Situated on Higman Park Hill #1 overlooking Lake Michigan and Harbor Shores Golf Resort! This charming 2 bedroom cabin is surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds and the elegantly sculpted terrain of the magnificent new golf course designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. The private beach - reserved for Higman Park homeowners and their guests - is just steps away.
Rustic on the outside, renovated on the inside, the home features modern furnishings (Pottery Barn) and appliances, beautiful artwork, a soaking tub and separate shower. The 2 story living room has a gas fireplace and is crowned with a 12 candle iron chandelier. There is plenty of workspace in the upstairs office loft, so bring your laptop if you must.
Fluffy bath and beach towels, high thread count linens, heavy stainless flatware, Calphalon cookware, and attention to detail give you the ultimate "Rustic Ritz" experience. There is a queen bed downstairs; a twin daybed and double bed in the loft. Children under 5 years cannot sleep alone in the loft because stairs are steep. The living room sofa (downstairs) is a sleeper.
A sunny outdoor patio provides a spot to enjoy the birds, butterflies, blooms and morning coffee. Another patio has chairs/tables so you can spend a blissful "happy hour" looking at the sparkling water of Lake Michigan. Stunning sunsets are visible during winter from those seats.
During the summer and adjacent seasons, the horizon is often tinged with orange and bright pink, bidding most to come down to the water and watch the blazing ball of fire dip into the water. The house sits on three lots that are filled with flowers, shrubs and trees, secluded enough to feel set apart from - and yet, very much a part of - the friendly community of 30 homes situated on Higman Park's bluff and ravines.
Downtown St. Joseph with quaint shops - and the fabulous Silver Beach, new Carousel and Shadowland Pavilion - is less than 1 mile away. You can enjoy myriad recreational and cultural events in this vibrant area. Curious Kids Museum, Krasl Art Center, The Box Factory...too many to mention so be sure to stop at the St. Joseph Today Information Center on State Street when you arrive.
Downtown Benton Harbor (2 miles) is an established haven for artists and creatives. There, in the Arts District, you will find coffee shops, excellent restaurants, art galleries, a dance and music center community gardens and a new Italian gelato store.
The house is situated on a hill that is enveloped on three sides by the Golf Club at Harbor Shores. This championship golf course, designated with the Jack Nicklaus premiere "Signature" status, challenges players of every skill level while providing spectacular views of the Paw Paw River, hard wood forests, abundant wetlands and the beaches of Benton Harbor. It also offers beautiful paths for (early morning or late evening) walking, jogging and biking.
This home was constructed in 1943 out of railroad ties that were salvaged, along with the doors, when the old rail station in Benton Harbor was raised. The roof is cedar shake. The inside has been insulated and drywall now covers the ties. Two portable air conditioners (one up, another down) crank out combined cooling capacity of 19,000 BTUs, but if it is not more than 90 degrees, you will likely want to open the windows and feel the lake breezes and listen to the waves.
The house is cozy (720 sq. ft. ground floor with 400 sq. ft. loft) and not equipped to handle children who like to recreate indoors! It is, however, marvelously conducive to family fellowship, romance, college classmate reunions, golf score boastful banter and making your "get away" experience exquisitely memorable.
Please note: The private beach is a 5 minute walk - descending 60 steps - and can be reached by car if parked at adjacent Jean Klock Park. If you are attempting to Google Map the address (185 Higman Park) please note that the map has not been updated to reflect all of the changes created by the development in this area. The name of the street is Prospect on Goodle Maps. The location is WEST of M-63.
HOLIDAY RATES; Holiday rates are 3-night minimum. $235/night ($705) for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter with and $310/night ($930) for Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. If you would like to extend your stay beyond these minimums, please contact me for quote.
If you are attempting to Google Map the address (185 Higman Park) please note that the online map has not been updated to reflect all of the changes created by the development in this area. The name of the street is Prospect on Goodle Maps. The location is WEST of M-63.