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Duneswater - Private Beachfront Home on Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

The first words out of first time visitors are “WOW'! Great spot, nice low bluff, fantastic beach.” Duneswater at Onekama is all that: a private, one-family home with brand new kitchen filled with state-of-the-art amenities.

From the private road entrance, the lowest level contains a beach shower and laundry facilities. The main floor is reached from the inner stairway or from the south side redwood deck, complete with cushioned deck furniture and a gas barbecue. The main floor great room is dominated by the spectacular lake views and the large fieldstone working wood fireplace. The dining area shares this space.

The kitchen has everything you need or want. Gas stove and cooktop with lake view, coffee makers (drip & espresso), all small appliances, icemaker, dishwasher and microwave. Truly a cook’s kitchen with lots of counter space and breakfast bar with swivel stools.

The south bedroom has a queen bed and a lazy-boy reading chair. The north bedroom contains twin beds. The main floor full bathroom has a large well-lit walk-in shower.

Upstairs is a sleeping loft with a variety of twin beds and a full bed to accommodate your crew’s requirements. The loft has an open space for cards or games, an artist’s/crafter’s table and 1/2 bathroom.

Dogs have always lived in this house, so one well-behaved dog is allowed with an additional $200 refundable pet deposit. As a result, if you have dog allergies another home may suit you better.

There is no smoking.

Outdoors is living with the view. The redwood deck is protected from northerly breezes. The shade patio is for taking the air, and the beach itself is for lounging, walking or pit-fires.

There are books, games and satellite dish TV, even DVDs and music CDs – but that’s not why you choose Duneswater. The secluded location, private beach, incredible view, comfortable well appointed home – that’s the choice!

The beach is back! The trend of rising water levels in Lake Michigan has tapered off, and our beach has reappeared. It is easily accessed by the new railed staircase completed in fall 2016.

Duneswater embraces the concept of continuous quality improvement (CQI) for the comfort of our guests. In recent years, many changes have been made, including: rebuilding the main deck, new carpet in main floor BRs, new sofas, re-covered bar stools, retiled fireplace spark apron and new screening, paint, new shower light main floor bath, new stairs to the beach and new carport.

Whatever your “great” vacation requirements might be, if it’s not at Duneswater itself, it is nearby. The Village of Onekama has groceries, WIFI hotspot, post office, hardware store, gift shops and several good restaurants. Most other amenities, including a casino, are 15 miles south in Manistee. If you are a golfer, the four closest courses include Arcadia Bluffs (Golf Digest #10 ranked), The Heathlands at Onekama, Bear Lake County Highlands and Manistee National. A visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline, voted Good Morning America's 'Most Beautiful Place in America' in 2011, is a great excursion north along scenic M-22.

Maximum occupancy is 8 people. Minimum stay generally is 7 days.

See additional photos at the end of this listing.

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More Details

Property Manager
Sharron Lemmer
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017


Onekama House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Bed linens, towels and laundry facilities are provided. Towels and blankets for outdoor use are not provided.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main floor bath - toilet , shower
    Lower level bath - toilet , shower
    Loft half bath - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Main floor bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Main floor bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Upper loft - 1 double , 3 twin/ single , Upper level loft with half bath and extra play space.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Artesian well on south side of Portage Point Drive, approximately one mile east from Ivanhoe.


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Duneswater - Private Beachfront Home on Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.25 based on 4 reviews
Birmingham, MI

Great House on Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting a place on Lake Michigan for 21 years and the last five straight have been at Duneswater. The house is clean and can comfortably accommodate 8 adults and all their stuff. It is remote enough to be out of the mainstream of travelers in the area but not too remote.The big attraction is Lake Michigan. Nearby Onekama is a sleepy little non touristy village with a couple of decent places to eat and a grocery store. Onekama also has Portage Lake which is connected to Lake Michigan so you have an inland lake connected to the big lake. The Heathlands, which is a decent "up North" golf course, is also in Onekama. Arcadia Bluffs, which is an outstanding golf course, is 12 miles away. I usually don't write reviews, but the Owner has been easy to work with and we love staying at the place.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great beach house

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Duneswater. This is our second time renting this home and it has everything we needed and more. The only downside was that all our linens and towels had to be washed and dried by 11:00 check out time. We had to get up at 6:30 am to start showers and the wash so it was all done in time for the 8 of us. It would have been better to strip beds and start wash for the clean up crew. I found this to be a hassle our last morning.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Diane, We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Duneswater. We are having a beautiful summer in northern Michigan. Thank you for sharing your concerns about the laundry arrangement. It is a tough one but necessary for adequate time to get ready for our next arrival and keep the house and property in top notch condition. Our turnaround team has much to do with 2 bedrooms, large sleeping loft, 2.5 baths, laundry area, kitchen/dining/living space, 2 decks, carport, woods and beach areas to clean and maintain. We are happy to provide the convenience of onsite laundry facilities and supplies to use during your stay. To save time at checkout, some guests have opted to bring their own linens and towels. Again, thank you for choosing Duneswater. It was a pleasure having your group as our guests, and we hope to see you again.
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Leesburg VA

Great beach house

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Duneswater on Lake Michigan. The house provided all that we needed for a nice relaxing vacation. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wheeling, Il

Spent the best 4th of July at Duneswater

  • 4 of 5

This house located on a absolutely beautiful part of the beach was everything we hoped it would be. Crystal clear, not rocks and very private. The modern kitchen is a plus. Furnishing a bit dated, but okay for a beach house Everything was clean and in order when we checked in. It was a great family vacation spot. Found the Glenwood, Blue Slipper Bistro, and Annie & Teddies Ice Cream shop a must for any visitor. Local IGA was also a pleasant surprise with a butcher available for fresh cuts of meat. Not too far from Sleeping Bear Dunes which is a must for anyone visiting the area for the first time. We would love to rent this house again.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Manistee Blacker Airport
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Arcadia Bluffs
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
M-22 (voted the most beautiful place in America)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
The Glenwood
Nearest Beach
Lake Michigan
Car: necessary

Yoga, massage, concerts in the park, wine tasting, beautiful sunsets, scenic drives, farmers market & roadside stands, trail biking, hiking, artesian wells


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400

One well-behaved dog is allowed; $200 pet deposit required. This is a non-smoking home. Occupancy is limited to 8. Weekly rental is Friday to Friday. Check-in at 4 PM and checkout at 11 AM. Cleaning charges are included in the rental fee. Reservation deposit and pet deposit are refunded within 14 days of satisfactory checkout. Payment by check is preferred; if using credit card payment option, an additional 3% will be added to the rental fee.

Cancellations: 30-day notice is required. Cancellations that are made more than 30 days prior to the arrival date will receive refund of all payments except the reservation deposit. Refund of reservation deposit will be conditional on ability to re-rent the unit. Cancellations made within 30 days of arrival date forfeit the full advance payment and reservation deposit.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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