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Sunny Home Away from Home--Downtown Saugatuck

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 8, 2 Baths, Fully Fenced Yard, Off-Street Parking, Walk and Bike All Over

This lovingly restored home is located just one short block from charming downtown Saugatuck--on The Hill, a leafy residential neighborhood where you'll feel like a local. Walk to shops, galleries, cafes, pubs, a day spa, a yoga studio, a playground, and the harbor boardwalks. Rent a bike and explore picturesque neighborhoods, country roads, and our world famous coastline. If you've never seen a Great Lake, you'll swear you've stumbled upon the sea, but--no salt, no sharks, no worries. Relax on the most beautiful beaches anywhere.

Perfect for eco-conscious travelers. Stunningly beautiful natural areas and West Michigan's wildest state park are right nearby. The whole property is maintained without the use of any toxic chemicals, inside and out, and we make it easy to recycle and compost, if you'd like to.

Inside, relax in the living room, dining room, den/bedroom (with French doors), and eat-in kitchen, which all flow together, plus three bedrooms and two full baths. We collect art and books and have filled the rooms with both. We want you to be comfortable and have fun while traveling light. You'll arrive to find everything clean and made up for you, so all you have to do is unpack. Kick off your shoes and settle in!

Outside, lounge in the shade or sun of the large lush fenced yard while the kids climb around in the treehouse with slide. Fire up the charcoal grill on the furnished patio.

You'll find a basement laundry and detached garage (for storage, not parking). The yard is entirely enclosed--by a 3- to 4-foot picket fence on three sides and a six-foot privacy fence on the fourth.

Bike rentals are available nearby and the Interurban (a shuttle bus service) is on-call for short trips around town. You'll want a car for family trips to the beach with gear, but note that it's just a three-mile bike ride, and it's also walkable if you're up for an adventure that includes crossing the river on the chain ferry.

We supply bed, bath, and kitchen linens, basic soaps, and enough paper products to get you started. Don't forget your beach towels and sunscreen!

We're available by phone when you need us, and often in person on checkin and checkout days.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2018

About Alison

I've managed this home as a VRBO vacation rental, on and off, since 2004, with many return renters. Rest assured, our team will take good care of you. I'm a long-time local, who visited Saugatuck decades ago and fell in love with the town and the lakeshore. It's easy and fun to play the role of host and travel guide in such a fabulous place. Come visit!

Alison purchased this house in 1997

Why Alison chose Saugatuck

I love Lake Michigan and its magical shoreline. Saugatuck is home to some of the most beautiful sand dunes in the world: forested, grassy, and, of course, sandy! The beaches have been voted the most beautiful in the world: no salt, sharks, no worries. Our town is friendly, fun, and loaded with charm and unique places to shop, dine, relax, and explore. You can be as relaxed or as energetic as you like.

What makes this house unique

From the refurbished 1950s kitchen to the bedroom built-ins to the vintage bathroom tile to the glossy pine and oak floors to the profusion of large windows, there is nothing cookie-cutter about this house, and you can watch the world go by from the lush fenced yard. Lake Michigan is just a 10-minute drive away and downtown is so close by even toddlers can walk there. In fact, the playground is a block away, and the beloved Saugatuck Drugstore with an old-fashioned soda fountain is just a block farther.


Saugatuck 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: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Enjoy yourself, but treat the house and yard with care. Leave the kitchen clean, as you found it.
  • Alert all members of your group to the property information provided by the owner, including the 10 AM checkout time.
  • No smoking, fireworks, or candles.
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The main-floor bath has plenty of built-in storage, and both baths have mirrored medicine cabinets for your toiletries. We love the vintage tile and twenty-first-century fixtures.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Built-in drawers.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Built-in drawers.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Main foor. Two large closets, an easy chair, and a dresser.
  • Den/Bedroom 4: queen-size futon and French doors with shades. Use it as a fourth bedroom or extra living space.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • 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
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Our house is frequently described as the best location in town. We think that it's the next best thing to being right on the beach--and you can head downtown without looking for a parking space. We maintain both the yard and the house without using any dangerous chemicals--and this has been true for 19 years. Also, we make it easy for you to recycle and compost, if you'd like.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Overall absolutely lovely!

  • 5 of 5

This charming home is ideally located, just a block from the main street. The hostess, Alison, was extremely responsive and so very welcoming. It's a quiet neighborhood with more than enough space for our party of 5. Such a delightful experience that we are sure to repeat again and again.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking time to write a review! We're always pleased when new guests have a great experience--and grateful when they let us know.
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Lovely home in a wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

Perfect spot for a trip with our three young children. We were able to walk into town and to the park, easy drive to opal beach and the dunes. Very well maintained property.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful home near downtown Saugatuck

  • 5 of 5

Great house! We had a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location, Comfortable, Clean--Connect with Friends and Family

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay in the home. We had spent a fall weekend with friends a couple of years before but recently returned for a week-long family vacation with our two sons. The location of the home is great. You can just pop down the hill to be in town in less than a couple minutes, and the trip to Oval Beach by car is easy too. Saugatuck is a great little town. The home is more spacious than it even appears, easily accommodating three couples. During our family stay, Grandma and Grandpa visited for a night too. The kids loved their rooms upstairs, and they found the sun room a great spot to hang out. The dining room and eat-in kitchen area are great places for games, and the living room filled with books encourages good conversation. The house is very clean, nicely combining original and modern touches, and has everything you will need for an enjoyable stay. The yard is also very nice, allowing space for kids to play and adults to relax, though the kids spent more time in the hammock. We enjoyed our many days at the beach, taking the chain ferry to hike Mt. Baldhead and then going down the dune trails to the beach, the dune ride, and evenings in town with great food, drink, and ice cream, before returning to he comfort of the home.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

If you plan to explore downtown Saugatuck, you couldn’t ask for a better location. It was a short walk to shopping and restaurants and the Center for the Arts and the river activities. The house itself was very roomy for our party of five. Aside from the general cleanliness, the house is furnished with comfy chairs and small tables, just inviting us to sit and read—or binge watch Netflix in the evening. My daughter was delighted with the backyard hammock. It was also incredibly convenient to have a microwave, dishwasher, and laundry on the premises. We would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The home was beautiful! The location was close to everything! Highly recommend this place if you are considering a stay in beautiful Saugatuck.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Gerald R. Ford Int'l Airport, Grand Rapids, MI
Nearest Barpub
0.02 Miles
Many Choices
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Chain Ferry for pedestrians & bikes
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Amtrak, Holland, Michigan
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.02 Miles
Many Choices
Nearest Ski
36 Miles
Bittersweet Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Oval Beach and Douglas Beach
Car: recommended

Whether you want stroll the inviting streets and harbor boardwalks of Saugatuck, relax on the beach or swim, hike the challenging hills of the Saugatuck Dunes, watch the sunset over majestic Lake Michigan, or simply relax on the patio with a cold drink, you'll find it all within easy reach.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Property Damage Insurance $59

If you are booking more than 6 months in advance, payment terms are negotiable. Rates are subject to change until you have made your payment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.