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Fabulous North Shore Glen Lake Home

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Last updated: 04/10/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Glen Arbor house description

FABULOUS NORTH SHORE BIG GLEN HOME. Smack in the middle of the 'SLEEPING BEAR NATIONAL LAKE SHORE', voted Good Morning America's 2011, 'MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN AMERICA' 08/2011; see gma/summer.

2014 was the 10th consecutive year we were fully booked for the entire summer. Many guests return year after year. While the family had decided NOT to rent for the 2015 season, that decision changed recently. Forgive our late start.

There has been an overwhelming flood of new inquiries, and I am getting back to everyone as quickly as possible. 8 of this year's 9 rental weeks have now already been committed to returning and new guests. Please check the calendar.

We have ONE WEEK LEFT AVAILABLE: August 22 - 29. I am getting back to folks as soon as I can. We are sorry that we have to send a note to so many wonderful and patient families who were on the waiting list. We simply cannot fulfill the demand. Still we will keep the list and notify if there is a cancellation.

[Note: ALL RENTALS ARE WEEKLY FROM "check in" SATURDAY AT 4:00PM TO THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY NORNING "check out" AT 10:00AM... this gives us a 6 hour 'turnaround' time to prepare the house & grounds for the next guests. Remember.... MAXIMUM No. GUESTS = 8.]

CAUTION: Computer hackers breached our VRBO account November 13, 2013. This has been FIXED, but PLEASE DO NOT WIRE TRANSFER ANY MONEY TO ME OR ANYONE ELSE. A REQUEST THAT YOU DO SO IS FRAUD. SPEAK ONLY TO ME, JAY MEADEN, AT (925)947-1869 or (925)382-0454 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE.

We prioritize by family, then returning guests, and then new guests by date of inquiry and 'fit.' We know that you all need to plan, but we simply cannot accomodate the number of wonderful families that wish a week at Hartheoma, so, please, contact us early, be as patient as you can, and CONTINUE TO MONITOR OUR CALENDAR. The calendar and e-mail links are to the right and also below. Thank you so very much.

This unique, cozy, one-of-a-kind, four bedroom, two bath house/cottage (built in stages between the mid 1940's and early 1950's) was originally owned and occupied by the renowned architect, Harford Field. The house sits on a 30 foot bluff with glorious, unobstructed views of Big Glen. Private stairs take you down to over 110 feet of private frontage on one of the WORLD's (per National Geographic Magazine) most beautiful lakes. This is an all weather home with all amenities up to date. The yard is spacious and private.

Just two 'doors' west of the Glen Lake Yatch Club, the house is a short one mile walk, bike ride, or drive to downtown Glen Arbor shops, restaurants, and tennis courts. The house is literally in the 'center' of all that the area has to offer. The beautiful Crystal River, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Empire Bluffs, and 'Big Lake' beaches are minutes from the house. The water in front of the house is shallow with a hard sand bottom, ideal for young children and adults alike. There is a newer private dock and a mooring for those who have, or wish to rent, boats or jet-skis. New roof, repairs, and all outside painting completed (fall, 2006); new lawn furniture (2007); high speed internet with WiFi, VHS/DVD/Cable, etc.(2007); new and updated yard furniture and linens (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012); new Shorestation dock (June 2009); new water well, water softening system, dock extension, and kitchen range (2010); update front bath (2011, 2012).

Yard and house care and cleaning, bed/bath linens, and full kitchen facilities, flatware, dishes, pots & pans, gadgets, etc. AND BEACH TOWELS are all provided. Just bring your food and beverages!

Our family has excitedly gathered here for decades. Call for more information. COME JOIN THE FUN!

Note: Please be aware that WE STRICTLY LIMIT OCCUPANCY TO 8 GUESTS (Lake front and septic field issues). Please: No tents or campers. NO SMOKING. NO PETS. Thank you.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

    Shallow, hard sandy lake bottom idea for young children (under adult supervision, of course)....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Two Furnaces, Fireplace (and plenty of wood), Cable TV with Full Premium Channels (HBO, Cinemax, Etc, ), Stereo with CD Player, Full Kitchen with Microwave, All Cooking Utensils, Small Appliances, and All Dishes and Flatware, All Bed, Bath, and Beach Linens Provided, Beds Include One King-size, One Queen-size, and Four Twins (two regular, two in bunk room), Washer and Dryer, Outdoor Furniture and Beach Fire Pit, Shuffleboard Court Under Renovation, Two Car Garage, NO SMOKING, NO PETS, AND NO TENTS Please...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Full HD Digital Cable with ON DEMAND features. New Samsung flat screen TV installed 6/2010....moreless

  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Many video tapes available on site - emphasizing children's. Both VHS and DVD format players....moreless


