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DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY - ON THE BAY, Studio Apartment

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

1 Bedroom Guest Suite With Kitchenette, Sleeps 4

Welcome to our home! We just finished building it in June (2013). It is one of the coolest houses in Northwest Michigan. We live on the 2nd and 3rd floors with an amazing view of West Grand Traverse Bay. It is a passive and active solar home. We are 2 blocks west of downtown Traverse City - on West Bay across from the West End Beach. Our guest suite is on the first floor of our home AND it has a private entry off the front door. It includes a living room, bedroom (with a Queen size bed) and a full bath with a tub. The living area has a sofa bed (with a memory foam mattress), TV with cable, WIFI, and a kitchenette. The kitchenette has a full size refrigerator, hot plate, microwave, sink and a coffee maker.

Most Importantly......you are downtown across from West Bay within walking distance of everything that Traverse City has to offer. Park Your Car!

Walk, bike or drive to our many restaurants, wineries, breweries, bars and food trucks:

Come for all our festivals, for the Great Lakes, for family and new friends. Use our place as a hub for all your explorations to the surrounding counties!

You can connect to miles of paved trials just across the street. Mountain bikers and cross country skiers will enjoy 3-25k loops at the Vasa trail system. Bike, kayak and stand-up paddleboards can be rented at the Bayfront Park, approximately 1/4 mile away. Hiking and fly fishing are superb on the Boardman River, a blue-ribbon trout stream. Just 30 minutes to the north, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore was recently named the most beautiful place in America.

There are museums - the north's only children's museum and Dennos Museum, which holds the world's largest collection of Inuit art. There are numerous art galleries. Our downtown is one of the most vibrant in the state - unique shops abound.

Named a top five Foodie Town by Bon Appetit, we love our local restaurants and will point you in the right direction. The best bakery in town is a half block away and you can often smell fresh bread and cinnamon rolls baking at night. There are a number of wineries on both our peninsulas and microbreweries abound.

Traverse City is home to the State Theatre, just named the top small theater in the country - you can walk to the State and its new sister theater, Bijou by the Bay. Art and first run films are shown at the theater, along with kid's 25-cent matinees and classic films on Wednesday mornings. Traverse City's Film Festival takes place the first week of August - it is in its ninth year, attracting film makers, actors and producers from around the world.

Just down the block -

Bay Bakery - the best bakery in town.

Frenchies (Breakfast and Lunch)

Sledders Restaurant - kiss the moose!

Wonder Freeze Ice Cream

More Details

Owner
Bob Eichenlaub
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2017

About Bob Eichenlaub

I am a retired Special Education Teacher and builder and Becky is manager at a local foundation. We are avid runners, bikers and skiers. I have biked all over the world and love biking here the best. We have lived here for decades and love Traverse City!

Bob Eichenlaub purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Bob Eichenlaub chose Northern Michigan

The ‘Rock Shop 2’ started 3 years ago when my wife and I were looking for a new home. We stumbled onto an old storefront with a house attached. The “Davidson Rock Shop” had been polishing Petoskey stones and selling them to tourists for over 50 years. The building was part of Traverse City’s original downtown and was built just after the Civil War. It sits across the street from the public beach on West Bay - an awesome location, just 2 blocks away from downtown.

We decided to tear down the commercial side and sell the small house to some friends. The design was particularly difficult due to the fact that the commercial infill lot that was left was 25’ wide and 117’ deep AND we needed a ‘one hour fire rated wall’ on the long sides. That means no windows on the long sides. A big challenge was bringing light into a ‘shotgun’ style house.

The other big design consideration was that I wanted to build the most energy efficient building in Traverse City. The building follows a German design standard called Passiv House. This design standard has four main criteria 1) Super-insulation 2) Very tight envelope 3) an Energy Recovery Ventilator to bring in fresh air and is 4)Solar heated.

I retired last June from teaching and started tearing down the old building the next day. The final design (I went through 4 major design changes) has a small apartment and a garage on the first floor. The second floor has the main living space and has a ‘clear story’ that goes up to the third floor and the decks, flooding the house with light. The floors and the domestic hot water are heated by the solar panels on the roof. Last week we got a courtesy call from DTE saying that we would not be getting a bill for the month of May because they do not send out bills less than $ 30.00.

What makes this apartment unique

We are so very happy with our new home, it is nothing short of amazing! It has turned out better than we expected. Look out your front window on one of the most pristine bays in the world!

Location

Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Sledders - Kiss the Moose!
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Elmbrook, Grand Traverse Resort
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
US 31 & M-72
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Sledders - Great Burger
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Across the street
Car: not necessary

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Traverse City in Grand Traverse County

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • city centre ...
  • Lake View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Full sized tub and shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen sized bed with a Memory Foam Mattress, (second bed is in the living room sofa-bed)
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY - ON THE BAY, Studio Apartment
average rating of 4.9591837 based on 49 reviews
5

Really nice spot to stay and discover Traverse City.

  • 5 of 5

We love staying here. The apartment is on the first floor and has its own entrance . Comfortable queen size bed and doors that separate the bedroom and sitting room. Great bakery two doors down! Easy walk into downtown. Also Bob and Becky are awesome!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks!
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5

Awesome location.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Traverse City. The apt was wonderful. Had perfect amenities. The location was great. Bob and Becky were very accommodating, letting us check in early and making sure we had everything we needed (including awesome restaurant options). We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The RockShop was wonderful - in a great location and plenty of space for us and our 2 young kids

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time exploring some of the many local eating options and the hosts were very kind and available. We hope to stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Franklin, Tennessee
5

Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

Great clean, comfortable apartment with a beautiful view. Nice amenities that include a Keurig coffee maker and a nice selection of coffees and teas, wonderful soap and shampoo.

The location is perfect for a walk to the big lake just across the street. Also walk easily to many restaurants, microbreweries, and shops downtown. Also a very easy drive to wineries and beautiful sights on Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas. Owners are very knowledgeable and helpful. Bicyclers, walkers and runners will enjoy the TART trail accessible just across the street.

Chris & Deb,

The Villages, FL

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. Safe travels. Bob and Becky
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Georgetown
5

Spotless propert. Perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

We loved Rock Shop 2. It was immaculate and had everything we needed for our stay. The bed was very comfortable, linens were lovely and privacy was perfect. We would love to stay here again on our next trip to TC. Can offer no suggestions for improvement. Excellent property!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great location in Traverse City!

  • 5 of 5

RockShop 2 is a great location with all the amenities of home. We were able to bring a few groceries for lunches during our day trips to the Dunes park. The location is perfect for walking downtown and exploring the shops, restaurants and breweries....or just across the street to the beach! Can't wait to come back and stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Traverse City, Michigan

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
£280
for 2 nights
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£121
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£161
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
November 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
£280
for 2 nights
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£121
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£141
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£602
 
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May 2018
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
£280
for 2 nights
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£121
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£141
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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest
 
June 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
£360
for 2 nights
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£161
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£201
Fri,Sat
 
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Summer 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
£642
for 3 nights
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£201
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£242
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest
 
Sept & October 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
£360
for 2 nights
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£161
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£201
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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest
 
November 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
£280
for 2 nights
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£121
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£141
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£199
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£81
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£101
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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £38.01
Refundable Damage Deposit £76.01
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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