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Vintage Beauty + All the Amenities: Lovely Queen Anne Victorian

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Details
Property
house
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
2 nights

Description

West Main HIll House Rental Photos and Description

Our own well-beloved Victorian Queen Anne home, in a beautiful Kalamazoo local historic district.

Within walking distance of downtown Kalamazoo and near Kalamazoo College and WMU campuses

Pet and family friendly. Absolutely.

4 bedrooms upstairs. Master with queen bed and en suite bath; second bedroom with comfy pull-out queen sofa. Third and fourth bedrooms used as library and sun room, the latter with an outdoor deck. The sun room has trundle twins; and we have a high-end Aerobed that can be set up in the small library, also quite comfortable! The downstairs living room also has a large Arts & Crafts sofa (see pics) that can accommodate an adult frame.

Library is complete with lots and lots of books! If you love history, theology, mysteries, good literature or historical preservation you're in luck. Also old-school record player with excellent classical record and CD collection - we love music.

Sun room opens onto spacious upper deck, including umbrella table and seating for four, overlooking green backyard with mature oaks; beautiful garden, brick patio, and rose garden (we love having dinner on the upper deck!)

Glowing hardwood floors throughout.

Shady wraparound porch with comfortable wicker furniture

Fully stocked kitchen with pantry, including Bosch dishwasher and all staples available for your use. Dacor stove and top-of-the-line Samsung fridge.

All silverware, pots/pans, small appliances including our Pasquini cappuccino maker (!) and a Mazzer burr coffee grinder. Cuisinart, KitchenAid blender, etc.

Fully stocked spice drawer and many other supplies necessary for cooking up a storm.

Also: foyer, expansive living room with reader-friendly furniture , formal dining room, comfy family room.

Gas, water, electric included (we have a terrific Trane AC unit)

All linens, towels, and necessaries for your stay (paper products, dishwasher and small appliances, etc.). Fisher Paykel washer/dryer and half-bath in basement.

Plasma television with expanded basic AT&T cable; CD/DVD player; wireless for your computer needs.

Kalamazoo was incorporated in the 1830s and is a grand old town with modern artistic flair; we were named one of the 'Cool Cities' in Michigan in 2008! Our area, called West Main Hill, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city-- famous Henderson Castle, built in the 1870s, is across the street from us. The neighborhood is tree-lined and has curvilinear streets that are a joy to walk or bike. The city has fine and casual dining, good local shopping and unique boutiques in the pedestrian-friendly downtown; a lovely farmer’s market on Wednesdays and Saturdays; a Nature Center and the KalHaven trail for walking/biking; many summer music and other festivals downtown (check out the Arcadia Festival Site for goings-on!), antiquing, a terrific central Library----- basically all the necessities you’d need for a delightful stay. We are a three minute walk from Kalamazoo College’s beautiful Georgian quadrangle. We are 30 minutes east of Lake Michigan, and the lovely beach at South Haven. We’re 50 minutes from Grand Rapids, Michigan’s largest city which is also fun to explore; we’re 2.5 hr. drive from Chicago. Local highlights to visit also include Saugatuck (a great artist’s area on the coast of Lake Michigan, a 45 minutes drive), Grand Haven further north; and the arable land of SW Michigan with its vast orchards and wine growers. There’s also the Chocolate Garden in Coloma, MI which has the best truffles on the planet! ;-)

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Owner
Elaine L Wickstrom
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 28, 2016
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About Elaine L Wickstrom

My husband and I are both Michiganders, one from the Detroit/Dearborn area the other from Lansing. We're academic types into history and religion; the hubby attended MSU and Yale, and I attended Kalamazoo College and the University of Chicago. We love living in Kalamazoo and part-time at our pied-a-terre in Chicago!

Elaine L Wickstrom purchased this house in 1996

Why Elaine L Wickstrom chose Michigan

We married and moved into 1325 Grand because we looooove older homes with lots of character and redolent with history. This place hasn't disappointed us....we're always 'lovin' on the house,' because these homes are living and breathing treasures that need care and attention. Kalamazoo is a city which also has 'town' qualities: unique areas, an interesting past history; it's also a College town with all the culture and interest inherent in that quality-- this is just a great place to live and work.

What makes this house unique

Folks, we're talking Queen Anne eye-candy here. Gorgeous hardwood, thick trim and built-ins, a great fireplace surround; a lovely wrap-around porch with seating for tea, plus a sun deck upstairs fitted out with a high-end umbrella table with comfy chairs! There is a small triangulate park that separates us from the larger street, so you get to look at more trees and beautiful homes on either side and in front. We're also close to downtown-- great location!

