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Dave Clixby

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Updated Old-World Charm in Downtown Frankfort

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Northern Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 11)

The Blue House is located on historic Leelenau Avenue. It is a beautiful tree lined street with sidewalks through a quaint friendly neighborhood.

It is perfect for family reunions, sharing a place with friends, or a single family retreat.

The Upstairs has a separate entrance and can be partitioned off from the Main Floor or left open with a comfortable floor plan. The Upper floor has it's own kitchen, bathroom and two delightful sunny bedrooms.

Main Floor has access from both street side and from the large backyard. There is parking in the back so it is private and convenient.

Main Floor has one large Bedroom and adjoining Family Room with cable TV & wi-fi.

Large Country Kitchen with cooking & service for ten.

The Classic Front Porch and the Back Brick Patio are happy gathering places.

Check out our newly remodeled bathroom with ceramic walk-in shower!

Call or email for more information and to reserve.

Keywords: house, beach, Lake Michigan, sand dunes, fishing docks, bike trails, Frankfort, Betsie River, walking distance,

beach town, Traverse City area.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Dave Clixby (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Dave Clixby

I grew up downstate and our family vacationed in this area. The pristine beauty of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Lake Michigan Beaches, and the rolling hills of the open countryside captivated me from an early age. Out of all the little towns along the coastline, Frankfort is is the place that I kept coming back to. It's a little like stepping back in time; life seems more simple here. I found the house in 2001 and bought it as a long-term investment. We've put some 'elbow grease' into it and made improvements since then. It has been a lot of fun and the kids have made some happy memories here; fishing off the pier, canoeing the Betsie River, enjoying the house as a winter getaway. We hope that you will enjoy your stay here.

Dave Clixby purchased this house in 2001

Why Dave Clixby chose Northern Michigan

There is so much to see and do in this part of the state! It is a great central location to explore from. Traverse City and Manistee are a 45 minute drive. The Sleeping Bear Sand Dune National Park begins just outside of town. Herring Lakes and 'Watervale' are to the south and the Leelanau Peninsula is to the north. Also there is something special about the Betsie River flowing into the Bay and then out to Lake Michigan.

What makes this house unique

Sunsets on the pier. exploring the dunes, out of the way beaches & incredible golf courses and Crystal Mountain Ski Resort are only a few minutes away. You can walk only 2-3 blocks to the Boat Launch, Fishing Dock, Grocery Store, Ice Cream Shop, Antique store, Downtown Shopping, Library, Tennis Courts, Bike Trails, Coffee Shop and Night Life. The Frankfort Beach is 8- blocks away.


based on 7 traveler reviews

Updated Old-World Charm in Downtown Frankfort
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
-Clarkston MI

Warm and Lovely

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to stay! This home is so warm and inviting, comfortable and close to all the things I love about Frankfort. Fall colors are on show right now and this location is a great springboard to this part of Michigan.

I will be returning in the summer and next fall as well. I recommend it highly and the owner is friendly and helpful.

Carolyn E.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Carolyn for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself. You are welcome back anytime. "We'll leave the lights on for you!"
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"Two Thumbs up!"

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Blue House the week of Halloween. The neighborhood is delightfully quaint and the house is clean, spacious and lots of fun. There were lots of things to do and see like the pumpkin drop, carving, and tossing pumpkins. We enjoyed the beaches and bike trails, and what a great downtown! Would definitely stay there again...

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at the "Blue House" 2 years in a row. Not only was the owner professional but he was friendly and prompt to reply. We enjoy fishing. There are very nice bike paths which you can ride on.

We love going to Point Betsie Lighthouse to walk on the beach. Sleepying Bear Dunes National Park is a nice place to visit and enjoy the natural beauty. We usually go to the Farmer's Market and recommend "Brown's" homeade pies they are delicious! Definitely a relaxing place to stay. Looking forward to going back.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Belmont, MI

Our week in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We decided to stay in Frankfort because of its central location to the areas many attractions. The Blue House was the perfect base of operations! We stayed with adult childern and the layout of the house allowed the night owls to come & go without disrupting the household. The owner of the property was friendly, honest and responsive to all questions and texts.

Mornings on the porch with that first cup of coffee was the perfect way to start the day. Its a great vantage point to watch from as the city wakes up and comes to life. It's an easy walk to breakfast or the coffee shop if thats how you want to start your morning. Make sure you check out the local library, the view from the reading area overlooks Lake Betsie and the marina. Best of all, you can access free Internet service 24 hours a day. And don't leave the area without a meal at the Bayview Grill.

