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Gorgeous Lake Mi Views with Private Beach--Tranquility at its Best

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Over 100 feet of private white sand beach


Last updated: 08/17/2014

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Hagar Shores house description

Located on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, this beautifully landscaped property has over 100 feet of private, white sand beach. A wall of windows on the west provides spectacular views of the Lake from both the Great Room and master suite. A baby grand piano and a Vermont Castings wood burning stove are features in the Great Room. French doors from the Great Room open up onto a wood-decked screen porch that adds another 350 sq/ ft. of summertime living space. The 14-foot ceiling is high enough not to obstruct the Lake views from the master suite and still accommodate two large, working iron chandeliers. The kitchen is designed for serious and efficient cooking with stainless KitchenAid appliances and a custom stainless counter with welded sink. French doors lead out to a grilling patio and herb beds. The master bath has a 6' by 6' open marble tile shower with a hand-painted lilac bush tile mural. Many paintings and painted furniture are by local artists.

When you arrive: Lavender House is approximately 90 minutes from the Chicago Skyway Bridge and 30 miles north of South Bend. When you arrive at 3960 Evergreen Lane, turn to the Lake at the split rail fence and drive down a 100-yard country driveway, past Lilac Cottage to arrive at a spacious courtyard area where a 6 foot tiered fountain provides a welcoming atmosphere. From here you get your first glimpse of the magnificent Lake Michigan to the northwest. Perennial gardens surround the residence, with approximately 1800 sq. ft. of blue stone forming a path around the perimeter and three large stone terraces. The house is beautifully landscaped. There is a swing on the bluff to view the spectacular sunsets or just swing and read during the day. A fire pit and bench at the bluff expand your options for viewing the amazing Lake. At the edge of the bluff are the stairs, with landings every 20 feet, down to the private, white sand beach. Often one can walk for three miles without seeing another person.

When not at the beach: Inside, a 46-inch HD flat screen TV with satellite provides viewing options; a CD player with over 600 discs provides listening pleasure. Oriental rugs, original Eames chairs and ottomans, a Mitchell Gold sleeper sofa and leather recliner, furniture hand-painted by local artists, a baby grand piano, and artwork provide a comfortable ambiance. Or, you can experience light lake breezes from the 350 sq.ft. screened porch, furnished with a dining table and four chairs; a chaise; and a rocker. Every room in the house, with the single exception of the interior bathroom, has a beautiful view of either the Lake or gardens. There are stone terraces on three sides and a half bocce ball court on the Lake. After you make your reservation, you will receive Morrison and David's 20 most favorite things to do in the area--guaranteed to be something for everyone.

A cook's Kitchen: Designed for serious and efficient cooking, the kitchen boasts a 6-burner (each 15,000 BTU) KitchenAid gas cooktop; KitchenAid Architect series dishwasher, KitchenAid convection/conventional wall oven and convection/microwave oven; and an Amana double-door with freezer (and ice maker) under refrigerator. All appliances are stainless steel, as is the main counter with a welded sink to create a seamless workspace. Windows over the sink look out at the herb garden; French doors lead out to the grilling patio with a Weber Genesis propane gas grill. There is a built-in bookcase for cookbooks, and a closed-off laundry with Whirlpool Duet front-load washer and dryer on pedestals. Hand-painted tiles cover the top of the island concealing wall. All dishes, glasses, flatware, and cooking ware are provided. Naturally, there is a blender, food processor, coffee makers (drip, French and expresso), and toaster.

There is another house on the property, Lilac Cottage,, # 237744. Both houses sit on 1 1/2 acres and maintain privacy but do share beach stairs, the beach, and the bluff. There are 120 stair steps to the beach, with small landings every 20 steps. NO TELEVISION, ONLY DVD, UNTIL APRIL 18, 2014.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 2300 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                Renters must be at least 21 years old....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Any smokers will be fined....moreless

              • Pets Considered:

                Well-behaved dogs will be considered....moreless

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


              • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


              • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single


              • The master suite is up five steps from the Great Room, closed off by velvet drapes. French doors and awning windows open out to the screen porch for stupendous views and the sensation of sleeping outdoors, listening to the waves lap on the beach and leaves rustling in the trees. There is a large dressing area with two hanging closets and built-in drawers with a granite top. The second bedroom has a series of windows that look out onto the south gardens and herb beds with a slate tile floor. The third bedroom, accessed through glass-paneled french doors from the Great Room, has double-hung windows looking out onto the courtyard gardens and fountain. It also has a pocket door for complete privacy....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


              • The focal point of the master bath is the 6' by 6' open marble tile shower with a hand-painted lilac bush tile mural on one wall, complemented by a nine-foot custom vanity table hand-painted by a local artist to reflect the pink roses and purple clematis growing in the garden outside the bathroom window. There are two sink bowls on the long vanity table. The second bathroom, accessed either through the third bedroom or the front hallway, has a pedestal sink, shower, porcelain tiling, and Italian blue and white ceramic backsplash, mirror, and shelf. The shower curtain is custom-made from William Morris fabric....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Bocce ball half court and kayaking on the premises. Children may not be appropriate for Lavender House; please indicate their ages when inquiring. Dogs, while permitted, must be pre-approved and kept on leash while on the property. There is a $25 dog cleaning fee....moreless


