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South Beach - 4BR/3BA- sleeps 12+, Jun 15-22, Jul 21-28, Aug 11-18 now available

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

South Beach house cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 12-14) -

** Can't find the weeks you want? Check out Homeaway listing #244449 / VRBO#235429. Summer rentals weekly only: June - Friiday to Friday, July and August - Saturday to Saturday only. Other months have a flexible turnover days. And 8 days available for July 4 week. Just ask. **

Completed in July 2010, a 2500 sq ft, 2 story home with mature trees and balconies. New hardwood floors and tile throughout first floor in 2013. Perfect for a large family, 2 families or extended family vacations.

** Check out our reviews *** our guests tell us that this is the nicest home near the beach in this price range...they love the new, clean open feel of our new home. Our favorite, often repeated comment, is that this is the first home they have rented that actually exceeded the description. While the map will show you that we are one block off the water, the closest public access is a 4 block, 8-10 minute walk to the blue stairs / Kids Korner Park. (If unfamiliar with the Blue Stairs, see last paragraph.) Nice quiet tree lined street with great neighbors. There’s a fire pit (** with firewood included **) for evening family gatherings, WiFi, cable TV, flat screen TVs, large kitchen, big dining area, 4 decks/balconies, large yard, relaxing decor and more.

Other bonuses include the gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, first floor 9 foot ceilings, crown molding throughout, whirlpool tub in the master bath, 3 TVs with satellite TV, and two high-end front loading washer/dryer combos. (Yes, two... laundry is not something you should wait on while on vacation!) There is also a unfinished basement with a Foosball table and an air hockey table. Kids videos and games are available too. We are a leisurely 10 minute, 4 block walk along Monroe Blvd. to the blue stairs. (Our home is just a block off the water, with the 'blue stairs' a few blocks north) See the Google maps info below on the house location. Downtown and the pier is about a mile north, or a couple minute drive.

Ready for your family!: We understand rentals with large families and friends. Have you rented and found out that they barely have enough places to sit for dinner, or not enough dishes? We get it as we have a big family with lots of friends; our home is comfortable for a large group with plenty of dishes and utensils. We also stock our home with the basics to get you started. No running to the store when you get there... you just need to add food and people to have a great time.

About the bed setup... there are 4 bedrooms. We have set up our home to accommodate extended families. There are two bedrooms with queen beds,so with two couples, these two bedrooms sleep 4 people. There are also two identical front bedrooms, with a twin over full bunk, plus a trundle. This allows for a couple on the full, and one child in the top bunk and one in the pull out trundle Each of these two bedrooms sleeps 4. This provides for a total of 12 people. Last, there is a pullout sofa in the front living room, which can sleep 1-2 people. From a sleeping perspective we think that our home works best with 3-4 couples and lots of kids.

Towels and linens are included. A few beach chairs are available as well as beach towels upon request. For weekly summer rentals, check-in is 4:00 PM Saturday and check-out is by 10 am the following Saturday.

*** New to South Haven? Here's a little South Haven info as you look for the right place for your family.

- Often we get the question, what is the 'Blue Stairs'? South Haven is divided into two sections, North Beach and South Beach, split by the Black River. South Beach has easier access to the downtown area. Our home is about a mile south of town. There are two main beach access points on the South Beach side: 'The Blue Stairs' and the pier. The Blue Stairs are 36 solid, large, (concrete/steel) steps to the beach area. It is right by the popular Kids Korner park. Our home is just slightly less than half a mile away. We usually just walk, but if we are carrying a lot of stuff, i.e. kids stuff, one person may drive with all the stuff, (about a 2 minute drive), and people walk home as they are tired... last person drives home. Other guests tell me that they never drive to the beach, so it is just what you prefer.

- In addition, there is parking by the pier ($7/day or $15/week), and there is a beach boardwalk that facilitates walking through the sand. (South Haven has done a great job catering to the physically challenged, even providing bleachers to sit on.) There's also kids play equipment at this location.

