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Restored Cottage across the street from the Beach 5BR/3BA

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

This sunny 5 BR/ 2.5 Ba is great for all seasons! Just steps from Beach.

Miller Beach is a small beach front community less than 1 hour from Chicago. This accessibility and the fact that it borders the Indiana Dunes makes this a little hidden gem. This light and bright house is situated across the street from the beach with a pretty path right across from the house.

The house was completely updated in 2015 and now has a all the features of a great house for all seasons. The open layout of the first floor gives you a relaxing place to hang out with family or friends. There is ample space for multiple families. The house will sleep 12 people comfortably.

The house offers an open first floor and a warm and cozy wood burning fireplace. The open kitchen is beautiful with a gas stove, dishwasher, and large island. The open floor plan offers a large dining area, spacious sitting area around the fireplace and a separate game table. The first floor powder room has a penny floor- see if you can find the Indian Head or Steel penny!

The Master Bedroom is spacious, and has a queen bed with a sitting area and lake views. The 2nd Bedroom has a queen bed. The Master bathroom is large with a separate shower with a rain shower and Handheld, a separate soaking tub and a large vanity with 2 sinks. The second floor also has a cozy sitting area at the top of the stairs with lake views which is great for reading!

There are 3 additional bedrooms on the lower level. The lower level also has an additional sitting area, and laundry. The lower level bathroom has a shower and 2 separate sinks with pocket doors providing privacy allowing for more than one person use at the same time.

The back deck is large and has a gas grill and table and chairs. Parking for 3 cars.

Come back from the beach, cook your favorite meat on the grill or just hang out on the deck. All linens are provided.

More Details

Margaret Spaan
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, dutch
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
24 June, 2018

About Margaret Spaan

Margaret is a realtor with @ properties in the Chicago area. She started Restore North Shore, a construction and design company in 2010. She discovered Miller Beach in 2013, and purchased this abandoned cottage in 2014 with the desire to breathe life back into it. It was a complete labor of love, and she hopes to purchase more homes in need of repair throughout Chicago and the Miller area.

Margaret Spaan purchased this house in 2014


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Miller Beach

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Books
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Restored Cottage across the street from the Beach 5BR/3BA
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for several nights with a few of our friends and all of our kids. We had a great time! It's a beautiful, well-appointed home just a short walk away from the beach. The kids had a blast sleeping in the "special kids' room" with all the bunk beds and making s'mores around the fire pit in the yard. The guest beds were comfortable and the bedding was very soft and cozy. All of our questions and needs were tended to promptly and we had a great time!

  • Review Submitted: 15/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Primo Primo Primo

  • 5 of 5

This house was the perfect outfit for a long weekend wedding at the historic bathouse down the street.

Would recommend to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 30/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome Stay at Miller Beach!

  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome time at Miller Beach! The house sits on an adorable, well kept corner lot, just across the street from the beach with a direct little walking path right to the sand. Everything inside the house was clean and comfortable, exactly like the photos. We had a group of ten adults with two kids and it never seemed too cramped or crowded. The kitchen has just about everything you need to cook including both a gas and charcoal grill outside. The neighborhood is very quiet and family friendly - you'd never know such a gem existed in Gary! We would absolutely recommend this property to anyone looking to stay in the Miller Beach area.

  • Review Submitted: 24/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, very well-kept exterior. Stunningly decorated, very welcoming.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for a week in July for a family vacation. We missed the beaches of our Southern California home, having moved to Illinois four years ago. Miller Beach fit the bill! The house is a mere ten steps to the beach path, and a beach wagon is provided for hauling your gear. We spent most of our hours on the beach! But came back to a gorgeous, comfy home each evening. If you're looking for a stunning, sandy beach and a peaceful, well-appointed beach home, this is it!

Highlights: s'mores in the yard, grilling out and chatting over drinks in the outdoor living space, a Wii in the basement to entertain the kids when Mom and Dad were craving a little quiet, a wide open living space on the main floor where all could gather and socialize comfortably. We also very much appreciated the outdoor heated shower - kept much of the sand contained to the outdoors! Lastly, we enjoyed taking the train from Miller Beach into downtown Chicago for a day of museums and shopping.

Only downsides were: First, while Miller beach is a well-kept, upscale neighborhood, it has very little to offer in terms of little destinations like ice cream parlor, boutiques to explore, etc. and the surrounding town of Gary is run-down and a bit depressing. Once we figured this out, we stayed put (and were happy to do so - still enjoyed ourselves immensely!). Second, the air conditioning is run on one unit only, so you cannot cool the three-story house in zones. The basement was freezing in order to make the top floor tolerable. Once we figured this out and settled ourselves into bedrooms that suited each of our comfortable temperature ranges, we were happy. (This was a five-star property aside from these two issues we had to navigate! It really wasn't a big deal - just took some time to navigate them.)

Lastly, owner Margaret and her staff were kind and accommodating, and very responsive to us both before and during our stay. We plan to return again to this delightful house and beach! Thank you, Margaret!

  • Review Submitted: 05/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic nobody wanted to leave

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of room for everyone to do their own thing. So close to the beach it only took a minute to get to the sand. House has everything you want or need

  • Review Submitted: 09/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marshall, MI

Reed Family Wedding

  • 5 of 5

This property is located across the street from the trail to Beautuful Lake Mich and the house is gorgeous with everything you need except food! The neighborhood is awesome too! She thinks of everything! Don't think twice, just book it if you are lucky enough to get this gem! Beautifully restored to all of the modern day amenities and all the charm you could ever want-

  • Review Submitted: 19/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Train
4 Miles
Miller South Shore
Nearest Beach
Miller Beach


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Miller Beach

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2018
25 May 2018 - 17 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$167.99 + Tax
Cleaning fee AU$403.17 + Tax
Refundable Damage Dep. AU$671.95
Additional Guests AU$33.6 + Tax

Please call for Holiday rates and monthly rentals.

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.
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