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Windhaven on Lake Michigan

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 10

As you turn off the main road onto the 500 foot long winding wooded

lane, your anticipation grows. When you pull up to the back of the

house, you can already smell the fresh, clean breeze coming off of

Lake Michigan. And, when you open the car door, you can hear the

waves. You rush toward the front yard and as you walk to the edge of

the 50 foot bluff, overlooking your private beach, you are

overwhelmed by the beauty of this place. You don’t wait to unpack

the car. You rush down the 60 steps to the beach. You kick off your

shoes and run to the waters edge. You only intend to test the water

but, before you know it you’re in up to your knees, your pants are

wet, and you don’t even care. And, so begins one of the most

memorable vacations you’ll ever experience.

More Details

Owner
James Johnstone
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About James Johnstone

I'm a Manufacturing Engineer for a company that makes liquid filters for Caterpillar. I live in Urbana, IL and I have two grown children and five grandkids. My grandkids are now the sixth generation in our family to make Lake Michigan our vacation destination. My great grandparents had a cabin in Muskegon in the early 1900's near mount Garfield. My father and his parents vacationed near Pentwater and, when I was growing up we rented a cabin about two miles south of Windhaven, every summer. In the early sixties, my parents were fortunate enough to meet a kindly old fisherman who happened to own quite a bit of beach front property. They bought the lot from him and that was the start of their dream. They were working people so, it took them almost 20 years to scrape together the money to build the house but, in 1981 they completed Windhaven.

James Johnstone purchased this house in 1962

Why James Johnstone chose Western Michigan

We always loved the Muskegon area and this has been my vacation home since I was old enough to walk. Our family has put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this place and I can't imagine a more beautiful setting or any place I would rather be.

What makes this house unique

A beautiful beach, clean clear water, incredible sunsets, and lots of other things to do in the area make this a great vacation destination.

Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Muskegon
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Red Rooster Tavern
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Muskegon, MI
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
3 courses nearby
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Holland, MI
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Rt 31
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Red Rooster Tavern
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Right out the front door
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Enjoy the Beach.

* USS Silversides WWII submarine.

* Dinner at the Hearthstone.

* Visit the Hackley & Hume homes on business 31 in Muskegon.

* Take the high speed ferry on a day trip to Milwaukee.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Enjoy the Beach.

* Visit the White River Light house.

* Antiqueing along US 31 between Muskegon and Holland.

* Visit the Hackley and Hume homes on business 31 in Muskegon.

* Flea market and Farmer's market on business 31 in Muskegon.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Enjoy the Beach.

* Michigan Adventure Amusement and Water Park.

* Visit the USS Silversides WWII Submarine.

* Dune Scooters at Silver Lake.

* Dinner at the Red Rooster and ice cream at Ruth Ann's.

I addition to swimming and sun bathing on your own private beach,

you’re just minutes from Michigan Adventure, one of the largest water

and amusement parks in the upper Midwest. There's the USS

Silversides, a World War II era submarine that’s open for daily tours

during the summer and dune scooter rides at Silver Lake, near Shelby,

just an hour or so north. And, there are numerous antique shops in

the Muskegon area and along US 31, between Muskegon and Holland.

There is also a high speed ferry that crosses Lake Michigan to

Milwaukee in just two and a half hours. For the golfer in the family

there are several golf courses within convenient driving distance and

for the history buff there's the White River light house along the

channel from White Lake to Lake Michigan and the Hackley and Hume

homes near downtown Muskegon. And, just a half mile north on Scenic

Drive is the historic Red Rooster tavern. Check out their wet

burritos.

Amenities

Muskegon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Located off of the master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located off the bedroom hallway and accessible to all
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • museums
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
With three bedrooms upstairs and a children’s dorm in the basement, there’s plenty of room for large families and small reunions. The screened in porch is a perfect place to curl up with your favorite book, write a letter, build a puzzle, or challenge the kids to a game of gin rummy. The home is air conditioned for those rare occasions when the cool breeze coming off of the lake isn't enough to maintain your comfort. And, the living room features a gas fireplace that can take the chill off of cool, off-season, evenings. The kitchen is fully equipped and features two microwaves to handle the rush to "eat fast and get back down to the beach". Two bathrooms, one with a shower and the other with a tub/shower combination, handle the call of nature. For those that can't miss their afternoon soap, even while on vacation, there are three televisions, all with basic cable, throughout the house. There is also a fairly extensive library of DVDs. If you forgot to pack enough socks, have no fear. A washer and dryer reside in the basement. Search Windhaven on Lake Michigan on Youtube to take a walking tour of the home or the grounds or Facebook to see additional photos. "Like" Windhaven on Lake Michigan on facebook for a discount and tag Windhaven on Lake Michigan on your photos to share your wonderful vacation with everyone who visits our page.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

