Send this page to a friend

Thank You

Your message has been sent.

You can send this page to up to five email addresses. Please separate each email address with a comma.

check navigate-up

Jonathan Ball

Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Large Family Cottage On The Shore Of Beautiful Crystal Lake

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Pay with confidence

When you book through the HomeAway checkout, your booking is backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee

Learn more


Northern Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

5 Bedroom, 3 Bath Cottage Sleeps Up To 12, With Private Beach And Dock

Large, 2,700 square foot, year-round cottage on wooded lot that sits on 80' of private frontage on the desirable south shore of Crystal Lake. 5 spacious bedrooms can accommodate up to 12 people in 2 king rooms, 1 queen room, 1 room with 2 doubles, and 1 room with a twin bunk bed. 3 full bathrooms.

Property was purchased by current owner in December 2013 and has been completely renovated with new kitchen appliances and island; new carpeting, laminate, and tile flooring throughout; fresh paint, new light fixtures and window treatments; many new furnishings and all new mattresses. Great Room features a vaulted ceiling, natural cut stone fireplace, and expansive windows facing the lake. Open concept kitchen, dining area and great room are perfect for comfortable entertaining and family gatherings. A screened porch facing the lake off the kitchen offers a relaxing respite. In the fall of 2014, we've added an expansive deck across the front of the house that greatly enhances the outdoor living space, while providing a wonderful vantage point for enjoying the view of the lake. The rest of the front yard is being newly landscaped as well - photos coming soon!

Cottage sits on a large yard with a private, sandy beach located across a low-trafficked street (25 mph speed limit), with a new dock and swim platform. Crystal Lake is an exceptionally clear, spring-fed lake of almost 10,000 acres. The south shore generally features calm waters with a gradual slope that is ideal for wading and swimming for children of all ages. The lake is easily large enough to accommodate boat traffic and is a wonderful place for power boating, sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking. A boat mooring is provided for the use of guests.

1.8 miles to Congregational Summer Assembly. 3 miles to quaint downtown Frankfort, with dining, shopping, and a gorgeous Lake Michigan public beach. Travel 4 miles to Point Betsie Lighthouse and public beach for stunning sunsets, and 5-6 miles to the southern edge of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, voted by Good Morning America viewers as 'Most Beautiful Place in America,' with miles of unspoiled dunes. 17 miles to Crystal Mountain golf and skiing. 18 miles to Arcadia Bluffs, ranked by Golf Digest as America's 10th Best Public Golf Course. 30 miles to Traverse City and year-round activities and events, wineries, dining, and shopping. Hike or bike the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail, a former railroad line now trail running from Frankfort to Thompsonville, partly along Crystal Lake. Or just sit at the end of the dock and enjoy the cool lake breezes!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jonathan Ball (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Jonathan Ball

We're Jon and Kathy Ball, and we grew up vacationing in northwest lower Michigan from our native suburban Detroit. In 1988, we rented our first cottage on Crystal Lake with our toddler son. In 2001, we bought our own place on the south shore, near Beulah. In 2012, with our children grown, we decided to make Crystal Lake our permanent home.

Jonathan Ball purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Jonathan Ball chose Northern Michigan

We had our eye on this property for several years. It's a very roomy cottage in a pleasant location on the lake, but it suffered from a couple of quirky features and needed some attention. In December 2013, we were fortunate enough to be able to acquire the cottage and begin to put our own stamp on it. We've done a number of very substantial renovations over the winter of 2013-14, and we haven't stopped there. In the fall of 2014, we renovated the third bathroom upstairs, added a huge deck across the front of the house, and relandscaped the front yard (photos coming soon).

What makes this cottage unique

We think you'll enjoy the views of the lake from almost every room, the large, open gathering space, the screened porch, and the big deck and yard, and the waterfront.


based on 4 traveler reviews

Large Family Cottage On The Shore Of Beautiful Crystal Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Best Ever Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Our family has been coming up north since i was a kid, our kids have been coming up and now their spouses (1st time to MI for both). We have been to some pretty wonderful places, HI, SC, GA, FL and ME and our newest member thinks that this place was the Best Ever!! This house is so welcoming, open and spacious and private all at the same time. It feels like home and the property has everything you need (towels, sheets and daily products you need) even laundry baskets and suitcase stands in the closets with lots of hangers and hooks for all needs! It is so comfortable and it has such great kitchen to cook in and enjoy a family sit down breakfast and dinner in a large dinning room altogether! There is fresh fish market, fresh eggs down the road from a small farm and farmers market and good grocery stores and markets with local produce, meats and products! Restaurants are available for everyone taste. It is a beautiful setting inside and out of the house and beautiful views all around you. The owners did a great job on the place and are helpful and available if needed. They have put a lot of thought and effort in making this a wonderful house with lakefront beach area, lots of sand and pretty wild flowers around and chairs for relaxing and sunning and having a fire at night with marshmallows and lots of beautiful stars to look at! The dock is perfect for swimming and sunning or just putting your toes in the water! The front yard has a huge deck and a great front and back yard (if you have little ones) and the lake is so perfect for children, shallow and clear. We rented bikes and kayaks for the week, took day trips Riverside canoeing and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore, shopping in Frankfort and Beulah, sunsets at Betsie Point Lighthouse and on the dock at Crystal Lake. This place is relaxing, peaceful, fun and happy, quiet and friendly, its the best of the old and new in one spot! We will be coming back and so will our kids and probably their kids when they have them!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0

Absolutely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family. From the brand new, huge front deck to the perfectly organized kitchen, we had no complaints at all during our stay. This was my 7th time coming to Crystal Lake and by far the best house I've ever rented.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Westerville, Ohio

Great House on Crystal Lake

  • 5 of 5

My family really enjoyed this house. The front porch provides a great location to hang out with really comfortable patio furniture. The interior is very nice with new appliances, comfortable furniture and great amenities (towels, sheets, laundry room) which really gives you a wonderful home away from home experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Wonderful family cottage

  • 5 of 5

My family and I rented this cottage to enjoy beautiful Crystal Lake and be a meeting place for extended family. After the recent renovations, we were delighted to find the house clean, very well stocked, and comfortable. It had a good combination of beds/bedrooms for our purposes. We enjoyed the lake, the beach at Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Frankfort, and Traverse City. Great vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
39 Miles
Traverse City
Car: necessary

6 miles from Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore (22 miles from Visitor Center)


Rates & Availability

Crystal Lake Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall/Winter/Spring 2015-16
Sep 5 2015 - Jun 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
June 2016
Jun 4 2016 - Jun 24 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
July/August 2016
Jun 25 2016 - Aug 12 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
August 2016
Aug 13 2016 - Sep 2 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until confirmed. The initial $100 deposit may be made by electronic transfer or credit card (via PayPal). The remaining payments may be made by check or electronic transfer. Deposits will be refunded 50% if cancelled 90 days or more prior to the check-in date. Deposits are non-refundable after 90 days prior to the check-in date.

A deposit of $100 is required to hold a reservation for up to 7 days, during which we will send you the rental agreement for your review and signature. 50% of the rental charges are due with the rental agreement, and the remaining 50% and damage deposit are due 30 days prior to check-in date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Enter dates to see total
Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , main floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , main floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , second floor
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , main floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , main floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , second floor
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , second floor
    Bedroom 5 - 1 bunk bed , second floor
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Partner Offers

Other Vacation Properties

Contact the Owner

Request to Book

This property requires that you message the owner to complete your booking request.
Enter dates to calculate a quote