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Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

19th Century Ambiance! 21st Century Amenities!

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Northern Michigan Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Bright, spacious, quiet unit in the beautifully renovated 19th century hospital. Campus like setting includes many upscale shops, restaurants, wineries and coffee shops. Spacious open areas surround with ample, free parking. Tall ceilings and wide, inviting halls. Superb kitchen with all necessary equipment to create gourmet meals. Queen-size convertible bed for two in living area.

Keywords: Beautiful historical renovation, the largest such project in North America

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About The Owner

We live on the wondrous Grand Traverse Bay with our two mutts. Love the water, the great city and this fabulous, naturally beautiful and under-appreciated great northwest corner of Michigan.

The Owner purchased this condo in 2011

Why The Owner chose Northern Michigan

The renovation is a truly special place and so close to an abundance of activity in the greater Grand Traverse area.

What makes this condo unique

Breakfast, lunch and dinner all available at fine establishments throughout the Mercato, the ground level shopping area. Choices of wine, coffee and food, all without leaving the campus.


based on 17 traveler reviews

19th Century Ambiance! 21st Century Amenities!
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

Having stayed in the condo for a week in August 2015, I can confirm everything positive that has been said in previous reviews. John and Ellie are delightful, responsive owners. The condo is immaculate. The bed is comfortable, which is imperative for me. Although there is abundant activity at the Commons and within easy walking, the condo and grounds are extremely restful. I will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Location isn't everything but it sure helps to be in an incredibly beautiful rehabbed Psych hospital condo with great restaurants and shops and great art covered basement walls. We had ready access to downtown Traverse City but could have just as easily spent much of time in our building. The owner was great and talked us into a smooth landing as "Siri" was a little confused. He even facilitated the return of two phone chargers we overlooked as we reluctantly left our beautiful accommodations. Would very happily recommend this place and this owner to anyone!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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La Grange Park, IL

Great condo, great value

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 9 days in this lovely condo, and hope to repeat our stay. The owner is very easy with communication, and met us at the property to give us keys and show us through the unit. (He lives locally--a big plus.).The unit is very charming: spotlessly clean, nicely decorated, and an ideal size and layout for a couple. The living area includes a small but comprehensively stocked kitchen, and separate bedroom with an extremely comfortable bed. The wifi service worked beautifully, and the condo was very quiet. We have stayed at The Commons once before, and it is absolutely our preferred location in Traverse City. The repurposed former mental hospital has been wonderfully restored to include not only great apartments, but fantastic other amenities:a couple of excellent restaurants, a coffee roaster/shop, winery, artisans bakery, distillery, boutiques, etc. The grounds are extensive, and include wooded walking trails as well as a vast lawn. While the property as a whole has the feeling of being set apart from the town. I walked to the Warehouse district in about 15 minutes, and was in the center of town in 25. Driving: 5 minutes. It is worth noting that the condos at The Commons are approved for short term rentals such as found on VRBO, saving one from the anxiety and mishap that can occur when the rental violates the association rules (trust me, I know). The quality, location and convenience of this condo, along with its value, make it a superior choice to most of the local hotel options. I highly endorse it, and hope to stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice condo surrounded by things to check out!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here this year for a week in July. We had previously stayed in John's other unit and decided to try this one out this year. Both are great units, and we were not disappointed with this unit either. Again, this location is very close to downtown Traverse. We bring our bikes each year to get back and forth from the condo to downtown. There is bike storage locations on site. Parking is also not a hassle at the unit. There are plenty of shops and restaurants to check out right around the unit. Our favorite has to be the bakery just a couple of steps from the parking lot. I also went on a few runs around the condo units. There are established trails all around the complex which made for an enjoyable experience. The unit itself is clean and comfortable. We use the kitchen for certain meals and all the necessary utensils/pots are provided. This unit does not have access to a deck, but John's other unit does. That was not an issue for us. Working with John is great. He's great about getting back to you if you need anything. We had an issue one day with the television and within minutes of calling John he was on the phone with the cable company resolving the issue. He even call me back to confirm the issue was resolved. We like to travel to Traverse every year and have enjoyed working with John since 2013. I'd recommend this place to couple traveling, but you can easily make it work with a small family if the kids or other guest don't mind the fold out couch or an aerobed in the living room. There's also wifi so you can still feel like you're plugged in -- even though my favorite part about the Traverse City area is just relaxing and forgetting about all the emails for a while!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Time

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Our host was very welcoming. The condo was beautiful! We loved exploring the entire Commons and recommend going on the tour. We tried and would recommend many of the restaurants and shops on site including Stella, Pepenero, Pleasanton Bakery, and Higher Grounds. (we wanted to try Spanglish but just missed it)

We would highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dayton, OH

Quiet Comfort!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for one week with our annual Michigan vacation to Traverse City. We love the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and were delighted with the opportunity to stay there. This little condo has it all! Perfect for two people, it has a comfortable living room with flat screen TV and satellite channels to choose from. The WiFi was spot on, and easy to access. The kitchen is very nice with a modern style and appliances. We cooked only once, however could have easily prepared daily meals. The bed was very comfortable [and with a history of back problems, that is not taken lightly!] and the bathroom also modern and nice, and there is plenty of hot water for the shower. Put simply, this small condo served as a home "away from home" during our stay. It was very quiet staying there, and that is a key element when we look for a place to stay. This condo is easy to access by entering the Mercato and taking the elevator. As one would expect, staying at the The Village also means that you can take the same elevator downstairs to browse the shops and boutiques or get something to eat. We enjoyed several breakfasts at Cuppa Joe. Hands down, we would easily stay again. Thank-you John for the great experience!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3rd/4th person per day $10
Cleaning-3 days or less $50

$1100 plus utilities monthly for long-term lease between September - May.

50% due at reservation; 50% upon arrival. Personal check or cash

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Northern Michigan Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 710 sq. ft.
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Bicycles ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Large surrounding park and nearby wooded hiking trails

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