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Beautiful air conditioned home on the Boardman River with deck and hot tub.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 bath home with gas fireplace located on the Boardman River.

This beautifully updated home has an open floor plan and vaulted ceiling. The entire back of the house has sliders that open to a large deck with beautiful views of the river. Master bedroom has a king size bed and attached bathroom with tub and shower. Slider to deck and 8 person hot tub. 2nd bedroom has queen bed with slider to deck. 3rd bedroom has 2 twin beds. 2nd bath has shower. Large combination living room/dining room with gas fireplace. Complete kitchen and laundry. Enjoy the beauty and serenity of the pond on the front of the house, and large lawn with fire pit in the back leading to the deck/dock on the river.

Dawn and Jeff Ameel
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Dawn and Jeff Ameel

My husband and I both grew up in Traverse City. We bought this property in 1999 when we were living in Hong Kong. We wanted a place to bring our children in the summer so that they could experience some of the same things we did at their age.

Dawn and Jeff Ameel purchased this house in 1999

Why Dawn and Jeff Ameel chose Northwest

We chose to buy this house because we were living overseas at the time, and wanted a place that was quiet and gave our children a place to explore the outdoors. We loved being able to spend our summers in this quiet location on the River. We have spent countless hours kayaking, tubing, roasting marshmallows and making great memories on this beautiful river.

What makes this house unique

We love the peace and quiet of this location. We are at the end of a two track road so there is no traffic to worry about. We enjoy sitting on our deck watching the ducks, herons, deer, rabbits and many other kinds of wildlife. The river is very easily accessed off of our lawn for kayaking, tubing fishing or swimming.


Traverse City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom with the tub and shower is attached to the Master Bedroom. The 2nd bathroom has a shower. Both bathrooms have been updated with granite counters and tile floors.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom now has a king size bed.
  • The master bedroom with the king size bed and the 2nd bedroom with the queen size bed face the river with sliding glass doors leading out to the large deck and hot tub. The 3rd bedroom has twin beds and looks out at the pond.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
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
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a great place for families, couples or anyone who enjoys being on the water. It is within minutes of historic downtown Traverse City.


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Beautiful air conditioned home on the Boardman River with deck and hot tub.
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a better place to stay while visiting Traverse City!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Palatine, IL

Perfect Traverse City Area Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family has stayed at a good number of rental homes all over the U.S. and Canada, and this one ranks right up there with the best. You're only 15-20 minutes from downtown TC when you want great restaurants, boating, wineries, shopping, and the country's #1 ice cream spot down the road the other way! But what really makes this spot incredible is the lovely home with a picturesque backyard overlooking the beautiful/tranquil Boardman River when you want to just slow down and relax. The beds were extremely comfortable, decor tasteful, home clean and kitchen stocked. We so enjoyed sitting on the patio for a few meals, and the riverside deck watching the tubers with a glass of Cherry Wine (and tubing it ourselves one day right back to our deck.) We had no worries or issues the entire week, and felt so blessed to have found this house. Thank you Dawn and Jeff for sharing your special River House with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lisa! I am so happy you enjoyed our river home! I hope you come back again! Dawn
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Great house with a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We had such a nice stay and the house was in a nice quiet setting but close to downtown. The owners were very responsive and knows how to make your stay as nice as possible. The house was equipped with everything we needed, from the kitchen, bathrooms and outdoor fun activities. Just sitting on the deck watching the river flow by was so relaxing. My family had an excellent time!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jean, Thank you for your review! We hope you get a chance to come back and stay at the river again! Thanks again! Dawn
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A Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

By far one of the best vacation rental properties that we have ever stayed at. Our family throughly enjoyed staying at this house on the river. We were able to meet the owners Dawn and Jeff. We now understand why this is such a great place. Their love for this property and the river is so apparent. The attention to detail is second to none. They make sure your family is so comfortable in their home.

We loved the fact that we were just minutes away from Traverse City and all that it has to offer. This property is an oasis. You feel as though you have fallen off the face of the earth. After spending our days exploring the beauty of Michigan, we returned to the house to relax and enjoy this property. Our evenings were filled with sitting by the river while our kids enjoyed hanging out in the water. The deck that runs the entire back of the home has so many places to sit and just relax. Our evening meals were prepared on the the large gas grill then enjoyed around one of the two deck tables. Our nights ended with a soak in the hot tub looking at the stars before crawling into some incredibly comfortable beds for an amazing nights sleep. Every aspect of this home has been considered for the comfort of the guests that choose to stay there. Give it a try, you will love it!

Our family is already talking about our next visit to the house on the river.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kurt, Thank you for your great review! I am so happy that you and your family enjoyed their stay at our river house! We enjoyed meeting your entire family, and we hope you can come back again! Thanks again! Dawn
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful paradise on the river. Hoping to plan a future get away soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Pat, Would love to have you and your friends come back again! Thanks! Dawn
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Harbor Beach

Getting away but having everything you want for a fun time with family and friends.

  • 5 of 5

Nature right outside your bedroom slider. This house was a perfect fit for our time to relax and reconnect. Wildlife with a quiet setting close to shopping, restaurants, and services. We never are out once because staying here was too good. The Central AC was great for getting a good nights sleep.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Marilee. I hope you get a chance to come back again! Dawn
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Interlochen/Traverse City
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Ludington Michigan
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Many Golf Courses
Nearest Train
120 Miles
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
US 31 / 37
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Many fine restaurants
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Grand Traverse Bay
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $500

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. 50 percent is due to reserve the dates and is non-refundable. The other 50 percent is due 30 days before arrival and may be refunded if the house is able to be booked for the same time frame.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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