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Magician Lake All Season Lake House

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

3 bedrooms plus den, 2 full bathrooms, pull out couch and futon, sleeps 8-10

Vacation Rental Amenities: Our lake House is an all season home and includes heat and central air conditioning. This is a three bedroom two bathroom house with large dining area, cozy family room and spacious sun porch. Bedrooms accommodate approximately 8-10.

- Three bedrooms (sleeping a total of 6)

- Queen size sofa-bed in private family room (sleeps 2)

- Futon (sleeps 2)

- Bedrooms include pillows, sheets and blankets

- Towels are also supplied

- Full size washer and dryer, Fully equipped kitchen includes stove/oven, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, kitchen utensils, pot/pans, & dishes. Hammock

Things to do: Details and Things to Do

Magician Lake is part of the “Sister Lakes” region of Lower Michigan, about 20 minutes east of St. Joseph and six miles northwest of the city of Dowagiac. It is the largest of the lakes in the Sister Lakes area with a total of 498 acres, three islands, two marinas and a sand bar. The gradual depth of Magician Lake makes it a great swimming lake for children, and boat rentals, fishing, water skiing and other lake activities are also available on the lake. There is one outlet on Magician Lake that is known as Silver Creek, located on the eastern shores. Other recreational activities in the area include hiking, biking, golf, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling and sledding. The nearby town of Dowagiac is filled with beautiful Victorian architecture and has a vibrant downtown area for shopping, restaurants, theaters and museums. St. Joseph is a deep-water port town that has picturesque brick roads and many unique shops, art galleries, antique shops and cafes.

location and property details: Magician Lake is located just thirty miles north of South Bend, Indiana, one hour from Kalamazoo and two hours from Chicago. You will enjoy beautiful sunrises & sunsets and have fun in the sun on our 60 feet of private lake frontage.

Area Attractions: Sister Lakes Area:

- Historic Town of Dowagiac

- Golf courses

- Restaurants and Pubs

- Ice Cream Shops

- Fruit & Produce Stands

- Drive-in Movie Theatre

- Marinas

- Local Festivals

- Wineries

- Grocery Store, Liquor Store and Hardware store

Things to do while enjoying property:

• There are a bunch of games under the table on the sun porch and a deck of cards in the kitchen cabinet.

• You can sled off the hill behind the house (sleds on sun porch).

• There are lots of magazines and books around to just read and hang out.

• If you light a fire, be very careful that you property open the flu and never leave it un-attended.

Bikes in shed (2 adult, 1 child, 1 with training wheels).

More Details

Owner
Scott and Monique Strong
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, polish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

About Scott and Monique Strong

When we got married in 2004, we made a list of things we wanted to do. Purchasing a lake house where our someday kids could build memories was one of our dreams.

We live in the city 4 blocks from Wrigley Field so having a place to escape to in the summer months is really awesome!

I'm a realtor in the city and Scott is in the technology world. We have two girls and two dogs and we love raising our girls in a dynamic urban environment.

Since we purchased Mellow Yellow, two other family friends of ours purchased on the lake along with repeat guests of Mellow Yellow. So don't be surprised if you too end up purchasing on this lake!

Scott and Monique Strong purchased this house in 2005

Why Scott and Monique Strong chose Southwest

We chose mellow yellow because of the potential it had and for the amazing location on the lake. It sits high on a hill with an amazing view of the lake. It has 60 feet of private lake frontage and a huge grassy yard. It is also down a private road with low traffic.

Over the years we have completely remodeled the interior. We took the floors out and re-built the foundation. The house is one of the original homes on the lake, so before renovating the kitchen we wanted to make sure the structure was intact.

Surprisingly, the house was in great shape and after some reinforcement to the foundation, we added new hardwood floors throughout, painted all the dark wood white, opened up the kitchen and added new cabinets, quartz countertops and new stainless steel appliances. We added central HVAC, a new roof and a large deck off the sunporch. It's hardly recognizable now from when we bought it. We tried to keep as much original charm that we could, but it has a much more functional plan and a fantastic chefs kitchen.

Magician Lake is the largest of the sister lakes and it has a nice sandy bottom.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have been traveling to Sister Lakes for many years. This was by far one of the nicer homes we have stayed at. It had a beautiful kitchen with nice appliances and countertop space, fantastic dining room area and great deck! The views from every window were breathtaking. Everything we needed was provided. Our kids did not want to leave! The yard was huge and the beach area is safe for little ones. It's not very deep when you first step in and is pretty shallow all the way to the end of pier. Great for swimming. Magician lake is very clean and its not too busy. We'll be back!!
Jun 2016
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Amenities

Dowagiac House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Den - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , den/pullout sofa
    sunporch - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , futon/sunporch
    Bedroom 6 - futon/sunporch
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • There is plenty of room on the sunporch for a portable crib, and it is heated and air conditioned throughout the house.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
Smoking is permitted outside (please use ashtrays).

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Magician Lake All Season Lake House
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 11 reviews
5

Happy Family Memories!!!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful trip this was for our family. The stay at "Mello Yellow" was a very pleasant experience! We appreciated Monique and Scott sharing their beautiful home with us! The home was clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated. It was a pleasure to prepare meals in such a well equipped kitchen. I spent many happy Summer's in the Sisters Lakes area as a child and highly recommend this home for a peaceful, but fun filled family vacation.

