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UM North Campus Home Away from Home - THIS IS WHERE YOU WANT TO STAY!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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About the property

BEST LOCATION! close to downtown Ann Arbor and the 'Big House'

This is where you want to stay! Beautifully situated just off UM North Campus at US 23, this updated private home fronts Thurston Nature Center, with short walks to grocery, retail, restaurants. FREE shuttle to Michigan Stadium from Plymouth Park & Ride lot. Located in well-established residential neighborhood, this 2 story, four bedroom home offers large yard, great outdoor entertainment space including detached 3 season room and spacious deck. Indoor living is just as sweet:kitchen, breakfast nook, dining room, family room. Living room with new reclining leather sectional and 60' plasma-over 200 channels and Big Ten Network, movies and more! On & off-street parking. 2nd floor bedrooms offer 2 KINGS (1new), 1 QUEEN & 2 TWINS (new). Large main bath with tub/shower and private master bath. Perfect location for runners, nature enthusiasts, cyclists. ENJOY!

Michael and Diane
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2017

About Michael and Diane

Your hosts Michael and Diane are both graduates of the University of Michigan. Michael grew up in Ann Arbor and this is his family homestead. We are both librarians, with deep roots in Ann Arbor and Metro-Detroit, are eco-friendly, and genuinely seek to live gently on the earth.

Michael and Diane purchased this house in 2012

Why Michael and Diane chose Michigan

This is where you want to stay! Private home fronts Thurston Nature Center, close to UM Hospitals, North & Medical campuses. Features 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, kitchen, living room, family room,decks and 3 season porch.Only minutes away from downtown and the 'Big House'-comfortable, roomy, and cheerful!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Thurston

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • 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
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main Guest Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower
    Master Bath - toilet , shower enclosure
    First Floor - toilet
    Finished Basement - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master with en suite - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed
  • Our bedrooms have been designed with one thing in mind, getting a great night's sleep. New beds and high quality bed linens are found in all our guestrooms. In the finished basement is a trundle bed with two twin mattresses, great for kids and adults alike!
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • ski
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Everything in this home has been updated, freshly painted, new furniture throughout. Equipped kitchen with dinnerware for up to 24 guests, and lots of comfortable seating. Our home is both restful and vibrant, reflecting the balance we seek in life. Wake from a restful sleep to enjoy your morning coffee in the family room or on the deck; or head out for your morning run at the nature center just out the front door. The whole house is available for your enjoyment! Group events larger than 10 guests need prior approval. Our home is located in a well established neighborhood and fronts the Thurston Nature Center, which includes a natural prairie, pond, woods and is used as an outdoor education center. It is freely available for your pleasure. The neighborhood is well lit and very walkable. Within walking distance are two local malls with grocery and retail stores, restaurants, banks, drugstores. We offer easy self-check-in anytime after 4 PM and check-out before 11 AM


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(25 traveller reviews)

UM North Campus Home Away from Home - THIS IS WHERE YOU WANT TO STAY!
average rating of 4.88 based on 25 reviews

Holiday Dinner.

  • 4 of 5

Nice neighborhood, close to stores and services. Well stocked kitchen and very clean.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

My son was married in Ann Arbor and some out-of-state relatives stayed at this cozy, clean, fully-equipped home. It was perfect for us. A wonderful gathering place, plenty of room, everything you need in a kitchen, lots of towels and I could go on and on! I've rented homes in many other places and this was by far the best!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fall visit to Ann Arbor

  • 5 of 5

We visited Ann Arbor at the end of Oct. and stayed at this lovely home. The house was absolutely perfect for our family. It was very clean and spacious. Our family is looking forward to another stay at this house when we return to Ann Arbor.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House, Nice Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Michael and Diane's house when we were in Ann Arbor for my son's wedding. The house is modern and roomy. The outside space is great for summer gatherings. I can't imagine a better place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic home, leaves nothing to chance.We are booking it for next year.

  • 5 of 5

This is not a house it is a home. it is a home I would be proud to call mine. The only thing better than the home are the owners Michael and Diane, they are prepared to do whatever the renter needs to be comfortable, except they have already done it in the home. We had 8 people and all agreed it was the best we have ever rented. The house layout is fantastic, the kitchen a cooks dream, the family room with its wrap around couch is 110 % comfortable, the layout of the 4 bedrooms upstairs could not be better. The only problem or disappointment we had was the wesather prevented us from using the back deck and the barbaque. If you are familiar with AA you will find the location to be perfect. I think the best way for me to review this home is to say if you have a need to rent a home in the AA area you will not go wrong renting this home. Thanks Michael and Diane

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing house

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Michael and Diane's house as a family of 6 persons for several weeks in the summer of 2016. The house is truly perfect! It is beautiful, located in a quiet area, very clean and spacious. We truly enjoyed being there and hope to be back again soon!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
DTW Detroit Metro
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Downtown Ann Arbor
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Huron Hills Golf Course
Nearest Train
2.5 Miles
Ann Arbor Amtrak Statin
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
US 23
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Carson's American Bistro
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Mt. Brighton, Michigan
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Whitmore Lake
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Thurston

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
UM graduation(s)
26 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
UM Commencement
28 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
College graduations
4 May 2017 - 7 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
College graduations
11 May 2017 - 14 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
School graduations
18 May 2017 - 21 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Holiday
26 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
Ann Arbor Art Fair
17 Jul 2017 - 23 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
1 Sep 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
8 Sep 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
Air Force
15 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
Michigan State
6 Oct 2017 - 8 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
Rutgers / UM Homecoming
26 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
3 Nov 2017 - 5 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
20 Nov 2017 - 23 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
Ohio State
24 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
Big Ten Championship
1 Dec 2017 - 3 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas holidays
22 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
New Year's
29 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$327

Special events and longer term inquiries are welcome; ask us about special rates. Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

House Rules

• This is our second home and while we want you to feel at home, we do ask that you treat our house, its systems and its furnishings with respect.
• This property accommodates 8 persons in 4 bedrooms as advertised. The maximum number of persons to stay overnight in this property is 10.
• This house, inside and outside, is a nonsmoking property. Any evidence of smoking will incur additional damage costs of $500 + $50 for every butt found.
• This is a pet-free home, both for visiting and for overnight stays.
• No campers, trailers, RV's or tents (camping or events).
• This is a quiet, family neighborhood, so please be mindful of the neighbors as you enjoy your stay, especially in terms of noise or loud music.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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