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Beautiful Lake Michigan Home - Family Retreat - Awesome Sunsets!

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 2,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Lakefront home; incredible sunsets! sleeps 8

Situated on Lake Michigan facing west toward the Manitou Islands, enjoy blissful days filled with a multitude of activities to spend true quality time with your family and friends. You will be treated to stunning sunsets over the water each evening and tranquil mornings listening to the waves lap on the shore.

This architecturally interesting contemporary home has bright indoor spaces with large windows. Our guests enjoy large comfortable gathering spaces as well as cozy nooks for personal time. A long, winding wooded driveway provides a sense of pleasant seclusion. There is an attached 2-stall garage and large wrap-around decks. The decks provide lots of outdoor living and dining space with water views and choices of shady or sunny sitting areas. This home is impeccably maintained and well furnished. It will comfortably accommodate 8 people for sleeping.

• A fully equipped kitchen includes many gourmet housewares and gadgets for those who enjoy cooking. A gas grill just outside the kitchen has been an appreciated amenity for many guests.

• The large dining and living areas inside as well as a large table with umbrella and comfortable seating on the deck outside provide options for your vacation lifestyle.

• The den is equipped with a 32" TV, DVD player, as well as cable for hooking up personal devices. Streaming on the internet has also been gaining the favor of our guests. There is a large bookcase full of wonderful books, games, and puzzles as well.

• The large Main Floor Master Suite (great for those not wishing to use stairs) has 2 full size beds and a full bath.

• The Upstairs Master Suite with a queen bed and large bathroom with a double shower make this room a perfect retreat.

• Two additional upstairs family bedrooms connected with a full bathroom feature a queen bed in one room and trundled twin beds in the other room.

• Guest bedding and bath towels are provided.

The lakefront is a combination of sand and pebble beach with a rocky cove where wildlife abounds. A bird watching paradise, we regularly see bald eagles, all varieties of waterfowl, as well as song and beach birds. Our "sunset bench" is perfect for relaxing with a cup of coffee in the morning, watching fish, turtles, otters playing...and then awesome Lake Michigan sunsets in the evening. The firepit and benches provide a lakefront gathering spot for watching the sunset and eating s'mores. Long beach-walks looking for Petoskey stones and Leland blues are another favorite pass-time.

Our lakefront home is halfway between the harbor towns of Leland and Northport. Unique shops and galleries, dining and recreation are a short scenic drive away. There are many municipal parks with beaches and playgrounds for family excursions. Traverse City is a quick 35-minute drive over winding county roads bordered by orchards and vineyards.

Our quiet and peaceful setting is easily accessible to state and conservancy hiking trails, biking, fishing, boating, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Leelanau County is ideal for outdoor recreation or just plain sitting and relaxing. Come and enjoy!

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Louann Kohlbeck
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Louann Kohlbeck

Owner Photo is of Louann and her Mom on the "Sunset Bench".

Our home holds volumes of precious family memories. All of us have special times here with our individual families, extended families, and friends. 'Girls week' at Christmas and in the summer draws 3 generations of moms-daughters-cousins for boating, hiking, cooking and general relaxing together. Couples weekends are also a treat as we frequently entertain friends for an activity and a meal.

Louann Kohlbeck purchased this house in 1993

Why Louann Kohlbeck chose Northport

Our parents attended The Leelanau School (near The Homestead in Glen Arbor) in the 1940's when Leelanau County was a remote and hidden jewel. As our family grew up we visited Glen Arbor for vacations and then attended camp at Leelanau-Kohahna now located on Pyramid Point - just down the shore. The county has been 'second home' for three generations now but remains 'first' in our hearts. Our home on 'Big Blue' is a true retreat where peace and tranquility abides. For those of us who enjoy 'garden therapy' we have a large and lovely place to commune with the soil and flowering plants. Our home is located on a certified 'Natural Beauty Road' just a 2-mile walk from a favorite local bar & grill on M-22 - the now famous state highway that winds its way around the perimeter of Leelanau County. Mom and Dad fell in love with this place because it was a bit off the beaten track of the tourist crowd which tends to stay closer to the National Park, and it offered a peaceful and quiet retreat.

What makes this house unique

The unique architectural design of this home combined with the sense of seclusion yet convenient distance from both Northport and Leland (10 mins either direction) make this place perfect for extended stays. It is a family home - not just a typical vacation rental property - and offers the comforts and conveniences of a year-round home. Come and enjoy!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Northport in Leelanau

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Guest Bathroom - Toilet
    Mainfloor Master Suite Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Upstairs Master Suite Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , large double shower
    Family Suite Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Mainfloor Master Suite - 2 Double Bed
    Upstairs Master Suite - 1 Large Double Bed
    Family Suite Queen Room - 1 Large Double Bed
    Family Suite Twin Trundle Room - 2 Single Bed
  • Main Floor Master: 2 double beds and en suite full bathroom Upstairs Master: 1 queen bed and en suite bathroom w dbl shower Upstairs Family Suite: 1 queen bedroom adjoining full bathroom to Family Twin Trundle bed room.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Our guests enjoy the sense of privacy and seclusion of this home and also it's convenient proximity to every kind of recreation Leelanau County has to offer. Hiking, Bike trails, Beaches, Galleries, Shops, Restaurants, Winerys, Festivals, charter fishing, boat and water sports rentals are all very convenient.


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Beautiful Lake Michigan Home - Family Retreat - Awesome Sunsets!
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Grand Rapids

More than just accommodations - a destination

  • 5 of 5

It is so hard to sum up our incredible adventure in a few paragraphs - the property and home are absolutely beautiful; rich wood accents and pleasant soft lighting throughout with all the amenities you would expect in your own house. Rooms are well sized and comfortable - I slept great every night with the windows open, allowing the cool breeze and sounds of lake Michigan to ease me into sleep.

Even with my family of four (with two young children), my sister and her husband felt as if they had their own separate suite - we really appreciated how roomy and well laid out the floor plan was. And the amazing views of of the lake Michigan sunset every night were stunning - something you just can't see on the bay side.

The feeling of solitude we enjoyed all week was exactly what my family and I needed. While normally I am the first to get up early and plan the local adventure, I was the one saying "let's just stay here - it doesn't get any better than this". Our family spent most of the days in the lake - battling the waves on our inflatable "ship", searching for Petosky stones on the private beach and dining afterward outside on the amazing deck. We grilled almost every night but also ate at a delightful restaurant down the road close enough to ride our bikes to (yes, there are bikes available here to use)!

We simply made amazing memories here that we will never forget. Very highly recommended as a family retreat!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wilmette, IL

Delightful northern escape

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6, ages 10-85, loved this home on the Leelanau Penninsula. The sunsets were spectacular.

The path to the lake was easily navigated by our 85-yr-old matron of the family.

The cove, though rocky & sometimes sea-weedy, was great for floating and kayaking. We enjoyed the north country for exploring, hiking, wine tasting, farm stands, bicycle riding, berry picking, pottery galleries and more.

The house is very well appointed & comfortable. The kitchen is totally equipped for cooking all types of meals, we even had relatives over and served dinner for 10. Both towns of Leland and Northport were great for quick runs for supplies, or enjoying the shops & restaurants. Roxanne's shop in Leland, The Cove Restaurant in Leland & Barb's Bakery in Northport were our favorites. Thank you Louann for a wonderful time in your lovely home. We'll never forget it!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you, Claire! We look forward to your visit again next summer.
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Beautiful family home

  • 5 of 5

My family found this beautiful home relaxing and very peaceful. It felt remote - truly a 'retreat'. The house very comfortably accommodated me and my husband, my dad, three daughters (two college-age and one seven year old), and two cousins. We read, swam, relaxed by the dock, made nightly s'mores by a bonfire, and enjoyed the STUNNING view from the deck. The kitchen had everything we needed, including a gas grill and washer/dryer.

We found something to do every day, including golfing, hikes in nearby Leelanau State Park, kayaking down the Crystal river, and running through the Sleeping Bear dunes. We found a great bookstore in Northport.

The swimming is a bit rocky, I recommend bringing water shoes and inner-tubes to float. There are lots of opportunities to bike. You can rent kayaks in Northport and have them delivered to the house.

After a week in this beautiful 'retreat' it was very hard to come home to reality.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Louisville, KY

Beautiful home in a lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week with our family, including a three-year-old and a one-year-old. Spending quality time with adult children and grandchildren is priceless. Doing it in this beautiful home made our time together even more special. The house was perfect for our family. The one-year-old learned to climb the stairs by the end of the week! We loved walking on Gills Pier Road in the mornings, tooling around Lake Michigan, afternoons at the family friendly public beach in Northport, eating at The Happy Hour Tavern and the Garage, visiting the Grand Traverse lighthouse, then watching spectacular sunsets in the evenings. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beuatiful Relaxing Environment

  • 5 of 5

My family, seven adults, stayed for a week and had a wonderful time. We enjoyed coffee on the dock in the morning, sun on the dock or deck midday, happy hour on the deck and a fire on the beach in the evening. Every aspect of the house allows for a relaxing environment.

We took day trips into Leland, Northport and Glen Arbor. Dinner at The Cove in Leland and at restaurant (forget the name of it) at the end of Gill Pier was very good.

Our family had a fantastic time and wouldn't hesitate to come back

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cincinnati, OH

Wonderful vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation in beautiful Michigan. This home is just that - a home. Rather than feeling like I was staying at just another rental home, I felt like I had been invited to stay at a friend's home. It was so welcoming. I cannot begin to describe the sense of peace gathered here when in the home and on the property. The pictures truly do not do justice to the "real thing." The view from the great room is absolutely breathtaking. The owner was wonderful and very accessible. Our teenagers thoroughly enjoyed the home. They had a blast setting up their hammocks in the trees near the lake. I wish I could go back today!!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse City, mI
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Fischer's Happy Hour Tavern
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles

Beautiful Leelanau County - 'land of delight' - is home to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, recently voted as the most beautiful place in America by viewers of Good Morning America. A vacation destination for folks of all ages, Leelanau County offers Golf Courses with spectacular views, Conservancy and State Park hiking trails, unlimited water sports recreation, art galleries, vinyards & wineries, fine and casual dining, cultural events, and spectacular sightseeing.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Northport, Michigan

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Housekeeping £188.75
Refundable Damage Deposit £377.5

Home will be thoroughly clean upon arrival. Bed linens and bath towels are provided. Kitchen is fully equipped. Owner- manager is very accessible for questions.

Half of total due at time of reservation. Balance plus REFUNDABLE damage deposit due 30 days prior to arrival date.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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