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We will now take reservations for all weeks in Summer 2015. Our major construction/renovation project is now in the final completion process. We expect that the final completion date of our current construction/renovation will be Spring 2015. In essence, we built a new house underneath our existing cottage.
Our new lower level walk-out will add two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, an additional living area, a wet bar and a laundry area to the main cottage. We will also have an outdoor natural gas barbeque and an outdoor shower.
Our 2.3 acre property with 186 feet of direct Lake Michigan frontage with direct walk out to the water is in the historic Pierport community halfway between Manistee and Frankfort. Our beachfront is a direct walk out (no steps) to a beautiful sandy flat Lake Michigan beach. It is possible to walk both north and south, on this lovely beach north to Arcadia and south to Onekama. Our property also includes a small stream which flows out to Lake Michigan through a wooded part of our property and a large flat yard perfect for all types of lawn games. A large firepit area and romantic swing overlook Lake Michigan's special sunsets.
The main house will now include: two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a living area with a wet bar on the lower level, two bedrooms and one full bath, living/dining room, and renovated kitchen with dishwasher on the main level, and there are two bedrooms and a half bath upstairs. The newly enclosed screen porch on the main level has additional seating and a dining table overlooking Lake Michigan.
A separate guest house is fully self contained with one bedroom and a queen sofa bed in the living room and a kitchen with all new stainless steel appliances. It also has a living/dining room, full bath with whirlpool tub and washer/dryer. It is great place for family members who would like a bit more privacy. It was totally redone in 2011.
There is a flat screen HDTV in each house. Both cottages have fireplaces. WiFI/Internet is provided.
The main house is a classic Lake Michigan cottage originally constructed in 1889. There is a pretty wooded area across the stream from both cottages. Woodlands are also across the street.
This is a beautiful waterfront setting and a perfect place to enjoy a classic Pure Michigan summer. We live here in the Spring and Fall of each year. We only rent for 10-12 weeks in the summer. We do not rent for weekends or during the other seasons of the year.
Additional pictures are available on request.
Property comes fully furnished with bed linens, towels, beach towels, dishes, silverware and cooking utensils. Furnished with classic cottage furniture and some antiques.
3.5 bathrooms in Main cottage and one full bath with whirlpool tub in Carriage House. A separate outdoor shower is located near the main entrance to the Lower Level....moreless
Available for summer and early fall rentals.
186 feet of Lake Michigan frontage with no steps down to the water.
Lawn games: Horseshoes, croquet and badminton - equipment provided.
Screened outdoor porch, fireplace, several dining areas, books, adult and kids games, garden, propane barbecue, parking, walkway to water, binoculars, beach chairs, beach towels, computer wifi available and local activities/restaurant guide. Local maps, soaps and towels are provided....moreless
Information and brochures about sights in local area....moreless
Outdoor lawn games including croquet and badmitten. Forks for s'mores also provided....moreless
Indoor dining room in main cottage can seat 10-12 people. There is another dining on screened in porch facing Lake Michigan that can seat 10-12, Dining table for four people in Carriage House....moreless
Seating for 22 people
One or two window air conditioners available....moreless
We have upgraded our Internet service within the past year with close to cable modem speeds....moreless
Located in lower level of Main Cottage and in Carriage House....moreless
Wood fireplace in main cottage and gas fireplaces in Carriage House and lower level of the main house....moreless
Free Long Distance
Located in guest cottage and lower level of main cottage....moreless
Radiant heat in lower level and first level of Main Cottage. Electric baseboard on 2nd story of Main Cottage. Gas fireplace in Carriage House....moreless
We have fast Internet service provided. Each television is equipped with a Roku streaming stick with access to Netflix, Amazon Prime and 100+ additional streaming channels....moreless
Early Summer May 30 - Jun 13, 2015 7 night min stay
Peak Summer Jun 14 - Aug 15, 2015 7 night min stay
Late Summer Aug 16 - Sep 5, 2015 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$1
Our rents include all applicable taxes and cleaning. Additional charges for special events such as weddings where guests will not all be staying on site.
A 50 percent deposit is required when the reservation is accepted.
The remaining 50% is due prior to May 1st.
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The closest small towns to Pierport are Onekama to the south with several good restaurants, tennis courts, a library, a bank and a grocery store. Bear Lake to the east has several grocery stores, a bank, library and a good breakfast restaurant. Arcadia is just 5 minutes north and has the Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course (best public course in Michigan) and an excellent restaurant.
Manistee is 20 minutes to the south has a hospital, restored downtown movie theatre, casino, airport with service to Chicago, several large grocery stores and a nice river walk. Frankfort is 20 minutes to the north and has a wonderful local cinema, a hospital, the Gwen Frostic studio and a large grocery store.
About an hour north on M-22 are the Leelanau Peninsula and Sleeping Bear Dunes (voted the most beautiful place in the United States by Good Morning America viewers).
Traverse City is also an hour north with numerous attractions, festivals, theatre, great shopping, excellent restaurants and several multi-screen cinemas. Downtown Traverse City is really a special place for shopping and entertainment. On the way to Traverse City on US 31 is the vintage Cherry Bowl drive-in movie theatre.
There are also several local farm stands on M-22 and weekly farmer's markets in Elberta (Thursday), Onekama (Friday) and Frankfort, Manistee and Traverse City on Saturdays.
Year Purchased: 2011
About the owner: We spent three years looking for a Lake Michigan waterfront property and were fortunate to find this very special property. To preserve the serenity, we do not allow jet skis/personal watercraft on the property.
Why the Owner Chose Arcadia: This beautiful Lake Michigan beachfront property is flat and accessible with no steps down to the beach. We really liked having the two separate cottages. The main cottage was built in 1889, but we have just added a new lower level with more bedrooms and bathrooms. The adjacent separate Carriage House was redone in 2011 with a modern kitchen.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: Several of Northwest lower Michigan's wonderful smaller towns (Onekama, Frankfort, Arcadia and Bear Lake are located within a 10-20 minute drive. The small towns of the Leelanau Peninsula (Leland, Northport and Suttons Bay) are easily accessible within an hour. Sleeping Bear dunes and Traverse City are only an hour north. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course (Michigan's #1 public course) is only five minutes north.