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Ultra-Lux Beachfront - Lake Michigan, Dunes, Chicago in Miller Beach

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vacation rental description

Completed in 2008, ultra-luxury, custom 5000 sq ft, private beachfront Dream Retreat offers exceptional value! Located on a quiet, cul-de-sac street, corner lot, and only house on the corner.  Unlike so many other beachfront rentals that have a neighbor on each side and zero privacy, our closest neighbor is 350 feet away!

See our website for more picturesfor more pictures, detailed info, rates, policies, availability (we fill up VERY fast!), and our many unique features & amenities.

Calling all nature lovers, family reunions, hikers, sun seekers, water-sport enthusiasts, beach goers, shoppers, gamers, and entertainers seeking a large, ultra-luxury beachfront, private retreat...

-Only 35 min from/to Chicogo; 5 min from South Shore train station

-Closest beach-side community to Chicago!

-Only a sliver of National Park Dunes and sand trail separates you from the best "semi-private", sugar-sand beach on Lake Michigan!  No rocks, no muck, no algae, no undertows, no rip currents.  Knee-high sand bar out 150’ is perfect for our little ones to swim safely in the crystal-clear, warm waters of Lake Michigan.

-Completely private (8' fence with privacy lattice) from street and neighbors. Hear only birds, wind, and waves...

-Lake Street Beach boat ramp (1/3 mile from home) for jet skis, sail/motor boats (Peak Season Only)

-Miles of hiking and mountain biking trails throughout Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

-Top floor 1200 sq. ft. master suite: steam room with rainfall & massage shower heads & Eucaplytus oil reservoir, huge jetted tub, 10'x8' closet, travertine marble fireplace (not operational), custom silk draperies, wrap-around decks, four skylights

-Juliette balcony overlooking Loft & Great Rooms

-1200 sq. ft. outdoor deck living space: 6-person Jacuzzi with waterfall & Chromatherapy LED lights, outdoor shower (Peak Season only), gas grill, & plenty of comfortable patio furniture and hammocks/swings (Peak Season only) to melt your stresses away...

-Premium Bose/Jamo sound system

-Fenced-in yard for our 4-legged friends

-Gourmet chef's kitchen: hand-made cherry cabinets, double farm sink, stainless steel double-door refrigerator w/auto-ice maker, double electric baking ovens, 36" Pro 6 sealed-burner range & gas roasting oven, Pro range hood, warming oven, dishwasher, garbage disposal, red wine cellar (55 degrees), cold beverage Fridge for soda, white wine, champagne, etc. (39 degrees)

-Double island with Pietra Cardosa (Italian soapstone) countertops, prep sink, & seating

-Xenon under-cabinet & toe kick lighting

-Two-story Great Room/Loft with soaring (28') wood ceiling w/ studio lighting and huge 18-bulb, wrought-iron chandelier

-Five skylights & 16 huge patio doors/windows shower the rooms with sun & showcase the Lake & dunes

-Premium Bose Lifestyle music system with iPod dock and Jamo amplifiers fill the inside and out with music--remote control works through walls and outdoors (radio frequency not infra-red)

-Pro sand volleyball court (Peak Season only) is set to Woman’s Olympic specifications

-Lower Level Rec Room has huge walk-in wet bar with fridge for all your mixers, beer, etc. and large poker/game tables, home theater and dual reclining love seat

-Three other large bedrooms have queen-sized beds, dressers, Cable TV's, DVD/VHS players, ceiling fans, independently controlled remote A/C units, stand fans, hangars, alarm clocks & large closets. Some have private balconies & wood-burning fireplaces (not operational)

-Three & one half other marble tiled baths & custom vanities will pamper you like royalty!

-Maytag Neptune washer and dryer. Deep utility sink, cabinets, & Pietra Cardosa counters

-Ample driveway & overflow street parking & outdoor video surveillance

-Seven independent, remote-controlled A/C units

-Antique Oak hardwood flooring

-Attached/Separate Guest House (additional cost): Two queen sized, private bedrooms, marble-Jacuzzi bath, fully loaded & stocked kitchen w/semi-custom cherry cabinets, Fridge w/auto-ice maker (non winter) , range, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, coffee maker, toaster oven, toaster, blender, washer & dryer (detergent, bleach, fabric softener provided), island w/seating, 16' vaulted ceilings w/skylights, private deck with propane grill & extra tank, large closets & remote-controlled A/C & ceiling fans

Best value for your dollar on Lake Michigan!

