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Michael OConnor

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english

Lake Michigan Private Family Compound With Pool

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Indiana House Rental Photos and Description

5 Bedooms / 3 Bathrooms- Lake Michigan Beach & Private Pool


We call it our secret hideaway!

The Main House:

An all glass jewel box on the top a sand dune overlooking Lake Michigan. An open floor plan includes a large galley-style kitchen, yards of open counter space for buffets, a large outdoor dining area with seating for 20, indoor dining area that can seat 20 with folding tables, living room with glass on all sides for lake and dune views, a master bedroom with queen size bed and a guest bedroom with two full size beds and two twin beds bunked over the top of them.

360 degree views bring Lake Michigan into all parts of the house and most rooms overlook the expansive pool deck, gazebo dining area and Lake Michigan. The house comes with 2 central a/c units but Lake Michigan breezes make it unnecessary most of days and nights. A paved circular driveway provides parking for up to 4 cars.

The Guest House:

Connected to the main house by a private walkway, the open floor plan includes a full kitchen, dining room with seating for 10, living room with glass on two sides for lake and dune views, a master bedroom with king size bed and two guest bedrooms each with two full size beds.

Abundant windows provide lake views from the living room, dining room and kitchen. A large deck runs the entire length of the house on the lake side with plenty of space for outdoor dining, sunning or watching sunsets. The cottage comes with central a/c but lake breezes make it unnecessary most of days and nights. Our paved driveway provides parking for up to 4 cars.

The Beach:

The stairway to the beach is right outside your door. Enjoy sunning on the sandy beach, swimming in the crystal clear water, or walking miles of serene shoreline away from the crowds of urban life. If you prefer a beach with lifeguards, the Indiana State Park Beach is only a 15 minute walk away. After a day on the beach you’ll enjoy incredible sunsets over the distant Chicago skyline and on many evenings you’ll encounter bonfires hosted by friendly “Dunies”

The Location:

The nearby Dunes State Park offers miles and miles of hiking, sand dunes and bike paths. Just 2 miles to the new Seven Peaks Water Park for kids. Bicyclers will also enjoy the National Lakeshore bike trail that is just a miles ride from the cottage and is free from motorized vehicles.

Nearby Valparaiso still operates a drive in movie theater for old fashioned family fun.

The houses are supplied with sheets and towels, dishes, glassware, and cooking supplies, as well as a gas grill. For those who prefer to bring their own bedding and or pillows, we have one king bed, one queen and 7 full size beds and two twins

Sorry, to protect our guests with allergies, we do not allow pets.

Lake Michigan Family Compound is the perfect beach vacation for an extended family - panoramic Lake Michigan views, just steps to the beach, lots of space for eating, sleeping, or gathering indoors or out and just an hour from Chicago. Immediately East of East Beach Dune Acres.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Michael OConnor (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Look forward to seeing you again.
May 2010
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based on 19 traveler reviews

Lake Michigan Private Family Compound With Pool
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 20 reviews

Awesome Family Lakeside Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Can’t say enough about what a fantastic family vacation spot I stumbled upon so close to Chicago and yet, so far away. I felt like I was miles, light years really, from the hustle and bustle of the city. These 2 beautiful homes nestled up to the beach and shores of Lake Michigan was exactly what the family ordered! Both houses were so comfortable, functional and tastefully decorated that it was easy to feel right at home quickly! There was lots of room to move about freely and lots of places to lounge, sun bath, dine, laugh, read and have conversations! Most of us didn’t even leave the property! It was too easy just to hang by the pool on all the lovely lounge chairs relaxing! However, the sandy beach just a stairwell away was quite nice too! Hearing the waves and seeing the spectacular sunset over the lake was breathtaking each night.

Preparing meals and dinning was a breeze with the bbq grill, galley kitchen and ample seating indoor and along the pool and gazebo area. We never felt crowded, ever! Both houses offered abundant linens, towels, dishes etc. We wanted for nothing!

