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The Beach Home for Your Family or Group.

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 3,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Early discount ..late Summer..Fall and 2018!

Your family reunion, or retreat will be a success in this beautiful home so close to the beach path! There are a total of 6 bedrooms (4 kings, 1 queen and 5 singles, also a futon bed and sleeper sofa) 5.5 bathrooms, three living room areas and two kitchens, one main and one smaller. Lots of privacy and lots of room for togetherness! HOMES are connected!

Privacy but steps to each home from the other. Indoor entry also!

Summer 2016 was the first Summer I held family reunions. Everyone had a great time, the flow worked with the large groups and there is togetherness and privacy!

Two homes are connected to provide one large home for your vacation. Reviews are available on both of the homes since they have been rented separately in the past. You will enjoy the convenience of your group sharing one space, under one roof but with all the extra amenities of two homes. (Look at Review for Home 311247)

Your vacation home sits on a beautiful 3/4 acre yard but is within walking distance of all Union Pier has to offer.

There are two outdoor seating areas if teens or twenty-somethings want their own space!

Both homes are decorated in cottage beach style with colorful pottery

and art with a Caribbean or Greek Island feel. Both are airy and open

and have a joyful, vacation feeling. As the owner, I make sure you will have nice linens and all of the amenities of home.

The beach path is in front of the home next door !

You can walk a short way for muffins, spectacular sunsets/sunrise and a close drive to the dunes, wineries and casual or fine dining.

We are becoming well known for our wineries, breweries and other

artisan and home grown goods.

Many families are happy with the beautiful beach, the home and hanging out in the yard but if you are interested, the area boasts some wonderful art galleries, natural beauty, and is close to Chicago and Notre Dame.

On the weekends, Skip's European Market with the bounty of the nearby farms is only two blocks away!

Once you stay in Union Pier, you will see why they call this area the Hamptons of the Midwest!

More Details

Kathleen MacArthur
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 4, 2017

About Kathleen MacArthur

Originally from Chicago, I moved to New England in my thirties, when my I returned to be part of my nephews young lives.

I searched the Midwest trying to find a beach town reminiscent of Cape Code and finally found Union Pier. Both my family and many others have many fond family memories in this home.

I have been happy to share it with visitors from around the country.

You will love your stay!

Kathleen MacArthur purchased this house in 2008

Why Kathleen MacArthur chose Southwest Michigan

Because you can not find a wonderful large space that will still give you privacy so close to the beach. Beautiful but cozy decor, 3/4 acre yard. Just a beautiful, special space.

What makes this house unique

So close to the lake, yet you have a large back yard. Walk to get your morning coffee and muffins. Beautiful garden, dunegrasses, and Lakeshore Road is one of the most beautiful blocks around!


Union Pier House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 21
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Non smoking only
  • Parties and events should be discussed and approved. Upon departure, gather dirty linens and place in garbage bags by front door. Dishes are clean
  • $500 per night fee for additional guests we did not discuss. Please make owner aware of any problems immediately.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Resort
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 21
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 5 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • There is a futon bed in the upstairs den that sleeps two and a pullout couch in the smaller cottage living room that sleeps two!! There is room in both the children's bedroom that has five singles and in the master suite for an air mattress. All bedrooms are large enough for pack and play or cribs.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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The Beach Home for Your Family or Group.
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews

Spacious property walking distance to the beach.

  • 4 of 5

Ample sleeping space, comfortable beds, sufficient dinner seating, 2 en suite baths a plus, bright airy kitchen and dinning areas, great backyard, very short walk to beach. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place on Lake Michigan!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had an outstanding time at Kathleen's place. We were there for my Mom's 70th birthday reunion part with all the kids, brother, aunt and grandkids. Having 'both' places worked out well with our family. The beach is a 5 minute walk from the house and was very convenient. There are some pretty steep steps to get to the beach. Speaking of the beach, we had some great waves and the nightly sunsets were fantastic. Kathleen was very attentive and was quite the gracious host with different suggestions on what to do / where to eat. The backyard was perfect for catching up with our family from all over the country. This place worked out perfectly for us...

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Reunion Location for Family of 20

  • 5 of 5

This place worked great for our large family group of 20 (5 couples & 10 kids from 13 yrs down to 2 months) and one dog. Every couple had their own bedroom (with comfy beds!) & bathroom - very nice. The area outside is great for cooking on the grill, games, eating and for having a fire. The kitchen is well stocked with cookware and spacious fridge. Just a short 1-2 blocks to a very nice sandy beach on the lake with stunning sunsets. We also walked to the local gelato shop several times! And just a short drive to lots of activities like cherry-picking, fishing, the dunes & other fun family (& adult) things to do. It had everything we needed and our deposit was returned very quickly. We felt lucky to have found a place perfect for our large group; we hope to use it again!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Cousins Reunion -- Then a Frustration

  • 4 of 5

As vacation rental owners ourselves, we are very aware of the incredible effort it takes to keep a home well furnished, clean and in good repair. This home hits all the marks in many ways:

It is roomy and nicely furnished. We all remarked on the very nice artwork throughout the house.

