Close to Downtown South Haven - 1 Mile from South Beach
This comfortable, very accessible home sleeps 6 comfortably, or 8 with a queen-size inflatable mattress (provided). The home includes three bedrooms and 1.5 baths. There is a master bedroom on the main floor with a queen bed and large closet. Upstairs are a large bedroom with two twin beds and a small bedroom with a full bed. The upstairs bathroom has a shower.
The house has been remodeled so all the essentials are on the first floor, making the main floor very accessible. There is stair-free access to the back door entrance with a ramp from the garage to the backyard deck. The kitchen has a wide corridor; at one end is a breakfast nook with a bay window overlooking a ravine and a slider leading out to the deck. This is our favorite gathering spot in the house, and we often have 4 or 5 people sitting at the table while another 3 sit by the bay window. The living room is light and airy with picture windows overlooking the ravine and the front yard. The main floor bathroom is large with a shower and a separate tub great for bathing children after a trip to the beach, and a heated tile floor that's great on chilly mornings. A laundry room adjoins the downstairs bathroom.
The backyard deck has a wooded feel and is perfect for entertaining 8-10 people. The main entrance is in the back and there is lots of parking for up to 5 vehicles. The yard is small and landscaped with a variety of gardens and plants. There isn't a lot of room to play, enough to fit in a game of bean bag toss or horse shoes. However, there is a small park just a hundred yards away (Hartman Park) with grassy areas for playing ball or frisbee, grills and picnic tables.
The home is very conveniently located in a quiet residential neighborhood just a few blocks from downtown; far enough from the beach to avoid the noise and traffic, but still close - it's a short walk to downtown and the Kal-Haven Trail is just a mile away, perfect for runners and cyclists. The South Beach is also one mile away. We drive there with our 5 and 7-year-old girls; adults and older children can walk (or bike) there in 15-20 minutes.
My wife and I grew up in South Haven, and now we love sharing it with our children and our guests. Lonely Planet recognized the fun and beauty of the Lake Michigan shore: 'A mere 30 miles away (from Grand Rapids) sprawls Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast, perhaps the USA’s most unexpected beach getaway. Some argue that these shores rival Hawaii’s and Southern California’s. Along 300 miles of seemingly endless beaches lie sugar-white dunes, wineries, antiquing, U-pick orchards and berry farms, cider houses, Hemingway haunts – you can even go surfing. In Michigan! So if you never thought you could head to the Midwest for a Cape Cod-esque beach vacation, think again.'