Stay on the Beach a Real Beach House

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The Beach House from The Water.


Last updated: 09/05/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

One of the few houses right on the beach and closer to the water than almost any others. It was built before critical dunes restrictions and is located at the base of the bluff. You park on top of the bluff off of Lakeshore Drive.

Great sunsets, quiet mornings and beautiful lake and sky views. Beach chairs, umbrellas, beach towels - you are ready to spend the day at the beach - just a few feet off the patio.


Actually on the beach, snuggled at the bottom of a wooded bluff, just a dozen steps off the patio and you are on 200 feet of private beach. No other cottages on the beach. Beautiful sunsets. Wonderful quiet mornings with coffee on the beach or patio. Located in the resort town of Douglas, across the river from Saugatuck (known for art, boating, shopping and terrific restaurants) this the definition of beach house.

Watch the fantastic sunsets from the patio or have a bonfire on the beach. The beach is all 'white sugar' sand with no rocks. The Beach House is surronded on 3 sides by mature trees, the 4th side is beach and Lake Michigan views!

You are only 5 minutes away from the activities of Saugatuck and Douglas yet have complete privacy.

The living room, furnished with white wicker furniture includes a dining area and kitchen with windows all the way across. The first floor has a convenient half bath. The kitchen is small but fully equipped with small stove and oven, toaster oven, coffee maker, pots and pans, paper towels, new fridge. The table seats 4-6.

Second floor has two bedrooms and a full bath (shower,no tub) Master: queen-size bed 4 poster bed with orthopedic mattress and 100% cotton sheets. Full window and glass door overlook lake. A new flat screen TV with built in DVD player.

The other bedroom has two twin trundle beds and windows all across. There is a moveable wall between the two trundle beds for privacy. Second floor has a wall air conditioner - will keep it cool but not frigid. All linens - sheets and towels, blankets, comforters, etc provided.

Patio: has a big smoker/grill that takes charcoal. Round table with umbrella seats 4 comfortably and you can squeeze in 6.

Beach: all sand, no rocks. Two Adirondack chairs provided sand chairs, beach umbrellasand beach towels provided. Bonfires are to the south of the beach away from the sun bathing area. We ask that when the fire department issues no burn warnings that they be honored. We also ask that you burn only paper and wood - no bottles, metal, cans, or garbage. The Beach House is not suitable if you have very small children that have to be carried up and down stairs.

Smoking is not allowed in the building. It is a casual, secluded home. It is clean, up to date and fun to stay at. It is a traditional beach house, not a granite countertop, all white walls and modern furniture condo type of place. You will always track sand in!

Other considerations: Spotty cell phone coverage. No cable TV. No wi-fi. No washer and dryer (there is a laundrymat just down the street.) No dishwasher. Every year I try to get cable TV and internet service. The house is in a very unusual location and the cable company cannot provide service!

Please note because of its private setting, there are over 70 steps from the road level down to the beach house.

Again, this is a traditional beach house - not a condo. You get the beach, privacy, the best views around in a clean, up-to-date place that is ready to move into except for the groceries. It is a dream vacation for someone wanting the beach and privacy with the restaurants, shopping and activities of Saugatuck Douglas just 5 minutes away.

Keywords: Beach House, family vacation, fun, lakefront

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be at least 3 years old and able to negotiate stairs. You must be over 25 to rent the house....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Great place for kids that are old enough to handle the stairs. Not good for infants - too many steps....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs with approval and additional cleaning fee of $100. No cats - allergies....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Queen size Bed in master with premium orthopedic mattress. Bunk Beds 2 sets of trundle beds to sleep 4 in second bedroom....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    Half bath is on the main floor...moreless

  • Upstairs bathroom is the full bathroom with a shower, toilet and sink. Downstairs is a half bath with toilet and sink....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Patio furniture, Beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrellas, chairs on 200 feet of private beach. Air conditioning, second floor only. ...moreless


  • Television:

    Flat screen with built in DVD player. Reception is nil. Plan on using the DVD player or internet. Can't get either cable or satellite because of the location. ...moreless

