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Beachfront on East Grand Traverse Bay Near Elk Rapids

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Sunset from beach, looking toward Suttons Bay


Last updated: 06/08/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Elk Rapids cottage description

This charming cottage is just steps away from a sand beach on east Grand Traverse Bay. The cottage is good size (2,400 sf) with four bedrooms and three baths. This is a quiet family location but close to many activities in the area. The cottage is currently undergoing a complete renovation so no current pictures are possible. I have posted construction drawings to give you some idea of the layout. Kitchen will have a high end range and dishwasher with granite counters. Baths will be ceramic tile.

The second floor master bedroom is huge and has a king size bed, private tiled bath with shower, walk in closet, and large windows with a perfect view of sunsets over the bay. Truly a waterfront feeling.

There are three other bedrooms on the second floor. Two have breathtaking bay views. Two bedrooms have a queen bed and the other bedroom has two twin beds. There is one bath with a tub/shower across the hall from these bedrooms.

There is a boardwalk with two short sets of stairs leading down to the private beach. The beach is sandy and you can walk for miles or build a sand castle with the kids. There are some smooth fist-sized rocks in the water but there is also a lot of sand and it is a great swimming beach. The tip of Mission Peninsula is straight out from the beach and provides a beautiful backdrop for sunsets. A public access and launch point is several hundred yards away and is used to launch small boats and jet skis. There is a grassy area by the road that could be used to park a trailer.

The first floor has a kitchen, laundry room, a dining and living area combined with a beautiful fireplace made of local rock. Two large sliding doors provide beautiful views and a pleasant bay breeze. In the back a bath with shower for guests. Off the Family room is a screen porch for relaxing and a place to get-away from the group for awhile.

The cottage is about a mile from US-31 with all paved access roads. This makes easy access to towns, fruit and vegetable stands, golf courses, and harbors up and down the east shore of Grand Traverse Bay.

Keywords: Elk Rapids, Kewadin, Grand Traverse Bay, Water front cottage, beachfront, quiet, walking beach, golf.

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Cottage
  • 2400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Twenty five or older please. This is a family neighborhood....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed:

            No pets. No exceptions. We have allergies in the family....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            Charges for smoke remediation will be passed along....moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Beach is perfect for children, young and old....moreless

          • Long-Term Renters Welcome

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

            Master bedroom w/ walk-in closet and full bath...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            Lake view with closet and dresser....moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

            Lake view room with large closet and dresser. ...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

            Forest view with large closet, dresser, and rocking chair...moreless

          • Master bedroom is very large with private bath, walk-in closet, and huge windows with bay view. Two other bedrooms have bay view and the fourth bedroom faces forest. All bedrooms are on the second floor. Three bedrooms share bath with tub/ shower....moreless

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

            First floor bath/ shower. ...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Second floor conveinient to bedrooms #2, 3, and 4....moreless

          • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

            Master bath fully tiled with large shower and WIC....moreless

          • One toilet/shower on first floor. One master bath and third full bath for other second floor bedrooms. ...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Pantry Items:

            Some basic pantry items may be available. This is a housekeeping cottage so you should plan on grocery shopping. ...moreless

          • Dining:

            Dining table has view of the bay and sunsets. With table extension can seat 8. Round table on deck can seat 6-8....moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Dual-fuel stove, dishwasher, garbage disposal. We plan to have new granite counters and a breakfast bar....moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            Full set of pots and pans, cookie sheets, spatulas, dishes, flatware, glasses....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Dishes, flatware, and glasses for at least eight. ...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 8 people


          • Towels Provided:

            One set of bath towels provided for each bathroom. Sorry, our cleaning people can't wash more than that in the short turnover time allowed....moreless

          • Living Room:

            Living room and dining room are one room with two 8' sliding glass doors offering beautiful views of the bay....moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            Bed linens and bath towels provided. Recommend bringing your own beach towels....moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            Long driveway and grassy area in front of road suitable for trailer parking....moreless

          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

            There is a grassy area by the road that is possible for trailer parking....moreless

          • Garage:

            Two car attached with remote door opener....moreless

          • Wood Fireplace:

            Beautiful stone fireplace in living room...moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Maytag top loading...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • This is a wonderful 2,400 sf cottage with 100 feet of Grand Traverse Bay frontage. A short boardwalk and stairs take you from a spacious deck to the sandy beach. You can beach walk for miles. Enjoy perfect sunsets off the tip of Old Mission Peninsula while relaxing on the spacious deck. With water shoes you can enjoy swimming and water sports with a gradual sloping bottom. Great for kayaking, jet ski, fishing, and just about any other bay activity. Jet skis can be rented in Elk Rapids or Traverse City. There is a fire pit on the beach so you can enjoy the bay and Smores well after sunset. ...moreless


              • Books:

                A small collection of books. Some nice tree and bird field books for nature lovers. A few novels....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Charter Cable service. DVD and VCR connected. TV has inputs to connect your own game console....moreless

              • Television:

                One 27' TV in Living Room. This is not HD, but has cable, VHS and DVD connected. ...moreless

              • Toys:

                There are a few beach toys and some blow up floating toys. Two canoes....moreless

              • DVD Player:

                Sorry, no blue ray. A DVD and separate VHS unit. Some movies....moreless

              • Stereo:

                Small Sony stereo w/ CD and a Crosley counter top radio/ CD....moreless

              • Music Library:

                A few CD's with a small Sony CD player and speakers...moreless

              • Video Library:

