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Close To Downtown, Short Drive To Beach

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

4 Bedrooms, One First Floor; 2 Full Baths

One first floor bedroom, with adjoining full bath. 3 bedrooms upstairs and full bath with balcony overlooking downstairs kitchen and conversation area. A deck in the back with a gas grill and patio dining set is available, a traditional front porch greets visitors. Off-street parking for 4 cars.

Richard Riggs
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Richard Riggs

I grew up in Southeast Michigan near Ann Arbor and went to school at Michigan State. After a number of years away I returned to live in my family home, an 1873 farmhouse where my great grandfather cleared the land. I have enjoyed the updates and remodeling that comes with the vintage of the house, but mostly appreciate the park-like setting in the area.

Richard Riggs purchased this house in 2013

Why Richard Riggs chose Southwest Michigan

I have enjoyed many trips to the Lake Michigan beaches and enjoyed the serenity of the water, dunes and breezes. The ability to observe the sunsets over the water with feet in the sand and to hear waves come ashore is an especially relaxing moment. To do so in an area which is notable for blueberries and close to other great shore communities a short drive away was particularly appealing to me. I hope you will come to appreciate this environment, as well! There are seasonal events and activities to enjoy from festivals for film and blueberry lovers, as well as year-round benefits of hiking and biking.

What makes this house unique

The proximity to the beach and lighthouse was an attraction to the area, and this house offered a great open floor-plan which will allow people to stay engaged and appreciate time together. A bicycle store is around the corner if you wish to rent bikes for a trip around town or down the Kal Haven trail. There are unique shops in South Haven and a short drive takes you to the Saugatuck community for even more shopping with a creative, artistic emphasis.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Close To Downtown, Short Drive To Beach
average rating of 4.903226 based on 31 reviews

Clean, roomy, equipped with everything a family would need

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the property with our adult children and young grandchildren. We were able to walk easily to the beach, downtown area, and many playgrounds. We chose to drive sometimes and found ample free parking there. There are grocery stores not far away. There were some toys and books for the kids, too. There were stools for small children to use to Reach the sink, camp chairs for the beach, and some beach toys as well. The front porch was huge and cool all the time. Both porches had gates to keep small children in. We'd definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home Sweet Vacation Home

  • 4 of 5

This was the perfect rental for what I needed it for. I turned forty this year and wanted to have family and friends come hang with me in my favorite Michigan beach town. The first part of the week I invited my 3 sisters and their kids, along with my mom, to come stay with me and enjoy the beach and the second half of the week I invited a few friends and some cousins to do the same. The house is very roomy. Although there really isn't technically room for 12 people unless someone sleeps on one of the couches. there are 4 bedrooms. 3 of the room have queen beds and one of those rooms also has a day bed in it. The 4th room has 4 twin beds (1 bunk bed and to twin beds). My niece and nephews loved that room. it was cute and cozy. There is a large deck on the front and back of the home which was nice to sit out on after it cooled off. The walk to downtown was just a hop skip and a jump which was really nice cause we walked in everyday and down to the pier to enjoy the awesome sun set. Loved that! There were only a few things that sort of bugged me about the house. 1) the upstairs bathtub shower drain is clogged, so when you take a shower the tub fills up with water. Gross! This was also like this last summer when I came to visit my cousins who had rented the same home. 2) There is a funky mild smell when you walk in the back door. I had to purchase air fresheners for the house. it seems to be coming from the laundry room area possibly. 3) the carpet in the sitting and TV room area is dirty dirty dirty and needs to be cleaned badly. no one wanted to walk around with out there socks or shoes on cause there feet turned black. 4) The dishes and silverware appeared to have been put away dirty. I had to wash everything before we used it. Besides those 4 things everyone enjoyed the house very much and if those minor issues could be cleared up this would surely be the perfect rental for just about anyone. I will definitely consider renting this home again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home and yard; very big house/very roomy

  • 5 of 5

This is the third time that I have stayed at this house and have been so pleased each time. It is homey, comfortable, very clean and roomy! Has a lot of special little touches that even make it better! My entire family had a great time! The lighthouse, marina, down town shopping area, restaurants on boats and right by the water, as well as an amazing farmer's market which we visited 2x this week made the whole experience a memorable one. I would highly recommend this house for anyones vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Florissant, MO

We had a fantastic time in South Haven.

  • 5 of 5

My children and their spouses fit comfortably in this incredible house. We are looking forward to next year, same time and place with our two new grandbabies too!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous home in South Haven

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at this home in South Haven! Richard was flexible with our schedule and was extremely easy to work with. We received instructions how to enter the house and were impressed with the home as soon as we walked in. The house was spacious and comfortable with plenty of room for all, the kitchen table accommodated our entire party and the kitchen had everything we needed! We thought that it looked smaller in the pictures so we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of space we had. The bedrooms easily slept all of us and the home was very clean. We walked up to the beach about 6 times over our stay of 2 days and it was an easy, enjoyable walk straight down the street. We walked up for pastries at the brown bread bakery (yummy!) and ate dinner at Clementines. Richard had left plenty of information about great things to do in the area and I wish we had more time to explore everything but the weather was perfect and the beach was calling our name! I would definitely recommend this home to a larger family or group of friends looking for an affordable getaway.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Crete, IL


  • 5 of 5

We booked this home for a girls birthday weekend and it was absolutely perfect. Home was very clean, nicely stocked with towels and kitchen supplies, and conveniently located just 2 blocks from town. Owner was very responsive to all my questions and we look forward to returning next year.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Bangor Michigan
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
I 196/US 31 north of I 94
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
A wide variety of options in downtown S. Haven
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
South Beach near the lighthouse
Car: necessary

The South Haven area is historic as a maritime center. It still offers boaters a great marina setting with docking just a short walk to downtown. The beach is beautiful with a new children's play area and lovely sunsets. There are a variety of recreational opportunities including nearby golf courses, and summer rentals for water sports. The Kal Haven linear State Park is a hiking and biking trail starting from the beach area and proceeding into rural SW Michigan. As a starting point for regional exploring this property is a mile from the highway allowing an interesting visit to the Saugatuck/Douglas and Holland areas.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , First floor Master bedroom w/ en suite bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed , Sleeps four; 1 queen, 1 daybed w/ trundle
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 full-sized bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Sleeps four; 2 twin beds & 1 set of bunk beds
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
A wagon is available for walks around the neighborhood, to the beach, or to the Farmer's Market held on Saturdays during the Summer season.

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