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On Pere Marquette Beach/Lake Michigan-Frontage Muskegon Beach House
Do you dream of your childhood summers on pristine Lake Michigan in a cozy beach cottage? The incredible excitement and joyful anticipation of a summer vacation? Who says that you can’t go home again? Bring the family and create new memories that they will forever cherish in this upscale vintage house on Muskegon’s Beach Street. This is a house with a DIRECT view of the lake and lighthouses.
Book now for summer of 2016! You can enjoy a fabulous vacation in our spacious recently renovated 3-bedroom, 2-bath two-story beach-front cottage.
This is one of the most attractive historic houses you will find on the water in all of West Michigan. The calendar is wide open so that you can book the week or weeks that best fit your schedule.
It is a perfect house for a family. While renovating, we pictured the happy families who would create their summer memories in this house.
But first, please study the two-dozen photos. Each one, as they say, is worth a thousand words. You’ll see that this beauty is directly on Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast premiere white-sand beach – Pere Marquette, the only nationally certified “Clean Beach” of any of the Great Lakes. If Pere Marquette beach is Muskegon’s “Crown Jewel,” then this house is its crowning glory. It is in the most perfect location that Muskegon has to offer.
In the photos, you will see one of the two historic red lighthouses that can be seen from the property. You can also watch the big thousand-foot lake boats elegantly sail by on their way through the channel while having a drink on the front porch. The nightly red-sunset view right before your eyes from the house or the beach can be stunning. Only Beach Street itself separates the front yard of sand from the sand on the beach. Watch the kids play on the colorful children’s playground directly across the street while you have a glass of wine on the front porch.
In the summer months, the house can comfortably sleep six people – in high-quality beds with luxury linens.
Summer rentals are typically for a full week; however, we will give priority to longer-term rentals and we will offer attractive discounts for longer stays.
Moreover, if you are looking for a beach-front house to rent in Muskegon, chances are that you already know about Muskegon’s popular destination summer festivals and events… downtown’s Frauenthal Theater, area boating and sailing, biking, parasailing, kite surfing, kayaking, fishing, volleyball just yards away, the popular Port City Princess boat that sails on Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan, golfing, hiking and nearby restaurants and nightlife. The Lake Express Ferry is two miles away and it cruises between Muskegon and Milwaukee twice daily. Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park is a short distance away.
Muskegon was recently ranked 23rd on a national list of “50 Best Yachting Towns” by Yachting magazine, the nation’s oldest and most respected recreational boating publication; Traverse City was ranked at 48th. The Yachting article noted of Muskegon, “Its natural white-sand beach and cool clear water has attracted many professional beach volleyball tournaments. The immaculate condition of the beach has earned it a spot on the Clean Beaches Council’s “certified clean beaches’ list.”
There is a first-rate movie theater just up the street in Lakeside and an old-fashioned charming candy store, too – The Lakeside Emporium. Hint: they have the best ice-cream in town. The revered national monument, WWII submarine memorial Silversides, is within walking distance north toward the channel.
Sleeping accommodations are as follows: There is one single bed in two of the bedrooms upstairs; in the master bedroom, which is actually a good-sized double bedroom, there are two beds: one is a full-sized bed and the other is an extra-long trundle bed (for two, as necessary); there is also a very high–quality blow-up queen-sized mattress bed that can be comfortably used on the upstairs porch that would sleep two additional people – linens are provided. In the summer months, there is also sleeping on the front porch bench seating that would be comfortable for children if they are in the mood for a “camp-out” slumber party-type situation – linens are provided for these sleeping arrangements, too.
There is a huge old-fashioned (the house was built in 1910) wrap-around party front porch with a mahogany bar and stools; wicker chairs and plush 5-inch foam bench seating accommodates more than a dozen adults, and like I mentioned, can also sleep three at night for a kids’ slumber party on the porch.
Air-conditioning is in the upstairs master bedroom and ceiling fans are in the other two bedrooms, also there are numerous moveable fans and a high-tech air-cleaner and two dehumidifiers to keep the house dry on humid days.
Hardwood floors are in almost all rooms -- friendly to people with allergies.
A living room gas fireplace sets the cozy scene when the sun goes down and is available for your use. There is a brand new Char-Griller Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker in the garage that can be used in the driveway and a buffet table on the front porch that can be moved to accommodate your dinner plans. A new restaurant, The Deck, opened up on the beach right across the street, too. Bring your mosquito repellant if you walk in the tall grass over there, of course.
Cable TV is downstairs and upstairs; a DVD player and an iPod docking station is for your use.
Complementary high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi service are in the house; there is decent smart phone reception, but not great.
A fully stocked cooking kitchen that also includes items such as spices and olive oil are for your convenience.
French coffee presses and also a drip coffee maker are in the kitchen; you will want to enjoy your morning coffee on the front porch and say hello to neighbors walking by.
There are upgraded brand new top-of-the-line linens and mattresses in the bedrooms; luscious bath towels and beach towels are available for your use, too. Just bring your clothes. There are a couple of Tommy Bahama beach chairs for you to use in the front yard or carry across the street to Lake Michigan's most beautiful beach. And a colorful beach umbrella to sit under!
Washer and dryer in the laundry room are for your use, although the housekeeper will do your sheets and towels when your vacation has ended.
There is comfortable over-sized furniture in the living room that will accommodate all-sizes of vacationers.
Notes and caveats:
Our insurance will not allow us to rent to persons under the age of 25.
