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Lake Michigan Beach House Near Leland, Northport Michigan

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8 MAX, NO EXCEPTIONS)

Each and every year you'll find updates in this home, including AIR CONDITIONING a couple of years ago! The entire main floor original hardwood floors have been replaced with a beautiful oak. The upstairs bath has been revamped with a larger custom tile shower with a built in seat. A new window in that bath also allows for great natural light. The kitchen counters have been upgraded to granite. The bath floors have been upgraded to ceramic tile. We have replaced all the appliances in the kitchen to stainless finishes. Also new several seasons ago is the addition of an upper-level deck added off of the master bedroom off the master bedroom. The wooden walkways take you all the way to the beach! We want our home to be the best rental available!

Situated right on Cathead Bay (Lake Michigan) facing west, this beautiful family friendly beach house features four bedrooms and two baths. One bedroom and one bath are on the first floor for those not wishing to use stairs. The large deck allows for unbelievable Lake Michigan sunset views over North Manitou, North Fox and South Fox Islands. Lots of deck furniture, and part of the lower deck is covered so you can escape the sun if you wish. This home is impeccably maintained.

The beach house is located near the tip of the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula. A nice walk to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, and a short drive to unique shopping and dining in the villages of Leland, Suttons Bay, Omena, and Northport. Casino is about 30 minutes away. Traverse City is about a 45 minute drive.

A fantastic setting with state dunes land surrounding the homes on this beach. The dunes offer great hiking opportunities with unbelievable views from the top. The kids will love the dunes! Private beach is pristine and sandy and great for swimming, perfect for kids. Note that the width of the beach can change from season to season with the water levels of Lake Michigan. The area is ideal for hiking or biking, or just plain sitting and relaxing. Absolutely no smoking and no pets and please note that the guest limit in our home is 8, regardless of age.

Many of our guests have rented from us every summer for close to 15 years, with some staying two or even three weeks every summer! Any of them would welcome your call for a reference on our home. THANK YOU!

Keywords: Beach House

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 1, 2018

About The Owner

Greatest spot in Northern Michigan!

The Owner purchased this house in 1998

Why The Owner chose Northport

Easy choice....just look at the surroundings....Lake Michigan, sand dunes, sun, beach.....

What makes this house unique

Peace. Unbeatable views, relaxation. Turn your cell off and take in the beach and scenery.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for our "home away from home". It really is paradise for us. Some day, we have to live here--forever! The connection of family time up here is unsurpassed: it's beautiful! The memories we've collected are all thanks to you and your generosity. To us, there's no other place like this in the world. What a privilege. We're coming back here next year 'cuz we can't wait. So here's to another great vacation: Thanks from the bottom of our hearts!
Jun 2008
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Northport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both have ceramic tile flooring. One is on the upper level, one on the main level. Lower level has a tub/shower combination. Upper level has a custom tile shower with built in seat.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • Queen Size Beds (3), Double/Full (1), Twin/Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
No Pets, No Smoking. Guest limit of 8, regardless of age.


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Lake Michigan Beach House Near Leland, Northport Michigan
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We found this perfect vacation home & fell in LOVE!!! The house is immaculate, comes with everything you would ever need. The location is gorgeous, great beach, beautiful sunsets......There are not many things as peaceful as going to bed with the sound of the waves lapping the shore. The house is comfortable & welcoming. Jeff & Carrie were also very attentive to our needs.

Close to lots of fun towns, Northport, Leland, Sutton's Bay, Glen Arbor, Sleeping Bear Dunes, etc. Northport is a great little town a short drive from the house, nice town park with sand volleyball court, marina, playground & Farmers Market. Be sure to try the cinnamon rolls at Barb's Bakery!!!

Would love to make this a vacation tradition for our family.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Idyllic Lake Michigan beach house

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this house every summer since 2011, and spending a week at Cathead Bay is now a family tradition. The house is located in an idyllic spot: right on the beach in a very quiet and beautiful part of Lake Michigan. You can walk for hours on the beach and only run into a few people... but you may spot piping plovers and find Petosky stones along the way. We always rent some paddle boards and kayaks for some water fun, and make a number of trip to Barb's Bakery in Northport for breakfast treats. The house is clean, spacious and well maintained, and Jeff and Carrie will do everything they can to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

We have rented from Jeff & Carrie for 12 going on 13 years, for 2 weeks each summer, which pretty much says it all. However, all of the photos and the video that you see here accurately represent this home's absolutely pristine condition. Each year there is something new that has been done to update the cottage and/or to make it more convenient and comfortable. You simply will not find better, more attentive rental owners, or nicer people, than Jeff & Carrie. They truly want your vacation experience in their home to be impeccable.

Cathead Bay is a place to take yourself off of "the grid" and get away from it all. Though there is a television, we choose not to turn it on. We walk, swim, kayak, hike, bike, read, play games, and totally get away from all of the distractions of daily life. Over the years we have seen many types of wildlife, especially birds, including blue herons and eagles. We have been vacationing here for over 20 years in total, since our children were very small. It continues to call us back each summer, and we find that our two weeks go by way too fast. One of our favorite restaurants is Riverside Inn, in Leeland. We have rarely had a meal that was less than wonderful there, and the food is upscale. For burgers, Knot Just A Bar in Omena is great. There are any number of vineyards on the Peninsula for wine tasting, little shops in Northport, Sutton's Bay, Omena and Leeland are great for shopping and browsing, and art galleries are always interesting. Stop in Joppich's Bay Street Gallery in Northport to see what is showing this year.

If you want to get away from it all, but still have the comforts of home, this is the place to do it.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Woolsey "International" Airport
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Leland (to Manitou Island)
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
175 Miles
Grand Rapids ??
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
25 Metres
Cathead Bay
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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