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Nick Koenigsknecht

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english

Beautiful Elk Lake Home 15 Min From Traverse! Newly Renovated, Sleeps 17 In Beds

3 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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6 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, 3,200 Sq Ft., Beach, Dock, Great Yard, Kids Playset

Elk Lake is one of the premier lakes in the Midwest. Torch gets all of the press, but ask the locals and most say they prefer Elk Lake for its quietness and charm. There are 12 sq. miles of beautiful aqua blue water to explore on Elk Lake. If that is not enough, you can head up the chain of lakes to Skegemog, Torch, Clam, or Bellaire Lake.

This home is located on the southern shore of the lake. The entire lake bottom is sandy and the water gradually drops off on the southern end. You can walk out about 100 yards before the water is over your head. One of the better panfishing spots on the lake is only about 150 yds from the dock.

The lakeside deck is covered and runs along most of the length of the house. A gas grill is adjacent to the deck. There is a picnic table and chairs for everyone to escape from the sun if need be. A large fire pit is lakeside to relax at during the evening and take in all of the stars.

The home was renovated in 2006 and now has 6 well appointed bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a dining room, and two living areas.

The lower level features a master suite that looks out onto the lake and a kitchen with granite countertops and a commercial Jenn Air Range. The dining room off the kitchen seats 8. Additional seating for meals is available at the breakfast booth in the kitchen, upstairs at the game table, and outside at the picnic table. Also on the lower level is a guest bedroom with an attached full bath, a living area, and french doors leading out onto the large covered porch lakeside.

The second story has 4 bedrooms (one is a bunk room that sleeps 8), 1.5 baths, a living area, and a game table overlooking the lake.

The lakeside yard is grassy, with plenty of room for bocce, croquet, and kids to play. The road side of the house has a second large covered porch. There is a play-set complete with swings and a slide in this part of the yard.

There is a boat ramp less then a mile away that you have access to.

The home is heated and cooled with forced air.

Please see links under owner info. for additional videos of the house.

Thanks for looking and please feel free to send us an email if you have any questions.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Nick Koenigsknecht (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english

About Nick Koenigsknecht

This home is owned by myself, my brother and our wives. It was purchased jointly as a vacation home for our families in 2011 and has been thoroughly enjoyed over the last couple years.

Nick Koenigsknecht purchased this house in 2011

Why Nick Koenigsknecht chose Northern Michigan

We reside in the mid-Michigan area and wanted a home under a 3 hour drive, on a beautiful lake, and close to abundant activities. After an exhausting search of lakes and homes we unanimously decided Elk Lake was the place for us, specifically the southern end of Elk.

What makes this house unique

Ideal Location:

Under 3 hours from Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Flint. Only 15 minutes to Traverse, Kalkaska and Elk Rapids.

Room For All:

This home can comfortably accommodate 17 people in beds - the most of any home on VRBO on Elk Lake. With two separate living rooms it is perfect for large families - send the kids upstairs while the adults relax downstairs.


based on 3 traveler reviews

Beautiful Elk Lake Home 15 Min From Traverse! Newly Renovated, Sleeps 17 In Beds
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time here! The home was absolutely beautiful and accommodated our group of 12 perfectly! We would definitely come back here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tempe, Arizona

Fantastic Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for the perfect place to accommodate 3 families for a family reunion/trip down memory lane. We used to go to Elk Lake every summer as kids, and I had not been there for 30 years. We found the perfect place on 'Miami Beach' at Elk Lake. The kids (ages 7 - 17) and adults all enjoyed their stay tremendously. The 'small' girls loved hanging in their 'bunk room'. The teenage boys were happy to have their own room. I was 'concerned' there was not a dining room (did not see one in the photos), but there is. The 'chef' in the group loved the kitchen and prepared many fantastic meals for the gang. Having access to kayaks was a bonus. We had planned to do some 'sightseeing' trips to Mackinaw and Sleeping Bear; however, we were enjoying just playing around the property, that we never made it there. We took 2 boat trips to Torch Lake (60 minutes by boat), those were very enjoyable. Jonathan was very accommodating about answering all my silly questions. I have rented a few properties on VRBO, and this was definitely my favorite. Thank you very much!!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Elk Lake Gem

  • 5 of 5

Awesome weekend up north with our extended family in this great rental on Elk Lake. The house was beautiful, slept 17 comfortably, very clean, and well stocked. Close to many activities in Elk Rapids (10 min) and Traverse (15 min). Groceries nearby, rented a pontoon from Elk Lake Marina, and paddle boards from Adventure Rental. Mission peninsula and wineries were great. The sunsets and sunrises were stunning. Beautiful sandy bottom beach, boat launch nearby, and quiet/calm waters on the south side of the lake. In a word…TERRIFIC. We will definitely be renting this place again.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14.5 Miles
Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Turtle Creek Casino
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
M 72
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Turtle Creek Casino
Nearest Ski
11 Miles
Holiday Hills
Nearest Beach
Car: recommended

This beautiful lake home is 15 minutes from both Traverse City and Elk Rapids. World class wineries, golf, gambling and restaurants are all only a short drive away. If you are ambitious you can even ride a bike on the TART (Traverse area recreational trail) into town. This area is a mecca for outdoor activities from biking, to hiking, to cross country skiing, to horseback riding - it is all within minutes. And of course the Traverse City Cherry Festival and Elk Rapids Harbour Days are always wonderful events to enjoy with the family during the summer.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
July 4th Week
Jul 1 2016 - Jul 8 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
July 2016
Jul 17 2016 - Jul 24 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000

Summer rental is in 7 day increments only. Flat fee pricing includes taxes and cleaning. A $1,000.00 damage deposit is additional and will be collected 30 days prior to arrival. Weeks will not be held until a down payment of 25% is made. The down payment is refundable (minus $275 booking fee) up to 60 days prior to arrival, after 60 days it will not be refunded - no exceptions.

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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master suite has a dual vanity
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Dual Vanity in the upstairs full bathroom
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 2 bunk bed , Bunk Beds are twin over full style (sleep three in each)
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • 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:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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