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4 bd/2 bath Pet Friendly. Great Fall and Winter getaway. 2018 Summer rates!

South Haven, MI, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10 max)

Charming historical South Haven home, completely remodeled in 2003, during construction newspapers dating back to 1872 were found. Newly remodeled front bath with corner shower, vanity, commode and restored claw bath tub in summer 2014.

The home is only three blocks from downtown, four blocks from South Beach and Kids Corner and two blocks from the Kal-Haven bike and hiking trail between South Haven and Kalamazoo Michigan. Also close to numerous wineries, and pick your own produce and fruit farms.

The home has all amenities including, cathedral ceilings, sky lights, five ceiling fans, hardwood and tile floors, and a beautiful stone faced gas fireplace. Off of the kitchen are french doors leading to a large brick patio on the north side of the house with two tables and plenty of seating. The house also has a two other brick patios on the west and south side the house. The brick patio on the south side has a hot and cold shower to wash off sand, and clean your family pet. There is also a large shade tree for those hot summer days. The entire yard is fenced in. The front of the house has a large front porch with wicker furniture, ceiling fan and cable TV.

The bathrooms are both very large with all the amenities. The first bathroom has a clawfoot tub, and separate shower. The second bathroom has a jetted whirlpool tub shower and sauna for two.

The kitchen has a double oven, garbage disposal, microwave and dishwasher. Numerous small appliances included.

The home is next door to another rental two bedroom home offered by the same owner. VRBO#52528

The home is pet friendly.

Now booking for all of 2017. High season starts in June. Extended stays available during off season but limited to a minimum of 3 days.

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Frank Finken/owner- Julie McPherson/Property Manager

Member Since 2005
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within a few days
english, german
Calendar last updated:
Mar 28, 2018
About Frank Finken/owner- Julie McPherson/Property Manager

At the time the house was purchased in 2002 the house was in poor shape and needed serious improvement. During the reconstruction papers were found dating back to 1872 in the walls. At the time I was working in Law Enforcement, and I along with my wife we came in from the east side of the state almost every weekend until the house was finished for that first summer. Since I retired in 2011, I have begun my transition to fulfill what I set out to do and that was to reside in the town, be more hands on, available and accountable in providing my investments in the community as I did in my career. I am here more and I am enjoying the change of pace as to what was, and is now my town to enjoy.

Frank Finken/owner- Julie McPherson/Property Manager purchased this House in 2002

Why Frank Finken/owner- Julie McPherson/Property Manager chose South Haven Charter Township

This home purchase was a great investment in an area that we fell in love with the town and the way of life. We enjoyed coming here ourselves, so we took the plunge not only to be used for others to enjoy but for our family too from time to time. The location was ideal located perfectly a three short blocks from downtown, four from the Lake, we parked and walked everywhere. It was a challenge to restore which was truly a labor of love. The plan was to set our roots and lay down the foundation for the future.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, On main floor
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, On main floor
      • Bedroom 3
        1 king, Master Bedroom second floor
      • Bedroom 4
        2 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed, Childrens Room second floor
      • Each room has flat screen TV/DVD and ceiling fans.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower, Newly remodeled in Summer 2014. Kept original clawtub.
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, jetted tub, Combination jetted tub/shower and two person sauna
      • 2

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          Three short blocks from the entrance to downtown South Haven on Phoenix/Kalamazoo.
        • Lake View
          Walking distance from Lake Michigan. Just four short blocks.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Open area to dining room and kitchen. Large flate screen and blu ray player. Basic cable provided along with Netflix.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Central air along with ceiling fans in each room.
                    • Fireplace
                      There is a beautiful fireplace for those cool Fall days and cold winter nights only.
                    • Gas Fireplace
                    • Heating
                      Furnace provides heat along with gas fireplace for use in fall and winter.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      All bedding is provided.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Laundry room in back of home. Basic detergent, fabric softener and bleach. Bring your own should you have specific needs or personal favorites.
                    • Parking
                      Parking for two vehicles ONLY in driveway. No parking on approach or blocking sidewalk.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Signage indicates limitation to times of day which varies from during week to weekends or posted events such as parades, holidays or season such as city clean up, construction, snow removal/garbage.
                    • Telephone
                      There is a cell phone on counter in kitchen only to be used for emergency needs.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Enough towels based on information of total guests.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Laundry room in back of home. Basic detergent, fabric softener and bleach. Bring your own should you have specific needs or personal favorites.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      WiFi is provided through router with instructions as to selection of and sign in.