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

Vintage Beauty + All the Amenities: Lovely Queen Anne Victorian
average rating of 4.724138 based on 29 reviews
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Our summer home

  • 5 of 5

This house is great for us. This year we rented the house for 2 months and in 2014 we rented the house for 1 month. My husband grew up in the area and has family and friends in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. The home has plenty of space to entertain those family and friends. It is very close to K College and Western Michigan University, you can walk to both of them. It is also a 20 minute walk to downtown. We love having our coffee in the morning and watching a mother deer with her twins enjoying the back yard. Elaine and her husband John will help you in anyway, if you ask. Michigan was wonderful this summer and I am sure is very beautiful in the fall. Enjoy.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ken and Charlotte --thanks so very much for your kind review and for gracing us again with your presence this summer. You keep the house so beautifully, and it's a joy to have friends we know return. We always know the home is in good hands. We wondered who'd topped some of the hostas in back--now we know! and what luck to have seen not just a deer but fawns ...a sight we've yet to behold. 😍 Have a lovely Autumn and holiday season, we wish you both health and blessings in 2017 ! All our best, Elaine & John
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Short by Sweet

  • 5 of 5

My family and I were in town for a wedding, and my sister recommended Elaine's VRBO. Couldn't have been more perfect. The house had everything we could have needed and more. Beautiful setting and fabulous outdoor spaces too! Host's were wonderful and accommodating - even letting our pets stay. I would highly recommend this property if anyone were coming to Kalamazoo for a short or long visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much dearies! We loved meeting you all, and your pooches too. Thanks for being such splendid guests--we hope you can return one day! Elaine and John
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Lovely Home

  • 5 of 5

Elaine was wonderful to work with and very sweet. The house was gorgeous and we had a great time. Much cozier than a hotel! It was especially nice having a full kitchen. We were able to cook dinner every night so we didn't have to worry about leaving the puppy alone. I would very highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect in Every Way!

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely home and made so very comfortable to rent. I highly recommend this location.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Margo! We really enjoyed having you, and appreciate in what tip-top shape you left our home. Please remember us when you return to Kalamazoo! we're always trying to make positive changes to benefit our guests. Have a lovely summer! Elaine
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Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Elaine's home was everything we expected and much much more. The location is impossible to beat, the house is in fantastic shape, and we felt right at home. This classic Victorian beautyhas all the modern amenities you need for a comfortable week away. I would recommend this house to any friend in the future.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home !

  • 5 of 5

Everything was well kept, clean, and beautiful. Elaine had everything thought out and where we needed it, including some magazines on area sights.

Only thing I'd do is provide more than one fire starting log.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mike-- we're so pleased you enjoyed your stay, all quirks and fun attending a vintage property. We love it here too ;-)... Viz. the starter logs-- there's a wonderful batch of them in the pull-out drawer to the left of the fireplace surround: I'm sorry I neglected to mention them explicitly ! We usually chop our starter blocks into smaller pieces and use one for three or four fires. Thank you, too, for the delightful pizza wheel--- ours did break a while back and this will get plenty of use! Hope you get a chance to join us again sometime and explore the area further. It's fabulous in the summer here! cheers, Elaine and John
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Victorian Queen Anne home in a beautiful local historic district, within walking distance of downtown Kalamazoo and near Kalamazoo College and WMU campuses.

Kalamazoo was incorporated in the 1830s and is a grand old town with modern artistic flair; we were named one of the 'Cool Cities' in Michigan in 2008! Our area, called West Main Hill, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city-- famous Henderson Castle, built in the 1870s, is across the street from us. The neighborhood is tree-lined and has curvilinear streets that are a joy to walk or bike. The city has fine and casual dining, good local shopping, a lovely farmer’s market on Wednesdays and Saturdays; a Nature Center and the KalHaven trail for walking/biking; many summer music and other festivals downtown ----- basically all the necessities you’d need. We are a three minute walk from Kalamazoo College’s beautiful Georgian quadrangle. We are 30 minutes east of Lake Michigan, and the lovely beach at South Haven. We’re 50 minutes from Grand Rapids, Michigan’s largest city which is also fun to explore; we’re 2.5 hr. drive from Chicago. Local highlights to visit also include Saugatuck (a great artist’s area on the coast of Lake Michigan, a 45 minutes drive), Grand Haven further north; and the arable land of SW Michigan with its vast orchards and wine growers. There’s also the Chocolate Garden in Coloma, MI which has the best truffles on the planet !

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Rates & Availability

West Main HIll House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$190
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

175$ US/night, double occupancy, two night minimum stay.
Additional 25$ per night per guest over 2, additional 10$ per night per pet (maximum of two dogs allowed).

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Amenities

West Main HIll House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Two queens: one in the master bedroom with en suite bath, the other a pull-out comfy sofa queen that comfortably sleeps two. We also have an Aerobed queen for another two sleepers; a great sofa downstairs in the living room which is designed for sleep-- and unlimited floor space for your kids and sleeping bags!
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis

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