- We use the Blue Stairs for our access... we have family members which include toddlers to blind to physically challenged to healthy, however given the number of questions we have received on this subject, we thought it might be helpful to provide a little background and alternatives. There are great beaches on the North Beach side too. Occasionally we will drive over there for a change of pace, but not often. We like the Blue Stairs access point the best, but the beach has gotten much smaller recently given the high level of Lake Michigan.

- We hope this explanation helps a bit... we hope you find the right place for your family and friends!

More Details

Rob Gorman
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, norwegian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

About Rob Gorman

After our first visit to South Haven, we started looking for a house to purchase. It is hard to come to South Haven in the summer and feel stressed. Having been from California, and having spent lots of time on the beaches there, we were surprised to find out that we were living right near some of the nicest beaches in the country. (OK, our California friends may not believe that comment, but they have not been to South Haven.)

Rob Gorman purchased this house in 2010

Why Rob Gorman chose South Haven

We were looking for a property that could serve our large family (6 kids) and was within walking distance to the beach. With so many properties being small and needing lots of TLC, we chose to purchase a lot nearby and build. Having a new house gives us the opportunity to enjoy our time in South Haven, with the conveniences of new, in a relaxing setting. There's something about Hazel Street that is just relaxing. It does not have the house upon house feel you can find in the rest of the South Beach area. There are large trees and deeper lots throughout the area giving it a 'out of the way' like feel in the middle of town.

What makes this house unique

Quiet tree lined street that has almost no traffic. Our guests tell us again and again, that this location is great as it 'misses' the traffic of the South Beach area, but is within walking distance of the beach, pier and town. The other comment we often hear... 'new and clean', I think this is because we stay at our homes and keep them maintained and up to date, because that is how we like them too!

And for those with pet allergies, we keep our home dander free for you!


South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • If a reservation is cancelled, we will attempt to re-rent to another party and mitigate any cancellation costs. See agreement for more info.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Town
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Spacious, double sink
    Hall Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double Sink
    Downstairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , with bathtub
  • Master bath with jetted tub.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , With Private Balcony
    Hall Bedroom - 1 queen
    Front Left Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , (Twin over Full Bunk with Trundle) with Balcony
    Front Right Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , (Twin over Full Bunk with Trundle) with Balcony
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull out full sofa
  • Rates based upon up to 8 adults and 12 people total.
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Sorry, No Pets - this helps us keep our home very clean, great smelling, and allergy friendly for all our guests. Kid Friendly: Kids Love Our Home. Stainless Steel Appliances. Our home is made for relaxing, lots of windows and light, with a private balcony off the master bath, a front balcony shared by the two front bedrooms plus front and rear ground floor decks - 4 individual decks! Downstairs decks are beautiful Brazilian hardwood (ipe) and upstairs balconies are waterproof to protect the decks below. The floor plan is open with a large front living room, plus a comfortable den opening up to the kitchen and dining area. Beds for 14, best for 8 adults plus children. Sleeping arrangements are queen bed in master bedroom (2), queen in hall bedroom (2), and twin over full bunks with trundle in both front bedrooms (8). In addition, there is a queen sleeper-sofa downstairs (2).


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South Beach - 4BR/3BA- sleeps 12+, Jun 15-22, Jul 21-28, Aug 11-18 now available
average rating of 4.9555554 based on 45 reviews
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Perfect place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place to stay for our first trip to South Haven. This house was absolutely perfect. We've never rented from HomeAway before and were a little apprehensive to rent a house directly, but this rental has changed the way we will vacation from now on. The house was huge, clean, close to everything, and had all the amenities you could ever think of. No detail went unnoticed by the owners (there were even step stools in the bathroom for little kids). It was only 2 adults and 2 kids for this trip, but we could have fit way more comfortably in the house. We will definitely be coming back to SH and will be staying here, hopefully with more people next time! It was a 10 min walk to Kids Corner and the beach was close, too. We loved the location and are so happy that we chose this house instead of some of the others that were on our short list. The owner was very nice and checked in with us to make sure everything was ok, too. If you are looking for a place to stay, you can't go wrong here!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great location, home was clean and well maintained

  • 4 of 5

Rob worked with us to make our stay comfortable . everything you need is supplied in the home. I would recommend this home to enjoy your vacation

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Best

  • 5 of 5

Great location 1 mile walk to Erie street South beach access

The house layout was wonderful

Accommodations were amazing

I called owner to clarify some things and he called me back immediately

I would definitely recommend this place for a large family

3 full baths and 4 bedrooms

Clean , spacious

Privacy yard!

