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Spacious Waterfront Log Home on Upper Silver Lake

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

5 bedroom home offering 180' of lake frontage. Very quiet setting.

This 2200 sq ft 5 bedroom 2.5 bath home is located on a quiet section of Upper Silver Lake. The double lot offers 180' of frontage, with the most privacy available on the lake. Sitting on the deck it feels as though there are no neighbors. With one king bed, two Queen beds, and two bunk beds, there is enough room for the entire family. The basement offers a separate TV, while the main floor offers an open concept with many large windows to take advantage of the view.

This location is ideal for the family, quiet setting with a 24' x 24' beach / sandbox for the kids, and a fire pit for the adults. Want all the excitement that Silver Lake offers? Its just a bike ride away. But when you come home its quiet, you can sleep with the windows open if you like.

Some of the nearby attractions include golfing, swimming, 2 video arcades, a Lake Michigan lighthouse, tubing, water skiing, 2,000 acres of sand dunes, dune rides, shopping, bumper cars, go cart tracks. Way more than can be listed here.

Property has a gas grill, fire pit, laundry room.

Suitability: no smoking or pets in the home.

More Details

Wesley VanderWilk
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

About Wesley VanderWilk

We are a family of four. Amy and I have been married for 17 years, and we have two wonderful boys, Jacob (10) and Luke (4). Amy's family is from the area, so it made sense for us to purchase near Silver Lake.

Wesley VanderWilk purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Wesley VanderWilk chose Mears

We got crazy lucky to find this property. We were searching for three years, and every cottage we looked at had neighbors within 10 feet. It just didn't seem like a vacation with them packed in so close. This home was a primary residence, built in 1972. We are the second owners. It is on a double lot, with woods on both sides. It is cozy, and relaxing. We hope you love our home as much as we do.


Mears Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Downstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Downstairs
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , downstairs bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , upstairs bunk bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility


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Spacious Waterfront Log Home on Upper Silver Lake
average rating of 4.6875 based on 16 reviews

Perfect lakefront house for family

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect house for our week at the lake with our kids and grand kids. Plenty of room for everyone, nice bedrooms and bathrooms, roomy kitchen and large table, great open living area. The covered deck is amazing with lots of seating and a beautiful view of the lake. The sandy beach and swimming area was so nice for the little ones. We were able to have our boat right out front and caught lots of fish in the lake. There's so much to do in the area: jeeping on the dunes, Silver Lake, Pentwater and Ludington are great beach towns, and there are many highly ranked disc golf courses nearby. Something for everyone! We will definitely come back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Colony, TX

Beautiful lakeside property with open floor plan home.

  • 5 of 5

The pictures online don't do this property justice. When we arrived the living room/kitchen/dining room/deck was stunning. Large enough to accommodate 8 - 10 people comfortably. And the views inside and outside are beautiful. The sand pit and large shallow swim area were perfect for 2 and 3 year olds. It was clean and the water surprisingly warm. Bedrooms and bathrooms were clean and comfortable. Lots of space. The only negative but workable comments are the stairs are a little steep and treads are narrow and the hot water heater small for 6 adults and 2 children to clean up at the same time. We quickly learned to stagger showers, laundry and dishwasher. Overall extremely pleased with our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Joseph

Best home that we've rented in Upper Silver Lake

  • 5 of 5

Of the four places over the last twelve years, this ranks #1. It is on a quiet corner of the lake that makes you feel like your closest neighbors are across the water. The house was exceptionally clean and well maintained.

We had three children under the age of 3 and I don't know if a home could have been better suited. From Central air, to the beach/sandbox, to shallow water that stretched pretty far, this place nailed it.

Also, for the adults, life was made easy with tons of parking, an outdoor shower that made it easy to rinse the kids before heading in the house, and fairly convenient location to downtown Mears or Hart. Also, we were able ton anchor our jet skis tight inside the no wake zone which made it much calmer.

Although we had great weather, one rainy day was a breeze because of the covered patios, stock of board games, and Roku on the TV.

Most places in Silver Lake have terrible cell service, but between the wifi and the Verizon hot spot, Wesley and family had us covered.

It was an incredible trip and we will absolutely be renting this place again! Actually, now that I think about it.... I should give it one star so no one else takes our spot next summer?!

Wesley was great to work with

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home with access to Upper Silver Lake

  • 5 of 5

Our group of Grandmas, Moms and Daughters really enjoyed our stay in the Hideaway! Wesley was very easy to work with and responded quickly to any inquiries. He has really thought out what people will need and tries to have it there for you. The location is excellent. It is very easy to drive into Silver Lake and there is plenty of parking which is a real plus!

The inside of the home was very clean with lots of comfy furniture. The beds were especially comfortable. The well-stocked kitchen is open to the rest of the main living space, so we could easily enjoy being together - if we were inside. If the weather was even decent, we were out on the deck off of the living room or down by the water. The three year old and 1 year old loved the little kids slide and playing in the very shallow water by the sandbox.

The house is situated on a little finger of the lake and has a no wake zone buoy in front. So while we could enjoy watching the boats go by on the main part of the lake, the swimming area was nice and calm. It was perfect for small kids and using our kayaks.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean, well stocked and in a good location.

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed staying at this property. The house was nice and clean with plenty of room for our group, and the view of the lake was beautiful! The covered porch facing the lake was a nice place to sit on the rainy day.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We appreciated the large parking space, with room for the dune buggies and boat trailer.

  • 3 of 5

The cottage was clean upon our arrival, however the fridge had several condiment items left by a previous renter. The outside

deck area is nice with good seating, and a view of the lake. The large lot is nice, with privacy from the neighbors. The presence

of the swans in the sandy beach is not so good, and there was a wasp nest in the seawall by the beach (we purchased wasp spray

and seemed to take care of it). The gas grill had two tanks which were empty, so a quick trip to the store was in order. There were

enough pots/pans and dishes in the cupboard, however no soap for the dishwasher. Our overall 6 day stay was good, and we

thank you for sharing your cottage home.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review our home. Our first ever three star review is a bit disappointing, but this will help those who may not enjoy our home. First, condiments have always been provided for our guests, as this is our home as well. We wondered what had happened but will happily repurchase for our next guests. The swans and wildlife are considered one of the best parts of our home, so sorry that you did not enjoy it. Our apologies for the grill and dish soap, the home has been rented for six weeks straight, apparently those things were missed by our cleaning crew. Wishing you well and hope you find that perfect vacation In the future. Wesley
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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