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Mike Whalen

Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Waterfront, Lake & Channel Views, Best Location on Grand Haven Channel

23 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Western Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, Bath and a half, Sleeps 8, plus a cottage with toilet and shower

The Channel House is located on what locals call, “The Strip”. It is the closest (why we have a big backyard) and, from our research, is the oldest house on the channel which is only 85 feet away. It is about midway between the Lake Michigan shore (2-3 blocks) and downtown (5 blocks) via the lighted channel boardwalk. If you don't want to walk or drive, the trolley stops right across the street and there are four bicycles in the garage. The home occupancy is 8 (Queen and Full upstairs and Single downstairs). It has a large L shaped living room with 1 queen and 1 single pull outs.

We also have a charming unattached cottage in the backyard that we call ''The Retro'. 'The Retro' offers a unique/private getaway for a variety of situations. This is a wonderful option for multiple family renters especially for teenagers that don't always want to be around mom and dad. The 'Retro' also comes in handy for seniors or other guests that like to get away from large groups from time to time (No stairs). It is nicely decorated and equipped with a bathroom and shower plus wifi, cable TV, DVD, and a nice breeze with a channel/boardwalk view.....The retro is a retreat and an optional social space and not intended for overnighting. The property rental permit specifically states that overnighting is not allowed in the cottage.

The back yard ascends on a heavily wooded dune with a 70 slope. You will witness the regular whitetail visitors throughout the day and early evening. The outdoor furnishings include a seven piece table and chair set, pergola, grill and a dozen other yard chairs. There are two platform sitting areas on the dune that provide great views. The home has a front loading washer and dryer. We have a large kitchen with 2 tables and 10 chairs. It comes with all the accoutrements and can seat 8-10 comfortably. We have a large sun room and attached sitting deck to watch the endless passers by and the water traffic. When a freighter goes through it is a spectacular experience. You’ll also witness, up close and personal, the United States Coast Guard several times a day performing their regular duties and training.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mike Whalen (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Mike Whalen

Mike and Judy Whalen have been married for 17 yrs. Mike retired in May of 2011 after 34yrs with the Dept. of Corrections as a Health unit Manager. He grew up in Muskegon and has lived in Spring Lake for the last 34 years. We purchased the channel house in April of 2012 and we enjoy being there as much as we can. We have made every effort to provide our guests with many comforts and extra amenities to make the house and 'Retro' (cottage in back) a great place to stay. We want you to feel as welcome being here as we do and want you to return year after year. We hope to have this one in a million channel house remain in our family forever and to continue to keep it's doors open for other families to enjoy.

Mike Whalen purchased this house in 2012

Why Mike Whalen chose Western Michigan

We feel very fortunate to live in this area and seem to gravitate to Grand Haven. We had been looking for unique rental properties for a long time and got lucky when we found both the 'Channel House in April 2012 and The Jackson Place in December 2012- ( see property number 3495870 - another great place but not on the water). We have put our hearts and souls into making the Channel House inviting and comfortable. We have done all the work of refurbishing this longtime single family home ourselves and in the process we have come to love it. We spend a lot of time there and sincerely believe it is the perfect vacation home.

What makes this house unique

We have always admired this house and were very fortunate to have purchase it in April 2012. Although lovely, the house was just 'tired looking' both inside and out. We worked feverishly for hundreds of hours on every inch both inside and outside to create a very unique and welcoming home for all to enjoy. The transformation of our channel house was very gratifying but the process also connected us to the house in ways we would never have imagined.The history of the former property owners is fascinating and includes the first owner selling the city the land where the first light house stood. Our research also indicates that it is the first house on the channel. Mike shows a picture of the house to everyone from 1900 of the long aproned lady on the porch (now sun room) overlooking the then much closer river watching a steam ship pass. It will always be called the channel house now and hopefully remain in the family for generations.

Guestbook comments from the manager

The place was awesome-there was plenty of everything. Granddaughter used the bikes, grandson the books and games. Nice place to walk-convenient to downtown.It was very clean and we would recommend it to anyone and looking forward to using it again in the future. It is a beautiful area. Enjoyed the musical fountain at night. Thank you for a great weekend!
May 2015
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Reviews

4.9
based on 23 traveler reviews

Waterfront, Lake & Channel Views, Best Location on Grand Haven Channel
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 24 reviews
5

Cottage was amazing! There was plenty of room for our family and our guest (8 total).

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay! We got there on Saturday and did not get into our vehicles until we left! Close to everything especially the pier for sunsets and a 10 minute walk for ice cream before bed. The cottage was amazing, especially the kitchen! Plenty of seating for a larger group and still plenty of room to move around for meal prep. I would recommend this space to anyone and we are looking forward to staying again next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Very clean property

  • 5 of 5

This was an excellent house, location for our vacation. We enjoyed walking daily to Grand Haven for something. Wonderful memories of family competitions playing bags (corn hole) each evening. Very clean property.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

great location for family fun

  • 5 of 5

We loved the location - there were bikes available to use - very clean - wonderful view! Great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Can't Go Wrong.

