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Jill Adams

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

Charming Home on Balboa Island!

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Newport Center House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 3-4)

Balboa Island is an absolute jewel in the middle of Newport Bay. There is a 1.6 mile walkway around the perimeter and a charming 2 block main street with unique shops and fine and casual dining, literally around the corner! My cottage is very inviting. Features a courtyard with outdoor fireplace. It is one bedroom with two bathrooms and a separate sleeping area off of the living room. Perfect for two or a small family. It is possible to sleep one additional person on the twin bed size couch. Centrally located between Los Angeles and San Diego. Great for day trips.

The neighborhood is very relaxed. This is a popular destination so there is a fair amount of activity which makes the courtyard a welcome retreat. My home is one street away from the main street. It is so very quaint! There is a big mixture of old beach houses and new upscale construction. It is a very wealthy area with down-to-earth residents.

BTW, while I prefer payment by check as there are no fees, let me know if you would like another option!

Keywords: House, single story, wheelchair accessible, outdoor patio/fireplace

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Jill Adams (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a most enjoyable Island vacation in your incredibly warm, cozy, comfortable and beautifully decorated Island home. (I love the stained glass, the gorgeous tiles, and the fireplace.) "Charming" is the word I was searching for - your home is charming and it has soul. Thank yu for the privlege of renting us your home. May 2010 bring you much happiness.
Dec 2009
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based on 24 traveler reviews

Charming Home on Balboa Island!
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

Wonderful Stay, a very charming house!

  • 5 of 5

A family of 4 (2 girls 9 and 7) stayed for a month at this charming house in one of the nicest areas to visit in OC.

We had a wonderful stay and Jill the owner of the house was amazing and very warm and welcoming. She was generous and kind to share with us beach stuff (chairs, umbrellas).

The house is located 1 street behind the main street of the island. We would walk in the morning to get our breakfast from a small bakery and have it in the courtyard of the house, we would rent our bikes also from a walking distant bike rental store. Delicious restaurants at the main street, walking distance to the beach. Beautiful place to stay in. Also sometimes we lit up the fireplace in the evening in the courtyard and the kids made their smores while we had our wine. Cable TV available, so we were able to watch the olympics. Can't write enough about this house. Very nice neighbors who also checked if we needed anything when we saw them. The house was equipped with everything we needed. Would love to go back again!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a lovely review. It was delightful having you and your adorable family stay for an entire summer month! You are welcome back any time!
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Enchanting Home in Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

My family of four, including two teenage boys, came to Balboa Island for five nights so we could be close to UC Irvine for my son's Orientation. It was just over a 10 minute drive to the campus and it only took us about 25 minutes to visit friends who live in Laguna Beach. This enchanting home on Balboa island was just around the corner from the main street and we walked around the island for a half hour walk every morning. The views were amazing and the people we encountered were all very friendly, including Jill, the owner who was residing in the upper unit above the garage. She was very helpful telling us where to park when friends came to visit, where to find the grocery store and how to catch the five minute ferry to the Balboa Peninsula.

The home was well stocked and very comfortable. We loved opening all the doors and my husband worked at the patio and inside table for a couple hours early every morning. We went on a narrated 90 boat tour around the island one day and our boys parasailed another day. The restaurants in the area were all delicious and the I loved the store in town with local artwork. We would definitely stay here again and will recommend this little gem to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! I would be honored for you to consider this your home away from home when visiting your son in college, or any time! :-)
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

This is a classic Balboa Island home. Jill accommodated our family with short notice on a holiday weekend. Great location. Close to shops and restaurants. We had a blast and will come again.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home for family of four

  • 5 of 5

My husband and two teenage daughters had a fabulous time in Jill's home. This home is gorgeous with its rich woods, antique lighting, gorgeous stained glass windows and beautiful artwork. Add the ocean breeze and laid back feel of Balboa Island....heaven. The pictures do not do the home justice. It is much bigger than the four pictures show with two full baths, private master bedroom, huge living room, dining area, kitchen, another dining area and a little private around the corner bed area with the twin bed. Plenty of room for our family and friends. We had a delightful few days on the island. Parking, Jill handles it for you. She was so responsive from my first inquiry, I got an immediate phone call, and she responded to every email so quickly. Very sweet, and her home is adorable, there is nothing you won't find in this home from wine glasses to a book to read to movies to watch. Thanks, Jill

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Awww, shucks!! Thanks Whitney. I am humbled by your comments. You and your darling family re welcome back anytime!
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Wonderful Place for Family of 4

  • 5 of 5

My wife and two daughters had the pleasure of staying at Jill's home on Balboa Island this past summer. We found it to be exactly what we were hoping for. Jill confirmed our reservation and communicated all the details very well. We arrived and found things to be exactly as described ... Jill even left a parking space for us knowing that parking on the island can be tricky.

The home is very spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated. It is obviously used by Jill, so it has her personal touches and was equipped with absolutely everything we needed. I even borrowed a book off the shelf for reading during our stay. If feels like home, not the minimally furnished place you sometimes find with vacation rentals. Having our daughters with us, we appreciated having two bathrooms. As others have mentioned, it feels larger than the photos make it appear. We even had some friends over for dinner and did not feel crowded.

One of the best features is the fabulous private patio. I had enjoyed my tea outside every morning while everyone else slept. Since the weather was nice, we had the doors to the patio open almost all the time which gives the place a wonderful indoor/outdoor vibe.

The location is perfect, one block from all the shops and restaurants of the island. We brought bikes, so the patio was a perfect and secure place for them and the ferry is a short bike ride away.

Thank you Jill for the use of your place! We really enjoyed it and will find you again if we get lucky enough to be heading back to Balboa Island.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for providing such a glowing review! I am very happy you and your family had such a wonderful holiday! Hopefully you will make it back someday. All the best, Jill
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Beautiful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is a Balboa Island find. Quaint, comfortable, well equipped, and only a short walk to Marine Ave.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lenae! I'm so happy you girls had a great time!
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Disney's California Adventure
Downtown Disney
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society
Crystal Cove State Park
Laguna Beach
Catalina Flyer
"26 miles to Catalina Island! A great day trip!"
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
SNA- John Wayne
Nearest Barpub
Village Inn - 1.5 blocks
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Balboa Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
0.8 Miles
Back Bay Golf Course
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
There are 15 literally around the corner
Nearest Ski
51 Miles
Mt Waterman
Nearest Beach
1 block to Bay beaches
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Newport Center House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas and New Year
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 10.0%

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Newport Center House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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