Mar Y Tierra-- Steps to Beach, Restaurants, Family Friendly Neighborhood

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Last updated: 06/22/2016

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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This home has 2 sides to it and each side has its own kitchen, bathroom, dining and living space along with master bedroom (queen) and other bedroom (2 twin beds in each bedroom).... perfect for bonding and entertaining with family and friends but allows for private retreats whenever you wish by an interior lockable door in between the 2 units. The rental price if for both units. We don't rent this house very often as its the house we use ourselves. The private association beach is 1.5 block walk along a sleepy gravel road... stunningly beautiful all seasons of the year. Shower off after a day at the beach in our large, enclosed outdoor shower, and cook on the gas grill after all-day play. Enjoy relaxing in the big, shared backyard enclosed by a fence on all sides and having a fire in our fire pit or gather around in the huge screened in porch or family room to watch DirectTV or watch some of our DVDs we make available on our 48" flat screen plasma TVs. Make use of the 4 bikes (2 adult/2 child) we make available at Mar y Tierra and join in the robust cycling trails all around Harbor Country. We also offer board games, sports equipment and a variety of children's books for your use at the cottage. There is a parking pad/short driveway in front of each side of the duplex to allow for 2 cars.

The "Mar" (sea) side is decorated in a nautical theme and has one master bedroom (queen bed), one bunk room (2 twin beds), a kitchen, full bathroom, living room, and the dining space that is in the screened porch. The dining space on this side is located within the very large screened in porch and seats 4. The screened in porch also houses a lounge space with a couch, a 48" flat screen TV and 2 arm chairs.

The "Tierra" (land) side is decorated with a farm/country theme and has the other 2 bedrooms, one queen bed master and 1 bedroom with 2 side-by-side twin beds. It also has 1 full bath, another kitchen, and offers an indoor dining room that seats up to 8 and a family room housed in a 3 seasons room with a couch, 2 chairs and a flat screened TV, DVD player and music player hook-up.

The neighborhood is incredibly safe for children as the streets are gravel and drivers are scarce and drive very slow. In short, they have plenty of space to run around wild. Lakeside is the sleepier version of New hustle bustle but still walkable/bikeable to small grocery, restaurants, etc.

The beach is less than 1/4 mile walk and it's an association beach, which means that only residents on a few streets have access. Enjoy the 4 beach chairs we make available for your use and experience the gorgeous beaches of Harbor Country, some of the most beautiful we've ever seen (and we've seen a lot beaches!). The water is incredibly kid-friendly and is mostly flat, has a gradual deepening and often times has a sandbar that is within swimming distance. For added fun, rent a paddleboard for the day and have it delivered to and picked up from the beach; or rent or bring a kayak, rent a jet ski from the harbor in New Buffalo, only a 5 minute drive away. Don't forget that the sun sets over Lake Michigan so be sure to spend some time at the beach during sunset hours. It is unforgettable!

Dining options are plentiful... visit the relatively bustling New Buffalo and eat at famous Stray Dog or Redamak's or at other great eats there, or choose to dine even closer in Lakeside/Sawyer/Union Pier. There are microbreweries all over the area, within 5-10 minutes drive, as well as an impressive number of local wineries.

There are many small, gourmet grocery stores that are walkable, but full service grocery stores (Barney's in New Buffalo and Sawyer Garden Market in Sawyer) are within a 5-10 minute drive that offer both staples as well as organic, locally farmed food. There is also a farmer's market that is about 1 mile away (ride one of our bikes there!) that happens on Saturdays and Sundays in the summer and fall months. The produce is at its finest, I highly recommend it.

If you want other options outside of beaching it, we offer a big directory in the house with lots of different options, including a wide array of children's options. Enjoy hiking, biking, walking in the many forest preserves in the area, or go to Cap'n Mikes (a small vintage amusement park), hit golf balls at Whittaker Woods (an excellent course, highly recommended), see a movie or go to a small zoo or hit the outlet mall in Michigan City (20 min drive), go antiquing all over Harbor Country, horseback ride, pick blueberries/strawberries/apples, hit the Children's Museum and Silver Beach in St. Joseph (20 min drive), go to one of the many parks in the area, play tennis, go to Hesston (10 min drive) if you want to ride some old fashioned trains, get ice cream at famous Oinks in New Buffalo, rent a kayak and enjoy the Galien River kayak course, catch a show at the Acorn Theatre or art movies at the Vickers in Three Oaks (15 min drive), enjoy some of the local festivals like Ship and Shore and Art Attack. In the colder months, cozy up with wine and a nice fire in the fireplace at night while during the day you can ski (50 min drive), sled, cross country ski, snowmobile, ice skate all around. There is more to do here... too much to list!

