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Charming Lake Cottage / Cabin -1 Hour North of Downtown Minneapolis

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July '12: (renter supplied pic) Reading in the morning sun, taken from the dock.

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Last updated: 07/18/2016
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Why drive 3-5 hours 'up north' from the Twin Cities when everything you want in a lake cottage/cabin getaway is so close? You will be less than 60 miles from downtown Minneapolis. (2) 24 hour grocery stores nearby; 10 minutes from Coborn's or 15 minutes from Cub. Plenty of restaurants nearby as well.

People have come from near and far to rent this property; Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Canada & Norway. That's 25 states & 2 other countries. 2016 is year #13 that we have been renting our property to new friends.

The cottage is 75 feet from the lakeshore. The front yard is level, meaning you can watch children playing near or in the water from inside the cottage. The yard has room to play croquet or badminton. Imagine relaxing in the hammock while your children play in the shallow water. Watch Bald Eagles soar, listen to Common Loons (MN State bird) hoot, tremolo, wail & yodel. You will probably see Bald Eagles & Loons every day. Watch boats cruise the lake. Have coffee on the dock & see the sun rise across the lake. Gaze at stars away from city lights. Roast marshmallows over an evening fire. Can you visualize your family getaway here?

This knotty pine walled cottage has 4 rooms including 2 bedrooms & 800 square feet. You have a direct lake view from 3 rooms. The front bedroom has a queen bed & lakefront view. The back bedroom with a bunk bed, converts to twins. All have very good mattresses. The kitchen is furnished with Cuisinart cookware, decorative Loon tableware & many appliances; microwave, toaster oven, blender, electric fry pan, coffee maker, bean grinder & a hand mixer. Living room has swivel wicker chairs & a futon/couch/bed. Knotty cedar sun room has (7) (wrap around) lake view windows, a futon couch/bed & large dining table. The bathroom has stand up shower stall with hose spray nozzle (handy for bathing small children.) Bedsheets, blankets, pillows, bathroom & kitchen towels are provided, or bring your bed sheets & bathroom towels for a discount. There is a window air conditioner capable of cooling the entire cottage on hot & humid days and a furnace to warm the cottage on cool days & nights. All the comforts of home except dishwasher & cable/satellite tv. Our TV antenna & set top tuner picks up all of the Mpls.-St. Paul stations (2,4,5,9,11,23,29) plus those in between stations; 5-2,3,4,5,6,7 11-2 etc. The stereo plays CD's & has a jack to plug in your iPod or MP3 player. Bring some books, DVD's or VHS tapes for when you've had too much fun in the sun & water. Do you need internet access? We have a WiFi hotspot available for rent. Cell phone coverage is good here with (2) towers nearby.

Green Lake (800+ acres) is the largest lake in Isanti County. You can see about 90% of it from our shore. It's big enough for dozens of boaters to do their thing while not disturbing people on shore. Our 72' long dock & the neighbors dock provide a protected swim & play area. Green Lake is not busy except July 4th & walleye fishing opener weekend. Walleye are stocked every other year. Largemouth Bass, Northern, Crappie & Sunnie fishing is self sustaining and very good. Bass, Crappie, Sunnie & Perch are easy to catch with worms from our dock. A bait shop is 5 minutes away.
Our lake & swimming area has a dark sand bottom with no rocks or muck. Swim out 150 feet & touch the lake bottom in about 6 feet of water.

Adults can use our canoe. The boats in the photos are not included in rental, nor can they be rented. You may bring a boat & tie it inside the 'L' of our sturdy 70 foot aluminum dock and park the trailer in our back yard. The public access has a concrete boat ramp/landing, & a parking lot for day lake visitors.

We are only 10 minutes from Princeton and 15 from Cambridge. Both have plenty of restaurants and a large 24 hour supermarket, a hospital & a laundromat if you need to wash clothes. The Hi-Way Inn bar/tavern is 1 mile away. Close enough to walk for burgers, pizza & drinks. 5 minutes east is the Pine Brook Inn serving steak, walleye & more. Shooter's Sports Bar (5 minutes west) has good food, live music on weekends, flat screen HD TV's, showing all the games.

Golf at Purple Hawk in Cambridge or The Princeton Golf Club. Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge & Sand Dunes State Forest are about 20 miles away. All easily located on Google

45 minutes to Mille Lacs Lake for group 'launch' fishing trips & Grand Casino.

Tennis: Free courts available at the high school in Princeton. Horseback riding within 10 minutes.

Reviews: VRBO posts reviews that renters upload to this website. I have many other reviews from renter comments in our guest book & post rental emails which are posted under the 'About the Owner link.' 2014 was a year where we chose to not rent the property as often as in years past, which is why you won't see many reviews that year. Also understand that not every renter chooses to leave a review.

More pictures of our property? - The best thing to do is click on the link to my You Tube video. Click the tab / link on the top left side of my listing, next to the photo's tab. If that link does not work, go to You Tube and search 'EliasGreenLake' All one word, no spaces.

Smoking?-We don't allow any smoking inside the cottage - Pets? We don't allow pets on the property either - Sorry, no exceptions to this policy.

