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Best Deal ever! Pay for 2 weeks, stay another 2 weeks for free!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 30 nights


About the property

Large home comfortable home,10 min to Traverse City, central air, WiFi, cable TV

Please note! We cannot rent less than 30 days due to our township banning short term rentals despite generations of renting lake front cottages on Silver Lake. You would sign and pay for a 30 day rental agreement/stay, but that doesn't mean you need to stay for 30 days. The cottage is yours to come and go as you please for a month. Perfect for folks in Michigan. When we rented by the week, it was $2800-$3000/week, so you get a great deal if the circumstances work for you.

This large home was designed for your comfort while you visit Northern MI. Pay for 2 weeks and you can have the other 2 weeks for free! Stay the whole month, or come for multiple long weekends, or mid- week stays during "your month". Why are we doing this promotion? Our township has banned all rentals less than 30 days. We know that most people cannot take a whole month off to vacation, so does the township. But one or two families can do a 2 week vacation as well as long weekends during the month. A definite "Our loss, your gain" situation.

We offer a great location - close to Traverse City yet away from the hassle and crowds.

-free WiFi, cable TV, central air conditioning

-full kitchen includes all major appliances as well as microwave, toaster, coffee pot

-washer and dryer

-Dining room seats 8 and adjoins living room with gas fireplace and flat screen TV

-3 of the 4 bedrooms and one of the 2 bathroom are on the main floor

-walk-out lower level features den, with gas fireplace and flat screen TV, a large bedroom, full bathroom, and laundry room with washer/dryer.

-70 feet of shared sandy beach frontage on Silver Lake with shared kayaks, paddle boards, docks and swimming raft

-A short walk to the beach, located 600 ft away.

-The large backyard has a deck, with peek-a-boo view of Silver Lake, seating, and a grill. There is a fire-pit-with wood provided, picnic table and chairs for enjoy the northern nights.

- Silver Lake public boat launch is only 4 miles down the road. There is plenty of space at the Pines for your boat trailer and boat.

-10 minutes from Traverse City, with its world class restaurants, brew pubs, biking trails, and beautiful Grand Traverse Bay

-6 minutes from historic the Village at Grand Traverse Commons

-15 minutes to the wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau Peninsula

-20 minutes from Sleep Bear Dunes National Lake Shore, Good Morning America's" Most Beautiful Place in America"

-5 minutes from Interlochen Center for the Arts with all of their world famous performers.

We strive to provide a clean and comfortable home for you during your visit to the Traverse City area. Our own home is located next door so we are available for sight-seeing advice, restaurant recommendations as well as just being here for our guests. We know that vacations are a time to relax, have fun and be as hassle free as possible.

There is so much to do in the Traverse City area. Some examples are: winery tours and tasting rooms, Children’s Museum, Moomers Homemade Ice Cream (voted #1 in U.S.), Pirate’s Cove Adventure Park, the State Theatre (home of the Traverse City Film Festival), The village at Grand Traverse Commons, Dennos Museum, Interlochen Arts and Performance Academy, Music House Museum, Sleeping Bear National Lake Shore Park, Wuerfel Park (home to the minor league baseball team-Beach Bums) as well as all the biking, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking available in our area. Our other 2 cottages at our resort:

Willow Cottage- and Maple Grove-

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Marian

My husband and I have been married since 1979. We moved to Traverse City in 1980 from the city of Detroit. We have raised our 5 children in this beautiful area. We take great pride in providing a clean/comfortable home for our guests. We are easily available to our guests as our year round home is located next door.

Marian purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Marian chose Traverse City

The Pines is located next to our year round home. At one time the Pines as well as 27 other cottages in the area were offered as weekly rentals, but the township recently banned all short term rentals in the township. So, now we can only offer it as a monthly rental. We know most families cannot take a month vacation, but there are those few who can make the most of the situation. This home used to be rented for $2900/week and was booked the whole summer. You not only save in the monthly rate, you do not have to pay the State of Michigan's 6% Use tax as you would be renting for 30 days or more.

We did much updating to make the Pines a comfortable and spacious home away from home for our guests.

What makes this cottage unique

Parents with small children love the laundry room with a washer and dryer.