                  • Books:

                    Variety of books, with an emphasis on art and mystery, available....moreless

                  • Books For Adults
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player:

                    Variety of DVD's available....moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    Basic DirecTV programming....moreless

                  • Stereo:

                    Stereo system with over 600 CD's and an IPod/MP3 plug-in....moreless

                  • Television:

                    46 inch HD flatscreen...moreless

                  • Video Library


                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Romantic
                  • Tourist Attractions


                  • Arboretum
                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Festivals
                  • Forests
                  • Library
                  • Live Theater
                  • Marina
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Pond
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Restaurants
                  • Synagogues
                  • Water Parks
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Zoo

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Horseshoes
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Photography
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Walking

                  Location Type

                  • Beach:

                    You can walk for miles on this white sand shore of Lake Michigan....moreless

                  • Beach View:

                    Unbelievable views of the beach and Lake Michigan from the bluff....moreless

                  • Beachfront:

                    Over 100 feet of private, beautiful white sand beach....moreless

                  • Rural:

                    One and a half acres in the country....moreless

                  • Water View

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cycling
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Roller Blading
                  • Sailing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Wind-Surfing


                  • Dining:

                    Wood farmer's table and 6 ladder back chairs with a lovely hanging chandelier over the table....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 6 people


                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Alarm Clock
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    Duet front-loading dryer....moreless

                  • Firewood
                  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                    Just a treadmill....moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room:

                    Baby grand piano in Great Room. Many books and games provided....moreless

                  • Local Activities Guide
                  • Local Maps
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Paper Towels
                  • Parking:

                    Two spots in courtyard....moreless

                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Security System
                  • Shampoo
                  • Sofa Bed
                  • Telephone
                  • Thermos Bottle
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Towels Provided:

                    Beach towels, too!...moreless

                  • Washing Machine:

                    Duet front-loading clothes washing machine; laundry soap provided....moreless

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    Fastest and most reliable WIFI available at this location....moreless

                  • Wood Stove:

                    Wood and starters provided. Easy to clean ash-drawer in the Vermont castings wood stove. Spark screen available....moreless


                  • Blender
                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Electric drip and French press....moreless

                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    All utensils you might need....moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    Lovely dishes, glasses, cups and serving dishes....moreless

                  • Dishwasher:

                    Stainless steel KitchenAid architect series....moreless

                  • Freezer:

                    And ice maker....moreless

                  • Grill
                  • Ice Maker
                  • Kitchen:

                    Kitchen is architect-designed for serious cooks. It is open to the Great Room....moreless

                  • Lobster Pot
                  • Microwave:

                    Microwave is both microwave and convection....moreless

                  • Oven:

                    KitchenAid wall oven is conventional/convection stainless steel....moreless

                  • Pantry Items:

                    Basic items, such as salt and pepper, are provided....moreless

                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove:

                    Six burner (each 15,000 BTU) cooktop....moreless

                  • Stove
                  • Toaster


                  • Beach Chairs
                  • Beach Towels
                  • Binoculars
                  • Boat With Paddles
                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Decks on all but the north side of the house....moreless

                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    Two kayaks, paddles and floating devices available....moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    Extensive lawn and perennial gardens. Half-size Bocce ball court....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Large Webber grill....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill Gas
                  • Patio
                  • Porch / Veranda:

                    Very large screened porch for dining or lounging....moreless

                  • Screen Porch / Veranda
                  • Terrace
                  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                  • Walkway To Water
                  • Wood Deck

                  Forms Of Payment

                      • Accept Credit Card

                      House Cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional


                          Write a review 4.6
                          from 15 traveler reviews
                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Fall 2014
                          Aug 31 - May 30, 2015
                          2 night min stay
                          $275 $275
                          Fri, Sat, Sun
                          $1,925 $6,300

                          Changeover Day: Saturday

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

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees and Rental Conditions:

                          • Property Damage Protection $49
                          • Pet Fee $25
                          • Tax Rate 6%


                          Reservations are not confirmed until receipt of a 50% deposit. If reservation is less than 30 days away, a credit card payment must be in full. Otherwise, final credit card payment will be due 30 days before arrival. If there is a cancellation, any amounts paid will be refunded (minus a $25 administration fee) ONLY if Lavender Cottage can be rented for the days of the reservation.

