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Featured in Coastal Living Magazine After a day at the beach enjoy the outdoor shower and shady deck area. Viiew from the road at back of home. View from dune overlooking Sandbox Lake is opposite direction All the charm of a Lakeside cottage but everything is new!!! Views of  frontal dunes by cottage-beyond miles of Lake MI beach. Photo taken before trees had their leaves. Shifting, ever changing landscape Life Guard chair from South Beach, So. Haven, MI South Haven Light house approx 3 miles North of the Sandbox

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Last updated: 04/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

South Haven cottage description

A chance to cure your Nature Deficit Disorder at the 'Sandbox' a newer home fully air conditioned and heated . Very private and secluded located right next to State Park and surrounded by county land.You can walk to the Van Buren State Park, North Point Conservation area + Van Buren Bike/hiking trails. Experience the natural wonder of the MI dunes at your front door. Miles of Lake Michigan frontage located over the dunes in front of the Sandbox.Even when the wind is howling and the rain slashing, the dunes are stunningly beautiful.

They rise from the beach and run toward the interior in increasingly higher peaks and end at the Sandbox. Area is similiar to the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District(Cape Cod) created to protect not only the homes but also the way of life they enabled. The cottages at Peaked Hill attracted playwrights Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, and novelist Jack Kerouac all seeking space, solitude and beauty. These days you don't have to be an artist to enjoy the Sandbox-you just have to be lucky.

There are no concession stands here or noisey neighbors. Some come alone, others come with family and friends. Some come to write, paint, take pictures,others to heal, to think, to clear their heads, or to just enjoy a week by the Lake in a different latitude. Whatever they do here, whatever their reason for coming, the tracks they make should be their own!

One Bath plus an Outdoor shower( summer use )and wrap-around decks to enjoy the abundance of wildlife attracted to the Lake Michigan shoreline and the surrounding woods. View the deer, birds, fox and the famous 'Black Squirrels of South Haven.' Outdoor firepit located in the shadow of the frontal dune for privacy and seclusion.

This is a year round house available all year. It is an experience that few people have the opportunity to enjoy. Located in the 'Critical Dunes' section of the shoreline of Lake Michigan protected from developers. Home is just as spectacular in the winter as in the summer.Don't just rent a summer cottage-this is a pristine area to be preserved for generations to come.
A wonderful opportunity for someone seeking to experience childhood memories of the shores of Lake MI and the thrill of the ever changing wonder of the dunes. Not your 'typical' rental cottage. Learn what 'true' beach living is all about you are part of it!! Forget having to 'share' the beach, go hiking or skiing over magnificent ever-changing dunes with Lake Michigan and crystal-clear skies as your backdrop.

The 'Sandbox' will enable you to enjoy an area that has been saved for future generations. Sit on your deck in the privacy of your own dune and watch the children play in your front yard. No worry about automobile traffic at the Sandbox, road deadends at the dune where it is located. The dune is active and is always recreating a new dunescape. Your neighbors are the shifting, whispering sands!

Ideal for that romantic weekend get-away or a place to forget about the stresses of everyday life. Your closest neighbor is a magnificent dune!

Access to beach thru private wooded trails or hike thru dune area.
. NO STAIR ACCESS! Private community and private access for those living in and around the
shoreline.

'These dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Az-once lost, the loss will be irrevocable' Carl Sandburg

Borders the proposed West Michigan Water Trail- bring your non-motorized water craft and head North to Ludington or South to New Buffalo along the beautiful shoreline. Pilgrim haven Recreational Area North along the beach soon to become an incredible outdoor space highlighting this scenic area.

Sorry, NO PETS & NO SMOKING ALLOWED.

