|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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This historic villa has been a Long Beach icon to several generations of Long Beach residents for over 93 years. Built in 1920 by a “connected” Cook County Commisioner and Cicero politician, it has a well known and storied local history. The villa has housed several Illinois politicians as well as their many Chicago gangland friends. If only walls could talk!
The villa sits on a hill in historic little Long Beach at stop 20 (years ago there was a bus that ran along Lake Shore Drive, hence the different 'stops' for the old bus) on Lake Shore Drive right across the street from one of the most popular beaches of Lake Michigan. This Spanish Colonial Revival villa was one of the very first permanent homes in Long Beach and was called Belle Casa by its original builder. The entryway is located in the villa’s turret and also houses the original half-bath. The main floor houses the massive step down living room with a 20 foot barrel vaulted ceiling. The living room overlooks the beautiful Lake Michigan sunsets with a separate seating area room with panoramic views of Lake Michigan. It all retains the unique 1920s feel complete with an original chandelier and large wood burning fireplace. French doors open out to a patio with a seating area overlooking the massive double lot lawn and Lake Michigan.
Also on the first floor are the original formal dining room with adequate seating for up to 10 guests. The newly renovated well appointed kitchen was once a large family dining room but was rennovated in 2010 to modern standards with luxury appointments. It features granite countertops, built in oven, microwave, Bosch 5 burner cooktop, stainless side by side refrigerator with icemaker, dishwasher and all the utensils you will need for a fantastic family vacation. Located in the kitchen area is also the original pantry complete with second refrigerator and freezer. Off the kitchen is the original maid’s quarters which has been renovated into a breakfast nook with cable flatscreen TV.
Located at the back of the villa was once a vintage sitting porch that has been renovated into a closed-in modern knotty pine den with widescreen wall mounted cable TV, leather sectional couches and single brass day bed. The first floor also houses a master bedroom with baby crib which all overlooks Lake Michigan.
Off the rear knotty pine den is an outdoor brick patio. On the patio you'll find the gas grill and a table with chairs under the sun umbrella perfect for sipping your morning coffee and reading the newspaper.
The second floor holds 4 bedrooms, which while retaining their original 1920’s character, have huge windowed closets large enough for much more than just clothes! Each bedroom has been decorated with modern queen sized beds and pillow top mattresses as well as luxury linens and bedding. The original 1920’s bathroom retains the green and black wall tile and basket weave floor tile. With an original soaking tub and walk in shower as well as full closet and updated two bowl lavatory, there is no shortage of space here. The upstairs master bedroom encompasses the villa’s turret and overlooks the Lake Michigan sunsets complete with a king sized bed and seating area. Off the master bedroom are the new knotty pine bedroom and master bathroom with heated flooring and walk-in shower.
The lower level (basement area) of the villa holds the original beach shower with hot and cold water which has been newly renovated as a beach shower and cedar sauna. The laundry area with washing machine and dryer, sink, and ironing area are also in this area. One interesting note, see if you can find where the politicians and their well known Chicago mob friends signed the beams in the basement while they were playing their card games in the wee hours of the night!
There is ample parking space for up to five cars as well as lots of lawn space for plenty of various activities plus watching the sun set over Lake Michigan!
Belle Casa MaVaL is only 62 miles from the downtown loop of Chicago and is the perfect long weekend getaway for busy executives and their families. We are also only 35 miles from Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and make for a perfect sports escape weekend lodge.
For a great escape during summer, winter, spring or fall, escape to the old world charm of Belle Casa MaVaL!
Keywords: Lake Michigan, villa, beach, luxury, historic, storied history, restored, family retreat, reunions, gang history, Chicago mob, Notre Dame football
Chicago executive who lives two blocks from this location
Sue Bolger purchased this villa in 2011
I bought this historic residence so as not to have to witness an historic Long Beach property raised and a McMansion built in its place
I have stayed at this residence since buying it and renovating it. After driving past it for 25 years and always admired its location and beauty, I decided to buy it rather than let it be purchased by a developer and torn down to build a 'mcmansion' on this rare double corner lot.
This is truely a gem of a house. It has an ideal location for a weekend or longer to enjoy the lake Michigan and it's surrounding. From swimming to shopping, from hanging around the beautiful house to visiting casinos and local viniards, it's all there and only a short drive away can't wait to return. Definitely a 5 star.
I have been meaning to write this review for some time now. We had our wedding here in September 2013. We rented the house for a week, and had the ceremony on the beach and the reception at the house. The owners were great to work with and were more than happy to let us host our event here. The grounds looked amazing and the house inside is beautiful. You cannot beat the location as it it right across the street from the beach. The pictures do not do this home justice! I'm hoping to maybe rent the house for our anniversary! Thank you so much for letting us use your house for such a special day in our lives!
What an absolutely fabulous home! Impeccably clean, well cared for, and such a perfect location just steps from the beach. With a large yard, too, perfect for playing or just lounging around. It was great to have the owners nearby, so we could ask questions and see them throughout the week. The decorating and appointments were wonderful; we especially enjoyed the combination of lyric opera posters and historical mob-related newspaper articles. The house has very charming branding, down to notepads bearing the same tile design as the fireplace and the blue "M" flag out front (which could have been for Michigan, but substituted well for MaVal!).
A perfect combination of old-world style and modern comforts, including a kitchen with all the essentials you'd need -- definitely fit for foodies. We cooked every day and had no problem finding what we needed, and the second fridge came in handy with so many people staying there together. The nearby grocery store was also surprisingly well stocked and we made several trips there. My husband and I stayed in the master bedroom upstairs, which has an adjoining room at the back that was perfect for our preschooler, and the bed was so comfy it was a shame to have to leave it! Everything you could need (except for food, booze, and sun block) was already there and waiting, so your vacation can truly start the minute you arrive.
We were so pleased with our vacation and can't say enough good things about this property. Very highly recommended!
Home has everything you could need, plus some fun history. Great location being a short walk to the beach, about 10 minutes from the outlet mall in Michigan City and close to many restaurants and fun antique stores. Wonderful place for family gatherings. Lots of space to spread out. Highly recommend to all.
As we sit on our last morning here at Casablanca Maval we are completely rested and happy from our time here. The owners have thought of everything, the beds were new and comfortable, linens were nice and the kitchen is perfect for your stay. The owners are very vice and could not have been more accommodating. The location is great to go to the beach and with the windows open at night you feel the breeze off of the lake and hear the waves. It is a gorgeous old home with plenty of character and just perfect for a family beach vacation. Thank you Casa Maval!
Blue Chip Casino, Four Winds Casino, Washington Park Marina, Michigan City Washington Park Zoo, Lighthouse Outlet Mall, fine dining, wineries, 35 miles to Notre Dame sports fields, numerous golf courses, mini golf, go carts, water park, skate and bike park, jet ski rentals, charter fishing, charter sailing, plethora of antique stores along Red Arrow Highway, Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore and State Park
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My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Sunday
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $200 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
This property is currently on the market for sale. Renters must reasonably allow for showings with broker and must keep property in reasonably clean and tidy condition. As much notice as possible will be given for any showings.
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