Beachfront Lake House Just Outside of Traverse City!

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Last updated: 10/18/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

The Ultimate Lake House Retreat

'A Shore Thing' is a four bedroom, three bathroom beauty that can sleep up to 11 people in beds and up to 15 people (if using the full-sized couches to sleep additional guests).

The kitchen is spacious and a great place to entertain with a dining table for 8. The living room and additional family room give you plenty of space for people to relax and watch television while allowing others to chat and enjoy the view of the lake. And yes, there is has central air conditioning!

The newly expanded backyard has two very shady nooks perfect to park RVs or for the kids to play in the shade away from the lake. Electricity to this area is available for RVs at an additional cost; just let us know! It is the perfect place to stay no matter what kind of vacation you're looking for!

The Area!

A Shore Thing is located in the heart of Northern Michigan in Fife Lake, Michigan. It is a 2-hour drive to Grand Rapids, MI or to the Mackinac Bridge at the 'tip of the mitt.'

It is a short 30 minute drive to the ever-popular Traverse City which is home of the National Cherry Festival, the world-renowned Traverse City Film Festival, numerous internationally acclaimed wineries, 17 championship golf courses, and much, much more! Traverse City is ranked top in the nation in a number of categories!

For more information on the area visit the links below.
If small towns are more appealing A Shore Thing is walking distance to downtown Fife Lake is a great choice. The lake itself was voted Michigan's 2013 best inland lake by The Lansing Street Journal. In Fife Lake you will find a public beach, several ice cream shops, local restaurants, the farm market on Saturdays, a skate park, grocery store, library, public boat ramp, and more. For more on local events and community information on Fife Lake use the link below.

The Atmosphere!

If getting away from the hustle and bustle is more your speed, A Shore Thing has 50 feet of private beach on the all-sports lake, Fife Lake. It's private, sandy, beach-frontage also has a wood dock that extends 50 feet into the water, a beach-side fire pit to enjoy s'mores at sunset or under the stars, swim with the family, or lay on a float!. The rental includes a small fishing boat with two oars in case you have the urge to go fishing for large-mouth and small-mouth bass, trout, walleye, and catfish or go for a romantic row on the lake. There is even a public ramp within walking distance if you want to bring your own boat and anchor just off A Shore Thing's beach!

A Shore Thing has a 30 foot long, covered, furnished front porch to enjoy the view and breeze off the lake with the comfort of being out of the sun. Sit in leisure in the rocking patio chairs. If you need to get away from the lake and want a more private setting then step into the partially shaded backyard to cook on the grill; A Shore Thing has it all!

The Amenities!

The First Floor:
A Shore Thing has a fully equipped kitchen and dining room. It is a great gathering place to cook, grab a drink, and enjoy good conversation.

Just off the dining room is the family room where you can relax and enjoy a movie on the big-screen TV. The whole family can join in on the two full-size leather couches and a leather reclining chair. Are you the kind of person who wants to enjoy the view of the lake while being in the comfort of the air conditioning? A Shore Thing's living room is the place for you! The living room is located at the front of the house with a stunning view of the lake; here you can also get cozy in front of the natural gas fire place with only the flip of a switch! It is furnished with one full-size couch, one chair and half, one chair, and one loveseat all with a great view of the lake! Its the perfect place to enjoy view from indoors while reading, sitting my the fireplace, or playing a game. Change your mind and want to be outside? Walk through the front French doors of the living room onto the seasonally furnished covered porch and feel the warm breeze on your skin.

The first bedroom is located on the first floor. It is furnished with a full-size sofa bed and a rocker/glider. Look out the bedroom window to enjoy the lake view from the comfort of the bed! A full bathroom with tub/shower is located next to the bedroom.

To complete the first floor is the laundry room with a newer washer and brand new dryer. We doubt you'll want to waste your time doing laundry but just in case you want to dry some beach towels or snow pants, it is there for your convenience.

