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Best Beach House, Lake Michigan, Relaxing!

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The beginning of another beautiful day. Sunrise from your private beach.


Last updated: 04/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, (sleeps 6) open living dining area with east view.

Spring booking special. Save $150 per night from last year for weekly visits.
See recent rate reductions in pricing. Now for the first time property is available for "weekends only" rental.
Note, reservations marked "Tentative" means that the dates may still be available. A signed paid for contract secures the dates and then they are marked "reserved."
Tranquil. Stunning views
The serenity of your own private sandy beach is just steps from the deck, its uniquely soft sand rivaling the best of the tropical islands.
Your lovely home-away-from-home was fully renovated in 2008 and fastidiously maintained and updated since then. It features unobstructed, breathtaking views of Lake Michigan through expansive floor-to-ceiling windows.
The master bedroom awakens to the warmth of Eastern and Southern exposure, perfect for watching majestic sunrises over Lake Michigan while you snuggle in bed.
As you rise to greet the new day and gather in the comfort of the spacious living and dining area, sunlight dancing on the waves seems to draw you through the sliding glass doors out onto your deck, then onto the beach, then into the lake.
The open plan living space truly inspires togetherness and creates lasting, happy memories for all to share.
High speed wireless Internet and cable TV keep you in touch with the real world . . . if you really want to.
Wouldn't you rather . . .
Stroll leisurely along the shore for miles in each direction . . .
Enjoy the sublime sunrise, the marvelous moon rise and the starlit skies from the peaceful tranquility of a your private deck . . .
Build sand castles with the wee folk . . .
Savor the flavor of your favorite meal as you dine under the stars . . .
Warm up the cool evenings around a crackling fire on the beach . . .
Drift off to sleep listening to the sound of waves crashing against the shoreline . . .
While you can enjoy the convenience of a having your own modern kitchen. If you want to leave the cooking to the pros, both fine and casual dining are available nearby in Sheboygan and Kohler and a good local restaurant 'Judi's' in town. Judi's is not open in the evenings so hurry in for breakfast and lunch.

Enjoy fun for the whole family at Blue Harbor indoor water park in Sheboygan.
A new 'WaveRider' was installed at the water park in 2014 which offers additional exciting thrills.
Golf at Whistling Straits, Blackwolf Run, The Bull, The Bog, and many more!

Pamper yourself at the luxurious Kohler Waters Spa with treatments available for both men and women.

Upscale shopping, antiquing, bike trails, Lake Michigan fishing charters and Road America are all within easy 15-20 minute drives.

Nearby Cedarburg also has first class dining and shopping.

Fall is a wonderful time to stay and enjoy the change of seasons.
Winter is stunning with the dramatic beauty of the lake, sparkling ice and snow.

Fall always brings a stunning collage of foliage color to the area and hiking our three beautiful state parks are a lovely way to take it all in. Kohler-Andre, Harrington Beach, and Kettle Moraine State Parks are all conveniently located. Fall is a wonderful time to stay and enjoy the change of seasons.
Winter is stunning with the dramatic beauty of the lake, sparkling ice and snow.
In the winter, you can hike, cross-country ski or mountain bike along the Lake Michigan shoreline. A snowboard park is close by for additional snow fun.

The home has 3 bedrooms (sleeps 6) and two full bathrooms (showers only). It features a rustic knotty pine interior, ceramic tile floors and ceiling fans throughout.

The master bedroom faces the lake and has a king bed and flat screen TV. The second bedroom, with a queen bed, is located on the North side and has a nice view of the lake through the trees. The third bedroom has two twin beds and a view of the backyard and woods.

A sought after location for writing the novel that has been percolating. Authors have found it inspiring.

As a one level ranch house with are few stairs, the home is accessible to folks who do not walk well, but there are 8 stairs as you walk up to the house from the driveway.
Some interested renters wonder why the rates may seem expensive. Part of the cost of the lake front homes is the real estate taxes. the taxes are used to maintain the lovely Village of Oostburg and the schools. The average cost for annual real estate taxes can approach $15,000 per year depending on the location. Attentive upgrades and thorough cleaning increases operating costs, but permits the nicest furnishings available.

