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Luxury Beachfront Retreat: Lake Michigan, Spa, Private, Decks, Dunes, Chicago

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Main House outdoor living space: pro sand volleyball, hot tub, grill, firepit

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Last updated: 09/29/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

After 2 nights, the nightly rate decreases!
We also offer DISCOUNTED weeknight pricing!

Miller Beach Dream Retreat is Indiana Dunes MOST Luxurious Vacation Rental!
Steps from the best "semi-private", sugar-sand beach on Lake Michigan
Often referred to as the "Hampton's of the Midwest"
Sleeps 22! Often rented with our Attached Guest House (additional fee) to sleep a total of 30!!

5-Star Luxury Oasis: private, secluded, spa-like quality, ultimate beach-front getaway on Indiana Dunes National Park. Commanding views of Lake Michigan and Chicago skyline--only 35 miles away!

Location:
Miller Beach, IN is the closest beach-side community to Chicago (45 minutes by train or car) and recently received a $28 million grant from the state to revamp its beach concessions, museums, parking, streets, hiking trails, and infrastructure.
Miller Beach, is the center of hundreds of attractions. Boat Launch (seasonal) for watercraft is (1/3 mile) away. Only a sliver of National Park & winding dune trails separates you from THE nicest, Semi-Private, sugar-sand beach in IN! Take the sand trail leading from our Pro Sand Volley Ball Court for a sunrise jog, catch some warm, afternoon rays on the soft beach, swim in cool Lake Michigan, or stroll in the surf at dusk & capture a snapshot of the setting sun or Chicago Skyline. No matter what the season or occasion, stay with us for the ultimate in relaxation!

Sleeps 22: 4-Queen Bdrms/4-Marble Baths, Dry-Cedar Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi, Jenn-Air Gourmet Kitchen, Marvel Wine Cellars, Wet Bar w/ Marvel Kegerator, Wood-burning Stove, Poker/game Tables, Wi-Fi, Dolby Surround Smart HD TVs

Gated Outdoor Living Space:
Napoleon Gas Grills, Hot-tub, Pro-sand Volleyball Court, Fire-pit, Patio Heaters, Sunbrella Lounge Furniture, Hammocks, Outdoor Shower

Gourmet Kitchen:
- Open to Living/Dining Room with Jenn-air and Marvel appliances
- Large side by side refrigerator with automatic ice maker
- Four ovens: Electric Baking oven | Convection microwave oven | Warming oven
- Professional 36inch gas roasting oven, Six-sealed burner professional cook-top
- Professional range hood
- Dual Marvel red and white wine/champagne refrigerators
- Dishwasher and Garbage Disposal
- Huge 6ft by 8ft double island with prep sink and seating
- Custom, hand-weathered, cherry cabinetry with Pietra Cardosa (Italian soapstone) counters
- Dinnerware: place settings and flatware for 24 (indoor and outdoor), glassware (water/rocks/wine)
- Small Appliances: 2 Coffee Makers, Toaster and Toaster Oven, Blender, Crock Pot
- Supplies: Dish towels, Paper Towels, Dish-soap, Dishwasher detergent, Hand Soap, Trash Bags, Coffee Filters, various Spices
- Cookware: Mixing Bowls, Measuring cups/spoons, Strainers, Utensils, Pots/Pans, Baking Sheets, Serving Bowls and Platters

Great Room:
- Wood burning stove with blower and ample supply of seasoned oak firewood and firestarter logs (non-peak season)
- Newly updated Leather Sofa, chairs, and décor throughout
- 28ft soaring timbered ceiling creates a rustic-chic atmosphere
- 15 bulb wrought-iron chandelier add to the overall elegance
- Opens directly to main level deck (no steps), outdoor Jacuzzi, Pro-sand volleyball court (Peak Season only)
- Dining Table seats ten; additional 6ft banquet table and ample folding chairs for extra seating
- Thermal drapery panels provide comfort on those super hot Summer days and adds additional privacy
- Game Cabinets (poker, board games, puzzles, etc.)

