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On the beach. Stay on the beach.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6 maximum - no exceptions)

The Original Beach House is as close to the beach as you can get without pitching a tent on the sand. The house is right on the beach. You park on top of the bluff off of Lakeshore Drive. There are 76 steep steps going from the parking area to the house on the beach.

Great sunsets, quiet mornings and beautiful lake and sky views from every room. House is set up with everything you need for a beach vacation - beach chairs, umbrellas, beach towels - you are ready to spend the day at the beach.


Actually on the beach, snuggled at the bottom of a wooded bluff, just a dozen steps off the patio and you are on 200 feet of private beach. No other cottages on the beach. Beautiful sunsets. Wonderful quiet mornings with coffee on the beach or patio. Located in the resort town of Douglas, across the river from Saugatuck (known for art, boating, shopping and terrific restaurants) this the definition of beach house.

Watch the fantastic sunsets from the patio or have a bonfire on the beach. The beach is all 'white sugar' sand with no rocks. The Beach House is surronded on 3 sides by mature trees, the 4th side is beach and Lake Michigan views!

You are only 5 minutes away from the activities of Saugatuck and Douglas yet have complete privacy.

The living room, furnished with white wicker furniture includes a dining area and kitchen with windows all the way across. The first floor has a convenient half bath. The kitchen is small but fully equipped with small stove and oven, toaster oven, coffee maker, pots and pans, paper towels, new fridge. The table seats 4-6.

Second floor has two bedrooms and a full bath (shower,no tub) Master: queen-size bed 4 poster bed with orthopedic mattress and 100% cotton sheets. Full window and glass door overlook lake. A new flat screen TV with built in DVD player.

The other bedroom has two twin trundle beds and windows all across. There is a moveable wall between the two trundle beds for privacy. Second floor has a wall air conditioner - will keep it cool but not frigid. All linens - sheets and towels, blankets, comforters, etc provided.

Patio: has a big smoker/grill that takes charcoal. Round table with umbrella seats 4 comfortably and you can squeeze in 6.

Beach: all sand, no rocks. Two Adirondack chairs provided sand chairs, beach umbrellasand beach towels provided. Bonfires are to the south of the beach away from the sun bathing area. We ask that when the fire department issues no burn warnings that they be honored. We also ask that you burn only paper and wood - no bottles, metal, cans, or garbage. The Beach House is not suitable if you have very small children that have to be carried up and down stairs.

Smoking is not allowed in the building. It is a casual, secluded home. It is clean, up to date and fun to stay at. It is a traditional beach house, not a granite countertop, all white walls and modern furniture condo type of place. You will always track sand in!

Other considerations: Spotty cell phone coverage. No cable TV. No wi-fi. No washer and dryer (there is a laundrymat just down the street.) No dishwasher. Every year I try to get cable TV and internet service. The house is in a very unusual location and the cable company cannot provide service!

Please note because of its private setting, there are over 70 steps from the road level down to the beach house.

Again, this is a traditional beach house - not a condo. You get the beach, privacy, the best views around in a clean, up-to-date place that is ready to move into except for the groceries. It is a dream vacation for someone wanting the beach and privacy with the restaurants, shopping and activities of Saugatuck Douglas just 5 minutes away.

Keywords: Beach House, family vacation, fun, lakefront

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Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 28, 2017

About Sara

The first floor was built sometime in the 1940s. The second floor was added in 1954. It is clean, up-to-date but not fancy. It is a beach house and you'll always track in some sand.

Sara purchased this house in 1940

Why Sara chose Douglas

If you like the beach and privacy, this is the place. No other houses around, right on the beach. Be sure you consider the steps though. Everyone should be ok with using the steps.

What makes this house unique

One thing I really like is that when you are at the beach house you have quiet and privacy but all the activities of Saugatuck are just 2 miles away. You have the resorty shopping-eating-art experience along with your quiet, private beach time.


Douglas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Half bath is on the main floor
  • Upstairs bathroom is the full bathroom with a shower, toilet and sink. Downstairs is a half bath with toilet and sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 4 twin/ single
  • Queen size Bed in master, Two sets of twin size trundle bed in second bedroom for a total in second bedroom of 4 beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Patio furniture, Beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrellas, chairs on 200 feet of private beach. Air conditioning, second floor only.


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On the beach. Stay on the beach.
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

Everything we wanted and more!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about the Beach House was exactly what we wanted for a secluded weekend getaway. Sara did everything she could to make us feel at home, and we never wanted to leave! I can see the stairs being tough for the elderly or young kids, but when you get down to the bottom and see the beach and the views of the lake, it wont matter! The sunsets were incredible. Close to town as well for anything you need. Cant wait to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming and so glad you had a good time. I know about the steps and it isn't the biggest or fanciest place but it has the best location! Looking forward to you coming again. S
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Royal Oak, MI

Exactly as advertised - a great spot!

  • 5 of 5

The description of the Original Beach House is very accurate. I respect that the owner highlights the good, but doesnt put any spin on the "bad". Truthfully, the only negatives from my experience were the stairs from the road and cell coverage in the house (however, I need to learn to disconnect from my work cell anyway and coverage is better on the beach). The stairs are only a real pain when loading and unloading the car, but I would be watchful of youngsters or old folks.

The positives, FAR outweighed the "negatives". The views & sunsets are amazing. The only house directly on the beach. The beach is private, but you will have folks strolling nearby along the water - everyone was VERY friendly. Our weather was gorgeous (Late Aug) - delightful during the day and cool at night - water was a bit chilly (but I'm from the South [biased] and the dog couldn't have cared less). Dog friendly community. Very close to downtown Saugatuk which is quite charming. The house was very clean but not so sterile that you worry about tracking in small amounts of sand. Lots of windows to hear the crashing waves, cool breezes and makes the place feels open. The kitchen and grill were equipped to provide some amazing sunset meals on the patio. Bascially, It's they type of place you want to bring your family, friends or loved ones to make cherished memories. I would reccomend The Original Beach House and I will definitely plan to be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbus, OH

Amazing views!

  • 4 of 5

this is a very secluded get away spot! The kids loved running back and forth between the house and the beach while the grownups stayed put on the sand! The sunsets were breathtaking and you can't beat the views! Loved proximity to Douglas and Saugatuck for a quick ice cream trip. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Grand Rapids Gerald R Ford
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Saugatuck Brewing
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Chain Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
17 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Variety in downtown Douglas
Nearest Beach
You are on the beach
Nearest Point of Interest
The Original Beach House
Car: recommended

Art Galleries, excursion boats, sail boat excurisions, local festivals, apple, cherry, strawberry, blueberry picking, fireworks.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $750
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until is confirmed. A maximum of 6 overnight guests. A maximum of 4 day guests. Day guests must be on the contract. Parking holds 2 cars only. There are 76 steep steps from the parking area to the house on the beach - all guests and any pet dogs should be comfortable with the steps. This isn't a good place for infants. Preference given to weekly rentals.

Half the fees are due within a week of receiving the contract. The remainder is due 30 days before arrival. Details will be on the contract.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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