Continuous improvements made since the renovation have only enhanced its appeal as a cozy retreat in any weather in any season. The bedding, linens and furniture have been replaced so they are fresh and new. First time visitors to the area are impressed.
One of the more subtle distinguishing desirable features of this home is that it is located on a tranquil lane. This becomes important for those seeking relaxation. Other Lake front properties are located on smaller narrow lots, have numerous visitors as the ownership may be split between hosts of relatives and guests. Some Lake front houses will have 20 people visiting on a holiday weekend. If you are not familiar with the area it can be disruptive if you select the wrong property that is not suited to your needs.

This home offers the best accommodations for serenity, tranquility and quality time with guests. It may be the closest home to the water's edge, providing easy access for enjoying the lake with family and friends.

Some homes for rent have quite a walk to the water's edge from which also has advantages but can be problematic if watching children or dining near the water.
Many guests return every year so don't wait 'til it's too late.
Come visit the Best Beach House now, eh!
The home is cozy in the winter. It makes an ideal location for writing or artists. Inspiring without distractions.
NEW FOR 2016
It is difficult to predict the Lake level each year. The water level is higher than normal and has decreased the beach size. I hope it will return to normal for the season but have no control over nature's whims. The Army Corps of Engineers tracks and predicts the Lake Michigan level. Their website suggests that the beach will return to its wide expanse for sometime in 2015. Some articles suggest the lake level has increase as much as three feet from where it was last year.
In the meantime, if you can bring a kayak or paddle board it will enhance your stay. I am unable to provide these items due to insurance restrictions.

KEYWORDS: Best Beach House, Sun, Sand, Lakefront, Oostburg. Romantic, Girls getaway, weekend Retreat, Family, Friends, corporate rentals, Reunion, Birthday, Anniversary, Private Beach, Writer's Retreat
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Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be over age 35 to rent....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    This area of Lake Michigan can be the biggest source of joy for children. Sunscreen, beach towels and sand toys provide hours of entertainment. I suggest wetsuits in months other than August as the Lake has beautiful crystal clear water, but can be cold. The waves can be very large and powerful on occasion. Variety makes the experience more fun, but caution is advised for for children and adults as the Lake can be unpredictable in intensity. In the spring and sometimes in the months of June and July, the Lake can have small harmless fish that die on the shore, Alewives. During the summer at times algae accumulates and this can be off putting to some children. The gently sloping sandy bottom and shoreline visibility from the deck assists in allowing children to play and be supervised at the same time the adults are in the deck area. The sun can be fierce even though this is the Midwest. The sand provides endless opportunity for creativity and fun. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    East view, TV, 10' by 13', dresser....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Middle queen bdrm, near bathroom and washer, 10' x 10'....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    2 side-by-side bunk/single beds, dresser, quietest 10'x10....moreless

  • King size beds (1) King Bed is on the NE side of the house. This room has a flat screen wall mount TV. This room is most pleasant if guests enjoy the sounds of the waves. It has a dresser and is more spacious. It is the bedroom closest to the family area. Queen size Bed- bedroom #2; this is the middle bedroom. It is more private and further from the bright morning sun, closer to the bathroom and has a sliver of Lake view. There are two dressers, and a full closet. Bedroom 3- has "Twin" or Single Beds These two beds are spaced about 2 feet apart and in the rear of the house, close to the bathroom. They are not 'bunk' style. This room may be the quietest and most peaceful for sleeping. The view outside the window is the 'backyard' west exposure. There is a dresser and smaller closet. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    small but efficient...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    near queen bedroom has laundry with new washer/dryer...moreless

  • Sorry, showers only, no tub.

