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'How You Dune?'- Lake Michigan Beach House Perfect For Large Groups!

Bedrooms 7
Space 2,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

7 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom Located on Lake Michigan's Most Beautiful Beach

This home, completely remodeled in 2011, has 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and features all the comforts of home. Located just 60 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from South Bend, this home is perfect for summer vacations, weekend winery tours, and Notre Dame sports weekends. Only a private sand dune separates this home from one of Lake Michigan's most gorgeous beaches so you can enjoy the privacy of your own yard while celebrating the tranquility of beach front living.

The home features a large open living, dining, and kitchen area offering sunny, sweeping views of the waterfront dune. Over 800 square feet of deck and 450 square feet of patio space with a large fire pit and plenty of seating offer tons of space for dining and enjoying the beach. The house also has an outdoor shower, extra den with a flat screen TV and foosball table for the kids, a large private back yard, and an indoor/outdoor speaker system.

More Details

Jen Truszkowski
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Jen Truszkowski

We live in the suburbs of Chicago. I am an interior designer and my husband is in real estate. We have been renting properties to vacationers in Harbor Country for over 7 years and we enjoy offering well furnished homes to families for vacations they will cherish for a lifetime!

Jen Truszkowski purchased this house in 2010

Why Jen Truszkowski chose Michigan City

We have been enjoying the NW Indiana/SW Michigan lakefront for years, but had been searching for a house close to the beach. When this house became available, we jumped on the chance to have a waterfront property. The house needed to be completely gutted and rebuilt including new plumbing, electric, HVAC, flooring, bathrooms, kitchens, etc., which gave us the opportunity to design and furnish the home so it is ideal for summer vacation rentals.

What makes this house unique

How You Dune is a great place for kids. Our large yard offers privacy for get togethers on the deck and lots of wide open space for kids to run and explore. It's easy to run back and forth from the water to the house, sunsets are at your fingertips every night, and the sounds of the waves crashing reminds us we are someplace special!


Michigan City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Property Cancellation policy- 60 days or more prior- payment refunded at 90% only if dates can be re-booked in full. Otherwise see rental agreement.
  • Rental confirmed upon receipt of signed rental agreement. See attached.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , First floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , First floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Second floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Second floor
  • The home comes fully equipped with bath towels and separate beach towels for use on the sand.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , First floor bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Second floor bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , First floor bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Second floor bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Second floor bedroom
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Second floor bedroom
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , Second floor bedroom
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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'How You Dune?'- Lake Michigan Beach House Perfect For Large Groups!
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews

LOVED everything!

  • 5 of 5

This is the best vacation rental around. Plenty of space for my family and friends. Great layout and amenities. The deck and beach access is absolutely perfect. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Katie! You are so nice. Thank you for the nice review! We love having you at the house. Come back again soon!
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It was beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 8 women for a weekend getaway. The house itself was clean and and charming with the perfect layout for our group. The setting was fantastic! Easy access to a beautiful beach and a beautiful dune view!! Hoping to visit again next year!!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful place to host a family vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of sleeping space. Plenty of bathrooms. Nice layout for group eating and socializing. Great fire pit. Beautiful dune landscaping. Moderately easy access to the beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks again for staying with us, Mike! So glad you enjoyed the house. Come back again!
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I lovely place to stay and we all enjoyed being there.

  • 4 of 5

our grandkids love playing in the sand at the beach. The Dune was a bit tricky to navigate but eventually we did do it.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Dorothy!
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is third year that we held the family vacation at this house. As in the past, everything worked out just fine. Great place for large group to vacation. House is clean with fully functioning up to date kitchen and just a short walk from beautiful beach area on Lake Michigan.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review, Bill! We loved having you and your family the past three years. Come back and see us again!
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As pictured!

  • 5 of 5

Owners were super to work with. House was clean. Fire pit was great. Kitchen was well stocked. Would come back again!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Chicago Midway
Nearest Barpub
0.75 Miles
Shoreline Brewery
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Pottawattomie Country Club
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Miles
Nearest Beach
Sheridan Beach
Car: recommended

This property, located just 60 minutes from Chicago and directly on one of Lake Michigan's finest beaches, offers water and beach fun at your fingertips including jet skis delivered to your beach. The house is walking distance to Washington Park which offers a zoo, small water park, restaurants, art museum, marina, fishing and more. Outlet mall, casinos, lots of antiquing and great restaurants in the very near vicinity.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Exit cleaning fee $300 + Tax

I will require a $1500 security deposit check be sent to me prior to your stay. I hold on to it and if the house is left in good condition, I will shred your check. If there are damages or the house isn't left in good condition, I will contact you to let you know I will be cashing the check to cover expenses.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund