Gardner/Mancini Cottage for Sale

Dear Castle Park Association,

It is with great regret that we have decided to put the Gardner/Mancini Cottage (aka “Phoenix in the Dunes”) up for sale. We would love to find a buyer from within the Castle Park community’s family and friends.
The cottage was built in 2005-2006  to replace the original Gardner cottage that burned down in 2003.  It sleeps up to 12 in five bedrooms (including a kids’ room with bunkbeds, a daybed, and a sleeping loft), and has 3.5 baths, three fireplaces (all piped for gas if desired), a large kitchen, and a dining table that seats 12. One of the bedrooms is on the first floor and has a bathroom adjacent with a walk-in shower. Our back deck looks out over the Baldy ravine, and our front second-floor windowseat and balcony face the lake.  Our lot is a little over 2 acres, and we share a driveway and a beach path with Ben Watson. South Beach is about a five-minute walk from our front door.
We are asking $1.2 million. We would be able to close as early as sometime in October.

There are pictures at for anyone who wants to see the place virtually. We have renters until the 22nd, but we are planning to be in residence from the 22nd through Labor Day and will be available for socially distanced walkthroughs.

If you are interested or know anyone who might be, please drop me a note at  I can also be reached by phone at 708-224-6632.



The Beach

The Weather