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Torch Lake 4 bedroom home

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, sleeps 9

The open concept ranch has a fantastic view of the lake from the full wall of windows and lakeside deck. The living room has a wood burning fireplace and high beamed ceilings. The kitchen and dining room open onto a patio. Three of the bedrooms have a door wall that open to a deck, two of them face the lake. New bedding, new carpet throughout this clean home. You also get a 3 car garage, a dock with seating, lots of privacy. 100 ft. of frontage and a very deep lot! There is also a lakeside fire pit.

This is a ranch with no steps, great for kids, adults and in some cases very well behaved pets. Plenty of parking, lots of trees and close to the town of Bellaire. Bring your boat and all the toys for a fantastic vacation!

There is cable TV for those evenings when you just can't miss a show and internet access.

Torch Lake: The best place to be in the Summer: Torch Lake is one of the largest lakes in Michigan with surface area of 18,770 acres and 40 miles of shoreline. It is a fabulous all-sports lake as well as great fishing lake (lake trout, whitefish, small mouth). The beautiful color of the lake will remind you of the Caribbean!

Torch Lake is connected by rivers to Lake Bellaire, Clam Lake, Lake Skegemog, and Elk Lake. At the South end of Torch Lake there is the famous sand bar. The water level at the sandbar ranges from waist to only ankle deep. On hot summer days there are hundreds of boats anchored here!. This is a great place to wade in the water, play Frisbee, throw a football, visit with friends and enjoy a cold beverage while you work on your tan.

On the south end of Torch, is quaint town of Alden with shops and festivals. East of the lake is Bellaire with a micro brewery, grocery store and restaurants.

The area: Golf at Shanty Creek (4 wonderful courses), swim, boat, sight see - you'll run out of time before you run out of things to do. Enjoy the local restaurants and shopping, and visit the great places in Bellaire. There is a movie theatre, video store, grocery store, some cool shops, coffee shops (Moka) and restaurants. One of our favorites is Starlight and don’t miss out on Shorts.. In the resort, try Lakeview – it really does have a fantastic view of Lake Bellaire, or Ivan’s over at Schuss Village. Don't miss the, Dockside on Torch Lake i- a fun place to eat with a great setting on the lake. A few more miles will get you to Alden (don’t miss Higgins for the best ice cream around), or Traverse City, Petoskey and Charlevoix.

More Details

Property Manager
Tressia Mooney
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 27, 2017

Why Tressia Mooney chose Northern Michigan

A dog allowed with prior approval

$15 per night pet fee

Guestbook comments from the manager

We cannot even begin to tell you how much we all loved the vacation house on Torch Lake. The home was absolutely perfect for our family. (The photos do not do it justice)

We were all quite sad when the week came to an end. Thank you for all of your suggestions...we loved Dockside, Mrs. Pete's and Shorts. We also tried Pearls! It was fantastic as well. We even had pizza delivered to our boat from Fabianos!

The house is lovely! We had a wonderful family get-away. You made it very easy from start to finish!
Jun 2011
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Bellaire House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main bath
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 2 bedrooms share this bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , half bath
  • 2 full baths with one having a tub 1/2 bath off laundry room
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • Two bedrooms have sliders and decks on the lakeside. Bedroom three has a slider to a side private deck. There is a twin sofa bed in living area.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a ranch with no steps that faces west for wonderful sunsets across the lake. If you bring your boat, there is a marina close by to launch. Please don't leave the boat tied up at the dock, please use the mooring anchor or pull the boat out or rent a day slip at the marina. (The lake gets rough at times.) Would you like to have your condo stocked with food items –breakfast for your first morning, flowers or a full menu? Contact your host at or by 231-676-0867


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Torch Lake 4 bedroom home
average rating of 4.0 based on 9 reviews

Disrepair and a Roach - Part 1

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Due to the spacing allowed by VRBO, my review is in three parts.

Third year renting this house – previous review is HEAVEN below. The first year was great. Last year, we notified the property manager about issues; she said they would be addressed. This summer, we saw a huge decline. She says the owner had been told previously about these issues; we were told “maintenance issues below have been shared with the owner and will be again. I don't know what else I can do but impress upon him how this feedback can impact his rentals.” Our visit ended with a visit from a roach.

