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Perfect Family Place - HEATED POOL, Walk to Downtown/Beach, Hot Tub always open

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Sunset Center - Completely Renovated Home (The 'Sun House')

'Sunset Center' is an adjacent pair of family vacation houses. The 'Sun House' is a 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom vacation home featuring a private gated 15x30 heated swimming pool, 6 person hot tub, playscape, and wooded ravine lot. The property is an easy 4 block walk down the sidewalk to South Beach, Kid's Corner, and downtown shopping and dining.

All comforts of home are provided, including washer and dryer, linens, all kitchen appliances (including refrigerator with ice and water dispenser, range, dishwasher, and microwave), kitchen utensils, free long distance telephone, free wireless Internet, computer, 7 cable TVs (3 digital cable, 4 basic cable), many DVD/VCR players, CD players, just to name a few.

The house is perfect for families with children of all ages. The pool and hot tub are gated for your protection. Both the front and back yards are fenced.

Need even more space? Property #320527 is another 6 bedroom house right next door.

Family-friendly items included are books for all ages, toys, puzzles, movies for all ages, well-loved bikes, riding toys, high chair, full size crib with rocking chair, baby gate, exersaucer, strollers, sippee cups, baby monitor, booster seats, kid-sized picnic table, and pool toys.

Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of having 6 private bedrooms, conveniently located throughout the house! 4 bedrooms are upstairs. One is a large master suite with private bathroom. Another full bathroom is in the upstairs hall. 2 bedrooms are downstairs, each adjacent to separate full bathrooms. The house has an open design, with the living room, dining area and kitchen all open to each other in a 'great' room. The sunroom overlooks the backyard pool and wooded ravine yard. The sunroom can be accessed from either the hallway or through the kitchen.

There is another bonus room downstairs that is referred to as the 'futon room' or the 'play' room since it can be closed off as a 7th bedroom with a futon or utilized as a another common living room with a TV/VCR/DVD with a video library and bookshelves loaded with books, games, and toys.

The pool will be open and heated from May until approximately October 1. The hot tub is open and heated year-round. Enjoy the rare warm water in South Haven in June and September!

Need even more space? My property actually has 2 houses next door to each other. Property #320527 is another 6 bedroom house right next door.

Please visit our website via the link provided below for more information and photos.

Activities: Swimming, Bicycling, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Jeep Tours, Jet Skiing, Kayaking, Rafting, Sailing, Water Skiing, Snowmobiling, Tubing-Water, Wind Surfing, Sledding

More Details

Jim Havlik
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

About Jim Havlik

We have family photos taken in South Haven each year. Shown here is a sample of one of our 2011 photos taken on South Beach.

Jim Havlik purchased this house in 2005

Why Jim Havlik chose Southwest Michigan

We vacationed in South Haven for the first time in August of 2004. At that time, we had a family of 4, with a newborn and 1 year old. The town was so beautiful and kid-friendly that we knew we wanted to come back over and over. Since we are originally from Illinois and now live in the middle of Michigan, the South Haven location is a perfect meeting place for our family gatherings. We fell in love so quickly with the town that we purchased a 3 bedroom house in South Haven in November of 2004. We labored all winter to completely renovate the house into a 6 bedroom vacation home specifically designed for family reunions. We finished just in time for the summer of 2005 summer renters and the rest is history, with 100+ family reunions enjoyed at our homes!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent a week at the Sun House with my whole family - 10 adults and 4 kiddos. The house had plenty of room for everyone and was a really great fit for us! We loved that we could walk to the beach or to town in a matter of minutes. And you can't beat having a pool on top of that. Perfect place for large groups!
Sep 2013
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South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 (upstairs) - toilet , combination tub/shower , 5 foot unit
    Bathroom 2 (upstairs) - toilet , combination tub/shower , 4 foot unit
    Bathroom 3 (main level) - toilet , combination tub/shower , 5 foot unit
    Bathroom 4 (main level) - toilet , combination tub/shower , 4 foot unit
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 (upstairs) - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 (upstairs) - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 (upstairs) - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 (upstairs) - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , twin/twin bunk
    Bedroom 5 (main level) - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 (main level) - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , twin/twin bunk
    Bonus Room (main level) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Air Hockey
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Sand Box
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Swimming pool is open in season.


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Perfect Family Place - HEATED POOL, Walk to Downtown/Beach, Hot Tub always open
average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews
Naperville, Il

Havlik Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at this home in Michigan. We like to consider it our home away from home in South Haven. There was not one thing we needed and didn't have available to us in this fully stocked and unbelievably clean home. All that is really needed are your clothes and toiletries. Don't forget your swimsuit as the heated pool is a wonderful convenience. The kids love playing in the fenced in backyard and on the new swingset, when not playing with the abundant amount of indoor and outdoor toys, or watching a DVD in the playroom.

The location is ideal, walk to town for doughnuts and coffee, or walk to the playground or beach. We love the shopping in town at the unique stores, too. The Havlik family have compiled a book of information about the town including restaurants and local sights. We enjoyed blueberry picking with our kids and eating homemade ice cream from Sherman's . We also enjoyed visiting the town of Saugatuck for lunch and shopping, which is not too far from South Haven.

If we had any questions or problems Mr. Havlik always responded quickly and was very helpful.

