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Beautiful Lake Michigan Beachfront Property. Remodeled in 2016. Sleeps 12

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath with 175 feet of Pristine Lake Michigan Beach

Newly remodeled beach house on Lake Michigan.

Please be sure to look at the rate section of the listing. The rates vary throughout the year and the VRBO system shows a lower 'average' rate on the listing's homepage.

Located 2 miles north of St. Joseph, this beautiful vacation home is situated on a bluff overlooking the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan. The attention to detail with both interior design and furnishings were chosen with our guests in mind. With a commanding view of Lake Michigan, the property includes a private staircase to 175 feet of pristine, private, sandy beach. Water sports of all kind are right outside your back yard and a gently-sloped sand bar is inviting for children of all ages. Walk for miles along the coast, searching for beach treasures.

As you enter the house, you will be taken aback by the astounding views of the lake and the large, open floor plan. Light, hardwood floors throughout the main level will draw you into the living room, with plenty of comfortable seating for large groups.

The main floor has an open, inviting feel. Spectacular views of the lake from the kitchen, dining area, and living room make this the space you'll find yourself gravitating to when you're not at the beach. Off the back of the house, a doorway leads you to the upper deck--the perfect area to relax as you take in the sights and sounds of Lake Michigan. With a large west facing deck complete with a Weber Genesis grill, two lounge chairs, and a table with seating for 4, it's the ideal place to take in the views and watch the beautiful sunsets over the lake.

An expansive dining room table is the perfect place for large gatherings and will seat up to 10 pp. Paired with the kitchen island, the home seats 14 pp. comfortably for dinner. The kitchen features granite countertops, brand new cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, below and above-counter lighting, and a large granite island that will double as a workspace or meeting area for coffee in the morning or drinks at night. Fully stocked with everything you would need to make and serve gourmet meals for 12pp., the kitchen will not disappoint even the most discriminating chef.

From the living room, a hallway connects the three well-appointed bedrooms on this floor. With views of the lake from it's large windows and the only bedroom to have a TV, most guests will vie for the king-size bedroom. High-quality furnishings, mattresses, and linens throughout the house will ensure a great night's sleep.

The second bedroom also features lake views and it's lake-inspired motif will make you feel like you're always at the beach. The third bedroom, with its bright, cheerful paint scheme and furnishings will put a smile on the face of even the most weary traveler.

The full bath has a modern feel with granite countertops, two vessel sinks, an oversized mirror, private toilet, and separate shower with plenty of hooks for bathing suits and towels.

Continuing down the stairs to the lower level, you'll find a spacious laundry room with washer, dryer, ironing board, and a refrigerator for additional storage. From the stairs, you'll be drawn into the spacious, open-concept recreation room featuring a large, flat screen TV, foosball, game table, and library of books, DVD's, and games. Wi-Fi is available throughout the house and the three HDTVs are supported by Comcast cable.

From the rec room, you have access to the last two bedrooms. With its lake views and private location, the fourth bedroom will be sought after by those in your group who like to retire early or those with small children who need a quiet space to 'get away from it all.' The final bedroom sleeps 4 in two bunk beds and is the perfect spot for kids of all ages, inspiring great summer memories of staying up late, sharing tall tales, and strengthening family bonds.

The full bathroom on this level is outfitted with a large walk-in shower, toilet, marble vanity, and changing area for trips to the hot tub or the beach. Bathrooms include towels, hair dryers, and plenty of hooks and storage.

Off the back of the rec room is a screened-in porch with more lake views and cool breezes. From the porch, the hot tub is just steps away next to an outdoor shower to rinse off the sand and sunscreen after your day in the sun. The large, landscaped yard is ideal for playing volleyball, frisbee, soccer, etc.... At night, you can enjoy a dip in the hot tub or s'mores in the fire pit overlooking the lake. Or, head to the beach where you'll find plenty of driftwood for a bonfire under the stars.

Downtown Saint Joseph and Benton Harbor are minutes away and packed with great restaurants, shops, galleries and museums. You'll discover plenty of fresh fruit stands, local farmer's markets, brew pubs, and wineries within minutes to visit and enjoy.

Less than two hours from Chicago or Ann Arbor, this is the perfect place to escape and relax.

Our goals for this vacation home are straight forward. The first is to share our home with perhaps 6 to 10 groups each summer who can appreciate the details and lengths we go to ensure that each group has a fantastic experience. The second is to welcome the same groups back each year. Please understand that we will be fairly discerning in how we will allow our house to be enjoyed and expect our guests to be respectful not only of the property, itself, but also to our neighbors. We value our relationship with our neighbors and, as such, do not allow weddings or similar large group events. Feel free to contact us with any inquiries.

Suitability: Long-term Renters Welcome, Children Welcome, Non-Smoking Only, Pets Considered

More Details

Roland & Cindy Pohlman
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About Roland & Cindy Pohlman

We are from Ann Arbor, MI and have had a vacation home just down the street from this property for over 14 years. We love being able to drive just 2 hours and feel like we're on vacation every weekend!

