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America's Most Beautiful Lakeshore

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Drift Away,,,view from the dock with fire pit and deck


Last updated: 08/25/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Empire condo description

Nestled in the center of beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore is South Bar Lake and Empire, Michigan. The Sleeping Bear heirtage bike trail is just a quarter mile from the property and it winds it way through the forest, past the sand dunes and Lake Michigan to Glen Haven and Glen Lake for a 10 mike bike hike. The trail will soon be finished all the way to the lighthouse at the tip of the pennisula in Northport. South Bar Lake is separated from the east shore of Lake Michigan by a small sand bar on which Empire beach and a large playground and park stands. The South Bar condo sits on 3 acres of woodland with lakefront and dock on South Bar and a 10 minute kayak or canoe ride to Empire beach and Lake Michigan. Empire Beach has a playground, pavillion, fire pits on the beach and a vista of Sleeping Bear dunes and Empire Bluffs which is breathtaking and the reason that the area was named the most beautiful vacation spot by Good Morning America in 2012. By foot, it is a mile walk and there is also a beautiful wooded 4 mile walk around South Bar Lake that has a panoramic view of both lakes and the lakshore. Empire is less than a 10 minute drive from the busier Glen Arbor and only 5 minutes to the Marina on the Narrows which rents all water sports and even gives skiing and surfing lessons,, website (10% off rental coupon if you stay with us).

The two level, 3 bedroom condo with loft sleeps 6 comfortably and can accommodate 8 with the use of the loft. It has a master bedroom with full bath , 2 bedrooms with twin beds and a full bath, living area and full kitchen. A walk out recreation room with ping pong, board games, library and a 64 inch flat screen with DVD and half bath keep the children occupied. There is a walk out porch with full view of South Bar Lake and Lake Michigan. From the porch it is a short walk to the sandy beach and dock with kayaks, inner tubes and other sand toys. In the evening take advantage of the large fire pit just off the beach and multiple lounge chairs.
Rentals are Saturday to Saturday from the first of May to Labor Day at the weekly rate of $2400. Two week rentals are at the rate of $4500 Weekend rentals (Friday-Sunday) are available before May 1 or after Labor Day at $450/weekend. A deposit is required which will be returned or credited to your card once the cleaning crew has completed.

Keywords: Sleeping Bear/Empire

Property Type

      • Condo

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Minimum Age for renters is 35 years old...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          Other Amenities

              • Dock, Fire Pit, Kayaks, Paddle Boat, Inner Tubes, ping pong, 56 inch TV...moreless


              • DVD Player
              • Ping Pong Table
              • Pool Table
              • Satellite / Cable


              • Museums
              • Restaurants

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Boating
              • Shelling
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Beachfront
              • Lakefront

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hunting
              • Jet Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Skiing
              • Snowboarding
              • Snowmobiling
              • Swimming
              • Water Skiing
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Clothes Dryer
              • Computer Available:

                wi fi available...moreless

              • Garage
              • Gas Fireplace
              • Linens Provided
              • Mobile Phone
              • Parking Off Street
              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet


              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishwasher
              • Ice Maker
              • Kitchen
              • Microwave
              • Refrigerator


              • Balcony
              • Deck / Patio
              • Outdoor Grill

              Payment Type

              • Amex
              • Discover
              • Mastercard
              • Visa


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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Base Rate
              2 night min stay
              $340 $375
              Fri, Sat
              Jun 1 - Aug 31
              2 night min stay
              $340 $375
              Fri, Sat

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees and Rental Conditions:

              • Property Damage Protection $49
              • Tax Rate 6%

              Cancellation policy:

              100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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              Last updated: 08/25/2014
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              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2011

              About the owner: The Cunningham family has six children and have been vacationing in the Empire/Glen Lake area for over twenty-five years. when the family moved to Michigan in 1990 their dream was to purchase a property in the Sleeping Dunes area for their retirement home and for a permanent legacy for their family

              Why the Owner Chose Empire:
              On a small private lake that opens up to Lake Michigan and just a 10-15 minute row to the one of the most pristine beaches on Lake Michigan. Walking distance to the quaint little town of Empire or to the beach. The Sleeping Bear bike trailhead is a quarter of a mile from the property and winds through Sleeping Bear Dunes into Glen Haven and Glen Lake. Soon to be finished for a thirty mile ride to the lighthouse in Northport at the tip of the Leelanau pennisula. Property sleeps 6-8 comfortably and has all the accomodations of your personal hime, including beach and recreational equipment to use.

              The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
              2 kayaks, 2 rowboats, paddle boat, tennis racquets, football, basketball, baseball, whiffle ball and loads of beach chairs, umbrellas and beach toys

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              Speaks: english



              • Drift Away,,,view from the dock with fire pit and deck

                Drift Away,,,view from the dock with fire pit and deck

              VRBO #404589

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              This listing was first published here in 2012.

              Date last modified - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

              $340 - $375 per night (USD)

              3 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
              Sleeps 8

              View calendar: Updated 08/25/14
              Minimum stay: 2 nights
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