                Some movies on DVD and a VCR with a few tapes....moreless

              • Games:

                We have a few board games and puzzles....moreless

              • VCR
              • CD Player


              • Mobile Phone:

                Cell coverage can be spotty in the area. No T-Mobile coverage. Check the map on your providers web site. Look for coverage directly east of the tip of Mission Peninsula...moreless

              • Broadband Access:

                Four ethernet connections on cable modem....moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Golf:

                Ah-ga-ming championship golf course is only three miles away. Other championship courses within 20-30 min....moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                Large deck with round picnic table, shaded with beautiful view of Grand Traverse Bay....moreless

              • Boat:

                Boats and jet skis can be rented and delivered from Traverse City....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Small lawn on street side. Beach is the real attraction here. ...moreless

              • Water Sports Gear:

                A few blow up toys and other small beach toys....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                LP gas grill with utensils. ...moreless


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions
              • Sports & Activities

              Location & View

              • Beach View:

                Can see beach from inside dining room/ living room and from three of four bedrooms on second floor. Beautiful sunset views....moreless

              • Beachfront:

                Short walk down two sets of stairs (about 10' drop) to beach. Sand beach is walkable for miles....moreless


              • Restaurants
              • Cycling
              • Kayaking
              • Golf
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Swimming
              • Hunting
              • Sailing
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Water Skiing
              • Jet Skiing
              • Snowmobiling
              • Fishing
              • Mountain Biking
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Groceries
              • Boating
              • Churches
              • Library
              • Marina
              • Winery Tours
              • Cinemas
              • Festivals
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • ATM/Bank
              • Walking
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Antiquing
              • Sight Seeing
              • Miniature Golf
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling


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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              High Season
              Jun 15 - Aug 24, 2014
              7 night min stay

              $3,850 $11,550
              My Standard Rate
              3 night min stay
              $2,100 $7,050
              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees and Rental Conditions:

              • Cleaning $200 + tax
              • Property Damage Protection $69
              • Tax Rate 6%


              No pets allowed. No smoking allowed.

              Cancellation policy:

              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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              Last updated: 06/08/2014
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              25 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Traverse City (TVC)
              1 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              US 31
              Elk Rapids
              Nearest Beach
              Front door
              7 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              Elk Rapids
              15 Miles
              Nearest Ski
              Shanty Creek
              5 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
              7 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              Elk Rapids

              Car: Recommended

              Our cottage is quiet and secluded but close to many activities and sightseeing. A-Ga-Ming championship golf course is less than five miles away. Shanty Creek golf 25 minutes. Shops and restaurants in the harbor town of Elk Rapids is only ten minutes away. Traverse City and Charlevoix are both less than 30 minutes drive. Of course you can always just sit and enjoy watching yachts go by on beautiful Traverse Bay.

              Sandy walking beach stretches for miles, fire pit on the beach for evening fires, crystal clear water for swimming or water sports, There are some smooth rocks on the sandy lake bottom, Gently sloping waterfront is great for small children and yet still usable for small boats and jet skis (shallow launch several hundred yards away), The water is shallow for a long way out so large boats would need to anchor 100 yards + from shore, Elk Rapids marina is about 7 miles away.

              This area is known for cherry orchards as well as apples, peaches and other fruit. In season there are several large fruit stands where you can get fresh fruit, vegetables, and baked goods.


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2011

              About the owner: Dot and I are from Michigan, live in the Denver area, and hope to spend a lot of our retirement time at this cottage in a few years. Until then we will be sharing the cottage with others!

              Why the Owner Chose Elk Rapids:
              We love the Grand Traverse Bay and found that the Elk Rapids area just felt right to us. The scenic beauty is unsurpassed. There are lots of things to do in a 30 mile radius. More than you could do in a week. And of course everyone is friendly because you are 'up north'.

              The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
              This is the perfect location for taking long walks on the beach, grilling on the deck while watching the sunset, swimming, boating, or just relaxing with a good book. Restaurants and shops are as close as Elk Rapids 10 minutes away. Even more activities are available within a half hour in Traverse City, Charlevoix, or at one of the many world class golf courses. The famous Traverse City Cherry Festival is July 5-12. Elk Rapids is a fun town that is just big enough. The annual Harbor Days (July 30 - August 2) has activities for everyone for a whole week. There is a large marina right in town where you can hire a boat to take you salmon fishing on the bay.

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              Speaks: english

              Guestbook comments from the owner

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              • Sunset from beach, looking toward Suttons Bay

                Sunset from beach, looking toward Suttons Bay

              • Deck w/ picnic table looking out over Traverse Bay

                Deck w/ picnic table looking out over Traverse Bay

              • View from bedroom window

                View from bedroom window

              • East elevation, street side.

                East elevation, street side.

              • First floor plan. Screened in porch is new addition.

                First floor plan. Screened in porch is new addition.

              • Sandy beach looking north.

                Sandy beach looking north.

              • Deck toward lake

                Deck toward lake

              • Deck runs length of cottage and has beautiful bay view. Picnic table with view.

                Deck runs length of cottage and has beautiful bay view. Picnic table with view.

              • West elevation, facing lake.

                West elevation, facing lake.

              • Second floor renovation showing four bedrooms and 2 baths.

                Second floor renovation showing four bedrooms and 2 baths.

              VRBO #378749

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              This listing was first published here in 2011.

              Date last modified - Monday, June 23, 2014

              $300 - $550 per night (USD)

              4 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
              Sleeps 8

              View calendar: Updated 06/08/14
              Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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