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On Lake Michigan, a unique, modern cedar house for getaways or beach vacations

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,520 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Great sunsets 3b/2bth sleeps 7-9 beach club access w. shower, tennis, basketball

Welcome to our GLASS house (designed and built by a notable Chicago architect in the late 1960's). The 2 storied house is made of cedar with two sides of the place all glass to welcome the sun or to view a perfect sunset on a medium bluff directly on and high above Lake Michigan.

Although we have stairs down to our seawall, above the water, which is pretty high this year, all guests may use our nearby private beach club (Memorial Day-Labor Day) with tennis, basketball, kids play structure, bathrooms, showers, kitchen, etc. just ten minutes from our house, up the street on foot or 30 seconds by car. Never crowded and very beautiful too. Many local beaches and golf nearby.

Two interior decks overlooking the living room. Four exterior decks, including one guest bedroom deck overlooking the lake, while the second bedroom deck overlooks the woods in front. Nice kitchen fridge/dishwasher, stove/oven/vent/disposal plus enough gear to be a gourmet for the evening or breakfast and lunch, which you can enjoy on your enormous deck out back on the lakeside, and hear the wind and the waves.

Sleeps 7 in beds plus 2 on pull out couch in living room. 2 full baths (one just for the master bedroom), and all amenities, including washer/dryer. A cool, mid-century modern fireplace inside and plenty of firewood, with forests everywhere. We have central air, high speed internet, wifi, smart/cable tv, Sonos Wifi Music System, land line phone service, Verizon signal extender, fire pit outside with plenty of chairs and firewood, gas grill with extra tank, swing-set, beach toys, outdoor dining, baby stuff ( baby high-chair, stroller, tent, baby video monitor, activity play seat ) and four bikes (three for kids, one for adults-with a child bike seat).

It is a totally cool place in a forest neighborhood, very private with a few neighbors, about twelve minutes south of historic Manistee, just off highway 31.

3 night minimum rentals (only Early September to Late June): $310/nt.-$2170/wk.

Weekly Saturday to Saturday rentals in summer: $2170-2300/week late June to early September.

50% of the rental week payment required to hold the reservation. For the second payment, guests pay the balance due, plus 300$ refundable security deposit, to cover losses/damages. Cleaning fee is $100. Taxes/service fees are additional, based upon rental amount with VRBO/Homeaway.

bed configuration:

master bedroom: queen, sleeps two

guest bedroom: queen, sleeps two

guest bedroom: bunk bed with lower queen: sleeps two upper twin: sleeps one

living room convertible couch: queen, sleeps two

master bath: bath/shower/toilet

upper bath: shower/toilet

no smoking

no pets of any kind

no more than 8 people, ever

no more than three cars

no camping, tents or rv's on property

no parties, reunions, weddings or receptions of any kind at the property

discount on multiple weeks or return guests

Nearby beaches, golf, snowmobile, skiing, fishing and hiking. deer everywhere...farmer's markets, community food festivals, farm visits, free music concerts in summer, art galleries, craft shows, bakeries, neat towns everywhere. Manistee is a wonderful, unexplored part of Michigan...

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish, russian, italian, All other languages, we can handle all inquiries!
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Alena

We have visited and stayed in all parts of the world, so we appreciate the attention to details that make for a great rental holiday. All you have to do is show up. Nearly everything has been provided for you at the Glass House...

Alena purchased this house in 2013

Why Alena chose Manistee

It is probably one of the most interesting interior spaces we have ever seen or visited. It is also in a very magical location. Just see for yourself....We saw it one afternoon, loved it immediately and decided to buy it that same evening.

What makes this house unique

A rare, entirely Mid-Century Modern house, Chicago architect designed. Built in 1967, unique. With no interior/exterior alterations from the original design concept. 100 stairs down to our seawall on the big lake...

