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Charming Redbird-3 blks to Lk Mich beach, trail, submarine.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,032 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 blks to Lk MI beach. 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, A/C, WIFI, Fire Pit, BBQ grill

We are transferring ownership to a new HA number as the property manager has purchased the property. Look at our reviews as only a few will transfer to the new number. Ideal location for families up to 6 and professionally designed with "Country French" theme for comfort and charm. Easy walk or drive 3 blocks west to Lake Michigan Pere Marquette beach, 1 block east to Muskegon Lake shoreline, Muskegon Yacht Club. Friendly, historic Bluffton neighborhood.

Smoke-free, no pets, firm. Main renter must be age 25 or older. No students, unrelated groups, weddings or parties.

Not on beach or lake. No view of beach or lake from house.

2ND FLOOR: Calif. King bedroom, TV, DVD; Two XL Twin beds bedroom; Full Bath with tub/shower.

MAIN FLOOR: Queen sleeper sofa in Great Room, with living area, dining area, open kitchen, and half-bath, TV, DVD.

Wonderful, Pere Marquette Lake Michigan award-winning clean-beach, shoreline trail, fishing, The Deck restaurant on beach, Dockers restaurant on marina, Express Lake Ferry.

15 minutes to music, culture, festivals, town, malls, medical, and highway access.

Furnished home, delightful, comfortable County French decor by designer. Equipped kitchen, towels, linens provided.

Home is charming, comfortable, and sparkling clean. FIRE PIT, BBQ GRILL, PICNIC TABLE. FLAT-SCREEN CABLE TV, DVD, WI-FI. Central air & heat. Furnished, fully-equipped kitchen, linens, towels, washer & dryer. Catch the breezes or enjoy your favorite beverage on the open front porch.

With friendly neighbors in the Bluffton historic "actors' colony" area, It's close to downtown festivals and cultural events, and it's the perfect base for exploring up and down the coastline. Popular Michigan's Adventure and Waterpark is only a 28-minute drive.

Redbird Cottage is located in popular Bluffton area: Within a 1-15 minute drive, you reach beaches, festivals, submarine and ship tours, and many places or events to see or do. And, it's only 15 minutes or less to town, culture, festivals, chain and independent restaurants and shopping, medical, and major highways.

You'll live in a perfect location for exploring other beach towns north and south, and when you feel like it, you'll return home to prepare your dinner, or eat out at one of the numerous restaurants nearby.

The Bluffton neighborhood oozes love of Buster Keaton and the Chicago Actors' Colony, lakes, dunes, and nature. The former Bluffton Village is still home to artists, musicians, nature advocates, teachers, regular working people, self-employed, and retirees. The Bluffton neighborhood of close-knit heritage homes is a favorite area for nature lovers.

Quick access to Cross Lake Express Ferry dock (Muskegon-Milwaukee), festivals, culture, malls, MICHIGAN ADVENTURE & WATER PARK (28 min.), and other activities. 15 minutes to hospitals.

Historic Cottage House and Area: The heritage front porch is perfect for relaxing and sipping refreshments. Central air-conditioning and heat means you control your comfort.

Redbird Cottage is one of two houses on one lot in a quaint, quiet neighborhood reminiscent of an eastern seaboard community. There is shared driveway parking for one car and free on-street parking, as available.

The friendly neighborhood is residential, with no condos, no resorts. You'll be transported back to a leisurely atmosphere when you're sure to relax.

Activities:: Muskegon Summer Celebration; Muskegon Main Street Car Show; Michigan Irish Music Festival; Seasonal Party in the Park, Fridays; Seasonal Port City Princess boat excursions. Michigan's Adventure and Waterpark. Submarine tour, beach volleyball, pier fishing, charter boat fishing. Tennis, rollerblade park, scuba diving. Historical and Cultural-Downtown Muskegon (10 MIN.) Monet Garden; Hackley Public Library; Muskegon Museum of Art; Muskegon County Museum; Muskegon Civic Theatre

Backyard:: Fire pit and chairs. BBQ grill, propane. Picnic table.

More Details

Property Manager
Ed Bodman
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

About Ed Bodman

Lake lover, beach comber, sailor in youth. Forever student who loves learning. Personal repository of area "secrets," for folks interested in art, architecture, music, etc.

I enjoy seeing my grandchildren love and appreciate the lakes, sand dunes, fishing, and nature in general.

Ed Bodman purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Ed Bodman chose Beachwood-Bluffton

Great beach community living in the City of Muskegon, with all city amenities. Festivals, the arts, in the historic quaint Bluffton neighborhood! Walk to sugar sand, award-winning Lake Michigan clean beach, or to Muskegon Lake for a sail. A relaxed atmosphere that takes you back to a gentler time.

What makes this cottage unique

Open front porch for sipping morning or evening beverage. Open kitchen, living room, dining area makes family connections easy. Make memories forever at the fire pit in the back yard. Wonderful, quaint location with easy access to coastal beach towns. Professional French decor.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This is an adorable cottage. My family of 6 were very confortable. We rode to the beach and hung out inside during the rainy days and we weren't cramped for space. Top 3 Things: Location & good rates, amenities, and privacy. Don't miss: Sunset on Lake Michigan.
Jul 2008
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Muskegon Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Deck, Dockers, Marine Tap
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Express Cross Lake Ferry Muskegon -Milwaukee
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Many, many golf courses
Nearest Train
32 Miles
Holland, Michigan Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
I-96 and US-31
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Deck - ½ mile; Dockers -1 mile
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
3 blocks to Pere Marquette & Lake Michigan
Car: recommended

Located on a peninsula in the City of Muskegon, Michigan between Lake Michigan's Pere Marquette Park Beach and Muskegon Lake, you'll be only a

2-minute drive to the sandy, certified-clean beach of Lake Michigan,

2-minute stroll to Muskegon Lake,

5-minute drive to Lake Express Ferry to Milwaukee, Wisconsin,

10 minutes to the festivals, art fair, historic architecture, and cultural events--art museum, county museum, symphony and sports arena. NEW--2 craft beer breweries downtown--Pigeon Hill at 500 W Western Ave and Unruly Brewing at 360 W Western Ave, Muskegon.

Stroll 1 block to Muskegon Lake shoreline at the end of your street and watch sailboat races from the bench, or ice fish in winter.

2 minutes to Pere Marquette Park sandy beach: Great freshwater pier fishing; Ice fishing; Sledding; Lake Michigan channel; Water and beach sports; Restaurants; Children's play equipment; U.S.S. Silversides WW II submarine; Sailboats and freighters on the channel. Hiking trail.

5 minutes to Lakeside: Public boat launch; Fishing charters.

Other Activities: Beach to downtown Trolly shuttle is 1.25 Family festivals, Michigan's Adventure & Water Park, historic architecture, museums, symphony, silent film star Buster Keaton's home town


Beachwood-Bluffton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1032 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please use only the two back to back parking spaces closest to the house. Left side of the drive is eagles nest bungalow. Street park also available
  • Call a few days prior to arrival for lock box access code 517-930-1525
  • Reach out if you need something, we are here for you
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , Sink
  • Bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths are provided. "Starter package" of paper products is provided and is not expected to last the duration of your stay. Wal-Mart and Meijer are closer by and have food, paper goods, clothing, and much more.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Front bedroom - 1 king
    Guest bedroom - 2 twin/ single , XL twins convert to 1 king
  • Upstairs Bedrooms: King bed in front bedroom; 2 XL Twin beds in second bedroom, convertible to 1 King Downstairs: Queen sleeper sofa Pack-N-Play (portable bed for babies) available
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Small back yard with: Fire pit. BBQ grill, propane . Picnic table, Open front porch with chairs for sipping your favorite beverage, listening to waves on a windy day, and neighbor watching. Child-Friendly: Booster chair and Pack-N-Play available upon request. Garbage disposal. WiFI High-speed Internet


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Charming Redbird-3 blks to Lk Mich beach, trail, submarine.
average rating of 4.0 based on 38 reviews

