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Contemporary, Lake Michigan, Sandy Beach, Great View

Harbor Springs, MI, USA
  • House2500 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 6

An 'Upside Down House', that is, the living space-consisting of a great room, dining and kitchen areas, bath and large deck on top floor-allowing for unbelievable panoramic lake and sunset views. Extremely uncrowded beach as far as eye can see. Wood stove in Great Room. Front, covered porch, looking across at sand dunes and forest, large entry way, hall and three bedrooms, bath, laundry/sand room, screened porch and open deck to hang wet laundry, etc. off master bedroom on next floor down. Beautiful wood floors throughout, marble floors in baths. Garage and basement on ground floor. Cat walk over dune grass to sandy beach-no-rocks on beach or in water, on Lake Michigan's Sturgeon Bay, dead end road that borders Wilderness State Park.


Marlene Ross

Member Since 2011
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 14, 2018
About Marlene Ross

The house was designed and built (literally) by my late husband who taught structural engineering at the University of Michigan. The space is a joy and a delight to be in, comfortable and inviting.

Why Marlene Ross chose Bliss

For several summers my family rented a house down the beach. We fell in love with the area as a perfect get away for parents, grandparents, kids and dogs. We were lucky to find this piece of land/sand with no rocks-on beach or in water-just sand. The house was completed about 11 years ago.

What makes this House unique

As I appreciate it when my dog is welcome on my travels, the house welcomes (well behaved) dogs, has a doggy door and a small fenced in area off front porch. The house is maintained in excellent condition-smoke free and shoe free.


    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single
      • Two bedrooms on Lake side, one of which has a screened porch with hammock. One bedroom faces dunes and forest.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • There is an additional toilet and sink in basement.

      Location Type

        • Beach
          Home is on a sand dune on Sturgeon Bay/Lake Michigan beach. Between house and water are dune grass and sandy beach. No rocks in or out of water.
        • Beach View
        • Beachfront
          The home is on a dune on the Lake Michigan beach.
        • Lake
          On beach at top of Lake Michigan
        • Lake View
        • Lakefront
          On northern Lake Michigan beach
        • Village
          Four miles north of Cross Village-year round population under 400, In village commercial establishments consist of one gas station/convenience store, one art gallery and two restaurants.
        • Water View
        • Waterfront
          The home is on Lake Michigan, northwest tip of the lower peninsula.
        • Waterfront
          Catwalk from house over beach grass to sandy beach


            • Away From It All
            • Family


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Firewood
                    • Garage
                    • Heating
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Area
                    • Living Room
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Parking On Street
                    • Telephone
                      House phone for local calls only
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bath towels provided. Please bring your own beach towels
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wood Stove


                        • Kitchen
                          Fully equipped
                        • Blender
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                  Small library/book shelf
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Music Library
                                  c.d.s available for use. Mostly classical music
                                • Radio
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  There is a small t.v. for dvds. No cable hookup


                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Binoculars
                                    • Boat
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Large deck overlooking Lake Michigan and great sunsets
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Two kayaks for guest use. Life vests available
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Charcoal grill, decks on beach, beach chairs, l
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                      Front porch looking out on sand dunes across the way.
                                    • Screen Porch / Veranda
                                    • Walkway to Water
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • bay/sound
                                            • churches
                                            • festivals
                                            • forests
                                            • marina
                                            • restaurants
                                            • water parks

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • groceries

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • From driveway or garage, one flight of stairs to front porch/door leading to large entry, 3 bedrooms, full bath, screened porch, laundry/sand room with door leading to walkway to beach. Outside sand room door is a tap for washing off sand from two and four legged beings. Top floor is Great Room, dining area and kitchen and large deck overlooking beach and lake. Contemporary furnishings. From entryway there is a doggy door leading to front porch and small fenced in area. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout thus request that shoes are left in entry or sand room PLEASE.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              21 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Peaceful & Perfect