  • 4 of 5

Best part of staying here is the location. Close to beach and town (walking distance). House was clean and well stocked. Really don't need to bring anything but clothes and personal toiletries. Plenty of towels and kitchen well stocked. Loved sitting on front porch and deck talking with passers by. Garage is loaded with various items for your enjoyment ( 4 bikes, lawn chairs, grill, games, etc). Plenty of parking. Hosts were excellent. Left my sandals and Mike/Judy mailed them home for me. Can't go wrong if you are on a vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

Clean, spacious home with all sorts of extras!

  • 5 of 5

First, Mike and Judy were extremely accommodating to all of our requests. The house itself is clean and stocked with anything you might need, including hats and umbrellas! Upstairs are two bedrooms, one a queen and one a double. You walk through the half bath to get to one bedroom. The downstairs single was smallish, but plenty for one person. Plenty of drawer space for clothes

The kitchen is huge (two tables!) with plenty of room for large groups and plenty of dishes, silverware, etc. This is a real benefit. The living room is also spacious and the full bath has a nice shower. The washer and dryer are a plus.

The sun porch and outdoor porches are great spots for morning coffee and afternoon cocktails and people watching. You are right on the road, so there is noise from cars. Short walk to a beautiful sand beach and a 10 minute walk to town. See the Musical Fountain, watch the ships, visit Porto Bello and Kirby's. They even provide bikes to ride into town!

No air conditioning, but the breezes off the lake keep things cool. There are fans too.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Destination Wedding made perfect at Channel House!

  • 5 of 5

WOW!!! If you want the BEST location in town, with the BEST owner, and the cleanest house, you have got to make your choice to stay at The Channel House! We came here from Colorado for our first daughters wedding and brought all sorts of family to stay in this lovely home instead of a hotel ... best decision I have ever made! Being able to go in and out , have all sorts of food to have at the house , plus great walks with grandma in her wheelchair on the boardwalk were priceless. Many other out of town folks stopped by and hung out with us on the porch as well! I can't wait to come back ! Thanks again Mike and Judy for opening up your home to our Colorado family :)

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Muskegon
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
22 Below
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Muskegon
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Grand Haven Golf Course
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Holland, MI
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US 31
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Kirby House
Nearest Ski
0.2 Miles
Mulligan's Hollow- literally our back yard!
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Grand Haven State Park
Car: not necessary

The annual Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is Grand Haven's biggest event of the year. The men and women of the United States Coast Guard are honored throughout a week of fantastic festival fun, celebration, and tradition. For a complete list of events, schedule, and more visit the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival's website www.coastguardfest.org You will never forget the fireworks as they are second to none.

The trolleys run all day and through late evening and the pick up stop is just across the street from the channel house. You will enjoy inexpensive transportation along with delightful historical narratives along the way. Tour the historic downtown shopping district, art galleries, charter fishing, or sailing excursions on Lake Michigan. There is a rental shop only 0.5 miles away with all types of water toys from kayaks to pontoon boats. The river front in downtown Grand Haven is renowned for the world's largest musical fountain and a 2.5 mile boardwalk that takes you from downtown to Lake Michigan and the sandy beach. Another huge local attraction is the Michigan's Adventure (Cedar Point owned) amusement park and only 18.5 miles away via hwy.

Michigan's Adventure is a 250 acre amusement park in Muskegon County, Michigan, about halfway between Muskegon, It is the largest amusement park in the state and has been owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company since 2001. As of 2012, Michigan's Adventure has 53 rides, more than any other park in the state. The park also includes an outdoor water park ...

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Rates & Availability

Grand Haven House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jul 10 2016 - Jul 30 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
6 night minimum stay
$2,593
 
 
Coast Guard Festival
Jul 31 2016 - Aug 7 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$3,056
 
 
summer cont
Aug 8 2016 - Sep 6 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
6 night minimum stay
$2,500
 
 
FALL Season
Sep 7 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
From
$275
Fri
$1,944
 
 
WINTER
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
From
$300
Fri,Sat
$1,481
 
 
early Spring
Apr 2 2017 - May 27 2017
2 night minimum stay
From
$225
Fri,Sat
$1,481
 
 
early summer
May 28 2017 - Jun 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
$250
From
$275
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,944
 
 
early Summer cont.
Jun 18 2017 - Jul 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$275
From
$300
Fri,Sat
$2,130
 
 
4th of July
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 9 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$2,963
 
 
Summer
Jul 10 2017 - Jul 29 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
6 night minimum stay
$2,593
 
 
coast Guard Festival
Jul 30 2017 - Aug 6 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$3,056
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$300
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 8.0%

Owners meet you on arrival -- Please call about an hour before you arrive at 616 402 2578 or 616 402 6589.
Contact owner for Off Peak and Nightly rates.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Western Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Resort ...
  • River ...
  • Ski in/Ski out ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Cottage
  • New may 2016- On demand hot water heater.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , New Furnishings (2012)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Antique Furnishings New Matress (2012)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • ATTENTION It is a very comfortable home for a maximum of 8 over night guests - certainly invite family and friends to visit as we have lots of parking (six spaces MAXIMUM) and cottage with bathroom and shower in the back yard to accommodate others, but more than eight (8) for overnighting is not allowed. (Per owner's permit and Grand Haven Ordinance for this home)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 5 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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