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Historic Alden Victorian- $825 Reduced Fall Rates-500' to Torch Lake

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Alden house description

Walk to downtown Alden, to the historical Depot Park and Museum, up and around the preserve on Coy Mountain, and walk to the stunning Torch Lake shore and the nearby beach -- all from this circa 1870s historic Victorian home. Enjoy the amenities home in this three bedroom, two bath, two story Alden village house.

The exterior colors will remind you of the power and depth and beauty of Torch Lake itself. If it's been a few years since you've rented the home, welcome back to the 'new look' of our vacation home in quaint Alden.

You will be located just across the main east-shore road from Torch Lake. Locals and visitors know what a great lake Torch is for vacationing, sight-seeing, water-sports (including swimming, boating, tubing and more). You'll be just a couple blocks from charming downtown Alden itself and its marina, unique shops and restaurants. And you are at the foot of the 17-acre preserve that is 'Coy Mountain'.

Experience beautiful sunsets and Torch Lake views from the kitchen and living room and from the west-facing porch on its settee or swing. Boat through the lower 'chain of lakes' (Torch, Bellaire, Elk, Clam, Skegemog). This smoke-free home is very close to area pro golf courses, Traverse City shopping and the wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau County. Boyne, Petoskey and Harbor Springs are pleasant round-trip same-day excursions.

You will be staying in what long-time locals still call 'the Chapelle' house, which in the late 1800s and early 1900s was the rooming and guest house for visitors from downstate and from Chicago and Ohio. The home was even larger then, with a 2-story guest room area, connecting at what is now the French doors in the formal dining room. In fact, you'll find the postcard of the home circa 1910 in the postcard collection at the Historical Museum, just across the main road from you, toward the Lake.

The double corner lot provides room for children of all ages to play right in your yard, if you and they prefer.

Alden is just 25 minutes northeast of Traverse City and the Old Mission Peninsula (and its great wineries) and just 15 minutes southwest of Shanty Creek and Bellaire. A little further west past Traverse City's dining and shopping pleasures are the wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula.

Alden is on the southeast shore of beautiful Torch Lake. Your boat will slip easily into and out of Torch Lake at the public marina and slips in town. Then, the entire chain of lakes lie ahead of you to explore and enjoy. No boat of your own? Rentals are available at your choice of local marinas. We can provide their contact numbers, if you wish.

If you prefer to stay home some day or evening, prepare your dinner on the Weber charcoal grill and enjoy it in the dining room or as a picnic on the porch or in the nearby park, or up on Coy Mountain.

Quiet evenings in on the porch or watching videos or TV are also your entertainment options. Cable TV service is provided with basic 'network' channels.

Need to work or keep up with emails? (We know many have to do that) Our High Speed internet modem is provided for your use. Free, secured WiFi is provided. Or you can connect by Ethernet. If you do not have your own connecting cable, please borrow ours.

Keywords: Vacation House, Summer home, Victorian home, Historic home, Alden, Torch Lake, Traverse City

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            Downstairs 'master' bedroom adjoins living room & bathroom...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            Larger upstairs bedroom (once was 2 bedrooms)-redone in 2012...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

            Upstairs bedroom, in front of house - redone in 2012....moreless

          • Queen size Beds (2) Two QUEEN beds. One is in the main floor bedroom, with a bath adjoining. A second is in the larger upstairs bedroom, on the front of the home., Twin or Single Beds (2) The 2 TWIN beds are in the other upstairs bedroom, also on the front of the home. Both upstairs bedrooms freshly redone for the new season....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Downstairs bath accessible from the kitchen & master bedroom...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

            Upstairs bath has 2 doors for access from both bedrooms...moreless

          • 2 bathrooms - one upstairs with a shower, and one downstairs with a tub / shower combination. ...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Long covered front porch - the old-fashioned type with a railing and a swing, High Speed WiFi (secured) or cable internet access to keep in touch with the outside world (please bring your connecting cable or you may borrow ours), enjoy our cable 32' HD TV with 'basic' plus family stations, Also, if you do not have your laptop, there is WiFi internet access with available PCs at the local library (1/2 mile through town). Folding lawn and beach chairs are provided for your enjoyment in the yard and at the beaches....moreless

              Entertainment

              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games:

                Several board games for your relaxation - or to challenge you. ...moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Basic Charter HD cable service....moreless

              • Stereo:

                Multi-disc CD player and FM / AM radio....moreless

              • Television:

                (3) 32' flat screen HD TV downstairs - New. 24' flat screen TV in downstairs master bedroom - New. Also 24' tube-type TV in the upstairs larger bedroom with the queen bed....moreless

              • VCR
              • Video Library:

                Several family / children oriented DVDs and VHS cassettes are available for your enjoyment....moreless

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Festivals
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Laundromat

