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Lake Michigan 300' Private Beach Northport-Cathead Sleep 16

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,240 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 16)

The Leelanau Peninsula is the setting for "NORTH BY NORTHWEST" a three acre Lake Michigan property with 300' of shoreline, spectacular views, spacious private beach & pristine sand dunes.

Located on Lake Michigan between Leland & Cathead Point, it's five minute into Northport , 20 minutes to Leland or Suttons Bay & 45 minutes to Traverse City.

This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is perfect for multi-generational family vacations as it accommodates 16.

Main Floor Master Bedroom: queen size bed with adjoining bathroom;

Upstairs 3 bedrooms:

Loft Bedroom: 2 double beds & 1 daybed with trundle;

Skylight Bedroom: 1 double bed;

Third bedroom: 1 double bed, a 3/4 size bed (bigger than a twin), 1 twin bed, 2 twin trundle beds;

If you enjoy sleeping in the fresh air, our large screened in porch has a sleeper couch.

There's plenty to do for all ages..... swimming, suntanning, building sand castles or long walks along the water. As the day winds down enjoy the sunset over Lake Michigan, then head down to the beach to toast marshmallows under the starry sky. Away from bright city lights the sky comes alive with thousands of twinkling stars, it's magnificent!

The house is furnished with antiques which give this home a cozy ambiance and the 8' farmhouse table comfortably seats ten; 2 smaller tables and counter bar stools accommodate at least 6 more.

This home is set on a beautiful wooded dune with 19 steps leading down to the house from the large lighted parking area & another 18 steps take you from the house down to the bottom of a very small sand dune. There are no stairs on the dune, but it takes about 25 small steps to get to the top & then it gently slopes down to the beach.

The front deck faces west affording spectacular views of the water, Manitou & Fox Islands, & freighters which travel frequently through this area. This is the site of the treacherous Straights of Manitou which caused many a shipwreck in earlier times.

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Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2017

About The Owner

After living in various parts of the country for 16 yrs. we moved back to Michigan with our children & settled in Traverse City where Lauri grew up. We wanted to be close to family & to enjoy the beauty and slower pace of life in Northern Michigan.

The Owner purchased this house in 1998

Why The Owner chose Northport

We looked for property in Leelanau County because it's still pristine and undeveloped. Jim's parents had a cottage on Lake Huron when he was growing up & he loved hearing the big waves at night. So when we found this place on Lake Michigan with 300' of frontage we were ecstatic.

What makes this house unique

Pictures don't do justice to our property.... .....the first time I saw the beach I was blown away! My husband had found it with a realtor & I was lukewarm about seeing it because the realtor's pictures weren't flattering. But when I saw the house I loved it, the setting was really unique, not at all like the pictures. The whole property was just incredible.

In person the house looks very different from the pictures, especially those showing the exterior. Twice we've had friends from L.A. come stay & they both said it looked totally different from the website & they couldn't believe how beautiful it was in person.

Our house is so peaceful and relaxing, I love being out there and wish I could go out more often. But we rent the house to help out with the taxes so our time is limited. I like the fact that our beach is usually empty, rarely anyone even walking by, so we have privacy , not crowds of people. We can truly get away from all the busyness of life and just relax.

When family & friends visit they are obsessed with searching for beautiful rocks & of course petoskey stones. I can spend hours everyday in search of the most amazing stones & a friend of ours lacquered his to show off their colors. He has a bowl full on his coffee table.

I'm not much of a beach walker but others in the family walk everyday & sometimes walk all the way out to the end of Cathead Point & back .

Of course everyone loves the sunsets, they are incredible on Lake Michigan. But they're especially beautiful from our deck because we're on the dune & raised up a little higher. It really is a spectacular sight which I never tire of seeing over and over again.

Lauri & Jim Traverse City

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful always. We really enjoy it here (even with the fruit flies). This place has become part of our hearts and souls. Thank you for sharing your home and thank you Kathy(manager) for everything you do. We hope we can continue coming for another 7 years. God Bless
Sep 2016
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse City
Car: necessary

Leelanau State Park & Lighthouse Museum & Kehl Lake Natural Area 5 minutes away


Northport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2240 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (6) 3 of the twin beds are trundle beds plus we have a three quarter size antique bed (bigger than a twin), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Beautiful Fieldstone Fireplace; Main Floor Laundry Room, Spacious Deck & Large Screened in Porch; Linens & Towels provided, NO SMOKING & NO PETS


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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Rate $1600 - $3600 depending on week. Call for rates Kathy at 231-409-1063 We take personal or bank checks, no credit cards.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.