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Warmer weather is close, we hope...

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Step Back Into History, 2nd Floor, WiFi, AC, 3 Bedrms, W/D, dishwasher

***NEW FOR 2018*** The colder months give us an opportunity to make the space even better. For the coming season, we are adding some additional amenities that include a cloths washer/dryer, a dishwasher, and an upgrade from the small 20 gallon water heater to a connection to the larger hot water tank in the Michigan basement- No worries though, the water will be circulated with a pump, so it will get warm right away-

We hope to see you when the weather is warmer-

The Hughes House offers a glimpse into the past with a large wrap-around porch and stately staircase. The house is 1/2 block from Memorial Park and the beach at East Grand Traverse Bay that includes playground, tennis and basketball courts. Rental of this home is limited to the second floor and includes 3 bedrooms, kitchen, full bath, dining and great room. There are Queen sized beds in two of the bedrooms and a full/double bunk bed & two twin beds in the third room. There is also a day bed that converts into a king size bed made of two twins together.

Rental includes use of the porch and porch furniture, grill, picnic table, wagon, paddle boards, garage for bike storage, sand box and large yard.

It is a short 3 block walk to restaurants and shops. Elk Lake, Torch Lake, Traverse City, and Charlevoix are short drives. The Sleeping Bear Dunes, Leelanau County, and Mackinac Island are a day-trip away. Come for the food, the wine, the beer, and stay for the best sunsets in all of Michigan.

This property is available by the week or multiple weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Sunday to Sunday. We also run specials in the spring and fall. Look for great nightly rates with a 2-night minimum.

More Details

Matt Conrad & Anne Conrad
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 2, 2018

About Matt Conrad & Anne Conrad

The story of Matt and Anne is a real small world kind of story. Anne grew up on Elk Lake here in Elk Rapids, while Matt was what is know in town as a summer kid, spending summers across the lake. Anne worked at the bakery, Matt visited the bakery; Matt worked in the cherry orchard, Anne worked in the processing plant; Anne worked at what is now the Riverwalk Grill, Matt visited the Riverwalk Grill; Anne went to Michigan State, Matt went to Michigan State(2 years overlapping) and never met... Anne went to live in Chicago, Matt worked managing large construction projects and went to live in Washington DC for two years. One year to the day from when Anne returned to Elk Rapids, and 6 months after Matt returned from Washington- A mutual friend suggested a meeting and 18 months later they were married and 11 months after that little Harrison came along, then 16 months after that along came Polly... We now reside on the first floor and spend our weekends and summers at Matt's family's small resort on Elk Lake.

Matt Conrad & Anne Conrad purchased this house in 2014

Why Matt Conrad & Anne Conrad chose Elk Rapids

One of Matt's construction projects was the restoration of and addition to the Virginia Capitol Building in Richmond where he found a passion for restoration. When this property was put on the market it seemed a natural fit as this house is on the national register of historic places along with being a Michigan Historic Site. We were living in the split level across Traverse Street and decided to make the jump and help this house to be what it once was for the generations to come...

What makes this house unique

This is a truly unique house in that so much of the historic fabric(floors, walls, windows, siding, veranda) is intact and in serviceable condition. It really is like stepping into what once was, with the modern conveniences to make it comfortable...


Elk Rapids House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The full bath includes a toilet and a tub shower-
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 2nd Floor-Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    2nd Floor-Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    2nd Floor-Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , The double is in a kids loft.
  • two bedrooms with a queen along with a third bedroom with two twins. The great room includes an area with a daybed that trundles to king size bed made of two twins. Pack-n-play for baby available.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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(5 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.2 based on 5 reviews

Great location for Up North vacation

  • 5 of 5

The property owners, Matt and Anne, were easy to work with and they live on the first floor of this property. Guests enter through their own entrance and have plenty of privacy on the entire second level of this large home which sits on a double sized lot. The location is ideal as you are just a block from the beach and you can see the bay from the house. Our family of 2 adults, 5 children and a dog had plenty of room during our Fall weekend stay. The house was clean and everything worked. If we were staying longer than just a few nights, a dishwasher would be a convenient appliance to add to the kitchen, but given our short stay, it was not missed. We hope to return back to this wonderful location in the summer!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterford Township, MI

We love Elk Rapids; it's our favorite vacation! I cannot, however, recommend this rental.

  • 2 of 5

While this home is spacious and in a very good location, I cannot recommend this particular rental. There were several misunderstandings in communication that presented issues: 1. Towels were to be provided; however, the owner did not intend to replenish soiled towels with clean throughout the week. No washer or dryer is made available to guests and there is no laundromat in town. We were told that we could drive to Acme. 2. The owner provided a written contract for the rental, which we signed and agreed to prior to our stay; however, the owner charged us several hundred dollars more than what was listed on the contract. When confronted, he indicated that he sent us an agreement for a different rental--they have 2. He apologized for any misunderstanding but charged us more because he said that the property we stayed at was listed for a higher price on the site--and that he was charging us the correct price.

In addition, the home was not well maintained. There was only 1 bathroom, and we were okay with that; however; there was no ventilation fan and the windows needed to be propped open with a piece of wood. The toilet also had a leak, and a good portion of the plaster ceiling in the bathroom fell down during our stay.

Overall, the home was just not at par with past rentals; it was not well stocked, it lacked amenities, and Did not present well. The kitchen needs some updating; there were unsightly stains in the wallpaper and it was not well stocked. I was also surprised to find exposed outlets. In my bedroom the only outlet in the room had a broken cover--It only covered 1/2 of the outlet. Simply put, this house did not measure up; and for all of these reasons I am unable to recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Farmington, MI

Great Owners. Beautiful place and location.

  • 5 of 5

Matt and Anne are great hosts. Made sure we had everything we need and gave us privacy. They were really prompt in response. Hughes house is a little old (and is Historic) but was very well kept and decent enough for my kids to play around. Kids had a great time playing in yard and at the beach. Awesome location. Beach is right across the road and is super clean and quiet. Elk rapids is a gem and we plan to come back.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Franklin, TN

we had a wonderful time - close to beaches, boats, restaurants,etc.

  • 5 of 5

the property is very well kept. plenty of space inside and out. the porch is like an extra room with the wonderful breezes coming in off the bay. Kitchen was well stocked with every cooking appliance, dishes, pots and pans. Bath had plenty of towels, mats, hand towels, etc. We met the owners and they are friendly without being intrusive - we will be going back!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pure Michigan vacation

  • 4 of 5

This home is an historical home in which some of the old wood trim and doors still remain. This gave the house a very homey feel. The front porch is amazing and you can see the Grand Traverse Bay from the porch. It is an easy walk to the beach, playground and tennis courts. The owners also provide 2 paddle boards. It was also a short walk to downtown Elk Rapids. Very convenient for the beach or if you wanted to browse around the downtown area. We had 8 people sleep here comfortably. The living room area is very large and the kitchen is also a good size. Linens and towels were supplied which makes it much easier not to have to pack those items. There is also a grill for guest use if you wanted to grill out. There is also a picnic table for guest use. The kitchen was also fairly well stocked. There is not a dishwasher, but handwashing the dishes or using paper plates worked out fine. This was a great get away to enjoy time with family and friends. We ate at Chef Charles and Siren Hall. We also enjoyed a few nights at the Town Club and walked around Elk Rapids street fair which is on Wednesdays. We also took a drive into Bellaire to the Shorts Brewing Company. We enjoyed a river float one of the days at Ranch Rudolf. The owners were very accommodating and we liked that the check out wasn't until 12!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
The Town Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.07 Miles
Siren Hall
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Memorial Park Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 6.0%

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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