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Clam/Torch Lakefront. Stunning Views. Updated Interior.

Bellaire, MI, USA
  • House1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps9
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath Cottage... sleeps 6-8

Newer bungalow style home with open floor plan featuring cathedral ceilings in the great room and Four Seasons Sunroom leading out to the upper deck. 2015 Updates -- new kitchen, hardwood floors, updated bathroom, fresh paint and bedding. The kitchen is compact but fully equiped and open to the great room. Two lower bedrooms, one with a double, the other with two twins. Upstairs is a large loft that has both a King and a Double. First floor laundry room. Upper and lower decks both have tables, upper table seats 4, lower table seats 6. The house sits close to the lake and has great views from inside. There is a firepit with 6 adirondak chairs and a hammock. You'll love the cozy feel, peaceful setting and close proximity to Torch Lake. Plenty of dockspace for your boat!

Amenities: The home features cathedral ceilings, open great room with galley style kitchen and sunroom with floor to ceiling glass. Berber carpet throughout, ceramic tile bathroom. Wrap around deck has table and chairs. Backyard has two chaise lounges and sandbox for the kids. Grill is available for use.

Activities: Golf at Shanty Creek, Anterim Dells, The Farm and more (20 min). Skiing at Schuss Mt and Shanty Creek (20 min).

Within walking distance of U-Pick Orchard for Strawberries and Apples (2 miles). Driving distance to Peaches and Cherries (25 min).

Quiet country setting offers miles of biking.

Many antique shops in the area~ Elk Rapids, Alden, Bellaire, Central Lake. Great shopping in Charlevoix and Traverse City.

Boat to the well known Dockside Restaurant located 10 min away by boat at the mouth of Torch Lake. Dine outside on the expansive deck overlooking Torch Lake.


Shelly Kesh

Member Since 2001
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within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Shelly Kesh

We currently live in Waterford, MI without two kids and two dogs. When our kids got super busy with sports we decided to share our home with others and it's been a great experience. Over the years we've been lucky to have people who have come back year after year. Several have fallen in love with the area and purchased places of their own.

Shelly Kesh purchased this House in 1997

Why Shelly Kesh chose Forest Home

We may be biased, but we feel like we have the best spot on the lake! Our home sits across from a nature preserve and it's on the widest part of the lake so looking out from the house you really get that up north, quiet feeling, even though you're never more than a short boat ride to Torch Lake where all the action is. The house itself has large windows and door walls and an all glass sunroom with gorgeous views of the lake. There's a huge deck very close to the waters edge and the way the house is situated you're not looking at the neighbors.

What makes this House unique

Great spot for biking, jogging, long walks. Close to Bellaire for shopping and restaurants. Visit Shorts Brewery and Lulus!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 1 is the upstairs loft. In addition to the King bed there is also a Double bed in the loft area.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower

        Location Type

          • Lake
          • Lakefront
          • Waterfront
          • Waterfront


              • Away From It All
              • Family


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Internet
                        We do have high speed internet.
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Parking
                        Parking for two cars
                      • Telephone
                        No land line,
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Microwave
                          • Blender
                          • Dishwasher
                            new in 2015
                          • Freezer
                          • Grill
                          • Kitchen
                            Brand new kitchen in 2015! All new stainless steel appliances, added dishwasher. Large countertop open to great room.
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                            Stainless steel, ice maker, new in 2015.
                          • Stove
                            Electric ceramic cooktop, new in 2015.
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Kitchen table seats 4 but pulls out to seat 8. No leafs are needed.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Television
                                  • VCR


                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Available for rental at local marinas
                                      • Balcony
                                      • Boat Dock
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Large deck, close to lake and fire pit.
                                      • Golf
                                        Many nearby courses
                                      • Boat
                                        Available for rentals at local marina
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Gas grill on back deck
                                      • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                      • Ski & Snowboard
                                        20 minutes from Shanty Creek Resort.
                                      • Tennis
                                        Public courts in Bellaire and Alden
                                      • Wood Deck


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • autumn foliage
                                              • cinemas
                                              • forests
                                              • marina
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • pier fishing
                                                      • cycling
                                                      • freshwater fishing
                                                      • golf
                                                      • hunting
                                                      • jet skiing
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • sailing
                                                      • skiing
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • tennis
                                                      • water skiing


                                                          • Enjoy beautiful views of the Grass River Nature Preserve. Curl up with a blanket and a good book in the Solarium with 180 degree lake views. Ready for dinner? Less than 5 minutes in the car gets you to the famous 'Dockside on Torch lake' for great casual dining. Ask about our Water Adventure package! Waterskiing and wakeboard lessons, boat tours, kayaking, tubing, sight seeing, fishing. We will customize the day to fit your families water adventure style!

                                                            32 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Fantastic stay!

                                                            Peter W.

                                                            We stayed there between Christmas and New Year’s Eve and we had a great time! We were two families and the (5) kids enjoyed the nice open space in the upper floor.

                                                            Everything was as described, cooking together was fun and the dishwasher came in handy too. The owner was very responsive and communication was perfect.

                                                            The area is fantastic and we truly enjoyed our stay in “winter wonder land”!

                                                            Thank you.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            We were truly blessed with a winter wonderland experience over the holidays this year! I'm always glad to get feedback from our guests and of course it's great to hear that your family had a good stay and enjoyed the house.

                                                            Thank you!

                                                            Jeff amd Sue H.

                                                            Our son and I enjoyed our stay and appreciated all the help Shelly and her husband extended to us. Very nice location on Clam Lake, and we will recommend the cottage to our family and friends.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thanks for the review, we appreciate referrals!


                                                            Just what we were looking for

                                                            Lauren K.Kalamazoo MI

                                                            Nice house in a great location. Very quiet, but easy access to Torch Lake. The kitchen is small but adequate. Beds are comfy. Definitely recommend.

                                                            We loved our stay at Clam Lake!

                                                            Alan S.SE Michigan

                                                            The owner described it perfectly, the dock was perfect for Clam and Torch Lake access and the Grass River Nature Presetve was terrific for kayaking and hiking. It was very quiet which we liked and dark, which made for great star gazing. We had a great week overall, thanks,

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thanks so much! So glad you had a good week :-)

                                                            Welcoming Lake House

                                                            William V.

                                                            This was my family's first stay at a VRBO and needless to say I was a little anxious wondering what we would really find when we arrived but as soon as I walked in the door I felt at ease and welcomed as if I was returning to a family home.

                                                            The view of the lake is beautiful the house is clean and has all the amenities for a comfortable stay. Our kids range from Age 5 to age 20 and they all enjoyed the house, in fact our 5 year old is still talking about the lake house we " lived" at on vacation and wants to return.

                                                            We also enjoyed going into the town of Belleair, great burgers at the bar and cute little shops to browse and Torch Lake is gorgeous, the boat launch is very close to the house so bring your boat to take it all in!

                                                            Also the owner was very kind and answered our questions quickly through the whole process.

                                                            If you love lake living, this house will create wonderful vacation memories :-)

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            So glad that your family enjoyed the house and the lake! You're welcome back anytime!


                                                            Everything we were looking for

                                                            Marc J.

                                                            Nice house, nice lake, and easy access to Torch Lake. Plenty of places to sleep, nice kitchen (small), and pretty clean in comparison to other rentals I've stayed in. Would recommend to others!


                                                            Bellaire, MI, USA

                                                            Northern Michigan waterfront at it's best. Peaceful, quiet location yet still close to shopping, golf and many other activities. Newer home with 2 story ceiling in great room, lake views from kitchen, sun room, great room and upstairs sleeping loft. Updated decor. Laundry room. Kitchen has all appliances, fully equipped. Just 5 minutes from spectacular Torch Lake, visit the famous Dockside Restaurant for casual dining. Turtle Creek Casino is 30 minutes drive. 40 minutes to Charlevoix and 40 minutes to Traverse City.

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                                                            32 Reviews
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