year.
This was an incredible home and we spent a fantastic week here. Plenty of space, beautiful setting with lots of decks for viewing the lake from different levels. The home was wonderfully furnished with lots of comfortable places and nooks to relax. The kitchen and bathrooms were stunning. We loved it and plan on staying again next year!
My family stayed in this home last month. It was our favorite home and we have been staying in this area every year for 7 years. There is space and privacy for everyone especially when there are adults who do not want to share a bath. The beach is very close and in good condition. Any issues we had were addressed immediately and they were very minor. I appreciate that the property is professionally managed and they were very nice and accommodating. The kitchen and dining space is great and we loved the outdoor areas.
I've been coming to SW Michigan for quite some time (since the late 80s)and have rented many places. With that in mind, this by far is one of my favorites, if not THE favorite! It was a definite upgrade for our family, and worth every penny. We wanted a place close to the beach, clean, spacious, and convenient. Well, we got much more than that. First of all, the location is perfect. You'll get totally spoiled with your private beach access. (Trust me, this is important during the summer). As soon as you enter the house, you'll immediately see gorgeous lake views and blue skies. The house itself is beautiful ...high ceilings, pastel like colors, huge windows everywhere, (my fav) and a spacious floor plan. The rooms are very good sizes and clean. My favorite was the Master BR on the main level (incl huge en suite bathroom) and deck. The bedrooms upstairs are also very nice. There's another Bedroom (en suite) w its own deck area, and all of the beds were pretty comfortable which is a big deal for me.The gourmet kitchen was perfect for people who love to cook, or just chill w a glass of wine while someone else cooks!! There's also a large screened in porch area off the kitchen, in case you wanted to eat outside. Or you can just sit and chill, watch TV, read a book, and just lay around. By the way, if you have kids or teens, the lower level is ideal for them. They'll have their own personal space, while the adults have their own fun upstairs. But the best part after a long day at the beach, was coming back to the house and chilling some more by hanging out on the deck. I never knew Michigan sunsets were so beautiful!!!! The lake is so expansive, you sometimes feel like you're staring out at the ocean. Overall, we had a great time. We do plan on making this our yearly "close to home" vacation. Once you leave Chicago traffic and get to this place, you'll understand why it's worth the drive. Can't wait to come back.
Upon check-in we quickly noticed that the floors were covered with sand and dog hair! We were told 3 dogs had stayed there prior to our stay. The property was simply not cleaned properly after their departure. The stove had a gas leak and reeked of gas. We did bring this to their attention upon arrival, but nothing was ever done about it. At check-in we were informed of the non-working ovens and beverage refrigerator, but soon discovered the list of broken appliances went beyond these. You may want to consider bringing your own bath towels since the washing machine is stuck on "quick wash". Who knows how clean any of the linens could possibly be.
Throughout the entire home there are exposed wires of all sorts coming out of the walls and ceilings. The home is covered with blue painters tape. It is on top of switches, across outlets, marking door handles, and even x's on windows. Broken french doors at the master are held together by a child safety lock which prevents them from blowing open completely, but keep you up at night as they blow slightly open and closed repeatedly. The blinds stop 6" from the bottom of the windows of the 1st floor master and are completely missing from the french doors of the 2nd master, several faucets leaked, and there is missing trim, shelving, appliances, toilet paper holder......Truly, the list of issues goes on and on.
Most appalling of all the problems, was the day THE POWER WAS CUT. Yes, turned off because of lack of payment not a storm rolling in. We spent the day stressing over our food spoiling, calling around to resolve the issue, constantly running back up to the house for updates, searching the house for candles and flashlights.....A vacationer's dream, right!?
While the view is gorgeous and the home has potential, the owner and property manager are in over their heads. This home does not deliver what is shown in the listing or worth the price.
Beautiful and large home on a quiet lane. House is spacious and was clean when we arrived. We've been renting in Michigan for years and this is nicest place we've seen.
Union Pier is located in the center of eight quaint lakeside towns that make up an area known as Harbor Country. Often referred to as the 'Hamptons of the Midwest', Harbor Country is a highly acclaimed tourist destination and second home market which in recent years has been a direct target of the hightly visible 'Pure Michigan' multimedia advertising campaign.
Harbor Country is romantic and picturesque with miles of sandy unspoiled beaches, majestic sand dunes, pristine forests and acres of vineyards. The towns are quaint and family friendly and are populated year round by a mix of locals, second home owners and visitors. Local shops, art galleries and antique stores appeal to the sophisticated collector and the casual shopper alike.
Union Pier is approximately 75 minutes from downtown Chicago, 40 minutes from South Bend, IN and 3 1/2 hours from Detroit.
Other Activities: Harbor Country is home to numerous award winning wineries and restaurants which regularly offer tours and taskings. Outdoor activities include golf, boating, kayaking, swimming, fishing, bicycling, hiking, antiquing, white tail deer hunting, cross country skiing, ice skating and snowmobiling. Everyday in Harbor Country is a vacation!
Rates subject to 6% sales tax. Maid service included; no additional cleaning fees. Deposit Required.
25% Non- Refundable Deposit is required upon reservation.
Balance due 90 days prior to stay.
Cancellation within 90 days of stay is subject to full cost of stay.