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Completely Renovated Beachfront Home on East Grand Traverse Bay Near Elk Rapids

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Last updated: 04/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Lakefront house, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

This beautiful, completely renovated house is right on a sand beach on east Grand Traverse Bay. The house is good size (2,400 sf) with four bedrooms and three full baths. This is a quiet family location but close to many activities in the area.

The second floor master bedroom is huge and has a king size bed, private brand new gorgeous tiled bath with granite vanity, shower for two, walk in closet, and large windows with a perfect view of sunsets over the bay. On summer nights with the windows open you can hear the waves lapping at the shore. Truly a waterfront feeling.

There are three other bedrooms on the second floor. Two have breathtaking bay views with queen beds. Fourth bedroom has a serene forest view with two twin beds. Across the hall from these bedrooms there is a shared bath, tile and granite, with a tub/shower. A third bathroom with shower is downstairs, also brand new tile and fixtures.

There is a boardwalk with two short sets of stairs leading down to the private beach. The beach is sandy and you can walk for miles or build a sand castle with the kids. There are some smooth fist-sized rocks in the water but there is also a lot of sand and it is a great swimming beach. The tip of Mission Peninsula is straight out from the beach and provides a beautiful backdrop for sunsets. A public access and launch point is several hundred yards away and is used to launch small boats and jet skis. There is a grassy area by the road that could be used to park a trailer.

The first floor has a kitchen, laundry room, a dining and living area combined with a beautiful fireplace made of local rock. Two large sliding doors provide beautiful views and a pleasant bay breeze. In the back a bath with shower for guests. Off the Family room is a screen porch for relaxing and a place to get-away from the group for awhile.

The cottage is about a mile from US-31 with all paved access roads. This makes easy access to towns, fruit and vegetable stands, golf courses, and harbors up and down the east shore of Grand Traverse Bay.

Keywords: Elk Rapids, Kewadin, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse Bay, Water front cottage, beachfront, quiet, walking beach, golf.
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/26/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Thirty or older please. This is a family neighborhood and we do not want loud parties upsetting our neighbors....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Sandy beach and crystal clear shallow water is perfect for children, young and old....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Charges for smoke remediation will be passed along....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    No pets. No exceptions. We have significant pet allergies in the family....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Master bedroom w/ walk-in closet and full bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Lake view with closet and dresser....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    Lake view room with large closet and dresser. ...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

    Forest view with large closet, dresser....moreless

  • Master bedroom is very large with completely renovated, gorgeous private bath, walk-in closet, and huge windows with bay view. Two other bedrooms have a bay view and the fourth bedroom has a forest view. All bedrooms are on the second floor. Three bedrooms share a two room bath with the sink and tub/ shower separate....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Upstairs Guest Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Second floor bath with separate bath/toilet....moreless

  • Master Bath: toilet, shower

    New Master suite bath fully tiled with large shower and WIC....moreless

  • First floor guest bath: toilet, shower

    First floor guest bath with shower. ...moreless

  • All baths are newly renovated with beautiful tile and granite. First floor guest bath is convenient for day guests and includes a beautiful shower. Upstairs bath is convenient to three bedrooms and Master bath is gorgeous. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • This is a wonderful 2,400 sf cottage with 100 feet of Grand Traverse Bay frontage. A short boardwalk and stairs take you from a spacious deck to the sandy beach. You can beach walk for miles. Enjoy perfect sunsets off the tip of Old Mission Peninsula while relaxing on the spacious deck. You can enjoy swimming and water sports as the lake has a gradual sloping bottom. Great for kayaking, jet ski, fishing, and just about any other bay activity. Jet skis can be rented in Elk Rapids or Traverse City. The Bay is a large body of water and small craft are generally not beached overnight in case of storms. There is a fire pit on the beach so you can enjoy the bay and Smores well after sunset with unbelievable star gazing in the evening. ...moreless


  • Books:

    A small collection of books. Some nice tree and bird field books for nature lovers. A few novels....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Sorry, no blue ray. A DVD player with the Living Room TV....moreless

  • Games:

    We have some board games and puzzles stored in the upstairs closet....moreless

  • Music Library:

