Do you enjoy taking walks and looking at homes and landscaping? I sure do! So while I was on vacation a couple weeks ago, I made sure to take walks in the neighborhood near our Airbnb rental in order to snap some photos of the beautiful vacation homes along the shore of Lake Michigan.
The house we rented is in the Fennville area, just south of Saugatuck. The street along the lakefront that comprises the neighborhood is private and quiet. I noticed the majority of homes are colored in earth tones. I’m guessing that’s so they blend in with all the trees and nature.
One thing I immediately noticed is the design of the vacation homes – plenty of windows to take advantage of waterfront views. Many of these homes face the street and on the other side of the road is a narrow, grassy fairway that’s part of their property. It’s in this fairway where many of the homes have added viewing decks to enjoy the sunsets on the water.
This pretty blue bungalow was right around the corner from our rental home. A young family was staying there.
Most of the newer homes are fairly grand, but there are a few smaller cottages like this one that reminds me of a lake cabin. Of course, I love that they have the windows open to enjoy lake breezes, as opposed to turning on the air conditioner (I’m still living without the AC on at home, by the way).
I was surprised to come across this Swiss style chalet on my walk along the private lake shore road.
The combination of large trees and lakefront breezes was truly enjoyable and you’d see several people strolling down this private road early in the morning.
Among the taupe, gray, and brown houses, I spied a couple of pretty white ones. I love the blue accent trim on this home, which sits with its back facing the lake.
Some of the vacation homes have been updated – like this one which wears a modern farmhouse style.
I suspect many of these houses belong to executives from the Chicago area, since its just a 2-hour drive and makes for an easy weekend getaway.
So many trees which meant plenty of critters like deer, birds, bunnies, and black squirrels. If you enjoy being outside with nature, Southwest Michigan is a great place for you to visit.
This older plantation style home appeared to be empty. We couldn’t see any curtains or furniture but there was no “for sale” sign in front. The two-story porch is so dreamy!
This is part of the wooded drive that led to the house where we were staying. You can see it here. It’s not much to look at from the outside, but the inside layout was pretty cool.
Several of the homes had cute little lights similar to this at the end of the drive. They’re probably needed so you don’t miss your driveway at nighttime.
I also took photos from our day visit to South Haven, Michigan which I’ll share next week. Lots to explore in this popular Midwestern vacation spot.