              Leisure Activities

              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Miniature Golf
              • Paddle Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shelling
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Beach View:

                Enjoy the small public beach and park and playground about 500' from your front door. ...moreless

              • Lake View:

                One Torch Lake swimming area is across the road, part of the park - including a wood deck for relaxing and enjoying sunsets over the lake. The lake is shallow here, so the kids can enjoy, too....moreless

              • Village:

                The village of Alden is delightful year round -- and most particularly in the summer. Farmers Markets on Thursdays. Quaint yet practical stores and restaurants....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hunting
              • Jet Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Parasailing
              • Rafting
              • Sailing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Wind-Surfing

              Dining

              • Dining:

                Formal dining room when you want to enjoy dinner that way, including your guests. French doors lead to the backyard....moreless

              • Dining Room
              • Seating for 6 people

              General

              • Broadband Access:

                Our High Speed internet modem with WiFi is provided for your use. If you need a cable instead, and do not have your own connecting cable, please borrow ours....moreless

              • Heating:

                Forced air furnace -- for the cooler nights in early and late summer. ...moreless

              • Internet:

                Free secured WiFi...moreless

              • Linens Provided:

                Not provided, but available:For each QUEEN:$25 (+ 2 towel sets);For each TWIN:$15 (+ 1 towel set). Kitchen towels:$6; Beach Towels:$5. Delivery will be by 5p on arrival day, incl. a linen bag to use....moreless

              • Living Room:

                Couch and chairs for your comfort, and TV / DVD combination, if you or your children prefer that for entertainment....moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                There is parking space for 2 vehicles on the property in the area in front of the small fence at the side of the home....moreless

              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                Most boats and trailers will be able to park on Valley St (N side), on the property along the road....moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                Towels may be provided - as part of the Linen package, if you wish. Otherwise, please bring your own for bath and kitchen. ...moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                Not provided, but there are 2 area laundromats (Rapid City, close to the S and in Bellaire). There is a clothes drying rack outdoors at the home....moreless

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils:

                All that you will need for your stay, for whatever cooking you plan to do at home. ...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                All that you will need for your stay, including wine glasses, of course....moreless

              • Freezer:

                Top part of the refrigerator...moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Casual Island seating in the Kitchen area, and table seating in the accompanying dining area in this large kitchen / entry room....moreless

              • Microwave:

                New - 2011...moreless

              • Oven
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Toaster

              Outside

              • Boat:

                Can be rented at local marinas. Contact information provided on request. ...moreless

              • Golf:

                Courses nearby at Shanty Creek....moreless

              • Porch / Veranda:

                Large from porch with a swing-for-2. Enjoy your glass of wine and the view of the lake and the park and beach-front deck in the historic train and depot park!...moreless

              • Tennis:

                tennis courts are in the village of Alden...moreless

              Payment Type

              • Amex
              • Mastercard
              • Visa
               

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              Fall
              Sep 7 - Nov 1, 2014
              7 night min stay

              $825
              My Standard Rate
              7 night min stay

              $1,150

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees:

              • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
              • Tax Rate 6%

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              Last updated: 08/14/2014
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              Location

              Petoskey Stone hunting is along the shore of Torch Lake, including on the beach by the historic Train Depot and museum and accompanying play-park, which are all across the main street, a block from your vacation home. Trail walking is on 17-acre 'Coy Mountain' a block from your home - please see more on this under 'unique benefits' below. Winery visiting and tasting are just 1/2 hour west on Old Mission Peninsula or just a bit further in the Leelanau area. Petoskey and Harbor Springs and their pleasures are to the Northeast.

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1984

              About the owner: Rich and Karen are just the third family to own this historic home. Its history is found in every room, including being preserved in those we've renovated and updated from what the Chapelle family originally built. We bought this as a family vacation home when our kids were young, and would make regular visits from 'downstate'. Now we still make regular visits (as do the adult 'kids' and now the grandkids!) and we are pleased to share the home with others.

              Why the Owner Chose Alden:
              Alden is an ideal get-away, a small town with features we've come to enjoy -- inviting shops, friendly shop owners and nature trails and Torch Lake shorelines to explore. The home, whose original rooms date to the 1870s, is a similar ideal get-away. We've treated 'her' gently during the almost 30 years we've owned her, and know that our guests will do likewise.

