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Michael Mshar

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Secluded Lake front, Peace and Tranquility. 2015 availability!

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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6 BR, 3 BA Lakefront with lots of water toys, Paddle Boats, Kayaks, canoes etc

Crystal clear water with great fishing, swimming and snorkling! Located in Evart, Michigan on Strawberry Lake, this waterfront vacation rental home has 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and tons of amenities. Relaxation, comfort and adventure! The multi-tiered deck system overlooking the lake is great for cookouts, watching the sunsets. This is the place where family and friends come together to make memories! Nestled on 20 acres of rolling wooded land backed up to approx. 10,000 acres of state land - hunting blind on property!

Plenty of parking for 6 to 8 cars! Great for holiday vacations - New Year's, Thanksgiving or Christmas getaway. Book early for July 4th week, Memorial Weekend, and Labor Day weekend! FANTASTIC YEAR-ROUND RECREATION ACTIVITIES!

Boat Dock

Boats Provided: 3 paddle boats, 2 row boats, canoe and 4 kayaks. (NOTE: No gas motors allowed per Association regulations. No boats to be brought from other locations, in order to avoid zebra mussel infestation)

Swimming Platform (Seasonal)

Propane Gas Barbeque

Fire Ring at Water. Starter firewood provided (1 bundle). Additional available for purchase in area.

Waterfront Decks: Large decks off upstairs master bedroom, main level bedroom 4, and patio door from living area on main floor.

Ample Outdoor Furniture: Tables, chairs, swings, picnic tables, beach chairs provided.

Large Concrete Driveway

On-Site Fishing - trophy bass, perch and bluegills - great ice fishing, too!

On-site Deer, Turkey & Small Game Hunting (contact DNR for season/license info). Deer blind on property. Also backed up to 10,000 acres of state land.

Morel mushroom hunting in the spring.

Easy access to snowmobile & ORV trails (Pere Marquette trail is 7 miles in length).

Indoor Amenities

Central Air Conditioning & Heating

On-Demand Hot Water - a must for large groups

Electronics: Satellite TV, 2 TV's, DVD, CD Player, Satellite WiFi, Hair Dryer, Alarm Clock, Telephone with free US long distance. (Cell phone reception is not good at the property.)

Kitchen with Lake View: Full size refrigerator with ice maker in kitchen plus 2nd refrigerator in walk-out basement, dishwasher, oven/stove, dishes, glasses, cookware, utensils, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, coffee grinder, blender, garbage disposal.

Living Room with Lake View: Sofa bed, love seat, satellite TV,

Lower Level/Walk-Out Basement with Seating for 24!

Great for holiday feasts, or for puzzles, games, cards, etc. (Selection of board games and cards provided.) Extra counter space, large second kitchen sink, and the 2nd refrigerator.

Detached Game Room with foosball, air hockey and additional lounge space.

King Master Bedroom - 2nd Level Comfortable king bed, twin bunkbed, waterfront deck with bench for your morning coffee, dresser with mirror, ceiling fan, walk-in closet. Sleeps up to 4

Queen Master Bedroom - 2nd LevelQueen bed plus twin trundle set. Sleeps up to 4. Closet, nightstand.

Master Bath - 2nd LevelLarge vanity and mirror, large walk-in shower with bench. Shared between king master and queen master bedrooms.

Main Floor Queen Bedroom - Queen bed, closet, dresser with mirror. Sleeps up to 2.Main Floor

Bedroom 4 Sofa Sleeper, full futon, satellite TV, side tables, lamps, walk-out lakefront deck. Sleeps up to 4.

Main Level Level Living Room: Sleeper sofa. Queen air bed also provided. Sleeps up to 4.Main Floor BathOffers tub/shower combo.

Lower Level Bedroom 5: Queen Bed and set of twin bunks. Closet. Located in walk-out basement. Sleeps 4. Great for kids!

Lower Level Bedroom 6: Queen bed and twin bunk bed sleeps 4. Also located in walk-out basement and great for kids!

Lower Level BathroomVery large bathroom with toilet, sink, shower, throw rugs.* Please note that lower level/walk-out basement has concrete floor, which is ideal for trying to clean up after the kids and/or fishermen!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Michael Mshar (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Michael Mshar

My mother and dad bought the Strawberry lake property in the early 80’s. It was intended to be their place to escape to....quiet peaceful, great fishing and lots of visitors. Eagles, river otter, loons, deer, “etc.” Their first cottage on the property was a 25 foot used trailer that Dad bought for $500 dollars - not the huge home you see now.

Michael Mshar purchased this house in 1982

Why Michael Mshar chose Western Michigan

If you look in the lower level bathroom you will discover the hole in the concrete floor where dad sunk a well point 4 feet into the ground water for our drinking water. Before we could use it, Dad had it tested and the chemist wanted to know where he found such pure water. Being an engineer, my dad knew that the source was the springs that feed Strawberry Lake. By the way, if you wondered about the name “Strawberry Lake,” in the summer the flowers that bloom in the lake look very much like Strawberry plants.

My dad designed the house with of course input from Geri, my mother. They constructed the basement first, and used that for a weekend getaway until they built the rest of the house in 1991. The house was designed to function as an entertainment center with the Lake as the focal point.

Fourth of July (Mom's birthday) always found the house crowded with visitors...Mom’s brothers and their families from Wisconsin and many local residents just dropping by. There have been several weddings at the lake including mine, and my sister’s. Mom liked to cook and was very good at feeding lots of people, so the holidays were always busy. She would cook for the many deer hunters who visited the house for the annual November 14th party. I do however believe that her favorite occasion was the annual “Thanksgiving Dinner.”