                                                              Kim M.Orland Park, IL, USA

                                                              We spent the first week of October at this beach house and everything about the trip was perfect. Since it was off-season we had the beach to ourselves (with our pups..... thank you, Marlene!). Although, my guess is even in-season it would still be quiet and peaceful. Every night we watched the most amazing sunsets. The upper floor with the great room and kitchen is so open and bright. Tons of windows to open and light just floods in. The beach was awesome with a great fire pit. First time for our pups having roasted hot dogs and we all had the time of our lives. Morning coffee overlooking the lake was another awesome experience. Again, my dogs just fell in love laying on the deck and watching the water. We all took a drive down a very country road (one lane, gravel) around a nearby lake and that was just beautiful. We only ran in to see Leggs Inn but that place was awesome! Next time (we're getting ready to book again) we will definitely go there for at least one meal. Such a unique place and their gardens with tables for dining are just gorgeous, and overlooks Lake Michigan. Not too far away is Harbor Springs and that town is so cute, it feels like you go back in time. Big old Victorians with wrap-around porches and the cutest little downtown. We highly recommend stopping at Tom's Mom's Cookies there and make sure you get enough cookies to take home with you. They are the best! The owner, Marlene, is very nice and easy to work with. Thank you, Marlene, for sharing your beautiful home with us!

                                                              Amazing vacation!

                                                              Susan E.

                                                              We were very impressed with both the house and the location right from the start. The house was clean, the kitchen was well stocked with both cookware, dinnerware, etc. and condiments (we still brought way more than we needed, and we will know better for next year), and the bedrooms were perfect. We have two little girls and the room with two low twin beds was absolutely perfect for them. They loved having their own room that overlooked the water.

                                                              We loved the gorgeous views of Lake Michigan/Sturgeon Bay both from inside the house and out on the back deck. We ate quite a few meals under the sunset, but occasionally the wind kept us inside. The sunsets are amazing.

                                                              The walk to the beach was very quick and easy. There were plenty of beach chairs and 2 Kayaks, which we had fun using. Halfway down to the beach was a platform with a hammock to relax in. We walked up and down the beach and the entire area is gorgeous, but Marlene's house seemed to have one of the largest and best sections of beach around. My girls loved that the water was still warm at the end of August and stayed relatively shallow for quite a distance.

                                                              Outside of the house, there is the Legs Inn, which we of course had to try. We were able to ride our bikes from the house down to the Inn. The food was great, and the back garden area/views also were very beautiful. We never made it to the new breakfast place, as we enjoyed cooking and eating our breakfasts overlooking the water at the house each morning. Maybe next year. Petoskey and Harbor Springs are also fun towns to visit, and a short distance away. We also took a day trip at Mackinac Island, and the ferries are just a short 30 minute drive away. We spent the majority of our time at the house, however, as we were there to soak up the sun, the beach, and the gorgeous Lake Michigan views. We also really loved that we were able to bring our two dogs with us, as they are a big part of our family.

                                                              Marlene is very accommodating and easy to work with. She was prompt in her email/phone responses. We will definitely be making a trip back next year!

                                                              Beautiful, relaxing, memorable

                                                              Lynda C.Ann Arbor, Michigan

                                                              Our stay in Marlene’s house was a joy for our multigeneration family of 6. The situation on Lake Michigan was perfect - in the middle of the Sturgeon Bay shoreline. We spent 3 or 4 evenings watching beautiful sunsets. We cooked dinner all nights but one in the well applianced kitchen. The lake and water temperate were welcoming. Initially we had thought we would plan a few day trips but decided instead that we didn’t want to leave the beach and house. We were there during the time of the full moon. One very lovely, soft-air night I went outside about 4:30 am and spent time laying in Marlene’s hammock on the sand dune staring at the sky. It was a memorable vacation. I’m sure we’ll return. Did I mention Marlene’s house is host to many pieces of original art? - has lots of windows that open and comfortable beds? Also, Marlene was very easy to work with. I would definitely recommend this property.

                                                              Return visit just as enticing as our first stay!

                                                              Anne M.Tontogany, Ohio

                                                              This is the second time my family and I have stayed at this home. I sort of figured nothing could top the visit we had a couple years ago but this visit equaled that one, no problem! I still feel a real affinity for this house -- the woodwork, the windows, the artwork, the stairs, the kitchen. The cross breeze is simply not matched by any other house we've ever stayed in and the beach is STILL perfect, still clean, the water still cold and clear. The house was clean when we got there and its one of the few houses I didn't feel a need to pre-clean dishes before we used them. The bathrooms were spotless, including the shower. I feel like we were staying in someone's home, not a rental. And as the first renters this year, we found the fridge stocked with new ketchup, mustard, etc -- a really nice touch! I expect future stays, as long as we don't have a toddler in tow...