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi! We have just left. We had such a nice time. Sunday we rode our bikes to church & the congregation welcomed us to join them for coffee. We spent much of the day touring Manistee. We loved the Betsie Bike Trail & how friendly the people were in the towns along the trail. The public beach was impressively nice with all it offers. Your lake house was very welcoming & comfortable-made it easy for us to relax & enjoy the natural beauty of nature. Thank you for sharing!
Sep 2016
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Manistee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1520 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • we will only be able to refund the reserved amount minus any fees that are charged by vrbo/homeaway, if you cancel your reservation.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2nd floor bathroom - toilet , shower
    1st floor bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Convenient for giving baths to children
  • Bathroom on the 2nd floor is divided into two rooms: 1st has toilet and sink; 2nd has a shower. They are conveniently separated (for privacy) by a small hall, leading between the guest room and Bedroom 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen , 1st fl MR BD has its own bath and spectacular view of lake
    Guest bedroom - 1 queen , 2nd floor bedroom with a Lake Michigan view
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , 2nd fl bedroom (forest side) with sleeping space for 3 ppl
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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On Lake Michigan, a unique, modern cedar house for getaways or beach vacations
average rating of 4.892857 based on 40 reviews
birmingham, michigan

wonderful rental!

  • 5 of 5

my family rented the glass house for two weeks and we loved it! the owners attend to every detail, so you really can enjoy yourself right when you arrive.

the house is just a perfect size for 6-7 people. its a beautiful, late 1960's modern house, with nearly every wall made of either rough cedar, or glass. the daily views and sunsets on lake michigan are superb, especially by the firepit out back. we really loved the glass house and can't wait to return. thanks!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning lake views!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at The Glass House in July 2017 (6 adults and 1 child) -- we loved it! The house was phenomenal. Open floor plan, comfortable furniture, unique and lovely decor, fireplace for cool Michigan nights, fully stocked kitchen for cooking, board and card games, chairs for beach, etc. Our favorite part was the outdoor decks that lined the lake-side of the house -- I believe we spent most of our time there enjoying the beautiful weather, nature, and boats on the lake. We also roasted smores over the outdoor fire pit while watching the sunset over the lake. The owners are wonderful -- they made sure that we had everything we needed, sent us a list of things to do in the area before we arrived, and also had a huge binder full of nearby attractions in the house. The beach was a short walk away and we also visited the First Street Beach in Manistee, which has the tallest playground slide I have ever seen (and super fun according to my nephew). Highly recommend riding the dunes at Silver Lake -- highlight of the trip! We don't recommend tubing in the lazy river -- too slow for us (it would have been better to kayak or canoe), but we made some good memories! We typically go to Florida every year, but Michigan may now be our new destination! Great weather, lots of outdoor activities, and good family fun. Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful lake home!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Our stay was fantastic! Elena was great to work with. The house more than met our needs, especially for the value. The only reason it is not five stars for the value is because the lake water was up very high and they lost some of their beach at the house. You still get the amazing sunsets and have access to the water. The problem was solved by using the community beach which is only a two minute drive - but no stairs!!! Our kids loved the basketball court and creek on the beach and all of the neighbors were so nice! Thanks Elena!!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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birmingham, michigan

Great vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

Situated on a bluff above Lake Michigan, near Manistee, the Glass House is a pristine example of mid-century architecture. The main living area is so spacious with 20 foot ceilings, interior decks and incredible views. You can experience the sounds of nature and the colors of sunsets nearly every day here. We loved having a campfire in the backyard. Everything is provided by the owners of this lovely property, so you do not need to bring any supplies during your vacation. Thanks again for a wonderful week!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with our 2 boys and was just an excellent home for that. Open, overlooking Lake Michigan, close to town...overall very nice. Owners were very responsive. Totally recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, MI

Great views, attention to detail, comfortable home with floor to ceiling windows

  • 5 of 5

The home had beautiful views with floor to ceiling glass windows to view beautiful Lake MI sunsets. The home was very comfortable and very clean. Also enjoyed the nice cookware and glassware. Very easy drive to downtown Manistee, area wineries and casino.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Security Deposit $300
Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until confirmed.
Security Deposit: $300/rental period
Cleaning Fee: $100/rental period
Service Fee (VRBO): Charges for using credit card to pay for rental.
Check in: 3:00pm; Check out: 11:00am (During the Low season we give more flexibility - please confirm with the owner)
Absolutely no reunions or parties of any kind. Quiet, private neighborhood. thanks!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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