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Relax and Enjoy. Walk to Beach & Restaurants

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom, Sleeps 12 - Ditch the car. Walk to food, fun, shopping.

Enjoy your the Gecko Cottage

Late fall/winter/spring weekend wine special. Free extra day and late check-out!

Five-minute to the bridge over th Galian River and another five to iour lovely Lake Michigan beach. Restaurants, shopping. Avoid the $12 beach parking fee. We provide out guests with a free pass for unlimited use.

Relaxing fun with the professional ping pong table and Big Ten Network and ESPN on the big screen TV.

You’ll love the comfort and beauty of the brand-new home: including high ceilings, lots of sunlight from windows and skylights, modern kitchen and bathrooms, spacious front and back porch, fireplace, and loft for children's play area. Relax at the private pool used only by Merchant Street Cottage residents and guests with grill and comfortable lounging furniture.

Linens, towels, and cooking needs are provided.

Easy 40 minute ride to Notre Dame.

The Gecko House - 4BR, Walk to Beach

The Space

Cozy, clean, comfortable & close to town & the beach.

Interaction with Guests

You'll have full private access to the cottage, but your hosts are a call or text away with help and suggestions as needed.

The Neighborhood

Lots to explore, uPick Bluberries, Canoeing, Local Artists. Walk for miles on the sandy beach.

Walk out the back door to the exclusive pool

One block away the new library is beautiful and amazing for kids. For adults, enjoy afternoon coffee with a book on the front porch or patio.

Getting Around

Take Amtrak from Chicago or from Ann Arbor and walk five minutes to your cottage. Wow! Free parking in front or back. Once you arrive, put away the car keys and walk to the beach, upscale grocery, shopping and a brand new library.

There is additional hourly commuting access to Chicago on the Shoreline Train from Michigan City ( 8 miles away)

Other Things to Note

Kids and teenagers love the loft.

Casino fun on rainy days. There is a fun, well supervised, area at the casino where they will watch, feed and entertain the kids for a reasonable charge. The buffet and resturant are great also.

More Details

Phil & Julie
Member since: 2016
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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Phil & Julie

Welcome. We've been vacationing in the New Buffalo area with our family for almost 20 years. Finally we have a place of our own to enjoy with our kids, grand kids, and of course to share with you, our guests.

Phil loves a morning and evening walk to the beach and swim. Julie loves long walks on the beach, bicycling and the fact that you can do everything without having to get into a car.

We're Michiganders from Ann Arbor and love helping you plan your trip, so ask away. We'll do what we can to make this a memorable stay.

Phil & Julie purchased this house in 2016

Why Phil & Julie chose New Buffalo

A quiet place to relax, within a short walk to everything.

The cottage and furniture are charming and sparkling new. There's a pool and shopping, dining and of course the beach within a short walk. Coffee maker or French Press. Paninni Grill and Popcorn maker. It's ready for fun.

The kitchen is well equipped, roomy and spotless with an open plan everyone will enjoy.

Park the car (or come by train) and forget it 'til you leave. Barneys, a well stocked grocery, is only a block away. Comfort convenient by the big lake. What could be better?

Easy bike trip to Warren Dunes. We've recently discovered a path which is completely on back roads. Ask us!

Stop for antiquing, coffee and sandwiches on the way. Maybe bike to wine tasting the next day.

We love it here because the water is warmer than further north and Its quick to get to. Having Amtrak to Ann Arbor or Chicago, or hourly South Shore Line Trains to Millenium Plaza in Chicago is a real bonus.

We've been vacationing in the New Buffalo area with our family for almost 20 year. Finally we have a place of our own here to enjoy and to share with our guests.

What makes this house unique

Julie loves decorating and adding small comfort touches throughout. The house is a great design and we do our best to make your visit comfortable and enjoyable. Welcome.

Enjoy the privacy of grilling on the back patio.

Watch a video about our unique cottage community:

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Fast Wifi and out of the way work area.

We hope you'll post online comments about your vacation highlights!

Guestbook comments from the owner

A beautiful home in a great location in New Buffalo!
Sep 2016
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New Buffalo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30 ...
  • Children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-Out
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • 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
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , Private entrance from downstairs Suite.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Vaulted ceiling, Private full bath.
    Kids / Single - 2 twin/ single , Kids Bedroom had huge closet which serves as extra playroom
    Upstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , Private and secluded.
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , The nature room. Private full bathroom.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleep sofa and air mattress in finished basement nook.
  • Basement Nook. Comfortable rollout couch and queen size blowup mattress.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Relax and Enjoy. Walk to Beach & Restaurants
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Wonderful experience from start to finish.

  • 5 of 5

Phil and Julie make you feel completely welcome! Their home is beautiful and the accommodations were plentiful. Phil and Julie were accessible and communicative at all times. Our family enjoyed every minute. We would all highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Worked perfectly for us.

  • 5 of 5

Phil and Julie's Merchant Street place was everything we hoped to find. Clean, exceptionally well equipped, and ideally located, the cottage met all our needs. We thoroughly enjoyed the pool, access to New Buffalo's business street, and the pass to the beach parking area (which is easily walkable). In addition, the owners were excellent communicators, which made us feel very welcome. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable home. Clean, well stocked, nice location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing week with our family. Plenty of room. We enjoyed the beach, the pool, restaurants in New Buffalo, kayaking, playing cards, reading, and shopping. Thanks for everything. New Buffalo is a favorite spot for us. Hope to return next summer.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was a great vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We would recommend staying here to everyone! The cottage was clean and spacious. It was stocked with everything you needed. We were walking distance to everything. Great accommodations for a family vacation! We would definitely rent here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Family house

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time staying in New Buffalo! We were three families, six adults and three kids, and the multiple rooms with multiple sleeping arrangements made it easy for us to make sure everyone got a good nights' sleep. The house was incredibly well-equipped with everything you might need, including awesome extras like bathrobes, wine corks, and beach chairs/umbrellas/toys. The pool was about 1 block away, the beach was 15-20 minute walk, but the included beach parking pass made it easy for us to load up the car with the equipment and the rest of the party walk to meet them.

This house made it easy to be on vacation, especially travelling with a 4 year old, 3 year old, and infant. The loft was a huge hit with the kids and the front porch with the adults. We walked to downtown, the library, everywhere, and when we didn't want to eat out there were plenty of places that would deliver or have take away.

Our hosts were responsive, prompt, and wonderful. They have worked really hard making a vacation home that people will want to come back to year after year, and it shows. I would not hesitate to recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location, Great House!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location for walking to town and the beach. The house was clean when we arrived, and the sleeping arrangements spread out on 3 different floors provides privacy for guests. Loved it, we would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
The Stray Dog
Nearest Train
0.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
New Buffalo Beach
Car: not necessary

Notre Dame Fan - Book at vacation getaway or reunion next time you're in the area. We're an easy drive away!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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