USA Michigan Lake Michigan New Buffalo Listing #48481

Harbor House - New Buffalo, MI

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Max. occupancy: 8 1 King Bed, 3 Queen Bed 4 bedrooms 4.5 bathrooms No pets 
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Birder's Home on the Galien River Preserve w/ Huge Deck, Fireplaces & Great View

Sweeping views of the tranquil Galien River Preserve await at Harbor House, a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home that offers privacy, seclusion, and a gorgeous wetland setting without sacrificing the convenience of proximity to downtown New Buffalo. Whether you’re catching the sunrise over the river from the vast decks or gathering with family in one of several common areas, Harbor House is certain to be an exercise in relaxation.

The focal point of this home is the expansive wrap-around deck overlooking an enormous swath of preserved wetlands that's alive with nature and bird life. It's a birdwatcher's paradise, where you can sit with a pair of binoculars, soak up the sun in a lounge chair, or even light the gas grill for lunch or dinner outside at the patio dining set. There's also a well-furnished and shaded screened porch that opens to the patio deck, so you can still enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while keeping cool and out of the sun.

The house itself is modern, up-to-date, and impeccably cared for, offering such at-home comforts as cable TV, high-speed WiFi, and high-quality furniture and appliances. On the main level, the primary living and sitting room overlooks the preserve, with tremendous windows that bathe the home in natural light and seem to bridge the separation between the indoors and outdoors. The wood-burning fireplace offers cozy ambience for those rare cool summer nights; it's even better during the spring, winter, and fall. The open kitchen and dining room is just off the living room, featuring a large dining table for entertaining as well as a breakfast nook and island bar. The lower-level family room is a great place to break off and spend some time, with a big-screen TV, a DVD player, and a foosball table. This space provides wonderful entertainment on rainy days; it's also a good spot to let the gamers in your group hook up to the TV.

At night, you'll find the first bedroom on the main floor, decorated in French country style. It features a queen bed, an en suite bathroom with a jetted tub, and access to the patio if you wish to sneak out at night for a look at the stars. The upper level of Harbor House has a loft office with view over the living room and out towards nature, as well as the second and third bedrooms. The second bedroom has a queen bed, a private shower bathroom, and south-facing windows that make use of natural light without serving as a wake-up call at sunrise. The third guest bedroom has a king bed, its own private shower bathroom, and direct access to the smaller second-floor deck - the perfect spot for enjoying a cup of coffee while watching the sunrise color the sky above the river. The fourth bedroom is on the lower level, with a queen bed and access to a full bathroom. There is also a large air mattress in the downstairs closet.

As for location, the house sits at the end of a quiet road with little traffic, but still only a few hundred feet from the Stray Dog Saloon, so you can always call ahead and place an order if you don't feel like using the kitchen. New Buffalo Beach is just steps away (800 yards from the front door), so you can easily walk or drive and park, whatever suits you and your group best! The rest of downtown New Buffalo is equally close as well.

Things to know:
High-speed WiFi
Full kitchen
The two wood fireplaces are for seasonal use only

This property is managed by Vacasa Michigan, LLC.

City/town permit number: 22-0024

You must be 28 years or older to rent this property.



Jetted tub



Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC


Partial AC

Wood-burning fireplace

Kitchen & dining






Water view




Cable : Comcast

DVD player

Wireless router


Nearby activities & attractions

Golf nearby

On-site activities

Foosball table


Gas grill : Private




21 reviews

MICHELLE M. Dec 2022
Just a long weekend away in a house big enough to provide all four of us space for solitude and togetherness. House is positioned on the edge of a marsh that provided all with the spirit renewing observation of nature that we needed to refuel. Grateful to have had the opportunity to stay at such a beautiful property.
Holly K. Sep 2022
The photos were taken with a wide angle lens giving you many impressions that were not what we found to be. The house is not secluded, it is in a very public busy area. The flagstone walkway to the front door is a bit treacherous and to be avoided. Most times we went in and out of the garage.

The River side of the home with the decks is marvelous, peaceful, amazing views to be enjoyed from the main and second floors. The interior of the home was delightful for our family of 6 adults. Doing puzzles, playing games and cooking was great. Close to Starbucks for your morning caffeine and numerous delightful restaurants.

The main floor bath had no outlets for drying your hair. Most pillows were the shopped up foam that made you feel like you were sleeping on rocks. 3 of the 4 mattresses were lumpy and not all that comfortable.

My experience with Vacasa was challenging from the beginning. I had asked a couple of questions and never received a reply. After a couple,of phone calls, one of the reps told me that for some reasons my requests went right back into my file????? Sounds like an IT issue that just looked like no one cared enough to reply to me.

