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Walk to the Beach/Sandbar in under 3 Minutes!!

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights

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4 Bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, Sleeps 9

Situated across the road from Torch Lake this house offers the perfect getaway with 2 public beach/sandbar accesses conveniently located less than a 3 minute walk down the road. This vacation home is just minutes away from downtown Alden (2.3 miles) and Elk Rapids (13 miles).

The house was renovated in the spring of 2013, and the upstairs rooms were added during the summer of 2014. The vacation home includes a full kitchen, with stove, oven, dishwasher, and microwave. Next to the kitchen is a dining area that seats up to 9 people. There is also a laundry room with washer and dryer. The master bedroom, at the back of the house, includes a King sized bed and television, there is a walk-in closet and master bathroom attached. A second bedroom offers a closet and a twin-over-full wooden bunk bed. The half bath is located across from the second bedroom. The living room, in the front of the house, gives you a view of the lake. Out the living room door there is a covered porch with lake and pond views. The upstairs offers two more bedrooms, one full bath and a kitchenette with compact fridge, microwave and coffee maker. The woods bedroom towards the back of the house has a queen size bed and a 42' smart TV. The lake view room with Torch Lake views offers a full bed and a cozy reading nook.

A charming pond with water lilies is located in front of the house. But perhaps the best part of the house is outback. There is a romantic fire pit with rustic log seating located out the backdoor. The fire pit is the perfect place for s'mores, camp songs, and ghost stories. A grill is provided for cookouts. The backyard leads right into the forest behind the house. The forest offers miles of trails to explore.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Christian Stoldt (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english, german


based on 12 traveler reviews

Walk to the Beach/Sandbar in under 3 Minutes!!
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews

spacious and clean

  • 3 of 5

the sign on the front door is less than welcoming, really? I have to take off my shoes before entering the house? I just drove several hours, have a car to unpack and spent a fair amount of money to rent for 1 week, and the first thing I see is "take off your shoes" This continues in the house: notes in the bathrooms, a note on the grill that threatens to charge me $50.00 if I dont clean it! The instructions for leaving were also strange: leave 1 towel per guest, The last night was spent scrambling to have it in the order as required by the book. Suggestions: supply a pitcher for the kitchen, we like to make ice tea and sangria, had to run out to buy a pitcher, the couches need to be replaced (long past their prime) the pillows need to be replaced (long past being comfortable) decent tongs for the kitchen and grill, why is the grill in a dirt patch out back?? makes no sense, the garage was awesome for playing, but the mildew smell forced us to keep at least one garage door open. The house was clean and spacious, but it is the little things that count too. I understand there may have been previous tenants that left things in disarray, but don't punish future customers for others' mistakes, that is the inherent risk you take when you decide to rent a house.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your feedback as we strive to make it a pleasant stay for all of our guests. We are very sorry that you didn't feel comfortable with our house rules. We feel that the rules ensure that all of our future guests have the best experience possible. We take great pride in our home and were confused by the comment about the couches, as they were purchased new only two years ago. We were also unable to detect any mildew smell in the garage and have never had anyone mention this to us. Regarding the grill location, most guests seem to enjoy having it next to the fire pit/seating area in the wooded back yard, but any guest is welcome to move it. Thank you for your suggestion to add a pitcher to the kitchen, we added one right away! Again, we are very sorry that we were unable to meet all of your expectations.
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Beautiful home, great location

  • 5 of 5

Many memories were made this week. Loved the welcoming greeting card and smore supplies. The cottage was clean and comfortable. We didnt want to leave! The owners were friendly and very helpful. Looking forward to a return visit in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alden, MI

Family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleased with the house. It was very well planned out. The game room was high on everyone's list.

Want to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Very nice place

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

What a great experience for our families. We loved the place and the torch lake area. The house was just great for all of us with plenty of room for everyone and all the amenities. The rec room came in very handy on our rainy mornings and I think my kids enjoyed that just as much as the lake and the areas we visited. Thanks for everything!!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Thomas, KY

A great vacation house.

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean and simple. The owners were courteous, responsive, and helpful. The layout of house was nice with an open floor plan. Fantastic backyard with great trails for hiking, exploring, jogging. The game room/huge garage was fun (Though the weather was perfect the entire time, so we were usually outside). Well stocked kitchen. This was an awesome vacation rental with everything you could want. The town was absolutely adorable, and the lake is gorgeous. Please note: Though it is a close walk to the 2 extremely small public access beaches, you cannot really see Lake Views from the house, of note if that is something that is important to you.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport, Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
2.3 Miles
Alden Bar & Grille
Nearest Restaurant
1.8 Miles
Torch Riviera
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Schuss Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Birch Street Public Access
Car: necessary

Torch Lake (known as the 3rd most beautiful lake in the world) offers endless opportunities. Two public accesses are located a 2-3 minute walk down the road. With sandy bottom and shallow water extending hundreds of feet into the lake, Torch is the perfect place for kids to enjoy the water. Kids will love the endless sand and will never want to leave. The house is located 1.5 miles down the road from the famous Torch Lake Sandbar. The sandbar is extremely shallow (about 2-3 feet deep). The sandbar is a VERY popular spot to park your boat, swim, play water volleyball, and party with friends. With its crystal clear water, that rivals that of the Caribbean, Torch Lake is perfect for swimming, boating, waterskiing, jet skiing, tubing, windsurfing, and relaxing.

Up the lake the small town of Alden can be found (reachable by car or boat). Alden is a secret gem that offers little shops and restaurants all within walking distance. Alden also includes a playground with several tennis courts. Stroll down the street of Alden on a warm summer day and enjoy the live entertainment during the Alden Strolls. Don’t forget to grab some ice cream from Higgens Store (Voted Best Ice Cream Shop). The kids will love the GIANT Superman ice cream cones!

Grocery shopping is also conveniently located just 1 mile away. The Village Market carries everything one might desire on a trip including all the ingredients needed to make smores!

Drive (or boat) on over to Elk Rapids for Harbor Days (July31- August 3). Harbor Days was voted best small town festival by MyNorth Media. You can come and stroll down main street Elk Rapids, or be a bit more adventurous and try your hand at the Paddleboard World Championships held every year. Kids will love the carnival rides and cotton candy alike, and cherish these memories for years to come.

Traverse City is located 25 miles southwest of the house. Traverse City is home to the National Cherry Festival (June 28- July 6) which offers boatloads of entertainment. The festival includes activities from children and adults, and a finale firework.

There are three boat ramps within 3 miles of the house; making it a boater’s paradise. There are also several golf courses within the area. 2 public accesses are conveniently located less than a 3 minute walk down the road.


Rates & Availability

Alden House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 6 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - May 15 2017
30 night minimum stay
May 16 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
4th of July week 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

Winter rate does not include utilities.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    2nd Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Kids Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Twin-Over-Full Wooden Bunk Bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , walk-in closet and bathroom attached
    Woods room upstairs - 1 queen
    Lakeview room upstairs - 1 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
House includes a charming pond with frogs and waterlilies.

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