    A few CD's with a small Sony CD player and speakers...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Charter Cable service. DVD and VCR connected. TV has inputs to connect your own game console....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Bookshelf Sony stereo w/ radio and CD is in the Living Room bookshelf. There is a tabletop Crosley radio/ CD in a bedroom. The Crosley sounds surprisingly good for it's size....moreless

  • Television:

    One Samsung LED TV in master bedroom and one Samsung LED TV in the living room....moreless

  • Toys:

    There are a few beach toys and some blow up floating toys. These are generally stored in the garage in case of wind. Please do not leave on the beach....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Some movies on DVD and a VCR with a few tapes....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Can see beach from inside dining room/ living room and from three of four bedrooms on second floor. Beautiful sunset views....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Short walk down two sets of stairs (about 10' drop) to beach. Sand beach is walkable for miles. Shallow water with mostly sandy bottom goes out quite a ways before dropping off. ...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    108' of Lake Michigan beachfront with a beautiful Grand Traverse Bay vista....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Dining table has beautiful direct view of the bay and sunsets. With table extension can seat 8. Round table on deck can seat 6-8....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    There is a ceiling fan in the Master Bedroom. The three lakeside bedrooms often have a nice lake breeze in the evening so we have not found that we need air conditioning here. ...moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    Some rooms have ethernet connections. Otherwise WiFi is available with repeaters on the second floor. WiFi is a little weak on the beach....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    There is a Maytag electric dryer in the first floor laundry room. ...moreless

  • Garage:

    We have a two car attached garage with remote opener. There may be some storage items in the garage so it is best to plan on only getting one car in the garage....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas forced air...moreless

  • Internet:

    Charter cable....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    There is one set of bed linens for each of the four bedrooms. There are laundry facilities on the first floor or arrange with the owner for additional service and possible extra fees. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living and dining room are adjoining and completely open with two 8' sliding glass doors onto the spacious deck offering beautiful views of the bay. Dinning table has six chairs....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Cell coverage can be spotty in the area. No T-Mobile coverage. Check the map on your providers web site. Look for coverage directly east of the tip of Mission Peninsula...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Long driveway and grassy area in front of road suitable for trailer parking. Two or three cars can park in the driveway and still get out without moving other cars....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    There is a grassy area by the road that is possible for trailer parking. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    We supply one towel for each of eight guests. Sorry, our cleaning people can't wash more than that in the short turnover time allowed. For the same reason we cannot provide beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    There is a separate laundry room off the kitchen with a Maytag top loading machine. There should be laundry soap but you should check for any special products before you go shopping....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Charter Communications WiFi. 15 Mbs....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Beautiful stone fireplace in living room...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Cuisinart coffee maker...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Full set of pots and pans, cookie sheets, spatulas, blender, crock pot, dishes, flatware, glasses....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes, flatware, and glasses for at least eight. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New Bosch dishwasher....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen is completely brand new with high end cabinets, gourmet dual-fuel stove, Bosch dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, and wine cooler. Completely outfitted with dishes, pots and pans....moreless

  • Microwave:

    New GE built-in to cabinets....moreless

  • Oven:

    GE Cafe Electric (Dual-fuel range)...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Some basic pantry items may be available. This is a housekeeping cottage so you should plan on grocery shopping. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Newer refrigerator plus brand new beverage cooler built-in for beer, wine, and soft drinks....moreless

  • Stove:

    Brand new GE Cafe Gas (Dual-fuel range)...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Newer Two slice toaster....moreless


  • Boat:

    Boats and jet skis can be rented and delivered from Traverse City or you can take pontoon excursions on Elk Lake. We do not have a lift or dock for boats at the beach. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large deck with round picnic table, shaded overlooking Grand Traverse Bay....moreless

  • Golf:

    A-ga-ming championship golf course is only three miles away. Antrim Dells (Mathews designed) and Grand Traverse Resort (Jack Nicolas course) are 10 miles away. Other championship courses are nearby....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    The Bay is great for boating. Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards (SUP's) can be rented in Elk Rapids or can be delivered. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Small lawn on street side. Beach is the real attraction here. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    LP gas grill with utensils is located on the deck just through the sliding doors from the dinning area. ...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    A few blow up toys and other small beach toys....moreless



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High Season
Jun 17 - Sep 9, 2017
7 night min stay

