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Rob Gorman

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, norwegian

So-Heavenly! S. Beach Home - 4BR/3BA- 12+, 2500 sq ft - July 23-30 now avail!

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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South Beach house cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 12-14) -

** Can't find the weeks you want? Check out Homeaway listing #244449 / VRBO#235429. **

** Summer rentals weekly only: June - Friiday to Friday, July and August - Saturday to Saturday only. Other months have a flexible turnover days.

Completed in July 2010, a 2500 sq ft, 2 story home with mature trees and balconies. New hardwood floors and tile throughout first floor in 2013. Perfect for a large family, 2 families or extended family vacations.

** Check out our reviews *** our guests tell us that this is the nicest home near the beach in this price range...they love the new, clean open feel of our new home. Our favorite, often repeated comment, is that this is the first home they have rented that actually exceeded the description. While the map will show you that we are one block off the water, the closest public access is a 4 block, 8-10 minute walk to the blue stairs / Kids Korner Park. (If unfamiliar with the Blue Stairs, see last paragraph.) Nice quiet tree lined street with great neighbors. There’s a fire pit (** with firewood included **) for evening family gatherings, WiFi, cable TV, flat screen TVs, large kitchen, big dining area, 4 decks/balconies, large yard, relaxing decor and more.

Other bonuses include the gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, first floor 9 foot ceilings, crown molding throughout, whirlpool tub in the master bath, 4 TVs with cable, and two high-end front loading washer/dryer combos. (Yes, two... laundry is not something you should wait on while on vacation!) There is also a unfinished basement with a Foosball table and an air hockey table. Kids videos and games are available too. We are a leisurely 10 minute, 4 block walk along Monroe Blvd. to the blue stairs. (Our home is just a block off the water, with the 'blue stairs' a few blocks north) See the Google maps info below on the house location. Downtown and the pier is about a mile north, or a couple minute drive.

Ready for your family!: We understand rentals with large families and friends. Have you rented and found out that they barely have enough places to sit for dinner, or not enough dishes? We get it as we have a big family with lots of friends; our home is comfortable for a large group with plenty of dishes and utensils. We also stock our home with the basics to get you started. No running to the store when you get there... you just need to add food and people to have a great time.

About the bed setup... there are 4 bedrooms. We have set up our home to accommodate extended families. There are two bedrooms with queen beds,so with two couples, these two bedrooms sleep 4 people. There are also two identical front bedrooms, with a twin over full bunk, plus a trundle. This allows for a couple on the full, and one child in the top bunk and one in the pull out trundle Each of these two bedrooms sleeps 4. This provides for a total of 12 people. Last, there is a pullout sofa in the front living room, which can sleep 1-2 people. From a sleeping perspective we think that our home works best with 3-4 couples and lots of kids.

Towels and linens are included. A few beach chairs are available as well as beach towels upon request. For weekly summer rentals, check-in is 4:00 PM Saturday and check-out is by 10 am the following Saturday.

*** New to South Haven? Here's a little South Haven info as you look for the right place for your family.

- Often we get the question, what is the 'Blue Stairs'? South Haven is divided into two sections, North Beach and South Beach, split by the Black River. South Beach has easier access to the downtown area. Our home is about a mile south of town. There are two main beach access points on the South Beach side: 'The Blue Stairs' and the pier. The Blue Stairs are 36 solid, large, (concrete/steel) steps to the beach area. It is right by the popular Kids Korner park. Our home is just slightly less than half a mile away. We usually just walk, but if we are carrying a lot of stuff, i.e. kids stuff, one person may drive with all the stuff, (about a 2 minute drive), and people walk home as they are tired... last person drives home. Other guests tell me that they never drive to the beach, so it is just what you prefer. If you have someone that has a physical challenge, the Blue Stairs may be a little tough, not because of the stairs, but rather walking through the fine sand at the end of the day from the beach to the stairs.

- In addition, there is parking by the pier ($7/day or $15/week), and there is a beach boardwalk that facilitates walking through the sand. (South Haven has done a great job catering to the physically challenged, even providing bleachers to sit on.) There's also kids play equipment at this location.

- We use the Blue Stairs for our access... we have family members which include toddlers to blind to physically challenged to healthy, however given the number of questions we have received on this subject, we thought it might be helpful to provide a little background and alternatives. There are great beaches on the North Beach side... occasionally we will drive over there for a change of pace, but not often. We think the Blue Stairs access point is the best, as it is wide beach with plenty of room even on crowded days.

- We hope this explanation helps a bit... we hope you find the right place for your family and friends!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Rob Gorman (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, norwegian

About Rob Gorman

After our first visit to South Haven, we started looking for a house to purchase. It is hard to come to South Haven in the summer and feel stressed. Having been from California, and having spent lots of time on the beaches there, we were surprised to find out that we were living right near some of the nicest beaches in the country. (OK, our California friends may not believe that comment, but they have not been to South Haven.)

Rob Gorman purchased this house in 2010

Why Rob Gorman chose Southwest Michigan

We were looking for a property that could serve our large family (6 kids) and was within walking distance to the beach. With so many properties being small and needing lots of TLC, we chose to purchase a lot nearby and build. Having a new house gives us the opportunity to enjoy our time in South Haven, with the conveniences of new, in a relaxing setting. There's something about Hazel Street that is just relaxing. It does not have the house upon house feel you can find in the rest of the South Beach area. There are large trees and deeper lots throughout the area giving it a 'out of the way' like feel in the middle of town.