  • Toys:

    If you want toys, let me know what you want....moreless


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


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    You can't get any closer to the water without getting wet! 200' of private, not shared, sandy beach. On the beach, not on a bluff. Patio overlooks beach. When this was built in the 1940s it was level with the beach. Now you go down about 14 steps to the white sand beach....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    No properties on either side. See photos....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Table usually set up for 4. Has an extension to pull out for 6....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Second floor has an in-wall unit. Will cool and take out humidity but will not make it chilly....moreless

  • Heating:

    House has heat if you need it. Control on first floor....moreless

  • Internet:


  • Linens Provided:

    Lots of towels, extra sheets. Kitchen towels, paper towels. Beach towels....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Cell phone coverage is better than in past years but still not guaranteed due to location of the house, bluff and lake....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking for 2 cars only....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Space for parking 2 cars on the road at the top of the bluff....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local use phone....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of towels. Beach towels too....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Fireplace is not to be used. Hasn't been used in 40 years. Please do not use it....moreless


  • Kitchen:

    Refrigerator, electric stove with 4 burners and oven, sink, microwave, toaster, blender, pots, pans, kitchen linens, paper towels. CLEAN. No dishwasher. ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Yes - small....moreless

  • Oven:


  • Pantry Items:

    Not much - some coffee, salt, pepper ---...moreless


  • Balcony:

    Great sunsets from the balcony. No more than 2 adults at a time please....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Patio has table with umbrella, 6 chairs....moreless



Write a review 4.7
from 3 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 6 - Oct 23, 2016
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $100 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 6%


Rates are subject to change until is confirmed. A maximum of 6 overnight guests. A maximum of 4 day guests. Day guests must be on the contract. Parking holds 2 cars only. There are 76 steep steps from the parking area to the house on the beach - all guests and any pet dogs should be comfortable with the steps. This isn't a good place for infants. Preference given to weekly rentals.

Half the fees are due within a week of receiving the contract. The remainder is due 30 days before arrival. Details will be on the contract.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 09/05/2016
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Grand Rapids Gerald R Ford
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Saugatuck Brewing
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Chain Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Variety in downtown Douglas
Douglas, MI, USA
Nearest Beach
You are on the beach

Art Galleries, excursion boats, sail boat excurisions, local festivals, apple, cherry, strawberry, blueberry picking, fireworks


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1940

About the owner: This house has been in the family since 1950. The first floor was built sometime in the 1940s. The second floor was added in 1954. Because of the protective dunes act this house could never be built today. It is clean, up-to-date but not fancy. It is a beach house and you'll always track in some sand.

Why the Owner Chose Douglas, MI, USA:
If you like the beach and privacy, this is the place. No other houses around, right on the beach.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
One thing I really like is that when you are at the beach house you have quiet and privacy but all the activities of Saugatuck are just 2 miles away. You have the resorty shopping-eating-art experience along with your quiet, private beach time.

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  • The Beach House from The Water.

    The Beach House from The Water.

  • Living room with wicker furniture, windows facing the lake.

    Living room with wicker furniture, windows facing the lake.

  • Master bedroom has picture window and glass door opening onto balcony.

    Master bedroom has picture window and glass door opening onto balcony.

  • Dining and living area on first floor.  Windows to lake view.

    Dining and living area on first floor. Windows to lake view.

  • On Lake Michigan Beach at the bottom of the bluff.  Views from every room.

    On Lake Michigan Beach at the bottom of the bluff. Views from every room.

  • Take a long walk.  The view to the north.  The view to the south is the same.

    Take a long walk. The view to the north. The view to the south is the same.

  • First floor half bath in corner.  Tile floors. Fireplace is non-working.

    First floor half bath in corner. Tile floors. Fireplace is non-working.

  • Second bedroom has two trundle Windows across west side.

    Second bedroom has two trundle Windows across west side.

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This listing was first published here in 2000.

Date last modified - Friday, September 23, 2016

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