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Beachwalk - Quiet Street & Close to Everything! The 'perfect' combination.

Bedrooms 6
Space 2,425 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom 3 Bath. Sleeps 14. 2 blocks to sandy beaches of Lake Michigan.

Beachwalk is such a unique community that it is hard to explain to people who have never been there - until they arrive - and become believers themselves. I have had comments made like, 'If you would have put me in an airplane, blindfolded me, and brought me here I would have thought I was in Florida' or from an East Coast friend, 'This reminds me of the Jersey shore' (not the show - thank God - but the atmosphere). Even our friends from St Louis love coming here because it doesn't have the humidity they get down there or at the Ozarks.

The white picket fences greet you and the colorful homes amaze you yet you can settle in immediately, take a deep breath and quickly realize you are already relaxed.

Our home was designed for big groups. We created a large living space to congregate in and minimized the bedrooms (we figured the only time you want to spend in there is when you are sleeping). From the outside the home appears smaller than it is, surprising most of our guests when they first arrive. There is plenty of seating to relax and enjoy the time you spend at Picture Perfect. Speaking of the home name, we came up with it because we rent it out from September through May to scrapbooking groups for their weekend cropping getaways.

More Details

Gary Rachford
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 2, 2018

About Gary Rachford

Michigan City is like a second home to me. I have been visiting the area since 1978 when my family owned a boat and we kept it in Washington Park Marina. I love the beach life and now my family and I enjoy it on a regular basis. We built our home in 2004, designed by a life-long friend who is an architect and has built three of her own homes in the Michigan City, Grand Beach, New Buffalo area. Our family of five has created many fun memories of our time spent in Beachwalk and the countless hours spent on the beach playing volleyball, frisbee, bags, building sandcastles, bodysurfing the waves, skim boarding and so much more. Our ability to get out there is changing as the kids get older so we want others to be able to enjoy the same fun lifestyle.

Gary Rachford purchased this house in 2004

Why Gary Rachford chose Michigan City

Beachwalk is the only true beach community along the shores of Lake Michigan in my eyes. Having access to a tennis court, basketball court, sand volleyball court, in ground pool, putting green, playground with big slide and mini zipline is great when the beach weather is not cooperative. Set back two blocks from the beach, it provides shelter from the elements. The picket fences and front porches are comforting as you walk around the community to view the multi-colored homes with unique architectural designs.

What makes this house unique

We decided to create a large living and dining area because that is where people congregate to spend time together. The home has 2,425 sq ft of living space and a large portion of that is on the first floor. Vaulted ceilings and a gas fireplace open up the home beautifully. We installed granite countertops for durability. The hardwood and tile floors are ideal for a sandy beach house. There is a second refrigerator for 'beverages' so they don't clutter up the food storage one.


Michigan City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2425 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Resort
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    First Floor Hallway Bathroom - toilet , tub
    Second Floor Hallway Bathroom - toilet , tub , Pocket door divides tub/toilet from sinks.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Highlighter Bedroom - 1 queen
    Grandma Purple's Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Sweden Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Boat Bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Den/Computer Room/Bedroom - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 baby crib , In closet.
  • All bedrooms have ceiling fans.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Beachwalk - Quiet Street & Close to Everything! The 'perfect' combination.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Picture Perfect was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

It was our first stay in Beachwalk and couldn't have had more fun. Beachwalk is a wonderful family friendly resort with tons of activities for kids and just across the street from beautiful lake Michigan. Picture Perfect was just as pictured with everything you could ever need for a great beach vacation. We had the privilege to meet the owners of our rental during or stay and they were wonderful. You won't be disappointed if you stay at Picture Perfect! We would definitely stay here again!!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure meeting your family and finding out the commonalities we share. We are so glad you discovered Beachwalk and we look forward to hosting you next year (if possible).
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Riverside, IL

Perfect vacation getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, spacious house stocked with everything you need to have a great vacation! Easy walk to beach and pool (and lots of other fun stuff too -- basketball, tennis, kayak and paddle board). We loved the Beachwalk "town" -- so pretty! Hard to believe we were only an hour from Chicago burbs. Owners were very helpful and accommodating. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your experience at Picture Perfect. Thank you for your kind words and we look forward to hearing from you in the future when your summertime beach fun "itch" kicks in!
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Aurora, IL

A perfect getaway for families or moms!

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed at Beachwalk several times -- each time better than the last. When we've stayed as a family of 5, there's tons of room to spread out, and a great layout that makes it easy to hang out by the fireplace watching one of their many DVDs or just playing games. The walk to the beach is super quick and it's positioned far enough from the main entrance of Beachwalk to be close to everything, but not ever noisy.

Loads to do in the area - beach, outlet mall shopping, holiday lights festival at the park only a mile away, etc. When we've come for a girls' weekend, we rotate around who heads to shopping, who goes off to the casino and who heads to Matey's for a drink. Parking is ample for a large group, and the kitchen is gorgeous and nicely appointed for preparing big meals. Wine fridge is a nice plus as well! If you come for a scrapbooking weekend, the house is outfitted with small tables for workspaces and some basic scrapbooking tools. Very good reliable wifi as well.

Mary and Gary are great to work with -- very accommodating and helpful.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We always strive to make sure the house will meet or exceed your expectations. We built it to feel more like a home rather than a rental home and we hope that comes across when you stay at Picture Perfect. We look forward to having you back soon.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Gary Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Michigan City Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Train
3 Miles
South Shore Line
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Michigan City Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $160
Resort Fee (Approximate) $150
Tax Rate 12.0%

Beachwalk rentals are subject to a $10 per person community usage fee that is not calculated in to the rental price. Based on the number of occupants, the amount will be added to the total rental amount.

Rental arrival time is 4:00PM CST. Rental departure time is 11:00AM CST.

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.

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