This beautiful lakefront home is located 1.5 miles North of downtown St. Joseph on the shores of Lake Michigan. Breathtaking sunsets daily and 100 feet of private beach directly accessed from a huge backyard. From Chicago, it is a a 90 mile drive or a quick ride on Amtrak into town. St. Joseph is a charming tourist destination full of shops, restaurants, and lovely beaches. Summer offers visits to antique fairs, local wineries, festivals, and farmers markets. South Haven, Saugatuck, and New Buffalo are all within a 15-45 mile area for fun day trips!
This renovated lakefront home is a three bedroom, two and a half bath with central air that sleeps six adults comfortably. The great room has vaulted ceilings and opens to the kitchen and dining room, all with spectacular views of the lake. Sliding doors open onto the 1500-square-foot deck. Lower flagstone patio is perfect for grilling. Expansive backyard with bonfire pit, tree swing, garden, outdoor shower and stairs down to private beach. There is also a raised beach deck complete with tables/chairs and island with sink. Great to sit on the beach deck and enjoy meals or relax out of the sand. This home is the perfect destination for beachfront fun.
Three bedrooms upstairs provide beautiful sleeping arrangements for 6 adults, including a master suite with a private bath and a private deck overlooking the lake. A guest room with two full size beds can be the perfect 'kids room' while another offers a queen size bed, huge closets, and plenty of additional space for a portable crib.
A family room on the lower level offers kids the perfect place to hangout, while still providing beautiful lake views and sliding doors out to the patio and backyard.
A private culdesac and our large circular driveway can accommodate your cars while giving children the chance to ride bikes and skate safely.
We stayed at Stacey's place over a long Labor Day weekend and I can tell you no one wanted to leave! Everything about the house was great and the lake.... it was perfect! Stacey was a pleasure to work with and gave us some great tips about places to eat and where to get groceries. We really enjoyed ourselves and felt completely at home but only better because there was great views from just about every room. The sunsets were spectacular, the water and sand perfect. One thing I would recommend to other guests is to bring a back pack or two to haul things down to the beach. Overall, this was a great experience and I would highly recommend it!
I've stayed in a lot of rentals and this was one of the BEST! I felt like I was staying at a friend's home. The house is beautiful and it was so nice to not have to bring linens. Words can't explain the view, it is breathtaking. Stacey(the owner) was such a pleasure to work with and provided tons of info. We ate at many of the restaurants she suggested and enjoyed all of them. We loved the beach, we were the only families on the beach during our week. It was like having our own private beach. We all loved swimming in the lake. We didn't have to bring any beach supplies except our beach towels. There are all the supplies you need to enjoy the beach. My kids loved the kayak. Highly recommend visiting the nearby towns as well. We went to South Haven, Saugatuck & Holland. All were very nice. Would definitely recommend this beautiful home!
We rent the house at the beginning of May, and even though we could not swim, everybody had a wonderful time. My parents went for long walks on the beach, my husband tried the kayak, my kids (5 and 3) enjoyed playing in the sand and I had a good time reading sitting on the deck on the beach.
The view from the house is amazing. From the large windows in the kitchen, living room and master bedroom you can even enjoy it from the inside. But we spent most of the time outside on the beach or in the huge backyard, sitting on the tree swing, having a BBQ and a campfire in the evening. By the way, the sunsets were just fantastic!
There was plenty of space for the kids to play even inside the house especially in the separate family room. Everything was clean and well maintained.
If you are travelling with kids, I would recommend to go to St. Joseph´s famous Silver Beach (playground and fountain), pier and lighthouse, carousel and childrens museum, which are all just minutes away. My husband and I even visited Chicago (about 90 min).
The owner was very kind and accommodating to our needs. We felt really welcome.
We loved our week at this incredible lakefront home. As other reviewers have mentioned, the view is unbeatable! From our morning coffee on the deck to a bonfire at night, we loved the setting.
The beach is heaven. It's big and sandy, and you can walk for ages. I read another review where the renter was upset about the number of steps (we were having too much fun to count them for ourselves) but we didn't find it to be a problem. Most of the beachfront homes we've rented in this area are on a bluff and having a lot of stairs is expected.
Stacey was super accommodating, and everything was in perfect shape. We didn't use the TV (we're more of a card games family) and the internet was better than mine at home.
I'd rent again in a minute - great find!
We loved everything about our recent stay in this beautiful lakefront home except that we could not stay longer! The home is just perfect for a group of friends like we had or would be wonderful for a family vacation. It is very clean and has lots of amenities, not to mention all of the great outdoor seating with the amazing view of Lake Michigan! We loved the well equipped kitchen, the nice dining area, the spacious family room, comfortable beds, wonderful neighborhood and most of all, the private sandy beach!!! Would definitely like to return to this "little slice of heaven"!! I also want to add that I found Stacey to be so very nice, easy going, reasonable and kind to work with......something very refreshing as I've found not all VRBO owners remember that renters are customers!
My family completely enjoyed our stay during the July 4th, 2015 week. The home was perfect for our family. My wife and I and our grown children (three) spent a week enjoying being with each other. The home was very clean, spacious, well equipped in a very nice and quiet neighborhood close to downtown St Joe's. The view of Lake Michigan was spectacular as were our daily walks on the private sandy beach. My adult children loved the kayak and even convinced my wife and I to try it. There are 160 or so stairs to the beach but we did not find this to be an issue at all. Stacey bent over backwards to make our stay memorable. She even overnighted a new DVR because we could not get the one in the great room to work. Thank you Stacey! We enjoyed our stay immensely and highly recommend this home!