Loft/Game Room:
- Rustic wood beamed, vaulted ceiling
- Wrap-around balcony overlooks Living/Dining/Kitchen
- 8-seat Leather sectional sofa
- Professional Poker table with rolling pneumatic leather chairs {flip side is standard game table}, includes regulation chips/cards
- 42" HDTV with combo DVD/VHS player
- Custom woven wood blinds increases ambiance and privacy
- 5 large skylights capture all the sunshine!
- Recessed can lighting with specular cones illuminates the space beautifully
- No step walk-out to multi-level decks
- Panoramic views though the "wall of windows" of Lake Michigan, surrounding dune-scape of National Park, & Chicago Skyline

Rec Room:
- 52" HD Smart TV with Vizio Sound-bar home theater
- Queen sleeper Sofa
- Huge 5' diameter Game Table
- Walk-in Wet Bar with Kegerator (available for additional fee), built-in mini-refrigerator for soda, mixers, garnishes, etc.
- Library containing over 350 movies for your enjoyment
- Full size Refrigerator/Freezer

1200 sq. ft. Master Suite:

- Sterns & Foster Queen bed
- Dry Cedar Sauna
- Steam shower with eucalyptus oil dispenser, rain shower head and hand held shower
- Jacuzzi tub for two
- Juliette Balcony with french doors overlooking Great Room and loft below
- 60” HD Smart TV
- 10' x 8' walk-in closet with windows and skylights {large enough to serve as an additional bedroom with provided queen, luxury, high-rise Aero Bed}
- Skylights throughout
- Private, wrap-around deck with unobstructed views of the Dunes, Lake Michigan, Chicago Skyline, and outdoor bistro table and built-in bench facing due East to see spectacular sun rises over the dunes

Additional bedrooms:
- 2-Queen bedrooms with space to set up Deluxe High-rise Aerobeds
- 1-Bunk room with Twin/Queen beds and Twin/Twin beds
- High thread-count linens, comforters and pillows
- Ceiling fans, stand fans, abundant closet space and hangers, alarm clocks, etc.
- HD TVs and DVD players with remote controls
- Adjacent Bathrooms are marble-tiled with custom furniture-grade vanities, rain shower heads, hair dryers, bath mats, etc
- Plush Bath Towels, Hand Towels, and Washcloths are provided for all guests
*Ask for a list of our suggested sleeping arrangements

Additional Amenities:
- Free parking for 8 vehicles in the driveway
- Fastest ATT Uverse Wi-Fi available
- 4 Deluxe High-rise Aerobeds and all bedding/extra towels, etc provided
- Dog-friendly (additional fee applies)
- Washer/Dryer complete with detergent, bleach, and fabric softener
- All basics provided: hand soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, bleach, dish washer soap, dish soap, fabric softener, paper towel, trash bags, toilet paper, etc.
- Personal tour at check-in and binder full of useful info & local attractions provided at check-in

Weddings at the Dream Retreat:
We are in the 'memory making' business and have hosted over 12 intimate beach weddings, significant anniversaries and birthdays, family reunions, holiday parties, corporate events, and honeymoons! Our guests are mostly repeats & often book the same period each year. They too seek the ultimate spa-like-experience and finest accommodations.

Terms:
2 night minimum, Credit Cards/PayPal/Chase QuickPay accepted, 50% due at booking, remainder due 30 days prior to arrival

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Property Type

  • House
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years minimum age for primary licensee...moreless

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    Kids games, puzzles, sand and beach toys, etc. included and on-site...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking allowed inside home or within 15 feet of any open window or door...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Up to 5 adult, house-trained dogs are allowed for additional pest-control fees. We provide dog crates, dog pillows/beds, dog dishes, toys, etc....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    I designed the home to be six half levels so the maximum run of steps is six with sturdy hand rails...moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 8-16

  • Master Suite: 1 queen

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  • 2nd Bedroom: 1 queen

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  • 3rd Bedroom: 1 queen

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  • 4th Bedroom: 1 queen

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  • Top floor HUGE 1200 SF Master Suite: -Private, wrap-around decks--see Chicago Skyline, Lake, & North & East views of Nat'l Park and lagoon. Enjoy bistro table & built-in bench to catch the morning sun -Juliette balcony w/ French doors overlooks the loft & Great Room below -10'x8' walk-in-closet w/ windows/skylights, dresser, iron & board, hangars -Custom silk draperies and fine 800 Thread-count linens -Decorative travertine marble fire place En-suite bath: -Commercial-grade 2-person steam shower w/ eucalyptus oil dispenser -Grohe downpour shower head and pulsating massage jets -Extra-large, 2-person Peninsula-garden Jacuzzi -Private toilet rm Other Bedrooms: -All Queen-sized beds, custom-matched comforters, bed skirts, shams & comfy sheets will pamper you in luxury! Each bedroom equipped w/ dressers, flat screen digital cable TV, DVD player, ceiling & stand fans, closets w/ hangars, alarm clocks. Some have private balconies and decorative fireplaces...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Master Suite: toilet, shower, jetted tub

