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75 Steps to Private Beach Stairs! Laundry, Cable TV, and Internet in UNION PIER!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Mike and Rosemary Stelzner
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 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 Union Pier

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.

Thanks!"
Aug 2013
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Amenities

Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • 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
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) In the master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) In the guest bedroom
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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)

Reviews

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75 Steps to Private Beach Stairs! Laundry, Cable TV, and Internet in UNION PIER!
average rating of 4.974359 based on 44 reviews
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Practically perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage was a cozy get away. We cooked extensively and were thrilled with high quality knives, pots and pans. The bed was exceptionally comfortable, all the linens were top notch, and such a lovely touch to have a fresh flower on the dining table. This was a great getaway! Only suggestion would be a docking station to play music. We forgot our Bluetooth speaker and wore out their one non classical CD. But otherwise, it was a great stay and we would come back in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marie, thank you for your fantastic review and for your wonderful suggestions! We are looking into a docking station. We have to admit that right now almost of our cd's are classical. So we have added a number of new cd's. For the most part they tend to be "a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll" and we just had to add a little bit Frank Sinatra. Of course, once we have a docking station, our guests can listen to their own favorites. Again, thank you for some really great suggestions!
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Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently enjoyed a perfect 3 night stay at this cottage. Not only was the cottage clean, sunny, comfortable, and well-appointed, but the activities surrounding the facility were perfect for us. We spent a lot of time on the beach, but also hiked in Warren Woods and strolled the tree-lined streets of Union Pier. We enjoyed a romantic Italian meal at Brewsters in New Buffalo and had lunches on the beach thanks to provisions from the Whistle Stop. We cooked a meal together after visiting Falatics meat market on the red arrow highway. We had so much fun and we can't wait to stay here again! The owners are incredibly helpful and obviously care about your comfort.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alice, it is always wonderful to have you and your husband as our guests. We certainly appreciate your glowing review and for mentioning all of the great food options in and around our area. We look forward to your return!
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5

Beautiful place in an amazing spot

  • 5 of 5

This two bedroom condo is beautiful, well kept, and clean and is in a great spot for a getaway. It is close to so many wineries and great restaurants and antique stores. It is also close to the state park as well! I'd recommend this place to anyone interested in visiting the area. The owners are very hospitable and also inform you of local spots for dining and activities. A wonderful place and we hope to visit again!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your five star review! We were delighted that you mentioned not only our efforts as host and hostess, but some of the wonderful attractions in and around our area. Please keep us in mind for your next trip to Harbor Country!
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5

Beautifully furnished and maintained property right by the beach!

  • 5 of 5

Great getaway!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful five star review!
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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: September 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: August 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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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping/Linen Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $300

MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT.
ABSOLUTELY NO PETS ALLOWED.
ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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