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The Lake Michigan House

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

3 story open-concept, 6 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, Sleeps 15, right on Lake Michigan

This three-story, 6 bedroom beauty sits right on the shore of Lake Michigan. The open concept living room/dining room is spacious with leather couches in front of the gas log fireplace and 42 inch flat screen tv/DVD. The log furniture throughout the home adds to the vacation feeling. An 8 seating massive pine dining table and 4 pine stools at the granite counter allow for ample seating for dinners. In addition, the downstairs living area has a booth-like table and chairs that will fit into the upstairs dining area if needed and is perfect for the kids. The kitchen appliances are all stainless steel and the counters granite. There is a microwave, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator with ice maker, coffee pot and electric tea pot. In addition, there is a central vacuum and a washer and dryer available. Wi-Fi and cable TV are included as is a land-line phone system. The mix of pine and plastered walls throughout the home add to the beauty. The plaster ceilings are a decorative work of art. Our 3 1/2 bathrooms include two with showers, one with a tub and shower and a half bath on the main floor. Four of the bedrooms have wall-hung flat screen TVs. The bedrooms on the second floor include two with queen sized log beds and one with full-size bunk beds. The third floor is an open concept bedroom perfect for a group of youngsters. This area has two queen log beds, two twin beds and a full size futon bed. In the basement are two beautiful bedrooms, each with queen-sized log beds. These rooms,open into a common room with its own TV and Wii game system and private bathroom with shower. The home has heating and central air as well as sliding doors in two of the second floor masters, each opening onto their own private balcony perfect for morning coffee or watching the sun set over beautiful Lake Michigan. This is the setting for a perfect, peaceful retreat and wonderful family vacation.

Property Manager
Jim Howell
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

About Jim Howell

We are a large family who spent many years camping at Lake Michigan as our three children were growing up. Some of our very best memories include the sand and waves of Lake Michigan. Now the time we spend here includes our many grandchildren, friends and extended family as well and we are still making wonderful memories.

Jim Howell purchased this house in 2013

Why Jim Howell chose Silver Lake

This home is large enough for us all to be together in such a peaceful setting. There is always something to do and space enough for everyone to be comfortable. The only thing we like better than being together is being together at Lake Michigan. We enjoy sharing this home with others who love this Great Lake as much as we do.


Mears House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Half Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 2 queen , 3 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Dishes, pots and pans, towels and wash cloths, sheets and bedding, internet, cable, land line phone, Wii game system and Xbox 360 system all provided. Washer and dryer. Hair dryers. Two DVD players and six flat-screen TVs. Coffee maker, toaster, electric tea pot, microwave, dishwasher, ice maker. Central heat and air conditioning. portable fire pit, picnic table, outside towel clothes line. Outdoor chair, lounge chairs. Gas grill. Electric golf cart.


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The Lake Michigan House
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Beautiful house and amazing view of Lake Michigan.

  • 5 of 5

This house was the perfect size for our family vacation. Everyone had their own space. The sunsets over Lake Michigan were beautiful. We would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place for a large family! Close to everything!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family thoroughly enjoyed the Lake Michigan House! The house was in perfect condition and provided ample room for our whole family to enjoy. It's location is perfect. The dunes behind the house ended up being a huge hit for all of our children. Just a short car ride to Silver Lake where we went swimming, boating and tubing and enjoyed the park. The owners were responsive and very pleasant. We loved the sunsets sitting around the fire pit in the backyard. A perfect house and perfect location for an extended family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great view, great house, great weekend!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at The Lake House. We come back every spring because the home works so well for our "Mom Getaways." Jim, the owner, is quick to respond to questions and wonderful to work with. The house has a gorgeous, unobstructed view of Lake Michigan. There are plenty of bedrooms and all the mattresses we've used are very comfortable. The kitchen has lots of counter space and new(er) stainless steel appliances. The pictures you see on this site accurately reflect the house which is not always the case. Our group has been doing these getaways for the last 12 years and there's a reason we keep coming back to this house. We give it and it's owners high praise!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family wedding

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect house for our four families with 6 children. We were in the area for our son's wedding and it was the right size for all of us. The beds were very comfortable, the kitchen had everything we needed and there were plenty of bathrooms for our size group. Sitting on the deck looking out at Lake Michigan at sunset was very nice. Wi-fi was excellent for such a large group. Working with the owner was easy and I am very happy to have found such a nice property.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our new favorite vacation spot, for sure!

  • 5 of 5

We normally head south this time of year- to North Carolina. We rent a huge discounted house on the beach and enjoy the quiet. This year, due to various circumstances, we decided to go north. We chose this house completely blind- we knew nothing about Lake Michigan, this part of Michigan. We booked pretty much based on pictures and reviews. We were most certainly not disappointed. The drive was less than half of what it would have been to the ocean- with a toddler, that was great news! The house is everything you see in the pictures- and more! It is so warm and inviting- a truly cozy place to relax and enjoy family time. At night, tucked into a very comfortable bed, I could hear the surf breaking- just like at the ocean! Although the lake was so high we couldn't go down the steps, the accessible beach was about 5 houses away. We enjoyed our 2 mile (or so) walk on the beach- just like at the ocean, loved watching the cars and cycles on the dunes and the sunsets--- well, just magical! The neighbor was wonderful- invited my grandson to use their small sand area in their back yard for playtime. So many sweet little towns surrounding the area- we went on a tour at a dairy farm (and, of course at ice cream!,) shopped, visited with town people. Everyone is so friendly. My family went to the dunes and experienced the fun of riding the dunes. Later that day we went back and walked the dunes and were transported to a vast desert- so much fun to just let loose and climb the dunes, let the little one run to his heart's content. Although perhaps not the most fancy, gourmet kitchen we have experienced- we are a cooking family so easily were able to use everything provided to cook wonderful meals. Everything was clean and the basics were there. The bedrooms were very comfortable- plenty of beds- many more than our group of 7 needed and the bathrooms were completely adequate. The golf cart was a bonus, as well. The sunsets were so amazing- we have many photos - just kept taking pictures as we were so taken with the splendor of it all. The fire pit- just sitting in the yard and relaxing overlooking the lake- just perfect! We will most definitely return!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Vacation from Toddlers to Pre-Teens!

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot alone express how delighted we were to work with Jim and Maureen both before, during, and after our stay in their lovely home. We've rented quite a few homes through Homeaway and VRBO, and I have to admit this has been our most favorite. The entire Zamirowski clan were in attendance with 14 of us in the house! Six Grandkids aged 3 to 11 with parents and grandparents resided without any problems. The kids loved the 3rd floor dormitory set up and the adults had their own special queen sized bedrooms to relax and get away. The kitchen was well-outfitted with everything we needed. The only needed item was a grill brush which we purchased. The home's A/C worked extremely well. The first few days of our trip the weather was mild and we were able to open the house to the lake breezes. But mid-week the weather turned much warmer and humid and we were glad to have the A/C. The Association beach was great! The kids swam all the time and even went in off the steps adjacent to the lake house. Fortunately, the lake was warm and we all took full advantage. Be sure to check out Rainbow Stables for an awesome horseback riding experience. They do trails with knowledgeable guides. I hadn't been on a horse in at least 30 years and had no problem at all, even though my horse, Buck, got a little nervous along the trail. It was like riding a bike although I did this far better :). Also, try Tasty Creationz for ice cream and MacWoods Dune Rides for an incredible Dune ride! It's well worth the $! Go early! We will definitely be back to the Howell's lake house in the future. Everyone in the family raved about it and said it was the best vacation yet! Thank you, Jim and Maureen for opening your lovely home to us! Until next time!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Kent County, Grand Rapids
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Pentwater Brown Bear Bar
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Golden Sands Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Open Hearth Grill
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* In Pentwater, Award winning burgers at Brown Bear Bar and Grill......

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Walk the Silver Lake Sand dunes 100 yards from the lakehouse.

* Walk the wooded roads near the beach house..

* Swim in Lake Michigan right in your back yard....

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Silver lake dune rides.

* Michigan Adventure Amusement and Water Park....

Welcome to your fun filled week on the shore of Lake Michigan. Swim from the lakefront in front of the home or enjoy the association beach 200 yards away with 5 miles of State Park beach to walk. Across the street, enjoy walking the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, or if you prefer, rent a dune buggy or guided tour of the Dunes. This home has cable and internet, with six TV's and a Wii game and Xbox 360 system for the kids. The Lake House has central air, back deck for barbecuing, or enjoy your coffee on the two master bedroom balconies. Walk the private roads or take a spin in the electric golf cart. Perfect for family get togethers and business retreats, or share it with another family. Perfect location to make memories. Located near Silver Lake, including all the recreation in the area, and almost equidistant between Ludington and Muskegon. Access to dining opportunities and shopping as well as Michigan Adventure Amusement and Water Park. This will be a a vacation you will never forget!


Rates & Availability

Mears House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Damage Deposit $750

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.