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Lower Level Walk-out Apartment, Situated On The Edge Of A Vineyard

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Spacious 1 Bedroom Lower Walkout Apartment With Views And 5 Miles From Downtown.

Walk-out Apartment On The Lower Level Of Our Home And Situated On The Edge Of A Vineyard overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay Spacious Bedroom, Private Bath, Kitchen With Microwave, Fridge, Coffeemaker, Small Toaster-Oven, And Cook-top Stove Plus Living Room With TV, Pool Table And Fireplace. Private Entrance With Patio--great For Watching Sailboats On The Bay, Sunsets Or Twinkling Stars And The Lights Of Downtown Traverse City. Wineries, Hiking, Beaches, Or Downtown Are All A Short Drive Or Bike Ride Away.

Jennifer & Wally Szunko
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

About Jennifer & Wally Szunko

Our foursome has lived in this house since 2004 and never tire of the amazing vistas and sunsets. We love to travel and often use VRBO when we go to the mountains skiing or to California for golf. Traverse City has been home for Wally and Jennifer long before they met here in the summer of 1990. In 2010 the Szunko family started the first bike and kayak rental business at Clinch Park Marina in downtown Traverse City--The River TC. Although the business was sold to a friend, the kids spent the next six summers working there and refer to it as the "center of the universe".

Jennifer is retired from working at a book review magazine and now drives the Brew Bus for wine & beer tours and renovates forgotten houses; Wally works in the auto industry (when he's not golfing); Aleksa attends DePauw University; and Cole attends Northern Michigan University. All four love being outdoors, playing tennis, golf, running, biking, skiing, snowboarding, and socializing with friends around a great meal or s'mores at the campfire.

We have a wide circle of friends all over Northwest Northern Michigan so if you have a question about the area, we can find the answer. We are happy to assist with reservations, tee times, setting up transportation, or suggesting activities.

Our home has been described as "simple and comfortable, like your favorite pair of jeans". We want our friends and visitors to feel relaxed and at home so let us know if there is anything you need. You can join us for a glass of wine on the deck in the evening, build yourself a campfire in the fire pit or kickback on your private patio.

Jennifer & Wally Szunko purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Jennifer & Wally Szunko chose Traverse City

We spent ten years in an English Tudor on the east side of Old Mission Peninsula less than a mile from our house on the Leorie Vineyard. We loved living on the peninsula but the only one that really enjoyed the beautiful sunrises was Jennifer. When we were presented with an opportunity to sell the house the timing seemed right to make the move to the sunset side. It was a quick turnaround which didn't leave time to purchase our next home so we opted to rent a camper and put our belongings into storage. The kids had a fantastic summer of camping! In late July of 2004 we walked into the house on Leorie Drive and immediately fell in love with the view, the granite fireplace, and the California architecture. The kids fell in love with the tree swing. More than a decade later the top to bottom renovation is nearly complete and we have never had a moment of regret. Now its time to share our space with others!

What makes this apartment unique

The house sits on the edge of the Leorie vineyard where grapes are grown and turned into one of Michigan's finest red wines at Black Star Farms winery. Beyond the vineyard is West Grand Traverse Bay and a view of downtown Traverse City in the distance. On Wednesday nights and Saturday afternoons throughout the summer you can see and sometimes hear the local sailboat races. There is always something interesting coming into view: boats, storms, wildlife, hot air balloons, fireworks, the Blue Angels, and more.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Traverse City in Peninsula

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Tiled shower, toilet, large mirror, and sink, with heated tile floors in hallway from bedroom to bathroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • 1 queen-size murphy-bed constructed of solid wood with a very comfy mattress.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • 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
  • gambling casinos
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Less than 5 miles to downtown Traverse City but in a very quiet setting with water and vineyard views and bountiful wildlife.


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(13 traveller reviews)

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Lower Level Walk-out Apartment, Situated On The Edge Of A Vineyard
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Beautiful one bedroom apartment with an amazing view!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic! Stayed for 2 nights, and wish we had stayed longer. Enjoyed drinking our morning coffee on the patio overlooking some vineyards and the bay.

Our amazing hosts had snacks and a bottle of local wine waiting for us upon arrival.

We will be back for sure!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend this place. Such a beautiful home and view. Wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous Views & Generous Hospitality

  • 5 of 5

We booked for the gorgeous view of the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay but were pleasantly surprised by the hospitality of the owners Jennifer and Wally. The first night of our stay they shared a bottle of wine with us and stories around the bonfire, while the stars looked on: magic! They also left some delicious local treats in our kitchen. How nice! Our private apartment included everything we might need to make our stay comfortable, including a full kitchen, bedroom and bath, television, pool table, books, games, and gas fireplace. Oh, and don't forget the unbeatable sunsets! Conveniently only a few minutes from downtown Traverse City, it was a wonderful home base for our trip.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to meet you both! Thanks for your kind words.
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Majestic view, very peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

The lower level walk out apartment was exactly as expected. The views are awesome and it is very peaceful. Very clean and well equipped. The property is located less than 4 miles from downtown Traverse City and near all the wineries on Old Mission Peninsula. The owners, Jennifer and Wally were most hospitable and kind. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Setting and Great Hosts

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for our wedding anniversary and the setting was absolutely beautiful and the location was so near all the fun things to do. Jennifer was so kind and accommodating. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Better than we hoped!

  • 5 of 5

Jennifer and Wally were exceptional hosts and their place was better than we had hoped. Plenty of space for Meg and I to really spread out and relax. Only drawback is the bike ride back to their place from downtown TC is mostly uphill! Ugh! View from their back patio is beautiful at sunset!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed meeting you both! It's true, the gorgeous view means an uphill climb at the end of your day. :)
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Nearest Airport
6.29 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport TVC
Nearest Golf
8.97 Miles
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Nearest Restaurant
3.56 Miles
The Cook's house
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Bryant Park
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.