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Perfect family location for trips to ER/Charlevoix/Petoskey & Traverse area!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,640 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

4-bedroom, 3 bath home, WiFi, cable TV, window air conditioners, near dining!

Our first floor has a fully open floor plan with an living room with cable TV, entry way, dining area, kitchen, 1/2 bath and spacious mudroom with attached laundry. Off of the kitchen is the deck with gas grill (the hot tub is not filled and not for rental use) and as you walk into the backyard you take a flagstone pathway to our patio ready for breakfasts, lunches or dinners outside under the shade of a large maple tree. Back in the house, off of the entry way you enter the "Michigan" den with a queen sleeper sofa couch, cable TV, and office desks along with book cases complete with books for your casual reading. Off of the office we have the only 1st floor bedroom with a queen bed and private 3/4 bath.

The second floor stairwell ends at the smallest bedroom, our youngest daughter's, where you will find a single bed. The next room is larger, our eldest daughter's, and includes a double and single bed. The only bathroom on the second floor (a full bath) is newly remodeled. The last room is our master bedroom with a queen bed.

The driveway includes parking (3, maybe 4 cars max). We ask that you do not park on the side lawn. The garage is not for renter use. The backyard includes a tree house but we ask that you allow small children to use it with supervision as the stairs are steep. We have a bin of outdoor toys to use in the backyard, too.

We DO NOT have central air conditioning. We do have window units in the two larger upstairs bedrooms, the downstairs bedroom and in the family room.

Our home is also NOT toddler friendly, due to the steep staircase and the older railing upstairs. The bars along the stairwell are wide enough apart to allow a small child to slip through and fall down the stairs. For this reason, we are NOT a good home for toddlers or crawling infants.

More Details

Joe Macaluso
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2018

About Joe Macaluso

Joe grew up in Jackson, MI and went to the University of Michigan and received his BA in History and became a middle school teacher. He started his career in Elk Rapids Schools and has been there for 15+ years now as a social studies teacher. He coaches girls volleyball and is an active technology in education user.

Amanda grew up in Australia and first came to the United States in the early 1990s as a camp counselor. She continued to return and met Joe in the summer of 1998 in the summer camping industry. She currently is the Camp Director at YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha in Traverse City and has been there 20+ years.

Joe and Amanda have two beautiful daughters who enjoy their summers at the camp we reside at for 10 weeks, allowing us to rent our home to you. =)

Joe Macaluso purchased this house in 2006

Why Joe Macaluso chose Elk Rapids

This is our home for all but 10 -12 weeks of the year while we are at our summer job at YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha for Girls. While owning since 2006, we've decided to rent our home the last few summers. We are excited to share the joy we experience living in Elk Rapids with guests from around the world now. =)

What makes this house unique

We love the open floor plan on the main level, allowing you to be in the action from any room. The spacious backyard and beautiful big maple tree in the backyard were a draw as was the tree house already built when our girls were younger. =) We love the easy access to the Village Market grocery store and the schools where Joe works and our daughters attend school.


Elk Rapids House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2640 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 1st Floor Main Toilet - toilet
    1st Floor Private Bathroom - toilet , shower
    2nd Floor Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 1st Floor "Australia" Bedroom - 1 queen , w/ private 3/4 bathroom
    2nd floor "Spring Flowers" Room - 1 twin/ single
    1st Floor Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeper sofa is a queen. We provide a memory foam topper.
    2nd Floor Master Bedroom - 1 queen , This room has a small, window air conditioner
    2nd Floor Wood Floor Room - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Our entire guest guide can be accessed here!


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Perfect family location for trips to ER/Charlevoix/Petoskey & Traverse area!
average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews

Wonderful relaxing home minutes from downtown Elk Rapids

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful relaxing home just minutes via car or bike ride from downtown Elk Rapids. The home has lots of bedrooms and three bathrooms which makes it great for our family. The home has always been clean and well kept.


  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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We loved the house and the town. The bedrooms and bathrooms were clean along with the kitchen!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay and would rent again! So nice to be close to the beach and downtown Elk Rapids! Loved the house and the backyard was great! The book of info left by the owner at the house was so helpful. The beach was beautiful and fMily friendly. It was our first stay in Elk Rapids and we would definitely go again.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We really enjoyed our family vacation in Elk Rapids. The house worked out perfectly.

  • 5 of 5

The house was in a great location to town and the grocery store. Joe Macaluso was very nice to work with.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding as always!

  • 5 of 5

The house is spacious, well laid out, and very convenient to town. We love staying here--and we'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterford Township, MI

Great updated home in Elk Rapids; comfortable accommodations for our group of 9.

