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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


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.

More Details

Mike and Rosemary Stelzner
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 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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Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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 ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
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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75 Steps to Private Beach Stairs! Laundry, Cable TV, and Internet in UNION PIER!
average rating of 4.9714284 based on 40 reviews

Lovely cottage!!

  • 5 of 5

This property is lovingly cared for and it is immaculate. The owner is very warm and welcoming. Location and accommodations are better than the photos show. We had a wonderful stay! Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anne, thank you for noticing all of the care and attention that we have put into our little cottage and for taking the time and effort to write about it. We would love to have you back!
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Perfect location near beach and clean!

  • 5 of 5

Although this cottage is small, it has everything a couple or small family could need. It was so nice being just steps from the beach stairs in case we needed to go back up to use the washroom, grab a snack, etc. The hosts were quite gracious and supplied essentials such as paper towels, Kleenex, dish and hand soap were provided which was very thoughtful. They also supplied beach towels, beach chairs, umbrellas and water toys. So nice! The beds were newer and quite comfortable. There are many things to do in the area. We enjoyed the farmers' market and local movie theatre, but most of all the beach. The sunsets were spectacular!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your glowing five-star review! It is very gratifying to have a guest that not only notices all of our efforts but writes a wonderful review afterward. It makes us want to try harder to make your stay even more enjoyable. We hope to see you again!
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  • 5 of 5

Always have a wonderful time and greatly enjoy the space and area.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a joy to have you and your family stay at our cottage. Thank you for your five star evaluation!
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  • 5 of 5

Clean nicely decorated and had everything needed...salt vinegar beach chairs umbrella etc. the stairs to beach were not bad at all. Enjoyed a fire on the beach. Great sunsets! Loved Lakesides antiques, Frankie restaurant.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We like to think that our little cottage does have just about everything, both inside (from cooking condiments to beach gear) and outside (from our fantastic beach to great restaurants). Thank you for taking the time to write about them!
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have been vacationing in Union Pier every summer for the last 8+ years, always staying at different places, looking for the 1 best place.. We found it!

The cottage has great proximity to the beach. It is CLEAN and the beds are comfortable. The owners are responsive.

I've already booked again for next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this Union Pier cottage. Rosemary was so kind to meet us when we arrived and provided for our every need. The cottage was beautiful, charming and had all the conveniences for a sweet relaxing time. The beach was so pretty and just down the steps from the property. We spent evenings watching the sunsets and days exploring the area. The area was quiet and there were only a few families on the beach each day. A great place to relax and step away from a busy pace. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Barb, I am so glad you were able to enjoy our incredible Lake Michigan sunsets. Like you mentioned, our cottage is only a few steps away from the beach, making it easy and convenient to view them. I hope you will return for more sunsets and more relaxation!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Damage Deposit $300


Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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