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  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • Bathroom 4: toilet

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  • Exterior: outdoor shower

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  • Master Suite Bathroom: -Spa Quality! Luxury! Feature-rich! -Dry Cedar Sauna -Commercial-grade two-person Steam Shower with eucalyptus oil dispenser -Grohe downpour shower and pulsating massage jet shower heads -Extra-large two-person, peninsula Jacuzzi tub Other Bathrooms: outdoor shower (Peak Season Only) -Marble tiled baths with downpour shower heads, custom vanities (maple-glazed with hand-carved, claw feet) loaded with plush towel sets and bath mats. -Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair dryers, toilet paper provided in all bathrooms...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Leave your worries behind & bring only your personal belongings... Think of the Dream Retreat as a 5-Star, luxury hotel, loaded with fine amenities, but private, secluded, and your very own... Our nearly endless list of amenities are second to none: Indoor/outdoor sound system creates the perfect atmosphere for entertaining or relaxing Pro kitchen—serves 16, mixing bowls, bakeware, serving platters, pots, pans, and skillets, roasting pans, spatulas, serving spoons, spices, toaster oven, blender, steamer, crock pot, coffee makers, filters Towels, shampoo, conditioner, bodywash Extra pillows, sheets, beach towels (seasonal) Lanterns, flashlights, first-aid kits 4 Queen-sized, high-rise, luxury, self-inflating/deflating Aero-beds w/ pillow tops & Headboards. Linens and bedding provided. Pro-Sand Volleyball & outdoor toys (Peak Season only) Firewood, trash bags, plastic-ware, paper towel, laundry, fabric sheets, dish soap included...moreless

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

    Three bookcases full of reading material for everyone...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Six total...moreless

  • Game Room:

    Rec Room has huge round game table, home theater, and walk-in wet bar. Loft has 2-sided game table with dedicated poker table with regulation chips and cards...moreless

  • Games:

    two cabinets full of board games, etc....moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Comcast digital cable on all ten (10) flat-screen TVs...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Yamaha sound system with Indoor and Outdoor Speakers, iPod dock, CD player, Radio...moreless

  • Television:

    Ten (10) HD flat screens ...moreless

  • Toys:

    Outdoor bins full of sand castle makers and other outdoor toys...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Over 300 DVD/VHS movies to choose from--kids, adults, documentaries, etc....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach:

    See Lake Michigan beach and Chicago skyline from almost every room in the 6000sq.ft. Dream Retreat!...moreless

  • Beach View:

    See Lake Michigan beach and Chicago skyline from almost every room in the 6000sq.ft. Dream Retreat!...moreless

  • Beachfront:

    See Lake Michigan beach and Chicago skyline from almost every room in the 6000sq.ft. Dream Retreat!...moreless

  • Lake:

    See Lake Michigan beach and Chicago skyline from almost every room in the 6000sq.ft. Dream Retreat!...moreless

  • Lake View:

    See Lake Michigan beach and Chicago skyline from almost every room in the 6000sq.ft. Dream Retreat!...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    See Lake Michigan beach and Chicago skyline from almost every room in the 6000sq.ft. Dream Retreat!...moreless

  • Monument View:

    View Historic Chanute Hill and Museum right in the back yard--sight of the first manned glider-ride in 1896...moreless

  • Water View:

    See Lake Michigan beach and Chicago skyline from almost every room in the 6000sq.ft. Dream Retreat!...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    See Lake Michigan beach and Chicago skyline from almost every room in the 6000sq.ft. Dream Retreat!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining area in on main level Dream Retreat and is adjacent to living area, Pro-Kitchen and opens out to main deck...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 20 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    8 independently remote-controlled units...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:

    Free High Speed Internet! bring your own laptop and surf away!...moreless

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Two large capacity gas dryers in Dream Retreat and attached Guest House...moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace:

    two decorative travertine marble fireplaces: master suite and lower level bedroom (not operational)...moreless

  • Firewood
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Circulating hot water, radiant heating system throughout--each level of six-level home and attached Guest House has independent, electronic heating controls...moreless

