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So-Heavenly! S. Beach Home - 4BR/3BA- 2500 sq ft - Fall weekends available

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 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
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, norwegian
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 9, 2016
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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 39 traveler reviews

So-Heavenly! S. Beach Home - 4BR/3BA- 2500 sq ft - Fall weekends available
average rating of 4.974359 based on 39 reviews

Great Property - only a 1/2 mile walk to Kid's Corner

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the So Heavenly home and was comfortable for our party of 11. The property was very clean and well maintained and the owner, Rob, was extremely responsive if we had any questions regarding the property. The kitchen was equipped with all everything we needed and the living space was also great for our needs. We had a few younger kids in our party, and the backyard was a bit smaller than we are used to, but we were very close Kid's Corner and the beach.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Beautiful house, great location, excellent owner to work with!

  • 5 of 5

Family of 7 + 1 baby stayed here for 3 days. Rob gave us an early check in and late check-out since nobody was occupying the house before/after us which was super convenient. Instructions on how to get into the house and reset the lock were super easy. The rooms are all extremely spacious with linens, pillows and extra blankets in the closet if we needed them. The house is modern and super comfy. Both living room areas could fit all of us. TV had lots of the extra networks which was nice for movie watching on a rainy evening. Tried to get the 2000 piece puzzle done during our stay but failed (we left a lot of it together in the box for the next person! Good luck!).Kitchen was loaded with utensils, plates, cups, gadgets and even some extra fixings to complete all of our meals. The blue blinder with local information was helpful- we checked out Venezia pizza per the books recommendation- OMG! YUM! We caught the sunset 2 out of 3 evenings and it is a very short walk from the house where there is also a playground and baseball field. South Beach is a 2-3 minute drive or a very quick bike ride/run if you want to hang out on the beach. We hadn't been to South Haven in years and really enjoyed the outdoors by taking to the Kal Haven Trial, walking around downtown, visiting some local wineries and cider houses! House was PERFECT for our group and must have some good insulation as I never heard anyone walking around the house at night. Family member had a young baby and could't hear her cry when in our bedroom. Thanks so much- owner was great at communicating with me before arriving and getting all of our payments, even texted me around check in/out to make sure we were okay. Great house, great owner to work with and an awesome location. Totally want to come back! Highly recommend- beautiful house, well maintained, super clear and so spacious. Perfect for families with older kiddos as plenty in house to keep them entertained on a rainy day. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cincinnati, Ohio

Very nice and relatively new house. Lots of room.

  • 5 of 5

We loved it. Just a shirt walk to the beach and easy bike ride for the kids into town.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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San Jose

Wonderful place, lifetime memories!

  • 5 of 5

We have repeatedly rented both of Rob's large homes for our family reunion. The rentals are well maintained, clean, have a great location and perfect for large groups. They are well equipped with plenty of bedding, beach towels/chairs/umbrellas, and ample gathering space - plus lots of nice touches. Rob is attentive, responsive and easy to work with. I highly recommend and we will be back:) Thx for the memories, which are priceless!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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week at South Haven

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week and plan on another week next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great Communication

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoy our visit to Rob's property. Spacious, clean and modern!!! Great location! We love the Blue Stairs beach, Kidz Korner park and downtown. Close to so many places to visit...

Rob is great at communicating and addresses your questions quickly.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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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
Thanksgiving (Dates Flexible)
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year's (Dates flexible)
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Early Bird #1 Friday-June 2-9
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summe week #2 - June 9-16
Jun 9 2017 - Jun 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fri June 16- Fri June 23
Jun 16 2017 - Jun 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fri 6/23-6/30, extra day avail
Jun 23 2017 - Jun 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Make it 8 days!
Jun 30 2017 - Jun 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
July 4 week, 6/30 avail too!
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Peak
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 11 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
BB Fest 2nd half
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
August week #4 8/19-8/26
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
6 day special - Aug 29 - Sep 4
Aug 26 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Sept 3 day weekends - $825
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 2 2017
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 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 August - 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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South Haven 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).

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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