Second Floor:
At the top of the stairs on the second floor is a second full bathroom with tub/shower. This large bathroom has a skylight for natural lighting and plenty of space to spread out.

As soon as you walk into the spacious master bedroom on the second level you will see a wall of windows that give you a panoramic view of Fife Lake. The large master suite has a walk-in closet, tongue-and-groove hardwood cathedral ceilings with a ceiling fan, a queen-size bed, cable television, and the most romantic view of the sunset over the lake. The adjoining private master bathroom has his and hers sinks, a sky-light perfect for enjoying the mid-morning glow, and a walk-in shower with a bench and multiple faucet system. A Shore Thing's master suite is romantic to say the least!

Two additional large bedrooms complete the second floor. The third bedroom is furnished with a single bed as well as a bunk bed set that has a twin bed on the top and a full bed on the bottom. A great place for kids to have their own space! Additionally, this room has a 32 inch flatscreen TV, DVD player, and a Nintendo Wii gaming system (with two controllers, one nunchuck, and Netflix!). The fourth and final bedroom is a mirror image of the third bedroom and is located on the back corner of house for privacy. This bedroom is furnished with a king bed perfect for couples, friends, parents, or anyone else you’re bringing on vacation. Both the third and fourth bedrooms overlook the tree-covered backyard and patio area. There is a roll-away twin bed that can fit in any of the upstairs bedrooms to provide an additional bed.

This is a great place for 2-3 families!

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    A Shore Thing is family friendly, just like the area!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking is allowed in the home. If the home has been smoked in, the renter is responsible for all cleaning fees. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 11-15

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

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  • There are three full bathrooms. One full bathroom is located on the first floor and two full bathrooms are on the second floor which includes one located in the master suite. Both second level bathrooms have skylights and are very spacious. The master bathroom has his and hers sinks and a walk-in shower with bench and multi-faucet system....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Rates subject to change without notice.


  • Books:

    Adult and Children's Books...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board games for all ages...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite Radio through Pandora HD Cable in the family room and master suite...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Paddle Boating
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    There is a stunning beach view from one first floor bedroom, the master bedroom, and the living room (not to mention the front deck, front yard, and fire pit next to the beach)....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    A Shore Thing has a sandy, private beach with a 50 foot dock....moreless

  • Lake View:

    See the sparkling Fife Lake from the second floor master bedroom, a first floor bedroom, the living room, the front porch, the front yard, and its private beach!...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    There is 50 feet of private lakefront on the all-sports lake, Fife Lake....moreless

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central Air Conditioning...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Located in laundry room; Brand new LG dryer...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Gas Fireplace...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central Heating...moreless

  • Internet:

    High Speed Wireless Internet...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    There is a living room with a stone hearth fireplace and lakeview which seats 6. There is a family room that seats up to 7 with a flat screen TV, cable, DVD player, and Wii....moreless

  • Parking:

    Private driveway and two wooded, shaded areas for RVs...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Located in laundry room...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    12 foot row boat available seasonally...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Seasonally available due to winter winds....moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall Rates
Sep 13 - Dec 19, 2016
2 night min stay
$150 $175
Fri, Sat
Holiday Rates
Dec 20 - Jan 8, 2017
3 night min stay
$175 $200
Fri, Sat

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Deposit $200
  • PDP $99


-Property Damage protection is non-refundable.

-Rental rate is refundable up to 100% if we are able to re-book all the dates without a loss of income.

-The cleaning deposit is refundable within 7 days of check-out if the property check-out tasks are completed and to ensure the property is maintained appropriately/not left excessively dirty. We apologize that this has become necessary, however, our experience has necessitated this due to some renters leaving the walls covered in scuff marks and/or crayon drawings, play-doh being ground into the carpet, spills not being cleaned up leaving food stains on the carpet, etc.