Roland & Cindy Pohlman purchased this house in 2015

Why Roland & Cindy Pohlman chose Benton Harbor

The St. Joseph/Benton Harbor area has an ideal combination of great beaches, restaurants, shops, and a very inviting community of people who have tremendous pride for their hometowns. As a visitor, it's the perfect area to make great memories with family and friends.

What makes this house unique

With 175 feet of Lake Michigan beach frontage and private access to the beach, properties like this are few and far between. The beach, even on a holiday weekend, is extremely quiet, with only the occasional beachcombers passing by.


Benton Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No Campers/Tents Allowed on Property
  • All Vehicles Must Be Parked in Driveway
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Granite Countertops, Spacious Accommodations, Private Shower Area, Multiple Sinks, Changing Area.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Lake View, TV, Large Closet, Dresser, Desk
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Lake View, Large Closet, Dresser
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Large Closet, Dresser
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Lake View, Large Closet, Dresser
    Bedroom 5 - Bunk Room - 4 twin/ single , Two (2) Bunk Beds, Storage Bins (Sleeps 4)
  • Bedrooms are Carpeted and Beautifully Furnished with Top Quality Mattresses and Bedding. Rooms are Private and Quiet with Room-Specific Thermostats for A/C. Details Include Towel Hooks, Beach-Inspired Interior Decorating and Tons of Storage.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 3 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
For Additional Water Sports, Third Coast Surf Shop in St. Joseph Offers Kayak Rentals, Beach Toys, Surfing Lessons, and Paddleboards. Local Fishing/Tour Boat Charters are Available Throughout the Area. Wolf's Divers' Supply in Benton Harbor Offers SCUBA Classes, Trips, & Gear. Southwest Michigan Regional Airport can Arrange Aerial Tours of the Region and Self-Guided Tours of the Area's Wineries, Breweries, U-Pick Fruit Farms, Shops, Restaurants, & Farmer's Markets are Here for You to Explore.


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Beautiful Lake Michigan Beachfront Property. Remodeled in 2016. Sleeps 12
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Wonderful beach house and owners

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful home on Lake Michigan. The owners paid special attention to make our stay enjoyable. The layout was perfect for our family gathering, open concept with great gathering spaces, porch, backyard and fire pit. The beach was excellent. Wonderful home for a wonderful beach vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here the past two years and we are planning to return next year. The location, house layout, furnishings, view of the lake, yard and beach can't be beat. Unbelievable attention to detail by Roland and Cindy. It has everything you can think of and more.We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous house!!!

  • 5 of 5

We have been vacationing on Lake Michigan for 7 years and this is by far the BEST house that we have ever stayed in! The house is every bit as good as it looks in the pictures! There is much attention to detail and the view of the sunset is spectacular! The yard is big so we played a lot of outdoor games and sat by the fire pit at night. We just cannot day enough positive things about this house! We have already booked it for next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect in Every Way

  • 5 of 5

Just a beautiful location, with beautiful beach views from the house, yard and porches. Wide open layout and everything from the bedding to the kitchen is fresh and well done. Very attentive owner who is responsive to your needs.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome house, amazing hospitality

  • 5 of 5

Great family vacation! The house was beautiful and all the amenities were right on site! Great hospitality and communication by the owners, would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous!!! Priceless memories

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time to stay in the LakeHouse. Such a fabulous house, set up so you do not need to bring anything except food. The beach was top notch this year. We always walk all the way down to Jean Klok park, there are sand bars there. We even went raspberry picking and had breakfast at The Mason Jar. Our time here is priceless. Top notch everything.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Nearest Airport
2.8 Miles
Southwest Michigan Regional (KBEH)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Multiple--St. Joseph & Benton Harbor
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Harbor Shores--Jack Nicklaus Designed
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Amtrak--St. Joseph
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
M-63 (Highway 94 approx. 5 Miles Away)
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Multiple--St. Joseph & Benton Harbor
Car: recommended

The Southwest Michigan area is known for some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and St. Joseph is ranked as one of the Top 5 Most Beautiful Beaches in the US. Its many festivals, outdoor activities, and family-friendly hospitality make it a perfect summer destination. In the area, you'll find an abundance of wineries, brew pubs, restaurants, farmer's markets, and local artisans.

Within an hour's drive are the outlet shops of Michigan City, casinos in New Buffalo, and tourist destinations of South Haven, Saugatuck, and Holland, Michigan. South Bend, Indiana, is a 30 minute drive and Chicago is only 1 1/2 hours by car or train from St. Joseph.

Cafes, ice cream shops, BBQ joints, and local bakeries are all minutes away and a strong arts community makes finding a one-of-a-kind gift or memento easy.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Pet Fee $250
Property Damage Insurance $79
Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000



Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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