What makes this house unique

The house truly is a four season playground . It can be a serene, healing experience, or a place bubbling with a variety of family activities - swimming, fishing, volleyball, and the older folks playing cards on the spacious decks soaking in the energy of the lake and the forest.


based on 17 traveler reviews

Secluded Lake front, Peace and Tranquility. 2015 availability!
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 17 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This was the fourth year that our group of of family/friends from Redford Moose Family Center 1743/95 has rented a place for the Labor Day Weekend. This was our first trip to this home on Strawberry Lake. We had 12 adults and 8 kids. The oldest was 86 and youngest was 8. We arrived on Thursday and picked out bedrooms and put away food. Kayaks, paddle boats, swim raft and fishing dock were used non stop the rest of the weekend.

The kitchen has everything you need and then some. The lake is crystal clear. Decks are big enough for everyone. We restricted electronic devices to early morning and late evenings. This meant the kids had old fashioned fun. Swimming, kayaking, fishing, playing king of the swim raft. The water doesn't get deep for quite aways out so everyone got to enjoy the swim raft. It was so much fun watching these kids who are usually so attached to their devices. I don't think they spotted a single Pokemon!!!

We also had to restrict hide and seek to no bedrooms. Luckily one gentleman heard a 'shh' prior to changing his clothes. When asked what 'what are you doing in here', she replied 'playing hide and seek'. Some rules you have to create as you go!

We had campfire Karaoke which I have to admit was DJ'd by our 15 year old grand daughter via YouTube.

We will be coming back as long as they will have us!!!

Lynnette Schuchard

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Great place for families!

  • 5 of 5

We love this house and the property! This is my family's second time at Strawberry Lake. My nine grandchildren have a great time fishing from the pier or from one of the boats provided. Plenty of space outside, great deck and beach area. The lake is so clear and it's nice not to have to worry about power boats and jet skis. We swam across the lake several times. The house is well - maintained and very comfortable. Plenty of sleeping accommodations. The owner, Mike, is easily available for any concerns or questions. This is truly a wonderful spot for peace and quiet.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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It was a great place for us!

  • 5 of 5

10 Adults and 7 little ones had a great stay on Strawberry Lake! Quite, secluded, wonderful. The house was well-prepared and provisioned for all our needs. We've re-booked for next year. The only drawbacks are very slow internet and little cell service... but are those drawbacks or advantages?! Mike was attentive to us when we had questions. It's 15 minutes off of paved roads, but that contributed to the quiet. The lake is perfect and the beach area just right for our little ones. The adults loved the kayaks, canoe and pontoon.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family gathering for special occasion

  • 5 of 5

My family from California came in for a reunion of sorts, and we had a great time! The peace and tranquility cannot be beat, and the surroundings were beautiful. We enjoyed the kayaks, and peddle boats, and spent every night around the fire. Home was very comfortable with plenty of room for them, plus all of us that live here that would go over every day to enjoy all that the home has to offer. Everything was just as described, and overall, it is just a great place to relax, and enjoy each others company.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Family Holiday 2015

  • 5 of 5

Our family has been vacationing together now for about 8 years. We have a group that consists of 14 people – ages 2 to 69. Every summer we have a get-together to vote on where we want to stay next. This year we were fortunate enough to pick the perfect place! Mike, your home is beautiful. The size of the place was perfect. We had enough room to spread out and be completely comfortable. The water was amazing – the kids (and adults too) loved the daily swimming, canoeing and fishing. We brought our dirt bikes to ride around the lake and nearby trails for a little something extra. The lake is extremely peaceful and quiet. Unfortunately, we only get one week a year when we get to spend this type of quality time together. But fortunately for us it was in the perfect place and we can’t wait to return. It was a unanimous vote to come back next year if available. It was disappointing that the pontoon wasn’t in working order but I also felt like it was a perk that came with the house since we didn’t pay anything extra to have it. We do hope that it will be available for use next time because who doesn’t like a pontoon boat? Thank you for the wonderful memories!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So Happy to hear you had a great vacation. Very sorry about the pontoon not being available. Unfortunately the electric motor was damaged prior to your arrival and had to be repaired. Hopefully you enjoyed all the other watercraft that we provided as well. Hope to have you stay again. Thanks Mike
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Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Two families went together for a week at Strawberry Lake including 2 children ages 2 and 7. All had a wonderful time. The children loved the beach and water. The 7 year-old learned to kayak and says it was the best part of the week. The home is very nice, comfortable and well furnished with plenty of room both inside and out. It's a quiet area making it very restful. The lake is "no gas powered" so we didn't have to worry about speed boats and children in the water at the same time. We would definitely consider another vacation at Strawberry Lake!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
95 Miles
Grand Rapids (GRR)
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
Caberfae Peaks
Nearest Beach
On site
Car: necessary

Snowmobiling, ATV trails. Caberfae Peaks Downhill and XX Skiing 30 mins. away. Cadillac is also 30 minutes away and offer dozens of restaurants, Meijer's, Walmart, Gordon Foods (perfect for groceries for large groups), theaters, mini-golf, and more!


Rates & Availability

Evart House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Labor Day through Mid-June
Sep 2 - Jun 12
3 night minimum stay
Jun 14 - Aug 31
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

June is pan fish month! Spring special - 4th & 5th nights FREE! Call for info.

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Evart House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 24 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Queen Bed, Twin Trundle Set
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 7 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa Bed in Living Room, plus Queen Air Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , King Bed, twin bunk bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Queen and Twin Bunk Set
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , queen bed, twin bunk bed
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming

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

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