-Snowmobiles are no longer permitted due to damage to the brick-paved driveway. We're sorry for the inconvenience.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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Last updated: 10/18/2016
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22 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cherry Capital
1.4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Gordy's Place
17 Miles
Nearest Golf
Grand Traverse Resort
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Fife Lake Inn
15 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mount Holiday Ski Area
1.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Fife Lake Public Beach

Car: Recommended

If you like the small town feel but a quick drive to all of life's luxuries then A Shore Thing is for you! Leave the traffic of Traverse City behind in a lake house that will put you at ease.

Aside from what is aforementioned, Fife Lake is an all-sports lake that was recently voted the best inland lake in Michigan by Lansing State Journal! Fife Lake also has ATV/Snowmobile trails that connect you to neighboring cities, towns, and counties and hosts annual ice-fishing competitions and derbies.

The city of Fife Lake is the slower, quieter life (aside from its Fourth of July Celebrations!) but it is just outside Traverse City (25-30 minute drive) where you can experience a wide variety of activities:

Enjoying Grand Traverse Bay:

Para-sailing; Shipwreck diving/Scuba diving; Catamaran rides; Windsurfing: River tubing; Ski boat rentals; Jet ski rentals; Kayak rentals: Canoe rentals; Sunset cruises; Kid-friendly boat cruises; Lighthouse tours: Public sand volleyball courts; Public beaches great for swimming; Guided Fly Fishing; Charter Fishing; Tall Ship cruises; Boat & yacht tours

Outdoor Leisure:

World-renowned golf courses; internationally acclaimed Traverse City Film Festival; National Cherry Festival; Trail for biking, walking, rollerblading (TART Trail and Leelanau Trail); Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes in Empire; ATV trails ; Geocaching; Tree climbing adventures; horseback riding tours; Hot-air balloon rides; seasonal fruit picking; U-Pick flowers; Boardman River Nature Center; Beach Bums game; skiing, snowboarding; snowshoeing; cross-country skiing; snowmobiling; and snowtubing

Indoor Recreation:

-Wine Tasting; Movie theaters; Bowling, Laser Tag; Bumper Cars; Art galleries; performing arts; nightlife; casinos; museums; live entertainment; microbreweries; distilleries; wineries; tap rooms; chauffeured and non-chauffeured wine tours; Art tours; Brewery tours; chaufeeured and non-chauffeured food tours; Fine dinging, Casual dining, bar and pubs; Magical History Tour; Spas, Sleigh rides; Rockclimbing; Chidren’s Spa; MagiQuest adventure game; paint your own at Handz on Art.

Fun on the Road (via personal Automobile/Motorcycle):

Fall color drives including on the renowned M-22; Day trip on the Tunnel of Trees.

Local Shopping:

-Downtown Traverse City has several blocks of souvenir shopping, unique specialty shops, dining, and entertainment; Grand Traverse Commons in next to Downtown Traverse City and has specialty boutiques; Tower Gallery of Shops located in the Grand Traverse Resort ; Farm markets Grand Traverse Mall (indoor); Cherryland Mall (outdoor)

DID YOU KNOW? Traverse City (and the surrounding area) has many distinctions!

Top 6 Golf Destination in the U.S. by Golf Magazine

Top 5 Foodie Town in America by Bon Appetit

One of Top 6 Best Cities for a bike vacation by Bicycling Magazine

Top 10 Summer Trips in 2012 by National Geographic

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and National Lakeshore was voted Most Beautiful Place in America by Good Morning America Viewers

