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Classic Cape Cod style 6BR/4.5BA home - Spectacular lake views on 3+ acres

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


About the property

6 bedrooms. 4 1/2 baths sleeps twelve plus Handicapped Accessible.

This home offers the following conveniences - This expansive, open home feels much larger than 3,400 sq. ft. The large windows throughout the house assure that you will never be without a view of Lake Michigan. The décor is family friendly and the home is equipped with all the essentials. This home is barrier free/wheelchair accessible. It is dog friendly with prior approval by owner. Spend your days walking or resting on the 210 feet of private, sandy beach located below the bluff. Or enjoy the 3+ acres of lawn, wild flowers and lush landscaping. The large backyard patio with grill is ideal for enjoying dinner and a glass of wine.

Location: Approximately 8 miles north of St. Joseph, Michigan this house is nearly equal distance to two of Southwestern Michigan’s most favorite beach resort towns and about 2 hours from Chicago.

Keyless entry provides you with a unique entry code during your stay so no one has to share keys.

Basics include: Hotel-style linen and towel service, WIFI access, cable TV, gas grill, microwave, dishwasher, central air conditioning, and 6 off street parking spots.

Bedrooms and bathrooms: On the main floor there is a handicap accessible bedroom with a queen-sized bed and a full bathroom with a walk-in shower. There are two additional bedrooms on the main floor and a full bathroom. Upstairs, the master bedroom is an oasis with a private deck overlooking the lake. In the master bedroom is a king-sized bed and a large bathroom. On the lower level there are 2 bedrooms. One bedroom has a full-sized bed and a twin-sized bed. The second bedroom has 2 twin beds. There is an additional twin-sized bed in the lower level game room and a full bathroom. There is a laundry room on the main floor that also includes a half bathroom.

Kitchen: The large gourmet kitchen features plenty of space for multiple cooks. The kitchen is fully furnished with all the cookware and dishes needed to prepare a picnic or a gourmet meal.

Dining: The dining area has a table that will seat 10 comfortably. There are 4 bar stools at the kitchen counter.

Living room: The great room/kitchen has cozy fireplace, comfy couches and a large screen TV. Adjacent to the living room is an inviting octagonal slate floor family room perfect for reading a book or reflecting on your perfect day.

Unique to this house is the large open floor plan, spacious bedrooms expansive lawn area.

Maximum number of guests is 12 unless arrangements are made at the time of booking. Exceeding the maximum will result in the forfeiture of monies paid and termination of occupancy. Be Our Guest homes are not to be used for any parties or special events.

Pets: Pets are allowed at owner’s discretion. A $100 per dog fee will be charged that is non-refundable.

Sale of Property: Lakeside Vista will be on the market starting in the Spring of 2017. If the home is sold before your rental period, Be Our Guest will do its best to find a suitable substitute from among the properties we manage that is acceptable to you, or refund all monies paid.

Minimum Stay: 7 nights Saturday to Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day

Cleaning Fee: $300

Accidental Damage Protection: $69

Refundable Security Deposit: $500

Michigan Sales Tax: 6%

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Property Manager
Property Manager - Be Our Guest
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

What makes this house unique

This home is perfect for those large families or groups who want a lot of space to spread out and relax. You will enjoy this comfortable spacious home while taking in the panoramic views of Lake Michigan.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We loved our stay at Lakeside Vista. The house was exactly as it was advertised! A lovely home, well equipped kitchen, and all the amenities that we needed. Plenty of room for us to enjoy quality family time, but room to spread out for 'quiet' time, too.

Our family keeps using the term 'perfect' as they describe our vacation. Okay, maybe 94 stairs is not 'perfect', but we knew about that going into it and the beautiful beach was worth it! Actually, the stairs were even better than I imagined, they felt very safe and secure. And having all of the beach supplies (chairs, umbrellas, sand toys and even a grill) down at the beach was perfect!

We thoroughly enjoyed our week and hope to return again!

07/09/2013, JW
Jun 2013
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Benton Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • 1 King, 7 Twin, 3 Full
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • restaurants
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming


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Classic Cape Cod style 6BR/4.5BA home - Spectacular lake views on 3+ acres
average rating of 4.5 based on 5 reviews

Beautiful house!

  • 4 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lakeside Vista. Yes, a few of the things about the house were broken and a bit worn, but the house and yard were wonderful. The steps down to the beach really weren't that big of a deal. My parents especially loved the master suite, on the top floor.

