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Private Lake MI Beach with Custom Home on 10 Secluded Acres! Plus Harbor Country

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Space 4,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Lake & woods views! Private, 6 bedroom/4 bath home. 2 master-suites & kids loft!

Bridgman Dunes is a beautiful massive custom built lake front home nestled in a secluded woodsy dune setting just north of Bridgman. Summer by the Week Only.

The homes features include on the first floor a large bedroom suite, an extra large gourmet eat-in kitchen, screened porch for all-season gas grilling, spacious sun-room, dining room and living room with a shared gas fireplace.

The second floor features two full master bedroom suites, a fourth bonus bedroom, a TV/Screening Room as well as a castle style loft sure to be loved by all the children in your group and a bonus room with additional sleeping.

The lower level has built in bunks in the family room/kitchenette, two more bedrooms and a 4th bathroom. Bathroom connects to pine-log bedroom.

The home is surrounded by a large deck with stairs down to a built in fire-pit surrounded by benches and a double swing. Easy stairs down to the beach featuring permanent beach tents. Walk for miles on often secluded shores, or settle onto your own private 150 foot beach. The sunsets are amazing. Take the lighted path to the beach at night to stare up at the stars, it is truly inspiring!

We provide unlimited telephone, WIFI, xbox live with Netflix & Hulu along with a large store of games and movies. Antenna brings you many local TV stations. Pay per view options available as well.

Near many local attractions such as wineries, farm markets/u picks, St Joseph and Silver Beach, New Buffalo and the casino, world class fishing on the St Joseph river, boating from area marinas, parks gardens and hiking abound. Small towns dot the Red Arrow Highway bringing you dining, shops galleries and antiques to suit all tastes.

Specialty restaurants, local festivals and events provide all kinds of diversions. From here you can easily drive to Chicago, Ann Arbor, Detroit and so many other exciting cities. My favorites are the small towns you never heard of that each have something unique to offer. If you live a drivable distance to Southwest Michigan you will be amazed at how 'on vacation' you will feel without traveling far from home.

If you have never been to the Great Lakes you really must come here. The Great Lakes are a national treasure accounting for over 1/5 of the WORLDS fresh water supply. If you have ever been to a small lake or an ocean and wished you could combine the best things about both...welcome to the answer to your dreams! When you look out over our beach you will think you are on an ocean. But feel the sand and the clean fresh water on your skin and you will know the joy of the Great Lakes. It is staggering to imagine that you could sit on a length of clean private fresh water beach, the envy of hundreds of beach-goes who fight for a space for their towel, and see only your children splashing in the water.

With the size and comfort this home provides you and family and friends can finally share quality time together without feeling crapped or rushed to get out and do something. It's all right here at Bridgman Dunes, we never want to leave the property when we are there!

More Details

Owner
Marjorie Johnson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 5, 2017

About Marjorie Johnson

We are from the Chicago area, southside and suburbs. Moving to South Bend IN to start a medical practice my husband and I looked for years for lake Michigan property that was private and close to home. We spent nearly every weekend and summer at Bridgman Dunes while our children were growing up. In 2006 we moved to Illinois 2 hours west of Chicago, making the drive to Bridgman Dunes just over 3 hours. It was this move and the fact that we now had two busy teenagers that lead us to the option of renting out our home. It was not an east choice because so much personal connection exists towards a property you have lived and build memories upon. You don't want to share those or let them belong to anyone else. But, after the first year with rentals going fairly successfully, I have come to feel it is an honor and privilege to share what we have with others. The beauty and the splendor of this lake front vacation home is really one of a kind. So rare to find a setting where you can easily walk down to your own private beach, yet barely see the neighbors house through the forest of trees! The wrap-around deck offers plenty of seating for friends and family to step out and enjoy the view. Paths lead off in all directions to explore the wooded road or look down from the adjacent hill tops.

