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Large Elegant Beach House on Wooded Lot with Huge Private Sandy Beach, Sleeps 18

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 14-18)

This luxurious home is one of a kind: it is large enough effortlessly to accommodate an extended family or several smaller ones in comfort and style. The beach house is an upscale and gorgeous property with a wide sandy beach, breathtaking views, and every amenity included, but it has a relaxed and cheerful lakeside feel. You will make memories that last a lifetime, enjoying the beach and water by day, and sublime gatherings for outdoor dining and games, or gathering around a roaring beach fire in the evenings.

Located between the charming villages of Northport and Omena on Michigan’s beautiful Leelanau Peninsula, this spacious and beautifully appointed upscale beach house is situated directly on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay, with over approximately 200 feet of private, wide sandy beach in a secluded wooded setting. Enjoy blissful days filled with sunning, swimming, boating, skiing, beach-combing, grilling, and spending true quality time with your family and friends. (Please see the comments from our past guests). From the beach house, you will be treated to stunning sunrises over the water each morning and tranquil evenings where the colors of the sunset reflect off the bay.

The wooded, 2.13 acre lot provides a sense of pleasant seclusion, screened from neighbors on either side.

Constructed of stone and cedar, this expansive home has bright indoor spaces with large picture windows offering unobstructed views of the beach, bay and “Gull Island.” The two story living room is warmed by a natural stone fireplace. French doors off the entry hall open to a den with Satellite TV and comfortable seating, a perfect place to unwind from the day's activities.

The outdoor patios on the bay-side, one with an electric retractable awning, provide additional living spaces for dining and relaxing. We provide two grills, one gas and one charcoal, for your outdoor cooking and dining needs.

The dining room facing the bay, which has floor to ceiling windows and bead board wainscoting, has a large farmhouse table that will seat 10-12 comfortably. Additional seating is available in the adjacent living room or on the patio directly accessible from the dining room. The charming kitchen hascustom bead board cabinets and new top quality stainless steel appliances as of 2013. It is fully equipped with an array of small appliances, high quality cookware, and plenty of indoor and outdoor dishware and drinkware, so you can prepare gourmet meals for a large crowd. The home also offers a second full-sized refrigerator in the garage as well as a 16 bottle wine refrigerator.

With five bedrooms and four baths, the home sleeps from 14 to 18 people very comfortably, and is perfect for a large and/or extended family, or several smaller families. All the bedrooms are spacious and provide ample sleeping space without crowding. On the first floor there is a large master suite with gorgeous views of the bay, a sitting area, and a private entrance from the patio. The master bath has a spacious walk-in shower with a built-in bench. A second bedroom on the first floor has a queen bed, and there is a second bath nearby with a claw-foot tub. Upstairs are three bedrooms: one has a queen bed and another has a queen and two twins. These two bedrooms share a full bath. Finally, there is a huge upstairs suite with a private bath accessible from a back staircase with four twin beds -- perfect for the kids. If the beds are not enough to accommodate your party, there are two brand new sofa beds -- a full size in the den and a queen in the living room.

The home’s interior has been updated with all new furnishings and rugs, top quality brand new beds, fresh paint, new light fixtures, and laundry room, updated bath cabinetry and hardware, and maple flooring throughout, and newly-tiled baths with beachy elements of sliced stone and sea glass. The home is elegantly but casually and cheerfully decorated, and fully equipped with all of the comforts of home, including a huge selection of books and games for all ages, toys for the kids, and a large collection of DVDs.

The home also provides the convenience of a laundry room with washer and dryer, and an attached garage.

The beach house opens onto a beautiful wide sandy beach, complete with a dock, boat hoist and swimming ladder. With a gradual slope and crystal clear water, the beach is an ideal place for children to safely enjoy the beach and lake. Only two patios and a strip of lawn -- perfect for croquet or horseshoes -- separates the house from the beach. No climbing down dunes or stairs or navigating winding paths. Beach chairs, beach towels, toys and 2 kayaks (one is a tandem) for exploring the bay are provided. We also provide a small row-boat. The sandy cove invites long strolls in search of Petoskey stones and other treasures.