What makes this house unique

Quiet tree lined street that has almost no traffic. Our guests tell us again and again, that this location is great as it 'misses' the traffic of the South Beach area, but is within walking distance of the beach, pier and town. The other comment we often hear... 'new and clean', I think this is because we stay at our homes and keep them maintained and up to date, because that is how we like them too!

And for those with pet allergies, we keep our home dander free for you!


based on 32 traveler reviews

So-Heavenly! S. Beach Home - 4BR/3BA- 12+, 2500 sq ft - July 23-30 now avail!
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The house and owner was amazing. We had everything we needed and then some. Everyone was comfortable and well accommodated. The owner checked on us to make sure we had everything we needed. My family had a wonderful time and we look forward to this vacation every year. Thank you for everything and hope to see you all next year.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable for a crowd

  • 5 of 5

This is our second annual stay here, and we couldn't be happier. We have 11 adults and one teen who is larger than all the adults, and we fit very comfortably in the bedrooms. The home is clean and well-stocked, the owner is very responsive to questions or needs, and is willing to be flexible on check-in and check-out times if he can. We love the large dining area, multiple places for game-playing, and everything necessary for the tech needs for the younger adults. We highly recommend this VRBO!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Fantastic stay!!

  • 5 of 5

The home was a wonderful place for my family to spend Thanksgiving. There was so much room and play area for the kids!! The concept of two livingrooms was perfect for us. The large table seated us all and it was fun! The kitchen was fully stocked with enough dishes and silverware for all of us.

The extra touches of staples available for use, laundry soap and toys/videos/games for the kids enjoyment was amazing.

The owner called and emailed me to make sure we had everything we needed. Rob is a wonderful person to rent from and we plan on renting again this summer.

All of my grand kids can hardly wait for summer to come so we can go back!!

If you are thinking of renting for a special occasion -- do not miss out on this property!! A++ rating.

Denise miller

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house for a large family

  • 5 of 5

We had twelve people stay here for a weekend trip and it was great. The house is perfect for accommodating large families. Everything was provided- enough towels, dishes, kitchen supplies, etc. The owner was very helpful in addressing questions prior to the trip. The beach was just a short walk from the house and had some great views. Would definitely love to come back here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful accomodations

  • 5 of 5

My family rented this house for 8 adults. It's in a residential area so it was quiet, but it's not far off the beaten path. Downtown and the beach are both within walking distance. It was perfect for us. The house is newer, clean and had basic amenities for us upon arrival. The owner readily answered any questions that I had and all went smoothly. We would definitely rent it again. The layout worked well for everyone.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a guy's fishing weekend. We had nine guys, plenty of room and all the amenities. House is in great condition and in a great location - walkable to downtown but far enough removed that it was very quiet. Would definitely stay here again. Owner was very attentive to our needs as well.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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South Beach on a nice quiet street close to the beach and town. Renting this home and #244449 makes for a great retreat center for family reunions or church groups.

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Snowmobiling


Rates & Availability

South Haven House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day Weekend
May 27 2016 - Jun 2 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Early Bird #1 Friday-June 3-10
Jun 3 2016 - Jun 9 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Summer#2 Fri-Fri - June 10-17
Jun 10 2016 - Jun 16 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Fri June 17 - Fri June 24
Jun 17 2016 - Jun 23 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Fri June 24 - Fri July 1
Jun 24 2016 - Jun 30 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Fri 7/2 or Sat 7/3 week
Jul 1 2016 - Jul 8 2016
7 night minimum stay
July 23-30
Jul 23 2016 - Jul 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Peak Season
Jul 30 2016 - Aug 19 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 20-27
Aug 20 2016 - Aug 26 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 27-Sept 2 - 6 days
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 1 2016
6 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend 2016
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
September $825 - 3 days
Sep 7 2016 - Oct 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $700
Tax Rate 6.0%

Off-season: $670/weekend, $180 extra nights, weekly $1290.

Off-season large group? Rent homeaway#244449 and this house for up to 24: $1290/weekend, both houses

Summer rentals - Friday to Friday through end of June, Sat. to Sat., July and Augst - weekly rentals only.

Rates quoted are for groups of 12 or less with up to 8 adults.
Calendar up to date. Please verify calendar prior to inquiring.

Rates assume weekend stay, or additional cleaning and mgt fee applied.

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Southwest Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Town
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Spacious, double sink
    Hall Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double Sink
    Downstairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , with bathtub
  • Master bath with jetted tub.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , With Private Balcony
    Hall Bedroom - 1 queen
    Front Left Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , (Twin over Full Bunk with Trundle) with Balcony
    Front Right Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , (Twin over Full Bunk with Trundle) with Balcony
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull out full sofa
  • Rates based upon up to 8 adults and 12 people total.
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Sorry, No Pets - this helps us keep our home very clean, great smelling, and allergy friendly for all our guests. Kid Friendly: Kids Love Our Home. Brand New, Stainless Steel Appliances. Our home is made for relaxing, lots of windows and light, with a private balcony off the master bath, a front balcony shared by the two front bedrooms plus front and rear ground floor decks - 4 individual decks! Downstairs decks are beautiful Brazilian hardwood (ipe) and upstairs balconies are waterproof to protect the decks below. The floor plan is open with a large front living room, plus a comfortable den opening up to the kitchen and dining area. Beds for 14, best for 8 adults plus children. Sleeping arrangements are queen bed in master bedroom (2), queen in hall bedroom (2), and twin over full bunks with trundle in both front bedrooms (8). In addition, there is a queen sleeper-sofa downstairs (2).

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