Marjorie Johnson purchased this house in 1996

Why Marjorie Johnson chose Bridgman

We searched for years for the right property on lake Michigan before we found Bridgman Dunes. I knew I was going to love the place soon as I turned onto the access road! The wooded lane leading to the house was so beautiful and inspiring, the sense of privacy and adventure while driving up to the house sold me before I even entered the driveway. And its a good thing too, because the original house was not something to get excited about. A 50 year old ranch in rough shape, nothing about it was 'beachouse.' But we had a clear vision of what it could be and with the 10 acres and 150 feet of beach the house really did not matter. So we set about hiring an architect and doubling the size of the house. Adding decks and expanding every way we could get a permit to do so! It was a huge challenge but the well thought out design has proven itself again and again at large family gatherings. The location in Bridgman keeps you right in the middle of everything. Only 1 1/2 hours to Chicago. 20 minutes to New Buffalo area. 50 minutes to Saugatuk, there is so much to do and explore. That is if you can leave the beach. We take it so for granted now that we have this private beach. Once in a while we will go to Weko Beach, just 2 miles south, for a concert or wine festival and we are reminded how crowded and inconvenient it is to haul yourself to the public beach! At Bridgman Dunes everything you need to feel at home is inside the house. Everything you need to feel like you're a million miles away on vacation is one step out the door. That's what people say who visit Bridgman Dunes, its so relaxing and fun for all ages that you don't feel the need to go anywhere else but enjoy the property and each other's company.

That is the beauty of Bridgman Dunes, giving you time to enjoy time together.

What makes this house unique

The design of Bridgman Dunes was specific to accommodate two families sharing the house but wanting room for privacy. We have 2 master-suites each with a master-bath. A full finished basement with kitchenette, built in bunks and two more bedrooms and a bath. The huge theater room makes movies, xbox, or game time fun and away from the main living areas so that people in our group get to decide if they want a peaceful coffee on the sun-porch or a whoop it up dance party on xbox live! Down at the beach lights mark your way to the built in fire-pit. Bench seating and a lake view double seated swing make this a great hang out and gathering spot. Upstairs there is a loft type play space that is a huge hit with the kids. Games and puzzles and toys fill the drawers and shelves from years gone by family fun. The out door deck wraps around to a pond filled with summer frogs making a relaxing waterfall effect! This and the constant sound of the waves lapping or thundering on the shore are unforgettable and can be heard from every room of the house.

Amenities

Bridgman House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Main Floor Bath - toilet , tub , shower , Large Bath w Separate Toilet Room. Soft-SprayTub. Shower.
    Outdoor Shower - shower , outdoor shower , Right Outside the Front Door. Get the Sand off Your Feet!
    South Masterbath - toilet , shower , Double Sink Vanities Large Shower w Seat. Toilet Room.
    North Masterbath - toilet , shower , Double Sink Vanities Large Shower w Seat.Toilet Room.
    Basement Bath - toilet , shower , Double Sink Vanity. Shower Stall. Connects to Pine Bedroom.
  • 1 Full Bath w Separate Tub 3 -3/4 Baths w Shower Stalls 1 Outdoor Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • South Mastersuite - 1 king , Private Bath and Balcony, Walk n Closet. TV/DVD
    North Master-suite - 1 king , Private Bath and Balcony, Walk in Closet. TV/DVD
    Theater Room Bonus Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Separated from theater room by double french doors.
    Theater Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull-Out Queen in Sofa Sectional
    Main Floor Guestroom - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Huge main floor guestroom. Main bath just outside. TV/Closet
    Sunporch - 2 twin/ single , Daybed with Trundle. Extra beds if you need them!
    Pine Bedroom - 1 queen , In the finished basement, TV & Attached bath. Kitchenette.
    Built in Basement Bunks - 2 twin/ single , In Living Area of the Basement Kitchenette. Reading lights.
    Bunk Bed Room-Basement - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Second Basement Bedroom. With TV. Computer Desk Outside.
    Castle Play Loft - 1 double , Above the theater climb up to play area w Futon mattress.
  • 2 Kingsize 1 Queen 1 Double 1 Twin 2 Built-in Bunk Twins Pull out Queen Full/Twin Bunk 2 Twins Pull-Out Double Daybed-2 Twins
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The onsite manager can provide information on local fishing. The St. Joseph River is an exciting trout and salmon sport fishery, encompassing 47 miles (76 km) of river in Michigan and 16 miles (26 km) in Indiana. Canoeists can travel the entire length of the main stem, if they are prepared to portage. Many of the larger tributaries offer excellent opportunities for paddling, hiking, hunting, and fishing.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Private Lake MI Beach with Custom Home on 10 Secluded Acres! Plus Harbor Country
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews
5

A TRUE PARADISE

  • 5 of 5

Location Location Location - if you know what that means I can say no more... but I will !