After a day on the beach, you can enjoy the enclosed cedar outdoor shower, or nap in the hammock. The home is on a cove in Grand Traverse Bay, with calmer waters, making it perfect for small craft boating and skiing. In the evening, enjoy the colors of the sunset reflecting off the bay, and gather around a beach fire (we have a large fire pit on the beach and provide a supply of firewood).

Our home is also a perfect venue for special family reunions and celebrations, offering a memorable private setting. Local catering offers the unique foods and wines of the Leelanau Peninsula.

The fantastic “Up North” experience does not end with summer. Enjoy spectacular foliage, biking, golfing, hiking, and wine tasting while making this beautiful beach house your home base during the color season, at attractive rates. Our home is just a few miles from some of the most popular Leelanau Peninsula wineries, and is the perfect home base for winery tours.

The beach house is also an ideal place to celebrate the holidays or spend a winter ski weekend. Nestled in the woods, you can snuggle in with the family, cook up your holiday feast, and gather round a roaring fire. We are only a half hour drive from family friendly cross country and downhill skiing at the Homestead, and Crystal Mountain is just over an hour away.

Keywords: Beachfront Home, Sandy, Beach, Elegant, Upscale, Beach House, Large, Family, Lake, Bay

More Details

Holly and Andy
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 2, 2017

About Holly and Andy

As I was a small child, I vacationed every summer at my grandmother's rustic and charming fishing cabin on Seven Pines Road in Northport. All my memories are of carefree days, roaming the beach, frolicking in the bay, exploring the beautiful woods, gorging on fresh berries, and staying up very late near a blazing beach fire. When I went away to school, I looked forward to bringing friends from far away to this special place. My husband Andy was one of them, and loves Northport as much as I do. Every summer since our marriage we have gone there, first just the two of us with our books and bicycles, and later with our five children. Although we have been lucky enough to have traveled to may places, Northport remains our very favorite place on the planet.

Holly and daughter Mary

Holly and Andy purchased this house in 2008

Why Holly and Andy chose Northwest

We wanted to have a slice of this heavenly place to call our own and to share with other families. It is hard to imagine another place where children and adults of all ages can find so much enjoyment. It has it all: a beautiful beach, clear clean waters, boating, fishing, biking, fresh local fish, wine and produce, charming villages with charming shops and the incomparable feeling that only comes with being right on the water.

What makes this house unique

Our property is truly one of a kind. It is secluded in the woods, directly on the beach, and offers stunning views of the bay and Gull Island. But more importantly, it is large enough for a large or extended family, or several families vacationing together, to pass glorious northern Michigan days in comfort and luxury, together but with plenty of space. It is casually elegant, like being at an upscale beach resort but with all the amenities and personal touches to allow whoever is staying there to feel that it is their own private home, where they can entertain, relax, and treasure one perfect day after the other.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are very much looking forward to our July vacation at your beautiful beach house. Last year was our first visit and the beach house turned out to be the most comfortable and accommodating of any place our family has enjoyed over the past twenty years of family reunions. The beach for sunning and enjoying evening fires, the green lawn and relaxing furniture where books are read and conversations held, the crystal clear water for wonderful swimming, it all surpassed our expectations. Enough can't be said about the house itself and how it accommodates in everyway with a well equipped kitchen, the comfortable sleeping arrangements and a layout that provides for quiet, away from the group, conversations. Thank you for sharing this lovely place.
Jul 2011
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Northport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 Master Bath - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Clawfoot tub has hand shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Upsatairs
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Upstairs
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower
  • One bath features a clawfoot tub, and the other baths have newly tiled pbblestone and sea glass showers. Hairdryers and bath amenities are provided.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 (Master) - 1 queen , Adjacent private bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Main floor with bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Upsatirs bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Upsatairs bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single , Large upstairs bedroom with private bath
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 queen , One in the den and one in the living room
  • Queen size Beds (4) Top quality brand new beds, Twin or Single Beds (6) Top quality brand new beds, Baby Cribs (1) A real crib meeting the latest safety standards; not a pack and play. Crib linens included., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Queen sleep sofa in living room; full sleep sofa in den.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 12 beach chairs
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Fantastic cedar outdoor shower, hammock, beach chairs, beach towels, 2 kayaks (one tandem), rowboat, life preservers for children and adults, swimming dock, boat hoist, fire ring on the beach, plenty of firewood, ceilings fans, yard games, beach toys, and more. See our website for more details.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(86 traveler reviews)