The one thing I would change is : The upper balconies are not safe; balcony railings are loose and wobbly; an accident waiting to happen :((

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We felt that the owner really went the extra mile to ensure our stay was great. The house was very clean upon our arrival and very spacious as well - with 7 small children and 4 adults we never felt cramped. It's just a short walk to the beach and in a nice neighborhood so we didn't mind the walk. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family rented So-Heavenly over the 4th of July week 2017. My husband and I, our 2 sons, daughters in laws, and, our 3 grandchildren ( 3 year old grandson, and 15 month and 16 month granddaughters). The 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths worked out well. The house was well equipped for cooking, sleeping, two large living areas, a deck for eating outside, our strollers and wagons etc, we grilled out, made a fire in the fire pit for s'mores, brought a blow up pool for the back yard, did treasure hunts, adults did the lovely Friends Goodwill sail at sunset, and the basement was entertaining for our 3 year old grandson with air hockey. There were many books, games and movies for all ages. We brought our Apple TV for Netflix. The 2 washers and 2 dryers were just great! This is a very comfy family cottage. All our men are 6 ft plus, so the beds with head and foot boards were a bit tight. This property on Hazel street is in a quiet and lovely established neighborhood. The neighbors that we met were delightful. We walked to the Kids Corner for the playground and baseball, to the beach, to the downtown, the Kal Haven trail, drove to Holland, watched the fireworks, picked blueberries and enjoyed the 4th of July parade. Our grandson even drove his electric Mini Cooper to Kids corner and back (yes the grandparents brought his Mini Cooper, ha). It's about a half mile each way. Meijer and Walmart are a quick drive for groceries and other supplies, Shermans Ice Cream and Kilwin's were yummy! We ate at Clementines which was very accommodating to families, Black River Tavern, Brown Bakery. FYI, Captain Lou's restaurant is not young child friendly. We made it work and the food was ok, however, there is even have a sign saying they do not have high chairs as they are not baby sitters, yikes. We generally drove a car to the South Beach parking lot and unloaded our beach tent, chairs etc. We either parked their in the lot ($10 all day parking) or one of us would drive back to the house and we would bring the kids in their strollers. The bathrooms and concessions are near by. We liked this part of the beach also because of the playground and swings that our little ones loved. Rob was available to talk to us anytime, helpful with suggestions on maneuvering the large July 3rd crowd, restaurants and activities. This was a great cottage for a fun family time!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Would rent this home again for sure

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Rob Gorman

We have one more day here in South Haven. This residence was perfect for our family to gather comfortably while enjoying our daughter's wedding weekend.

Clean, stocked with every utensil you need if cooking is on the schedule , close to the lake and the venues we needed to get to as in the Taste, (a fabulous restaurant in town, and stores for odds and ends

Thank you again Robb

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Beach on a nice quiet street close to the beach and town. Renting this home and #244449 makes for a great retreat center for family reunions or church groups.

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Snowmobiling


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $700
Tax Rate 6.0%

Off-season large group? Rent homeaway#244449 and this house for up to 24: $1290/weekend, both houses.
Summer rentals - Friday to Friday through end of June, Sat. to Sat., July and August - weekly rentals only.

Rates quoted are for groups of 12 or less with up to 8 adults.
Calendar up to date. Please verify calendar prior to inquiring.

Rates assume weekend stay, or additional cleaning and mgt fee applied.

** Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 25 years old for primary renter, who must be on site throughout stay. No prom groups. Prom groups subject to immediate termination without refund of rent. **

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund