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Charming Historic Home Close to Downtown and Beach

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,160 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 2 bathroom near downtown and beach

Want to stay in the comforts of a beautiful, well maintained, family home while seeing all manistee and surrounding areas have to offer? Welcome to the short house!

This early craftsman style home sits in an idealistic neighborhood just a few blocks from downtown manistee, the marina, the river walk, and the beach. We have named it the short house after the original owners for whom it was built in 1917. It simply has everything you need for a comfortable vacation.

On the second floor are bedrooms 1, 2, and 3 each with a queen bed. Bedroom 4 has 2 twin beds. There is also a queen sized air mattress and fold out sofa if needed. The full bath is upstairs as well.

On the main floor is a large living room, dining room, kitchen, half bath, and quaint 'breakfast porch'.

This historic home is beautifully preserved with lots of original woodwork and lighting fixtures, hardwood floors throughout, and glass pocket doors. However, bathrooms are completely updated and modern. Other modern 'must haves' include a flat screened tv, cable, dvd player, netflix, and internet. The fully equipped kitchen has everything you need to cook (if you want!) including a convection oven/range, full size fridge, microwave, coffee maker and small appliances, cookware, dishes/glassware and utensils. The basement has a washer and dryer and outdoor items including beach chairs. Beach towels are also furnished. A patio set is found in the back yard and the fantastic front porch has a comfy sofa waiting for you. In the spring and summer the yard is very pretty with flowering bushes and trees.

Short house is in walking/biking/short driving distance to the 1st street beach and 5th avenue beach, a public golf course, theaters, playgrounds, shopping, restaurants, galleries, live theater, a skate park, and much much more! Lake Michigan is less than one mile west--perfect for a morning walk on the beach!

We chose manistee as our 'home away from home' because of its beauty, history, location on the lake, small town charm, and also it's proximity to many other attractions and towns. These include sand dunes, amusement parks, wineries, golf, scenic drives, ski resorts, horseback riding, kayaking, and much, much more! Most within an hour of driving. When you are finished with your day trip, come back 'home' to rest in quaint manistee and the short house.

More Details

Kristen Pawlak
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Kristen Pawlak

Our family is Ralph, Kristen and our three sons, living in Louisville KY. While we have lived a few places, Ralph grew up in the 'thumb' area of Michigan near Lake Huron. Kristen grew up outside of Ann Arbor in southeast MI and went to school in Kalamazoo, one hour away from Lake Michigan.

Kristen Pawlak purchased this house in 2013

Why Kristen Pawlak chose Manistee

Being native Michiganders, we wanted to have a place in our home state for frequent vacations and to have in our family for the next generations. We love Michigan year round, but believe it is simply the best place to be in the summer months. Through our travels we fell in love with the west shore with it's white sand beaches and believe the more north you go, the prettier it gets. A visit to Manistee captured our hearts and we knew this was the place!

What makes this house unique

Not only do we love the scenery, history, and quaintness of Manistee, we love the location relative to so many attractions including Sleeping Bear, Traverse City, ski resorts, an amusement park, and many cool small towns. We also wanted a home in a town on Lake Michigan. We looked at many homes in town, but fell for the Short House instantly. All the beautiful wood, numerous original details, and charm of each room caught our eye. The front porch is truly Kristen's 'happy place'! The back 'breakfast porch' is her mother Dolly's favorite place for reading and coffee.


Manistee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2160 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • Although the house is historical, bathrooms are fully modernized.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Closet has built in chest of drawers
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Closet has built in chest of drawers
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • All bedrooms have ample closets, hardwood floors, area rugs, nice window treatments, and a seating area.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Quiet and relaxing neighborhood. Walking distance to so many places in town!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.909091 based on 22 reviews

Great Getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

Once again the Short house was perfect for our weekend getaway! The house is comfortable and cozy. It was even decorated for Christmas. Thanks for letting stay. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed our home once again for Sleighbell weekend. We're glad to have you back and look forward to another stay. We also enjoy decorating the Short House for Christmas! The Pawlaks
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Charming century old house close to the center of Manistee. Furnished with my needs for a week

