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Lake Effect

Lake Effect: This eclectic former art gallery is the Pinterest lover's dream in the heart of downtown Saugatuck

  8 guests
  3 bedrooms
  2 full bathrooms
  1700 sq. ft.

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Property Features

Sleeping Arrangement

Bedroom 1
1 King
Bedroom 2
1 Queen
Bedroom 3
2 Twins
Common Space
1 Sofa Bed


Lake Effect

The authenticity of a true beach cottage is found nestled in downtown Saugatuck, tucked among the shops, restaurants, and parks. Padding around in your bare feet on the rich, exposed wood floors, you won’t mind the sand you bring in from the beach… a beach reachable by way of the historical Chain Ferry less than two blocks from Lake Effect. Closer still is a pet-friendly park and playground, a green oasis amid the boutiques and galleries that Saugatuck is known for. Greener and brighter yet is the garden around the cottage, waiting to host you and even your most difficult family photos.
The open layout of the cottage allows you to hear the bubbling laughter of loved ones rolling throughout. The quaint coastal décor is relaxing enough to ease you to sleep dreaming of the beach where you spent the entire day. Spend the morning on the sun porch resting your feet from a night out in the town, listening to the summer sounds of Saugatuck as you recharge.
Though you’ll have everything you need within the cottage; a BBQ grill, WiFi, TV, etc., the unique town around you has a lot to discover. For foodies there is the farmers market and one-of-a-kind bars and restaurants; there are no chain restaurants here. Start a collection as you explore art galleries and local wineries. If you’re an early riser, visit one of the nearby golf courses or hike Mount Baldhead to Oval Beach. Whatever it is you decide to do, you won’t want to leave.

Please Note:
  • This is a historic Saugatuck Cottage. The original wood floors creek and dip, the vents are wooden, the doors and windows sometimes take a little help lining up, and the remnants of earlier decades persist. This can most obviously be found in the paint splatters on the floor from the previously occupied art gallery. The current owner sealed the floors with the paint intact as it brings about a bit of charm.
  • Tucked in the heart of downtown Saugatuck, you will love the hustle and bustle just outside the door. The adjacent bar, Wally's, does have live music most weekends until 11 p.m.
  • This home is professionally treated for insects. Due to the landscaped surround and adjacent park, it is still common to see insects. Please keep your food closed and put it away. No rate adjustment can be made for the presence of insects.
  • This home is located down a one-way alley. Please do not park in or block the alley. There are 2 off-street parking spaces and plenty of on-street parking on the road.


Lake Effect
Sleeps 8
All One Level
3 Bedrooms (King, Queen, 2 Twin)
Master Bathroom (Custom Tile Shower)
Guest Bathroom (Shower/Tub Combo with Custom Tile)
Huge Living Room (Queen Sofa Sleeper)
Central Air Conditioning
Various Seating Areas
Smart TV  
Wireless Internet
Enclosed Sun Porch off the Living Room
Fully Equipped Kitchen with Quartz Counters
Keurig & Drip Coffee Maker
Casual and Formal Dining Areas
Washer and Dryer
Beautiful Covered Front Porch - New porch for 2017
Adirondack Chairs
Gas BBQ Grill
Sprawling Lawn 
Oversize Picnic Table
Fire Pit
Park and Playground Out Your Door
Central Downtown Saugatuck Location
Only 2 Blocks to the Chain Ferry
Off Street Parking for 2 Cars
Dog Friendly with an additional $100 per pet fee
Fenced in Backyard

0 miles to downtown Saugatuck
1.8 miles to downtown Douglas
2.8 miles to the Douglas Beach
3.9 miles to the Oval Beach
10.5 miles to Fenn Valley Winery
10.8 miles to downtown Holland 
21 miles to downtown South Haven