Several age groups were among this clan and everyone had a great great time! A few folks did venture out for provisions at the local grocery store 10 minutes away and a couple of us found some treasures when we went antiquing up the lake along Highway 12! We couldn’t have dreamed of a better spot to spend time together!! Can’t wait to book again next year!!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 2 of 5

We stayed at this property summer of 2015. It was ok, I think you can do better for the $$. The main house is really special (although a little outdated). The pool is old and in general the place is in need of repair (cracks in cement, etc.). HOWEVER, the "guest" house was dirty, there is no getting around it. The shower pressure was terrible (everyone ended up showering in the main house), there was MOLD in the coffee maker, and the furniture was dated and uncomfortable, the towels were think, it just was not good. In addition, the stairs to the beach were UNSTABLE. I had to carry by 2 year old and felt really unsafe. In summary, definitely not worth paying prime $$ for this property, you can do better.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow. We are surprised and disappointed by this review. We received no complaints about the issues described in this review from any of the 18 families who rented this summer. We live only a mile away, supply guests with our phone numbers and would have immediately responded to any issues about which we were notified. We heard nothing until now. We have used the same cleaning crew for four years and they have never left the houses dirty (though it’s possible that they missed noticing a little old coffee in the bottom of a coffee pot). The Guest House water comes from a well which is lower pressure than city water but we have replaced the shower head to maximize the flow. The furnishings are as pictured and considered vintage classic by most of our guests instead of dated. And while the beach stairs in our area are steep, we offer vehicle access and parking at beach level for anyone who prefers to drive infants, elderly or toys to the beach rather than walk. I’m sorry this family was disappointed and even more sorry they didn’t give us a chance to address any concerns they had during their visit.
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Holland, Michigan

Great spot for a family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property for a family reunion and the celebration of our parents' 60th wedding anniversary. Both houses were immaculately clean and ready for us when we arrived. There were plenty of linens including beach/ pool towels and both kitchens were thoroughly equipped.

Participants ranged in age from 7 to 83 and the pool deck and guest house deck served as great outdoor gathering places for meals, conversation and games.

The view of Lake Michigan from the property is spectacular and the private association beach was clean and not overly crowded even on the 4th of July weekend. (Although the state park beach is only 200 yards to the east and it did get busy and noisy on the holiday) The stairs to the beach were too hard to navigate for the elderly members of the family but a short 2 minute drive from the cottage and we could drop of grandparents and beach gear right on the beach!

The property sits right in the middle of the national seashore so we took advantage of several excellent hiking and biking trails.

The 2 houses easily sleep 20 but be forewarned that only 2 of the 5 bedrooms are private. The other 3 have multiple beds (this was not a surprise as it is in the property information). For our group of mostly adults it was a little like going to summer camp with the in laws; so keep that in mind if you really plan to house 20 people.

Overall a great property and we hope to rent it again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. So glad to hear you had a great family vacation. We would certainly welcome your family back to Lake Michigan Family Compound.
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Indianapolis, IN

Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

If you thought the listing photos were too good to be true....let us tell you that it was all that and more! The main home was as if someone said "Welcome to my Paradise!" Well maintained & expertly decorated with amenities for a crowd and scenic views like you've never seen in Indiana. Beautiful sunsets...more times than not when you looked out over Lake Michigan you could imagine yourself in the Caribbean with all the beautiful blue & green hues of the water. At night we could see Chicago lit up in the distance. Photo ops were endless. The guest house was very comfortable and a great place for the younger crowd that wanted to party a little later & sleep in. Seating for 20 or more inside & out. The pool was fabulous after an afternoon on the beach. No negatives about this property. Sleeping 16-18 may be more comfy than 20. Only outdoor rinse off station/hose at top of steps from beach to keep from tracking sand in pool and on patio area. Sweet memories were made and we hope to come back. By the way...did I mention that we loved it!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very glad it was a great family vacation for you. Thanks for sharing your experience.
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Perfect for an active group...

