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75 Steps to Private Beach Stairs! Laundry, Cable TV and Internet!--In Union Pier

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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About the property

Yes, we really are that close to the beach and we took pictures to prove it. So be sure to check out the last three pictures in our photo album. These pictures, together with our owner's map of Union Pier say it all. (view map, then magnify a few times).

We have DEEDED access to our beach through the Luna Gowdy Beach Association. Our beach is private for the residents of our small subdivision of about 50 homes. The designated beach area is 300 feet of lake frontage, so there is plenty of room. Our beach is seldom crowded.

Another nice feature regarding the beach is that our unit is located on the lake side of Lake Shore Road. You never have to cross that road or any other road to access the beach.

Our cozy condo/cottage (a little under 600 sq. ft.) is one of only nine units, surrounding a spacious courtyard. Our cottage is connected to another cottage. Recently renovated, we kept all of the 1930's charm, but added lots of contemporary comforts.

We loved all of our cottage's wooden, wrap-around casement windows, but we added plenty of skylights as well.

We couldn't part with the original, antique kitchen sink, but we also put in new custom cabinets and brand new appliances.

When it came to the bathroom, we looked for a simple vintage design for replacing the fixtures, but we couldn't resist installing

a Jacuzzi bath tub.

Even though it's cooler by the lake, we thought central air conditioning was a must for when the temperatures pushed too high.

To eliminate those inconvenient trips to the New Buffalo Laundromat, we installed a brand new LG combination washer/dryer (locating it in a bedroom closet, hiding it from view, but

making it very, very handy). Doing laundry now is so much easier. However, we kept our outdoor clothes line up for those who still like to air-dry their wet bathing suits and beach towels.

We wanted much faster WiFi, so we just put in Comcast Internet along with Comcast Cable TV. Now we not only receive numerous TV stations, but HBO and Showtime. We still have our DVD library, but guests can bring their own DVDs for movies and programs that they or their kids enjoy seeing.

We also have a hooked-up gas grill right outside our back door---no propane needed!

Now how convenient is that?

Our cottage includes two parking spaces and a huge backyard for picnicking and ball playing and of course, the use of our spectacular Lake Michigan Beach (personally, we think our private Luna Gowdy Beach is one of the clearest, cleanest and best beaches in Union Pier!).

Besides being so close to Lake Michigan, we are an easy walk to the Whistle Stop Grocery and Deli and the Red Arrow Road House Restaurant (3 to 3 1/2 blocks).

We think our cottage is wonderful, but please keep in mind that our cottage is not a party house. Our cottage is much too small for a wedding or family reunion or any kind of party with lots of people. Also keep in mind that we only have parking for TWO cars.

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Mike and Rosemary Stelzner
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Mike and Rosemary Stelzner

I am a general contractor and construction manager in Chicago. My wife and I have been enjoying this area for well over twenty years. We now reside in Riverside, but Union Pier will always be our first love.

Why Mike and Rosemary Stelzner chose Southwest

We searched for a long time before we purchased our cottage.

Proximity to the lake and old world charm were the characteristics that we were looking for and our unit at Whispering Pines fulfilled both requirements.

What makes this cottage unique

Not only do we have a great location, but it has all of the vintage details that only an older cottage could have...the arched entryway into the kitchen, the old hand-sawn hardwood floors, 6 lite casement windows and that wonderful original, antique kitchen sink. Plus we are close to everything that Harbor Country has to offer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"...I wanted to tell you again how lovely your home is and how nicely appointed. We've rented in Union Pier many times, and your home is far-and-away the nicest we've experienced. You've done a wonderful job

restoring it and retaining the charm and we hope to rent you cottage again in the future. There is really something special about Union Pier and I can't wait to get back up to see the sunsets.

Aug 2013
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75 Steps to Private Beach Stairs! Laundry, Cable TV and Internet!--In Union Pier
average rating of 4.96 based on 30 reviews

Beautiful, cozy getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, spotless cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan. My husband and I escaped there during the off-season (November) and it was perfectly silent except for the wind and waves. The cottage is perfectly appointed, comfortable in every way, super clean, with lots of light from all the skylights and windows. Lovely antiques here and there to remind you of its 1930s history. Jacuzzi tub was a welcome surprise (albeit small for a tall person). Super comfy king bed with room to spread out bags in second bedroom. The owners were precious and met us upon check-in to make sure we had everything we needed. Highly recommend! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so pleased to have you as guests! Especially so late in the season. This is actually our favorite time at the cottage when all is quiet and the wind over the lake has a special beauty. We were excited to share it with you and look forward to your return!
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Perfect weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family ( including 2 small kids) spent the weekend at this perfectly maintained cottage and had a wonderful time. Truly steps to the beach which we accessed several times a day. Close to everything. Would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you had such a wonderful stay at our cottage and the beach. We look forward to your return!
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  • 5 of 5

If you want to get away to a beautiful location with amazing accommodations, rent either house that this couple leases. It means a lot to have a clean, well-appointed place with great linens, artwork, and caring owners to work with. We walked the beach and the beautiful tree lined streets. We visited local restaurants and cooked/baked in the well-stocked kitchen. It was a "Big Chill" weekend. Two thumbs up!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful review and for noticing the things that make Union Pier and our cottage so very unique! We look forward to your return visit!
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was so cozy, clean and close to the beach, restaurant and stores. We had the perfect stay here!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Scenic and well kept

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time. Great location and very peaceful.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we needed.

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a relaxing weekend and that is just what we got. Beach is close and we spent most of our stay relaxing in beach chairs (provided at cottage) reading on the beach. Cottage was clean and comfortable. We barely scratched the surface for area dining options so I'm sure we will have to come back to try a few more. Great time.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your five star review! We look forward to your return trip.
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Rates & Availability

Union Pier Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 6 2017 - Mar 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mar 17 2017 - Apr 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Apr 21 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 29 2017 - Jun 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 16 2017 - Jun 29 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
4th of July Week
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Jul 7 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Week
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Late Summer
Sep 8 2017 - Oct 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping/Linen Fee $65
Refundable damage deposit $300


Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) In the master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) In the guest bedroom
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
We also provide four Tommy Bahama Beach Chairs, a beach umbrella and some beach toys for the kids (noodles, paddle board, pales and shovels for sand)

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