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Perfect Family Place - HEATED POOL, Walk to Downtown/Beach, Hot Tub always open

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, sleeps 14

'Sunset Center' is an adjacent pair of family vacation houses. The 'Ice House' is a 6 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom vacation home featuring a private gated 24 foot heated swimming pool, 6 person hot tub, playscape, and wooded ravine lot. The property is an easy 4 block walk down the sidewalk to South Beach, Kid's Corner, and downtown shopping and dining.

All comforts of home are provided, including washer and dryer, linens, all major kitchen appliances (including refrigerator with ice and water dispenser, range, dishwasher, and microwave), kitchen utensils, free long distance telephone, free wireless internet connection, computer, several cable TVs, DVD/VCR players, CD players, just to name a few.

The house is perfect for families with children of all ages. The pool and hot tub are gated for your protection. The back yard is completely fenced.

Need even more space? Property #313907 is another 6 bedroom house right next door.

House Details: Family-friendly items included are books for all ages, toys, puzzles, movies for all ages, well-loved bikes, riding toys, high chair, full size crib with rocking chair, 2 baby gates, excersaucer, strollers, sippee cups, baby monitor, booster seats, and pool toys. Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of having 6 private bedrooms, conveniently located throughout the house! 5 bedrooms are upstairs. One is a master suite with private bathroom. Another full bathroom is in the upstairs hall. 1 bedroom is downstairs, also with a private bathroom. The house has a large 28 x 14 foot carpeted living room that includes 2 cable televisions (50 inch and 25 inch), each with DVD/VCR players. The hardwood floored 14 x 14 dining room comfortably fits an 8 foot dining table. The kitchen and adjacent powder room have ceramic tiled floors. The kitchen has sliding glass doors that open to the backyard deck and pool/spa area.

More House Details: All six bedrooms are carpeted. 4 bedrooms have ceiling fans. The house has 7 ceiling fans in all. All bathrooms have ceramic tiled floors. The master bedroom has a faux balcony overlooking the backyard pool area. One bedroom has a trayed ceiling.

Renovation Summary: The house was completely renovated in 2006. Renovations included new vinyl siding, new roof, all new windows, new wiring, 18 x 18 foot 2 story addition, all new carpet, all new appliances, new swimming pool, new hot tub, new sod, new deck, all new paint, new furniture, and new white vinyl fencing.

More Details

Jim Havlik
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Jim Havlik

We have family photos taken in South Haven each year. Shown here is a sample of one of our 2011 photos taken on South Beach.

Jim Havlik purchased this house in 2006

Why Jim Havlik chose Southwest

We vacationed in South Haven for the first time in August of 2004. At that time, we had a family of 4, with a newborn and 1 year old. The town was so beautiful and kid-friendly that we knew we wanted to come back over and over. Since we are originally from Illinois and now live in the middle of Michigan, the South Haven location is a perfect meeting place for our family gatherings. We fell in love so quickly with the town that we purchased a 3 bedroom house in South Haven in November of 2004. We labored all winter to completely renovate the house into a 6 bedroom vacation home specifically designed for family reunions. We finished just in time for the summer of 2005 summer renters and the rest is history, with 100+ family reunions enjoyed at our homes!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Nice place to stay with lots of room and extra

amenities. Owner is very helpful and

accommodating. I have rented large homes all

over the US. This was one of the best

experiences for my extended family.
Aug 2013
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South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , twin/twin bunk
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , twin/twin bunk
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Swimming pool is open in season.


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Perfect Family Place - HEATED POOL, Walk to Downtown/Beach, Hot Tub always open
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

15 (8 adults, 7 kids) of us stayed at the house over Memorial Weekend 2007. We had a wonderful weekend. There was lots for everyone to do: pool, hot tub, swingset and sand box in the backyard, and the house was stocked with games and toys. This was the perfect place to stay with so many people! We didn't feel crowded and still had 2 extra bedrooms. The house was very clean and well stocked with needed items. South Haven was a nice, quaint community to visit. We enjoyed the beach, public playground, the shops, etc. We would definitely like to return for a visit in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2007
  • Stayed: Jun 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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2 years in a row!

  • 5 of 5

perfect family place is true! The July 4th parade was great! House has big kitchen, outdoor eating area, 5 bedrooms upstairs and one down. Tons of toys, books, bikes and riding things for little ones. We have gone two years in a row and will probably go next year as well. Owner Jim is great! Property is great! We recommend it to all who desire a summer time fun time.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ice House was perfect for our family!

