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Lake Michigan Beachhouse On 100 Feet Of Gorgeous Sand

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Minimum Stay
4 nights


Shelby House Rental Photos and Description

100' Private Beach, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths + Outdoor Shower, 1000 Ft Of Deck

We purchased this home in the fall of 2014 and all the interior has been painted and updated.

-Three king-bed guest rooms, two with ensuite bathrooms.

-One bedroom with two sets of bunk beds.

-Three full baths + outdoor shower.

-All linens, towels and beach towels supplied.

-Dining table seats eight and kitchen counter seats five more.

-Two outdoor patio tables for dining al fresco.

-100 ft private beach with private stair access; ~30% of path to beach involves stairs.

-Two decks: one attached to the house and another sunset deck ten steps lower overlooking the beach and dunes for the best sunsets.

-Kitchen amenities of a year-round home.

-Games, sand toys, volleyball net, books, DVDs for use.

-Lower level without outdoor access with extra fridge, futon, air mattress and play area.

-Paved driveway up to front door.

-Large garage.

-Three grocery stores within a 15 minute drive; Stoney Lake Yacht Club restaurant a mile out from house on Scenic Drive.

-Great hiking and biking trails, tubing and other outdoor activities including tours blueberry picking, tour of a dairy farm. Several cute towns within an hour+ of Shelby including Pentwater, Ludington and Saugatuck.

-Cleaning fee of $120 not included in rental rate.

-Pets are at the discretion of the owner and would require an additional fee.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Laura Torgerson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, un poco Espanol
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 11, 2016
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About Laura Torgerson

Our family lives in Houston, Texas but I was born and raised in Michigan and summered every year for the first 10 on Lake Michigan just a mile south from this property. We rented for seven years and then stumbled on this lovely home and magnificent beach, and knew we wanted to own a small piece of this heavenly land. My husband's Norwegian heritage inspired the name of the property: Velkommen til Valhalla which translates to "Welcome to Heaven."

Laura Torgerson purchased this house in 2014

Why Laura Torgerson chose Western Michigan

Shelby claims some of the best beaches on Lake Michigan, and when you arrive you will understand why people return year after year. Our 100 feet of private white, soft beach is equally as wide as it is long so it is ideal for lounging, building an entire village out of sand, playing frisbee or getting a game of volleyball going. The beaches stretches for miles in both directions so is ideal for long walks.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We want to sincerely thank you for allowing us to rent your beautiful home for this past week. It was wonderful in every respect.....the house, view, lake, kayaking, dinners on the deck, everything. The weather was also perfect.....sunny and 70s everyday, no rain. The dunes, golfing, tubing, biking, exploring the area.....all perfect.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time together as a family. And it was our first big vacation with our new three-month old grand-daughter. We could not have been happier.
Jul 2015
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Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Lake Michigan Beachhouse On 100 Feet Of Gorgeous Sand
average rating of 4.428571 based on 8 reviews

Awesome Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with views that are beyond your imagination! This was a great choice for us, having a family 50th wedding anniversary gathering here, what memories we'll have of this year. Sunsets which were amazing, sitting outside on the patio listening to the Lake Michigan swells with a nice breeze and a cup of coffee every morning, unforgettable! If you decide to come here you won't be disappointed, all was clean and taken care of, no problems at all with the owners who went out of their way to be helpful. Surrounding areas had lots of farm markets, orchards, a petting zoo, wasn't hard to find a place for dinner when we didn't want to cook. I would definitely recommend this and hope to be back myself someday!!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Definitely coming back!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay! The house was clean, current and updated. All of the amenities you need. The sunsets can't be beat - lots of great photo ops. Lots of places to sit outside or in. The home owners were great to work with prior to our trip and answered all of our questions and provided lots of suggestions for local area attractions. Lewis Petting Zoo is a short drive away and the kids love it! Great location without being right in the middle of a busy beach town. Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning views and great amenities