Upon arrival, a tree had fallen on the driveway. Since the house is supposedly booked solid all summer, I’m confused how this was not discovered by the cleaning crew that was supposed to be at the house Sunday morning in the hours before our arrival. The counter, dining areas and floors were dirty with lots of dead bugs upon our arrival. I cleaned up the mess left behind by the last renters before the rest of the family arrived. We dealt with a terrible bug problem all week. I get it – you’re on a lake, there are lots of bugs… but the lack of a working screen door exacerbated the issue. We endured this all week, having to clean the kitchen counters every morning of dozens of dead bugs.

The screen doors in the house are in extreme disrepair – they don’t lock and the screens are torn. My brother and his wife did not bring their toddler this year because they were concerned he might walk out too easily. We had mentioned this issue last July and I see another renter in August 2015 wrote it on VRBO. That is not safe and actually a code violation. Initially, I used Scotch tape to fix it; the property manager brought out a roll of duct tape which was better. But duct taping screens is neither ideal nor acceptable.

Again this year, the front door was completely unusable. The door near the lockbox had to be finessed to get it open. The light in front of the house was out, so when we needed a light outdoors, we had to use the light on the detached shed. Many handles in the kitchen (and one on the bottom dresser drawer in the southeast bedroom) come right off.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: First: note is that this is the THIRD year this family rented the house – last year they posted this review – which certainly contradicts a lot of what they posted this year: Torch Lake was a destination we discussed for several years, and finally visited 4 years ago. This was the second year we stayed at this particular home, and we hope to make it there every year. We have a large party - 10 of us with ages ranging from 74 (my father) to 5 months. We needed a house that allows for privacy with a great "commons area" - this lay-out is perfect!!! We had all the amenities of home... Plus some great extras (a sauna?!) The location - just a few miles from Bellaire's amazing restaurants and a grocer to the east, Dockside and DeWitt's Marina to the south, make it easy to get necessities quickly. The lake is second to none - crystal clear, serene, beautiful. You haven't seen a sunset as amazing as a Torch Lake sunset!!! We already plan a visit in 2016! Second: Trees fall unexpectedly – It must have happened sometime between the cleaning crew leaving and their arrival. When they called we sent someone out immediately to remove the tree and debris. The house had just been cleaned and prepped so I think the dirty floors and excessive bugs is an exaggeration – and IF there was a roach, it must have come in with a guest. The screen doors take quite a beating all summer and we are pet friendly which can play havoc with screen doors! We continue to rescreen between renters, but during the week it’s not practical as the guests – including this one – don’t want to have a slider with no screen for any of the days they are in the house! Third: We were very disappointed to see this review. We want our guests to be happy and in this case the owner offered to compensate them for the inconvenience but the guest asked for more money than offered or they would write a bad review. We have made it a practice to refuse this tactic by guests that demand an unreasonable amount of compensation because they threaten to write a bad review on the property. While there are some maintenance issues – and there always are in our waterfront homes by the end of the season – we felt that this guest was attempting the "extort for review process." This house is priced at a very reasonable rate for a 4 bedroom on 100 ft of lakefront on Torch Lake. Many Torch Lake homes rent for significantly more than this home, we believe we offer a nice, clean, large home that is a good value.
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the peace and quiet. Beautiful view of the lake. House was well equipped and maintained. The sauna was so relaxing! Ample room throughout the house and garage. Enjoyed sunsets while sitting on the bench on the dock. Also enjoyed nightly campfires under the stars. We enjoyed our stay and so did our pet!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this Torch Lake rental for 5 years every August and love it! Two families share this space and the size and layout works great for us. We have never experienced a bug or rodent problem as noted by previous guests. If any issue arose the management has quickly addressed them. There was a quirky electrical issue this past summer but I am sure it will be fixed for future guests. The owner is committed to making sure problems are addressed and updates are completed as he is able. We greatly appreciated the new appliances and gas grill this summer! We have vacationed at another Torch property and Lake Michigan over the last 20 years but this is our favorite property. The deck out back, proximity to the water and dock make for wonderful family time on the lake. It's not a beach for wading with sand but I don't expect that on Torch. We bring kayaks and floats and its great fun. Having stayed on the other side of Torch this location is perfect with its proximity to Alden (After Loon Delight - amazing cinnamon rolls), Bellaire (Mocha Coffee and Shorts Brewery) Dockside, grocery stores and the new Torch Lake Winery! When spring arrives in MI I dream of getting back to our to our annual Torch Lake vacation rental! Obviously I would recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Torch Lake was a destination we discussed for several years, and finally visited 4 years ago. This was the second year we stayed at this particular home, and we hope to make it there every year. We have a large party - 10 of us with ages ranging from 74 (my father) to 5 months. We needed a house that allows for privacy with a great "commons area" - this lay-out is perfect!!! We had all the amenities of home... Plus some great extras (a sauna?!) The location - just a few miles from Bellaire's amazing restaurants and a grocer to the east, Dockside and DeWitt's Marina to the south, make it easy to get necessities quickly. The lake is second to none - crystal clear, serene, beautiful. You haven't seen a sunset as amazing as a Torch Lake sunset!!! We already plan a visit in 2016!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enjoyable Summer Vacation