We are looking forward to our stay at the house again this summer. We really think we found a true gem and plan on returning year after year!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2007
  • Stayed: Jun 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect family vacation house

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to South Haven for the past 10 years and we have finally found the perfect house for our annual trip. We loved it so much that we have already requested our dates for next year! We rented this house with two other families. It was the perfect amount of room for all of us. The kids (& adults!) loved the pool and hot tub and all the toys that were available for them to use! The owner Jim was really easy to work with and everything went so smoothly. We cannot wait for next year! The location was great. Just a few blocks to the beach and to town. I highly recommend this rental property for your stay in South Haven.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect family place!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family group included 4 adults and 8 children ranging from 6 months to 17 years old. Everyone had comfortable beds, and plenty of bathrooms. The pool and hot tub helped keep all the bigger kids busy, and the fenced yards were great spaces for the toddlers to play. Since the lake was still pretty cold in June, we had more pool time than beach time. We all loved being close enough to town to walk, and the older kids thought it was cool to be able to take off in groups without mom and dad tagging along! They especially loved the frozen yogurt shop, and tshirt shops. We all enjoyed Clementines, and the gorgeous downtown area. The owner, Jim, was very quick to respond to any questions or concerns, and the home was furnished with anything and everything you'd need except clothes and food! They had all kinds of toys, riding toys, games and books. Everything was clean, well maintained and family friendly. If we return to South Haven, this is the home we'll rent !

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Two great homes for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We have enjoyed a family vacation for several years at the Ice House and the Sun House for our family of 13. The homes offer so much ---- close to town, Kid's Corner and Lake Michigan. The pool and hot tube are a great attraction. Jim is an excellent owner, responding quickly should there be a question. The homes are well maintained and stocked with everything you would need during your stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pomona, New York, NY

Ice House=Fun House

  • 5 of 5

Dear Jim,

We are all well and happy, though sad to see another summer come and gone so quickly. This year was our tenth year at the ice house and we have so many happy memories of our times there and we have 100's of pictures to prove it. We are deeply grateful for having been able to find such a great place in South Haven to stay and a house so well furnished and taken care of by so competent and caring a landlord. The addition of the house next door was very fortunate for us as it allowed us to have a real family reunion with Judy and her family next door, a tradition started by my in-laws some twenty years ago. It made it possible for much contact back and forth. As you saw when you came this year, we often had joint meals and took turns cooking. We spent time together in each other's pools and hot tubs, walked downtown every night for ice cream and shopping before going on to the lighthouse to watch the sunset. And best of all, gathering on the beach to swim, kayak, walk, sunbath, fly kites, stand on our head, and build castles in the sand.

While we would like to continue this tradition indefinitely, like the summer past, time marches on. Already one grandchild is missing for the past two years. He is out the door and gone. Another will soon be on her way. Right now she is starting her junior year in college in West Africa. While Judy's grands are younger, one daughter and her family will return to China next summer where they adopted their daughter some 11 years ago. Our grands happy summer memories took place in South Haven. You helped make this possible and we will always be grateful. So it is with great sadness that I inform you that we will not be able to renew for next summer. Kids grow up, time marches on, we grow old. I hope that some other deserving family finds even half the fun we have had at in the Ice House in South Haven.

Thanks for everything, but especially all the improvements you have made over the years, especially this last year. Please feel free to post the above to your website to let others know what a great place you have for rent.

We remain, Dick and Jane

P.S. I am crying as I send this.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rochester, MN

Right at Home in South Haven

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect. The layout of the bedrooms and bathrooms gave for plenty of privacy for each family, but allowed for fun together in the gathering spaces both inside and outside. The owners take very good care of this place because not only was everything clean, it was in great condition. I felt right at home from the moment we walked through the door.

The other little details made our stay great. The wi-fi in the house allowed the couple of work-aholics in our group to enjoy themselves but still feel connected to work. They had all the ammenities for children of all ages as well.

We stayed in November, but will definitley come back in the summer as we were only a few blocks from South Haven's adorable down town.

The owners are great to work with! I would recommend this house again and again!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2010
  • Stayed: Nov 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
43 Miles
Kalamazoo International Airport (AZO)
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Black River Tavern
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
South Haven Country Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Exit 20 (Phoenix Road) of I-196
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Maria's Italian Restaurant
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Timber Ridge
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
South Beach
Car: recommended

South Haven is a coastal city located on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Michigan. The Black River Harbor is one of the most attractive recreational harbors on Lake Michigan. Summertime activities include swimming, boating, fruit picking, golfing, hiking, and biking. Dubbed as the 'Blueberry Capital of the World', South Haven hosts the annual National Blueberry Festival each August. Winter activities include skiing, sledding, and ice skating. Of course, the great dining, museums, galleries, and shopping is available year-round. The house is just a short walk down the sidewalk to the fabulous Kid's Corner Playground, which boasts a large wooden playscape structure that overlooks Lake Michigan. South Beach access is adjacent to Kid's Corner. The quaint downtown South Haven, with its unique shops, eateries, and pubs nestled along the banks of the picturesque Black River Harbor is also just a short walk down the sidewalk.


Rates & Availability

South Haven House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Last Week of August 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
September 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
October 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
November 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter 17/18
Dec 1 2017 - Jan 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Feb 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Early May 2018
May 1 2018 - May 13 2018
3 night minimum stay
Late May 2018
May 14 2018 - May 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2018
May 25 2018 - Jun 8 2018
7 night minimum stay
Mid June 2018
Jun 9 2018 - Jun 22 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 23 2018 - Aug 10 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
July 4 Week
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Mid August 2018
Aug 11 2018 - Aug 17 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2018
Aug 18 2018 - Aug 24 2018
7 night minimum stay
Last Week of Aug 2018
Aug 25 2018 - Aug 31 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $500

Rents Saturday to Saturday during the summer.
Additional guest fees may apply for large groups or groups without children.
The rates and fees listed are for estimation purposes only and are subject to change without notice. Please contact us for an exact quote.
Summer weeks are not booked until the previous summer is over. I take a wait list of families interested in summer weeks.
Above rates do not include Holiday time periods. Call for holiday rates.

50% required to hold reservation, remainder due 45 days in advance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.