Need something large see listing#221441(South Beach+Kids
Corner)


Keywords: Lake Michigan Dune Property

Property Type

      • Cottage

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Microwave
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Refrigerator
          • Kitchen
          • Dishwasher

          Amenities

          • Linens Provided:

            Bed linens only BEACH AND BATHING TOWELS NOT PROVIDED....moreless

          • Air Conditioning
          • Parking Off Street
          • Babysitter
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer

          Other Amenities

              • Central air conditioning and heat, No Pets, Due to dune access to Lake-home may not be suitable for the physically challenged, elderly or very young children. $100.00 extra housekeeping charge if home not left in good condition. $100.00 late check out fee.BEACH AND BATHING TOWELS NOT PROVIDED, PAPERGOODS NOT PROVIDED....moreless

              Entertainment

              • DVD Player
              • VCR
              • Satellite / Cable

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio
              • Outdoor Grill

              Location & View

              • Lakefront:

                Lake over the dune in front of home....moreless

              • Waterfront
              • Beach View

              Car

                  • Recommended

                  Activities

                  • Fitness Center
                  • Medical Services
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Hunting Big Game
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Groceries
                  • Laundromat
                  • Hospital
                  • Swimming
                  • Golf
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Hiking
                  • Sailing
                  • Cycling
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Kayaking
                  • Fishing
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Live Theater
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Restaurants
                  • Cinemas
                  • Museums
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Library
                  • Churches
                  • Marina
                  • Water Parks
                  • Playground
                  • Boating
                  • Shopping
                  • Sledding
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Antiquing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Scenic Drives

                  Other Activities

                      • Borders West Michigan proposed Water Trail for non motorized crafts & Pilgrim Haven Recreational site currently under development...moreless
                       

                      Reviews

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                      • This is a must stay property

                        This is a must stay property

                        • Guest car girl (michigan)
                        • Date of stay 08/05/12
                        • Review Submitted 08/13/12
                        This property is just beautiful and very well kept. The dunes were much larger than we imagined, but my young sons were able to climb to the top without an issue. There is also a small nearby beach that was a great alternative if we choose not to climb the dune. The location is perfect if you are looking for a quiet retreat, but is also closely located to downtown South Haven. The owner was wonderful and very helpful during our stay. We would highly recommend this property.

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                      • PERFECT GETAWAY-WONDERFUL DUNES!!

                        PERFECT GETAWAY-WONDERFUL DUNES!!

                        • Guest Lynn (Oglesby, IL)
                        • Date of stay 07/05/12
                        • Review Submitted 07/10/12
                        Our family truly enjoyed the Sandbox! Although the dune was intimidating at first, we all were up and down it several times. We did use the easier access to the beach a few times too! Our son enjoyed 'sand boarding' down the dune!-Who would of thought?! The location is perfect. Close to Public Beaches, shops, blueberry picking and much more! The sand was quite hot and the beach a bit rocky, so beach shoes are recommended. The sunsets are beautiful from on top of the dunes. A perfect location for many pictures. The house had everything we needed. We definitely would like to visit the Sandbox again!

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                      • Perfect Family Vacation Spot

                        Perfect Family Vacation Spot

                        • Guest Baiqi (Rochester, MI)
                        • Date of stay 04/02/12
                        • Review Submitted 04/07/12
                        We LOVED this vacation house. The owners were fantastic -- super easy to work with, quick to respond to email, and patient with my abundant questions. The house is cute, very clean, and in a wonderful location right at the base of a gigantic sand dune. Our kids (ages 7, 9 & 10) said this was their favorite vacation ever! They had a great time climbing on the dunes and playing on the beach. Be warned, though, the dune is tough to climb. SUPER FUN, but tough. That said, the view from the top is so worth the effort to get there!!! I took some amazing photos from the top of the dunes! We are the kind of family who likes to get away from the crowds when we are on vacation and this was a wonderful place to achieve that goal. Although we could see some of the neighboring houses we never saw the neighbors. The beach was all but deserted. We LOVED it. And, for when we wanted to re-join society, we were only a short drive from town and all of the restaurants and activities that South Haven has to offer. We'd recommend Maria's and Clementine's for lunch and dinner. They were both yummy -- our kids loved the Root Beer menu at Maria's. I would say that the listing is accurate. Two bedrooms, bath, kitchen, and living room. The only misunderstanding that we had was that I read the listing to say that the house has three beds (a queen, double, and bunk bed) but it's actually only two beds: A queen bed in the master bedroom and a double/bunk bed (double sized bed on the bottom and twin on top) in the second room. This was not what we were expecting but the listing could be read both ways. Plus, it didn't bother us at all -- two kids fit fine on the bottom bunk. We will certainly be renting this house again in the future. No question about it. It was fantastic. You should try it, too. Don't forget to pack your camera and a comfy pair of shoes!

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers.

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                      • Beautiful setting; difficult beach access

                        Beautiful setting; difficult beach access

                        • Guest Ohiogal (Dublin, Ohio)
                        • Date of stay 07/06/11
                        • Review Submitted 08/01/11
                        Beautiful setting. A word of caution, however. The dunes are quite difficult to climb. No easy access. We did use a sled to carry things to the beach but hard to pull with extra weight going straight uphill. Definitely need water shoes as the sand gets quite hot during the day. Once you make it, the view and beach are spectacular. We hiked on our hands and knees one night to sit at the top of the dune and watch the shooting stars. Gorgeous! That said, I think the only way we'd return is with an ATV (which is what all the 'locals' seem to use for beach access). The beach house is attractively done, especially the stone fireplace. Must have missed reading the listing carefully -- no bath towels and very few condiments, etc provided. Not a big deal but we did have to go and find a Walmart. Was quite easy to work with the owners...

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                      • Pictures do NOT do this amazing Sand Box justice!!

                        Pictures do NOT do this amazing Sand Box justice!!

                        • Guest Julie N. (Mooresville, IN USA)
                        • Date of stay 07/19/11
                        • Review Submitted 07/24/11
                        I just wanted to let you know what a FANTASTIC time we had at your Sandbox! All 3 kids (ages 7-14) were begging to come back again and we hadn't even left yet! Usually I am ready to go home after a vacation, but not this time. What a cozy house in a very cozy and peaceful spot! Your place is definitely a jewel! We had a ball on the dune, a little too tough for me to tame going up (everyone else made it), but down the side path to the north, I was able to make it fine - 2nd time was even easier. We did come up that way by the house from the beach side, then down it to the house... so got some great shots from up top and a pano video! WOW what a view! Sunsets are breathtaking!! We hit 2 different beaches too (of which we drove) which provided different views and awesome beaches w/ amazing rocks! Also took a ride on the Friends Good Will ship, which was icing on top of the very awesome cake! Unfortunately, it was a bit too warm to use the fire pit, but we still sat around it as the kids had a blast sliding down the big dune until dark! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful place with us!! We do hope to be back again, sooner than later!! Our 5 days could not have gone any better, rain didn't stop us!! What a great area, what a great place and you by far are a great host!! Thank you for putting up w/ all my questions and especially responding in a very speedy manner! Hope our paths cross again, and soon!! Julie and Family

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers.

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                      • cosy cottage

                        cosy cottage

                        • Guest steve (Evanston)
                        • Date of stay 05/13/11
                        • Review Submitted 05/17/11
                        Nice and cosy cottage, clean and well equipped. Litterally, immediate access to the dunes. Renters friendly and easygoing. At first sight, not the kind of neighborhood you'ld expect around South Haven however, but there really ain't no problem. I'ld clearly recomment this property.

                        Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children.

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                      • OUR NEW FAVORITE GET-AWAY!

                        OUR NEW FAVORITE GET-AWAY!

                        • Guest Femily Reunion (Andover, MA)
                        • Date of stay 07/16/10
                        • Review Submitted 08/12/10
                        My mother, my sister, my 9-year old son and I stayed at the Sand Box for a week this summer, and it was beyond our expectations. The house itself is cozy and welcoming, with beach-themed decorations adorning the walls and shelves. Our routine every day was coffee and a relaxed breakfast out on the deck overlooking the dunes, then climbing the dunes and swimming in Lake Michigan all day, then showers and cozy clothes for dinner on the deck. One night we made individual pizzas over the fire pit. Our favorite features: the wraparound deck with comfortable furniture and lovely views; our essentially private beachfront; the temperature of the Lake, which was surprisingly not-cold; and of course, the dunes, especially the spectacular view from the top. We will definitely be back!

