Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Fabulous Downtown Saugatuck Home With Room For The Group!

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, a couple of blocks from town

Become a part of the Saugatuck community in this spacious home. The convenient in-town location is a great place to gather after a fun day spent exploring the area. Located just two blocks from the main downtown of Saugatuck and across the street from Willow Park and the Kalamazoo River, it’s easy for everyone in your group to branch out on their own.

Two separate wings of the house divide the five bedrooms, offering lots of privacy for various group arrangements. The east wing accommodates the master bedroom which has a Queen Bed. The second and third bedrooms each have a Double Bed. The full bath on this wing offers a tub/shower combination. The west wing has one bedroom with two Twin Beds and another with a Double Bed. The spacious full bath on this side has a Jacuzzi tub and separate stall shower.

The colorful vaulted living room with a gas fireplace and flat screen TV/DVD provides plenty of space to relax after a long day. A separate dining area and game room offers comfortable seating for six with room to squeeze in a few more.

Not quite ready to come inside? The multi-level large wrap-around deck offers extra seating and two additional outdoor dining areas. Drop the blinds for some extra privacy and you have your own outdoor oasis.

The galley kitchen offers all your modern conveniences for preparing a meal to fuel your group for the day. The Weber gas grill on the deck is a welcome addition when dining al fresco.

Forget about your car at the end of the day as all shopping and dining is just a short stroll away. A short 5-7 minute drive will get you to immaculate Douglas Beach and world-famous Oval Beach. For the more adventurous, hop on the Chain Ferry just down the street (feet, strollers, bikes and dogs allowed). Climb the steps at Mount Baldhead for amazing views of the harbor or Lake Michigan. Continue on just a bit and you’re at the beach!

More Details

Barry Chesterman
Member since: 2013
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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Barry Chesterman

We're a family of six (plus one golden retriever) with deep roots in Michigan. We live in the Detroit metropolitan area, and break away to the beaches of Michigan every chance we get.

Barry Chesterman purchased this house in 2011

Why Barry Chesterman chose Saugatuck

We bought this vacation home because we love the west side of the state - and Saugatuck in particular, having visited many times over the years. An added bonus to Saugatuck is its location, equidistant to Detroit (where most of the family lives) and Chicago (where our oldest son now resides).

We have spent the past two years updating the house, creating a real family home. We love spending time there and hope you will too!

What makes this house unique

Blue-By-You is in a perfect location; town is just a short stroll - yet just far enough that you still have privacy at the height of the summer season. The blinds on the front deck allow for complete privacy as you relax on the spacious outdoor sitting area. Don't forget your camping hammock - you can hang it between the two large trees on the front lawn.

Five bedrooms, what a luxury - no more than two to a bedroom and you have plenty of room for 10.

Located just around the corner, the Chain Ferry is a great way to cross the river and get to the beach by foot -if you don't mind climbing a couple hundred steps and running down the sand dunes. If you prefer to drive, Douglas Beach and Oval Beach are only minutes away.

We love our house, and are thrilled to be able to share it with you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This house is in a great location and has everything a [large] family needs. We were able to enjoy walks into town. Great dinners on the grill. Relaxing and gathering in the family room.

Looking forward to visiting again.
Jul 2008
  • 1 of 16


Saugatuck House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
  • 1st bathroom - shower/tub combination, large counter and sink area. 2nd bathroom - stall shower, jacuzzi tub, large counter and sink area.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

81% Complete
14% Complete
3% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Fabulous Downtown Saugatuck Home With Room For The Group!
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 43 reviews

Lovely home with plenty of space for all of us and room for us to make cards too. Thank you!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect spot to stay for a weekend of enjoying Saugatuck, Douglas, Holland and South Haven. Room for six of us. House is painted lovely colors with nice artwork throughout. We loved the fireplace! The owner was very helpful and all instructions on how to use things were clear. Great space for girls weekend!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
St. Louis Mo USA

great place

  • 5 of 5

It was very spacious and had everything we needed. The decks were great for hanging out and the location is quite convenient to stores and restaurants. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great location, great house

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying here - our group loved it so much last year we had to come back again this year. Owner is fantastic. Love the location and the home.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time; the location is perfect for accessing all that Saugatuck and the surrounding area has to offer. Barry was readily available to assist with anything we needed. The deck was a great place for a barbeque and family card games in the evening. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you stay at our place; we are happy you had such a great time!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Nice location, comfortable bedrooms, but small kitchen and deck in poor shape

  • 4 of 5

The 5 comfortable bedrooms and 2 baths were fine for our family. The kitchen is very compact (think galley of a boat) so the nice outdoor grill came in handy. And the second hangout space with TV is the dining room, so we all congregated in the living room. As for electronics, there was a ROKU, but no remote so my son rigged the TV to his computer to use our account. Also, the cable channels are extremely limited (MSMBC was the only news channel and PBS the only source of children's shows for our 3 year old). Hopefully the owners will upgrade their cable package soon.

