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Magician Lakefront Home - incredible sunsets!

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps 10 people maximum

Our house is comfortable and welcoming. This two story home has 5 bedrooms to sleep 10. The bedroom configuration is as follows:

Bedroom 1: Main level - queen

Bedroom 2: Main level - 2 twin (new beds and mattresses - 2016)

Bedroom 3: Main level - 2 twin (new beds and mattresses - 2016)

Bedroom 4: Upper level - king (new mattress - 2016)

Bedroom 5: Upper level - queen (new mattress - 2016)

Bed linens are provided

2 full baths:

Main level - with tub / shower

Upper level - with shower stall

Bathroom towels are provided.

A fully equipped kitchen, three season porch and large living room with a gas fireplace.

Outside we have a large deck with table and chairs and a gas grill. There is also a firepit located near the lakeshore.

More Details

Joan Smith / Beth Griesbaum
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 10, 2017

About Joan Smith / Beth Griesbaum

Our family has owned this property since 1992. It started as a ranch, but we completely renovated the house around 2000 adding a second floor. The property was purchased so that we could spend time together as a family, and we enjoy getting together there and having extended family for cookouts in the summer.

Joan Smith / Beth Griesbaum purchased this cottage in 1992

Why Joan Smith / Beth Griesbaum chose Dowagiac

Our father grew up going to his grandparents lake house in Sister Lakes and always wanted to have his own lake property to spend time with family.

What makes this cottage unique

Much thought went into selecting this property. Location was key. We wanted the shore to be accessible without having to use stairs to get to the lake. We installed a circular patio with fire pit near the lake early on, and enjoy spending time around the fire in the evenings.

The water is shallow and clear, and the lake has a sandy bottom on this side of the lake. It's great for kids to be able to play in. The sunsets are spectacular.


Nearest Airport
37 Miles
South Bend, Indiana
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Dowagiac, Michigan
Nearest Beach
23 Miles
Saint Joseph, Michigan
Car: necessary

Magician Lake is a 500 acre springfed sport lake, one of several in the Sister Lakes area near Dowagiac. We are located on the East shore for wonderful sunsets and a shallow sandy beach.

The area is noted for it's fruit growing and depending on the seasons there are fresh fruit and vegetable markets. In keeping with the rich fruit growing tradition, there are also many local wineries to explore.

Dowagiac is near by (10 miles) with quaint shops, old fashioned ice cream parlor and several restaurants. Just 3 miles away is an old fashioned drive-in theatre. We are 22 miles from the the new Jack Nicholas designed Harbor Shores golf club (Benton Harbor) home of the 2014 Senior PGA Championship. There are also several golf courses nearby. Saint Joseph is also 22 miles from the lake house and boasts the highly rated Silver Beach county park, antique stores, boutiques, ice cream shoppes and children's museum. The new Four Winds Hartford Casino is 15 miles away.

A new microbrewery is scheduled to open in the summer of 2016. More information is available here:

There are two marinas/boat shops near by for boat rentals.


Dowagiac Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Towels included.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
  • All bed linens included.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Wood Deck
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Magician Lakefront Home - incredible sunsets!
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

fabulous retreat

  • 5 of 5

This place is perfect for a large family, The pictures do not do it justice, the rooms were beautifully decorated and roomy. The kitchen was well equipped, it even has 2 refrigerators. The best part is the shady front with a nice firepit (which we used every night), and the sandy swim area for small children was a huge plus. We rented a pontoon from Midway Marina to add to our enjoyment of fishing and tubing. Joann is a wonderful hostess providing us with maps and info on the area. Went to the wineries (Lemon Creek, Round Barn) and into St. Joe's for the day..the kids loved the splash pad, carousel, and silver beach. The neighbors are extremely friendly and fun to talk to. I would highly recommend this house to anyone, it worked great for my children and grandchildren, but it would be a wonderful place to rent with a bunch of adults.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100

No Prom Groups/No Graduation Groups/No Pets/No Smoking (receptacles provided outside)

Cleaning: $100.

• Reservation Deposit of $1000 is due at time of booking, final payment less deposit is due 14 days prior to arrival. Deposit will be fully refunded if a cancellation is received 60 days prior to arrival date

• A $500 security deposit is due on arrival. Deposit will be refunded within a week after rental is vacated (if no damage or excessive cleaning).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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