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Little Island Gem - Balboa Island

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths home, (Sleeps 6)

This is it!! Newly renovated, everything inside is new, and a totally new look! A wonderful memory maker, the best on the island! Our beachy 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath, beautifully furnished, spacious home is sunny and bright and just steps to the beach! Hardwood floors, open floor plan, makes it seem just like home. The minute you walk through the door you'll feel like you have come home, with everything available to make your vacation special and one-of-a-kind! Want to go to the beach with the least hassle possible, towels, chairs, umbrella, cooler,are all provided to make your day the best. Although it's 2 story, to give you the best views and the most room, and elevator connects the two floors, so it's an easy up and down!!

The unit is beautifully appointed, with comfortable, new designer furniture, with the most comfortable king bed, a queen, and two twins, and easily sleeps 6 people. There are newly renovated bathroom facilities with 3 1/2 bathrooms, the master suite having a private bath, double sink and beautiful walk-in shower.

Return home to barbecue your favorite steaks (a great little home market on the island has the best meats and poultry!) on the new front paved patio, or in our newly renovated, fully equipped kitchen with granite counters, new gas stove, sink, micro and refrigerator. Eat on the front patio deck, visit with neighbors and friends, watch the sunset, and enjoy the light ocean breeze. . Parking is available in a garage so there is no hassle finding a place to park on the street. There also is additional garage space where guest like to put their rented bikes, or rented paddle boards that are available right her on the island.

Completely furnished, including linens, DVR, wireless internet, 4 big screen TV's, newly renovated bathrooms with granite counters, new sinks. Also there are on site new laundry facilities. We are located on the quiet smaller island, and on the corner, so the unit is sunny with just the right amount of breeze from the bay to keep everyone cool and comfortable. There is a cozy fireplace on those chilly nights, so relax and enjoy the ambiance!

Enjoy walking, shopping and dining two blocks away in quaint Balboa Island Village. Also enjoy shopping at Newport Beach's Fashion Island and golf at the world's most prestigious golf courses, including Pelican Hill, Monarch Beach and Oak Creek. You and your family will have memories for life. Take the Balboa Island Ferry (oldest running ferry in the US) to the Pacific Ocean peninsula, and the famous fun zone, just minutes away, and of course, enjoy a famous Balboa Bar on Main Street.

Want to deep sea fish, just take the ferry across to the peninsula and some of the best deep sea fishing is available for the day or by the hour. Take the ferry to Catalina and enjoy the day cruising the island in a golf cart..the only way to see the island!

Keywords: Two level home on Little Balboa Island

More Details

Valerie Wickland
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 15, 2017

About Valerie Wickland

I purchased the building in 2003 to live on Balboa Island. I have rented both units during some period, and have lived in the upper unit also. I love the open, light feeling of the upstairs and because I am on a corner, so it is bright and airy, and private unlike many of the homes on Balboa Island. I travel a great deal, and love coming back to 'paradise on the island'. It is a fun place to live, and because it is on the little island, it is quieter and more enjoyable to me then living on the big island. Come and experience life on Balboa!

Valerie Wickland purchased this house in 2003

Why Valerie Wickland chose Newport Center

I remodeled my happy home on Balboa this year, totally redoing the entire home, adding an elevator, new everything else, so it is absolutely beautiful. The neighborhood is wonderful, and the people are friendly on the little island, and everyone is kind enough to offer help when needed. It is a great neighborhood atmosphere, and being only a block from the boardwalk, a good morning or evening walk is something I always look forward to, and always enjoy.

I rent by the week or the month during the summer and by the month during the winter from Sept to May, and it seems to work really well. I have been very lucky to have wonderful guests who love coming back every year, so that makes it all worth while!

What makes this house unique

The privacy of living on little island, and the location, which is a corner location, is open, airy and bright, are the reasons I love it here. I do not enjoy living in a dark place, and so I have selected to live in a home that meets all my needs, and makes me enjoy coming home. I travel mostly for business, so having wonderful neighbors makes it so delightful to have a place on little Balboa island.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved your Place!! We tried to leave a comment but had trouble because they kept telling me that my nickname had already been used. Not sure what happened, but we wanted to definitely let everyone know that it was a great place, we loved the little island, and we ar3 looking forward to returning again.
May 2010
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Newport Center House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Elevator
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Three full baths, one with shower, one with tub/shower combo, and master with double sinks, separate tub and separate large shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Located on Prestigious Little Balboa Island, Sunny and Light, with a large flat screen TV;Bay view deck off living room; 2 blks to downtown; steps to the beach and board walk that surrounds both islands. Beach towels, chairs and umbrella available for use as well as a cooler to carry your chilled drinks to the beach that surrounds the islands. Portacrib available for small baby.