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Windhaven on Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.7058825 based on 17 reviews
5

Comfortable, Quiet, Amazing Views

  • 5 of 5

Access to the beach is easy. The house is comfortable and clean, with a closed in patio that overlooks the lake. The owner has provided an abundant supply of toys and chairs and even a tandem bike in the basement. Other attractions are a short drive, such as kayaking at Duck Lake, museums downtown etc. This is a great spot for family time together

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us and for taking the time to write a review. I'm glad that you enjoyed your time with us and please keep us in mind for next year. Jim
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Bolingbrook, IL
5

Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful location. The whole rental process with VRBO and Jim was problem free from start to finish. The house was everything I was looking for with plenty of room for all. The beach was nice for walking and nearby Muskegon State Park had some great hiking trails for people and dogs. Will definitely remember this for next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us, Nancy, and for taking the time to write a review. Please keep us in mind for next year. Take care.
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Windsor, Ontario
4

Nice family getaway- awesome beach.

  • 4 of 5

This property is very comfortable and has everything that you would need. The beach was spectacular! The only thing I would say is that the bunk beds in the basement are a no go. The 4 kids who were relegated to the basement were a constant litany of complaints (smell, sturdiness, comfort of mattresses). BUT the 3 bedrooms upstairs were great. We really enjoyed watching movies from their exstensive collection and lakeside fires were great.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Great home away from home

  • 4 of 5

It was great being connected right to the beach!! The local attractions were awesome.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to comment, Tracy and we hope to see you again next year.
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3

Beautiful lake older cabin

  • 3 of 5

The cabin is perfect for multiple families with many children. The older furniture lends to a relaxed atmosphere without worrying. The best feature is the beautiful lake with crashing waves. Note that the steep stairs are a bit rickety and broken hence my star rating not perfect. The fireplace was also a plus for evening relaxation. I would recommend this instead of a hotel room if visiting family and traveling with children.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. I guess I'm not entirely sure how to respond. Three stars is 60% or a D-. That's a pretty awful rating although you use adjectives like "perfect", "beautiful", and "I would recommend this". Our home is almost 40 years old and yes, some of the furniture is that old, as well. There is no dishwasher and you have to use actual charcoal in the Weber. But, all of the queen mattresses upstairs have been replaced within the last two years and two of the four TVs are flat screens (yes, there are still a couple of CRTs in the kitchen and basement). Any time you find a problem such as broken stairs or anything that is in disrepair, it should be reported to the owner immediately so that the problem can be addressed. In my experience, the best way to judge a property is not on the basis of "did anything go wrong?" but, how did the owner respond when a problem was reported. I guess I'm a little spoiled by all of the 5 star ratings we have gotten in the past. Property owners live and die by your ratings and I would never consider three stars to be an acceptable experience for a guest.
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Detroit, MI
4

Very clean and roomy with a lovely view

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I like our week long getaways and this spring we stayed at Windhaven. The house is well kept up and clean although it would be nice to have clean windows to look out. The kitchen has the basics plus 2 microwaves, a malted milk mixer and a blender which we didn't use this visit but I bet it on a hot summer evening they get plenty of use. Our only negative comment would be that the neighbor on the South side had an extremely high frequency whine (about 800 htz)coming from their furnace , I think, that actually gave us a bit of a headache. Perhaps its a moot point in the summer when the furnace doesn't run but other than that we really enjoyed our stay and would recommend Windhaven for a great place for the family to get together and enjoy nature.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150

Weekly Rate: $750 - $1925


Rates range from $750 per week during the off season to $1925 per week during the holiday week of July fourth. All taxes and fees are included. A complete week by week rate schedule is available on request. A $250 deposit is required to secure your reservation. Check in is 3:00 pm and check out is 10:00 am, on Saturdays.
Our home is non-smoking only, please.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.