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Owner/Property Manager

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english

Great House - 175' of lake frontage on Beautiful Elk Lake - near Elk Rapids, MI

3 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Northern Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

Wonderful Vacation House for large or small groups -5 Bedrooms + 3 1/2 Baths

This large, family owned furnished home, known as the Conrad/Zachman House, is located on 175 feet of private Elk Lake frontage which provides wonderful opportunities for swimming, diving and jumping from the dock, boating (canoe, rowboat, and sunfish sailboat provided,)and just relaxing or reading by the water. The house is just a 5 minute car ride or a fun bike ride, (some bikes provided), to the charming Village of Elk Rapids and its very child friendly Lake Michigan beach and playground.

This versatile home offers an ideal gathering place for three generation family vacations, smaller groups, or a romantic getaway for a couple.

The sleeping spaces consist of: 1.A large master bedroom on the main floor with a queen bed, a double size hideabed, and a large bath with a jacuzzi tub; 2.another main floor bedroom with two single beds which can be pushed together to form a king size bed; upstairs apartment over the master bedroom with two bedrooms (one with a queen bed and the other with two singles,) a shared bath, and a small deck; 4.another upstairs bedroom, above the living room, with a queen bed and a 1/2 bath; 5.a lower level sleeping area with a queen sofa bed and two single beds (plus a pull out single trundle bed and a rollway single bed); 6.a double size hideabed in the sunroom/lake room.

The full kitchen, a separate dining room, a large living room, a sun room, and a recreation/sleeping area in the lower level (with pool table,) combine with the large yards and a beautiful waterfront and dock to provide great spaces for both togetherness and separateness when needed.

In addition to the great waterfront area, there are large outdoor spaces for croquet, badminton, volleyball, playing catch, and general outdoor play, as well as picnicking, sunbathing, and reading. A week at the Conrad/Zachman House is truly a delightful way to spend your summer vacation.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Owner/Property Manager (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english


based on 3 traveler reviews

Great House - 175' of lake frontage on Beautiful Elk Lake - near Elk Rapids, MI
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews
Grand Rapids, MI


  • 5 of 5

We just had our 8th years stay at the "Brownhouse." It's an excellent place to stay for familiies large and small. It accomidates our large family very nicely. The owners are extremeily friendly and the house is alway spotless upon our arrivlal. I completely agree with the previous review. The views, waterfront, land are beautiful. We look forward to our vacation at the "Brownhouse" every year.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Week

  • 5 of 5

We have had the pleasure of renting this house for the past 8 years during our annual trip to Michigan. There is something very magical about "The Brownhouse" (as it is called on the sign by the front door). It has great Elk Lake frontage, and is only a 5 minute BIKE from downtown Elk Rapids. We never run out of things to do. The yard is huge and perfect for Bocce, frisbee, Badminton, Volleyball, or just spreading out some chairs and sunbathing. I recommend bringing bikes because it is such an easy bike to a cool downtown.

I highly recommend staying here if you are coming to Elk Rapids, or even if you are coming to other areas from Traverse City to the East and North.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Akron, Oh

Elk Lake house

  • 4 of 5

House was charming and accommodated our group quite well. The property is large with plenty of room for everyone to do whatever they wanted outside. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather which made our stay so much more enjoyable. Really like the extra refrigerator in the garage as we used it the entire time. Liked the area the house was located and the proximity to the Village Market and restaurants. Owner was very responsive to inquiries and easy to deal with. Would definitely go back!

The only negative is we would have liked to bring our dog which wasn't permitted.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Traverse City, MI
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Elk Rapids House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
Jun 4 2016 - Jul 1 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Mid Summer
Jul 2 2016 - Aug 19 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 20 2016 - Sep 2 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.0%

$2800.00/week - Early Summer
$3300/week - Mid Summer
$2800.00/week - late Summer
Saturday-Saturday for up to 20 guests.
Security deposit of $300 which will be refunded if no damage occurs.
$500 deposit to hold reservation, Remainder, of fees due 30 days before arrival.
Dates available: June - August

$500 to hold reservation
Full payment due 30 days before beginning of rental period

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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Connected to main floor master bedroom.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , On the main floor, available for all guests.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , In Apartment above Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Connected to Bedroom above Living Room.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , With connected master bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , The 2 singles can be made into a king bed.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Apartment with 2 sleeping rooms sharing a bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Above Living Room, With a 1/2 bath.
    Bedroom 5 - lower level - 3 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Hideabed, 3 singles, 1 single rollaway
  • There is also one double hideabed in the sun room/lake room.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Yard
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Bed pads, blankets, spreads, and pillows are provided. Bring your own sheets, pillowcases, towels, dish towels, and paper supplies. Picnic tables, a canoe, a rowboat, a small sailboat, plus a buoy for your boat are provided. ( No jet skiis please.) Bring your own life jackets. There are wonderful large yard spaces for badminton, volleyball, croquet, and playing catch and tag. A favorite activity is jumping or diving into Elk Lake from the end of the dock or simply enjoying a morning cup of coffee or a sunset from the bench seats located on the dock.

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