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Why drive 3-5 hours 'up north' from the Twin Cities when everything you want in a lake cottage/cabin getaway is so close? You will be less than 60 miles from downtown Minneapolis. (2) 24 hour grocery stores nearby; 10 minutes from Coborn's or 15 minutes from Cub. Plenty of restaurants nearby as well.
People have come from near and far to rent this property; Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Canada & Norway. 2015 is year #12 that we have been renting our property to new friends.
The cottage is 75 feet from the lakeshore. The front yard is level, meaning you can watch children playing near or in the water from inside the cottage. The yard has room to play croquet or badminton. Imagine relaxing in the hammock while your children play in the shallow water. Watch Bald Eagles soar, listen to Common Loons (MN State bird) hoot, tremolo, wail & yodel. You will probably see Bald Eagles & Loons every day. Watch boats cruise the lake. Have coffee on the dock & see the sun rise across the lake. Gaze at stars away from city lights. Roast marshmallows over an evening fire. Can you visualize your family getaway here?
This knotty pine walled cottage has 4 rooms including 2 bedrooms & 800 square feet. You have a direct lake view from 3 rooms. The front bedroom has a queen bed & lakefront view. The back bedroom with a bunk bed, converts to twins. All have very good mattresses. The kitchen is furnished with Cuisinart cookware, decorative Loon tableware & many appliances; microwave, toaster oven, blender, electric fry pan, coffee maker, bean grinder & a hand mixer. Living room has swivel wicker chairs & a futon/couch/bed. Knotty cedar sun room has (7) (wrap around) lake view windows, a futon couch/bed & large dining table. The bathroom has stand up shower stall with hose spray nozzle (handy for bathing small children.) Bedsheets, blankets, pillows, bathroom & kitchen towels are provided, or bring your bed sheets & bathroom towels for a discount. There is a window air conditioner capable of cooling the entire cottage on hot & humid days and a furnace to warm the cottage on cool days & nights. All the comforts of home except dishwasher & cable/satellite tv. Our TV antenna & set top tuner picks up all of the Mpls.-St. Paul stations (2,4,5,9,11,23,29) plus those in between stations; 5-2,3,4,5,6,7 11-2 etc. The stereo plays CD's & has a jack to plug in your iPod or MP3 player. Bring some books, DVD's or VHS tapes for when you've had too much fun in the sun & water. Do you need internet access? We have a WiFi hotspot available for rent. Cell phone coverage is good here with (2) towers nearby.
Green Lake (800+ acres) is the largest lake in Isanti County. You can see about 90% of it from our shore. It's big enough for dozens of boaters to do their thing while not disturbing people on shore. Our 72' long dock & the neighbors dock provide a protected swim & play area. Green Lake is not busy except July 4th & walleye fishing opener weekend. Walleye are stocked every other year. Largemouth Bass, Northern, Crappie & Sunnie fishing is self sustaining and very good. Bass, Crappie, Sunnie & Perch are easy to catch with worms from our dock. A bait shop is 5 minutes away. Our lake & swimming area has a dark sand bottom with no rocks or muck. Swim out 150 feet & touch the lake bottom in about 6 feet of water.
Adults can use our canoe. The boats in the photos are not included in rental, nor can they be rented. You may bring a boat & tie it inside the 'L' of our sturdy 70 foot aluminum dock and park the trailer in our back yard. The public access has a concrete boat ramp/landing, & a parking lot for day lake visitors.
We are only 10 minutes from Princeton and 15 from Cambridge. Both have plenty of restaurants and a large 24 hour supermarket, a hospital & a laundromat if you need to wash clothes. The Hi-Way Inn bar/tavern is 1 mile away. Close enough to walk for burgers, pizza & drinks. 5 minutes east is the Pine Brook Inn serving steak, walleye & more. Shooter's Sports Bar (5 minutes west) has good food, live music on weekends, flat screen HD TV's, showing all the games.
Golf at Purple Hawk in Cambridge or The Princeton Golf Club. Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge & Sand Dunes State Forest are about 20 miles away. All easily located on Google.com.
45 minutes to Mille Lacs Lake for group 'launch' fishing trips & Grand Casino.
Tennis: Free courts available at the high school in Princeton. Horseback riding within 10 minutes.
Reviews: VRBO posts reviews that renters upload to this website. I have many other reviews from renter comments in our guest book & post rental emails which are posted under the 'About the Owner link.' 2014 was a year where we chose to not rent the property as often as in years past, which is why you won't see many recent reviews. Also understand that not every renter chooses to leave a review.
More pictures of our property? - The best thing to do is click on the link to my You Tube video. Click the tab / link on the top left side of my listing, next to the photo's tab. If that link does not work, go to You Tube and search 'EliasGreenLake' All one word, no spaces.
Smoking?-We don't allow any smoking inside the cottage - Pets? We don't allow pets on the property either - Sorry, no exceptions to this policy.
We try to manage the availability calendar, but please call or email to inquire about availbility.