Large Elegant Beach House on Wooded Lot with Huge Private Sandy Beach, Sleeps 18
average rating of 5.0 based on 88 reviews
East Lansing, Mi

Returned for 4th year in a row - and loved it!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 4th year vacationing at this home, and we loved it! It's truly comfort: the kitchen is stocked with every need, the linen is quality, and the house is roomy. Our extended family range in ages from 5 years old to 76 years old; 17 people in all. The outdoor space offers hours of fun for all ages (swimming, beach toys, loungers, kayak, row boat, fish tackle, life jackets, hammack, and fire pit). And the views are AMAZING. It's worth getting up at 5:30 AM just to see the sun rise over the lake! The home owners have created a perfect space to relax, enjoy each other's company, and create new memories.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vacation Memories Begin Here

  • 5 of 5

Bay Shore Beach House is the perfect setting for our family of fifteen. It is where some of our most cherished family memories are made. Our grandchildren can't wait to be together in 2015. Among their favorite amenities are the huge house with a kids room where they can all sleep together, cool beach for rock collecting, kayaking and swimming in the clear calm waters (Bay Shore Beach House is situated in a cove), swinging in the hammock, evening campfires, and sharing family meals around the dining room table. Thank you Holly and Andy for sharing this magnificent property with us.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rockford, MI

Northern Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful lake home again this summer with seven children and twelve adults and had plenty of room for everyone. The layout of the home allows for privacy, as well as group activities. The home is well equipped and beautifully furnished with everything needed for a relaxing, enjoyable stay. The owners are wonderful and always deal with any issues promptly. The beach, dock, kayaks and shallow swimming area are enjoyed by all the children. The Northport location has become our favorite upper Michigan

destination and staying in this lovely beach house made for a perfect vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sterling Heights, Michigan

Our third year at this wonderful home.

  • 5 of 5

One of the highlights of our summer is visiting Northport and staying at this beautiful house. The owners are fantastic and are always available to answer questions. The home is clean, has every convenience, and is located right on the bay with breathtaking views. The layout of the house allows our extended family to have privacy all week. The water is shallow enough for smaller children and the beach was perfect this year. Northport and nearby Suttons Bay have some wonderful restaurants to enjoy. All of us look forward to our visit next year. If you book this home, you will want to return too.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Farmington Hills, Michigan

Perfect Vacation Home!!!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect vacation home for a large family! We have been back for 5 years and enjoy the beautiful, well-equipped home! Lovely private beach setting on gorgeous Lake Michigan.

Bring your suitcase, bathing suit and toothbrush....literally everything else is there!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Algonac, MI

Great family destination

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this wonderful location for the last 3 years. Our combined families totals 14 and there is more than enough room for everyone. Holly and Andy keep the house well stocked and beautifully maintained. Everyone in our family looks forward to their "little piece of heaven" for one week each year.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Knot Just a Bar
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
New public course coming soon to Northport
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Knot Just a Bar, North End
Car: necessary

In the summer, enjoy local farmers, markets in Northport and Suttons Bay, and Music in the Park by the bay every Friday night in Northport. In the fall, enjoy Leaf Peeping and Winery Tours. In the winter, downhill and cross country skiing at the Homestead are only 30 miles away.


Rates & Availability

Northport House Rental Rates


  • $2800-$6400/wk
  • US Dollars
  • 2013 Fall....$3,800-$4,200/wk; $1,700-$1,800/weekend; $400/additional night
  • 2013-2014 Winter...$2,800-$3,600/wk;$1,400-$1,600/weekend;$400/additional night
  • Weekly rentals only after Memorial Day Weekend
  • 2014 Summer (Weeks beginning June 22-August 24) ...$6,400/week
  • We offer discounted rates for the first three weeks of June, 2014 as follows:
  • Week of May 30-June 7...$4,500; June 7-June 14 $5,000;June 14-21...$5800
  • Please note that Early Fall rates may be applicable for winter holidays

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