$3,750 $11,500
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$2,625 $9,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Cleaning $200 + tax
  • Tax Rate 6%


No pets allowed. No smoking allowed. Maximum occupancy is eight people. Preferred payment method via PayPal. Please contact us for possible other payment arrangements.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/26/2017
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Traverse City (TVC)
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Elk Rapids
118 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Ludington, MI
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
154 Miles
Nearest Train
Grand Rapids, MI
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 31
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Elk Rapids
15 Miles
Nearest Ski
Shanty Creek
Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City, MI, USA
Nearest Beach
Front door

Car: Recommended

Our cottage is quiet and secluded but close to many activities and sightseeing. The west facing property has a great deck and screened porch from which to enjoy the lake view. A-Ga-Ming championship golf course is less than five miles away. Shanty Creek golf 25 minutes. Shops and restaurants in the harbor town of Elk Rapids is only ten minutes away. Traverse City and Charlevoix are both less than 30 minutes drive. Just one hours drive to beautiful Mackinac Island

Sandy walking beach stretches for miles, fire pit on the beach for evening fires, crystal clear water for swimming or water sport. The sandy lake bottom, shallow, gently sloping waterfront is great for small children and yet still usable for small boats and jet skis (shallow launch several hundred yards away), The water is shallow for a long way out so large boats would need to anchor 100 yards + from shore, Elk Rapids marina is about 7 miles away.

This area is known for cherry orchards as well as apples, peaches and vineyards. In season there are several large fruit stands where you can get fresh fruit, vegetables, and baked goods.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: Dot and I are from Michigan, live in the Denver area, and hope to spend a lot of our retirement time at this cottage in a few years. Until then we will be sharing the cottage with others!

Why the Owner Chose Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City, MI, USA:
We love the Grand Traverse Bay and found that the Elk Rapids area just felt right to us. This is a quiet, serene location with little boat traffic. The scenic beauty is unsurpassed. There are lots of things to do in a 30 mile radius. More than you could do in a week. And of course everyone is friendly because you are 'up north'.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This is the perfect location for taking long walks on the beach, grilling on the deck while watching the sunset, swimming, boating, or just relaxing with a good book. Restaurants and shops are as close as Elk Rapids 10 minutes away. Even more activities are available within a half hour in Traverse City, the main city in the area. The harbor town of Charlevoix is a half hour north and is where Ernest Hemingway spent his boyhood summers trout fishing. There are many world class golf courses within an hours drive with several hundred holes within a 20 minute drive. Beautiful Mackinaw island is only an hour away. The famous Traverse City National Cherry Festival is July 2-9, 2016 and the Elk Rapids Harbor Days is August 3-6, 2016. These are two of the more popular festivals in the area and demand a slightly higher rent for these weeks. Elk Rapids is a fun town that is just big enough. There is a large marina right in town where you can hire a boat to take you salmon fishing on the bay or rent a jet ski or boat yourself. There are several nice restaurants, deli, grocery store, pharmacy, grocery, sports bar, and a popular coffee shop.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/26/2017

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  • Looking at kitchen from peninsula. Garage entrance and laundry room to left

    Looking at kitchen from peninsula. Garage entrance and laundry room to left

  • Dining area from kitchen. Deck through sliding door.

    Dining area from kitchen. Deck through sliding door.

  • Living room with Bay view and door to deck and screen porch

    Living room with Bay view and door to deck and screen porch

  • Screen porch looking toward bay. Door to Living Room on right.

    Screen porch looking toward bay. Door to Living Room on right.

  • Upstairs bath vanity area

    Upstairs bath vanity area

  • Master bath suite w/ twin shower

    Master bath suite w/ twin shower

  • Sunset from the deck

    Sunset from the deck

  • Deck w/ picnic table looking out over Traverse Bay

    Deck w/ picnic table looking out over Traverse Bay

  • Dining area looking toward kitchen

    Dining area looking toward kitchen

  • Dining area and living room looking from stairs

    Dining area and living room looking from stairs

  • Dining area and living room looking from stairs

    Dining area and living room looking from stairs

  • Yellow bedroom w/ queen bed and Bay view

    Yellow bedroom w/ queen bed and Bay view

VRBO #378749

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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