You have your own private yard for yard games, campfires and just relaxation. The home's deck looks over the yard and yes, you can get a peek at the lake. While here is no access to the lake with this home, the boat launch is just down the road and there are multiple public access beaches in the area. For example, Traverse City just 10 minutes away the public beach is located one block north of downtown, on Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. There are many amenities at this beach (bathrooms, volleyball, kayak and bike rentals, food concessions). There are many other beaches in the area that we can direct you too.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks so much. My family had a great time and the house was very nice. Hope to maybe see you again soon.
Jun 2015
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Traverse City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • Each bedroom has a queen size bed. Two of the bedrooms have cable TV. Bed linens are included.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The home has central air conditioning, a clothes washer and dryer. Pricing on Rate Sheet is a base price, please email for a quote.*


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Best Deal ever! Pay for 2 weeks, stay another 2 weeks for free!
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

A vacation house that became our treasured 'home'

  • 5 of 5

We found a vacation house that became our treasured ‘home’ 10 minutes from Traverse City!! We drove up to Traverse City for a family wedding and for most of us this was our first visit to the area. Our family of 8 needed four bedrooms as in addition to my husband, myself and our daughter, we also had two sets of married children and a toddler grandchild. When we arrived at the ‘Pines’ on May 14th for a week, we were pleasantly surprised at the ample amount of parking (as we had 3 cars) and the large yard that also had a campfire pit (which we did use for a few nights). We found this home squeaky clean from top to bottom! It was just wonderful only having to bring our own towels, washcloths and food as ALL the other amenities and appliances were provided. What a gift to also have a washer and dryer for us to use. On the ground floor was a large bedroom with an area that a pack and play could comfortably fit in. Also on the ground floor was an updated full bath, laundry room and family room with a TV and fireplace. On the second floor were the 3 other good size bedrooms, another family room with a TV, an eating area and updated kitchen and full bath. Off the second floor was also a very nice deck. There was air conditioning too but we didn’t need to use it. The decor within the home was so charming and the beds were very comfortable. The cottage owner, who came to meet us the first day was just so pleasant and helpful. She made sure to point out to us a binder that she had made up that had a list of all the sights to see in the area, good restaurants to eat at, local grocery stores and emergency numbers should we need them. Being a nurse, I was very happy that she also had the address of the hospital that was in town. Our family had a wonderful, relaxing, bonding vacation in large part due to the home we were so fortunate to be at. We will definitely be coming back to this ‘home of ours’ in the future to see the amazing sights we weren’t able to see this time. Thanks for the treasured family memories!! Rita and Ed Livonia, MI

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I enjoyed meeting your wonderful family. So glad that you enjoyed your time here as well as the vacation home. Sincerely, Marian Brady
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Clean, Comfortable, Close to TC -10 minutes

  • 5 of 5

This house is great for a week stay due to the central air, comfortable beds, love the washer and dryer and all amenities. Lots of space to stretch out in the house. House is very clean. Outside deck and a wonderful large yard with campfire pit. So close to Traverse City makes it a wonderful find!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback, we strive to make our cottage, your home away from home. Sounds like we accomplished it!
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Highlight of our year!!

  • 5 of 5

We have been vacationing in Traverse City for over 10 years now, and every year our kids start counting down the days until we go. We were lucky to rent from Tom & Marian Brady! They are incredibly knowledgeable about the area, provide fantastic recommendations for restaurants, day trips, and family outings, plus make us feel right at home. Their property is truly a slice of paradise. There is a beautiful beach area with a fire pit, picnic area, a hammock, two docks, paddle boards, kayaks, and a row boat. The kids swim out to the floating dock and spend hours swimming, exploring and fishing. The rental we have been staying in is the Pines. There are 4 large bedrooms and two full baths. The kitchen is fully equipped and it's very nicely decorated. It's a short drive from downtown and the wineries. Grocery shopping is very close, too. We can't wait to come back again next year!! We highly recommend renting from Tom & Marian Brady!!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Family Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My family rented this house for a small family reunion and it was lovely! The house was very clean and comfortable. There is a nice area in the back yard for campfires, room for the kids to play, as well as a hammock to get some relaxation in. The beach is a short walk away and is very nice as well! There are a number of water activities to choose from: swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, taking the row boat out for a spin, building sandcastles, and sun bathing. We had such a great time and made many everlasting memories. We can’t wait to go back next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
The Crown Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Boones Long Lake Inn, Mulligan's. Rico's
Car: necessary

Visit a great beach; Grand Traverse Bay (Lake Michigan).one block from downtown Traverse City. There is a park for the kids, canoe and kayak rentals, bike rentals, great food and a fully functioning public bathroom.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $130
Tax Rate 6.0%

Please note and understand the township this home is located in has banned any rental of a home less than 30 nights. There were only 3 cottages in the entire township that were grandfathered in. We have 2 of the cottages: Maple Grove and Willow. They are listed on this site. We lost the court case for the Pines Cottage and are now under court order to not rent less than 30 nights. Please understand that the rental contract cannot be less than 30 nights. You don't need to stay in the Pines for 30 nights. You can come and go and come back anytime as long as you are renting for at least 30 nights.

Payment is in 2 installments. The first is 50% of the rental rate. It is due within 7 days of the taken reservation. The second is due 45 days prior to arrival (50% plus a 6% MI Use tax). Also due at this time is an additional check for the refundable Damage and Excessive Cleaning deposit check. The property must be left as found as well as no terms on on the rental agreement were violated.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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