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Charming Home on Balboa Island!

Bedrooms 1
Space sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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

More Details

Jill Adams
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2017

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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Newport Center House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
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
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Charming Home on Balboa Island!
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 31 reviews

Great location and spacious, lovely home

  • 3 of 5

The home was very charming and spacious. It is a short walk to main street, and easy to get to the walk around the island. Balboa Island itself is adorable, and not too far from the other beach cities in Orange County. The drawbacks, for someone who needed to work during the trip and who was craving the sunshine that So Cal is famous for...the house is extremely dark and there is no real sun either inside or outside the home. The lovely patio, which you can see in this photo - had no sun whatsoever on a very sunny day. It too was dark, and uninviting, and so it was not a place I wanted to work. Most troubling for me was that the internet was spotty, with none at all in the bedroom. Even more problematic as I had a number of work calls - the phone service on my cell phone was abysmal and the calls continually dropped. When I discussed this with the owner, (while I was outside on the street standing to take the calls) she was curt and dismissive of the concern. Of course, this issue probably would affect few people, and in general, it was a lovely place to stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This charming rental on Balboa Island was the perfect spot to stay over the Christmas holidays!

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived at the rental, the homeowner Jill made sure that there was available parking for our rental car at all times directly in front of the property. She was very prompt in returning texts or calls and was very helpful and willing to answer any questions we had.

We really loved the beautiful gate which led into a spanish style courtyard, featuring a stone fireplace and to our delight, a lovely fresh christmas wreath hanging on the front door.

We were so impressed that the living area and kitchen was spacious, very clean, filled with everything you would need for preparing food and drink, and the extra mile displayed from fresh christmas baking on the counter, cool beverages in our fridge waiting, AND holiday decorations throughout the house making our arrival feel more festive!

This rental has unique charm. The stained glass windows really are breathtaking when the morning light shines in and depicts the feeling of an ocean side island retreat perfectly! The spanish style handpainted tiled sink in the master bathroom, wrought iron door handles, french doors, antiques and tiled kitchen countertop all worked so well with the warm wood interior. And we cant forget to mention that the sofa is THE most comfortable sofa imaginable!

Walking distant from starbucks, breakfast cafes, amazing little spots to dine, locally owned boutiques, old fashion candy store, a ferry and boardwalk along the water makes this rental location a gem!

I would not hesitate to recommend this rental!!

Its really your home away from home!

Thanks Jill, we had a wonder stay.

The Driedgers

Alberta Canada

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW! Thank you so much Tammy! I am humbled by your review. Your family was awesome and you are welcome back anytime you want to get warm!
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We loved it!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I thouroghly enjoyed our week at Jill's Enchanted Onyx. The proximity to the main Avenue with restaurants and Starbucks was very convenient. The home was comfortable, clean and very spacious. We rented bicycles for the week and rarely needed to drive. Speaking of which Jill assures parking for a vehicle directly in front of the property. We are already planning a stay here for next year. We loved it!!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a sweet review, thank you! I am very happy you had a wonderful time. You and your family are welcome back anytime! Just give me the dates when you have them!
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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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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
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas and New Year
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 10.0%

Payment by check is preferred. If using paypal, add 3% to the rate to cover their fee.

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