Large outside area - grocery store next doorNew Queen beds - and yes, clean bath towels are included
1 BR/1 BA Entire Apt, Bay View/Near Downtown
1 BR/1 BA Entire Apt, Bay View/Near Downtown
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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Our place is close (200 yards) to the Beach, Downtown (1.4 m), parks, grocery/drug store, and restaurants. It is adjacent to the Tart Trail bike path.

The apt has a Queen bed, futon sofa bed, comfy pappasan, and space flexibility. My place is good for couples, singles, families (with kids), and furry friends (small pets).

The kitchen is fully stocked for eating and cooking with microwave, coffeemaker (and coffee), pots/pans, toaster oven, and a supply of condiment and spice essentials.

The space

The apartment is on the 2nd floor of a two-story, 5-unit older apartment house built in 1950. There are long-term residents living in the other units. The apartment is approximately 600 sq. ft with a good sized living room and eating nook and a modest but ample bedroom (11 x 14). The bathroom has been newly renovated this year and is located within the bedroom. The kitchen is modest but more than sufficient for travellers wishing to cook from scratch.

Guest access

You have the entire apartment (#4) which you access from the front or from the back staircase. Each adult guest receives a key. The front door of the building has a 4 digit lock - which we will text you on the day you arrive.
The wireless internet access code is on the TV table in the bedroom and on a little telephone nook in the living room. The internet is quite good.

There is a large lawn area if you have kayaks or canoe or other large equipment that you need to keep with you (or you rented). There is a bike rack to lock bikes. It is recommended to bring bikes since you are essentially on the trail (one block away) and summer parking is crowded any closer to downtown.

The parking lot has more than sufficient space.

Interaction with guests

I am available 24/7 for any questions or concerns. We live in Grand Rapids this year, but your next door apartment renter - Darcie and Justin (apt #1) - will be your hosts this summer. All the tenants at the house are friendly and can answer any questions.

Other things to note

The building is not the Taj Majal but the apartment is clean and comfy and should meet or exceed your needs. It is a very good location. Last year we got a couple 4s (instead of 5s) because there was a tenant on the first floor that had cats and cat smell. Those tenants have gone and the smell with them.

It is next door to a large grocery store (Tom's) which is open until 10 pm and a Rite Aid which closes at 9 or 10 pm as well. The location is next to the intersection of M-72 (Empire is 22 miles away), M-22 (Sutton's Bay is 15 miles away), and Grandview Parkway ( which parallels the Bay and becomes M-31).

Sleeping Bear Dunes is 26 miles away just north of Empire. There are two casinos in the area - Leelanau Sands is 3 miles north of Sutton's Bay and Turtle Creek Casino is approximately 12 miles away past Acme.

There are approximately 20 vineyards up the Leelanau Peninsula beginning with Brengman Brothers about 4 miles up M-22 north. The apartment has so information for travellers - though most people coming seem to know the area.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 air mattress
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

Wireless Internet

Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee £27
Security Deposit £152
Weekly Discount: 20%
Weekend Price £91 / night
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House Rules
No smoking

- This is a 2 story, five-unit apartment building
- You can have outside parties on the lawn or deck area during the day/early evening. There is a gas BBQ available on the deck.
- There are other small pets in building
- No pets in bedroom area please

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Some pet(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay.
From Nov 01, 2017 - Mar 31, 2018 the minimum stay is 7 nights.

43 Reviews

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Gary User Profile
September 2017
Excellent location. Be aware it is located On Highway on a hill. This results in road noice.
Michael User Profile
Response from Michael:
We are sorry that some noise from the nearby route highway seemed to disturb you. For people reading, the building is about 150 feet from a rural highway. Our tenants in the building have never mentioned it as an issue especially at night, but I guess if you want absolute silence, then the apartment is not for your group.
September 2017

Kaley User Profile
September 2017
The view from michaels place is lovely. It's extremely close to a grocery store which was convenient, and many other things. The space was clean and bright and suited our needs just fine! Michael responded very quickly to any questions we had.

Kari User Profile
September 2017
Great location. Close to the TART trail and a short bike ride into downtown Traverse City. We were able to bring our dog and the dog park was also a short walk away. A great place to stay.

Janine User Profile
September 2017
Great location

Richard User Profile
August 2017
Michael is a gracious and attentive host. We had questions, he was quick to answer them. The apartment was very orderly, nicely decorated and well marked for ease of stay. The view from the living room is quite scenic. The apartment is located relatively close to DT Traverse City and many great restaurants. I highly recommend this location for an up north visit! Thank you again Michael for the wonderful stay.
Michael User Profile
Response from Michael:
thanks again !
August 2017

Pam User Profile
August 2017
Great value! Minutes walk to coffee shop and grocery store and 1-2 miles from the fun are of Traverse City. The apartment is bigger than it appears in pictures also which was a bonus. Bed was comfortable, futon is a futon but I got a good nights sleep on it! If you are the traveler that travels to get out and enjoy the area you are in this is a great resting place, but also offered TV, games should there be a rainy afternoon.

Carla User Profile
August 2017
Great location! Easy access to the Tart trail and a beautiful morning view of Lake Michigan.

Traverse City, Michigan, United StatesJoined in December 2011
Michael User Profile

My wife and I live in Traverse City. She is Medical Doctor and I am a Research Professor. I recently bought this 5 unit apartment building within short walking distance to the bay and beach. We are keeping most of the apartments as long-term rentals but are offering one of the 2nd floor apartments as a rental.

While this is the first time we are hosting through AirBnB we have been renters through it for many years in many cities in France, Italy, Hawaii.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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