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Smittys Ga "Right in the Middle of it All"

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:14
  • Bedrooms:6
  • Bathrooms:4
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Quiet comfort with room to move. 6BR - 4 Bath (Sleeps 14)

Smittys GA is a unique home situated on a very private seven acre partially wooded site, surrounded by flower gardens, featuring neo-classical inspired architectural elements uncommon to the area.

The main home features 3 bedrooms (1K,2Q), 2 loft bedrooms (1Q, 2T), 3 bathrooms, 2 spacious living rooms with 20' ceilings , an exercise room complete with a flat screen TV, stereo, universal weight machine, Precor elliptical glider and yes a ceiling fan. The home also features a screened in, fully finished, heated (hopefully not needed but there if it is) 3 stall garage with an all-weather ping pong table which can safely be taken outdoors, Tournament Foosball table (indoor only), stereo and also a lighted, marked, outdoor (driveway) 1/2 court basketball court also with stereo.
Inside the home the dining room opens to the formal living room (living room one) which runs the length of the house from Northern to Southern exposures. To the North the living room opens through double doors onto an airy enclosed screened porch featuring a 20' ceiling. The screened porch in turn, opens through double doors onto the rear of the homes two spacious decks. The rear deck overlooks a large and active organic fruit and vegetable garden which abuts the balance of the properties acreage. There are approximately 5 acres behind the home which in turn adjoin the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park land. The property is surrounded by another 28 acres of land held in the Leelanau Land Conservancy.
Returning to the main home, the formal living (East end of home) room opens to the south (front of home) through double doors onto a sunny 320sf redwood front deck. This deck is in the feature thumbnail picture and is surrounded by flower gardens so don't forget to use the zoom feature on this one.
The middle door in the photo is the mainly used entrance on the front of the home. It enters into a large foyer and mudroom built to separate the house into two zones where, for instance, kids could watch an action movie in one living room and parents could read a book in the other or vice versa. The foyer leads to the mudroom and both also feature Brazilian terra cotta tile as an aesthetically warm but thoroughly protective flooring area and space to shed the shoes. Here you will find a thoroughly stocked walk in pantry. You will also find multiple closets built to accommodate our (multiple kids).
Through the mudroom turning to the right leads to the kitchen. Left at the mudroom leads to the second living room which intentionally incorporates many of the trim design elements of living room one. The spacious second living room was built to feel more casual and features high knotty spruce ceilings, two ceiling fans, an eight foot tall sliding window wall on the northern exposure and a spiral staircase to the 2nd loft bedroom as well cushy comfortable Natuzzi leather sofa, loveseat and chair and a Denon surround system.
Continuing west through the second living room takes you to the third bedroom featuring a queen bed, skylight for those spectacular starry nights and a sliding doorwall to the north deck. Continuing on you pass across the 'pass-through' which is the door nearest the garage. The 'pass-through' was designed to allow quick access between the front yard and the back yard. Accordingly this area also features Brazilian terra cotta tile and a place to 'kick off your shoes'.
Continuing on westward takes you past the 3rd bath and into the exercise room. Here you will find a universal weight machine, a Precor glider, flat screen TV, wet bar, a second refrigerator, and entrance to the garage which was described early on.
The finishes in the home were selected for both durability and comfort with floors being 75% hardwood, 15% quarry tile and 10% carpet. You will find carpet only in the master suite and the two loft bedrooms. The home features knotty spruce ceilings in both the 2nd living room and the exercise room. Countertops are ceramic tile in the kitchen and granite on both the kitchens breakfast bar countertop and the wet bar in the exercise room.
Appliances include a 2nd refrigerator just off the exercise room and front-load washer and dryer just off the kitchen. The kitchen features a Fridgidaire slide-in 4 burner range, over the range microwave, Kitchenaid dishwasher, blender, Bunn coffee maker and grinder, etc.
Above the garage is another 800 sf of living space which may be rented separately before and after the main season. It is, or will soon be, listed separately as “Little Smittys GA”. This “carriage house” apartment features hardwood throughout, one bedroom with a queen size pillow top bed, 1 bathroom with a shower stall, apartment sized “stacked” washer/dryer laundry unit, an open kitchen with a Jenn-Air electric range, Kitchenaid refrigerator, appropriate cooking and dining utensils, skylights, a ceiling fan, flat screen TV and bar seating and an open dining area which together would easily seat 6 adults comfortably.
Currently the carriage house also has two additional sleeper sofas for additional sleeping space one of which may be substituted with a second queen bed for a small additional fee.
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House
  • 4000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 14
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Features pillowtop mattress...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

    Loft bedroom features pillowtop mattress...moreless

  • Bedroom 6: 1 queen

    Guest Apartment BR features queen pillowtop mattress...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

    Bedroom 6 features queen pillowtop mattress...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    Loft bedroom 3 features two twin beds...moreless

  • Master Suite: 1 king

    Kingsize Pillowtop...moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

    Carriage house bathroom with acrylic shower stall...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Master bath and shower, custom glass doors, kohler fixtures...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Tile bath and shower, custom glass doors, kohler fixtures ...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Tile bath with kohler acrylic shower, custom glass door...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Sorry no pets, no smoking in the rental


  • Game Room:

    Garage functions as large game room in summer...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    DirecTV throughout...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Denon surround in living room 2, Integra system in living room 1, Pioneer system in garage...moreless

  • Television:

    2 -32', 2-36', 1- 20 ' flat screens...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Seating allows 3 at breakfast counter and 8 at dining room table in main home. Dining seating for 6 comfortably in the carriage house apartment....moreless