Other Amenities

  • Gorgeous lakeside dining on the walk out deck steps from the kitchen.Beach chairs, outside dining table, and outside beach fireplace. Roasting marshmallows fireside is an activity that works for all ages from the early spring until the fall. A small Weber and full size Weber grills are 5 steps outside of the south side entry to the house off the kitchen. Water equipment rentals can be secured at nearby facilities. Check the web listings for current offerings for Kayaks and SUPs. We try to stock all basic items for the kitchen and bath so our rental is more of a home than a sterile rental....moreless


  • Books:

    Variety of books, Lee Child, Alexander McCall Smith, odds and ends such as stargazing guide, etc....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    BLUE RAY and regular player in living room and King bedroom. ...moreless

  • Games:

    Many board games in the closets. Classics such as Parcheesi, Clue, Sorry, Cranium and some puzzles....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    'Dish' cable TV is now installed. There is a cable box in the living room and in the King/master bedroom. Second TV to be installed this month....moreless

  • Stereo:

    iPod homes in the king and queen bedrooms, also living area. Small portable CD player in closet with radio....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat screen TV in living room. Dish cable television service with DVR. King bedroom also has Cable box DVR installed and 40' flat screen TV with wall mount over dresser ...moreless

  • Toys:

    Your sand toys are a good idea. Whether you bring a pail and shovel or water guns they add to the fun for younger and older kids....moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Unobstructed view of, and exposure to, Lake Michigan. Pretty sky at sunset and lovely for coffee in the morning....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Your rental is about 30' from the water of Lake Michigan. Soft white sand beach, no rocks, gently sloping sands bars near shore. Walking north and south can be a delight. You are right on the water. ...moreless

  • Downtown:

    Small rural town charm with unique stores. Basics such as groceries and laundry, great hardware and bakery, 'Judi's' has terrific food. 'My Best Friends closet' is a delightful resale shop....moreless

  • Lake View:

    Large expansive windows face the lake to provide unobstructed views from the master bedroom, living and dining areas. ...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Waves are ever changing in size and intensity, and often guests refer to Lake M. as the "ocean". Some days it is calm and others have very large waves. It is a cold Lake, but so very beautiful....moreless

  • Resort:

    Kohler has high-end fine dining and shopping, all activities of the American Club. They offer health club facilities, the 'Waters' $7 mil. spa, golf, riding, Romatic (& family) winter activities. ...moreless

  • Rural
  • Village:

    The Village of Oostburg is a charming Dutch community. Please visit the Oostburg bakery and the Danne hardware store for a treat. Closes Sundays. Not even a stop sign or light. 2 miles to the Village....moreless

  • Water View:

    No matter the season, the ever changing sky, lake birds, waves and colors provide a terrific backdrop for your vacation, and photos. The easy access to the Lake is ideal for older relatives....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    This may be the one property in the Oostburg area with the closest proximity to the water of lake Michigan. It is ideal to keep an eye on your children as they enjoy the sand and water. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    One hardwood fam. din. table and 6 chairs. Bar facing kitchen seats 4 or more individuals. More space is possible if the weather permits dining on the deck. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 9 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    It is cooler near Lake Michigan. During the past 22 years guests have not required A/C. The temperature is generally 10-20 degrees cooler than inland at the same location....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Commercial grade Maytag stacked washer and dryer with the better capacity than most stacked units. Dryers are available at the laundromat in town for bigger items....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Fire on the beach only in the firepit, seasoned split wood is provided under the tarp by the parking area, kindling obtained from sticks or smaller shed. Great for stargazing, enjoying the moon, waves...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heat, forced vents located mostly in the ceiling....moreless

  • Internet:

    Frontier High speed service works well....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Bedding is provided. Clean sheets for every guest. If you find it necessary to change the bedding it is located in the linen closet. I try to provide 100% cotton sheets and linens at all times....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Open living area comprised by the kitchen, counter-bar area, the living area with leather furniture, and the main dining room with wall to ceiling windows, tile floors and newer furniture....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Cell phone service to this area can be unpredictable. Service has improved over the years but is not 100% dependable in my opinion. I installed a land line for this reason....moreless

  • Parking:

