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Comfortable, Accessible, Vacation Home in Lake Michigan Beachtown

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Beachtown 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Vacation Home in Quiet Residential Neighborhood

Close to Downtown South Haven - 1 Mile from South Beach

This comfortable, very accessible home sleeps 6 comfortably, or 8 with a queen-size inflatable mattress (provided). The home includes three bedrooms and 1.5 baths. There is a master bedroom on the main floor with a queen bed and large closet. Upstairs are a large bedroom with two twin beds and a small bedroom with a full bed. The upstairs bathroom has a shower.

The house has been remodeled so all the essentials are on the first floor, making the main floor very accessible. There is stair-free access to the back door entrance with a ramp from the garage to the backyard deck. The kitchen has a wide corridor; at one end is a breakfast nook with a bay window overlooking a ravine and a slider leading out to the deck. This is our favorite gathering spot in the house, and we often have 4 or 5 people sitting at the table while another 3 sit by the bay window. The living room is light and airy with picture windows overlooking the ravine and the front yard. The main floor bathroom is large with a shower and a separate tub great for bathing children after a trip to the beach, and a heated tile floor that's great on chilly mornings. A laundry room adjoins the downstairs bathroom.

The backyard deck has a wooded feel and is perfect for entertaining 8-10 people. The main entrance is in the back and there is lots of parking for up to 5 vehicles. The yard is small and landscaped with a variety of gardens and plants. There isn't a lot of room to play, enough to fit in a game of bean bag toss or horse shoes. However, there is a small park just a hundred yards away (Hartman Park) with grassy areas for playing ball or frisbee, grills and picnic tables.

The home is very conveniently located in a quiet residential neighborhood just a few blocks from downtown; far enough from the beach to avoid the noise and traffic, but still close - it's a short walk to downtown and the Kal-Haven Trail is just a mile away, perfect for runners and cyclists. The South Beach is also one mile away. We drive there with our 5 and 7-year-old girls; adults and older children can walk (or bike) there in 15-20 minutes.

My wife and I grew up in South Haven, and now we love sharing it with our children and our guests. Lonely Planet recognized the fun and beauty of the Lake Michigan shore: 'A mere 30 miles away (from Grand Rapids) sprawls Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast, perhaps the USA’s most unexpected beach getaway. Some argue that these shores rival Hawaii’s and Southern California’s. Along 300 miles of seemingly endless beaches lie sugar-white dunes, wineries, antiquing, U-pick orchards and berry farms, cider houses, Hemingway haunts – you can even go surfing. In Michigan! So if you never thought you could head to the Midwest for a Cape Cod-esque beach vacation, think again.'

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Timothy Putman
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within 2 days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2018

About Timothy Putman

My wife and I proudly call South Haven our hometown. We both grew up in South Haven, and now reside an hour away in Grand Rapids, MI. We enjoy spending lots of time in South Haven with our two daughters.

Timothy Putman purchased this house in 2009

Why Timothy Putman chose South Haven

We are 2nd-generation owners of this house. Having grown up in South Haven, we feel very fortunate to now share many of the great things from our childhood - the beach, Sherman's Dairy, Golden Brown Bakery - with our own children.

What makes this house unique

We have spent many hours with family and friends gathered around the kitchen table and on the back yard deck. South Haven is a great, fun town, and this house is a very comfortable place from which to enjoy it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely home! We had a wonderful time. Thank you for the tips about what to do in town! South Haven is a special place and your cute home was the perfect fall setting for our family! Looking forward to another trip soon!
Oct 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in South Haven, Michigan

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , Heated tile floors.
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , Shower, sink and toilet in the upstairs bathroom.
  • Bench, grab bar, handheld shower nozzle in downstairs shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Large Upstairs Bedroom - 2 single bed , This bedroom has a lot of room, and a large desk.
    Small Upstairs Bedroom - 1 double bed
    Main Floor Master Bedroom - 1 large double bed , This bedroom has a queen size bed, and is accessible.
  • The main floor master bedroom is accessible without climbing any stairs and has a queen size bed and large closet. Upstairs is a large bedroom with two twin beds and a small bedroom with a full size bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Our home is conveniently located with easy access to the quaint downtown, beaches, trails, golf courses. Great for a Family Beach Vacation, a Guys' Golf Getaway, Women's Wine-tasting Weekend, or a Get-Away From It All Couple's Retreat.


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Comfortable, Accessible, Vacation Home in Lake Michigan Beachtown
average rating of 4.967742 based on 36 reviews

A peaceful get-a-way

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented the property in mid-October. The fall colors could be enjoyed looking right out their window!

The owner answered all of our questions and wanted to make our stay a nice one. When we arrived, a bottle of wine was waiting for us along with a gift card to one of the shops in town.

The property is conveniently located to the town's shops and restaurants.

We felt very "at home".

  • Review Submitted: 26/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect house for my family! Thank you, we had a great week and the home was very accommodating for all of our needs. Would love to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 01/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Would stay here again

  • 5 of 5

Great location, very clean, and affordable. More than enough space for our group. There's a little bit of a walk to downtown and the beach, but it's doable.

  • Review Submitted: 20/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

This home has plenty of room and everything a family needs to have an enjoyable

vacation together. South Haven is within walking distance and there are many

attractions to see and do. We had a great time at this vacation home.

  • Review Submitted: 13/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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AWESOME Yet Again!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in this rental several years in a row now and the owners couldn't be more accommodating. The house itself is always super clean and the amenities provided are above and beyond other houses we have rented for vacations. My family and I would highly recommend this rental!

  • Review Submitted: 11/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Rhonda - we're so glad you've chosen to stay at our home for your South Haven vacations with family and friends for several years now! So rewarding to hear that you are able to enjoy this precious time together and our home provides a good "base of operations"! We love that it's close to the beach and downtown - but away from the hustle and bustle in a quiet, restful neighborhood. Hope to see you again next year!
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Amazing house, amazing location and amazing service!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the house with 5 adults and a toddler and it was hard to tell who enjoyed it the most. The patio outside was a perfect spot to reflect on day spent wandering around town and enjoying the perfect beach down the street. The toddler had a blast playing inside and outside the house. Besides staying at this house, I highly recommend checking out the farmer’s market too!

  • Review Submitted: 04/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and so glad our home worked out well for you, and you had a good visit in South Haven! Look forward to having you back sometime when you can spend a little more time - take care!
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
South Haven Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Clementines,The Idler Riverboat,Captain Lou's,more
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Hawkshead Links, Beeches, South Haven CC
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Bangor - Amtrak station (no ticketing office)
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Clementines,Su Casa,Vineyard,Thirsty Perch
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Timber Ridge
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: recommended

My wife and I grew up in South Haven, Michigan, a quaint Lake Michigan beach town located in Michigan's agricultural southwest region. South Haven has a long tradition as a vacation destination for folks coming in from 'the city', including many from Chicago. As a young man working downtown in my family's hardware store, I could recognize visitors who had just arrived - they were still moving about twice as fast as everyone else. Over a few hours people would relax and shift into the slower, relaxing pace they came to South Haven for. It's a great place to unwind, to connect with friends and family, and to enjoy the simpler pleasures of life for awhile.

South Haven features two very nice beaches on Lake Michigan, the North Beach and the South Beach, split by the Black River which winds through the middle of town. Both feature wide expanses of well-groomed sand, playground equipment and piers for strolling - the South Beach Pier ends with a striking red lighthouse. The waters of Lake Michigan warm up in the summer and are pleasant from late June into September, depending on prevailing winds and currents. On a sunny summer day both beaches buzz with sunbathers and swimmers, children playing in the sand, beach volleyball players, windsurfers, kites, and paddleboarders. People stroll the piers, watching boats meander up and down the channel to the lake and seeing how the fishing is going.

Downtown South Haven features more than a dozen restaurants, bars and eateries of various kinds, toy stores, candy and chocolate shops, art galleries, wine tasting rooms, cute clothing boutiques and more. It's easy to while away a few hours in downtown South Haven. The Golden Brown Bakery is a family favorite; maybe it's because we grew up on their donuts, but we've never found anything to top their chocolate frycakes and carmel pershings. We really enjoy the Michigan Theater, the local movie house that boasts three's very economical compared to 'big city' movie theaters.

South Haven has a variety of parks and playgrounds with playground equipment, ball fields, basketball courts, and tennis courts, but I have to mention Kids Corner. We've had countless hours of fun at Kids Corner, a wooden playground structure within a city park at the corner of St. Joseph and South Haven Streets. My wife and I actually helped (a little) build this whimsical pirate ship/castle/maze - it was a community volunteer effort, and it's amazing.

The Kal-Haven Trail deserves special mention. It's a hiking, biking and horseback riding trail stretching from South haven to Kalamazoo. It features a covered bridge and passes through small towns, wooded areas and scenic countryside.

Southwest Michigan is an agricultural area that boasts numerous u-pick farms, and also an up and coming wine industry - there are enough wineries to put together several wine-tasting expeditions.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$112.62
Damage Insurance AU$78.17

Check-in: 4 p.m.
Check-out: 10 a.m.
(Please ask if you desire early check-in or late check-out and we will see if we can accommodate your request.)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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