  • 5 of 5

Gave us a closeness to the city and the lake. Was clean through out and furnished with appliances needed to make coffee and wash/dry clothes. These are necessities when away from your home. As we were there for my granddaughter's wedding the iron came in very handy. The entrance was great as we didn't have to carry keys. Instructions were clear of your expectations for us. Enjoyed the reading materials left around. History of Manistee. Liked the list of places to eat and see. Over all it was a wonderful week. Thank you for sharing your house. Josh & Katie Coester will be living there so it will be a destination again.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed all and had what you needed for your stay. We look forward to your return visit and welcome Josh and Katie to lovely Manistee!
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Perfect family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing family vacation in Manistee, MI. The Short House was absolutely perfect! The house had everything we could ask for and more. We had more than enough room and space. Everyone loved the 100 year old craftsmanship. The kitchen provided exactly what we needed. The bathrooms had been updated and were very functional for our family. We loved every minute of our stay and hope to come back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you were comfortable in the Short House! We strive to provide all the comforts our guests expect, and beyond. We hope you can return sometime and enjoy the fabulous west shore and Manistee!
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This is a wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with a group of friends and family for my daughters wedding in Manistee. I can't recommend this house enough. So much character and lots of room, comfy beds and great location. We all loved it!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much and we're thrilled you enjoyed your stay! Please keep us in mind on any return visit to Manistee.
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Charming Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful home just a couple of blocks from river street. Our stay was perfect. The home was furnished with everything we needed and was even decorated for christmas. The owners were extremely helpful and accessible. Thanks for allowing us to spend some time in your vacation home. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. The Victorian Sleighbell Festival is a magical time of year, we look forward to your return visit. You'll also want to come see Manistee in the summer for sure!
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house. Not only beautiful and delightful to stay in but also extremely well supplied. Beds were very comfy and plenty of room for everybody.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So very glad you enjoyed it! We strive for comfort...! Manistee is a great place for a Fall get-a-way. Hope to have you back again.
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Blacker Municipal
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Manistee Country Club-Public
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 31
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
1st Street Beach

Manistee and nearby towns have something for everyone in the family. There are so many beach/water, fishing and boating activities on Lake Michigan of course, but also on nearby inland lakes.

There's great scenery, a historic downtown and River Walk, house tours, incredible Victorian architecture, and live theater at The Ramsdell. Be sure to see a first run movie at the renovated historic Vogue Theater--they also show 35 cent Saturday children's matinees too.

Favorite fun dining is House of Flavors, special dining at the Blue Fish, pub/bar is TJ's, coffee at Goody's and Outpost. Several other casual restaurants and pubs are within walking distance of the house.

You can walk practically anywhere, everything is close and the town is very safe. Within a few blocks of the house are a skate park and several playgrounds.

A variety of shopping is available from upscale specialty shops and boutiques to antiques and thrift stores. Be sure to stop by the Daybreak Art Gallery too.

The Little River Casino is very nice for gaming and also great restaurants. Douglass Valley Winery and Orchard is minutes away, they also have live music in the summer. Summer is extra special with a weekly farmer's market in town and free music concerts on the river and at the 1st Street Beach. We love both the 1st Street and 5th Avenue Beaches and all they offer.

There are several 18 hole golf courses nearby and one a few blocks from the house. Other cool things for the family are lots of local festivals, mini golf, and laser tag.

And in the winter you won't want to miss the fabulous Victorian Sleighbell Festival where the whole town celebrates with a variety of activities including a parade downtown and horses pulling a sleigh with the town square Christmas tree!

That's just in our little town! Within about an hour driving you have Sleeping Bear National Park and Sand Dunes, two ski resorts, and an Amusement Park--Michigan Adventure, plus many many other small towns with their own unique attractions and local flavor.

Of course Lake Michigan is a huge draw with its gorgeous coastline! Go just a little further north and see Traverse City, further south and ride the sand dunes in your own dune buggy...and stop in the fun little towns along the way.

We could go on and on because we discover great new things to do each time we visit!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $50
Damage Deposit $300

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.