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                          30 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          South Bend Airport
                          3 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Riverside Tap
                          2 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course Harbor Shores
                          6 Miles
                          Nearest Train
                          St. Joseph/ Benton Harbor Amtrak Station
                          1 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          M63 (Blue Star Highway)
                          2 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Harbor Shores Golf Course Grill

                          Car: Necessary

                          St. Joseph, Southwest, Michigan, USA (less than 2 hours from Chicago, 6 miles north of St. Joseph, Michigan, and 30 miles north of South Bend, Indiana). The area is known for its beautiful, white sand beaches on the shores of southeast Lake Michigan, which is actually warm enough to swim in during the summer months. Most renters can't tear themselves away from our beautiful and quiet beach where they can kayak, swim, walk on the sand, or just sunbathe. But the House is just down the road from the Harbor Shores Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus signature public golf course that the Wall Street Journal named one of best courses in the USA. The many wineries in the area have created a Michigan Wine Trail; some wineries have summertime jazz festivals or antique car shows. In Benton Harbor there is even a craft beer brewery,The Livery, which often has live music concerts. Many fine restaurants abound in the area. You can walk along the channel in St. Joseph to view the sculptures and history markers, or even take a stroll out to the St. Joe Lighthouse past the glorious Richard Hunt sculpture. Chocoholic? Drive out to Coloma, past Contessa Winery and Grandpa's Cider Mill, to arrive at the absolutely fabulous Chocolate Garden with its handmade truffles. Cloudy day? Go to the movies, either the mom and pop theater in Coloma or the multi-screen complex at Celebration Cinema off U.S. 94 in Benton Harbor. From June to October, enjoy the best local food products at the St. Joe's Farmers' Market on Saturdays. Like Art? Visit the Krasl Art Museum along the bluff in St. Joe. Or go to the Children's Museum down the block. St. Joe also sponsors weekly band shelter concerts along the bluff. Even the Southwestern Michigan Symphony Orchestra schedules outdoor concerts during the summer. There is an avid sailing community in St. Joe. If you want to do some fishing, contact one of the many fishing boat captains for a day out on Lake Michigan. Want to go for a walk in the woods? Try the Sarett Nature Center where there are several nature trails, some handicap accessible. Spend some time at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joe, gazing at the artists at work in their studio/retail shops. There are dozens of artists, and a small performance center which often has concerts and plays on week-ends. Interested in glass blowing? Stop by at Waterstreet Glassworks in Benton Harbor, a public access glassblowing, beadmaking, fusing, and metalwork studio with a gallery. Next door is a gelateria operated by students at the Glassworks. Down the street is yet another artist studio building, The Studios @ 210, where you can walk through and see artists at work. Like gardens? Try visiting Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Buchanan. Want to take a short road trip? South Haven, Holland, Saugatuck and Douglas are all close and an easy drive. Or a quick shopping and sightseeing trip to Chicago is less than 2 hours away on Amtrak, leaving from the St. Joe station daily. If you desire a public beach, Silver Beach in St. Joe is very popular with its Carousel, Fountain and Butterfly House. Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor is also a fine beach with wonderful mosaics. Of course, the best activity in the area is watching the sun go down over our bluff.


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                          • Over 100 feet of private white sand beach

                            Over 100 feet of private white sand beach

                          • Fountain greeting you at the front courtyard

                            Fountain greeting you at the front courtyard

                          • View of the lawn and Lake Michigan

                            View of the lawn and Lake Michigan

                          • Beds of lavender give Lavender House its name

                            Beds of lavender give Lavender House its name

                          • View from the Master Suite north window

                            View from the Master Suite north window

                          • Swing at the bluff

                            Swing at the bluff

                          • Dining area in Great Room

                            Dining area in Great Room

                          • Kitchen with stainless steel counters and appliances

                            Kitchen with stainless steel counters and appliances

                          • Master queen sized bed

                            Master queen sized bed

                          • Handpainted mural in master bath open shower

                            Handpainted mural in master bath open shower

                          • Single bedroom with windows opening to the fountain

                            Single bedroom with windows opening to the fountain

                          • Sunset on the bluff

                            Sunset on the bluff

                          • Courtyard entry and front door

                            Courtyard entry and front door

                          • First glimpse of Lake Michigan from the north gardens

                            First glimpse of Lake Michigan from the north gardens

                          • Grilling patio off the kitchen

                            Grilling patio off the kitchen

                          • Stairs going down to the beach

                            Stairs going down to the beach

                          • View of screened porch

                            View of screened porch

                          • Baby grand piano in the Great Room

                            Baby grand piano in the Great Room

                          • Sitting area in Great Room

                            Sitting area in Great Room

                          • Second bathroom with Italian tile features

                            Second bathroom with Italian tile features

                          • Master bath handpainted vanity and double sinks

                            Master bath handpainted vanity and double sinks

                          • Queen bedroom with view to the herb garden on the south

                            Queen bedroom with view to the herb garden on the south

                          • New fire pit and bench at the bluff near the beach stairs

                            New fire pit and bench at the bluff near the beach stairs

                          $275 per night (USD)

                          3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 5

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                          Minimum stay: 2 nights
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                          Speaks: english
                          • Calendar last updated: 08/17/2014
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