We try to manage the availability calendar, but please call or email to inquire about availbility.

2016 rates: Mid-April - Memorial Day & Labor Day - mid-November: $110/night. 3 night minimum preferred during the off season.

Between Memorial & Labor Day: $150.00 / night (Sun. - Thurs) & $180.00 / night (Fri. & Sat.) Sat-Sat, Sun-Sun & Sun-Fri. are preferred rental time frames. 5 night minimum preferred.

Prices noted are for up to 4 people. Add $25.00 to each rental period for persons # 5 & 6.
Holiday rates if available for rent (Memorial Day, July 4th & Labor Day) are higher than these posted rates.
Last minute rentals: 10% discount, 100% cash due on arrival.
Add 6.875% MN sales tax to all rentals.
Rates are subject to change

Six people maximum allowed on the property at any time during a rental.

$25.00 off any rental if you supply your own bedsheets & bathroom towels.

$500.00 damage deposit, returned after re-inspection of the property. We take pride in prompt return of damage deposit (in cash at check out when schedules permit) Otherwise, a check is mailed ASAP after inspection. No cleaning fee if you leave the place at least as clean as it was when you arrived. Cleaning supplies are provided.

We do not participate in VRBO's property insurance program.
Renters who decide to pay via credit card agree to pay transaction fees.

Compare this lake front cottage property featuring: (2) bedrooms, (2) living/social areas, (5) beds, large dining table, (optional internet) fully equipped kitchen, private yard, private dock, private fire pit, lawn chairs & table, private hammock, private 60 feet lake of shore/beach & use of a canoe, to the cost of a (2) bedrooms or a condo at a hotel or resort. This is a comparative bargain! If 4 people rent for a week, the cost /night/person is $46.51 including tax. 5 weekday nights = $40.08/person/night.

Note: Fireplace is an outdoor fire pit. Firewood is not supplied. If you ask, I'll lend a wheeled cart & hand saw & show you where to find wood to burn.

We have rented other VRBO properties. We know what renters want & provide a positive experience. In March of '09, we began using the renter comments & about the owners sections to read comments from past renters.

Inside the cottage is a notebook, full of information on the property and the area. Thanks for reading, I look forward to hearing from you!
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Keywords: Lake Cottage, Lake Cabin, near Minneapolis, St. Paul

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 790 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years of age minimum...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Gradual sloping lake, maybe 3-4 feet deep at the end of the dock, depending on lake water level. Sand bottom, no muck....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Convertible bed(s)

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 bunk bed

    2 windows, bunk bed converts to twin beds. Closet & dresser...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    2 windows, lake view from laying in bed. Closet & dresser....moreless

  • (1) Queen size bed in front bedroom, looks directly to the lake, (2) Futons, each is a full / double bed. (1) Bunk Bed twin style. Bunk can be converted to (2) twin beds on the floor....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

    ...moreless

  • 3/4 bath: meaning stand up shower, with hose shower head to bathe small children...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Use of our bed linens & towels is at your option, remember to discuss them with me. Free use of a canoe. No telephone, bring your cell phone. Internet is an option, via Wi-Fi hotspot rental. Fire wood is not supplied, nor is charcoal for the Weber grill. Activities mentioned are those you can do if you bring your own equipment. Horse riding available nearby. Our lake does not offer boat rental, gas, food or a public beach. There is a good public boat launch with concrete ramp across the lake....moreless

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    combination DVD & VHS player...moreless

  • Games:

    a few board games are in a cabinet. there are a few decks of cards too....moreless

  • Stereo:

    CD player, cassette, AM/FM stereo with iPod/ MP3 connector cable....moreless

  • Television:

    19' color with remote...moreless

  • Toys:

    we have a few toys for young boys; cars, trucks, etc....moreless

  • VCR

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    A few trees for shade and a hammock at the lake shore for relaxation while kids play in the warm and shallow water next to the dock....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    large dining room table with lake front view located in sun room....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Yes!!! As of 7/14/12: New a/c unit installed in kitchen window. Includes remote control thermostat. Allows you to set the temp up to 20 feet from the unit....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    New wall furnace installed in fall 2012, plus (2) portable space heaters to keep the cottage comfortable...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi-Fi hotspot available for rent...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Save $25 and bring your own...moreless

  • Living Room:

    2 separate areas for lounging, see photos...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    in the back yard, right behind the cabin...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Off street parking for cars and (1) boat trailer. RV's & camper trailers are not permitted....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    yes...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    out door, in ground fire pit at lake shore. See photos. Wood is not included. I will lend a hand saw, rolling cart, & show you where to collect fire wood....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    10 cup Mr. Coffee brand drip coffee maker, bean grinder & filters included, large mug style coffee cups. We are set up for coffee lovers!...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    enough of everything so you don't have to wash dishes between meals....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    plenty . We have rented places where (2) people arrived to find only 2 plates, glasses, forks, etc. You won't have that problem here. We provide lots of dinnerware....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Plenty of cookware and table wear....moreless

  • Microwave:

    700 watt microwave on top of refrigerator....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Includes Freezer on top with (4) trays to make ice + container to store ice...moreless

