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Cozy NW Cottage Home. Pet Friendly. Minutes From Downtown GR. Monthly Terms Only

Bedrooms 3
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

Bungalow, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-6)

Enjoy great proximity to everything you want to do in West MI. Located just minutes from downtown where you can experience GR's nightlife, museums, and world class entertainment.

This cozy cottage home is your well deserved relaxation and retreat from the grind. Wood burning Fireplace, custom kitchen with coffee bar, fine linens and all the comforts of home.

King or Double Twin and Queen Master Suites with direct bathroom access. Groovy Loft with twin bed in dormer and extra sleeping accommodations provided upstairs.

Great bike trails, track and tennis as well as a great sledding hill all within walking distance.

Huge lot with fenced in back yard and patio perfect for bar-b-q.

If this home had a musical genre, it would be world beat. We welcome special requests and are happy to point you in the best directions to enjoy West Mi.

Keywords: Wooded Lot, Fenced Yard, Park Like Setting, Pet and Kid Friendly, Wood Fireplace, Campfire, Grand Rapids Getaway, Retreat, Spa Getaway, Short Term, Long Term, GVSU, Artprize Rental, Bachelorette Party, Romantic Getaway, Family Accommodations, Wedding Party Accommodations, Charter Fishing, Tubing, Close to Downtown Grand Rapids and Lake MI.

More Details

Rachel Attard
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 14, 2017

About Rachel Attard

I have put a lot of my heart and soul into this place and love the vibe. My family and friends always look forward to their stay at my cozy cottage home. They cannot say enough about our city and what a great balance it has. Grand Rapids is large enough to have all the things you expect from a big city with out a lot of the confinement. You can drive out of grand rapids 10 miles in any direction and enjoy the raw untouched beauty, awesome rivers/lakes, and green space for which Michigan is well known. I have traveled well and lived in many different areas within Michigan and believe the Westside is the best side of. This home is an extension of my heart and I hope you will feel welcome as a fellow traveler of this world when you walk through the doors.

Rachel Attard purchased this bungalow in 1999

Why Rachel Attard chose Westside Connection

Grand Rapids is close to everything and everywhere you want to be in West MI. Some places in MI require a half hour drive or more to procure groceries. I used to live Up North and loved the natural beauty but began to see the limited access as a disadvantage. Where the Grand Rapids area offers the convenience of Michigan's second largest city and a bounty of environmental purity I value so much. Just a 25 mile drive to Lake MI and all the perks of city life. What more can you ask for?

What makes this bungalow unique

This home is in the perfect location. Right off the main drag that takes you directly from the city to the lake shore. Direct access to Interstate I-I96, Highway 131, and M-45 (Lake MI Drive). So you can have a direct route downtown, or to the lake

shore. Take advantage of the spa room and book a massage treatment while you stay. There is a gym and a coffee shop right across the street and a killer diner with great breakfast and burgers within walking distance.


Westside Connection Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bathroom with tub and shower, quality lighting and ventilation
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) Two Twins can convert to king., Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Fold out Tradtional Thai Sleep Mats Imported from Thailand
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Spa room with massage table and room can be used for additional sleeping quarters. Huge fenced in back yard with deck and Unbrella Table and Chairs. Great yard for dogs to run. Located right off the main drag with easy access to Freeways and direct access Downtown Grand Rapids, Allendale, or to the Lakeshore.


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Cozy NW Cottage Home. Pet Friendly. Minutes From Downtown GR. Monthly Terms Only
average rating of 4.837209 based on 43 reviews
Canton, MI

Cozy home minutes from downtown

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time in Grand Rapids. The home was well furnished with partially everything you would need, including coffee and filters! The yard out back was a perfect running playground for our dog. And the location to downtown was perfect; less than a 10 minute drive! I would love to come back and stay at this property again one day. The only downside was that the windows didn't have screens and difficult to open. Our weekend stay was mid April, so possibly the owners didn't have a chance yet to put screens in. So we left the front door open while we were home and enjoyed the breeze coming in through the screen door.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic house!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented the Guest House for a short weekend trip to visit Beer City, USA with 3 of our friends. The house was a great size with one person staying in the dormer. We were initially worried about sharing one bathroom, but it worked perfectly! We are planning a summer visit and will be renting the Guest House again!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Warrensburg, Missouri, USA

Adorable GR bungelow and awesome owner

  • 5 of 5

This house was a wonderful location for us (although we were familiar with the area) and the owner was welcoming and SO ACCOMMODATING! She provided amazing massages and was just wonderful. The house is adorable and perfect for a getaway! We had 5 adults and a toddler and a dog and it fit everyone fine, and the one bathroom situation was pretty tolerable.

We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mid-week getaway in Grand Rapids

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our visit. We had 4 adults and two active dogs. The fenced in yard was perfect and the nearby dog park was an added plus. We were minutes from everything, but we chose to stay in for dinner both nights. Thanks Rachel. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northern Minnesota

Great House!

  • 5 of 5

This house is wonderful. We had plenty of room for 2 families. The teenagers loved it! The 5 year old had plenty of room to sleep and play. It was great to make coffee every morning and have a big table to sit around and visit and eat. We continually found more interesting things to see in this house. Would recommend it and hope to stay again someday.

We went to the corn maze and the haunt and had an early Thanksgiving with our family.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Would do 4.5 if i could - great spot!

  • 4 of 5

Found this place on VRBO. Yet another rewarding rental experience that reinforces for me the value of working directly with owners through this site - there's just something extra special about the pride that comes with that!

The details the owner has attended to on this property are wonderful - terrific, spirited decor (I echo the world beat description) and lots of extra touches like making sure the blinds in the bedroom do not let in any light. The colors are warm and inviting and time in front of the fireplace at this property is to be treasured.

We stayed with two people and our dog and enjoyed every second in the space. We found it easy to get to many attractions in the Grand Rapids area and baby gated our dog in the breakfast nook area anytime we could not bring her along - this worked out well. We took the dog for many walks in the quiet, beautiful neighborhood and enjoyed time at the West Side Dog park within walking distance of this property.

Working with the owner was a delight! We also added on a massage while there as a perfect kick off to a relaxing week. Contact the owner for details on this.

If you need a place to rent in Grand Rapids, I strongly recommend this property. GREAT spot!

One tip if you're new to Grand Rapids as we were during this stay: if you have navigation in your car, set it avoid freeways when going back and forth from this property. Doing so will save you a lot of doubling back and extra trouble just going city street routes.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Gerald R Ford International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.9 Miles
Monarch Club
Nearest Golf
0.9 Miles
Mines Golf Course .09 miles
Nearest Train
2.87 Miles
Amtrack Station
Nearest Motorway
0.7 Miles
196 and 131 interchange
Nearest Restaurant
0.9 Miles
Salvatores Italian Resturant
Nearest Beach
28 Miles
Kirk Park on Lake Michigan
Nearest Point of Interest
John Ball Zoo
Nearest Point of Interest
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Van Andel Arena
Nearest Point of Interest
Bar and Nightlife Epicenter
Car: recommended

The house is just a few blocks west of the John Ball Zoo.

Close to all the major downtown event venues. The Amway Grand Plaza, Goei Center, Van Andel Arena, DeVoss Place, The Bob, St. Cecilia's Musical Society, GRCC, GVSU, and downtown museums and attractions.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
Refundable damage deposit $150
Cleaning Fee $75

Requested dates will be held for 7 days for processing of Payment and Lease Agreement/Reservation Information. Reservations are not confirmed until payment and lease agreement has been signed and processed.
Minimum 1 month lease.

Pay Pal and checks accepted for all reservations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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