The beds are very comfortable.

The kitchen is large and very well appointed -- there were even wineglasses and good knives!

The beautiful deck has lots of comfortable dining and relaxing choices.

We had deer in the back yard every morning while we enjoyed our coffee.

It is very, very clean and, aside from a few small maintenance issues which were quickly addressed, in good repair.

It's a short walk to the beach, and close to lots of good places to eat, wineries, and other attractions.

The owner, Kathleen, was friendly and attentive in the rental process and while we were there.

As an owner, I am probably pickier than some -- but here are a few "cons": When we arrived there was someone else's wilted leftover salad, uncovered in the serving bowl, still in the refrigerator. Not awful, but still a little gross -- and we wondered if the refrigerator had been wiped out before our arrival.

The first two nights we were there, there were no lightbulbs in the light fixtures on the front of the house. It was a real safety issue. That being said, when we expressed our concern to Kathleen she had it fixed the same day.

Several of the lamps and light fixtures were also missing bulbs.

We could not get the gas fireplace to work when we first arrived. Kathleen came quickly the next morning and had a repairman there within minutes.

There are no towel bars in 2 of the bathrooms.

One of the sofas shown in the photos here is no longer in the living room. Not a big deal, but it would've been nice for our group of 7 to have had a few more places to "sit soft."

My biggest issue came after our rental. Kathleen was extremely slow in returning our deposit. She even suggested that we might be liable for damages we did not create -- issues that were existing when we arrived. As vrbo owners we are VERY conscientious renters, so it was a bit offensive to be unjustly accused. We were planning a return visit with other friends to explore wineries, but are now not as likely to return.

My advice? Stay here, enjoy the beautiful home, but document the condition upon arrival and departure. And be prepared to wait for your refund.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As you will read, it is actually a complimentary review of my home, customer service, the 3/4 acre yard and proximity to beach and restaurants. The new cleaning service is impeccable to the point of cleaning ceiling fans every week. I am sorry about lettuce in refrigerator and light bulbs. As soon as I heard about light bulbs, I responded, as stated. Within several hours of arrival, guest said a toilet was wobbly. Fine prior to visit. The fireplace was working but I quickly had heating person show how to operate. After departure, knob was totally broken. It is now fixed. Liable is not a word I use. In nine years of renting my homes, deposits returned 100 percent of the time. I did express disappointment, since she is a vacation owner. Any criticism helps make visits even better. I hope you will visit this special house!
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Spacious and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Our group of four families (8 adults, 8 girls, aged 3-13) had a fantastic time at Kathleen's house! Very relaxed and casual, yet comfortable with four king beds and ample space for children in the kids room and on futons. The outdoor space is excellent and spacious (3 grills!) and the interior is very comfortable. Not at all stuffy or pretentious.

The in-law apartment was perfect for the family with a three year old, who needed a little downtime and separation from the bigger kids. Do know though that the second bedroom of the in-law apt. looks out on the deck - so not a great choice for early-to-bed kids in parents are hanging out on the patio late in the evening.

Our big group has rented elsewhere in Union Pier, but I think we've finally found the perfect place for us! Thanks Kathleen - hope to see you again next summer!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family summer vacation

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed the bedroom layout of the home - 3 bedrooms in the main house with king beds and a kids room with plenty of space for them all to be together. The coach house was perfect for other friends that came for part of the week. The backyard is spacious for games (bring your own). It's a short 5 minute walk to the beach with about 25 steps - bring your own wagon to haul your beach stuff. Also this house is dog-friendly, but the public beach you have access to does not allow dogs. There is a nice large farmers market with produce and crafts at the end of the street. Very enjoyable stay and homeowner was responsive during our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
South Bend
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Downtown New Buffalo, 3 miles, Michigan City,
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Red Arrow, 2 blocks, I 94, 1 mile

Beautiful Harbor Country, the Hamptons of the Midwest.

Beaches lined with dunes, cottages as you would see on Cape Cod, wonderful restaurants, biking, hiking and antiquing. Just 'being.' Only 1 hour and fifteen minutes from downtown Chicago and 35 minutes from South Bend.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $80
tax $6
pet-per night $80
Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning $400
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund