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Karen & George Watson

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

Luxury BI Island Home,See UTube Video 112 Garnet Steps to sand,Garage, Laundry

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Special Offer! Reduced rate for weeks of May 14-28, 2016: Base rent $1,300 May 14 - May 28

Newport Beach and Balboa Island Area House Rental Photos and Description

Luxury 3BR,3BA plus den & garage, four houses from Newport Bayon Balboa Island.

This well decorated, modern, Victorian, comfortable home is on Balboa Island. It is four house from Newport Bay. The Island has beaches, shops, restaurants, fishing, boat rentals, and a boardwalk encircles the Island for pleasure walks. Beautiful free city tennis curts are available. A small ferry is a block from the house. This short ferry ride takes you across the bay to the Pacific Ocean and the ocean board walk and Balboa Pier.

Beach Life: You can relax on the front porch, cool on the propane BBQ, (even use our Wi-Fi) or walk four houses to the bay and play and relax on the sandy beach. If you want to visit the ocean and play in the ocean waves just take the 15 minute ride across the bay. The Ferry is a small three car ferry with room for beachgoers. One leaves every few minutes. Great place to play for children of all ages.

Your vacation home is on the quiet corner of the Island. You can walk around the Island and stop at the coffee shops , small grocery or small shops on the main street.

Regional Attractions: You can use this vacation home as a base and visit all of the Southern California attractions. You are able to drive to Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Laguna Beach Art Galleries, Lego Land, and Universal Studios. Drive along the coast and see the Pacific Ocean. You can shop till you drop at Fashion Island/ Newport Center or South Coast Plaza. Visit the well known areas in Hollywood & Los Angeles. Take the Catalin Flyer to visit Catalina.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Karen & George Watson (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Karen & George Watson


We are Karen and George Watson. We have raised our five children on Balboa Island. We logged many hours sitting on the sand at the end of the street when they were small and watched them learn to surf, swim, row, scuba dive etc... When they grew up we remodeled the house and moved to Montana, where we enjoy riding our horses. We could not leave the Island and our children insist on visiting; so we now have a weekly vacation rental. We hope you and your family will make many wonderful memories here as well.

Why Karen & George Watson chose Newport Beach and Balboa Island Area

This is our home when we come to California. We keep it spotless,decorated and well appointed with amenities. We cook in the kitchen, BBQ on the patio, enjoy walking the quiet end of the island. Hopefully, our personal touch will make your stay like family.

What makes this house unique

We mostly rent to people who return year- after-year to stay in our home. They often feel it is their personal vacation second home. People come from Europe and some from a nearby cities, to enjoy the beach. We hope you will become one of our extended families.


based on 12 traveler reviews

Luxury BI Island Home,See UTube Video 112 Garnet Steps to sand,Garage, Laundry
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 12 reviews

Thanks for a wonderful visit.

  • 4 of 5

Just returned to Chicago after a magical visit to Balboa Island. We enjoyed the location and comfort of your rental home on Balboa Island. Even though we are a retired couple who only needed one bedroom, during our monthlong stay we were able to have our grandson who lives nearby stay one weekend and our other family members who flew in to stay in the other bedroom. It was great to be able to host them away from home. We loved our daily walks around the island and the beautiful sunsets. The family Duffy boat tour, the Lyon Air Museum, and a spa day at Pelican Hill Resort were some of our favorite activities. We also enjoyed the weekly Farmers Market in CDM and the wonderful sculptor on the Island who constructed a new sand sculpture each weekend, including Super Bowl and Valentine's Day themes.

As mentioned, plenty of comfy sleeping arrangements, a well equipped kitchen that allowed home cooked meals and even homemade cookies. The modern bathrooms upstairs are great, but would have been nice to have one downstairs. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased you had such a wonderful time. You were perfect guests and hope you come again. If you visit us again please note there is a bathroom complete with shower off the laundry room downstairs for your use alone. Come again!
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An amazing house and stay!

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED our visit to the island. This was a very beautiful and well maintained home. Balboa Island is much preferred to the boardwalk area as it was quiet and peaceful. We'd definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideal location

  • 5 of 5

We love every part of Balboa Island and know it well. This home was perfectly situated for our needs. It was a 2-minute walk to the ferry which we used several times per day to take our little ones to the Fun Zone or the "Big Beach." At the same time, right outside the house is a small beach on the bay to relax or watch the kids safely play. Downtown Balboa is just a bike ride or lovely walk away. The home has easy access to the boardwalk and to a small park. The house is well-appointed and much roomier than most beach houses in the area that you can rent. Cozy beds and good living space. Garage parking is a huge plus of this home since the summer is crowded. Thanks for a wonderful stay and escape from the AZ heat!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent t spring break here with our two teenage boys and had a great time. Due to the great location of the house, the access to the pacific ocean beaches was a very easy ferry boat ride and walk, and we took advantage of that every day we were there. The house was supplied with everything we needed - plenty of dishes, silverware and utensils to make our own meals, chairs and an umbrella for the beach, a grill, and an outside patio area in the front to sip coffee and watch the neighborhood. The place was very clean when we arrived, and the beds were very comfortable. Should we ever choose to return to SoCal again, we would definitely be interested in staying here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable Vacation Home

  • 4 of 5

This Balboa Island home provided a comfortable and convenient vacation experience. There were 2 adults and 3 teenagers in our group. We all had an excellent time! The owners were easy to communicate with and arrival through check-out was smooth. One of the very best features of this home is the location. It is located steps from the harbor and a couple of short blocks from the Newport Peninsula ferry. Our family rented bikes for the week at a nearby shop. We rode to the quaint main street for ice cream and shopping, took our bikes on the ferry to the beach and to several nearby restaurants. We also spent a day in Disneyland and found the drive from the house to the park to be easy and stress-free. Although there was construction on a nearby home, it did not hinder our trip. This home was plenty spacious, and we made good use of the large dining table and outside front patio. The kitchen was well stocked and all the basic conviences were supplied. The upstairs did get stuffy each day and one back bedroom did not cool off easily even with all of the windows open. Some of the furnishings are somewhat dated but the bathrooms upstairs are beatifully remodeled and again, there is plenty of space. There is a basketball hoop out back but no basketball. We purchased a ball and played almost daily. If you plan to prepare meals at the house, we recommend purchasing your groceries on the way into town as there is no large grocery store on the island. We absolutely recommend this property and hope to stay there again!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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My family relaxed in style at the beach. Lovely!

  • 5 of 5

My family relaxed in style at the beach. We enjoyed the sand, played with the kids, cooked in the well-appointed kitchen and we enjoyed the gas BBQ regularly. The charming antiques, comfortable leather couches, TV, WiFi added comforts that made us feel at home. We enjoyed the quiet life style of the Island and we also ventured across the ferry to the big waves of the ocean. Definitely a vacation we will do again.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Orange County Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Walk to Marine St, on Balboa Island
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
nearest public course is
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Jamboree and Pacific Coast Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Many on Balboa Island to walk to
Car: recommended

Balboa Island is one of seven islands located in upscale Newport Harbor. All of this is often called Newport Beach. Balboa Island is special with a small town charm.

From Balboa Island you can walk and ride a small 3 car and pedestrian ferry to the Pacific Ocean. In 5 minutes you will be on Balboa Penninsula and then it's a short walk to the Pacific Ocean. Here you can rent boats, bikes, surf and ride the waves.

Or you can relax in our comfortable Victorian Beach house and play, sun and swim at the beach on the bay, located four doors from our home. BBQ on our patio. A boardwalk encircles Balboa Island for a pleasant 1.7 mile walk. Add a .79 extra bit to your walk, if you bought a Balboa ice cream bar on your walk!

Lots of shops and restaurants on the main street, called Marine Ave., for you to enjoy and on your walk.

Newport Beach is located on the Pacific Ocean between San Diego and Los Angeles. We are near many attractions such as Laguna Beach, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, LEGOLAND, South Coast Plaza (major shopping/restaurants), Newport Center (more major shopping/restaurants). You can take a ferry to Catalina Island-26 miles across the sea! Lots of free public tennis courts, run in the back bay or bird watch etc...

Please feel free to see our video on you tube (112 Garnet) Call us at 406 675-0169. We would love for you to be a guest at our home. This is our home when we are not in Montana, and hope you will enjoy it in our absence.


Rates & Availability

Balboa Island House Rental Rates

Special Offer! Reduced rate for weeks of May 14-28, 2016: Base rent $1,300

Special Offer From:
Dates May 14, 2016 to May 28, 2016

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
March 26-May 13,2016
Mar 26 2016 - May 13 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
May 14-May 27, 2016
May 14 2016 - May 27 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
June 4-10, 2016
Jun 4 2016 - Jun 10 2016
7 night minimum stay
June 25-July1,2016
Jun 25 2016 - Jul 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
July 9-22, 2016
Jul 9 2016 - Jul 22 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
July 30-August 26, 2016
Jul 30 2016 - Aug 26 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 27-Sept 2, 2016
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 2 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sept 3-9, 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 9 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sept 10-23,2016
Sep 10 2016 - Sep 23 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 15-21,2016
Oct 15 2016 - Oct 21 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 12-Nov 18,2016
Nov 12 2016 - Nov 18 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 19-25, 2016
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 25 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 26-Dec 16, 2016
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 16 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 17-23, 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 23 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 24-30,2016
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 30 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 31, 2016-Jan 6, 2017
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $295
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.0%

SPECIAL for the weeks of May 14-28, 2016. Base weekly rental rate is $1,300. You can only rent Saturday to Saturday unless approved by owner.

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Newport Beach and Balboa Island Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2 sinks
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Shared Bathroom - toilet , shower , off laundry room
  • The master bath which is pictured has two sinks and is part of the master suite. The second bath is next two the other two bedrooms. There is a third bath downstairs that is next to a shared laundry room. This is accessed from the downstairs Den and is great when returning from the beach.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 king
    Bedroom one - 1 king
    Bedroom two - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , port a crib
  • There is one master bedroom with an attached bath. The other two bedrooms share a bath. There is an additional bath and shower downstairs that can be accessed from the den and through the the laundry room. (This is great for when you return from the sandy beach as you can also access this third bathroom, which includes shower, from the outside.) Linens ( bed sheets and towels,for inside) are provided free of charge. You should bring your own beach towels. We always have pillows, blankets and spreads.
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Everything you need except food and beach towels can be found in this vacation home. There is a lovely front patio comfortably furnished with a propane grill and a pass window from the kitchen. You may park on the street or in the garage. We have a garage door opener for you. If you have babies we do have a highchair and pack-and-play. The house and kitchen is completely furnished. All you need are your toys and food. We provide linens and Wi-Fi, cable TV.

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