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Beachfront Executive Vacation Home. Built New in 2014. Sleeps 16 Comfortably.

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 5,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 10 nights


About the property

Fairhaven is an executive beachfront vacation home located on Lake Michigan.

Fairhaven is an executive beachfront vacation home located on the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan in South Haven. Newly built in 2014, Fairhaven was designed, built and furnished to exceed the most discriminating tastes.

We receive a few requests a week about weddings. Sorry, we do not allow weddings, wedding receptions or similar events.

Please be sure to look at the rate section of the listing. The rates vary widely during the year and the VRBO system shows the lowest winter rate in the intro. Please also look at the date ranges listed at the bottom of the description. We have minimum number of rental nights that changes throughout the year. Each reservation must fit in the 2 week blocks listed at the bottom of this description.

On August 5, 2015 USA TODAY published a list of the 50 best vacation homes in the United States. Working with VRBO/HomeAway USA TODAY selected Fairhaven to represent Michigan. It is Number #43 in the slideshow.

Fairhaven is located on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan and it's sandy beach. It is located in Highfield Beach, a gated community of fine vacation homes. The community shares a beautiful clubhouse and heated outdoor pool.

Despite Fairhaven's commanding view of Lake Michigan, there are no stairs to climb to get to the beach. Highfield Beach has a private paved cart path to walk or drive a golf cart down to the beach. A golf cart rental can be arranged for your stay at a rate of $300/wk.

Fairhaven is approximately 5300 square feet on 3 finished floors. The home was designed to provide plenty of space for groups to gather together or find quiet areas to enjoy. All 3 levels have family rooms and exterior decks or patios. The home was designed to overlook Lake Michigan with windows that maximize the view and provide a casual, bright flavor.

Fairhaven provides 2 master bedroom suites, one on the main floor and the other upstairs. Each of the master suites has an attached private bathroom as well as a balcony or small deck overlooking Lake Michigan.

There are 2 additional bedrooms upstairs. These bedrooms are labeled Bedrooms 3 & 4 in the photos and each has a queen bed. Bedroom 5 is in the lower walkout level and has 2 twin beds. The bunk room in also on the lower level with 2 bunk beds to sleep 4. The family rooms in the basement and upper floor have sofa beds that can each sleep 2.

When you walk through the front door, you are greeted by classical cottage charm. On your right, a custom 14 foot long built-in bench makes this mudroom one of a kind. To your left, a charming library perfect for reading or quiet conversation.

The kitchen is the hub of the first floor and is large enough to accommodate most groups. The kitchen features expansive counter space and upgraded appliances. The island seats 6 and has a separate beverage refrigerator. The kitchen is open to the family room and walks out onto a large deck overlooking Lake Michigan.

The dining room is relatively open to the rest of the first floor, but is separated just enough to be purposeful as a dining room. The table is oversized and seats 10 adults comfortably. Paired with the kitchen island, Fairhaven seats 16 comfortably for dinner.

The main floor family room has an open, inviting feel. The most common comments on this feature room include the spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the custom carpentry that the ceilings and fireplace were crafted with.

Just off the family room, and through a small private entry is the main floor master suite. This master suite has a queen bed, walk in closet and private master bathroom. With a nice view of Lake Michigan and double french doors that open out to a small private deck.

As you head upstairs, you are greeted at the top of the stairs with a small desk area. This is a great place to leave a laptop computer or work a puzzle.

The first surprise upstairs is the open gathering room that connects all 3 bedrooms. This welcoming area has a small sofa, rocking chair and TV entertainment center. This space is a fun, cozy place to watch a movie or hook up video games. The best surprise upstairs is the balcony that opens from both the gathering room and the master bathroom. This balcony has the best view in the house. A great place to relax and watch the sunset from the hanging swing chairs.

The Master Bedroom on the upper floor is very spacious, with a king-sized bed. Features include a walk-in closet, amazing views of the lake through the large windows as well as a full bathroom with separate shower and jetted tub.

You will find bedrooms 3 & 4 on the upper level, as well as a spacious laundry room. This level was designed to be welcoming and inviting as a pleasant living area that our guests can welcome their guests up to.

The lower level is a great place to entertain. The family room and bar area have an open concept featuring large windows overlooking the water. The family room has 2 large sofas, as well as 2 comfortable upholstered chairs, seating 8 people comfortably.

The lower level showcases a full bar that will comfortably entertain a decent size group. The bar features a beverage refrigerator, microwave and sink. There is also a 10 foot shuffleboard table to foster good natured annual rivalries.

Bedroom 5 and the bunk room are privately located off the lower level living space. Bedroom 5 has 2 twin beds and shares a full 3 piece bathroom with the bunk room. The bunk room has 2 bunks to sleep 4.