Our guests are mostly repeats & often book the same time year-after-year. Theyseek the ultimate spa-like-experience, finest & numerous amenities, spacious outdoor living, Jacuzzis, Gourmet Pro-Chef Kitchen, Walk-in-wet-bar, Game Room, Sand volley ball & Master Suite that rivals the Ritz!

Catch some warm, afternoon rays on the sugar-sand beach, swim in clear Lake Michigan waters, or stroll in the surf at dusk & capture a snapshot of the setting sun or Chicago Skyline. No matter what the season or occasion, stay with us for the ultimate in relaxation!

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house rental amenities


-Top floor 1200 sq. ft. master suite: Steam room with rainfall/massage shower, (dry cedar sauna not operational), two-person Jacuzzi peninsula tub, 10'x8' master closet, travertine tile fireplace (not operational), wrap-around decks, four skylights, Juliette balcony which overlooks Loft and Great Room below and desk workspace
-1200 sq. ft. outdoor living space: 6-person Jacuzzi, outdoor shower (Peak season only), gas grill with extra propane, plenty of patio furniture & hammocks (Peak season only)
-Premium Bose/Jamo sound system (indoors and out)
-Fenced-in yard for your 4-legged friends
-Gourmet chef's kitchen: Custom cherry cabinets, stainless-steel fridge w/auto-ice maker, double
electric baking ovens, Pro-range (six sealed burners) & 36” gas roasting oven & Pro hood, warming oven, dishwasher, garbage disposal, red wine cellar (55 degrees), cold cellar for soda, white wine, champagne, beer (37 degrees)
-Double island with Pietra Cardosa countertops (Italian Soapstone), prep sink, knives butcher block, and Xenon under-cabinet & toe-kick lighting
-Two-story Great Room/Loft with soaring 28' wood ceilings w/ studio lighting & huge chandelier
-Five skylights & 16 huge patio doors/windows shower the rooms with sun & showcases the views of lake &
dunes; 37" HDTV w/ HDMI DVD player
-Rec Room: Huge custom wet bar w/ fridge, poker/game tables, 42" HDTV Plasma Home Theater
-Three other large bedrooms have Queen-sized beds, fine linens, dressers, Cable TV/DVD, fans, AC,
leather chairs--private outdoor balconies & fireplaces
-Four marble tiled baths & custom maple-glazed, claw-foot vanities
-Pro sand volleyball court set to woman’s Olympic specifications (Peak season only)
-Fully furnished home with all bed linens, towels, kitchenware, specialty glassware, spices, fire wood (Non-Peak Season only), laundry soap, bleach, fabric softener, 300 DVD/VHS movies and documentaries, 600 CDs, 150 Books, 25 games, etc.

activities and attractions in Miller Beach Indiana

Retreat is centrally located and has something nearby for everyone to do!  All attractions are within a 45 minute drive or train ride.  Shoppers and gamers paradise! 

-Grocery/liquor stores

-Factory Outlet malls (120 stores)

-West Lake two-story mall

-Candy factory tours

-Fine/casual Dining

-EZ train to Chicago: (Loop, “Magnificent Mile” shopping, museums, convention center, airports)

-Scenic drives

-Fall foliage tours

-Flea markets

-National Park visitors center: hiking/biking trails and classroom discussions

-Casinos (10 min to Trump, Ameristar, Majestic, Harrah's, Horseshoe; 30 min to Blue Chip)

-Wells Street & West Side Beaches

-1/3 mile from Lake St. Beach boat ramp for jet skis, sailboats, motor boats, etc. (seasonal)
-5 minutes to Wells Street Beach and West Side Beach
-Ten minutes to Merrillville--retail hub-- restaurants, activities, boutiques, etc.
-Two-story Westlake shopping mall
-Five minutes to the best pizza this side of Chicago at Flamingo Pub
-Miles of hiking and mountain biking trails (Marquette Park trails and nature center)
-Plenty of dunes to climb, explore, and views that will take your breath away!
-Several Water Park and Amusement Parks (Deep River, Splashdown, etc.)
-Sightseeing (Amish Country, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore)
- Saugatuck and Fennville Winery tours
-Twelve Golf courses

-Portage Marina
-Jet skiing
-Kite boarding

-Wildlife viewing (deer, foxes)
-Bird watching
-Live theater
-Live Concerts at Star Plaza
-Chesterton's "European Market"

vacation rental rates

2 night minimum, 3 night minimum for major holidays.