    Room for up to a maximum of 3 vehicles van sized. Narrow driveway, gravel lane and driveway, can be a bit tricky in the winter. Parking is about 25 feet to the back door and has some steps, about 10 ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    We have parking for 3 vehicles. Beyond that number it is necessary to part on foster AA. We respect the neighbors who make this such a wonderful experience by not using their part of the U shaped driveway. The lane and driveway are narrow. Care is advised on entering and exiting....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Land line installed and working. Use for in country long distance and local phone calls. Answering machine is there if you wish to set it up for your visit....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels only; please bring your towels for the beach, for any pets that visit or if you like a blanket for night time fires. I may have an extra beach towel or two if absolutely needed....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washer and dryer located in the main bathroom, stacked type. Laundromat in town for larger or voluminous items I provide laundry soap. New commercial Maytag washer dryer installed 2016. ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Frontier high speed internet works well....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Outside firepit on the beach, firewood provided, please spread fire coals in pit at the end of the evening and do not cover the fire with sand....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee and filters with drip coffee maker provided, also a selection of teas, hot coco, sugar. Starbucks nearby and McDonalds ....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully stocked, pots pans serving dishes, skillets, lids, cheese grater carrot peeler, wine bottle and can openers, tongs corn cob holders, ice cream scoop, (garlic press?)....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked, tiny waffle iron, silverware, serving utensils, sharp knives, cutting boards, grilling equipment, dish soap, towels drain rack, dishwasher soap, 'scrubbies' ....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    standard, but note, takes about 80 mins to fully cycle, and uses less soap due to water softener....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Has all appliances, cookware, dishes, utensils. Spices and cooking staples such as sugar, canola oil, flour. Drinking water 5 gal. dispenser in kitchen....moreless

  • Microwave:


  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    salt, pepper, sugar, drinking water, some seasonings, napkins, paper towels and napkins, foil, plastic wrap, matches, vinegar and olive oil, butter, ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Some condiments are now stocked. If you prefer all refrigerator items be removed please so indicate when booking....moreless

  • Stove:

    Standard gas range and oven....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    Not suitable for boats other than kayaks. The soft sandy beach will not hold an anchor. Bigger boats available or can be moored at Sheboygan Harbor...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Uncovered deck lets you enjoy the sun until approximately 2-3 PM depending on the time of year. Sun umbrella for deck outdoor table. Deck overlooks beach allowing to keep an eye on children. ...moreless

  • Golf:

    The courses at Kohler are a big attraction. Booking in advance is required. They used to offer a sundowner type of special discount rate for later in the afternoon....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    When the lake is calm, often in the early morning, guests who bring their Kayaks and canoes enjoy the tranquility and birds. Bring a stand up paddle board if you like....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The only real lawn is the backyard. The area from the parking lot to the back of the house.The grass to the South of the house belongs to our neighbors and we try to limit any use of their space....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    The variety of charcoal and lighter fluid varies, but generally we provide some and more available at hardware store in town. There is a small smokey Joe grill and a standard Weber grill. ...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Free public courts in town about 1.5 miles away. Private indoor courts for rent at Kohler resort....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Suntan lotion is necessary. Life jackets and yes, wetsuits are a good idea as Lake Michigan can take a long time to warm up. Some guests enjoy 'boogie boards' and sand toys, frisbee's and beach games....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 2 - May 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$325 $600
Fri, Sat
$2,800 $6,000

Changeover Day: Friday

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Jun 1 - Aug 17, 2017
2 night min stay
$350 $600
Fri, Sat
$3,100 $20,000

Changeover Day: Friday

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Aug 18 - Nov 17, 2017
2 night min stay
$400 $600
Fri, Sat
$3,200 $9,000

Changeover Day: Friday

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$350 $500
Fri, Sat
$3,000 $8,000

Changeover Day: Friday

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $250
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • INC.all taxes & supplies $1


1st priority is given to returning guests and guests staying 7 nights. If the number of guests is small and I have flexibility I will consider a reduced rate for 2 to 4 adults. New renters: Pets not permitted. If, however, you are lucky enough to be permitted to bring your pet the deposit is $750 and a pet fee of $250@ per wk per pet. Ck-in is 5 PM; guests are required to Ck-out by 10 AM. Please plan accordingly. Late check outs only with prior written permission.

Recycling is required.

Garbage and recycling must be placed at the end of the long driveway on Thursday night. Pick up is early Friday.

I request my lovely neighbors not be disturbed. If they are, then you will not be invited to return.

The lake level is unpredictable, as is the weather.

If there is something special about your visit please let me know and I will make every effort to accommodate your request.

