Charming Historic Home Close to Downtown and Beach

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Last updated: 10/08/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2160 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    24 yrs. old...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 8-9

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Closet has built in chest of drawers...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Living Room: 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Closet has built in chest of drawers...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed


  • All bedrooms have ample closets, hardwood floors, area rugs, nice window treatments, and a seating area....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet


  • Although the house is historical, bathrooms are fully modernized.

Other Amenities

  • Quiet and relaxing neighborhood. Walking distance to so many places in town!...moreless


  • Television
  • Video Library


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


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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

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

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Two long and pristine public beaches within walking/biking/driving distance. Both 1st Street Beach and 5th Avenue Beach are on the shores of Lake Michigan. Each with concessions. ...moreless

  • Downtown:

    Quaint downtown with eateries, shopping, and a historic movie theater showing first run movies are just a few blocks north of the property. Plus many other attractions including a River Walk....moreless

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


  • Dining:

    Dining room seats 6. Small breakfast off kitchen can also seat 3-4...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Window unit in bedroom, rarely needed in this area...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    guests supply their own dryer sheets/products...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    gas logs...moreless

  • Heating
  • Parking:

    Single driveway in back of house and street parking...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    bath and beach towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    guests supply their own laundry soap...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    convection oven also...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Front porch, plus patio table and chairs in back yard deck area...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden


Write a review 4.9
from 16 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 12 - Nov 30, 2016
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

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Last updated: 10/08/2016
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5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Blacker Municipal
0.25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Manistee Country Club-Public
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 31
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
Crystal Mountain
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
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!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Manistee, MI, USA:
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!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.

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  • Short House

    Short House

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  • Media ammenities in living room

    Media ammenities in living room

  • Powder room half bath

    Powder room half bath

  • Bedroom 1 w/queen bed and closet w/built in dresser

    Bedroom 1 w/queen bed and closet w/built in dresser

  • Bedroom 2 seating area

    Bedroom 2 seating area

  • Bedroom 4 w/2 twin beds

    Bedroom 4 w/2 twin beds

  • Upstairs full bathroom w/tub-shower

    Upstairs full bathroom w/tub-shower

  • Heart of downtown, River Street

    Heart of downtown, River Street

  • The River Walk and Manistee River

    The River Walk and Manistee River

  • Beautiful sunsets at the beach

    Beautiful sunsets at the beach

  • Welcoming front porch

    Welcoming front porch

  • Living room w/gas fireplace

    Living room w/gas fireplace

  • Dining room seats 6

    Dining room seats 6

  • Kitchen w/door leading to breakfast porch

    Kitchen w/door leading to breakfast porch

  • Breakfast porch great for morning coffee

    Breakfast porch great for morning coffee

  • Bedroom 2 w/queen bed and closet w/built in dresser

    Bedroom 2 w/queen bed and closet w/built in dresser

  • Bedroom 3 w/queen bed

    Bedroom 3 w/queen bed

  • Upstairs full bathroom

    Upstairs full bathroom

  • One of several flowering bushes in the yard

    One of several flowering bushes in the yard

  • 5th Ave Beach, one of two beautiful beaches

    5th Ave Beach, one of two beautiful beaches

  • Manistee River channeling into Lake Michigan

    Manistee River channeling into Lake Michigan

  • Nearby Arcadia Scenic lookout

    Nearby Arcadia Scenic lookout

VRBO #587722

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Sunday, October 16, 2016

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