The booklet of local activities provided to us by the Strongs was throughly researched and user friendly. There were six of us, my husband and our two adult sons, wife and girlfriend. The home was comfortable for all of us including a disabled member of our group. We look forward to spending time together at "Mello Yellow" some time in the future.

Karen

Frankfort, Illinois

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Excellent place to bring family

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean upon our arrival. Eveerrythign was marked and what was accessible. The area had a lot to offer for all ages. Highly recommend. Scott and Monique were very helpful.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, relaxing week!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The large kitchen was terrific for preparing meals and enjoying them with our large family! The sandy beach and sandy shallow lakefront was perfect for the kids as well as the large grassy yard for them to run and play games in! Enjoying a nice fire in the fire pit was always a nice way to end a busy day and relax. Also loved drinking coffee on the large deck in the morning and watching the sun rise. Enjoyed some good fishing as well. Nice and quite because of its location at the end of a dead end road.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vienna, VA
4

Beautiful property!

  • 4 of 5

This house is very lovely, and nicer than depicted in the photos - which is usually not the case with a rental property! It was fully equipped, and I very much appreciated that items like dishwasher detergent,laundry detergent, etc. were provided. The owners and caretakers were very responsive to any questions we had. The only negative about the property is that there is not much of a beach, which made it difficult for our little children to play in the water. There is a retaining wall with steps down to a fairly rocky beach, and the waves really kick up when there is boat traffic - not easy for little kids to manuever. Probably better for older kids who can jump off the end of the pier to swim. But overall, we loved this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Lakehouse!!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week 3 years ago and a weekend last Fall and we just booked another week for this summer. The home is decorated very nicely and the kitchen is better than any kitchen I have ever had! It has beautiful hardwood floors throughout (including the bedrooms). We had a group of 8 which included 2 couples and 4 kids. It is set down a private road on the really nice part of the lake (no weeds, just clean water). It was perfect for our kids who are all younger in age. There is a very large yard where we played volley ball and hung out by the fire pit. Everything we needed was already there. We love to cook and found the kitchen to be a delight. The beds were comfortable and everything was really clean when we arrived. We have stayed on other lakes nearby before and found them it to be a disappointment. Either no yard space or the water had receded. Magician is the best lake out of all the sister lakes and is the largest.

We would highly recommend this place and can't wait to stay there again.

M. Carey

  • Submitted: May 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
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Orland Park, Illinois
5

Wonderful lake house!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Mellow Yellow with friends for our much needed week long vacation last year. It was a wonderful time. The lake house is situated on a private road and is resting high on a bluff with wonderful views down to the lake. The lake is about 500 acres and the water is very clean. The water is about hip deep until you walk out a ways, so it feels very safe. They have a huge back yard with a firepit and this year when we stayed there just for the weekend we noticed so many more improvements, like a new sea wall and pier and they added a gigantic new deck and paved patio with new grill and seating area. We had a total of 7 people on our vacation and that seemed to be just right. Although the home could sleep up to 10. They also keep it very nice, everything was in working order and they have someone managing it who was very helpful and only lives a couple of doors down, but when we needed anything she was available. I also liked the fact that they have nice furniture, comfortable beds and nice linens. I've stayed at some places that were just plain old gross! This place is charming and has alot of character. They supplied everything, pots, pans, wine opener, coffee maker, towels, sheets, laundry detergent...it was all there. They also had a large binder with fun things to do in the area and directions. The downtown area of Dowagiac is only a 15 minute drive and we had a wonderful dinner at Wood Fire grill. There are also wineries within 20 or 30 minutes. We had such a great time...we really did not want to leave. As I mentioned, we came back recently just for a weekend getaway, and although it was short, we felt totally recharged. We visited some local antique shops which was really fun and went bike riding around the lake. The sunrise in the morning from the deck is priceless! We also noticed an area in the house with lots of games and toys for small kids, although we did not have kids on our trip, it looked like it would be really nice for small kids. I highly recommend this lake house for a family vacation...it is lovely!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
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Car: recommended

Magician Lake is part of the “Sister Lakes” region of Lower Michigan, about 20 minutes east of St. Joseph and six miles northwest of the city of Dowagiac. It is the largest of the lakes in the Sister Lakes area with a total of 498 acres, three islands, two marinas and a sand bar. The gradual depth of Magician Lake makes it a great swimming lake for children, and boat rentals, fishing, water skiing and other lake activities are also available on the lake. There is one outlet on Magician Lake that is known as Silver Creek, located on the eastern shores. Other recreational activities in the area include hiking, biking, golf, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling and sledding. The nearby town of Dowagiac is filled with beautiful Victorian architecture and has a vibrant downtown area for shopping, restaurants, theaters and museums. St. Joseph is a deep-water port town that has picturesque brick roads and many unique shops, art galleries, antique shops and cafes.

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Rates & Availability

Dowagiac House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jun 25 2016 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,200
 
 
Standard pricing
7 night minimum stay
$2,750
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $100

Check in is Friday at 4PM and Check out is 11 AM the following Friday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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