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Vintage Lake Michigan Beach Cottage: 4br+loft,3ba-Sleeps 17

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Classic Lake Cottage - 2 blks from Lake Michigan: 4br+loft,3ba - Sleeps 17

Alegria is a charming beach cottage located in Sheridan Beach. This adorable 4 bedroom + loft, 3 bath rental is perfect for your vacation getaway! Located just 2 blocks away from the best beach on Lake Michigan this little gem offers so much! Open the door to the comfortable living area drenched in sunlight welcoming you the moment you walk through the door! The master bedroom is on the main floor with full bath. The second story has a full bath, a big, bright loft (with TV/DVD) that sleeps five - great for the kids! Off the loft is another bedroom with queen bed and French Doors to a private deck. The updated kitchen is totally equipped along with a roomy dining area and seating for the whole gang. Basement features a separate Living Room, Two Bedrooms (together sleep 6 easily), and a Bathroom with Shower. But what is really most unique to Alegria is the outdoor space where you are completely surrounded by the trees and walking trails, providing privacy and serenity. You`ll love it so much that you`ll want to prepare your meals on the gas grill outside on the deck and dine under the star filled sky. Some nearby attractions include the Washington Park Zoo & Splash Pad, Michigan City Marina, Lighthouse Shopping Outlet and the Blue Chip Casino. All within minutes! Let the Alegria be your vacation destination!

Todd Davis
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, spanish, Tagalog
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2018

About Todd Davis

We bought the entire Carter Manny compound from Carter in 2009 and have since set about trying to maintain (and even improve) the perfect balance of relaxed sophistication and ingenious simplicity that Carter infused it with over 60+ years of ownership. We spend most of our summers in Michigan City with our kids either in the sailing program, on the beach, or on the Michigan City Municipal golf course. We live in Elmhurst when we can't be in Michigan City and have to do stuff like go to work and school.

Todd Davis purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Todd Davis chose Michigan City

Alegria is a well-built classic Lake Michigan Summer Cottage newly remodeled with all the modern amenities in a unique, tranquil setting unusual for this close to the water. Much of Sheridan Beach is built very close together, so not much privacy - really none. Not so with Alegria - in the evening you can turn on the floodlights and have the whole wooded hillside behind lit up while you enjoy the peace and quiet.

What makes this cottage unique

Alegria has a great location close to Lake Michigan but also has PRIVACY and PEACE & QUIET - the lots behind the cottage are still just woods (with trails if you like to explore). Sheridan Beach is close to Chicago (75 min drive), but feels a world away and has really the best beach on Lake Michigan. A burst pipe led to a complete down to the studs remodel, so the cottage is like new - modern kitchen, baths, etc. Loft will sleep up to five. Another bedroom up sleeps two. First floor master suite has it's own bath and laundry. Two bedrooms (each sleeps three) and a bath are in the basement. Outside shower on the back deck to rinse off the sand. Real wood-burning fireplace in the living room. Classic 1920's beach cottage with stone walled front yard and private back yard with all the modern conveniences - WIFI, Cable TV, Air Conditioning, granite countertops, etc. We have a list of places for good Pizza, Burgers, Fine Dining, things to do, places to go, etc. Come and explore the southern shore of Lake Michigan from this great base camp.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Michigan City

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Parking - Allowed on street in front of house and to the south (till the 'No Parking Beyond Here' sign). Additional parking next block south.
  • Please don't park in front of the garbage cans (especially on Monday morning when the garbage is collected) or else it won't get picked up!! Smelly!!
  • The traveler must provide Photo ID and a guest list with name and age after booking. This house is family oriented. No Bachelor/ette parties, please.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bath - toilet , bath with shower , 2 sinks and separate toilet
    Master Bath - toilet , bath with shower , 2 sinks, separate toilet, Laundry in this bath
    Basement Bath - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Master (first floor) - 1 large double bed , en-suite full bath with separate toilet and laundry
    2nd Floor Bedroom - 1 large double bed , French doors to private deck and to the Loft
    Loft - 3 single bed , 1 bunk bed , Bunk beds w/Trundle and Twin w/Trundle - Sleeps 5
    Basement Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 double bed , 1 single bed , Sleeps 5
    Basement Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , Sleeps 3
    Bedroom 6 - 1 sofa bed/futon , Futon for one in the basement family room
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Vintage Lake Michigan Beach Cottage: 4br+loft,3ba-Sleeps 17
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 42 reviews
Iowa City, IA

Great cottage stay

  • 5 of 5

We were at this cottage for a college reunion. Seven of us stayed for the weekend. The cottage was very clean and is conveniently located a block from the beach. The kitchen had all of the utensils needed for cooking. There is a lovely patio and the house is tastefully decorated with beach themes. The cottage description says it could sleep 15. This would need to be some couples with children, as 15 unrelated adults would have a tough time with space. For our group the size worked really well. Todd responded quickly to all my questions. We had a lovely weekend in Michigan City!

  • Review Submitted: 27/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place that we would like to come back again.

  • 4 of 5

Plenty of room for the 3 generations to gather for meals yet separate for different activities. Enjoyed the front and back patios. Close walk to the beach.

Had a problem with a leak in the basement but it was fixed with a new water heater.

  • Review Submitted: 14/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was a beautiful cottage. Very clean & decorated nicely. Kitchen was fully equipped.

  • 5 of 5

Todd. Having a hard time connecting with you. We broke 1 dinner plate. Let us know what we are credited from $500 security

  • Review Submitted: 26/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Huntington, IN

We loved this property and will likely stay again!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful property with a VERY short walk to the beach. Great, quiet location. Furnishings were great and everything worked properly. Plenty of common space. Loved the back patio. Plenty of room to sleep as well. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 20/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location- just like the pictures!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay! Large group ( 8 adults and 4 kids) all fit comfortably. The area is really close to a nice beach and a walk from a coffee shop/breakfast place, splash pad water park and walking trails.

All of the pictures are accurate. The house was clean and the bedrooms were pretty spacious. Two of the rooms are in the basement so the ceilings are a bit lower. The house itself is up a set of stairs so not accessible if you are in a wheelchair or have difficulties climbing stairs. We really enjoyed the big back patio that leads right into a wooded area. Feels very secluded. Perfect home for a large group - the kitchen table fit all of us!

Thanks for having us, Todd!

  • Review Submitted: 15/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This property is updated and the bedrooms are well distributed to accommodate multiple families

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time here! The house easily accommodated the 6 adults and 4 kiddos in our group! We were able to tackle making a whole Thanksgiving feast in the kitchen! The beach was only a quick walk away and the beautiful weather made exploring possible! Thanks for letting us stay!

  • Review Submitted: 29/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Mateys or Waters Edge
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Michigan City Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Swingbellys or Waters Edge
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Lake Michigan

Local farms closeby for picking strawberries,blueberries, raspberries, apples, cherries. Weekly farmers market from May through October. Weekly free concerts and family movies in the amphitheater walking distance from the property. Enjoy a scenic walk, run, or bike ride either on pthe beach or on Lake Shore Drive. New Buffalo, MI is only 15 minutes away. Sailboat charters available through Michigan City Sailboat Charters. Some local restaurant favorites are Swingbelly, Carlsons, Tree House, Hesston's Supper Club, Cool Runnings (Jamaican), Bubbles Ice Cream.


Rates & Availability

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$276.7
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$691.75

During the Summer High Season we prefer to rent Saturday to Saturday, but will try and accommodate some exceptions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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