  • 4 of 5

My sister's family and I rented this home for our vacation in Elk Rapids this year. Our group of 9 had plenty of room to spread out. This is a lovely updated home. It was clean and had all of the amenities of being "at home." We had a lovely time and we had great weather all week long.The house is not located in the village, but still within 15 minute walking distance to Dam Beach and town and near the market.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Chicago, IL

Pleasant stay in a centrally located town

  • 4 of 5

Our extended family of 9 (5 adults and 4 children) had a pleasant one-week stay here in August of 2015. This was our second year using VRBO and each year we inquired about several options. The owner of this home was the most responsive, both as far as how quickly he replied each time, before and during our stay, and as far as how generous he was with helpful information, etc. The house is very spacious, with plenty of room for our large party. It is well stocked with kitchen equipment, laundry facilities, etc. The inside has a nice, old farmhouse charm mixed with much appreciated updated bathrooms. The backyard was a nice addition for our kids, although we were out and about most days so did not use it as we thought we might. The home is located in a quiet, residential, neighborhood either a few minute drive from downtown Elk Rapids or a 10-15 minute walk. There is a playground at the school two blocks away which we used one day. As a town, Elk Rapids is small and quaint. We have travelled extensively throughout northern Michigan, hitting most of the lakeside towns along the way. While Elk Rapids does not have nearly as many restaurants and shops to offer as Traverse City, Charlevoix, or Petosky, we found the beaches of Elk Rapids to be a hidden treasure that we enjoyed more than the larger, neighboring town beaches. There are two beaches right downtown, a small, quiet strip of white sand to one side of the harbor and a larger beach on the other, complete with playground (in the sand), bathrooms, and shallow inlet leading to the river that runs through the downtown area. The beaches both have great sand and calm waters. From this second beach you can easily walk to the downtown shops and restaurants in just a few minutes. We only frequented 2-3 restaurants, an upscale one downtown, which we all enjoyed, and a few on the "outskirts" which we'd give mixed reviews. From Elk Rapids we traveled to Traverse City (30 min), Sleeping Bear Dunes (1 hr), Charlevoix (35 min), Petosky (50 min), and JV Outfitters river rafting (40 min). We therefore felt it was a great jumping off point for us as we like to explore. Even if you stay put, however, the beach really does beat out others in the area (Petosky is mostly rocky, Charlevoix can have rough waters, and Traverse City's is next to a busy road). Also, because it has remained smaller, Elk Rapids has held on to that small town feel we love in northern Michigan.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Traverse City (TVC)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Town Club
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Elk Rapids Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
US 31
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Pearls New Orleans Kitchen
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Dam Beach
Car: recommended

Elk Rapids has been our personal home since 2006 and we know you will enjoy all of the charm and quaintness that well fell in love with from the start. If eating out, start your days at either the Harbor Cafe, a great "mom and pop" breakfast stop or Java Jones Coffee Shop for any number of espresso drinks and breakfast pastry options along with a hearty oatmeal or quiche.

Since it's summer, you'll want to enjoy the beach and the local favorite is the "Dam Beach", known for is secluded location and sandy beaches & swim area, located just across US31 to the right in Grand Traverse Bay. Memorial Park is in town further where you can also swim, play basketball, beach volleyball or just sit in the park, plan a BBQ and watch the kids play on the playground or swim in the River. When you're ready for some food, downtown offers many options for lunch including Chef Charles, home to the best pizza in town while also offering sandwiches and salads or the Moose, our local hot spot party store complete with a wide selection of liquor, beer and wine. If you're up for a more upscale lunch, Siren Hall is a can't miss for superb, big city-style eating at a reasonable price.

Needing a change from the beach after lunch? Try Right Tree Adventure Rentals where you can rent a variety of outdoor equipment that they deliver direct to your location within 3 miles of town! Elk River Marina offers a great selection of water craft to rent and take into beautiful Elk Lake. Travel through Lake Skegemog, down the Torch River and into Torch Lake for an all day adventure on the sand bar you won't forget!

When you're ready for some quiet time, check out the movie playing at the local Elk Rapids Cinema where you can't beat the prices for a ticket, popcorn, candy and pop anywhere around. Downtown offers many shopping opportunities for clothing, sweets, collectibles and many local services such as Corner Druggist, Elk Rapids Chiropractic Center (where you can get the best massage of your life from Amie, Sylvia or Haley!), Hufford Vision, a number of dentists the local post office and, hopefully open for Summer 2015, our new wine shop and deli!

If you're looking for a nice place to eat we highly recommend walking to Pearls, just near the house, where you'll be treated to the best that New Orleans cuisine can offer right here in Elk Rapids! Siren Hall is also an upscale favorite for it's superb seafood, grills, salads and pizzas along with a great wine selection. The Local, also only a 5 minute walk from our house and has yet to open, plans to serve a menu of mainly "local" foods in season. The Town Club downtown serves a decent selection of bar food--the fried pita wedges are a favorite along with the gyro.

As far as events go, check out Wednesday Evening on River Street, every Wednesday in the summer for live music, great eats including T.J. Charlies BBQ Ribs meal which sells out fast and Siren Halls small fish plates which are heavenly. Don't forget to grab a bag of fresh pop kettle corn and a fresh squeezed lemonade. Enjoy!

The marquee event for Elk Rapids is our Harbor Days Festival! This summer it runs from August 6 - 9th, 2016. This 4 day event features something for everyone, include the carnival, 5 or 10K Harbor Run, Kids Day and the annual fireworks display on the last night over the Bay.

We LOVE living in community of Elk Rapids and truly hope you will experience the same feelings during your week stay with us!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $150

I use both the Security Damage Protection Insurance (or cash deposit option) AND a small Refundable Security Deposit for different reasons. The first would be used for major breakages or damages equal to the value of some of our most valuable possessions to replace/fix them. The latter Refundable charge would cover quick expenses that require immediate access to cash: additional cleanings beyond normal use, lost keys, etc. Please feel free to ask about either charge for further explanation. :)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund