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Across from Hot North Beach! 3BR/2BA - Sleeps 8 in beds. Perfect Family Beach Hm

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Location, location, location! The location is amazing! The Oakland is in the highly sought after Monroe Park of North Beach. With views of Lake Michigan from the entire front of the house (1 minute walk to the beach) and views of the harbor from the back of the house, you will always know that you are at the lake. Sit out on the front patio with a cool drink and watch the sun set on the lake - you won't want to leave! A casual 15 minute walk takes you to the shops and restaurants of beautiful downtown South Haven.

The Oakland was built as a resort hotel in 1927 and was first known as 'Mendelson's', and then later as 'The Oakland Resort'. According to The S.H. Historical Society, this is the resort that Clark Gable vacationed at in the '30s. Antique memorabilia of the period is displayed throughout the home.

Now converted into two separate private residences, the Oakland South has over 2100 square feet of living space with soaring ten foot ceilings, original millwork trim & windows, and solid wood doors with antique transom vents above the doors.

This is a three bedroom home (one queen, one full, and two sets of bunk beds) which very comfortably sleeps eight, with two full sized baths (perfect for two couples and four children). If an additional bed is needed for two more, there is a queen size sofa sleeper in the den.

The Oakland South was renovated by an interior designer to provide you with all the modern conveniences while maintaining the comfortable feeling that a classic Lake Michigan resort should.

The huge 'North Beach' of South Haven is one of the finest beaches in all Southwest Michigan. This huge beach of clean, sugar-like sand has all the amenities you could hope for: full concession stand with ice cream cones and hot dogs, clean restrooms, playground equipment, picnic tables, and volleyball courts. The best part about this beach, however, is the fact that there are absolutely NO stairs to climb! Anywhere!!

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Lynn Bruno
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 12, 2017

About Lynn Bruno

Lynn and I reside in Glenview, Illinois with our 3 daughters: Sophia, Gianna and Bianca. We are a beach loving family and enjoy everything that South Haven has to offer...the huge beach(see pic), walking on the pier, playing in the park and of course, swimming in the lake!

Lynn Bruno purchased this house in 2000

Why Lynn Bruno chose Southwest

Quick, easy and simple beach access with no steps or stairs. We grew up going to other beaches in Michigan and the good memories of the beach are diluted by the painful memories of hauling stuff up and down all of those stairs! At North Beach, pull a wagon full of your beach toys, coolers and towels from the front door of the house all the way to the water's edge on the beach! Now that is relaxing!

What makes this house unique

After making our post arrival trip to the grocery store, we love the fact that we rarely ever get back into the car - walking everywhere is great family time.

Our favorite ritual is taking an early morning walk over the drawbridge into town to the Golden Brown Bakery and suprising the kids with fresh baked donuts and expressos for my wife and I.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Bob,

Once again, we had a fantastic week at your wonderful home. The girls are already demanding that I set up a week for next year.

I'll be in touch in the next few weeks.

Thanks again for your warm hospitality and it was nice to meet you.


Jul 2012
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South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1) New mattress set in huge master bedroom for 2 adults., Double Beds (1) New mattress set in 2nd bedroom for 2 adults., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) New queen size sleeper sofa in living room for 2 additional guests if needed., Bunk Beds (2) 2 sets of new bunk beds in 3rd bedroom sleeps 4.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Ceiling fans, large closets in bedrooms for luggage. Glass card table in living room for scrabble or monopoly!


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Across from Hot North Beach! 3BR/2BA - Sleeps 8 in beds. Perfect Family Beach Hm
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Clean. Close to the beach. Great deck and views from the front and back of the house

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed 3 times at this house and have loved it each time. With little kids it's so great to be close to the beach. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Liz! We love having you!
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Another great year!

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting here for years and absolutely love staying in this house. It's cozy, has everything you need and is in a fabulous location.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Barb! We always look forward to having you stay with us!
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A wonderful vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I were so happy with this house. Bob was very responsive to ALL my inquiries! My parents, husband and two young children stayed here. This is one of the few houses in South Haven that is perfect for older adults because there are no steps to the beach! My dad loved seeing the harbor from the back yard and the kids loved the play space in the back. It was just perfect. The house is well equipped and the location is central to wherever you want to go in South Haven. We hope to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing beach vacation at Oakland South

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a great week-long stay at Oakland South. This property delivered on every level; from the ideal location to the meticulously maintained interior and exterior, Oakland South will be remembered as a family favorite.

The spacious home was perfect for our family of three teenagers, offering plenty of room to spread out AND plenty of opportunities to gather (front porch, deck and "game" table in the family room to name a few). The close proximity to the beach and town can't be beat. After stopping at the grocery store, we parked our car and walked everywhere for the remainder of the trip. Whether renting a kayak or paddle board or heading into town for shopping and dining, everything is conveniently located from Oakland South.

It's obvious the owners love this home and have gone to great lengths to provide renters with a place for a memorable stay. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location & beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

My experience with Oakland South was all that I was hoping it would be. It was a beautifully decorated and spacious house and it was just a block from the stunning North Beach. It was great to take a morning run around the friendly neighborhood or a sunset stroll along the inlet. I loved this house and would stay there again in a heartbeat. I stayed there with my family. We have small children and adults and everyone was pleased with the amenities. We even took a trip out on the Tall Ship "Friends Good Will" which I recommend for kids of all ages.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Captain Lou's in the Harbor
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
HawksHead Links
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
The huge, groomed sugar sand of North Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
The famous "North Beach" public beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Black River Harbor
Nearest Point of Interest
Captain Lou's Bar and Grill
Nearest Point of Interest
The Idler Riverboat Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Point of Interest
Historic Light House
Car: not necessary

Sun tanning on the beach, swimming in the lake, building sand castles, long walks, watching boats, relaxing, flying kites, enjoying friends and family and building memories.

Golf: HawksHead is a 10 minute drive away. It is an Arthur Hills course that consistently makes Golf Digest's Top 20 Michigan courses to play.


Rates & Availability

South Haven House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $300

Weekly rentals only during the months of June, July and August. Two night minimum in the off-season

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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