Of course Lake Michigan is the star attraction. You can spend every day at the local beach but be sure to venture North & South to other swimming areas as well. Our favorite was in the small town of Arcadia which had spectacular views of the dunes in either direction. Sleeping Bear Dunes is no longer Michigans best kept secret so plan on getting started early to beat the crowd.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfy and convenient!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying in Frankfort at this house. It had great proximity to not only the beach and downtown, but it was very close to the grocery store. There are a couple of good restaurants in Frankfort that are worth checking out. The house is a nice size and can accommodate many and is very clean and comfortable. It's nice to have a bathroom upstairs AND downstairs. The living room is spacious and we even found some video movie gems that we truly enjoyed watching when the weather was uncooperative. The kitchen is bright and looks out over the backyard. I recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We really liked this property. The street was very peaceful with beautiful homes on it. It was clean. The owner was very kind and eager to answer any questions we had. We loved the bike trails. We liked the ability to salmon fish from the breakwall. There is a little restaurant in Elberta called "The Lighthouse" we would recommend. Good Country Cooking. Also we really liked the Farmers Market with fresh produce and delicious baked goods. We would recommend this to a friend.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

We have a small 10'x10' basketballpad & hoop for the kids. The city park is 2-blocks North and has

basketball and tennis courts. The house is 2 blocks North of the public boat launch and town grocery store.

It is a very convenient location.


Rates & Availability

Frankfort House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 5 2016 - Jun 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
Jun 4 2016 - Sep 1 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
Changeover Day: Monday
3 night minimum stay
Autumn 2016
Sep 6 2016 - Nov 1 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $120
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.0%

To register, please state your dates of stay and number of people in party.
Below are the Terms & Agreement information. We request that you fill in the information and return via email or direct mail. When we receive the signed copy along with initial payment we will send you a confirmation letter with your reservation details. Payment can be made through VRBO or we prefer PayPal or personal check.

THE BLUE HOUSE 815 Leelanau Avenue Frankfort, Mi. 49635
VRBO # 292141

1) CHECK-IN TIME is after 4:OO PM. CHECK – OUT TIME is before 11:OO AM
2) There is NO SMOKING permitted inside the home.
You must contact owner PRIOR to registration since not all pets are acceptable.
$100 PET FEE one pet limit for the house.
Only clean, well-trained, house broken, friendly pets will be accepted. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up any/all pet refuse. Pets are not allowed on the furniture at any time. Evidence of pets on furniture/couches and or beds may incur an additional cleaning fee. All pets must be current with their rabies shots and required vaccines. Pet owners are solely responsible for their pets, including but not limited to personal injury, property damage, etc. Pet owners agree to hold the homeowners harmless in any and all events concerning their pets. The deposit may be used to cover additional cleaning costs or pet related damages.
We require that you keep animals on lower floor only.
4) RESERVATION FEE/SECURITY DEPOSIT-Reservation Fee/ Security Deposit
$300 is required. This must be received before we can officially reserve your dates. This reservation fee is non-refundable and automatically converts to a security/damage deposit upon arrival. The Damage Deposit is NOT applied to the rent; however it is refundable within (14) days of departure, providing the following provisions are met.
A. No damage is done to the

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1950 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 Upstairs - toilet , tub , shower , UPSTAIRS: Queen Anne Tub & separate Shower in Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 LOWER FLOOR - toilet , shower , MAIN FLOOR New walk-n shower. Beautifully hand tiled!
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Upstairs Master Bedroom #1 - 1 queen
    Upstairs Bedroom #2 - 2 twin/ single
    Main floor Bedroom #3 - 1 queen
    Main floor Bedroom/Living room#4 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
    Main floor Pass-through - 1 twin/ single
  • -Upstairs Master Bedroom has Pillow-top Queen bed with shower. Beautiful curved ceilings & windows with view of Leelanau. -Upstairs #2 Bedroom has matching twin / single beds. Great windows with a view. -Main Floor #3 Bedroom has Queen size bed, French doors & Fireplace. Doors can be left closed & locked for privacy or opened for access to living room. -Main Floor #4 Bedroom doubles as the Living room with two fold-out full size beds. This room has open access to the Kitchen in back and the front door. -Main Floor Pass-through / Laundry room has a single bed
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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