  • 5 of 5

I was extremely pleased with our stay at this house. We had two families with four kids. The separation between master bedrooms was perfect to accommodate both families privacy when needed. Loved the location on the lake that we daily took advantage of with our boat. We definitely would seek out this property again for next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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It is really too bad . . .

  • 2 of 5

This home could be great but we had a lot of maintenance and cleaning issues with the home.

When we arrived the place had not been cleaned well. We had both bugs and a mouse to deal with.

Many of the kitchen handle pulls were missing or would completely fall off if you pulled on them. The front door handle was completely broken (it too would fall off) and made the door unusable. The screen doors are in massive need of repair or replacing. There were many holes and gaps that are leading to the bug and mouse issue. The shower drain was extremely slow (I had to fix it before our weekend guests arrived). And the biggest issue: the lights and electrical. We spent days trying to figure out how to get the lights above the bar in the kitchen to come on. I thought the bulbs were out – but later figured that whoever wired the 3-way switches may not have done it correctly because the lights only worked if the multiple 3-way switches were in the perfect position. When I looked in the breaker box to see if something was tripped I did notice a breaker that had been taped to the “off” position. It is the one labeled “smoke detectors”.

I am giving a 2 star rating instead of a 3 star rating because when I email JG from the property management group during our stay to make her aware of the maintenance issue she said she was already made aware! What? You knew all the maintenance issues and did not fix them before we arrived? She never offered for someone to come do the repairs, her response was I am sorry this home is not working for you. At this price point that is not acceptable. The repairs should have been made and I should not have had to spend half my vacation fixing and cleaning someone else’s property.

I did receive a refund of my cleaning fee.

Overall, this could be a really nice place to rent, but I would not rent again because it seems the owners and property management group have not made general maintenance a priority.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This home has been one of our lake rentals for over 6 years and in that time the owner has replaced all the flooring, put in irrigation for a nice grassy yard, updated the appliances, purchased all new beds and mattresses, a new gas grill and outside furniture, replaced all the slider screens and has maintained the home in good condition for his guests. We have many repeat renters (many who have already booked their week for 2016) and we always ask for feedback on the condition and needed repairs. We schedule non-critical repairs during our Sunday turnovers/cleaning time - and the home was rented continuously from mid-June to September - so we fix items as soon as possible given that constraint. The home is always very clean and we've not had any other complaints - and "bugs" in Northern Michigan are a fact of life! This guest was unhappy from his arrival to departure and we wish him well with his next rental.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Cherry Capitol
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Shanty Creek - Legend, Cedar River, Schuss
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Shanty Creek
Car: necessary

Torch Lake is a beautiful, deep Caribbean blue lake, 20 miles long with a sand bottom. This home is located on the East shore, very close to the town of Bellaire.


Rates & Availability

Bellaire House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
summer 2017
Jul 9 2017 - Sep 10 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
summer 2018
Jun 17 2018 - Jun 30 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
cherry fest 2018
Jul 1 2018 - Jul 8 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
summer 2018
Jul 9 2018 - Sep 9 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

Refundable Security fee of $500
Pet fee $15 per night
All renters must be a minimum of 25 years old unless they are part of a family group.
Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to arrival date will incur a $45 fee, the remainder of your rent/tax/cleaning paid will be returned. Cancellations made between 14 and 30 days will incur a $45 fee and if paid in full, 50% rent/tax and 100% of the security deposit and cleaning fee will be returned. If you cancel with less than 14 days remaining, there is no refund of rent/tax, the security and cleaning fee will be refunded

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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