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Historic Charm, Short Walk to Lake Michigan and Downtown

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 2 Baths, Large Backyard, Deck And Patios Close To The Beach And Town

Charming Craftsman with beautiful woodwork in a great neighborhood on the north side of town. Our home is just two short blocks from Lake Michigan and four blocks to downtown shops, restaurants, art galleries, marina district and East Park that hosts numerous concerts throughout the summer and fall. Enjoy Fisherman's Island State Park, hiking and biking trails, boating, and breathtaking sunsets from the beach two blocks away. Charlevoix has many scenic public golf courses along with quaint small towns such as Harbor Springs, Mackinac City, Boyne Mountain & Highlands Resorts which are only a 30-60 minute drive.

Other amenities include a new spacious kitchen, refinished original hardwood floors throughout, high quality mission style furnishings and decor, and kid-friendly hangout spaces. The lower level lounge has a flat screen tv, air hockey table and washer & dryer, while the garage houses a pool table, dart board, basketball hoop and additional refrigerator.

The outdoor living space features a large fenced in backyard with a grill, paver patios and deck with plenty of seating perfect for entertaining and relaxing. The house also offers a large enclosed fully furnished front porch prime for catching a cool summer breeze.

Please check our calendar for availability, and come be our guest to enjoy the Crafstman Cottage Charlevoix Experience!

More Details

Gary Leitner
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 8, 2018

About Gary Leitner

I grew up in Charlevoix developing a love for natural beauty, history and architecture. Growing up, we always looked forward to the summer spending time at the beach, camping, boating, hiking, fishing etc. We now live in South East Michigan and try to get up north to spend time in Charlevoix with our family whenever possible.

Gary Leitner purchased this house in 2012

Why Gary Leitner chose Charlevoix

This historic cottage features beautiful woodwork in a great neighborhood on the north side of town just minutes from downtown and the Lake. This property presented an opportunity to be fully restored to its former glory. We took much pride in this labor of love with details and décor that reflect the period of the home with modern amenities. We're happy to share the Craftsman Cottage experience with others who have a love for Charlevoix and all its beauty.

What makes this house unique

Our home is just two short blocks from Lake Michigan and four blocks to downtown shops, restaurants, art galleries, marina district and East Park that hosts numerous concerts throughout the summer and fall.


Charlevoix House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , (No shower)
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Sleeps 9-10
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
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
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(5 traveler reviews)

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Historic Charm, Short Walk to Lake Michigan and Downtown
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews
Fort Wayne, IN

A Very Memorable Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at the Craftsmen cottage the last week of June. We had a wonderful time.

The cottage is very nice and well decorated. There were 10 people and 1 German Schnauzer in our party (6 adults and 4 kids between the ages of 12 and 6). There was plenty of room. The large kitchen and dining area worked out great for us. When not sightseeing we spent time on the front porch putting together puzzles, playing board games, or just plain relaxing. There are 4 bedrooms and the beds were very comfortable and the 2 full baths worked well for our group (we never ran out of hot water). The fenced in back yard is very spacious and the kids had a great time playing lawn games.

Charlevoix is an amazing town on Lake Michigan. There are many sights to see, great restaurants, and beautiful scenery. Mackinac Island is an hour away and it too is worth the visit. The town's beaches are very nice and well kept and the kids and adults spent much time looking for the infamous "Petoskey" rocks.

The Leitner's have succeeded quite well making their cottage comfortable for their guests. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect long weekend at the Craftsman cottage!!

  • 5 of 5

The Craftsman Cottage is such a charming place to stay!! The furnishings and décor are so cottagey and charming... you truly feel like you're "up north". The home is very well stocked and there is also plenty of space to put away your own things while visiting. The owner was very helpful with information about the cottage and the area in general. I also can't say enough about the location... it offers something for everyone whether you like to walk to town for dinner and ice cream, go to the park to see all the happenings, walk to the pier or the very private Lake Michigan beach with a cup of coffee in the morning or an evening sunset. Perfect! We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding house for family vacation

  • 4 of 5

The Craftsman Cottage location and an opportunity to bring our dog with us instead of boarding him attracted

us to this property. It was our first visit to Charlevoix, so we were not aware how busy Petosky Avenue is at all times and especially at night. Another surprise was the absence of air conditioner and the size of the two bathrooms, which were tiny, and only one having a shower head.The corner lot is huge and fenced, so it is perfect for families with children and pets, very safe. Since we were two couples in our fifties and early sixties, live in Ohio, where humidity in summer months mandates having air conditioner, it took us two days adjusting to having hot nights with fans going, and noisy street outside.

Everything else was absolutely perfect inside the house. Kitchen and all appliances were new and very good quality, good beds, linens, towels and variety of supplies in the kitchen, bathrooms and closets. When we had questions, Gary was responding immediately. House has

a garage with extra fridge, two bikes, a lot of beach chairs, hammock outside and finished basement with extra TV and entertainment set, and great variety of board games. Beach accessibility and downtown are in such short walking distance. And of course having 4 bedrooms with three queen and king size beds, and one with three beds for children makes this house outstanding for the family vacation. We love Michigan. Thank you, Gary.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peru IN

Cottage Charm Craftsman Detail

  • 5 of 5

For more than ten years we have made an annual trip to northern lower Michigan with repeat stays in Charlevoix. This year all of my kids and grandkids were able to make he trip. This Charlevoix Craftsman Cottage was absolutely perfect to very comfortably accommodate all of us (10). The front porch was a nice escape for morning coffee or reading. The detail of this home was incredible and exceeded our expectations. From the extremely well equipped kitchen to the handsome craftsman furnishings and decor, we couldn't have asked for a more relaxing and warm stay. The fenced back yard was a plus and the garage housed bikes, beach chairs, coolers -- all things you won't need to pack. The garage also has a refrigerator that was very handy as we spent hours in the yard. There also is a small fire pit for a nice evening fire. The cottage is conveniently located within walking distance of downtown, an added bonus. The owners were great to work with and responded promptly. It is very evident that the owner takes great pride in this home.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Craftsman Cottage, Charlevoix, MI

  • 5 of 5

The Craftsman Cottage is beautifully restored, immaculately maintained, and thoroughly stocked with any item you and your group might need during your stay. The cottage is centrally located within 3 blocks of 2 wonderful beaches (1 on Lake Michigan, 1 on Lake Charlevoix). The cottage is within walking/biking distance of the charming city of Charlevoix (a small town perched between Lake Michigan and the Round Lake harbor filled with a wide array of boats). Each room in the 2-story cottage creates a space that embraces your guests. The Cottage includes a large, new kitchen with beautiful counters; large bedrooms; an enclosed, front porch; a clawfoot tub; and a new, large washer and dryer in the basement of the cottage. The cottage is located on a primary road that includes a bike path that goes from Charlevoix to Petoskey to Harbor Springs.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Charlevoix, Traverse City

2nd weekend in July : Boyne Thunder Poker Run,

4th week in July: Venetian Festival,

1st weekend in August: Waterfront Art Fair,

2nd weekend in October: Applefest


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500

Cleaning and taxes are included in the rate noted above.
Security deposit and Lease agreement due to reserve booking date and payment in full 30 days prior to occupancy.
Rates are subject to change until booking is complete.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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