  • 5 of 5

We rented this beautifully appointed home with our parents and college-age sons. The views of the beach from the dining room/family room and upstairs loft are amazing! We really enjoyed long walks on the beach and sitting on the wraparound deck (lots of places to sit) for meals or reading. All in all this was a lovely rental and great vacation. We hope to come back in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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With so many beautiful properties in Michigan please think long and hard before renting from these owners. What a mistake! Here’s why: No maintenance done on outside of house, 4 people in our party were stung by bees (nest on stairs-we removed with help from neighbor), outside shower had a foot of leaves, patio with no safety rail (hazard for those with young children), and they cheated us out of nearly half of our security deposit with no justification (no receipts, no evidence) and held our funds for over 32 days – past date on contract. We’ve been renting beach houses in this region for 20 years, and obviously won’t be returning to this house. Our family stayed at this house for a week in 2015 and returned in 2016 for a week because we liked the general area. Two weeks after our stay this year we reached out to the owners about our security deposit. The wife (the main contact) wrote back with a nearly incomprehensible email accusing our family of dirtying their beach house. This was the first we had heard anything about this. We were flabbergasted. The owners offered zero evidence whatsoever – except generalities of the alleged “stained carpets” and “filthy towels”. While stunned, we replied in a very professional way. After our detailed response to the initial accusations, the husband texted us separately and revealed the issue: The owners, who live out of state, have had cleaning issues dating back to last year. He said that last year the couple was “totally scammed by cleaning staff that didn’t do their job. In fact they really never cleaned at all. The house progressively getting dirty as the weeks (in 2015) rolled onward.” He also said they rely on their next door neighbor who they trust 100% and that he had “nothing but good things to say about you guys.” Turns out the owners hired a new cleaning woman this year and we were the first guests of the year. The cleaning woman who is cleaning a large beach house by herself – wasn’t able to finish her duties before the next renters showed up. Her main issue was the amount of dirty laundry – laundry that was not our responsibility to clean. The owners sent us back just a little over half of our deposit with a note that said that the money they cheated us out of was used for “carpet/upholstery cleaning” and “additional cleaning fee”. Well, we were the ones who got taken to the cleaners. We hope that doesn’t happen to you. I would not recommend staying here but if you do please protect yourselves.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are horribly sad that the three families staying in our home took no responsibility for the damage done to our property. Due to a cleaning crew in 2015 that did not properly clean or report damage to our house, we unfortunately allowed this family to stay with us again in 2016. The carpet had been cleaned at the end of the season last year, and these families were the first renters in 2016 and left black marks from dirt and sand all over the carpet; we have pictures to document the damage. Additional carpet stains were found in the 2nd floor bedroom next to the bed from spilled wine or coffee. Someone from their party spilled a sticky drink on a chair that upholstery cleaning could not completely get out because it soaked down to the lining of the chair and then sat there until the cleaning woman discovered it while vacuuming under the cushions. They took flannel sheets to the beach which are now ruined because of the sand embedded in them even after being washed three time with bleach. Pillows were missing. Sheets had to be washed two and three times because they were so soiled. Someone vomited and left the towels piled up in the laundry room. A bunch of dirty sheets and blankets were stacked up in the living room next to the stereo. Our cleaning woman, who cleans other homes on our street and came highly recommended, reported never seeing such a filthy house in all her years of cleaning. She stayed three and a half hours longer than usual and still took more laundry home to rewash. We found an empty vodka bottle hidden in the basement and Budweiser cans in the shrubs; our two subsequent renters did not have preteens or teens in their party. In 15 years of renting our two properties, we have never NOT refunded a renter's security deposit. In this case, the bills from carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, supplemental cleaning fees and new flannel sheets totaled $417. We refunded the balance despite more than a dozen other damages or missing items including $375 in septic and plumbing fees following their visit. Sadly, this family has taken no responsibility for the damage to our home despite admitting they "may have tracked in a little sand." Our four other weeks of renters were terrific and were returned 100% of their security deposit. This is a sad example of why homeowners need to have a security deposit since many people have utter disregard for other people's property.
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Great House...Great Time

  • 5 of 5

We had a very enjoyable one week stay at this terrific house. The home was well stocked and had everything we needed. The owners were extremely accommodating which made for a very pleasant stay. The house was even better than we expected, highly recommend !!!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best beach in the area!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house to rent for a family or group! Great beach, beautiful sunsets, local attractions. Owners were very gracious. We had a wonderful time and will definitely visit again! Don't forget to rent tubes at Stony Lake and take a ride down the channel to Lake Michigan. Visit the Sand Dunes. Blueberry picking .. etc. Memories to last a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Nearest Airport
86 Miles
Gerald R. Ford Airport, Grand Rapids
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Stoney Lake Yacht Club
Nearest Ferry
37 Miles
Muskegon; LLC Ferry Company
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Highway 31
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Stoney Lake Yacht Club
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
100 feet private Lake Michigan white sandy beach


Rates & Availability

Shelby House Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $1,000

A property manager is located in Shelby should renters need anything. 120 day cancellation policy.

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Shelby House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main Floor Full Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Ensuite 2nd Floor Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bath on Main Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower
    Outdoor Shower - shower , outdoor shower , the kids love this plus it leaves the sand outside!
  • *Two ensuite bathrooms plus another full bath on main floor. Shower and sinks separated by door on main floor baths. Shampoo, condition and soap included; linens included. *Outdoor shower is fantastic for the kiddos!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , master bedroom on main floor with ensuite bath
    Guest Room #2 - 1 king , On main floor
    Master Bedroom on 2nd Floor - 1 king , with ensuite bath
    Kid's Room - 4 twin/ single , double bunk beds!
  • *Three guest rooms with king-size beds; one upstairs and on main floor *Kid's room with two sets of bunk beds *Futon in basement; air mattress available
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis

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