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway, tourists without a car.

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                      • Great Place

                        Great Place

                        • Guest Momof2 (Fort Wayne, IN)
                        • Date of stay 07/06/10
                        • Review Submitted 07/12/10
                        This place was really cool. A little outside of town, but we managed to ride our bikes into town, which was about 4 miles. The hike over the dune to the lake was a little more daunting than I had expected. Not that having a 2 and 3 year old to carry made it any easier. Let's just say there's no shortcut, and no really easy way to get over. You just have to climb. Bring water shoes, the sand gets HOT! The house itself is very clean and nice. We only stayed 3 nights, but having a washer/dryer was nice. The owner was very nice. We had an issue with the cable and he came and fixed it no problem. Downtown South Haven was fun. Very quaint and touristy but not over the top. The public beaches were very very nice. We actually preferred them to the beach over the dune, probably only because we had kids with us. I would definitely recommend coming here.

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers.

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                      7 night min stay

                      $1,375 $900

                      Changeover Day: Saturday

                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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                      Fees:

                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
                      • Housekeeping $125
                      • Tax Rate 6%

                      Notes:

                      Pets are not permitted. Housekeeping fee is charged at $125.00

                      1/2 down due within 7 days of booking, balance due 3 weeks before occupancy.


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                      Location

                      • Nearest Airport: South Haven Regional Airport at 5 Miles
                      • Nearest Motorway: Blue Star Memorial Highway at South Haven
                      • Nearest Beach: Home borders Lake, Van a Buren State Park +2 more at South Haven
                      • Nearest Barpub: Downtown South Haven at 3 Miles
                      • Nearest Ski: Nearby at 25 Miles
                      • Nearest Golf: Hawkshead , South Haven Golf, Beeches, Mini at 10 Miles
                      • Nearest Restaurant: Downtown South Haven,many at 3 Miles
                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2004

                      About the owner: Retired real estate professional and carpenter contractor from the Western Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Grew up boating on Lake Michigan and visiting harbor towns in Il, Mi, In, Wis and Cn.

                      Why the Owner Chose South Haven:
                      Incredible frontal dune location. No neighbors to invade your space. South Haven is quaint you can do as much as you want or as little as you want truly the 'Nantucket of the Midwest'.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                      Hike thur the dunes, North Point Conservation area(see website) Van Buren State Park and bike on the nearby Kal Haven Bike Trail. The home is the only property in the subdivision surrounded by the natural dunes. Private no traffic road with only 3 other homes sharing the roadway. The road deadends at the Sandbox and the dune situated in front of the home. Home featured in Coastal Living Magazine 2005 upon completion of the residence and is still listed as one of the preferred vacation properties.


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                      Photos

                      • Featured in Coastal Living Magazine

                        Featured in Coastal Living Magazine

                      • After a day at the beach enjoy the outdoor shower and shady deck area.

                        After a day at the beach enjoy the outdoor shower and shady deck area.

                      • Viiew from the road at back of home.

                        Viiew from the road at back of home.

                      • View from dune overlooking Sandbox Lake is opposite direction

                        View from dune overlooking Sandbox Lake is opposite direction

                      • Views of  frontal dunes by cottage-beyond miles of Lake MI beach.

                        Views of frontal dunes by cottage-beyond miles of Lake MI beach.

                      • Shifting, ever changing landscape

                        Shifting, ever changing landscape

                      • South Haven Light house approx 3 miles North of the Sandbox

                        South Haven Light house approx 3 miles North of the Sandbox

                      • All the charm of a Lakeside cottage but everything is new!!!

                        All the charm of a Lakeside cottage but everything is new!!!

                      • Photo taken before trees had their leaves.

                        Photo taken before trees had their leaves.

                      • Life Guard chair from South Beach, So. Haven, MI

                        Life Guard chair from South Beach, So. Haven, MI

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                      Date last modified - Thursday, March 13, 2014

                      $1,375 per week (USD)
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                      2 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 5

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                      Minimum stay: 7 nights
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