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Reviewed: Jan 20, 2024
Great place in a great town!
Reviewed: Jan 20, 2024
Great location and an amazing spot to get away to!!
Reviewed: Jan 20, 2024
We had a great stay, the location was so perfect! Would definitely stay here again.
Reviewed: Jan 18, 2024
My college girlfriends and I had an amazing time at Lake Effect! The amenities they provided were very impressive. It is in the perfect location to walk downtown saugatuck. We loved every part of it and would come back!
Reviewed: Jan 18, 2024
It was a great stay! Very responsive hosts who were friendly and helpful. The location is perfect and right downtown. Would highly recommend to others.
Reviewed: Jan 18, 2024
The was the perfect place for my group and I to stay! The location couldnt be better; it was within walking distance from anywhere we wanted to go in Saugatuck! The hosts were very responsive and helpful! We had a lightbulb go out our first night and they were there to fix it before 9am the next morning! Couldnt recommend this airbnb more!
Reviewed: Jan 5, 2024
Great location! Charming, rustic, clean. Mill Pond was very resonsive and proffessional.
Reviewed: Oct 2, 2023
Outstanding location for a fun weekend getaway! Walking distance from everything, plenty of space for small or large groups. Made our vacation so enjoyable!
Reviewed: Aug 12, 2023
This was a wonderful place to stay! Right downtown and walking distance to everything. The house was big and very clean. Would definitely stay here again.
Reviewed: Jan 21, 2023
We had a great weekend with our son and daughter-in-law! This is a great location in the heart of Saugatuck.
Reviewed: Jan 19, 2023
This house was perfect for a lake town weekend rental. The best location! We had a wonderful stay.
Reviewed: Jan 19, 2023
Great location. Everything we could ask for and more!
Reviewed: Jan 19, 2023
Great little winter getaway for our family (kids & dogs.) Loved being within walking distance to parks and an easy drive to Saugatuck State Park. Thank you & see you next time!
Reviewed: Jan 19, 2023
We really love this property and plan to continue our family tradition here. This was our third time staying here.
Reviewed: May 26, 2022
Great place! Very friendly staff!
Reviewed: May 10, 2022
It was nice stay. Amazing location. Cute town.
Reviewed: Apr 4, 2022
Great location! Perfect spot for our get together.
Reviewed: Oct 31, 2021
Great place, perfect location if you want to be in town. Walked everywhere. Highly recommended!
Reviewed: May 10, 2021
Cute space and amazing location! Great for kids!
Reviewed: Mar 1, 2021
We had an excellent long weekend and will definitely be back. The home was tastefully updated but with its old charm still very much present. Plenty of seating for everyone, good kitchen to work in when we had to. Location could not be beaten, right downtown and steps away from everything. Beautiful downtown, lovely shops and really good food available from many places. Private off street parking for two cars. Enclosed backyard was great for our dog, although snow and ice stopped us from using the bbq grill or fire-pit, they were available to us. The team at Mill Pond were fantastic, stayed in touch daily and made our arrival even better when my wife saw a note and gift celebrating her birthday, a very nice touch. Thank you.
Reviewed: Oct 25, 2020
Great location, comfortable, we really enjoyed our stay.
Reviewed: Oct 25, 2020
We loved Lake Effect, the location is directly downtown! Great for walking, shopping, dining, drinks, and local outdoor activities. Staff were helpful. We love the cottage! Great times for a womens harvest weekend!
Reviewed: Oct 10, 2020
We had our best family trip yet! The cottage was in the best location. It is downtown and steps from shops and the waterfront. Also, it was across the street from a playground which was great for our kids. It was really cute, comfortable beds and incredibly clean. The only thing that was just mildly concerning was that the front door was too easy for our 2 year old to open. So a dead bolt would have been nice. We would absolutely stay again.
Reviewed: Sep 6, 2020
Fantastic location! You can walk to restaurants and shops. Spacious. Clean. Would go back again
Reviewed: Jun 29, 2019
Great cottage lake home. My friends and I had a great stay, and loved the yard especially the fire pit which we used to make smores on a nice evening. Definitely recommend staying here!
Reviewed: Sep 27, 2017
Everything was perfect! Everything was above expectations!


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