I include everything in the listed price. I try not to charge additionally for insurance, supplies cleaning fees, taxes so you have one rental price to consider.

I attempt to keep all aspects of the property in pristine condition and check on the home frequently to update and maintain the property in the best possible condition.

PREPAYMENT Rates are subject to change until reservation confirm is issued. Deposit is due when reservation is made. If dep. not made within 5 days the reservation is canceled. Personal checks (only Please!) Rent is prepaid 50% at 90/and 60 days balance due. Cancellation forfeits rent unless I can obtain a SIMILAR renter on the same terms. THANK YOU! COPY OF DRIVER'S LIC REQ'D. Sorry no Paypal.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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55 Miles
Nearest Airport
Private airport-Kohler, Milwaukee for commercial
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Kohler Resort or town of Sheboygan
18 Miles
Nearest Golf
Kohler, Blackwolf Run, Whistling Straits
55 Miles
Nearest Train
Milwaukee Amtrak/Metra
1.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Rt. 43
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
In Oostburg Judis' closes early, more dining near.
30 Miles
Nearest Ski
Sun Burst, Kewaskum, WI., ski park, great tubing
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Michigan private beach 50 feet from your deck

Car: Necessary

Located in Eastern Wisconsin, in the rural Village of Oostburg is an oasis of calm, tranquility and peace. Your beachfront home rental has 3 bedrooms 2 bath with showers only, the most lovely quick and closest access to lake Michigan steps from your door and deck and the Best sand available.

The main attraction is being outside and enjoying nature. The Lake is cold, but beautiful and ever changing in color, waves and clarity. Walking along the beach miles to the north and south is a great way to spend family time throwing sticks and playing in the waves, running through the water, chasing the non-tame seagulls, feeling the sand and the breeze.

A crackling fire at night completes the day with star-gazing opportunities and marshmallow roasting. Go to sleep with the sound of the waves.

Your day begins with sunrise over your deck and coffee or tea and precious moments of quiet.

Nearby attractions are best described by the websites for them:Kohler-Andre state park, The American Club of Kohler, the Kohler Design center and shops at Woodlake market, world famous golf courses; Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits, host at times to the PGA. (15 miles and 20 minutes)

Elkhart Lake is a short drive to world class auto racing, fine dining and quaint shops.

To the South is Milwaukee with its Summer Music Festival, Zoo and Lakefront activities.

To the west is Kettle-Moraine state park with hiking trails, cross country skiing.

Cedarburg is a destination for many guests in and of itself. It has a large indoor ice area, cute shops and a wide selection of delicious food. There is a glass blowing shop in Cedarburg, with 4 working kilns. Inquire further directly with them. There are several weaving and specialty craft stores.

Factory tours may be available for the Kohler factory where its world famous bathroom products and fixtures are manufactured.

Folks who enjoy fine meats and grilling will appreciate the quality and selection of options at Meisfields Market. (fourth exit north of the four Sheboygan exits.)

Finer dining is available in Sheboygan and in the Kohler resort. Whistling straits may have dining opportunities depending on the season and guests.

There is a Private horse arena for indoor lessons if you make special arrangements with me first and the owners. (White Rose Farm, 2 miles away.)

The town of Oostburg itself is a picturesque, well maintained village of Dutch ancestry. Farms and farming activities circle the rental home and cows are nearby.

Infrequently, at sunset a parade of ultralights meanders along the shore with the gentle hum of engines and the brilliantly colored sails.

Wildlife includes deer, hawks, herons, seagulls, mallards, Canadian Honkers, Loons, hummingbirds, chipmunks, wild turkeys, and all supporting ecosystem inhabitants. Along with birds comes insects. There are the usual inhabitants in a wilderness setting.

The winter brings a pristine coat of snow to the area and provides its own opportunity for outdoor fun. Biking with winterized mountain bikes along the lake shore is a favorite activity as well as cross country skiing. Sun Burst ski area is 40 minutes away. (My kids tell me a great snow board and tubing park.)

Boating does occur but is more suited to a canoe or Kayak when the water is calm. Power boats are not suited for mooring along the shore and should be kept at the Port in Sheboygan or Port Washington.