Getting here is easy-- it takes about 1 hour 15 minutes to drive here from Chicago and there is an Amtrak express train that leaves Union Station and goes directly to New Buffalo that runs a couple of times per day. As well, there is a South Shore train line that runs very often during the day that goes from Chicago to Michigan City. If you are flying in, I recommend Midway Airport and it will be about 1 hour 15 minutes drive.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years old...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 4: 1 bunk bed

    1 set of bunk beds with 2 twin beds...moreless

  • 2 bedrooms/1 bath on each side of the duplex for a total of 4 bedrooms/2 full baths not including outdoor shower....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub


  • Bathroom 3: outdoor shower


  • 1 full bath on each side, not including outdoor shower


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    DirectTV along with iPod hook up for music...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All


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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    4 people can sit on outdoor screened in porch and 6 can sit in the 3 season room dining room table, doesn't include 2 counter stools in each kitchen....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    enough for 2 cars...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    bath towels provided, bring your own beach towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late summer/early fall
Aug 20 - Oct 31, 2016
2 night min stay
Late fall/winter/early spring
Nov 1 - May 1, 2017
2 night min stay
Spring/Early Summer
May 5 - Jun 29, 2017
2 night min stay
Heart of Summer
Jul 7 - Aug 18, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Friday

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • cleaning $120 + tax
  • Tax Rate 6%


3 night minimum stay most of the summer, 7 night minimum stay in the heart of summer (June26-August 31), 2 night minimum for Fall through Spring

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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70 Miles
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Greenbush Microbrewery
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Whittaker Woods (public)
7 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak express Chicago-New Buffalo, MI
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Red Arrow Roadhouse
55 Miles
Nearest Ski
Swiss Valley
0.25 Miles
Nearest Beach
our private association beach

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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: We live in Chicago and discovered Harbor Country through a family member, who has a home in New Buffalo. We fell in love with the area as it is a very short drive from Chicago, but makes you feel like you are a world away from the hustle bustle of the city. I swear when we come up here, I breathe differently. The air is so pure from the vast array of trees and greenery, the breeze is filled with bird songs we never get to hear in the city, and the stars are so luminous at night my kids can see constellations (an impossibility in the city!). We know you will love this area of the country as much as we do. We are very detail-oriented when it comes to furnishing a home and have tried to think of everything to make your stay fun, relaxing and enjoyable. We are fair, level-headed and love to hear feedback about how to make your stay even better.

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Speaks: english, spanish



  • Mar y Tierra exterior

    Mar y Tierra exterior

  • Mar side living room

    Mar side living room

  • "Mar" side queen master bedroom

    "Mar" side queen master bedroom

  • "Mar" side bathroom

    "Mar" side bathroom

  • stairs down to the beach

    stairs down to the beach

  • shared outdoor shower

    shared outdoor shower

  • shared deck

    shared deck

  • "Tierra" side kitchen

    "Tierra" side kitchen

  • Tierra side family room w couch, 2 chairs (out of pic) and a TV w music hookup

    Tierra side family room w couch, 2 chairs (out of pic) and a TV w music hookup

  • "Tierra" side bathroom

    "Tierra" side bathroom

  • "Mar" side kitchen with door to screened porch

    "Mar" side kitchen with door to screened porch

  • "Mar" side master bedroom (queen)

    "Mar" side master bedroom (queen)

  • "Mar" side bunk room, 2 twin beds

    "Mar" side bunk room, 2 twin beds

  • Mar side huge screened in porch with retractable flat screen TV by couch area

    Mar side huge screened in porch with retractable flat screen TV by couch area

  • shared backyard fire pit

    shared backyard fire pit

  • Tierra side dining room, seats 8 with the 2 red stools

    Tierra side dining room, seats 8 with the 2 red stools

  • "Tierra" side queen master bedroom

    "Tierra" side queen master bedroom

  • "Tierra" side two twin bedroom

    "Tierra" side two twin bedroom

VRBO #695962

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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Lakeside, MI, USA #695962

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