All in all, I would never use Vacasa again nor rent this house. It was not worth the $. New Buffalo is charming and we have already found a couple of locations we like for next year.
Manager response:
Hi Holly, thanks for staying with us and sharing your feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit overall and apologize for any concerns. Our local team has been working to make improvements and we'd love to host you again soon.
Burch M. Sep 2022
Large, beautiful and well equipped home virtually in the middle of everything.
Debra S. Aug 2022
Great rental home, just what we needed for grown children, grandparents and grands. Home had everything we needed bedroom for everyone and a bath for everyone...all bedrooms large and bathrooms very large and beautiful too. Well stocked home. Kitchen was great for cooking and eating as a full family at the huge dining room table. We did not spend much time on the deck or screened porch but we could see how great those would be if it were not the heat on August in the summer. Lots of toys and games to keep us all occupied, we rarely watched TV however TVs were available in all the rooms. Linens all fresh and clean, we felt like home. Home is right in the heart of New Buffalo but you felt like you were off on your own. 2 minute walk to Stray Dog, 5 minute walk to Starbucks which our kids loved doing each morning. 15 minute walk to New Buffalo beach which is an easy walk, we did it several times in a day...old folks, young folks and little ones. A collapsible wagon was key for toting umbrella, soft sided cooler and ..and sometimes some tired kids after swimming at the lake all day. Beautiful Lake Michigan..we love it! We went to the beach everyday. Ice cream at Nancy's down the block. Walked with our wagon for groceries at Barney's when we needed them. Kids had fun seeing the Amtrak train stop in town a few times a day. It was a great vacation and a great home. Vacasa was an excellent company to work with start to finish. They communicate quickly and regularly and make sure all of your needs are met. I would rent again from this company as they have very high standards for their homes and make your vacation relaxing and easy. Check in and check out was a breeze. I would rent this home again. We thank the owners for sharing their lovely property with us.
Terry M. Jun 2022
We loved our stay at Harbor House. The pictures do not do it justice! We stayed in June and the nature preserve was stunning. The high windows in the master bedroom mean light wakes you pretty early….but they also provided an unexpected view of deer walking through the pond in morning! It’s a short walk to a beach and a charming downtown. Fantastic spot!
Jodi O. Jun 2022
Beautiful home with a great location. Bedrooms are spacious and well kept. Large kitchen with many amenities. Basement has bedroom and also tv room with foosball table. Huge outdoor deck w grill and lots of seating to bird watch. Walking distance to shops, restaurants and beach. Our family had plenty of room and enjoyed our stay.
Kathryn B. May 2022
Amazing home. Our prime activity was listening to the birdsong from the marsh. Swans, herons, red-winged blackbirds, and more. Very clean. Comfortable beds. Local staff were exceptionally helpful when we reached out. Highly recommend.
Jared G. Nov 2021
House was beautiful. Family had a nice relaxing weekend with plenty of room to stretch out.
David A. Oct 2021
Well appointed house exactly as shown in the photos. Superb view of Nature Preserve. Close to Beach and downtown shops and restaurants. Great experience!
Alexandra F. Aug 2021
House was very nice. Had everything we needed, down to umbrella for the beach. Excellent location to everything!
Renee B. Jul 2021
The home was wonderful. The parking is tricky, that is the only criticism we had.
Laura . Oct 2020
Gorgeous setting, optimal location to access New Buffalo
Carly . Oct 2020
A fabulous experience for multiple families.
Cathy . Sep 2018
We had a wonderful time
Cathy . Aug 2018
We had a wonderful time in the big, beautiful home!
Christen . May 2018
I planned a couples getaway with my sisters and our spouses. We were looking for something not too far of a drive from the Indy area and something that was quiet and relaxing, but with walking access to restaurants, coffee, etc. We loved the location of this property as we could walk a block to grab dinner or another block and be at the beach. We did not expect to have this convenient town access and yet our back porch was completely secluded and overlooked a nature preserve. We enjoyed the very short walk to the beach, dinner, spa, shopping, ice cream, breakfast, and David`s Coffee. The kitchen overlooks the harbor with amazing views. Secondly, there are 4 bedrooms with Queen or larger beds and each has their own bath making this a perfect home for couples to vacation together and still have their own space. The home has several spacious gathering areas where our group could eat, cook, or relax together. The home is light and spacious and the quality craftsmanship in the home is incredible. The custom live edge woodworking throughout the home is very impressive. The owners have put a lot of love and care into this home and it shows.