Comfortable, Accessible, Vacation Home in Lake Michigan Beachtown

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Last updated: 08/23/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

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.'

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Pets are not allowed. People with dog allergies should note that a dog does visit the house occasionally....moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    The back door is the main entrance, and it is accessible by ramp via the garage and deck. Kitchen, main bathroom, master bedroom and laundry facilities are all on the main floor....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Large Upstairs Bedroom: 2 twin/ single

    This bedroom has a lot of room, and a large desk....moreless

  • Small Upstairs Bedroom: 1 double


  • Main Floor Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    This bedroom has a queen size bed, and is accessible....moreless

  • The main floor master bedroom is accessible without climbing any stairs and has a queen size bed and large closet. Upstairs is a large bedroom with two twin beds and a small bedroom with a full size bed....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Downstairs Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower

    Heated tile floors....moreless

  • Upstairs Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Shower, sink and toilet in the upstairs bathroom....moreless

  • Bench, grab bar, handheld shower nozzle in downstairs shower.

Other Amenities

  • Our home is conveniently located with easy access to the quaint downtown, beaches, trails, golf courses. Great for a Family Beach Vacation, a Guys' Golf Getaway, Women's Wine-tasting Weekend, or a Get-Away From It All Couple's Retreat....moreless


  • Books:

    A small selection of books available, but we are adding more titles all the time....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Uno, Battleship, Monopoly (in English & Spanish), Clue, Trouble, Chess, Yahtzee, Cards, Puzzles....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic cable service....moreless

  • Television:

    Older television , not HDTV in living room. Small flat screen TV with HDMI port in Master Bedroom....moreless


  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Village:

    Quiet residential neighborhood in quaint Lake Michigan beach town. Short walk to downtown, 1 mile to beach....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Dining area adjoins kitchen. Table seats 4, or 6 with leaf added. For casual dinners an additional 2-3 people can sit on the bench by the bay window. A slider leads to the deck for additional seating....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Clothes dryer on main floor....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Indoor wood fireplace....moreless

  • Garage:

    Detached garage. Ramp leads from garage to backyard deck and back door for stair-free access....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Bed sheets, pillows and pillow cases provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Light, airy living room accommodates 8. 2 comfortable chairs, 1 recliner, 1 love seat, 1 couch. End tables and table lamps. Picture windows look out over a wooded ravine and the front yard....moreless

  • Parking:

    Large parking area accommodates up to six vehicles....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath and kitchen towels provided. Guests should bring their own beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washing machine on main floor, laundry detergent provided....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped, newer corridor-style kitchen. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Small deck in back suitable for up to a dozen guests, table with umbrella, chairs, cooler. Lots of trees for a secluded, woodsy feel. Slider access to kitchen. Dinners easily flow from kitchen to deck...moreless



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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$200 $250
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning fee $85
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 6%


Check-in: 4 p.m.

Check-out: 10 a.m.

(Please ask if you desire early check-in or late check-out and we will see if we can accommodate your request.)

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 08/23/2016
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5 Miles
Nearest Airport
South Haven Regional Airport
0.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Clementines,The Idler Riverboat,Captain Lou's,more
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Hawkshead Links, Beeches, South Haven CC
11 Miles
Nearest Train
Bangor - Amtrak station (no ticketing office)
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Clementines,Su Casa,Vineyard,Thirsty Perch
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
Timber Ridge
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Michigan

Car: Recommended

My wife and I grew up in South Haven, Michigan, a quaint Lake Michigan beach town located in Michigan's agricultural southwest region. South Haven has a long tradition as a vacation destination for folks coming in from 'the city', including many from Chicago. As a young man working downtown in my family's hardware store, I could recognize visitors who had just arrived - they were still moving about twice as fast as everyone else. Over a few hours people would relax and shift into the slower, relaxing pace they came to South Haven for. It's a great place to unwind, to connect with friends and family, and to enjoy the simpler pleasures of life for awhile.

South Haven features two very nice beaches on Lake Michigan, the North Beach and the South Beach, split by the Black River which winds through the middle of town. Both feature wide expanses of well-groomed sand, playground equipment and piers for strolling - the South Beach Pier ends with a striking red lighthouse. The waters of Lake Michigan warm up in the summer and are pleasant from late June into September, depending on prevailing winds and currents. On a sunny summer day both beaches buzz with sunbathers and swimmers, children playing in the sand, beach volleyball players, windsurfers, kites, and paddleboarders. People stroll the piers, watching boats meander up and down the channel to the lake and seeing how the fishing is going.

Downtown South Haven features more than a dozen restaurants, bars and eateries of various kinds, toy stores, candy and chocolate shops, art galleries, wine tasting rooms, cute clothing boutiques and more. It's easy to while away a few hours in downtown South Haven. The Golden Brown Bakery is a family favorite; maybe it's because we grew up on their donuts, but we've never found anything to top their chocolate frycakes and carmel pershings. We really enjoy the Michigan Theater, the local movie house that boasts three's very economical compared to 'big city' movie theaters.

South Haven has a variety of parks and playgrounds with playground equipment, ball fields, basketball courts, and tennis courts, but I have to mention Kids Corner. We've had countless hours of fun at Kids Corner, a wooden playground structure within a city park at the corner of St. Joseph and South Haven Streets. My wife and I actually helped (a little) build this whimsical pirate ship/castle/maze - it was a community volunteer effort, and it's amazing.

The Kal-Haven Trail deserves special mention. It's a hiking, biking and horseback riding trail stretching from South haven to Kalamazoo. It features a covered bridge and passes through small towns, wooded areas and scenic countryside.

Southwest Michigan is an agricultural area that boasts numerous u-pick farms, and also an up and coming wine industry - there are enough wineries to put together several wine-tasting expeditions.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: My wife and I proudly call South Haven our hometown. We both grew up in South Haven, and now reside an hour away in Grand Rapids, MI. We enjoy spending lots of time in South Haven with our two daughters.

Why the Owner Chose South Haven, MI, USA:
We are 2nd-generation owners of this house. Having grown up in South Haven, we feel very fortunate to now share many of the great things from our childhood - the beach, Sherman's Dairy, Golden Brown Bakery - with our own children.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We have spent many hours with family and friends gathered around the kitchen table and on the back yard deck. South Haven is a great, fun town, and this house is a very comfortable place from which to enjoy it.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The Rosemary Alan Dale House

    The Rosemary Alan Dale House

  • Enjoying the deck.

    Enjoying the deck.

  • Beautiful autumn colors.

    Beautiful autumn colors.

  • The kitchen table and bay window overlooking the wooded ravine.

    The kitchen table and bay window overlooking the wooded ravine.

  • Picture window in living room looks over a wooded ravine.

    Picture window in living room looks over a wooded ravine.

  • The living room with picture window overlooking snowy ravine.

    The living room with picture window overlooking snowy ravine.

  • Downstairs bathroom.

    Downstairs bathroom.

  • Large upstairs bedroom with two single beds.

    Large upstairs bedroom with two single beds.

  • Small upstairs bedroom.

    Small upstairs bedroom.

  • Upstairs shower.

    Upstairs shower.

  • View of The Rosemary Alan Dale House showing the backyard and deck.

    View of The Rosemary Alan Dale House showing the backyard and deck.

  • The wooded backyard deck. The ramp provides stair-free access to the house.

    The wooded backyard deck. The ramp provides stair-free access to the house.

  • Take a break, sip a lemonade, read a book in the backyard.

    Take a break, sip a lemonade, read a book in the backyard.

  • The wide corridor kitchen leads to the cozy kitchen table.

    The wide corridor kitchen leads to the cozy kitchen table.

  • Our girls enjoying the kitchen bay window.

    Our girls enjoying the kitchen bay window.

  • Living room with fireplace.

    Living room with fireplace.

  • Master bedroom on main floor.

    Master bedroom on main floor.

  • Main floor bathroom tub.

    Main floor bathroom tub.

  • Large upstairs bedroom.

    Large upstairs bedroom.

  • Upstairs bathroom.

    Upstairs bathroom.

  • Main floor laundry facilities.

    Main floor laundry facilities.

  • The neighborhood is quiet and wooded.

    The neighborhood is quiet and wooded.

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 20, 2016

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