There was only one sunstantial deficiency with this property, thus a less than stellar rating. Unfortunately, the large front deck was not in great repair nor was it clean when we arrived. We had planned a party for family in town for a wedding, so with the help of a hose and sprayer (provided by the home owner), I was able to do my own power washing prior to guests arriving. I'm sure the homeowners, who had maintained the inside to very nice standards, will think about resurfacing the deck and painting the deck trim in the near future to continue those standards outside.

On a "beyond anyone's control" note, our family party coincided with the neighboring cottonwood trees raining down their cotton fluff (in great abundance!) so we were treated to cotton snow in large drifts for several days. Beautiful to look at as long as you covered your drinks and food and kept the screen s closed! Mother Nature, not the homeowners, was in charge of that spectical!!

Overall it was a very nice week with a view of the water from the front part of the deck. Unfortunately for my son who took his hammock, there was no longer a pair of trees in the front yard to string the hammock​ between as shown on the website. That would have been a nice place for him to hang out during the cool, dry weather --- the very best part of a Michigan vacation for us Southerners!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lynn, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay, and if you return next year you can expect some changes! We did get city permission to upgrade the deck, and will be completing it later this year. I do apologize for the cleanliness of the deck on the day of your arrival, it definitely should have been cleaned in preparation for your arrival, and we will be letting our local manager know about this. Unfortunately the cottonwood did continue to "rain" on your throughout your stay, and as you stated, we do not have control over mother nature. If the tree were on our property we would have removed it by now, since is is such a nuisance for about 1 week in the spring. Sadly one of the trees which supported the hammock got sick and had to be removed - perhaps we should remove that photo from our listing site... but we love the picture of our son from all those years ago. Regarding TV stations, it is possibly you didn't scroll-up to Channel 299 which is where HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax, all part of the cable package, start. Each also comes with on-demand selections. That may have provided more entertainment for your toddler. I will double check that this information is in the renter Welcome Package. It was a pleasure having you, and we hope you'll come back to Saugatuck soon. Best regards Barry
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Chicago, Illinois

Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house, the location was amazing. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Oval Beach
It's an easy drive to one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere. If you're feeling energeti...
Ida Red's Cottage
This is a great breakfast place. Don't forget your cash or checkbook, no credit cards accept...
Wicks Park Bar & Grille
This is the 2nd closest restaurant to our house, after Ida Red's. Great food (we love the ve...
Phil's Bar & Grille
It seems as though everyone loves Phil's. Part of the fun of walking down Butler is seeing w...
Butler Pantry Kitchen Shop
This is a great place to find anything kitchen-related. The store moved spring 2013 and is n...
Pumpernickel's Eatery
You have to love a place where everything is made in-house. Delicious breakfast place, and i...
Landsharks Shoes
We love Landsharks. You'll find an incredible selection of shoes and clothing, and if you're...
Red Barn, The
Just the other side of the freeway is this Saugatuck institution, a place to catch movies or...
Big Lake Outfitters of Saugatuck
Didn't bring your bike, boat, kayak, canoe, etc.? Go to Big Lake Outfitters, just about a fi...
Star of Saugatuck Boat Cruises
You'll get a different view of Saugatuck on this paddle-wheeled cruise down the Kalamazoo Ri...
Saugatuck Dunes State Park
If you're looking for a beach with fewer (a lot fewer) people than Oval Beach, or for a plac...
Kilwins Chocolates
A little bit of Mackinac Island in Saugatuck, Kilwin's has two locations in town, both busy ...
Saugatuck Dune Rides Inc
Looking for excitement? Saugatuck Dune Rides, between the freeway and town, will give you an...
Wild Dog Grille
Tasty food with plenty of outdoor seating in warmer weather, this restaurant is frequently p...
Everyday People Cafe
Probably the best meal we've had in the area was here. Absolutely delicious! It does get cro...
Nearest Airport
46 Miles
Gerald R. Ford International, Grand Rapids (GRR)
Nearest Barpub
Wicks Park Bar & Grille
Nearest Ferry
Chain Link
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Clearbrook Golf Club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Holland Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Ida Red's
Nearest Ski
34 Miles
Bittersweet Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Oval Beach, Douglas Beach
Car: not necessary

No matter whether you want to be active or relaxed, Saugatuck has something to offer, with fabulous shopping, art galleries and dining options, as well as bike paths, hiking trails, and beaches for old and young alike. Minutes to the south is Fennville, with its you-pick orchards, vineyards, wineries and fine dining.

Rainy day… have no fear. You are a short drive away from Holland with its rich Dutch heritage. Known for its springtime Tulip Festival, Holland also offers a vast array of recreational activities, visual and performing arts, Dutch attractions, magnificent beaches and an award-winning downtown with exceptional shops, galleries, and eateries. Drive a bit further and you’ll reach Grand Rapids – Michigan’s 2nd largest city. Here you can find all the excitement of a larger city with wonderful dining and world class museums including the Ford Presidential Library and Meijer Gardens.




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

Summer bookings are on a weekly basis with a Sunday changeover day.
Cleaning is included!
Pets require prior approval of owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

You might like these similar properties