Top 10 Local Place to enjoy local wine by USA Today

Top 5 Foodie Town in Midwest by Midwest Living

Top 10 Beach Town in America by AOL Travel News

Top 10 Best Winter Vacation by Livability

Top 3 Emerging Beer Town in USA by Draft Magazine

Top 10 Charming Small Town

Home to internationally acclaimed Traverse City Film Festival

Best 10 Coastal Drives in the U.S. by USA Today

America's Top 10 Tourist Towns by Family Fun

Top 10 Most Adventurous Honeymoon by The Knot

Top 10 Best Buddies-Trip Golf Destinations by Golf Digest

Top 7 Beer Destinations in America by The Travel Channel

Top 10 Best Places to Live and Boat by Boating Magazine

Top 10 Fall Foliage Destinations

Top 10 Places to Retire by US News & World Report

Top 10 Places for Families in Michigan

Top 10 Best Small Towns in America by Fodor's

Top 5 Midwestern Small Towns to Visit Now by Fodor's

Home to America's Best Ice Cream Shop, Moomer's, by Good Morning America


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: A Shore Thing is owned and cared for by Dan and Alli. Dan and Alli have been together for two years. They live in Fife Lake with their three younger children while their oldest son is out on his own. Dan is a life-long resident of Fife Lake aside from his 8 years of active duty in the Navy. Alli is a Kentucky native who spent her adolescence downstate and fell in love with the area (and Dan!).

Why the Owner Chose Fife Lake, MI, USA:
Dan poured his energy and vision into custom building A Shore Thing from the beginning before the house was built. Dan hand-picked and cut the trees for the lake house. He chose five different kinds of wood including white pine tongue-and-groove cathedral ceilings in the master bedroom; elm and pine tongue-and-groove ceilings in other bedrooms; red and grey elm hardwood floors; cedar for tongue-and groove ceilings in the kitchen, interior window trim, and exterior trim; and all the bird's eye maple trim and molding on the inside and outside of the home. A Shore Thing was a primary residence for several years until Dan and Alli started updating the home in 2013 and decided to share the lake house with vacationers. Dan's children grew up in the house; his ancestors were one of the first families to settle in Fife Lake. Dan took extra care to to maximize the natural light, lakeviews, and use local trees and wood so the home would be a great representation of Northern Michigan.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Dan was able to create A Shore Thing into his ideal lake home. The bedrooms are spacious and the views are stunning. The fireplace in the living room overlooks the lake; it adds that special touch on winter nights after being in the snow all day. The kitchen is a great gathering place and the home is ready to host several people at a moment's notice. A Shore Thing is the perfect place to be whether you want to get escape inside away from the cold or allow the warmth and sunshine in. The private beach provides a view of sunsets that we can't live without; come and visit and you'll see why!

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  • View from the covered porch

    View from the covered porch

  • Panoramic picture from the master suite

    Panoramic picture from the master suite

  • A Shore Thing

    A Shore Thing

  • Main entrance to A Shore Thing

    Main entrance to A Shore Thing

  • Cathedral tongue and groove ceilings in the master bedroom

    Cathedral tongue and groove ceilings in the master bedroom

  • Third bedroom. Full/twin bunkbed.  (Additional twin not visible in picture)

    Third bedroom. Full/twin bunkbed. (Additional twin not visible in picture)

  • Living Room with gas fireplace and lake view (New couches being delivered 11/25)

    Living Room with gas fireplace and lake view (New couches being delivered 11/25)

  • Family Room w/ 2 leather couches, one reclining chair and a 40 '' flatscreen TV.

    Family Room w/ 2 leather couches, one reclining chair and a 40 '' flatscreen TV.

  • Master suite with queen-size bed, 40 inch flatscreen TV & full-size couch.

    Master suite with queen-size bed, 40 inch flatscreen TV & full-size couch.

  • First snow of Winter 2013/2014 (8 inches)

    First snow of Winter 2013/2014 (8 inches)

  • Panoramic picture from lakefront porch

    Panoramic picture from lakefront porch

  • Private dock

    Private dock

  • Stormy sunset

    Stormy sunset

  • Harvest table in dining area of kitchen.

    Harvest table in dining area of kitchen.

  • Second bedroom.  King-sized bed and birds eye maple antique furniture.

    Second bedroom. King-sized bed and birds eye maple antique furniture.

  • Fourth Bedroom (in the middle of a face-lift)

    Fourth Bedroom (in the middle of a face-lift)

  • Main floor bathroom with privacy frosted window pane.

    Main floor bathroom with privacy frosted window pane.

  • Early November Sunset

    Early November Sunset

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Saturday, October 22, 2016

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