See www MillerBeachDreamRetreat. com for current pricing, availability, policies, several more pictures, amenities, and other detailed information.

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Top things to do in Miller Beach
  • Relax on the best Semi-Private Beach in IN!
  • Climb the dunes in your back yard!
  • Shop at the 120 store outlet mall!
  • Tour the candy factory and wineries
  • Hope the train to Chicago for a river cruise & shopping!
Top things to do on a budget
  • Stroll on the beach & watch the sun set
  • Tour Amish country
  • Hike or bike one of hundreds of trails in the National Park
  • Swim and sunbath on the sugar-sand beach
  • Buy food at grocery store & cook in the Pro-Chef's Kitchen
Top things to do with a family
  • Play Pro-beach volleyball right in the back yard
  • Select a movie from over 300 in our Library
  • Play games of all types from our game cabinets
  • Find toys in our outdoor toy box for water & sand
  • Visit one of 3 water/amusement parks

Jim Pappas , owner

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Beautiful house, gracious hosts!

Review submitted: March 10, 2014   Date of arrival: March 6, 2014

We just returned from a weekend spent with 4 other couples at your home. We had such a great time together and really appreciated all the amenities and comfortable set up. The website was very accurate. The views of Lake Michigan and the dunes were beautiful. The beach would be wonderful to enjoy in the summer. Hilary greeted us, gave us a thorough tour and lots of good information. We had some concerns about the hot tub, but she assured us it was ok and we ended up enjoying it so much - even with the cold, windy weather. We can tell you put a lot of thought into the furnishings, both in function and design. Thanks for the opportunity to gather and enjoy a weekend of fun! A few small suggestions ( you said you wanted them): could have used a few more hangers in some of the bedrooms, there were no dish towels in the kitchen, noticed some cobwebs and dust bunnies/dog hair that was missed. I don't suppose you can do anything about the potholes in the surrounding streets! :)
These are small things and we loved our stay, hope to do it again!

Recommended for: age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, romantic getaway

Owners response: Gail: Thank you for your compliments and suggestions! Hilary and I always strive for continuous improvement in making the Miller Beach Dream Retreat Indiana's Best Beachfront Vacation Rental!
Since your stay, we have made sure that each closet has at least 10 sturdy, matching hangers. We always provide six black dish towels in the Main House and Attached Guest House Kitchens (two near the large double-bowl, under-mount Farm Sink, two near the Island Prep Sink, two near the large double-bowl Island Sink).
Due to our increased popularity and bookings of the Dream Retreat, we now do a Deep Clean of the entire compound every three (3) months, instead of our usual six.
Thanks again and see you this Summer!
Jim & Hilary

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Simply perfect!

Review submitted: October 30, 2013   Date of arrival: October 16, 2013

Eight of us decided it was time for a girls weekend for movies, knitting, food and fun. Fortunately, we found the Dream Retreat! Jim and Hilary have a lovely, charming and comfortable home. They are gracious hosts, providing us with useful information at check in and a binder for reference. The layout of the house is perfect: four bathrooms and queen beds in every bedroom. The views are spectacular, the house is clean and amazingly well equipped. The information on the website is spot on. We enjoyed our time at the Dream Retreat VERY much. I recommend this property to anyone looking for a great vacation rental at a fair price with excellent service.

Owners response: Debbie: Thank you! It was our absolute pleasure hosting you and your friends on your "Girls weekend". As you know, Hilary and I are constantly updating our furnishings and fixtures and always strive to make the Dream Retreat an even better and more comfortable place to create lasting memories. We will most certainly have even more surprises on your next visit. Our calendar is almost full for Fall 2014, so be sure to call me to book soon. Thank you again!

Helpful votes: 4 / 4


Dream Retreat better than ever!!

Review submitted: October 14, 2013   Date of arrival: August 26, 2013

This is the third time staying at the DR, as we like to call it. This year, we were pleasantly surprised by all of the updates to the home. It’s always been lovely, but they just updated all of the bedding and added new furniture and tv’s. It seems like renovation is the air, there are new trails and a complete transformation of the lakefront, which wasn’t quite finished when we stayed last year. Very nice and we really enjoyed our daily walks through the dunes.
We always appreciate the personal service from Jim and Hilary—they take great pride in their home and we look forward to seeing them every time.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: Oh thank you Ginna! We love it when our repeat guests notice our upgrades. We are on a roll and updating many fixtures and amenities to make the Dream Retreat even more comfortable and relaxing for everyone. See you and your family next August!

Helpful votes: 4 / 4


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