Easy and pleasant check in with a local manager, and then you are in paradise! Unpack your bags and go to the beach and enjoy the sunset

This home is truly remarkable and is one of the most impressive hidden gems in Michigan. This was our 3rd stay at this beautiful home. My brother, my sister, myself and our families were like royalty, and I personally was felt like the KING of England. We enjoyed every minute and every inch of this home, we cooked at the fire pit, we swam in the lake, we drank the local wine - Harbour Country, we ate the fresh fruit and produce, it reminded me when I was a child growing up. The smell of fire, the smell of a real fresh peach ready to eat, when was the last time you really tasted an apple, cherries, blueberries and my favorite black berries? The corn so sweet and juicy it melts in your mouth.

The stuff you buy in Chicago is not real food ...

If I could stay longer I would and I strongly recommend this place to anyone, you will NOT be disappointed. Our kids had a blast, they plan this trip every year and this was another successful stay with so many memories that will last forever. We are all looking forward to our next visit in 2018

Protect this House!

Mariusz Swita

US Navy Veteran

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Mariusz! I was so glad you had such a beautiful week. It is the greatest compliment to have return renters such as yourselves. Your appreciation of our home makes me so glad we can share it with others, its a very special place to us. The Lake will welcome you back next summer! Marjorie Johnson Owner/Bridgman Dunes
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5

A True Gem - Luxury at its Finest - Private Beach

  • 5 of 5

Location Location Location - if you know what that means I can say no more... but I will

Easy and pleasant check in with a local manager, and then you are in paradise! Unpack your bags and go to the beach and enjoy the sunset

This home is truly remarkable and is one of the most impressive hidden gems in Michigan. This was our 3rd stay at this beautiful home. My brother, my sister, myself and our families were like royalty, and I personally was felt like the KING of England. We enjoyed every minute and every inch of this home, we cooked at the fire pit, we swam in the lake, we drank the local wine - Harbour Country, we ate the fresh fruit and produce, it reminded me when I was a child growing up. The smell of fire, the smell of a real fresh peach ready to eat, when was the last time you really tasted an apple, cherries, blueberries and my favorite black berries? The corn so sweet and juicy it melts in your mouth.

The stuff you buy in Chicago is not real food ...

If I could stay longer I would and I strongly recommend this place to anyone, you will NOT be disappointed. Our kids had a blast, they plan this trip every year and this was another successful stay with so many memories that will last forever. We are all looking forward to our next visit in 2018

Protect this House!

Mariusz Swita

US Navy Veteran

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Family Time, Plenty of Space, Beautiful Setting, & Gorgeous Sunsets - How Much Better Can It Get??!!

  • 5 of 5

This property accommodated our family/needs beautifully! We had 6 adults, a preschooler, toddler and infant. We gave each family unit their own floor in terms of bedrooms and space to spread out and have their own privacy. The kitchen was very well appointed, so we cooked in most meals. We loved the private beach and not having to fight the public to get a place on the beach. We ventured out to climb the dunes, pick blueberries, explore St. Joseph & New Buffalo, go sailing, etc. However, there also was plenty to do at the property. We rented a movie and utilized the theatre room, looked for different kinds of rocks, took walks along the beach, built castles with the grandchildren, took tubes out on the lake, played corn hole and other games, swung on the swing, etc. We created many memories! And my absolute favorite thing was to go down to the beach every evening and take in the beautiful sunset! The sunsets took your breath away! SO relaxing! We are very glad we chose this property which allowed us to have a very enjoyable vacation together.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay at our home. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. I recently went to the public beach with my good friend and she exclaimed "Wow, there are so many people here!" I was like...uh huh....that's why I was surprised you wanted to go to the beach in the first place! How spoiled we are!!! Glad you got to appreciate the joy and privacy of our beautiful lake front. Hope you can visit again some day. Marge Johnson Owner/ Bridgman Dunes
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5

Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome time! Ours was a family vacation, with children and grandchildren. There were twelve of us, ages 66 to three. Everyone had a great time. The house is beautiful and had everything we needed, including books, games, DVDs, and beach toys. Every kitchen need was also supplied. We had 12 people and the layout and space provided room for family activities and quiet time as well. The beds were very comfortable and each bedroom had its own spacious bathroom. Several rooms face the lake and we enjoyed listening to the waves. You are surrounded by trees and have your own private beach! The fire pit provided additional memories of campfires and making Smores. A sound system piped music indoors and outside. There is a screened-in porch facing a brook and waterfall. A terrific vacation experience in a beautiful part of the country!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. It makes me so happy to share our home and know we are making memories for families like ours at this special place. I'm glad to hear how you appreciated all the beauty that surrounds the house. Of course the lake is the star of the show, but I love the woods and trees all around and the views outside the abundant windows! The fire pit is one of my favorite spots as well. We hope you are inspired to return again someday, again, thank you for spending your holiday at the Bridgman Dunes! Marjorie Johnson Owner
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5

Perfect family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. Beautiful home, beautiful location.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Comfort and Class with a View

  • 5 of 5

Immediately upon pulling up to Bridgman Dunes, we knew we were in for a special trip. After traversing a path deep into the woods, suddenly we found a unique, spacious home perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. A fenced-in porch overlooked the view through the trees, and the porch itself was decorated with small lamps, an outdoor shower, homemade signs, and various chairs to enjoy the scenery. Once inside, we found a vaulted living room and dining room, complete with bay windows and bisected by a four-sided fireplace. This vaulted area became the hub of the indoor portions of our vacation, and backed by the kitchen and a screened-in porch holding the grill, we had everything we needed within arms reach. The basement is a fully furnished apartment complete with a kitchen, multiple bedrooms, and laundry. The upstairs has a theater room and two master suites with king size beds, private bathrooms, and balconies. Outside, a walking path leads halfway down to the beach and dovetails into the the fire pit area (complete with porch swing), which provides an unobstructed view of the lake from an ideal vantage point. Use this for sure - just make sure to watch your step in the dark (turn on the floodlights to help this). The beach itself is absolutely gorgeous, providing a good deal of sand and a curving coastline covered in greenery and dunes. This is why you come out to Bridgman instead of New Buffalo - no apartment buildings, high rises, or harbors - just unobstructed coastline leading into the Warren Dunes State Park, which is a completely deserted beach even devoid of homes. What's more - you'll be close to Harbor Country's many wineries, as well as a good deal of fun restaurants, stores, and bars. The house itself was clean and impeccably prepared, and we were met promptly by the manager, who was available for any issues. Overall, we'll certainly be back - this trip couldn't have been better!

Recommended Spots Nearby:

Luisa's Cafe/Swedish Bakery

Red Arrow Roadhouse

Bridgman Premier Meat Market (awesome)

Tabor Hills Winery (get champagne and go to the balcony area)

Round Barn Winery/Distillery/Brewery

Tapistry Brewing Company & Transient Artisan Ales (A recommendation, located in Bridgman, haven't been)

Green Bush Brewing

Getaway Cubbie Bar

Eric's Bridgman Cafe (inexpensive local diner)

Journeyman Distillery

Stray Dog (New Buffalo)

Redamak's (New Buffalo)

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a beautiful review! Thank you for sharing your experiences at the Bridgman Dunes. You captured so much of what makes the Bridgman Dunes so special to us. It makes me so glad to know that our guests see and feel the same joy and beauty that we do when they visit our home. You certainly have a way with words and I appreciate the time and thoughtfulness of your review. I hope you will be able to return for another vacation someday! Every season has something magical to offer! Marge Johnson owner/Bridgman Dunes
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Map

Nearest Airport
32 Miles
South Bend Regional AIrport
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
http://www.golfpebblewood.com/
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
MI 94
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
http://www.dagostinosnavajo.com/
Car: necessary

Located in the heart of Harbor Country on the shores of Southwestern Lake Michigan. We have many local shops,wineries, restaurants and quaint towns to enjoy and explore. Google Southwest Michigan for travel ideas. But be forewarned, you may find yourself unable to leave the beauty, comfort and privacy of our lakefront home!

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $400
Insurance $50
Linens $170
Tax Rate 6.0%

Base rental fee is non - refundable < 90 days prior to check-in. All other fees and security deposit are fully refundable. A service fee of $150 will be accessed for cancellations > 90 days. We will mark your dates as tentative while you are finalizing your plans to help avoid cancelation fees. Off season rates are available except holidays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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