2015 rates: Between Memorial & Labor Day: $145.00 / night (Sun. - Thurs) & $175.00 / night (Fri. & Sat.) Sat-Sat, Sun-Sun & Sun-Fri. are preferred rental time frames. 5 night minimum preferred. Labor Day - mid-November: $110/night. Flexible on # of nights, call to discuss. Prices noted are for up to 4 people. Add $25.00 to each rental period for persons # 5 & 6. Holiday rates (memorial Day, July 4th & Labor Day) are higher than these posted rates. Last minute rentals: 10% discount, 100% cash due on arrival. Add 6.875% MN sales tax to all rentals. Rates are subject to change
Six people maximum allowed on the property at any time during a rental.
$25.00 off any rental if you supply your own bedsheets & bathroom towels.
$500.00 damage deposit, returned after re-inspection of the property. We take pride in prompt return of damage deposit (in cash at check out when schedules permit) Otherwise, a check is mailed ASAP after inspection. No cleaning fee if you leave the place at least as clean as it was when you arrived. Cleaning supplies are provided.
We do not participate in VRBO's property insurance program.
Compare this lake front cottage property featuring: (2) bedrooms, (2) living/social areas, (5) beds, large dining table, (optional internet) fully equipped kitchen, private yard, private dock, private fire pit, lawn chairs & table, private hammock, private 60 feet lake of shore/beach & use of a canoe, to the cost of a (2) bedrooms or a condo at a hotel or resort. This is a comparative bargain! If 4 people rent for a week, the cost /night/person is under $40
Note: Fireplace is an outdoor fire pit. Firewood is not supplied. If you ask, I'll lend a wheeled cart & hand saw & show you where to find wood to burn.
We have rented other VRBO properties. We know what renters want & provide a positive experience. In March of '09, we began using the renter comments & about the owners sections to read comments from past renters.
Inside the cottage is a notebook, full of information on the property and the area. Thanks for reading, I look forward to hearing from you! *** Please read our owner profile *** *** Check out our video on You Tube *** *** Search words are 'eliasgreenlake' ***
Keywords: Lake Cottage, Lake Cabin, near Minneapolis, St. Paul
3/4 bath: meaning stand up shower, with hose shower head to bathe small children...moreless
Use of our bed linens & towels is at your option, remember to discuss them with me.
Free use of a canoe. No telephone, bring your cell phone. Internet is an option, via Wi-Fi hotspot rental.
Fire wood is not supplied, nor is charcoal for the Weber grill. Activities mentioned are those you can do if you bring your own equipment. Horse riding available nearby. Our lake does not offer boat rental, gas, food or a public beach. There is a good public boat launch with concrete ramp across the lake....moreless
After Labor Day Sep 7 - Nov 1, 2015 4 night min stay
My Standard Rate 5 night min stay
$175 Fri, Sat
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
After Labor day, we will rent the property for weekends only if schedules permit. However on weekday nights, we prefer at least 4 nights due to the time & effort away from work to prepare the property & meet with renters. Refer to rates in the property description for more detail about damage deposit and fees for persons # 5 & 6 in your party. We don't allow more than 6 people per rental group. Payments: Personal checks are preferred. You may pay via pay-pal or credit card. However, the renter pays any transactions fees which are 2-3%.
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25 miles to Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge & Sand Dunes State Forest. 1 hour to Target Field. 80 minutes to Mall of America and MSP Airport. Grand Casino-40 minutes. National Sports Center-40 minutes. St. Cloud - 30 minutes, Lake Mille Lacs -45 minutes. See my video on You Tube. Search 'eliasgreenlake'.
Year Purchased: 1998
About the owner: We are Tami & Stephen. We married in 1991 & have have 2 son's who love the lake property & water sports. This picture was taken 12/08 in Puerto Vallarta where we rented a VRBO condo.
Why the Owner Chose Princeton: We bought this lake front cottage in January 1998 so we could spend weekends at the lake with our son's who were 1 & 5 years of age & our friends. We live about 60 miles away in suburban Minneapolis. Since then, we've made many great memories with family, friends, neighbors & renters. Fast forward to 2015. Our sons are now 18 & 22 & busy with other activities. Consequently, the lake cottage does not get as much use. We started renting 12 years ago to good people we've met thru VRBO. We've also rented other vacation properties on VRBO. We understand both sides of the owner/renter process & provide a great experience & value.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: At our place, you get the real lake cottage / cabin experience without the long drive up north. It looks & feels like the northwoods, (see & hear Loons daily) (watch Bald Eagles soar over the lake) yet you have comfort knowing civilization (hospital, 24 hour grocery, restaurants & liquor stores) are less than 10 minutes away. Our property is great for children. Some of our guests are grandparents who rent the place to spend time with children & grandchildren. Green Lake is the largest lake in Isanti County, which at 800+ acres larger than 2/3 of the lakes in Minnesota. You can see 90% of the lake from our yard. Our lake is big enough for boats & jet ski's to cruise or play around while not bothering other boaters or people on shore.