Mid Century Charmer on the Hill


Entire residential home hosted by Vanessa

6 guests, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 1.5 baths
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Sunny and charming with a welcoming mid-century vibe, we love our space. We live in Chicago and visit as often as we can to get a dose of Lake Michigan fun or for a chill respite. Just 2 blocks from the water and a 5 minute walk to town, our house is on the Hill, just far enough to be away from the fray. Need a little extra room? Add on the little cottage in the back; we call her the Betty. We love to host folks and want you to enjoy our space as much as we do.

The space
We fell in love with this place the moment we saw it.

The house sits on a hill, so you can see trees and sky in every direction. The backyard is open and has lots of fun spaces, including a big porch with a dining area and a firepit. There's also a gas grill ready to go.

As for the house, the front door opens into the lounge. With nice high ceilings and fun furnishings, this is a great room to take in the light (you can see the infamous Mt. Baldhead from the windows) or sit back and listen to some old records on our retro Curtis Mathes stereo. There's also a super-fun set of 1969 Optimus-4 walnut speakers that double as seats!

The lounge leads to the kitchen and eating space (just beyond our tiny but very functional laundry room). The kitchen is fully equipped with a big fridge, great stove and oven, large microwave, and dishwasher. The double-wide sink is in front of one of our favorite windows in the house overlooking the back yard. We both cook, so the kitchen is equipped with nice pans and cooking utensils, things for baking, and a snappy orange Kitchenaid mixer. There's also loads of work space. And because we kick back like the best of 'em, there's lots of different cocktails glasses and tools for making your own.

The living room and library balance out the other half of the first floor. We have a large-screen television with access to basic cable in addition to hulu, Netflix, and Amazon video (use my accounts or log in to your own). Our new Joybird sofa opens out into a comfy queen bed (we tested it to make sure!). The wood-burning fireplace is the centerpiece of the room and wonderful when playing outside isn't an option.

The library (or game room, because of the games and the stuffed guys ;) is just beyond the living room and is a super comfy place to put your feet up. We're constantly adding to our collection of books, movies, games, and other fun things! There's also a portable waterproof bluetooth speaker that you can put wherever you want to rock out (just be mindful of our fabulous neighbors).

Off the library (and the kitchen) is our bright screened-in back porch. There's a big ol' picnic table and a ceiling fan to keep you cool.

The stairs to the second floor are steep, but there are two handrails to help you out. The master bedroom is at the front of the house and two windows look out to lovely trees, creating a beautiful scene to wake up to. There is a king bed, vintage furniture, and a large walk-in closet, so plenty of room to spread out and stash your stuff!

The full bathroom is on the second floor (there's a half bath on the first), with super high ceilings and windows, and is a bright way to start your day (or a wonderful place to take a moonlit shower). We've got you covered with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, great hair dryer, and some back-up supplies in case you've forgotten anything.

The second bedroom overlooks the back yard and gets incredible light. The beds can be configured as two XL twins or as a king, and the headboard has flexible shelving so that no matter how its set up, everyone has room to stash their stuff. There's a small dresser and a closet in this room as well.

The Betty, the little cottage in the back, is available to add on for $99 (total, not nightly) if you need a little extra room to spread out. There's a living room with some fun, vintage furniture, including a sleeper couch that's great for naps. The writer's room in back, has a lovely old desk and a twin bed. One of our guest's 10-year-old slept there and was very excited to have "his own house!" The cocktail and garden room, just off the firepit, is great for mixing it up (see what we did there?!). We don't rent this space separately, and we'll just ask you after you book if you'd like to add it on.

Let us know if you have any questions. We'd love to have you.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
TV with standard cable
Air conditioning
Patio or balcony
Indoor fireplace

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Where you’ll be

Saugatuck, Michigan, United States

Here's a great bit from Saugatuck's website...

Sun. Sand. And water, as far as the eye can see. With 10 spectacular miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 25 Beaches in the World,” and inviting places to hike, boat, fish, and golf, you’ll find a natural playground that’s worth exploring 365 days a year.

From outdoor adventures to romantic getaways, art galleries to al fresco dining, and sunny days to cozy nights, it’s easy to see why this area has a special place in so many hearts. Adventures await you in the dunes, the town, and the waterways. From sunrise to sunset, there’s never a dull moment here. Local wine, craft beer, hard cider, and restaurants are serving up the best of Michigan’s harvest for you.

Long known as “the art coast of Michigan,” this community traces its creative roots back 100 years to the day when The Art Institute of Chicago established its Ox-Bow School here. Today, dozens of working painters, sculptors, ceramicists, and other artists call it home, enriching our community with an open-minded outlook and an appreciation of art that spills over into the galleries around town. It's also home to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, which hosts art exhibits, stage productions, films, lectures, and other cultural events around the year.

No vacation spot is complete without a good meal and Saugatuck and Douglas know how to fill the bill. You’ll find award-winning chefs and locally brewed craft beer and cider on tap. It’s no wonder USA Today named this community the “Best Small Coastal Town.”

Two distinct downtowns in Saugatuck and Douglas offer ample opportunities to window-shop, browse, and indulge. Treat yourself to a little retail therapy in Saugatuck's eclectic blend of upscale boutiques, outdoor gear, Michigan-made goodies, and other treasures.

Hosted by Vanessa

  1. Joined in May 2013
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I'm a graphic designer at a public library and my wife Laurie works in medical research. We love family, traveling, food, music, theater, beaches, wine, good cocktails, water, walks, swimming, gyming, art... you know, the good stuff. We love a well-designed space and we love sharing our own space.
I'm a graphic designer at a public library and my wife Laurie works in medical research. We love family, traveling, food, music, theater, beaches, wine, good cocktails, water, walk…


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Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
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No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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