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Beach Across The Street

Sleeps13
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13

Union Pier is one of the greatest hidden treasures with close proximity to Chicago. With miles of beaches, dunes, state parks, orchards, vineyards, sight-seeing, casinos, shopping and antiquing, Harbor County has a lot to offer.

With our hectic lifestyles we invite you to join us at our family retreat, a place you can call home.

Our unique home sits directly in front of the beach access with a limited amount of steps to get to the beach.

Surrounded by enormous pine trees, winding sidewalks, outdoor shower to wash off the sand from the beach, custom campfire pit, small pond with a water fall, 2 very large outside decks and another large screened porch/3-season room.

This is the perfect house for extended families with four of the bedrooms downstairs, 3 having their own private baths, and a large loft area with beds, grandparents with their adult children and grandchildren love this arrangement.

The home was originally built as just a 13-bedroom rooming house. It was then renovated with vaulted ceilings, skylights, huge great room, large loft and a custom fireplace. The original transoms on the bedroom doors and wood work add charm to this home. The 3-season room with fans allows one to relax, read or chat. The front wraparound deck has hand carved spindles and is great for watching people walk and bike by. The side deck has 2 tables with umbrellas, an in-line Weber gas grill and a gate so toddlers don't walk off. If you are there for the month of July and August, there are 2 blueberry bushes you can pick from.

More Details

Owner
Dan & Jackie Minaghan
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Dan & Jackie Minaghan

We bought this home to make memories. We have a large family and we love nothing more than to share it with friends.

Dan & Jackie Minaghan purchased this house in 1995

Why Dan & Jackie Minaghan chose Southwest Michigan

Union Pier is close enough to everything. The house is so unique, but what sold us was that the beach was so close. Just grab a beach towel, sunscreen and a drink and off you go. The fact that the steps were not numerous or steep was an added bonus with a landing right there to just sit and watch the sunset if you didn't want to get sand on your feet.

What makes this house unique

We have worked very hard to make this our home away from home. When our grown up children visit they love having their own bathrooms. The older grandchildren love to sleep upstairs and enjoy their private loft area. Whether listening to the waterfall, feeding the fish, making s'mores at the campfire pit, this home will surely fit your vacation needs.

Amenities

Union Pier House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
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 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom with jacuzzi
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , private bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , private bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Views of pond and waterfall
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , This is an 800 square foot open loft, which also has a sofa.
  • 4 bedrooms with queen beds are on the first floor (3 with private baths). The loft has 1 queen bed, 2 twin beds and 1 daybed with additional space in the loft for up to 4 more children. If additional adults wish to stay in the space besides the beds, this must be cleared with Owner or you’ll be subject to additional fees or termination and loss of the security deposit. Additional adults in the loft (not on beds) must be identified up-front with the Owner.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
One of our favorite spots is the fire pit that was made with real old Chicago bricks. Telling spooky stories and roasting marshmallows are one of our families favorite night activities. There is seating for 8 people around this and a special metal cover that goes over it for safety. Beach combing is also one of our favorite activities. We go hunting for crinolines (fossilized vertebrae that look like round stones with holes in the center). These are said to only be found in Union Pier. You can buy them made up in boutiques near by. It seems that everyone loves to collect beach glass, bear claws and drift wood.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

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Beach Across The Street
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews
4

the house is excellently located for getting down to the beach and back conveniently.

  • 4 of 5

Dan, the owner, made it easy for our extended family to enjoy a week at Lake Michigan. He communicated promptly and clearly about details. The house provided abundant space, linens and towels, kitchen gear, and outdoor relaxation areas. We did use the loft for sleeping space for two adults and four children. It would be more comfortable with its own ceiling fan installed and window shades on the west windows. We loved the old house charm and the updated renovations. Large, open living room/kitchen is spacious.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I do agree with this review, and it is great to have guest that respect your home such as these. Since this review I have added a Box Fan to help improve comfort in the loft. Their is however central air and the great room has two large Ceiling Fans and if left on it improves the loft circulation. Like I tell all my guest if you have any question or discomfort please let me or my wife know we are only a phone call away to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable. I look forward to having then back again. Sincerely Dan & Jackie Minaghan
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South Bend, IN
5

Great Lake Michigan Rental

  • 5 of 5

Love this rental: Great location, plenty of room, everything you could possibly need and owners that are so easy to work with!! The beach is so close and easy to get to. We are booking 2018 and that will be our third year at this location!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elmhurst, IL
4

It's a charming home with a lot of living space & family friendly

  • 4 of 5

It was a very roomy house with lots of seating space in The living room and a beautiful dining table that sat many. It came with lots of extras such as chairs, beach towels and sand toys and umbrella. The washer & dryer were very handy. We sat in the hot tub in the evening or made a fire in the pit. The beautiful beach is across the street and was very convenient. We swam a lot & played in the sand and came in the evenings to watch the gorgeous sunset. We loved the house and hope to come back Next Summer. Thank you to the Owners!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Macomb,Il
4

Great week

  • 4 of 5

Our whole family--grandparents, parents, kids--had a great vacation here. The beach was close, the lake was good for swimming, even the youngest enjoyed the sand bar. Warren Dunes is a short drive as is New Buffalo for groceries and restaurants. Dan was very responsive to any questions we had.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Bend, IN
5

Great Week

  • 5 of 5

This lake house was perfect for us. 7 adults and 7 children. The kids loved the loft and proximity to beach was great. Someone was able to go home and have lunch ready before we brought the kids home. Kitchen well stocked.

Did crafts on tables on deck, read on the screened in porch, towels lined the wrap around porch. Owners wonderful to work with and deposit returned very quickly. Fire pit perfect for smores and you could walk to ice cream/gelato shop!! We had a wonderful week. THANK YOU!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect for a large family reunion

  • 5 of 5

This cottage has 4 bathrooms that was a big help with this crowd. We had people from 80 to 9 and all were comfortable. Singing around the fire pit was great as was the hot tub if anyone needed any further relaxing. There is ample seating in the living room and it has a super HD tv for watching the Cubbies.

Short of the lakefront, this location was very handy for beach access being just kitty corner across the street. The owner is great to work with & my damage deposit was returned in days.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Your vacation worries are over when you come to Viltis Gardens or otherwise known as Gardens of Hope.

Union Pier is one of the treasures hidden with close proximity to Chicago. With miles of beaches, dunes, state parks, orchards, sight-seeing, casinos, shopping and antiquing Harbor County has a lot to offer.

With our hectic life styles we invite you to join us at our family retreat a place you can call home. There are sp,ay

You will absolutely love how close you are to the beach. Just walk out the door, cross the street and walk down to the beach. This is the perfect house for extended families. With four of the bedrooms downstairs, 3 having their own private baths, grandparents with their adult children and grandchildren love this arrangement.

The home was originally built as just a 13 bedroom rooming house. It was renovated with vaulted ceiling, 13 skylights, huge great room, and custom fireplace. The original transoms on the bedroom doors and wood work add charm to this home. The 3 season room with fans allows one to relax, read or chat. The front wraparound deck has hand carved spindles and is great for watching people walk and bike by. The side deck has 2 tables with umbrellas, an in-line gas grill and a gate so toddlers don't walk off. Included in the yard are a small koi pond with a waterfall and a custom fire pit with seating for 8. If you are there for the month of July and August there are 2 blueberry bushes you can pick from.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Damage Deposit $500

During the Summer season we rent Friday to Friday only.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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