  • Internet:

    High speed Wi-Fi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    All bed linens, pillows, blankets, comforters provided...moreless

  • Living Area
  • Living Room:

    Oversized leather chairs and sofa provide ample seating...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Private drive holds 6 vehicles--two rows of 3 vehicles--overflow park for free at train station 2 miles away...moreless

  • Parking On Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Contact us to discuss parking for all your toys...moreless

  • Rumpus Room
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Heating
  • Study Room
  • Telephone:

    Free local and toll-free calls...moreless

  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Full sets of towels--bath, hand, wash cloth, kitchen & large beach towels ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Two large capacity washer in Dream Retreat and attached Guest House...moreless

  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet:

    Free Wireless High-speed Internet--bring your own laptop and surf away!...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    High efficiency, ultra-cozy, heats 60% of the retreat; excellent for Fall, Spring, & Winter. Well stocked cords of seasoned oak and maple hardwood! Log dolly, hand carrier, & fire-starter logs...moreless

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    Local restaurants have catering and delivery options available...moreless

  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    three total: two in Dream Retreat, one in attached Guest House--filters provided...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything to whip up gourmet delights and family meals: mixing bowls, serving platters, cook pots, skillets, bakeware, toaster oven, 3 coffee makers, steamer, blender, crock pot, spices, paper towel, trash bags, detergent, dish soap, etc....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Well stocked Dream Retreat and attached Guest House with full service for 26...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Ultra-quiet, large capacity...moreless

  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Gourmet Kitchen with Jenn-air and Marvel appliances and walk-in wet bar in main house...moreless

  • Microwave:

    convection microwave...moreless

  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven:

    Combo convection microwave and electric baking oven, moist warming oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Walk-in pantry with custom shelving store all pantry items: condiments, spice rack, salts, coffee, cooking oils, etc....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Five total: one with auto-ice maker, red wine cellar (55 degrees), white wine/water/soda/beer (39 degrees), bulk storage Fridge/freezer in Rec Room, walk-in-wet bar...moreless

  • Stove:

    Jenn-Air Pro Series six-sealed burners and 36in gas roasting oven...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    two toasters and two toaster ovens (one each in Dream Retreat and attached Guest House)...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Indoor Juliette balcony overlooks loft and great room from Master Suite; 2nd Master Bedroom has a private, outdoor Juliette Balcony. There are 4 more multi-level decks...moreless

  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat:

    Lake St Beach boat launch is 1/3 mile from Retreat; Portage Marina is 10 minutes away for larger vessels...moreless

  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio:

    1200 sq ft. of multi-level deck, outdoor living space showcase dunes, Lake Michigan, Pro-sand volleyball court, and Chicago skyline...moreless

  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Golf:

    20 golf courses within a 30 minute drive of the Miller Beach Dream Retreat...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentals available...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    1200 sq.ft. of outdoor private living space complete with hammocks, tables, seating, swings, etc....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Well maintained front lawn is perfect for lawn games such as corn hole, croquet, jarts, etc....moreless

  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Napoleon outdoor Grill with side burners and extra propane tanks...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Sailboat
  • Sand Box
  • Shed
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Four Seasons Ski resort is 40miles away...moreless

  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Outdoor bin full of swim noodles, wave boards, games, toys...moreless

  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    6-person OUTDOOR Jacuzzi and 45 jets. ...moreless

  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna:

    -Dry Cedar Sauna -Commercial-grade, two-person steam shower and eucalyptus oil reservoir ...moreless

  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Steam Shower
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • Jetted Tub

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2016/17 NON Peak Season
Sep 26 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
$340 $475
Thu, Fri, Sat
$2,149
2017 PEAK Season
May 26 - Sep 24, 2017
2 night min stay
$1,375 $1,400
Thu, Fri, Sat
$5,849
2017/2018 NON Peak Season
Sep 25 - May 24, 2018
2 night min stay
$365 $500
Thu, Fri, Sat
$2,199
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$325 $450
Thu, Fri, Sat
$2,099

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $0
  • Ask-Early/Late Check out $0
  • Holiday Fees may apply $0
  • Cleaning $199 + tax
  • Tax Rate 12%

Notes:

**System-generated rates MAY NOT BE ACCURATE**

Dogs accepted (up to 3, treated at least 7 days in advance)--CONFIRM FEE

Early check-in 1pm CST/late check out 1pm CST for add'l fees, subject to availability

