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

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

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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More Details

Frank Finken/owner- Julie McPherson/Property Manager
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 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

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.


South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Combination jetted tub/shower and two person sauna
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Newly remodeled in Summer 2014. Kept original clawtub.
  • 2
  • 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.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • 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: Dog walking services available with a local resident.


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4 bd/2 bath Pet Friendly. Great Fall and Winter getaway. 2018 Summer rates!
average rating of 4.4166665 based on 12 reviews

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

  • 4 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enough space for 10. Good layout indoors and outdoors.

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you returned again this Summer and hope you consider next. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.
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Great location

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, clean comfortable home

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your time in our home. Hope you come back again!
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Great place for a family get-together

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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.
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Nice autumn vacation !

  • 4 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phoenix Street Cafe
Michigan Theatre
Farmer's Market
Black River Books
Black River Tavern
American Legion
South Haven Lighthouse
South Beach
Cafe Julia
Kids Corners
Tello Italian Bistro
Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park
Sherman's Dairy Bar
South Haven Community Hospital-Emergency Medicine
Walmart Supercenter
Curve Inn -- CLOSED
Nearest Airport
4 Miles
South Haven Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Brix, Black River Tavern
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Blue Star Highway or I96
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Taste, Black River Tavern
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
South Beach
Car: not necessary

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $50
Damage Insurance $59

*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.

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.