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Waterfront House in the Center of the Village

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Last updated: 03/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Before you enter the 1830's door at 11 Water Street in Douglas you will be on the front porch and can rock on one of the rocking chairs and watch the neighborhood. When you do enter you will be in the high ceilinged dining room of this new, luxurious 3500 square foot home with an antique dining room table with seating for 8. Bayou House won a Heritage Preservation Award in 2006.

The three Baker davenports in the adjoining living room face the water and a large gasburning fireplace; they open through French doors to a screened porch overlooking the water and the park next door. This leads to the large deck with a gas grill off the kitchen, also overlooking the water. The kitchen, upstairs, is pictured with its charming all glass eating area, granite counters, stainless appliances and bar.

There are three bedrooms and three bathroom on this level, two with king sized beds and one with two queens. Only the bedroom with the queen size beds does not face the water. All other bedrooms and rooms have the wonderful view.

Downstairs you will find 10 foot ceilings and all but one bedroom overlooking the waterfront. You will enter the second kitchen in the large glass room with a pool table. Adjoining this room is a large downstairs living room with the second TV area, a large sectional and the second gas burning fireplace. This house is designed with the idea of a large family get-together, a large family, two families, or for corporate groups. On this level you will find the computer with hi-speed internet.

The downstairs kitchen also has a double door refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, gas stove, compactor, and stools for four at the granite counter.

Upstairs has a large deck with gas grill, downstairs has patios, swings, furniture and a charcoal grill.

Bayou House is ideal for families, business groups, and reunions but is not suitable for weddings as we are located in a downtown area.

On the lower level there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one with a king size bed and one with two twin beds.

There is tie up space on the boardwalk for several shallow draft boats and there are five kayaks, a row boat, and two paddle boards on the dock. There is a firepit and seating near the waterfront.
It is one short block to two major restaurants, galleries, and downtown Douglas. The well-known Lake Michigan Oval beach and Douglas Beach are a short-beautiful drive.
For additional or alternative rental see: vrbo #444711 or vrbo#410920
The City of Douglas does not permit weddings at this location. You may check out the J Petter Gallery, wine Bar and Gallery Barn for wedding venue.
Keywords: Waterfront House
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Member since: 2005

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/28/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 3500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    we welcome one well behaved dog, no cats...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Three Kayaks, one row boat, fire pit, some beat up bicycles No wedding festivities permitted. Check the JPetter Gallery and wine bar with Gallery barn for venue...moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Library


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    We are downtown Douglas, walking distance to restaurants, galleries, shops...moreless

  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront:

    We are on the waterfront with dock, tie ups, kayaks, canoe, rowboat, paddle boards...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    The dining room table can seat 10, there are 3 stools at the bar, and there is another table that can seat 6 at the other end of the kitchen in the same room...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace:

    2 gas fireplaces...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    2 living rooms...moreless

  • Parking:

    2 parking spaces + offstreet overnight parking...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:


  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear:

    2 paddle boards...moreless



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Sep 4 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
May 26 - Sep 4, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Sep 5 - May 24, 2018
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

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  • Tax Rate 6%

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 03/28/2017
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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Grand Rapids
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Petter Wine Bar
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Everyday People Cafe
1 Miles
Nearest Beach

Charter Fishing, Art School of the Chicago Art Institute, 25 Art Galleries, Dune Schooner Rides, swimming in Lake Michigan, dune climbing, beach walking, golfing, , kayaking, paddle boarding, toasting marshmallows over the fire in the fire pit, relaxing in the swings, shopping, wine tours, make beer in the brewery


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: I have been in business in Saugatuck/Douglas since 1973 when I first opened my art gallery - it is still just up the street. It now includes a wine tasting and is operated by my daughter-in-law. I grew up in Chicago, lived in Michigan cities, moved to Cincinnati, and finally moved back to the big Lake. We have had property on the lake since the 60's and were pleased to add Bayou House to our business. All the art in the house is from my gallery. And, it was a necessity that Bayou House had to be on water!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The benefit of this house is that you can use boats on the lake, kayaks, row boat and paddle boards, and still have the advantage of the beach at the Oval. There are no places to stay at the Oval so everyone comes from some part of the community. There are well over 200 acres of dunes to explore as well as the wonderful beach. And you can return to watch the birds, the boats, and have a fire in the fire pit.

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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/28/2017

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  • Bayou House at Night

    Bayou House at Night

  • Dining Room with Living room and fire, porch, kitchen

    Dining Room with Living room and fire, porch, kitchen

  • Breakfast Room Sunrise over water

    Breakfast Room Sunrise over water

  • lower level

    lower level

  • pool table, lower level

    pool table, lower level

  • 3 of 5 kayaks, row boat

    3 of 5 kayaks, row boat

  • lake view

    lake view

  • 2 queens

    2 queens

  • King Bedroom with Harbor view

    King Bedroom with Harbor view

  • King Bedroom

    King Bedroom

  • Bayou House from the street

    Bayou House from the street

  • porch


  • Upstairs kitchen and breakfast room facing harbor

    Upstairs kitchen and breakfast room facing harbor

  • upstairs hall

    upstairs hall

  • Second living room with fireplace, game table and harbor view

    Second living room with fireplace, game table and harbor view

  • second kitchen, lower level

    second kitchen, lower level

  • walk around back of house

    walk around back of house

  • back of house overlooking the lake

    back of house overlooking the lake

  • Queen bedroom  bath

    Queen bedroom bath

  • Attached bath with shower & tub

    Attached bath with shower & tub

  • King Bedroom with harbor view

    King Bedroom with harbor view

VRBO #58284

This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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