Holiday premiums for July 4th, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Air Show, Easter


Manager's cancellation policy:

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Calendar

Last updated: 09/29/2016
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Location

30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Chicago O'Hare Int'l, Chicago Midway
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
18th Street Brewery, Brasserie, Beach Cafe
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
19 courses within a 30 mile radius
2 Miles
Nearest Train
Miller Beach Train Depot--SouthShore Line
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-65 & Highway US 12/US 20, 80/84
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Miller Bakery Cafe, Flamingos, Miller Beach Cafe
40 Miles
Nearest Ski
FourLakes Apline Snowsports
Miller Beach, Gary, IN, USA
Nearest Beach
Beachfront Retreat--sliver of Nat'l Park in betwn

Car: Necessary

Custom built in 2009, the secluded Dream Retreat will help you escape from it all! Retreat is situated on a cul-de-sac street (no traffic) and corner lot (only house on the corner). Closest neighbor is 350 feet away. Completely private compound (6' & 8' privacy fences). Pro-Sand Beach Volley ball court set to Womany's Olympic specifications (Peak Season only). Entire North (lakeside) and East are Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Hear nothing except the songs of birds, breeze, and waves slapping against the Lake Michigan shoreline. See the Chicago Skyline from the upper decks.

Because of our unique location, only a tiny sliver of National Park separates us (sand & asphalt trail) from the best semi-private sugar-sand beach on Lake Michigan. We are 1/3 mile from Lake St. Beach boat launch (seasonal) for all your water toys, jet-skis, boats, sailboats, etc.

We personally meet you at check-in to give keys, a brief tour, and binder full of fun and useful info and all the best attractions within a 45 minute drive or train ride.

Other Activities: Centrally located and something for everyone! All attractions are within a 45 minute drive or train ride. Shoppers and gamers paradise! grocery/liquor stores, factory Outlet malls (120 stores), West Lake two-story mall, candy factory tours, fine/casual Dining, EZ train to Chicago: (Loop, “Magnificent Mile” shopping, museums, convention center, airports), water parks, amusement parks, Amish Country, scenic drives, Fall foilage tours, flea markets, National Park hiking/biking trails and classroom discussions, winery tours, Casinos (10 min to Trump, Ameristar, Majestic, harrah's, Horseshoe; 30 min to Blue Chip), Wells Street & West Side Beaches, golf, marinas, etc.

Golf: 19 courses withing a 30 mile radius--list and contact information provided in binder at check-in.

Ski: FourLakes Apline Snowsports is in Lisle, IL approx 60 miles from the Retreat and offer a wide variety of terrain, slopes, lessons, and fun for people of all ages.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2009

About: As an Engineer and General Contractor since 1995, Jim (Hilary’s husband) has a passion for designing, building, and managing large, luxury beachfront homes to accommodate large families and groups for celebrating, entertaining, and relaxing. Hilary is an accomplished Interior Designer and loves to create inviting spaces, ensuring that all the details are attended to. Jim has been a commercial real estate investor since 2001 and built this dream home for his family to call home. We always look forward to 'our private oasis on the beach” to escape from it all... Completed in 2009, the Miller Beach Dream Retreat and attached Guest House offer all the luxuries, premium fixtures, and custom amenities to truly have a spa-like experience. The 6 half-level floor plan layout and flow is functional, offering both large gathering spaces to entertain on a grand scale both indoors and out as well as comfortable, cozy nooks in unique spaces for solitude. We truly hope you enjoy our home as much as we do. We fill up very fast, take all forms of payment, and operate on a first come, first served basis See you soon! Jim and Hilary