                        • Microwave
                          Microwave is mounted above gas stove to add to ventilation.
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Coffee maker, espresso maker along with coffee, tea.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Pots and pans, dishes, silverware, and glassware provided for 8 occupants.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Dishwasher is provided.
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Kitchen
                          All the basic essentials to move in and enjoy, perhaps adding your personal touch. Double oven, microwave, coffee and expresso maker, blender, mixer to name a few.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Some basic utensils provided for inside and outside cooking and grilling.
                        • Oven
                          Double oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Coffee, tea, sugar, basic cooking spices.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Full size refrigerator.
                        • Stove
                          Gas stovetop
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Outdoor seating right off kitchen/dining area through french door to extend your guest dining. Indoor seats six and outdoor dining for additional 8 guests and including a small cafe table for two.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  Blu Ray players
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Basic cable provided.
                                • Stereo
                                  In living room in entertainment center. Plays, CD or radio. COZY FM/100.3, is a local station for news and music.
                                • Television
                                  TV provided in Living Room and bedrooms


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Three brick paver patios surrounding house. One off french doors, around back with cafe seating
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Enclosed lawn in backyard for pets and children and privacy.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Gas and charcoal grill with accessories.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Sauna
                                              Two person private sauna in second bathroom.
                                            • jetted tub
                                              In back bathroom with the sauna.

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Staff


                                                    • museums
                                                    • churches
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • library
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • marina
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • playground
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • synagogues
                                                    • theme parks
                                                    • winery tours

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • boating
                                                        • gambling casinos
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • photography
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • sledding
                                                        • walking

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • Babysitter
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • parasailing
                                                                • basketball court
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hot air ballooning
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • ice skating
                                                                • jet skiing
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • cross country skiing
                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • rafting
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • snowmobiling
                                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                                • surfing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water skiing
                                                                • wind-surfing


                                                                    • A list of events or things to do can be found at South Haven Tourist Bureau. Copy and paste to view:http://www.southhaven.org/content.cfm?m=52&id=52&startRow=1&mm=0 Dog walking services available with a local resident.

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 5:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: Noon

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      12 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      This house is in great location, walking distance to Kids Corner pl playground and downtown.

                                                                      Amy F.

                                                                      House has a great backyard, front porch and great room for kids sleeping. Downsize is both bathrooms on main floor, could use new mattresses,

                                                                      Enough space for 10. Good layout indoors and outdoors.

                                                                      Ray M.

                                                                      Great value for a family get together. Good access to town and beach.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Glad you returned again this Summer and hope you consider next. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.

                                                                      Great location, clean comfortable home

                                                                      Joy J.Portage

                                                                      Loved staying in this home. Bedrooms were spacious and comfortable. Kitchen was well supplied with cooking utensils, dishes, etc. The force porch was a bonus along with the fenced yard. The location was perfect to walk to the beach and town.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you for sharing your time in our home. Hope you come back again!

                                                                      Great location

                                                                      jean P.

                                                                      Our group consisted of grandparents, parents and toddlers. This great location allowed us to do many fun things on foot. We walked to the beach, the town and Kid's Corner. Those strollers got a workout!

                                                                      Our only suggestion for the future is to install more noise dampening in the house; otherwise, no complaints at all.

                                                                      Great place for a family get-together

                                                                      Ray M.

                                                                      This house provided everything we needed for a week with kids and adults. It easily accommodates 10 people and the house has a nice flow from living area to kitchen. The outside patio is large and includes seating and grilling space and equipment for the group. Kitchen had everything necessary to do your own cooking. Easy walk to beach and downtown. Take your bikes to make commute even easier. Nice to have washer and dryer also. House is priced well for what is provided.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Glad you enjoyed your stay and for detailing all you found a positive attribute to a vacation in South Haven. Please consider returning. Would love to have you back.

                                                                      Nice autumn vacation !

                                                                      Jill K.

                                                                      Enjoyed our stay in your charming historical house. It was clean and nicely decorated. We enjoyed the notebook with the pictures and history of the house,however the phone number for contact was wrong. We needed to contact someone due to not getting wifi to work and not having enough towels for our guests. (Only one bathroom had towels) It was a nice walk to Michigans ocean and downtown! Thank you for sharing your house!


                                                                      South Haven, MI, USA

                                                                      Ice Festival in January, local wineries, boat rides down by pier, water activities including paddle boarding, wind surfing and canoeing down the Black River. Walking or riding bikes on Kal Haven Trail. Catch first run movies at the Michigan movie theater in downtown for under $4 and popcorn for 50 cents if you bring your own tub(they are provided at home for you), children's park, seasonal fruit 'pick your own' and very dog friendly town.

                                                                      Rates & Availability

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                                                                      *Rates are subject to change. Summer rates are FRIDAY to FRIDAY, check in is 5p.m. and check out is 12p.m. making for an ease in arrival and a leisure time in leaving. Rates will be forwarded in a quote according to dates on inquiry and holidays and are subject to change. ID is required with deposit.

                                                                      12 Reviews
                                                                      Excellent 4.4/5
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                                                                      Property # 52519