                                                              We booked next year on the way home!

                                                              Karen M.Grand Rapids, MI

                                                              We have spent our family's summer vacation in Cross Village for the last 8 years. We tried 6 other cottages right on the lake before we found Marlene's. All others had something missing; a few of the cottages had issues, or the beach was rocky or cobbled and difficult to navigate without care. Marlene's cottage has the best of both worlds, a comfortable, well-equipped cottage and a marvelous beach.

                                                              Those who live in Michigan know that the lake has been low for many years and is finally returning to an appropriate level. While the beach isn't wide enough to play football it was plenty wide for beach chairs, umbrellas, bags, sand toys, digging and playing fetch with the dogs. The beach above & BELOW the water is that hard to find sugar sand that is so great to play in. The water this year was G-R-E-A-T!

                                                              We relish the seclusion. It's one of our favorite features. Our two adult children and son-in-law go with us and we all turn on our email to "out of office" since we are getting away from work rather than going to a remote location to work. Though cell/voice coverage is sometimes spotty for all but AT&T users, texts always seem to get through and there is a house phone that people can call in on.

                                                              Marlene is also great to work with. She answers email and questions in a timely manner and is happy to help when needed. Most of the reviews are right on. If you are looking for a place to relax and get away from it all, this is the perfect spot.

                                                              Dream Home!

                                                              Julie D.

                                                              We enjoyed our week at this beautiful beach house so much that we actually got homesick for it once we were home! Truly a “dream house.” It was so peaceful and the views were amazing. I wish I could cook every day in a kitchen with those views! The house is very well built with interesting architectural details and beautiful art to look at throughout. It was clean and well stocked. We really enjoyed the kayaks the last couple of days (it was too windy the first part of the week). The only disappointment was how tiny the beach area was due to the high water levels. We enjoyed lots of walks along the shore, looking at the beautiful houses and scenery. We got good reception with our phones (AT&T). The location is perfect – far enough away from everything to really feel like you’re away from it all, yet not too far of a drive from Petoskey, Mackinaw, and many other destinations.


                                                              Harbor Springs, MI, USA

                                                              Contemporary Lake Michigan Beachfront Home. Decks for viewing breathtaking sunsets, watch eagles fly above, hummingbirds hover near by, loons flying overhead,, Waugochance to Beaver Chain of Islands, three twinkling lighthouses, freighters in the distance. Walk the sandy beach for miles, bird watch, hike dunes and forest just across the (dead end) road or in Wilderness State Park-a five minute beach walk north. Walk out your door for a sunrise jog or yoga on the beach. Cycle back roads and nationally historic 'Tunnel of Trees' scenic road to Harbor Springs. Sleep-in your bed or hammock (on beach-side screened porch)-to soothing sound of waves lapping on the shore. Take a ferry to car free, Mackinaw Island or bridge to the Upper Peninsula, play golf, fish on a close-by inland lake, dine out-all15 minutes away. Sail, kayak, swim in summer, enjoy Spring trillium in bloom, Fall foliage in fall. Take an art/craft class at nearby Studio/Art Gallery Other Activities: Take a break from building sand castles and take a kayak out (two available) or cross the road and hike in to more dunes, forests, paths. Bike in to the village and enjoy authentic Polish food and/or live music at the Legs Inn. Drive over to Douglas Lake (Pellston) for a fine dinner on the Lake. Take a ferry from Mackinaw City over to Mackinaw Island, get some fudge, rent a bike and head to the other end of the island and escape the summer island crowds or take a horse and buggy ride (no cars allowed on Island). And, most wonderful of all, sip wine on the deck and watch the beautiful sunsets over the lake.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

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                                                              Pet Fee

                                                              My property generally books up very quickly. If you are interested in a week, once your request is accepted you should submit your deposit to hold your week as soon as possible. Dogs are welcome. We charge $25 per dog, 2 dog maximum please. We ask that you be responsible and clean up after your dog on the beach, also be considerate of others and of endangered wildlife that inhabit the beach area.

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