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Lake Michigan Waterfront-No Bluff with 2 Classic Updated Cottages

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Main Cottage - Six Bedrooms. Sofa beds also available on lower level.


Last updated: 04/12/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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 whole new house underneath our existing 1889 cottage.

In our new lower level walk-out, we added two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, an additional large living area with a gas fireplace, a wet bar/kitchenette, a separate study with a twin sofa bed, and a laundry area. We also have an outdoor gas barbeque and an outdoor shower. There are windows on all four sides of this lower level. The windows overlook the creek to the north and Lake Michigan to the west.

We also redid much of the main floor with an entirely new kitchen with a Bosch dishwasher, SubZero refrigerator and a gas stove with a double oven. The main level bathroom is all new as well with a Toto toilet, a vanity with a Carrera marble top and a relocated shower. The newly enclosed screen porch on the main level has additional seating and a dining table overlooking Lake Michigan.

The whole 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. In the third level, there are two bedrooms and a half bath with a deck.

A separate guest house is fully self contained with one bedroom and a kitchen with all new stainless steel appliances. It also has a living/dining room with a queen sofa bed. The full bath has a whirlpool tub. The Carriage House also has a washer/dryer and outdoor seating overlooking the stream. 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.

Our 2.3 acre property has 186 feet of direct Lake Michigan frontage with direct walk out (no steps down) to the water. It is in the historic Pierport community halfway between Manistee and Frankfort. Our beachfront has a beautiful sandy flat Lake Michigan beach. It is possible to walk both north and south, on the 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 is a classic Lake Michigan cottage originally constructed in 1889. There is a wooded area across the stream from both cottages that we own. 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.

The Lake Michigan sunsets never cease to amaze.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Primary rental contact who must be in residence must be 25. We have many multi-generational families with newborns to grandparents....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility:

    The Carriage House is handicapped accessible. There is one 4 inch interior step between the bedroom and the living room/kitchen area....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    We will accept pets in limited carefully controlled situations. We generally prefer that our guests make other arrangements for their pets....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 21, Beds for 18-21

  • Bedroom 1-Main Floor: 1 queen

    Windows on three sides...moreless

  • Bedroom 2 - Main Floor: 1 queen

    Faces west porch and Lake Michigan...moreless

  • Bedroom 3 - 2nd Floor - Main House: 1 queen

    Faces Lake Michigan...moreless

  • Bedroom 4 - 2nd Floor - Main House: 2 twin/ single

    Faces Lake Michigan...moreless

  • Bedroom 7 - Carriage House: 1 queen

    Located in separate Carriage House...moreless

  • Bedroom 6 - Main House - Lower Level: 1 twin/ single, 2 bunk bed

    Next to full bath - Faces Lake Michigan...moreless

  • Bedroom 5 - Main House - Lower Level: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single


  • Queen size Beds (5), Twin or Single Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) A queen sleeper sofa is also located in the Carriage House....moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1-Main Floor - Main Cottage: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2 - 2nd Floor - Main Cottage: toilet


  • Bathroom 3 - Lower Level - Main Cottage: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 4 - Lower Level - Main Cottage: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 5 - Carriage House: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • 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

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • Books:

    Information and brochures about sights in local area....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Outdoor lawn games including croquet and badmitten. Forks for s'mores also provided....moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite TV provided through DirecTV....moreless

  • Television:

    We have flat screen HDTV in both the main cottage and the separate Carriage House with satellite TV service....moreless

  • Toys:

    Beach toys for children provided....moreless


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


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    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

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 22 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    One or two window air conditioners available....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:

    We have upgraded our Internet service within the past year with close to cable modem speeds....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Located in lower level of Main Cottage and in Carriage House....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Wood fireplace in main cottage and gas fireplaces in Carriage House and lower level of the main house....moreless

  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace:

    Located in guest cottage and lower level of main cottage....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    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

  • Internet:

    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

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Bath and beach towels provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Sofa, recliner and misc. chairs....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone:

    Please note that Verizon cell phones do not easily connect in Pierport. We offer a regular land line phone with free local and domestic long distance calls....moreless

  • PC
  • Parking:

    Enter via Burnham St. Parking is on lawn area between Main Cottage and Lakeview Rd....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    Land line available, but some AT&T cellphones may work here as well....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Both bath and beach towels are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Located in lower level of Main Cottage and in the Carriage House....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Separate routers in main cottage and Carriage House....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Located in main cottage....moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker:

    Provided in Main House kitchen and lower level kitchenette. Coffee maker also provided in Carriage House....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Full sets of pots, pans and food preparation items in each kitchen....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Sufficient dishes for about 20-25 people with separate sets in each kitchen....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Dishwasher in Main Cottage kitchen...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Coffee maker, 4 ring stove, blender, spices, toaster....moreless

  • Microwave:


  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    A limited selection of basic seasonings and spices are provided....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    (2) There are full size refrigerators available in both the main house and the Carriage house....moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas stove in main cottage and gas stove in Carriage House....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio:

    Screened in front porch faces Lake Michigan....moreless

  • Golf:

    Numerous local golf courses including the best public golf course in Michigan - Arcadia Bluffs - five minutes away....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Large screened porch faces Lake Michigan....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill provided....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis:

    Tennis courts are located five miles away at either Onekama and Bear Lake high schools....moreless

  • Walkway To Water


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer
May 28 - Jun 18, 2016
7 night min stay

Peak Summer
Jun 19 - Aug 26, 2016
7 night min stay

Late Summer
Aug 27 - Sep 17, 2016
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1
  • Taxes Included


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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Last updated: 04/12/2015
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55 Miles
Nearest Airport
Traverse City
50 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Ludington, MI - connects to Manitowac, Wisconsin
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Arcadia Bluffs
140 Miles
Nearest Train
Holland, MI
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Arcadia Bluffs
28 Miles
Nearest Ski
Crystal Mountain

Car: Necessary

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.


Owner info

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. We also really enjoy the special neighbors that we have in the Pierport community.

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 (most beautiful place in America according to GMA in 2014) and Traverse City are only an hour north. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course (Michigan's #1 public course) is only five minutes north.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Main Cottage - Six Bedrooms.  Sofa beds also available on lower level.

    Main Cottage - Six Bedrooms. Sofa beds also available on lower level.

  • Fully enclosed screened in porch facing walkout access to Lake Michigan beach.

    Fully enclosed screened in porch facing walkout access to Lake Michigan beach.

  • One Bedroom Guest Cottage with fireplace and new stainless steel appliances.

    One Bedroom Guest Cottage with fireplace and new stainless steel appliances.

  • Miles of secluded Lake Michigan beaches directly in front of cottage. Walk miles

    Miles of secluded Lake Michigan beaches directly in front of cottage. Walk miles

  • Living/dining room with large stone fireplace in main cottage.

    Living/dining room with large stone fireplace in main cottage.

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