Why Miller Beach, Gary, IN, USA:
We chose Miller Beach, IN for several reasons. It is THE closest beach side community to Chicago (35 minutes by car or train, 60 minutes from O’hare Airport, 30 minutes from Midway Airport), is right on the Indiana Dunes National Park, and has the BEST “semi-private” sugar-sand beach! Our backyard and beach IS the IN Dunes National Park! Unlike most beachfront rentals that are crowded, noisy, and offer little or no privacy, Dream Retreat is built on a quiet, cul-de-sac street, corner lot, the only house on the corner, and 350 feet from the closest neighbor!. Your views to the North and East are Lake Michigan, the Dunes, and the Chicago skyline. We installed 6’ and 8’ privacy fences to further isolate the outdoor living spaces and Pro-sand volleyball court from the street. Just follow our trail to the sugar-sand beach and enjoy the 150ft sand bar and crystal clear, warm water. Our beach has no rocks, no muck, and no algae. Also, because we are the Southern-most tip of Lake Michigan, the water gets the warmest fastest and stays the warmest the longest--even well into Autumn. The choice is obvious... become “one with nature”, have no noisy neighbors, enjoy the ultimate in luxury and privacy, and be only 35 minutes from Chicago--one of the largest and most culturally diverse cities in the world!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
No other beachfront vacation rental offers this level of privacy, beauty, and luxury. Our guest list is confidential, but includes A-list celebrities on-site during filming of major movies, professional sports stars, and noted journalists.


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  • Main House outdoor living space:  pro sand volleyball, hot tub, grill, firepit

    Main House outdoor living space: pro sand volleyball, hot tub, grill, firepit

  • Two-story Great Room with Dream Kitchen, Living, Dining and Loft above

    Two-story Great Room with Dream Kitchen, Living, Dining and Loft above

  • TV/Game Loft:  Overlooks Great Rm.  Game/poker table, Blu-Ray, Dolby, skylights

    TV/Game Loft: Overlooks Great Rm. Game/poker table, Blu-Ray, Dolby, skylights

  • Master En-Suite Spa:  cedar sauna, steam shower, jetted tub

    Master En-Suite Spa: cedar sauna, steam shower, jetted tub

  • Level 4 Bathroom with cappuccino marble and large vanity

    Level 4 Bathroom with cappuccino marble and large vanity

  • Cozy Level 2 queen bedroom with dual-recliner and fireplace

    Cozy Level 2 queen bedroom with dual-recliner and fireplace

  • Rec Room:  walk-in wet bar, home theater, foosball, etc.

    Rec Room: walk-in wet bar, home theater, foosball, etc.

  • Napoleion gas grill, firepit, dining seating for 10 plus 12 on picnic tables

    Napoleion gas grill, firepit, dining seating for 10 plus 12 on picnic tables

  • Shower outdoors (Peak Season) in the private spendor of the Dunes Nat'l Park

    Shower outdoors (Peak Season) in the private spendor of the Dunes Nat'l Park

  • One of many beautiful Miller Beach sunsets!

    One of many beautiful Miller Beach sunsets!

  • Intimate firepit, overlooks pro sand volleyball and IN Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore

    Intimate firepit, overlooks pro sand volleyball and IN Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore

  • Aerial view of entire compound:  private, secluded, IN Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore

    Aerial view of entire compound: private, secluded, IN Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore

  • Professional Gourmet Kitchen-fully stocked, including red/white wine fridges

    Professional Gourmet Kitchen-fully stocked, including red/white wine fridges

  • Great Room as viewed from TV/Game Loft

    Great Room as viewed from TV/Game Loft

  • 1200 sq ft Master Suite

    1200 sq ft Master Suite

  • Level 4 North Queen Bedroom with private Juliette balcony

    Level 4 North Queen Bedroom with private Juliette balcony

  • Bunk Room with 3 twin beds and 1 queen

    Bunk Room with 3 twin beds and 1 queen

  • Level 2 Bathrm featuring marble floors and hand-carved maple and granite vanity

    Level 2 Bathrm featuring marble floors and hand-carved maple and granite vanity

  • Rec Room with walk-in wet bar and Dolby 5.1 surround theater

    Rec Room with walk-in wet bar and Dolby 5.1 surround theater

  • Multi-level decks with cushioned furniture, fire pit, hammocks, swings, hot tub

    Multi-level decks with cushioned furniture, fire pit, hammocks, swings, hot tub

  • Sunset walk on the semi-private, sugar sand beach

    Sunset walk on the semi-private, sugar sand beach

  • Marquette Park Lagoon--a quick and scenic walk from the Dream Retreat!

    Marquette Park Lagoon--a quick and scenic walk from the Dream Retreat!

  • Rec Room bathroom

    Rec Room bathroom

  • Miller Beach shoreline of Lake Michigan: no rocks, muck, algae.

    Miller Beach shoreline of Lake Michigan: no rocks, muck, algae.

VRBO #155273

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Luxury Beachfront Retreat: Lake Michigan, Spa, Private, Decks, Dunes, Chicago

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