Sunset Center - Completely Renovated Home (The 'Sun House')
About Jim Havlik
We have family photos taken in South Haven each year. Shown here is a sample of one of our 2011 photos taken on South Beach.
Jim Havlik purchased this House in 2005
Why Jim Havlik chose South Haven
We vacationed in South Haven for the first time in August of 2004. At that time, we had a family of 4, with a newborn and 1 year old. The town was so beautiful and kid-friendly that we knew we wanted to come back over and over. Since we are originally from Illinois and now live in the middle of Michigan, the South Haven location is a perfect meeting place for our family gatherings. We fell in love so quickly with the town that we purchased a 3 bedroom house in South Haven in November of 2004. We labored all winter to completely renovate the house into a 6 bedroom vacation home specifically designed for family reunions. We finished just in time for the summer of 2005 summer renters and the rest is history, with 100+ family reunions enjoyed at our homes!
What makes this House unique
We sincerely believe our properties to unmatched in South Haven area for a family vacation. We have packed more amenities into our homes than any other home in our price range. 2 homes, 6 bedrooms in each, 4 bathrooms, heating swimming pool, luxury hot tub, playground, 8 HDTVs, short walk to beach, short walk to downtown. We love being able to walk everywhere we need to go in town. We are centrally located, so that we can walk to the beach or walk to downtown in about the same time.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 14 (sleeps up to 12 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 30
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
Great house and location
House was clean and organized.
Loved the home! Having a heated pool and hot tub was a great addition!
So happy you enjoyed your stay in South Haven at our Sun House! We absolutely love being there too. It can be hard to find a place with both a heated pool and hot tub, but the Sun House delivers both. We would love to see you back soon!
The perfect family vacation house
We have been coming to South Haven for the past 10 years and we have finally found the perfect house for our annual trip. We loved it so much that we have already requested our dates for next year! We rented this house with two other families. It was the perfect amount of room for all of us. The kids (& adults!) loved the pool and hot tub and all the toys that were available for them to use! The owner Jim was really easy to work with and everything went so smoothly. We cannot wait for next year! The location was great. Just a few blocks to the beach and to town. I highly recommend this rental property for your stay in South Haven.
Two great homes for a family vacation
We have enjoyed a family vacation for several years at the Ice House and the Sun House for our family of 13. The homes offer so much ---- close to town, Kid's Corner and Lake Michigan. The pool and hot tube are a great attraction. Jim is an excellent owner, responding quickly should there be a question. The homes are well maintained and stocked with everything you would need during your stay.
Perfect family place!
Our extended family group included 4 adults and 8 children ranging from 6 months to 17 years old. Everyone had comfortable beds, and plenty of bathrooms. The pool and hot tub helped keep all the bigger kids busy, and the fenced yards were great spaces for the toddlers to play. Since the lake was still pretty cold in June, we had more pool time than beach time. We all loved being close enough to town to walk, and the older kids thought it was cool to be able to take off in groups without mom and dad tagging along! They especially loved the frozen yogurt shop, and tshirt shops. We all enjoyed Clementines, and the gorgeous downtown area. The owner, Jim, was very quick to respond to any questions or concerns, and the home was furnished with anything and everything you'd need except clothes and food! They had all kinds of toys, riding toys, games and books. Everything was clean, well maintained and family friendly. If we return to South Haven, this is the home we'll rent !
Ice House=Fun House
We are all well and happy, though sad to see another summer come and gone so quickly. This year was our tenth year at the ice house and we have so many happy memories of our times there and we have 100's of pictures to prove it. We are deeply grateful for having been able to find such a great place in South Haven to stay and a house so well furnished and taken care of by so competent and caring a landlord. The addition of the house next door was very fortunate for us as it allowed us to have a real family reunion with Judy and her family next door, a tradition started by my in-laws some twenty years ago. It made it possible for much contact back and forth. As you saw when you came this year, we often had joint meals and took turns cooking. We spent time together in each other's pools and hot tubs, walked downtown every night for ice cream and shopping before going on to the lighthouse to watch the sunset. And best of all, gathering on the beach to swim, kayak, walk, sunbath, fly kites, stand on our head, and build castles in the sand.
While we would like to continue this tradition indefinitely, like the summer past, time marches on. Already one grandchild is missing for the past two years. He is out the door and gone. Another will soon be on her way. Right now she is starting her junior year in college in West Africa. While Judy's grands are younger, one daughter and her family will return to China next summer where they adopted their daughter some 11 years ago. Our grands happy summer memories took place in South Haven. You helped make this possible and we will always be grateful. So it is with great sadness that I inform you that we will not be able to renew for next summer. Kids grow up, time marches on, we grow old. I hope that some other deserving family finds even half the fun we have had at in the Ice House in South Haven.
Thanks for everything, but especially all the improvements you have made over the years, especially this last year. Please feel free to post the above to your website to let others know what a great place you have for rent.
We remain, Dick and Jane
P.S. I am crying as I send this.
South Haven is a coastal city located on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Michigan. The Black River Harbor is one of the most attractive recreational harbors on Lake Michigan. Summertime activities include swimming, boating, fruit picking, golfing, hiking, and biking. Dubbed as the 'Blueberry Capital of the World', South Haven hosts the annual National Blueberry Festival each August. Winter activities include skiing, sledding, and ice skating. Of course, the great dining, museums, galleries, and shopping is available year-round. The house is just a short walk down the sidewalk to the fabulous Kid's Corner Playground, which boasts a large wooden playscape structure that overlooks Lake Michigan. South Beach access is adjacent to Kid's Corner. The quaint downtown South Haven, with its unique shops, eateries, and pubs nestled along the banks of the picturesque Black River Harbor is also just a short walk down the sidewalk.