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Lake Michigan Beach House with Air Conditioning-Sleeping Bear Bay in Glen Arbor

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8 -10)

A perfect home for 2 families to share. Immerse yourself in a Lake Michigan beach house experience with large comfortable deck with teak adirondak chairs, chaise lounges and dining set, swimming in pure, refreshing Lake Michigan. Enjoy 100 front feet of private Lake Michigan beach front, sun bathing, boating, swimming, beach fires, sunsets, walks to town with family and friends.

Mary and Charlie Carpenter
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Mary and Charlie Carpenter

We fell in love with Glen Arbor and the Sleeping Bear Bay beachfront on Lake Michigan during our first family vacation in the area in 1995. We purchased a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo on that vacation and purchased this fabulous, four bedroom beach house in May, 2012.

Mary and Charlie Carpenter purchased this house in 2012

Why Mary and Charlie Carpenter chose Glen Arbor

Lake Michigan beach front, views of the big lake, the Manitou Islands, sunsets, beach fires and a comfy, beachy home to accomodate friends and family. Sleep well and stay cool in our air conditioned when we have those occassional hot, humid summer days and nights.

What makes this house unique

Sunsets, beach walks, beach fires, swimming, kayaking, hiking, biking, 5 minute walk to downtown Glen Arbor, easy access to The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and National Park, day trips to Leland, Suttons Bay, Empire, Traverse City.


Glen Arbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Boats/trailers/RVs on the property are strictly prohibited. Our cancellation policy is detailed in our rental documents.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 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 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master bath - toilet , shower , Can be exclusive to master suite or shared.
  • Master bath is a full bath and can be used exclusively as part of the master suite or the door leading to hall can be unlocked to provide access to others. Second bath is a full bath with combination tub/shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom #4 - a.k.a. 'The Bunk Room' - 4 twin/ single , *Safety Alert! Top bunks have 165 pound weight capacity.
    Bedroom #3 - 1 queen , With full closet, dresser & mirror.
    Bedroom #2 - 1 king , With flat screen tv and full closet.
    Master Bedroom #1 - 1 king , Lk. view, flat screen TV, full closet, adjoining full bath.
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds - 2 sets (4 twin beds total). *Important safety note: top bunks accommodate up to 165 pounds maximum!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Enjoy your very private home-away-from-home, sandy beach, beach fires and fabulous Lake Michigan sunsets with views of North and South Manitou Islands.


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(12 traveler reviews)

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Lake Michigan Beach House with Air Conditioning-Sleeping Bear Bay in Glen Arbor
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

End of summer escape

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was all that was advertised. Very clean and organized. Our families enjoyed the space and surroundings. This vacation completed an end of summer escape and our grandchildren called it their summer cottage; so we will have to come back next year.

Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jim, for your nice review! We're so happy you and your family enjoyed the beach house - please come back again soon! Mary & Charlie
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan


  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough great things about this Beach House - the owner, Mary, was so responsive and easy to deal with, the home was just steps from the Beach with a fire pit, nice big deck, beautiful sunsets and just a few short blocks to in town Glen Arbor. The owner thought of EVERYTHING we could possibly need or want, fully stocked kitchen, extra towels in bathrooms, (bring your own beach towels and/or folding chairs), guide book to the area restaurants and activities, even a ton of extra hangers!, Very clean, with furnishings and decor so comfy, casual and attractive. We will definitely go back - in fact, if it were for sale, we'd buy it! We were a family of four, but the home could easily accommodate many more. There were two bedrooms we didn't use. Really a fantastic get away!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Home!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Mary's beach house. The home was exactly as seen in the pictures - clean, well decorated, spacious and perfectly located close to Glen Arbor. We'd highly recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed the beach house and hope you will come back again soon!
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Farmington, Mi.

All you need

  • 5 of 5

We just left this property after a 1 week stay and were very happy with this cottage. Everything I look for in a rental is here....beautiful view, great location, clean, comfortable furniture and beds, very nicely appointed, and close enough to Glen Arbor to be able to walk.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loveland, Ohio

Favorite vacation home and location !!

  • 5 of 5

We cannot say enough good things about this home and location. After traveling to Michigan more times than we can count for our family vacations, we have finally found the spot we will come back to for our up north trips. The home is on point with a beautiful blend of style, comfort, and a touch of sweet rustic lake home appeal. You will immediately feel at home and welcomed as everything you need or want in a vacation home is ready and waiting for you. The location is fabulous on the "big lake" with breathtaking sunsets, beautiful water views and can you say blue? The water color and clarity is comparable to none. Fires on the beach with s'mores and your favorite beverage watching the sun set will become your evening ritual. While being private and not too close to neighbors, the proximity to town is excellent so your car can stay parked if you choose. Being just off one of Glen Arbor's main streets, it is so much fun walking into town for dining, shopping, kayaking, biking, and hiking. For the days when you do want to hop in your car but not go far for some more exploring, you are within very short drives to the Big and Little Glen Lakes, Sleeping Bear Dunes, the cities of Leland, Sutton's Bay and Empire. Did I mention fishing? Bring your boat or rent one here. So many options and lakes that produce great results! We had a fabulous vacation in this lovely home, so much so we wish we could have stayed even longer! We can't recommend a better place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your nice review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the beach house and about your fishing success - something we have not done enough of, so thank you for the inspiration! We are hoping you will come back again soon! Take good care, Mary & Charlie
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A Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for the perfect Lake Michigan getaway, this is it. Everything about this house and location exceeded our expectations. The house was so well-equipped and so charmingly decorated. The deck had a very nice grill and comfortable furniture. The sand right off the deck provided a great play area for our one-year-old granddaughter. My husband and adult children enjoyed kayaking along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. The sunsets were spectacular. Within a short walk is the town of Glen Arbor. We had a delightful lunch there and did a little shopping. The grocery store in town has everything you can possibly need. One night we built a fire on the beach, made s'mores and enjoyed looking at the stars. Mary, one of the owners, went above and beyond to answer my questions and to make sure our stay was enjoyable. We are all still basking in the fun memories and we want to go back next year. I don't believe there can be a more suitable beach house for our family. Thank you so much for letting us have this experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jenny, Thank you for your wonderful review! We would love to have you and your family back to The Beach House! It makes us so happy to hear of families making memories at our place - there's simply nothing better.
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport - Traverse City
Nearest Ferry
18 Miles
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Amtrak - Traverse City
Car: recommended

You'll simply love our Beach House location . . . It truly is the perfect spot: On the beach (Lake Michigan), on a private road, in the woods and in town (Glen Arbor). Walk down the beach to Blu (The Restaurant & Bar) to watch a sunset. Walk/ride to town for many options, the National Lakeshore or any one of a hundred 'bucket list' sites in and around the area. Our favorite is the riding The Heritage Trail through the National Lakeshore for a family bike ride . . . or to the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes for a dune climb and/or picnic.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

We confirm reservations upon receipt of completed rental documents and deposit. The rental deposit is 50% of the rental rate (Example: 1 summer week @7,500.00/week x 50% = $3,750.00 deposit. The rental balance and refundable security deposit ($3,750.00 rental balance + $500.00 refundable security deposit), a total of $4,250.00, is due 45 or more days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.