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Windhaven on Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


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.

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James Johnstone
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

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 Muskegon

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.


Muskegon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • 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 ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 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
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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.


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Windhaven on Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.7083335 based on 24 reviews

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: June 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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Always enjoy the beach

  • 4 of 5

Loved hearing the waves and getting the lake breeze throughout the house. Also liked that’s its secluded but not far from everything

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such a peaceful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. My husband and I went up first for a few days and then we were joined by my family for about a week of vacation. We thoroughly enjoyed the quiet property and all the lovely amenities of the home. Jim was great about staying in touch and checking in to make sure our stay was perfect. If we have vacation in the area again we would be sure to stay here!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. I'm glad your family enjoyed your time there as much as my family does. Please keep us in mind for your next vacation, Sarah. Take care.
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Very nice cabin with nice overlook of the lake.

  • 5 of 5

This cabin had plenty of room and is very well kept. The enclosed porch became a family favorite.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review, Laurel. Hope to see you again next year.
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Amazingly beautiful view!!

  • 5 of 5

I loved my stay at Windhaven. The view was awesome from the porch and definitely from the beach. Everything you could possibly need was there. I hope to return here again!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for staying with us. We have a number of returning guests so, please keep us in mind again for your next outing.
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Wonderful Hospitality!

  • 5 of 5

Being our first time in the Muskegon area, we were a bit unsure of how things were going to go but James was flexible, responsive, and helpful in every way. We enjoyed the fire pit and everything in the home was quite easy to find and maneuver. The view of the lake was fantastic and the perfect place for a getaway!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I'm glad that you enjoyed your time there as much as my family and I do. Hope to see you again next year.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
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



Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $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.