My only real complaint, other than a few broken things, was that there is *no recycling service*, which seems criminal to me. We generated about 2 tons of beer bottles, cans, and plastic which we had to haul to various locations (the plastic went back to Chicago!) to make sure it was recycled.

I did see recycling cans at other houses in the area– just not this one. It just seems like the owner could spend a few more dollars to make sure all of this stuff doesn't go to the landfill. I figure it's the least we can do, for a week of air-conditioned decadence by the lake.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful lakeshore vacation

  • 5 of 5

Great location for beach vacation on Lake Michigan. House was the right size for our extended family of married kids and grandkids. The hammock was coveted by all generations! We ate out on the patio most evenings, the grill was great. The steps down to the beach weren't as bad as we expected from previous review, but we were cautious because of it. There was a storm on our last two days, and all the rocks and driftwood completely changed overnight. Sunsets were amazing. We'll go back if this continues to be a rental next summer! The local nature center and butterfly house was a great activity with the kids (sorry, forget the name of it). We rode our bikes a lot too.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lake Vista Family Summer Vacation July 2017

  • 4 of 5

Nice property with lots of room for large families like ours. Beautiful yard, and it has everything you need in the house for a great vacation. THE VIEW IS AMAZING!!! The house is well appointed, and the management company rep Judy was timely for our arrival and departure. She was friendly and helpful. We were a bit disappointed to not be told about a water situation with the home until our arrival. We felt that should have been communicated prior, as it was a nuisance the entire week. I must say the management company did bring in plenty of bottled water for our use, but it was an inconvenience to have to use bottled water for all cooking, cleaning, and drinking. This also meant we had to supply our own ice all week which also was an inconvenience. We also noticed a few minor things that were in disrepair in the house. The house could also have been cleaner. It was pretty obvious that the cleaning company used does not move furniture. I also had to wash several dishes prior to use. They also only used flat sheets on the beds which made them difficult to keep sheets in place when sleeping. My mother in law was disappointed with this especially when she found a closet with the fitted sheets in it. There were also too many twin beds for our liking. With having older married kids and other couples, more queen/full beds would be better. The stairs to the beach also really need to be addressed. They are treacherous whether wet or dry. It could be a real liability for a future renter. Our family is pretty healthy and fit but even with that my daughter in law who is fit and trim fell on one of the landings between steps because it is far from is very uneven and slants heavily to the right steep decline towards the beach. Better handrails are needed at a minimum! This did not stop us from going to the beach, but it was definitely something we had to take into consideration. Also, with the incline and number of steps, no one older or with any kind of orthopedic issues was or would be able to access the beach. We were aware of the number of steps prior to our vacation, but not the condition of them. The private beach also was nice, BUT had quite a bit of trash laying around. It would have been nicer if it had been cleaner. The fire pit and outdoor areas were great. Lots of shade and the hammock was AWESOME! Overall it was a good property, and a very relaxing vacation. The location to nearby towns was great. Would use again.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad that you enjoyed your family vacation at Lakeside Vista. We hope to see you again. We found out about the water situation the morning of your arrival. A new well pump had been installed and somehow sand got into the system. A filter is being installed. We notified our cleaners of your observation about not moving furniture to clean. Regarding the flat sheets, we use a linen service to be sure that the sheets and towels are sanitized. Unfortunately, there are no linen services in the area that provide fitted sheets. We will pass on your comments about the beach stairs to the owner. They are tilted. Be Our Guest did check the beach for trash the day of your arrival and picked up what was there at the time. We check the beach between guest visits for items left behind and to pick up trash. Thank you for your feedback. It's always appreciated.
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Beautiful property, wonderful trip

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation at Lakeside Vista. The house was clean and well stocked, the rooms were all bigger than expected, and the expansive windows in the living room allowed for a fabulous view of the lake and the sunset each night. We had 10 adults, 2 small children and 2 dogs and there was more than enough room for all. One small thing we would change is that the wifi was placed in the far back corner of the house, so connection was limited. Especially since there is not great cell service in this area, moving the wifi modem to a more centralized location in the house would be helpful. Overall though, we had a great time and would highly recommend this vacation home!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Car: necessary

Very private Lake Michigan home minutes from dining, shopping in St. Joe and golf at Harbor Shores, the Jack Nicklaus signature course. Less than an hour to Notre Dame.

Golf: Minutes from the Jack Nicklaus signature course at Harbor Shores.


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