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Little Island Gem - Balboa Island
average rating of 4.928571 based on 15 reviews

Little Island Gem - Balboa Island

  • 5 of 5

I love this house! It is tastefully furnished & comfortable to live in. It is close to shops & many different kinds of restaurants but just enough off the beaten path to offer a quiet getaway. It allows a beautiful view from the island to the water & is sun filled during the day. This house truly feels like my second home and I hope to return to it every year.

It is my private getaway yet the owner is easily available & responsive in case of any emergency.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This place is clean, full of natural light, quiet, well-built, attractively decorated. All of us felt we had never slept better than in these beds. Its location is ideal for interesting walks along the canal, down the village main street--and bike rides over to Balboa peninsula via the ferry. Valerie was ever kind and easy to work things out with; she even brought us a crib to use for our grandson. The family living downstairs could not have been more friendly or more helpful. We would love to stay here again and for a longer time than 1 week.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dartmouth, Devon, England

A great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have travelled from England two years running, and have booked again. Balboa Island is unique, away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. The apartment is well cared for, providing clean, bright and relaxing accommodation. We spent many happy hours sitting on the sunny balcony watching the humming birds. Many delightful shops and restaurants are within an easy stroll.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Family time ever!

  • 5 of 5

I had the pleasure of staying in this charmer for the month of October. I lived on Little Balboa back in the 80's and this opportunity was a real homecoming. The place was just what I expected from the photos and more. For the first week my 4 sisters came and we had the most amazing time. We walked the little island every morning and evening, what a treat. My husband, daughter and son also joined me during my stay and I was able to share with them my memories growing up. Catching the ferry, renting a Duffy for a harbor cruise, shopping and watching the sunsets. From the front deck you can catch the sunrise and sunset, listen to the waves and sealions. Jimmy who lives downstairs was so kind and let us use bikes and kayaks. The off street parking place was much appreciated. Many of the island houses were decorated for halloween "amazing". I can just imagine how they do it up for Christmas. I would definitely rent here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Great condo! We plan to rent this one again and again...

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five stayed in this condo for four weeks. It's clean, quiet, and well maintained. The beds were really comfortable including the king in the master. Every member of our family gives it the thumbs up including our three month old who may or may not know what thumbs up means. This is our third time renting on Balboa Island and this is the only condo we plan to rent again in the future so that gives you an idea of what we thought. The owner is friendly and responsive.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bay Area, CA

Spacious, clean, perfect location

  • 5 of 5

My family spent a lovely Christmas break on Balboa Island. The property looks just like the pictures - sunny, clean, well-maintained. We were pleasantly surprised at how spacious the condo is, and the quality of the beds. The location is a skip and hop from South Bay Front to enjoy a stroll along the waterfront and snag a perfect spot for watching the boat parade. The owner was friendly and responsive. So glad we found this place and hope we have another opportunity to come back.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There is a garage space available, and a carport for the unit which is two spaces for off street parking. There is also ample parking for cars on little island except for fourth or july and the christmas parage, at which time the carport and garage parking are available if the bikes that have been rented are parked elsewhere.
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The Outlets at Orange
"Great place to shop 30 mins away"
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Johh Wayne/Santa Ana
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Village Inn
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Balboa Island ferry
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Several on the Main Street
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
paciiic ocean sand in front of beach
Car: recommended

Sunbathing at the beach!! Surfing at Newport Beach's acclaimed 'Wedge'.Ferry ride to the waves and 'Fun Zone'.

Universal Studios. Beverly Hills, LAX and Sunset Strip only an hour away!! Fashion Island, very upscale shopping center, with top department stores and high end restaurants is only minutes away. The quaint town of Corona del Mar is minutes away and Laguna Beach is minutes down the road.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $200 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 10.0%

My holiday rates may be slightly more, if you rent multiple months, the rent will be reduced 8%. If cancellation occurs within 2 weeks of scheduled time, amount paid is non refundable unless I am able to rent the property again for the same amount.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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