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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: 07/15/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property 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. The Village of Empire is wlaking distance from the condo and less than a 10 minute drive from the busier Glen Arbor. A 5 minute drive to the Marina on the Narrows which rents all water sports and even gives skiing and surfing lessons (10% off rental coupon if you stay with us). We highly recommend the pontoon boat rental and cruise.
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 $2625. Two week rentals are at the rate of $4750 Weekend rentals (Friday-Sunday, 2 nights) are available before May 1 or after Labor Day at $550/weekend. A $300 deposit is required which will be returned or credited to your card once the cleaning crew has completed. We encourage you to call at 616-340-4293 for more information and to determine if this property is a match for you and your family.

Keywords: Sleeping Bear/Empire


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Property Type

  • Condo

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • 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


  • Dining Area


  • 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


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from 9 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 23 - Sep 12, 2015
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,750 $3,500
* 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 $59
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 6%


The summer rate of $2625/week will have a $500 discount for multiple consecutive weeks rental. A $300 deposit due at final payment and that will be returned within 2 weeks after departure. In 4 years of renting every guest has had the full amount returned as they have treated the property as their own

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Last updated: 07/15/2015
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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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  • 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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