Now the unpleasant features that may annoy some guests: limited water use is encouraged as the 2,000 septic holding tank must pump out each drop of water that enters it from the household use. the pumping process will not disrupt your stay but can be annoying. There are bugs that live in the woods and come to visit the beach. We have mosquitoes, nats, flies, ladybugs, spiders and beautiful Dragon Flies. Last I checked we did not have a Lyme disease issue and those bothersome critters (ticks) were located primarily to the West. There are times of the year when the waves are huge and days when the water is completely calm. The Lake conditions are unpredictable and can change hourly. The water is often crystal clear. Sometimes algae grows along the shore in large amounts. There is no mud bottom to the lake. It has a soft sandy bottom and is generally shallow with rolling sand bars, and free of stones or rocks but check.

Temperatures change drastically and quickly. A variety of clothes should come with guests. The Lake is generally COLD. Wet suits help, and often it will warm up in the months of August and September.

In the early spring a wave of Ocean fish will migrate and die unpleasantly along the shore. They are annoying as they smell. The raccoons are fans but that may be all. They are quite pretty silver fish and children have been known to enjoy chasing them immensely. There may be poison oak and ivy. There are cloudy days and rainy days. I can not begin to cover all the information I have gained in my 20 years in the area but will be happy to address your specific questions.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: I grew up in different parts of Michigan and Illinois so the connection to the small farming town of Oostburg is special for me. It affords a much-needed respite from the stress of everyday. Life can be hectic and I am certain to feel relaxed as soon as I pull into the tree-lined drive. I enjoy the peaceful comfort of this cozy house with its ever changing, yet always extraordinary views. The charming little neighborhood, delightful Dutch community and consistently bring a smile to my face. I enjoy driving the local country roads and seeing horses, cows, green fields, harvesting of crops. Reading my latest book with my toes digging in the warm sand or walking barefoot along the beach, waves lapping upon the shore. Yet I can also be content whiling away the hours enjoying the antics of different bird species -seagulls busy themselves feeding in the shallow ripples, Cardinals flit from tree to tree or Canadian honkers, majestic as they fly in tight formation along paths closely adhering to the shoreline, loons and even wild turkeys are visible to the observant. There is something so calming and soothing about the movement of the waves. Some days glittering and melodic, other days crashing similar to the intensity of the ocean. I have visited many locations around the US and still find this my favorite retreat in all seasons. I find it difficult to leave. The peace and serenity I experience here helps me face the challenges of life.

Why the Owner Chose Oostburg, WI, USA:
The home provides my family and friends a chance to “get away from it all,” spend time indoors or out and create happy memories. I like the quiet, the woods, the beach, the outdoors. It brings tranquility and calm to my life. The air is cleaner. The raw beauty in all seasons, captivating. The attraction of being almost in Lake Michigan makes this home truly special. Proximity to the Lake is the best of any property on Cardinal Lane. The waves can be alternately soothing or exhilarating, rivaling those of the widest, deepest oceans, changing in intensity and appearance as often as the wind. Neighboring wildlife come to bathe and sip the cool water. One of the unexpected joys is walking down our quaint little lane. The dirt road is gorgeous in any season, shaded by a variety of tall trees, walled by a bed of green ferns and backed by a dense thicket of swampy woods that only enhance the feeling of being far away from the urban jungle. My children and I treasure memories of days playing in the sand and evenings watching the stars in around our campfire. Winter and fall bring a wild beauty that I still enjoy after 25 years of living on Cardinal Ln. The close-knit Cardinal Ln. community is peaceful, lightly populated with lovely neighbors. The home is nature at its best, secluded yet surrounded by peace, comfort and safety. The location is close to many and varied diversions and unbeatable for ease of access. Only one mile to route 43 - highway travel from most locations. Only 2.5 hours from downtown Chicago 45 min. north of Milwaukee. I enjoy the luxuries of Kohler nearby. The Baker furniture outlet has a wonderful selection of furniture at a significant discount. The food and environment at the American Club offers fine dining and fun for afternoon tea in the atrium. I like the town of Oostburg for its simplicity and ease of access to any necessities.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Best Beach House has easy access by car and no hassles with lines at check-in or waiting for elevators when all you want is to drop everything and relax. Unique to this part of Lake Michigan, the gently sloping beach is covered in blond, finely grained sand. The lake water temperature and quality vary, but at times the it’s crystal clear and sparkles like diamonds in the sun over the smooth soft sandy bottom. The home provides both family togetherness and “alone time,” depending on your mood. Beach combing on sunny days, stargazing on clear nights, warming your weary bones around a crackling fire . . . Entertaining is easy, with snacks and drinks from the kitchen so conveniently accessible to the deck and beach. Bring a DVD along or select from our collection of family board games if the weather turns cloudy. Oostburg has all the basic amenities, but sorry, no stoplights. Like much of small town America, it closes up early and Sunday. The charming Judi’s Diner for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the most delicious Oostburg Bakery, pizza, small supermarket, gas station, library and laundromat are all conveniently located in downtown Oostburg. Familiar big box stores (Costco, Target, etc.) are short drives if you are so inclined. Shopping is less painful in Wisconsin with the 5% Sales tax! For an abrupt transition from the laid back beach life to high end luxury, visit the American Club in Kohler. Pamper yourself with a treatment at their $7 Million Waters Spa, hit the links on one of their championship golf courses, enjoy a superb meal at one of their many excellent fine dining restaurants or browse their exclusive WoodLake Shops for unique treasures. Check with the American Club for Spa or golf packages and availability and review their calendar of special events. They offer entertainment usually every weekend that can be joined with a bit of advance planning.