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    The house sits on a bluff overlooking beautiful Glen Lake....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    110 feet of private lakefront footage; private dock and mooring for boat....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area


  • Broadband Access:

    High speed internet and WiFi connection with available Printer/Fax/Scanner/Copier for your laptop hook up....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    New 2003...moreless

  • Garage:

    2 car garage...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    (Guests responsible for own long distance charges)...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    New 2003...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    On private, secure network...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Natural Stone Fireplace, wood provided....moreless


  • Cooking Utensils:

    All small appliances, utensils, dishes, flatware, etc. provided....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Outdoor Grill


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Summer rental: July/August
Jul 1 - Aug 29, 2015
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • Taxes Not included


Note: IF the house is available in the fall or spring months, there is a three night minimum at $400.00 per night. The "off season" rate is $400 per night; $2800.00 per week. Please check with owners.

There is a $300 security deposit due at time of final payment 60 days before your stay. Cancellation fee of $200 required if "rebooking" required by cancellation.

Deposit of $1,900. (one-half of weekly rental) is due to hold your reservation. Balance plus damage deposit of $400 is due 30 days before stay.

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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Travers City, MI

Car: Recommended

Gym in town, Hunting and Fishing, Charter Fishing, Horseback Riding nearby, Canoeing, Downhill and Cross Country Skiing, Snowmobiling and Sledding in winter, The Crystal River, Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Empire Bluffs and Lake Michigan beaches are just minutes away


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1967

About the owner: Well, here are your hosts, the Meaden siblings... from L to R, that's me, Jay, your contact; Janice, the 'Baby Sister:' and Tom, the elder statesman, in the spiffy red tie. We grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois, outside Chicago. Janice, a dance major at Syracuse University, is a Certified Movement Analyst and instructor residing in Santa Barbara. Tom and I both graduated as mechanical engineers from Univ. of Michigan. Tom runs the family business in Burr Ridge, Illinois. I morphed into a lawyer and have resided in California for the past 40 years.

Why the Owner Chose Glen Arbor:
Our family has been coming to Glen Lake since our parents first visited in the late 1940's. They had several dear friends from Hinsdale who had owned properties here for many years. In the mid 1950's, we began renting each year in August from Harford and Mary Field who ran a small, 4 cabin property ('The Woodlands') on M-22 near the house. When the Fields decided to retire to Traverse City, our parents were fortunate to be able to buy the house directly from M/M Field.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
As a family we swam, boated, water skied, sailed, biked, picnic'ed, 'hung out' at the Yatch Club and goofed around Glen Lake and Glen Arbor for decades in the summer, usually August. We've seen many changes in this still quaint little 'village.' Our kids learned to swim, boat, water ski, etc. here as well. What a blessing in our lives! Our hearts are here, always. Mom and Dad are still with us, but, sadly, not now able to make the trip up to 'The Lake' from Hinsdale. They LOVE the pictures though! A few years back, when we took over the house from Mom and Dad, never having rented the house, ever, we decided to do so in order not only to defray expenses, but to refurbish and update the property. We have done so in many, many ways, but always with one thing foremost in our minds... make as few changes as possible in order to preserve the 'cottage' look and feel it has always had. We truly treasure this wonderful place, and hope you will as well. We share it with you in the hope and trust that you will also treasure your time here as a family, that you will be safe and happy here, and that you will care for our 'treasured' home.

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Speaks: english

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The house from the dock

    The house from the dock

  • Welcoming Front Entry Way

    Welcoming Front Entry Way

  • The Living room fireplace & chimney

    The Living room fireplace & chimney

  • Dining area - Table folds out and seats 8

    Dining area - Table folds out and seats 8

  • Master Suite - King bed and sitting area with view of Lake

    Master Suite - King bed and sitting area with view of Lake

  • Bunk room with view of Lake

    Bunk room with view of Lake

  • One of the two side yards on the Lake side

    One of the two side yards on the Lake side

  • View from house - dock (new 2009) & beach area w/ "beach fire pit"

    View from house - dock (new 2009) & beach area w/ "beach fire pit"

  • Front Driveway

    Front Driveway

  • Welcome to The Lake House! (TV has been replaced w. flat screen HDTV)

    Welcome to The Lake House! (TV has been replaced w. flat screen HDTV)

  • The "Lake Windows" - Living Room

    The "Lake Windows" - Living Room

  • Queen Bed room with Lake view

    Queen Bed room with Lake view

  • Twin bed room

    Twin bed room

  • "Kitchen" bath

    "Kitchen" bath

  • Other side yard -  All windows incl Master Suite face the Lake

    Other side yard - All windows incl Master Suite face the Lake

  • June 2010 - View of the Glen Lake Yacht Club dock from our beach stairs

    June 2010 - View of the Glen Lake Yacht Club dock from our beach stairs

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