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"Fair Haven" executive home on Silver Lake- sleeps 18 in Traverse City

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vacation rental description

Fair Haven boasts over 7500 square feet of living space and offers 8 large bedrooms and 7 full baths. Situated on three floors, this luxurious home is intended to offer you the perfect living, relaxing and communing space. When you enter the front door you are greeted by large vaulted ceilings, a beautiful ledgestone fireplace, brazilian cherry floors and exquisite woodwork. Large and comfortable leather furniture with expansive views from the lakeside windows make it the perfect place to enjoy a sunset in the evening , celebrate a holiday or settle in with a good book.The heart of the home is the kitchen on the main floor, which is any cook's dream. A double oven Viking stove, granite countertops, double sinks, custom cherry cabinetry and large island open up to the seating area, sunroom with gas fireplace , and large Brazilian walnut deck with gorgeous sunsets.  The deck seats 14 comfortably and offers a seated bar for entertaining. It is a natural area to congregate and offers the opportunity for many special moments and meals with family and friends.The slider off the eating area opens to the barbecue grill patio and a garden stroll down to the lake. The Master bedroom on the main floor is over-sized with sweeping views of the lake, a gas fireplace with sitting area, oversized queen bed and bath that has double sinks and both a walk-in stone shower and steeping tub with a view.  Another large bedroom with a view of the front gardens is on the main floor. It has a queen bed and full bath as well. An office with beautiful, custom, cherry paneling is the perfect place to complete any work that cannot wait or to take a private phone call. It  is situated near the butlers pantry which houses the coffee bar. Sit on the front porch in the morning with your coffee and watch the sunrise over the gardens. The main floor also offers a full- size laundry room and another full bath for guests. Wi-Fi access is provided.

Take the beautful custom staircase to the upper level and you will find a small sitting area overlooking the living room below and double doors that lead you to two more large, tastefully decorated bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other a queen. Each has their own full bath.  A large playroom is on this level and is the perfect place to send the kids to burn off some of that extra energy.

The lower level walks out to the lake and has a large, comfortable seating area around the ledgestone fireplace and large, flat screen television with surround sound. A kitchenette in this area houses a full size fridge, microwave, sink, dishwasher and coffeepot making it perfect for those staying downstairs to have their own space. There is also a lovely maple table and chairs that seat six. The walk-out level provides four more large bedrooms, all of which have a view of lake or gardens. A room with a king size bed has direct access to a full size bath on one side of the family room area. The three bedrooms on the other side offer a queen size bed , a room with two twins and the 'bunk room' which is perfect for the kids, sleeping 4 on bunks. The extra large bathroom on this side offers a changing area with a door that directly accesses the lake and the outdoor shower. 

Fair Haven has 135 feet of private frontage with a sandy beach on all-sports Silver Lake. Bask in the sun, fish, swim or watch the sunset from your own dock and then roast s'mores over the bonfire at the fire pit. The lakeside area is designed for family fun and is sure to create amazing memories for both old and young alike. Rental includes the complimentary use of 2 kayaks and a 12 foot row boat to do some exploring around the lake. Boat rentals can be easily arranged if you would prefer more options.

This well-appointed home offers you both comfort and elegance in a beautiful, lakefront setting. The yard is extensive with a long, winding drive that offers privacy and seclusion. It is magnificently landscaped with countless gardens that are a feast for the eyes and large grassy areas to play. Ideal for a significant family event or just a visit to Traverse City, Fair Haven is sure to make your vacation a first-rate experience.

Sorry, No smoking or pets allowed.

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house rental amenities

8 bedrooms- One over-sized queen, one king, three queens, one double and 6 twin-
Sleeps 18

7 full baths

Steeping tub over-looking the lake in the master bath

4 fireplaces- 1 natural, 3 gas- 2 operable in summer

Full gourmet kitchen with all utensils provided

Butler's pantry with coffee bar

Seating for 6 in the formal dining room

Seating for 10 in the kitchen area

Expansive deck with bar and seating for 14

Television in sunroom with Cable TV, DVD, sound system

Large flat screen television with surround sound in family room, Cable TV, DVD

All linens provided, including some beach towels


BBQ grill

Beach, dock, fire pit, beach chairs and dock chairs

2 kayaks and a row boat with life vests

picnic table

Outdoor shower

Wi-Fi access included

Air conditioning

Close proximity to Traverse City and Beach Bums baseball stadium

Large yard with gardens

Plenty of parking 

Amazing sunsets

activities and attractions in Traverse City Michigan

Perfectly located in Traverse City, our home is close to the many opportunities that Northern Michigan has to offer.  Situated in a quiet, residential area we are but a few minutes from an abundance of shopping, restaurants, movie theaters and more. The downtown district of Traverse City offers great shopping with unique boutiques, many excellent restaurants and entertainment such as the National Cherry Festival (July) or the Traverse City Film Festival (August) and beautiful strolls along Grand Traverse Bay. Choose from the vast assortment of golf courses in the area to fit any budget or spend your day on a wine tour with free tastings at one of our many nearby wineries. For angler's looking for more adventure, Charter Fishing can be easily arranged. You could choose to spend your day in Leelanau County exploring the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes as well as the many small towns and beaches there or head up north a bit to visit Charlevoix, Petoskey or even Mackinac Island. The possibilites are endless! Our property manager would be happy to help you with any questions.