Outside

  • Golf:

    2 golf courses within 20 minutes; Purple Hawk & Princeton Golf Club...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    75 feet to the lake, 60 feet wide yard. Lawn chairs provided-see photos....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    weber charcoal grill, bring your own charcoal & starter/lighting fluid. We supply grilling tools & wire brush....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Free use of courts at Princeton High School. 10 minute drive, next to McDonalds....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Consider the lake an 800 acre communal pool...moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$150 $180
Fri, Sat
$1,075

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 6.88%

Notes:

After Labor day, we will rent the property for weekends only if schedules permit. However on weekday nights, we prefer at least 4 nights due to the time & effort away from work to prepare the property & meet with renters. Refer to rates in the property description for more detail about damage deposit and fees for persons # 5 & 6 in your party. We don't allow more than 6 people per rental group. Payments: Personal checks are preferred. You may pay via PayPal, Venmo or credit card. However, the renter pays any transactions fees which could be 2-3%.


Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 07/18/2016
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Location

70 Miles
Nearest Airport
MSP
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Hi Way Inn
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Princeton Golf Club
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
MN Hwy 169
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Hi Way Inn

Car: Necessary

25 miles to Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge & Sand Dunes State Forest. 1 hour to Target Field. 80 minutes to Mall of America and MSP Airport. Grand Casino-40 minutes. National Sports Center-40 minutes. St. Cloud - 30 minutes, Lake Mille Lacs -45 minutes. See my video on You Tube. Search 'eliasgreenlake'.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: We are Tami & Stephen. We married in 1991 & have have 2 son's who love the lake property & water sports. This picture was taken 12/08 in Puerto Vallarta where we rented a VRBO condo.

Why the Owner Chose Princeton, MN, USA:
We bought this lake front cottage in January 1998 so we could spend weekends at the lake with our son's who were 1 & 5 years of age & our friends. We live about 60 miles away in suburban Minneapolis. Since then, we've made many great memories with family, friends, neighbors & renters. Fast forward to 2016. Our sons are 19 & 23 & busy with other activities. Consequently, the lake cottage does not get as much use. We started renting 13 years ago to good people we've met thru VRBO. We've also rented other vacation properties on VRBO. We understand both sides of the owner/renter process & provide a great experience & value.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
At our place, you get the real lake cottage / cabin experience without the long drive up north. It looks & feels like the northwoods, (see & hear Loons daily) (watch Bald Eagles soar over the lake) yet you have comfort knowing civilization (hospital, 24 hour grocery, restaurants & liquor stores) are less than 10 minutes away. Our property is great for children. Some of our guests are grandparents who rent the place to spend time with children & grandchildren. Green Lake is the largest lake in Isanti County, which at 800+ acres larger than 2/3 of the lakes in Minnesota. You can see 90% of the lake from our yard. Our lake is big enough for boats & jet ski's to cruise around while not bothering other boaters or people on shore.


Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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Photos

  • July '12: (renter supplied pic) Reading in the morning sun, taken from the dock.

    July '12: (renter supplied pic) Reading in the morning sun, taken from the dock.

  • Happy renters at the waters edge.....could be your family........

    Happy renters at the waters edge.....could be your family........

  • 14 x 18 Sun Room photo # 2; 
TV & DVD/VCR player. Futon pictured has been moved

    14 x 18 Sun Room photo # 2; TV & DVD/VCR player. Futon pictured has been moved

  • Main Room: direct lake view, futon couch/bed, wall furnace, entry to bedroom

    Main Room: direct lake view, futon couch/bed, wall furnace, entry to bedroom

  • Bathroom with shower stall. Entry is through the kitchen

    Bathroom with shower stall. Entry is through the kitchen

  • Front bedroom view of lake from sitting up in bed

    Front bedroom view of lake from sitting up in bed

  • Use of canoe is included with rent.

    Use of canoe is included with rent.

  • Backyard, car & boat trailer parking, bbq grill, clothes line

    Backyard, car & boat trailer parking, bbq grill, clothes line

  • View of lake, fire pit, dock, swim area. Boats not available for rent.

    View of lake, fire pit, dock, swim area. Boats not available for rent.

  • 14 x 18 Sun room photo #1 
Dining table & lake front view

    14 x 18 Sun room photo #1 Dining table & lake front view

  • Sun room # 3. Knotty pine log futon couch, folds & converts to a bed

    Sun room # 3. Knotty pine log futon couch, folds & converts to a bed

  • Kitchen with window air conditioner for summer months

    Kitchen with window air conditioner for summer months

  • Queen bed, lake view (2) reading lamps, dresser, closet, ceiling fan & 2 windows

    Queen bed, lake view (2) reading lamps, dresser, closet, ceiling fan & 2 windows

  • Twin size bunk beds can be taken down. Room has a dresser, closet & 2 windows

    Twin size bunk beds can be taken down. Room has a dresser, closet & 2 windows

  • View of property from about 50 yards off shore

    View of property from about 50 yards off shore

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This listing was first published here in 2004.

Date last modified - Saturday, July 23, 2016

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