  • 5 of 5

After a fantastic week, everyone voted unanimously to return! Kids loved the pool, big kitchen, .6 miles to beach. Quick bike ride to watch the sunsets. Lots of indoor toys and books for the kids. Riding toys were also popular. We roasted marshmallows in the fire pit the one evening it was cool. Fireflies were everywhere! Downtown is fun and we had lunch on the boat that is docked there. Owner was friendly and provided great customer service. :) The Sharrows/Grosse Pointe, MI

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family time.

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for a family reunion with lots of room for playing cards/games at the dining room table. The kitchen is brand new and well equipped. We would have liked to have more seating in the living room though. If you have younger children (we did not) they would never be bored because they have every play toy and riding toy imaginable. Even though it was chilly, we swam and used the hot tub which is heavenly. Thanks for sharing your lovely home.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect Winter Wonderland!

  • 5 of 5

We could not have chosen a more perfect location to spend our first Christmas away from home in thirty six years! The Ice House is large, roomy, yet cozy and inviting. We were greeted by a lit Christmas tree in the living room (which was one of the items I was concerned about leaving at home) and a huge kitchen, which was great because we spent our entire time in the house because of the weather/driving conditions. We were able to do lots of food prep/cooking without getting in each other's way! To our delight, we had our own Santa (Jim, the owner) who attended to our every anticipated need, even though he was on vacation with his family. My grand daughter was able to frolic in the snow filled backyard, play on the snow covered playground equipment, and enjoy the numerous games and toys that had been tucked away in one of the first floor closets. There were cribs, highchairs, every thing needed to accommodate parents traveling with young kids. Yet, the location of the three and a half baths was perfect for all of us seniors! The house is clean, well maintained and by all reviews, the beds were extremely comfortable. My husband wanted to take one of the mattresses home! Jim supplied us with the best customer service we have received in a very long time - before, during and after our stay! I would highly recommend this location and any other location owned by the Havliks. It was our first attempt at a vacation like this, and I look forward to doing more business with Jim in the future.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great for family reunions

  • 5 of 5

Four families stayed at the Ice House for a weekend family reunion, and we were very pleased with the accommodations. The location is great, there is plenty of space, and the house is well maintained. The owner is very easy to work with and answered all our questions. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
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Nearest Airport
43 Miles
Kalamazoo International Airport (AZO)
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Black River Tavern
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
South Haven Country Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Exit 20 (Phoenix Road) of I-196
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Maria's Italian Restaurant
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Timber Ridge
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
South Beach
Car: recommended

South Haven is a coastal city located on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Michigan. The Black River Harbor is one of the most attractive recreational harbors on Lake Michigan. Summertime activities include swimming, boating, fruit picking, golfing, hiking, and biking. Dubbed as the 'Blueberry Capital of the World', South Haven hosts the annual National Blueberry Festival each August. Winter activities include skiing, sledding, and ice skating. Of course, the great dining, museums, galleries, and shopping is available year-round. The house is just a short walk down the sidewalk to the fabulous Kid's Corner Playground, which boasts a large wooden playscape structure that overlooks Lake Michigan. South Beach access is adjacent to Kid's Corner. The quaint downtown South Haven, with its unique shops, eateries, and pubs nestled along the banks of the picturesque Black River Harbor is also just a short walk down the sidewalk.


Rates & Availability

South Haven House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Last Week of August 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
September 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
October 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
November 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter 17/18
Dec 1 2017 - Jan 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Feb 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Early May 2018
May 1 2018 - May 13 2018
3 night minimum stay
Late May 2018
May 14 2018 - May 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2018
May 25 2018 - Jun 8 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Mid June 2018
Jun 9 2018 - Jun 22 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 23 2018 - Aug 10 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
July 4 Week
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Mid August 2018
Aug 11 2018 - Aug 17 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2018
Aug 18 2018 - Aug 24 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Last Week of Aug 2018
Aug 25 2018 - Aug 31 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $500

Rents Saturday to Saturday during the summer.
Additional guest fees may apply for large groups or groups without children.
The rates and fees listed are for estimation purposes only and are subject to change without notice. Please contact us for an exact quote.
Summer weeks are not booked until the previous summer is over. I take a wait list of families interested in summer weeks.
Above rates do not include Holiday time periods. Call for holiday rates.

50% required to hold reservation, remainder due 45 days in advance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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