vacation rental rates

All rentals subject to 6% Michigan sales tax. Weekly Rental Only. Rentals are a Fri- Fri stay during months of June, July and August. 50% down at time of booking, balance to be paid 30 days prior to arrival. Damage deposit/excessive cleaning fee of $1000 due before check-in and will be refunded after stay so long as house is left in good order.  Rental includes all linens and cleaning fee. 


Fair Haven does NOT rent for weddings or other large events. Occupancy is limited to the rental party listed on the rental agreement.

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Top things to do in Traverse City
  • Cherry Festival (July), Film Festival (August)
  • Golfing
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts summer concerts
  • Wine tasting and tours!!
  • Shop!
Top things to do on a budget
  • Beaches and Swimming at our many Beaches
  • Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes
  • Biking/Walking the area trails
  • Fishing
  • Ice Cream at Moomer's
Top things to do with a family
  • Beach Bums Baseball Game
  • Mini-Golf and Go-Karts
  • Charter Fishing
  • Shopping the Downtown District
  • Drive-In Theater

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Fair Haven

Review submitted: July 29, 2013   Date of arrival: July 12, 2013

Planning for our family vacation began a year ago and once we found this property and all it offered, our expectations were high. Reality exceeded our expectations. Home is beautifully decorated and very comfortable with plenty of areas for anyone seeking some time alone. Having a private lake at your doorstep complete with small beach and boats was a plus. Location is perfect, not too far from Traverse City or any of the other places we wanted to visit. Jen is a delight to work with and a very helpful resource.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, sight seeing

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


Wonderful Family Vacation

Review submitted: July 7, 2013   Date of arrival: June 14, 2013

We recently stayed at Fairhaven for a week and had an amazing vacation. Our group consisted of 9 adults and ten children (aged 9 months to 8-years-old) and the property was comfortable for everyone in our large group. It is truly a beautiful home and much larger than it appears in the pictures. Upon arrival, Jen met us at the home with the key and went over any questions we had about the house and the area. The layout of the house is such that everyone had their own space to retreat to and their own bathroom, all of which is nice when vacationing with a large group. The kitchen downstairs was also convenient for those staying on the lower level and the kids really enjoyed the playroom on the upper level. That said, even though the house was gorgeous and everything we hoped for, nothing beats the view of the lake; the pictures really don't do it justice! Sitting outside on the deck or down on the beach around a bonfire was a favorite pastime of our group.

The Traverse City area is also great because there are restaurants, a mall, grocery stores, etc. all within a 5-10 minute drive from the house. We also really enjoyed going to downtown Traverse City and shopping at the specialty boutiques (about a 10-15 minute drive). It seemed like there were plenty of other options if you want to get out and explore the area, however, it was also very nice to just sit at the house and relax.

The only issue we experienced was a ceiling leak but Jen and Matt were extremely responsive and had it taken care of right away so it was a very minor disruption that ultimately didn't impact our stay. Overall, I would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for a large home on the lake in the Traverse City area. Thanks again, Jen and Matt for a beautiful vacation!

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Absolutely perfect

Review submitted: August 26, 2012   Date of arrival: August 17, 2012

We spent a year planning a major family reunion to celebrate several key milestones. A nothing could have been more perfect than Fair Haven. The house is magnificent and seemed to have everything we needed for lots of home cooking, games, boating, and general relaxation. And perfectly designed for the purpose - room for a puzzle table, lots of family gatherings around a large table, plenty of room on the covered deck overlooking the lake, a good stack of wood for the firepit pit and smores, and lots of space for each person to have quiet, private time or a good summer nap if desired.

Jen and Mike do a phenomenal job of welcoming you, handling all details, and then letting you have your own time in the house - but they are there if you ever need anything.

Great location to fan out to the magnificent Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mackinac, Traverse City itself. Health care is about6 miles away (we used it) and Meijers (with a Starbucks store) was only 5.1 miles away (can you tell how many times we went there?). Glorious fresh meat and fish and vegetarian dishes, fruits and vegetables all close by. And lots of great restaurants in TC, though we made most of our own in the lovely kitchen.

We also rented a boat to add to the kayaks and canoe provided. Great trips out with the grandchildren on a lake that wasn't too busy. Hummingbirds, glorious flowers, shade and sun, lawns for games - absolutely perfect.

Thank you so much, Jen.

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

Helpful votes: 4 / 4


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