  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning:

    Ceiling fans throughout...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Front loader available ...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Universal machine, Precor elliptical, Flat screen, stereo, wet bar, ceiling fan...moreless

  • Garage:

    Fully screened for summer and finished 3 stall garage w/ ping pong, Foosball, stereo...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas forced air...moreless

  • Internet:

    wireless and ethernet throughout...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:


  • Living Room:

    Our two living rooms each seats 6 (sofa, love seat, chair) without including temporary seating. Living room 2 features Natuzzi leather (sofa, love seat, chair) with 32' TV and Denon surround system...moreless

  • Parking:

    Confirm parking needs with owner prior to booking...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Landline will be available but restricted to local calls...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath and Kitchen towels provided...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Front loader available with detergent ...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Wood stoves are on premises but shall not be used as they are highly unlikely to be needed during summer/ early fall...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Bunn Coffee maker with grinder also available...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Included Service for 14. Outdoor plastic picnic ware also provided....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Kitchenaid Dishwasher in main home...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Galley style kitchen with ceramic tile and granite countertops. 2nd kitchen in carriage house apartment with open floor plan, bar and dining table seating, Jenn-air range, utensils, etc....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Fridgidaire over the range Microwave in main home and smaller over the range microwave in carriage house apartment...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Large walk in pantry provides that one ingredient missing on your list when the store is closed...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large Fridgidaire fridge in kitchen and 2nd refrigerator just off exercise room at entrance to garage. 3rd refrigerator in carriage house apartment...moreless

  • Stove:

    Fridgidaire 4 burner slide in gas range. Jenn-Air electric range in carriage house apartment...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    Aluminum fishing boat with oars is available to be used on lakes withing 15 mile radius or rental property. Bass Lake, Tucker Lake, Fisher Lake, Little Fisher Lake....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large decks on North and South sides of house. Large picnic table on North deck with seating for 10 adults...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Home is surrounded by flower gardens and a large active organic vegetable garden...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill on North Deck...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    6 person 'Dimension One' spa built into North deck...moreless



from 27 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Mid Summer
Jun 17 - Jul 21, 2017
7 night min stay

Lisa Krause Rate
Jul 22 - Jul 29, 2017
7 night min stay
2017 Mid Summer
Jul 30 - Aug 26, 2017
7 night min stay

Late Summer/ Fall 2017
Aug 27 - Nov 11, 2017
3 night min stay

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Cleaning fee $300
  • Taxes Not included


Off season and weekend rates possible. Please inquire with owner.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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30.74 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cherry Capitol Airport, Traverse City MI
1.05 Miles
Nearest Barpub
92.98 Miles
Nearest Ferry
SS Badger Ludington, MI
7.55 Miles
Nearest Golf
Dunes Golf Club
159.91 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak Grand Rapids MI
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.05 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3.21 Miles
Nearest Ski
2.75 Miles
Nearest Beach
Public beach Glen Haven, MI

The property is located on a very private 7 acre wooded lot on a scenic drive near the heart of Glen Arbor's scenic Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore area. Cycling, hiking, swimming, beach combing, boutique shops, winery's, art galleries, great restaurants - it's all here. Relaxation is what we do.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1997

About the owner: My wife and I are were both born in Detroit and grew up in the area with Denice graduating from Wayne State and myself from Ferris State . We met early in 1996, were married in may of 1997, sold our homes, left our jobs, got new jobs, combined two families, bought this home and moved up here to start one new life together in August of 1997. Thinking back it makes us tired just to tell the story

Why the Owner Chose Glen Arbor, MI, USA:
Go out on the deck at midnight on a clear summer night and look up - you will begin to understand.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
I am allowed 2000 characters to explain why and its probably not enough. Maybe it was the tree frog stuck to the glass of our front door during a warm summer rain. Maybe it was the distant howling of coyotes deep in the woods late at night or then again maybe it was the cement trucks buried in the mud up to their fenders a hundred yards into a forest (our front yard) during construction. Or maybe it was just the countless other construction projects done for others or the days, weeks and years of us working out of town to make this all possible. In the end it simply comes down to the land, the magnificent water that abounds in the area, the unpredictable climate and what we have gone through to tame this land and build a home that provides us constant comfort in an unpredictable changing climate. We have slowly over 15 years time, carved our homestead out of what, after a storm has knocked out power for few days, sometimes seems like pure wilderness. This is such a beautiful place but when a late November windstorm roars in from the West, and the leafless trees are swaying 10 feet at the tops or a mid-winter snowstorm from the North drifts 3 feet of snow on the deck the day before the temperature plummets to zero, we are reminded that our presence at our quiet little place in the woods is up to the good graces of mother nature. And that's okay we prefer it that way.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Front Deck

    Front Deck

  • Bedroom 5

    Bedroom 5

  • Bedroom 2

    Bedroom 2

  • Workout Room w/ wetbar

    Workout Room w/ wetbar

  • Main home kitchen

    Main home kitchen

  • Loft bedroom 3

    Loft bedroom 3

  • Living Room Two

    Living Room Two

  • A backyard view

    A backyard view

  • Garage/ game room

    Garage/ game room

  • Master Suite Bedroom 1

    Master Suite Bedroom 1

  • Main home dining room

    Main home dining room

  • Guest apartment bedroom 6

    Guest apartment bedroom 6

  • Fall comes moving in

    Fall comes moving in

VRBO #456501

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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