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              Relax on the front-porch swing, and sip that wine (stemware provided) and enjoy. Ceiling fans in all bedrooms and most other rooms will comfort when needed. Enjoy the selection of board games and DVDs; also bring your favorite CDs and DVDs. The fully-equipped kitchen is for your dine-in pleasures. Formal dinners (they are allowed) in the dining room and casual at the kitchen table. Please use the maps we've provided in your living room. For outdoor pleasures, walk along Spencer Creek or the Torch Lake shoreline. Or, hike the Indian Trails up Coy Mountain, whose path virtually begins at your doorstep, on Valley street. This 17-acre preserve (thanks to the Coy family) has a wonderful array of wildlife, bird species and several native wildflowers. Benches welcome you to rest along the one mile maintained trail. For local history, be sure to take in the Alden Depot and Park Museum. Located in the authentically restored Alden Depot, dating to 1908, this part of Alden's history (open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend) features photographs and memorabilia recalling the community's past, including model trains and related items and many photographs of the area through the years. ENJOY all these reasons to be 'up North'. When other entertainment has been exhausted (that may not happen), TV may be your or your children's option of choice. Cable service is provided with basic 'network' channels. Work or emails calling you? That happens, we all know. High Speed WiFi internet is here for you. Or connect via Ethernet. If you did not bring your own connecting cable, please borrow ours.


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              Speaks: english, french

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              Photos

              • Enjoy the front porch and its settee or swing: picture 'a glass of wine & th

                Enjoy the front porch and its settee or swing: picture 'a glass of wine & th

              • Kitchen/casual dining & spiral stair (additional access to upstairs beds & bath)

                Kitchen/casual dining & spiral stair (additional access to upstairs beds & bath)

              • Living Room/sitting area; lots of windows (all have screens). Ceiling fan.

                Living Room/sitting area; lots of windows (all have screens). Ceiling fan.

              • From Living Room, access the upstairs, Dining Room, Master Bedroom and Kitchen.

                From Living Room, access the upstairs, Dining Room, Master Bedroom and Kitchen.

              • Master Bedroom downstairs with queen bed. Ceiling fan.

                Master Bedroom downstairs with queen bed. Ceiling fan.

              • Another view of your dining room & through the French doors to the back yard.

                Another view of your dining room & through the French doors to the back yard.

              • Upstairs Bathroom w/ shower. Accessed from the halls leading to the 2 bedrooms.

                Upstairs Bathroom w/ shower. Accessed from the halls leading to the 2 bedrooms.

              • Another view of the large upstairs bedroom.  Ceiling fan for those warm nights.

                Another view of the large upstairs bedroom. Ceiling fan for those warm nights.

              • One of 2 windows in Twin Bedroom upstairs on front of home.

                One of 2 windows in Twin Bedroom upstairs on front of home.

              • About 500' in front of the home-relaxing public deck & beach & shallow waters.

                About 500' in front of the home-relaxing public deck & beach & shallow waters.

              • Historic Depot, and museum when there is not a public activity happening there

                Historic Depot, and museum when there is not a public activity happening there

              • Sign downtown - The Lake Where The Rainbow Stores Its Colors. See for yourself!

                Sign downtown - The Lake Where The Rainbow Stores Its Colors. See for yourself!

              • Different view - front porch. Your morning coffee, afternoon beer, evening wine.

                Different view - front porch. Your morning coffee, afternoon beer, evening wine.

              • Kitchen from the 'business' side looking out to the Living Room. Ceiling fan.

                Kitchen from the 'business' side looking out to the Living Room. Ceiling fan.

              • More of the Living Room and the shelves of family games, plus 32' HD TV.

                More of the Living Room and the shelves of family games, plus 32' HD TV.

              • Master Bedroom downstairs, w/ 24' flat screen TV & queen bed. Access to bath.

                Master Bedroom downstairs, w/ 24' flat screen TV & queen bed. Access to bath.

              • Separate dining room for more 'formal' dining or for your full group.

                Separate dining room for more 'formal' dining or for your full group.

              • Downstairs Bath, w/ shower & tub. Accessed from the Master Bedroom and Kitchen.

                Downstairs Bath, w/ shower & tub. Accessed from the Master Bedroom and Kitchen.

              • Large upstairs bedroom, with Queen bed & small dressing parlor, on front of home

                Large upstairs bedroom, with Queen bed & small dressing parlor, on front of home

              • Twin Bedroom upstairs on front of home. Ceiling Fan provided for cool air flow.

                Twin Bedroom upstairs on front of home. Ceiling Fan provided for cool air flow.

              • View from the kitchen of the fun caboose in the park, about 500' from your door.

                View from the kitchen of the fun caboose in the park, about 500' from your door.

              • By the deck is the play park and historic depot and train cars w/ Red Caboose

                By the deck is the play park and historic depot and train cars w/ Red Caboose

              • Summer sunset view, downtown Alden, looking across the Marina. Beach next door.

                Summer sunset view, downtown Alden, looking across the Marina. Beach next door.

              • Downtown Alden-the definition of quaint and friendly, w/ good shopping & eating.

                Downtown Alden-the definition of quaint and friendly, w/ good shopping & eating.

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              $825 - $1,150 per week (USD)
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              3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 6

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              Minimum stay: 7 nights
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