Perfect place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here, especially my son. It was very clean, spacious and comfortable. We ended up having two large dinner parties here with my in town family and visiting family because the space was so accommodating. Even my mother who is in a wheel chair was able to come in through the back door and use the main floor bathroom. Many family members and friends complimented the house and stated I should pick the house when I come to visit again.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for telling people about Charming Redbird and how it worked out well for your family. Such thoughtful, delightful people you were, and we would love to have you back any time. You are 5-Star guests in our eyes!
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Timonium Md

Great place

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. The cottage was so clean and was nice and quiet. The neighbors were very friendly too. The location was wonderful to. Would love to take another trip and stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

We were terribly disappointed upon our arrival. The cabinets and light switches were sticky and dirty. So we had to clean. There were stains on the couch and ottoman. When I went to cook supper I found the pans to be old and flaking their Teflon coating. The outdoor grill grates were rusted so bad the center had a hole in it. There was no phone and we had no internet connection while we were there. Upon inspecting the beds for bed bugs, we found lots of cracker and chip crumbs on the sideboards of the master bed frame and an X-rated magazine under one of the twin beds. (There were no bed bugs, we just check when we are traveling.) The master bed was also at a slant...we had to sleep where your feet would normally be to keep the blood from rushing to our head. No kidding!! The pedestal sink in the main bathroom would drain very slowly and it took quite a while to get the water to a warm temperature.

The owner lives near by and she did stop by one day to check in on us, however we were not there. She wants you to call her immediately if there is anything that concerns you. How do you call someone with a list like that? It would have been extremely uncomfortable. We ended up leaving halfway through our vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for renting our cottage home. We are sorry you were disappointed. We regret that you did not contact us and that we were not able to see you when we called on you at the cottage. We address concerns immediately when we are told about them. Our Agreement asks all guests to contact us immediately with any concerns so we can take corrective action. Thank you for confirming that we DO NOT have bedbugs. (No one has ever implied that we do.) SCHEDULED ACTIONS: The coach and ottoman are scheduled to have the cushions recovered at the end of the season. They have been steam cleaned, although some slight 1-inch "shadow stains" show. We have made an appointment with the plumber to check the alleged main bathroom sink slow drain. WE REFUTE ANONYMOUS FALSE ALLEGATIONS: We have gleaming pots and pans and lids in very good condition, and there are no Teflon flakes. See photos. One day after receiving this review, we inspected the outdoor BBQ grill. There was NO RUST on the grate, and NO HOLE in the middle of the grate or anywhere on it. We pushed down hard on the grate, and it was sturdy. We disclose in our ads and Agreement that we do not provide a land line phone, and we recommend guests bring their own cell phone. We provide high speed internet and free WIFI throughout the house and yard. Occasionally, the WIFI link may disconnect. If and when guests let us know about this, we drive over and fix it or else tell the guests how to do it. If no one tells us about the problem, we can't fix it. Our goal is to provide a charming, comfortable, clean rental cottage home away from home. Our many excellent reviews confirm that we meet this goal consistently. Our private, professional housekeeper has received many personal Thank You notes over the years she has cleaned for us. The only magazines, brochures, and maps we provide are about Muskegon and West Michigan, and we get them from the Muskegon Visitors' Bureau and the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, of which we have been a member since 2005. Sometimes a guest will leave a National Geographic magazine for the next visitor. We provide extra pillows in case guests need to elevate their head in bed. Our On-Demand water heater system allows guests to easily dial their preferred water temperature. Dial the temperature lower for children or higher for adults. All water systems have a delay in delivering hot water to the spigot.
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Cincinnati, OH

Absolutely charming!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Eagles Nest, the smaller cottage and it was fabulous. Very clean and updated decor!!! Very close to Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake. Had a great time.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

TOTAL = Rate + $150 cleaning fee + 11% tax . The "Service Fee" is imposed by and collected by HomeAway.
Smoke-free, pet-free, no exceptions.
Main renter-guest must be age 25 or more. Family or best friends rental only-no unrelated groups.
We do not refund, but you may purchase (or not) Cancellation Protection insurance during the reservation process.
CHECK-IN: after 4:00 pm EST; CHECK-OUT: BY10:00 am EST.
Rates are subject to change. Once reservation is accepted, rates are locked in.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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