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  • The beginning of another beautiful day. Sunrise from your private beach.

    The beginning of another beautiful day. Sunrise from your private beach.

  • Kitchen bar area, open floor plan to living room, dining room. Fully stocked.

    Kitchen bar area, open floor plan to living room, dining room. Fully stocked.

  • Colorful afternoon.

    Colorful afternoon.

  • Moon rise over Lake Michigan

    Moon rise over Lake Michigan

  • Open floor plan, kitchen and breakfast bar on the left Living  area to the right

    Open floor plan, kitchen and breakfast bar on the left Living area to the right

  • New washer/dryer in 2016.

    New washer/dryer in 2016.

  • Twin side by side beds in the 3rd guest room.

    Twin side by side beds in the 3rd guest room.

  • Photo taken by guests of their campfire on the beach, moonlight on the water.

    Photo taken by guests of their campfire on the beach, moonlight on the water.

  • View from the LR couch reflected in the coffee table. Serene, calm. 2/2016

    View from the LR couch reflected in the coffee table. Serene, calm. 2/2016

  • The beach as of Feb. 2016, significant white gorgeous sand.

    The beach as of Feb. 2016, significant white gorgeous sand.

  • Beach as of July 2016. The beach is starting to come back.

    Beach as of July 2016. The beach is starting to come back.

  • Six steps down to the sand now instead of a walk out beach. July 2016.

    Six steps down to the sand now instead of a walk out beach. July 2016.

  • 2015 July view from the deck.

    2015 July view from the deck.

  • Master bdrm with king bed. A view like no other!

    Master bdrm with king bed. A view like no other!

  • Aug. 2016 post rain sunset. Small beach but still gorgeous.

    Aug. 2016 post rain sunset. Small beach but still gorgeous.

  • Dining area.

    Dining area.

  • March 2017. The water will be crystal clear after the storm resides.

    March 2017. The water will be crystal clear after the storm resides.

  • Queen bedroom, sliver of Lake view, north side of house, beautiful garden south.

    Queen bedroom, sliver of Lake view, north side of house, beautiful garden south.

  • Television in the Master bedroom.

    Television in the Master bedroom.

  • Sometimes there is mist along the shoreline. This was taken in 2015.

    Sometimes there is mist along the shoreline. This was taken in 2015.

  • May 2016- Lake Michigan is higher this year but the level fluctuates.

    May 2016- Lake Michigan is higher this year but the level fluctuates.

  • View from your deck.

    View from your deck.

  • Beach as of 2015

    Beach as of 2015

  • May 2016.

    May 2016.

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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