During the off season, we have some flexibility to discount the full rental period to a price that makes sense if you are looking for a shorter stay.

Our VRBO goals for Fairhaven are two-fold and straight forward. First, is to share our home with perhaps 3 or 4 groups each summer. Second, is to welcome the same groups back each year. Please understand we will be fairly discerning in how we will allow our home to be enjoyed. However, we are open to well mannered, friendly family dogs.

Above all, we value our relationship with our neighbors at Highfield Beach and will insist that you enjoy our home in a manner consistent with the community standards and not create an undue nuisance to our awesome, quiet and private community.

In effort to be sensitive to our neighbors, we do not allow weddings or similar events.

Our 2 week booking blocks are below. For example, if you are requesting 9 nights in July, then all 9 nights need to fit in the appropriate 2 week block.

Mar 24 - Apr 7

Apr 7 - Apr 21

Apr 21 - May 5

May 5 - May 19

May 19 - Jun 2

Jun 2 - Jun 16

Jun 16 - Jun 30

Jun 30 - Jul 14

Jul 14 - Jul 28

Jul 28 - Aug 11

Aug 11 - Aug 25

Aug 25 - Sep 8

Sep 8 - Sep 22

Sep 22 - Oct 6

Oct 6 - Oct 20

Oct 20 - Nov 3

Nov 3 - Nov 17

Nov 17 - Dec 1

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Scott Sanderson
Member since: 2010
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September 24, 2017



South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - Upper Floor - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Dual Sinks
    Master Bathroom. - Main Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , Dual Sinks
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Dual Sinks
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Master Bedroom - Main Floor - 1 queen
    Master Bedroom - Upper Floor - 1 king , 3rd Floor Master Bathroom with amazing views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bunk Room - Bedroom 6 - 4 bunk bed , Bunk Room Sleeps 4
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool


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Beachfront Executive Vacation Home. Built New in 2014. Sleeps 16 Comfortably.
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Great house!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Fairhaven. The house is just as beautiful as the online pictures and offered us plenty of choices for time together or time alone if someone wanted to just kick back and read a book. Since the house is located in a gated community the neighbors were a little curious about anyone they didn't recognize. One neighbor questioned my adult son while he was out exploring. It was fine in the end, but caught him a little off-guard.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing get away

  • 5 of 5

The owner takes excellent care of this property. The view off the deck as well as from the main living area is breath taking

It was wonderful! A very spacious home that offers many areas to entertain a group.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Entire trip was great. From the friendly conversations with the owner ahead of time to the amazing and spacious house, our experience and overall trip were incredible and we were so sad to leave.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing space! Our family rates it 5+!!

  • 5 of 5

Without giving away our "find", I want to say what a wonderful gem we found in South Haven with this Amazing Home! The home is spacious, yet quaint. It is Decorated beautifully, yet so comfortable. We (the grandparents), our 3 children (and their spouses), and our wonderful 4 Grandchildren have spend our 2nd Annual trip at FairHaven, and we could not be happier. We enjoy it so much that we never leave.....we prepare all meals in house, thanks to the convenience of the grocery store nearby, and just enjoy being together. Some year in the future we will venture out into the city, (we only hear good things about the area), but for now we enjoy each others company and relaxing and using the spectacular space. We hope to vacation here for many years to come!!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southwestern Michigan

Just Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment you drive up to this awesome home things just keep getting better and better...the home is breathtaking..perfect down to the smallest detail... Lake Michigan is unbelievable and the town of South Haven is everything you want a lake community to be! We had a family gathering of 11 people....all of which cannot wait to come back...thank you for making our stay an unforgettably wonderful memory!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kalamazoo, Michigan

Best Home in South Haven!

  • 5 of 5

Walking in the front door took our breath away...the view and the incredible decor, furnishings and luxury was even better than we imagined. All three levels are 5 star quality with lots of little touches like the unbelievable kitchen, high end sheets, towels, extremely clean floors and bathrooms, professional decorating and so much more. We loved the proximity to restaurants and the beach...and the new Biggby's! This was seriously one of the most relaxing vacation homes we've ever been in and we left feeling so refreshed. Perfect place for couples and families of all sizes. There's room for everyone! Thanks for the chef recommendation Scott, having a chef come to the house to celebrate our anniversary added a very special touch. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $275
Pet Fee $150
Damage Insurance $79

Fairhaven is a beach front executive vacation home located in a private gated beach community of fine homes. The Highfield Beach community Restricts rentals and most of the vacation homes are owner occupied all year. In consideration for our neighbors & friends, we require a 2 week rental. If you wish to rent for a shorter period, we may be willing to lower the rental rate accordingly.

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.