This is a non-smoking property and that includes the front porch.
No pets, please, unless first vetted and cleared with the owners.
The number of people occupying the house at one time will be reasonably limited to six. If you need to accommodate extra guests, please let us know.
There is an attached one-car garage and ample driveway parking for several vehicles (and toys).
The City of Muskegon’s tax rate on the rental is 10 percent (sorry, I can't do anything about that).
There isn't a cleaning deposit per say; however, if our housekeepers documents that excessive cleaning was required, on a case-by-case basis, these extra costs will be charged. We trust that you will take good care of the house and that this will never be necessary. We have poured our hearts into making this house one that you and your family will enjoy on your vacation. We look forward to your stay.
Here are two emails I received when guests left this summer of 2016:
Just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful time, and your house was just perfect. The views from the master bedroom looking at the lake are truly a wonderful experience. Our three boys had a great time and even got in several rounds of golf in the mornings. You’ve got a gem on your hands. I have to admit, coming from the Midwest with high heat and humidity I was scared not having AC at our disposal, but the breezes and temps were just perfect. Other than the first night…it was wonderful temps all week long.
We will definitely keep you in mind for next summer!!
Just wanted to say how delighted we are with the house and location. Arrangements to check in went perfect. All around beautiful day. THANK YOU!
The Andersons (second generation) are only the second owners of record of this house, which was originally built as a summer cottage on Lake Michigan in 1910. In the beginning, the house didn't even have porch windows. It was only occupied in the summer months. There is a photo of the house circa 1912 hanging in the kitchen. People love looking at that photo and comparing the current upgrades and differences from more than 100 years ago. But the nostalgic charm remains.
Kristina Anderson purchased this house in 1956
This is without a doubt the closest house to the lighthouses and beach and one of the very best Lake Michigan views on Beach Street. Location. Location. Location.
Front porch is set up for a happy family gathering. Wonderful seating arrangements and a mahogany bar with leather stools.
Everything you need to barbecue or grill your family's meals.
Think of it: You walk into the house and feel "at home." Very, very, very clean! Spotless in fact. No surprises. You can open any cabinet or closet and it will be spotless. Someone recently called the house "immaculate." I was very pleased that she recognized that feature. Who wants to go to a strange house for their vacation and have it not meet their standards for cleanliness? I know I wouldn't like that.
This wonderful home was the ideal beach vacation rental for our ten person family reunion (full range of ages, all had a blast). It begins with location. The house enjoys the perfect spot, facing the center of Pere Marquette beach, a wide well-groomed swath of purest white sand. You have to check out the glowing sunsets framed with two picturesque lighthouses. Pere Marquette also features a super chill hang out spot, The Deck, named appropriately for its big unique outdoor space partially made of grounded pontoon boats. It has live music, great food (do yourself a favor and try the beef brisquette burrito w ceviche), and volleyball nets.
The house is very clean, well-decorated, and well-stocked. Its front porch has nice breezes and broad cushion benches (also good for overflow sleeping/napping). Perhaps this house's greatest asset is its owner, Kristina Anderson. She went above and beyond to make sure our needs were met and we knew all the fun things to do around Muskegon.
We took full advantage of that knowledge, because Muskegon has a lot going for it. Be sure to head north of the channel to the State Park, where they have a pristine dune beach, beautiful forest, and a luge run (wheeled version in the summer) - really fun! Also, don't miss Muskegon's Saturday Farmer's Market (one of the best you'll ever find) &/or the Wed Flea Market. I also highly recommend the submarine museum near the house. USS Silversides is one of the most famous WWII submarines, with a fascinating story well-told with signs on a self-escorted tour. The museum next door is very expansive and ambitiously succeeds in telling the full story of WWII. The channel park here also is a very cool place to see big ships (luxury cruise boats, the Milwaukee ferry, and ore barges) tower their way through. Finally, the Muskegon Museum of Art has some world class works in an attractive space - good examples of Pissaro, Bonnard, Sisley, Whistler, Hopper, Homer and an exceptional Curry and Hawthorne. The trolley tour bus goes right by the house and is a good way to see where all these attractions are.
There's much more nearby: Michigan Adventure amusement park, dune buggy rental at Silver Lake, the Musical Fountain light show in Grand Haven, canoeing the Muskegon River, the boardwalk and free-wheeling dog beach south of Pere Marquette. But ultimately, the best things you could do are just right outside your door, specifically the door of the Andersons' home.
This house is just across the street from one of the best beaches we have ever been to; we are from Grand Rapids. The beach also has a good playground. Our two kids are 3 and 6 and they had a blast playing and swimming.
My husband and I spent a week at this waterfront cottage with our kids and his mom in August 2015.
The old-style colorful front porch has plenty of comfortable seating and a great bar. Upstairs porch off the master bedroom has a great view of the lake. Watching a thunderstorm blow in one night was a special treat that I will never forget.
The neighborhood is quiet at night. There are a couple of restaurants within walking distance. Driving to downtown took about 10 minutes. We also drove over to Grand Haven a couple of times. Takes about 30 minutes.
The house was very clean, nicely furnished, full kitchen and fully equipped with TVs and a grill. Still had the feel of a nice lakefront cottage. Kristina Anderson, the owner, was sweet and easy to deal with. God willing, we plan on getting back there later this summer.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
The specific dollar amount will be based on the circumstances, such as the length of stay and the number of people. Winter rates are very reasonable on the beach in Muskegon.