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The Good Life! Now Booking for 2017!

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Come and experience THE GOOD LIFE in this spacious four-bedroom, three bath home. Just a short walk to the beach in beautiful Union Pier, Michigan, this home is ideal for entertaining, accommodating large families, couples or a group of your closest friends.

Enjoy the spacious back deck equipped with grill and bar or opt for the comfortable screened-in front porch- ideal for drinks on a warm summer evening. Hammock, beach chairs and great front and back yard provided- you bring the fun!

Experience Harbor Country as it is meant to be enjoyed, with great restaurants for all tastes and budgets, wineries and orchards with tasting rooms and vineyard tours, hiking and biking in Warren Dunes State Park, and of course- the beautiful BEACH!

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Matt Gossen
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Matt Gossen

Although we rent our home for much of the summer season, we also enjoy it ourselves a great deal. Our favorite times are definitely in the spring and fall when we get to enjoy the changing seasons. Even in the winter, we are in Union Pier at least twice every month. We simply cannot get enough of this amazing community and all the friends we have made there!

Matt Gossen purchased this house in 2007

Why Matt Gossen chose Southwest

Our home is very centrally located in Harbor Country and we love the easy access to the beach, the dunes, to restaurants, wineries, golf courses, antique stores; really everything that the area has to offer.


Union Pier House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Large screened in front porch, large rear deck with dining table, umbrella, bar, hammock, beach toys and chairs, large front and back yard


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

The Good Life! Now Booking for 2017!
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews

Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Good Life. It was our first time in the area and we plan on coming back in the future. Location was great- easy to get around Union Pier (walking or driving). It was also a short drive to New Buffalo and only 20 minutes to Michigan City and 30 minutes to St. Joseph. Went walking every morning to the beach and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. It was an easy walk, but if you have small children it would be best to drive. The house fit all our needs. There were several common areas to socialize on the bottom floor and three bedrooms upstairs for quiet napping. The kitchen and laundry have been updated and is very modern. Overall, we had a wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Surprise - house has been upgraded since pictures!!

  • 4 of 5

My family loved this house. We had 5 adults and 2 children, and there was plenty of space for gathering, as well as finding some alone time.

After walking through a very nice and super convenient "mud room", we walked into the house and straight into the kitchen...which has been seriously upgraded since the photos. It was beautifully done!

Also, the screened-in porch was huge and such a great space to spend time.

Matt was responsive throughout the booking and up through the stay.


1) Upgraded kitchen - we are foodies, and spent hours in the kitchen each night cooking up delicious meals. The kitchen had everything we could imagine and more, including lots of spices.

2) Some of the first floor furniture had also been upgraded, which was a treat.

3) There is a large TV over the fireplace now

A few things you should know in advance of your stay:

1) the house is on the opposite side of Red Arrow Highway from the beach. It's slightly misleading on the map on We could walk in about 12-15 minutes, or drive in 3 (parking was easy since we got there before 11:30 each day). The highway is 4 lanes and there is no stop light at the intersection, and no sidewalk along the road the house is on.

2) there are no beach towels, chairs or toys (we knew this in advance)

3) the W&D was in the basement, and we couldn't figure out how to get access (simply ask in advance if you want to use it)

Thanks for a great stay, Matt!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing week with family at a lovely beach cottage

  • 4 of 5

well we did not pick the best weather week for the beach (rained 4 of the six days) but we had a relaxing time. We had plenty to do and the house was conveniently located, making it a short drive to practically everything. Be sure to go to the Farmer's market in Skip's parking lot. It was small but had everything and we picked up some great gift items. The Good Life house was very comfortable and had all the amenities one would need for a week's stay with teenagers.... The kids each had their own room and the kitchen was very well stocked...plenty of pots and pans to cook and the cabinets were stocked with all the spices and condiments one would need. The kids walked to the market each night for Gelato and we all enjoyed the local restaurants, the Red Arrow Road House being the favorite! I would definitely come back but I hope we get better weather.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another wonderful week

  • 5 of 5

We just returned home to Nashville, TN after spending another fun filled, peaceful, welcoming week at The Good Life cottage in Union Pier. Everything about the home says "glad you are here". Thanks, Matt, once again for making our annual trek to Michigan a glorious experience. Hope to see your place again in 2017.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago IL

Great home for family get-away!

  • 5 of 5

Our large group of 8 adults and 4 children had a wonderful week at Matt's home. It was our first visit to the area, and Matt was very helpful answering my many questions prior and during the trip. (He's probably the most responsive VRBO owner we've ever dealt with!) The home was clean, large, and well stocked with cooking essentials, towels, board games, books etc. We especially enjoyed the screened in porch in the front of the house. I would recommend staying at this home in Union Pier.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Des Moines, Iowa

Charming and well-kept home -- perfect for our summer family reunion

  • 5 of 5

My family and I gathered at this charming home for a family reunion in September. We were there to celebrate my mom's 70th Birthday. It was perfect for us. It had plenty of bedrooms for our group of 11, and the three bathrooms added extra convenience for our large group. The screened in porch was the perfect place for a long-running Monopoly game or a morning cup of coffee, we spent hours sitting on the outdoor deck talking, and we thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful beach, which was a short and easy walk away. The home was extremely clean and well-kept, and the owner was very accommodating and responsive to our needs. The kitchen was well-equipped and perfect for the family meals we prepared there. I should also add that Harbor Country in general is an idyllic place to vacation, with many wonderful restaurants, antique stores, shopping, canoeing, golf, and of course the beach. It felt like we were at the ocean! Our entire family will treasure this vacation for years, and we highly recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Union Pier House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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