  • 5 of 5

We have rented homes on Lake Michigan for the last 5 years and had a wonderful week! This home and the owners will leave your family with lasting memories. The owners were responsive, helpful and easy to work with. Our group is a bit of a challenge as we range in age from 4 to 87. The home was set up in a manner to suit us all. Thank you for the memorable week! We entertained the teenagers with walks on the beach, trips to the dunes and a quick train to Chicago for a day. My 87 year old mother-in-law was very comfortable in the main house and even ventured down to the guest house a time or two to check in on the kids. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing with a few repairs needed

  • 4 of 5

Our group of 16 really enjoyed this property and location. Things we loved - the view, the pool, lounge chairs, room for everyone to eat together indoors or out, large living room for gathering our whole group, cleanliness - especially al those windows, lots of neat things to explore in the area and access to a nice beach with gorgeous sunsets and volleyball! Things that should be addressed to make it worth the fee charged - main grill did not work and was very, very dirty - even after the owner worked on it the second day, only drain in main kitchen sink is a non-working garbage disposal - had to reach down near blades to clear out bits of food several times during the week so it would drain properly, light in pool is coming out of socket exposing wires and light switch could easily be turned on when someone is in the pool putting them in danger of a shock, several windows in guest house have no or non-working screens so there's not good cross ventilation. Pictures do not show that the guest house is two steep flights of stairs below the main house. The houses slept 16 okay with some people in the guest house living room, but to sleep 20 you would have to put 6 people in the guesthouse bedroom with the trundle bunk fully open which leaves very little floor space and only a small closet (no dressers) for the luggage of 6 people - and 12 people in the guest house with one bathroom. If you want to kayak, canoe, etc., you need to bring those items with you. Overall, we had a great week.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear you enjoyed the vacation. I'm glad to know about the required repairs and have made them. The gas regulator on the large grill at the Main House was not working properly and has been replaced. It now heats to 500 degrees with 5 burners and a very large cooking surface. We removed and found a plastic fork tine in the garbage disposal which was preventing it from working. It is now working properly. The pool light is sometimes pried out of the wall by curious kids but the light is only 12 volts and is in a sealed unit so there is no shock danger even when pulled out of the wall. It is now back in place. You are right that there are some windows in the Guest House that do not open but both the Guest House and Main House are very well cooled and ventilated by 3 central a/c units. While the bunk bed with trundle in Bedroom #5 may not be very comfortable for adults, that room is usually occupied by kids who report enjoying it very much. We respond immediately to any repair needs we are notified about, though sometimes replacement parts must be ordered (like a gas regulator) or a repair is too disruptive to conduct while the house is occupied (like removing and cleaning the garbage disposal). We apologize for the inconveniences these repair issues caused you.
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Nearest Train
1 Miles
South Shore Line to Chicago (NITCO)
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles

Located just 2 miles off I-94 at the Indiana Dunes exit, we are easy to reach by car in less than a one hour drive from Chicago. For those needing to dash back to Chicago or get to the airport during your vacation, the Chicago South Shore commuter train line is only 5 minutes away and runs West to downtown Chicago and East to the South Bend airport. Our area has many great resources for a family vacation. Supermarkets, K-Mart, and a number of family dining options are just 3 miles away in Chesterton. And for cooks, Chesterton's European Market provides an opportunity to find local produce, fresh baked goods, artisanal cheeses, and charcutare every Saturday. Local produce, gifts and antiques are also available at the charming Schoolhouse Shop.

The great variety of gourmet and family dining options are detailed below.


Rates & Availability

Dune Acres House Rental Rates

Special Offer! 50% Discount on June Week

Special Offer From:
Dates May 23, 2016 to May 31, 2016

The week starting Friday June 17 is now available at a 50% discount off our peak season rate. Just $3,722 plus tax.

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Jun 17 2016 - Aug 18 2016
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.0%

All rates subject to 7% Indiana Sales Tax.

$1,000 refundable security deposit required.
The rental week starts after 3:30pm on Fridays and runs until 10am the following Friday – that allows the housekeepers and us to prepare the house for the next family’s vacation.

A $1000 deposit is required to confirm your reservation and the full rent is due 6 weeks prior to check-in. Upon check in the depo

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Indiana House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Guest House - Bathroom - toilet , shower , Double Lavatories
    Main House - Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Main House - Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Guest House -Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King Bed
    Guest House -Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Guest House -Bedroom 3 - 3 double
    Main House - Bedroom 2 - 2 double , 2 twin/ single
    Main House - Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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