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Totally remodeled Cottage on Grand Canal! Bikes and Kayaks!!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6) (one full bath and 1 shower)

There really is no place like Balboa Island! Everyone here is so friendly and you will fall in love with the lifestyle. Fish off the dock and take a kayak ride!

Staying on Balboa Island on the Grand Canal is the place! Beautifully decorated in beach theme, this charming cottage sits on the Grand Canal (that separates the big island from the little island, on Balboa Island.)

Large open living room is perfect with a big flat screen TV and DVD player and a cozy fireplace. Beautiful master bedroom with 1/2 bath and flat screen TV. Full bathroom with new tub and shower next to downstairs bedroom. Free standing shower with outside entrance on first floor makes coming from the beach a perfect welcome to your cottage. Big outside patio in front of your private dock with gas BBQ makes for a great entertainment area.

Great for fishing and perfect for kayaking and surfing! Don't worry about things to do, because you are only steps away from the main street which offers many shops, restaurants and a local grocery store. Ride your bikes to the ferry and you are on the Balboa Peninsula and have the ocean and “Fun Zone” to explore.

We would love to share our home with you and know that you will love the location!

Only minutes away from Fashion Island, Disneyland, and about an hour to the great LA area!

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Julie Hirz
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2017

About Julie Hirz

We live only 20 minutes away and use the cottage often! That is why we keep it so perfect for our guests. Our love for Balboa in its people! We have made many great friends over the years and you will feel like it is your home even if you are only there a week. We are open to loan you are kayaks and hope you will enjoy our cottage as much as we do! So many of our guests have returned for a second and even third visit.

We just remodeled the entire place in Jan 2013. New kitchen, new flooring and all new paint. Perfect condition and we know you will treat our home like your own.

Julie and Dave

Julie Hirz purchased this house in 2007

Why Julie Hirz chose Newport Beach

The Island is a special place. Plenty to do with shops and restaurants right behind us, yet, it is quiet and so relaxing. We love to go to the Newport Beach, but always happy to come back to the Island.

What makes this house unique

There really no place like being on the canal! The sidewalks are so inviting. The patio area is perfect for a family BBQ...the dock is great for reading. If you need some shopping time, you are just steps away! The main street is directly behind the cottage. Starbucks is on the corner next to many great eateries! The local island grocery store is cute and has all your last minute food for cooking or you can walk across the bridge to a larger market.

Lastly, you can take the ferry across to the sandy beaches of Newport! You will want to come back again and again!

Guestbook comments from the owner

(from my book)

I grew up in LA and my family for 20 years! Staying here, in your lovely home brought back many memories. I remember water skiing in the back bay, walking down Marine Ave, and eating frozen bananas at Dad's! I also remember when the ferries wheel cost a dime!

Your home is so beautiful. We had a couple of days of rain and thoroughly enjoyed reading our books in the front room with the fireplace and looking out on the canal. Thanks so much for sharing your home!
Oct 2010
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Newport Center House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) all bedding is provided., Twin or Single Beds (1) twin beds are XL (good for adults or kids) Bedding is provided.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This 80 year old cottage is in perfect condition with all new furniture and contents! Sits on the canal with a dock and beautiful view. Directly behind all the shops and restaurants. Walk everywhere or ride your bikes! 1 full bath (with tub and shower), another separate shower with outside door and master has 1/2 bath. Q sofa in the living room can sleep 2. Twin XL beds in the downstairs bedroom and King in the upstairs master. All brand new!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Totally remodeled Cottage on Grand Canal! Bikes and Kayaks!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Wonderful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We booked our stay here with short notice flying from Seattle. My family and I loved every moment that we stayed here. We fell in the love with the area. Julie (the owner) was very, very kind to us and quick to reply back. Everything was so close by and convenient. Didn't have to do a lot of driving at all. A year later, I couldn't stop thinking about this place and I wanted to make sure that I got this review in. Thank you Julie for giving us the wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lake Mary FL

Highly recommend this property

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay. Very clean and description was very accurate. Owner was very helpful. We wished we had stayed 3 weeks instead of one.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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First Class Island Comfort

  • 5 of 5

I came to the island with my daughter for a family party but wanted to stay somewhere with direct access to the water as I love to paddle board - what a wonderful place on the canal! The bed linens and towels all super premium quality and beds so incredibly comfortable - a great nights sleep every night. The outside seating area is great place to sit for tea/coffee and/or cocktails, it's lovely. If you're looking for a great place with a fully stocked kitchen this is beautifully modernized with all the best of everything from dishes to flatware to appliances this is it. When you're here you feel like this is someones home not just a beach rental.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love, Love, love this cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I used to live on Balboa Island many years ago and we came back for his birthday to relive old memories. Julie's cottage was just perfect for us! It was so well-maintained and equipped, we could have moved right in. It is just behind the main street of town with darling shops and eateries. We walked the island every day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. And after we left we discovered that we left some money in the cottage. Julie's cleaning lady turned it in and Julie returned it to us. What lovely and honest people! You will enjoy every minute here!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wayzata, MN

Loved the cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, young baby and I stayed here for a week and absolutely loved it. It was a great location, right along the canal and 1 block behind the main street. The cottage was perfect for our little family. It was clean and safe, and I loved that it has a laundry room. We cooked several meals on the grill outside and made friends with the owner of the olive oil store on main street. My husband dreams of going back to balboa island and staying here again. I'm sure we'll make it back again soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: hope you can come back very soon! My neighbors always talk about you!
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Darling Cottage.....Just right

  • 5 of 5

This darling cottage was just perfect. We arrived on Christmas day and it was beautifuly decorated for the holiday with a christmas tree complete with an electric train around the base of the tree. The 2 bedrooms are very comfortable. Very nice new,clean bedding with very comfortable beds. The King size fold out bed is even comfortable. It is so cozy to sleep on the fold out bed in front of the lovely gas fireplace. The kitchen is fully stocked, bathrooms very clean. The location is perfect. It is fun to watch walkers along the grand canal but also nice to be off the busy street. This cottage is located 1/2 block of the main street of Balboa take a small path off the alley way and you will arrive at Cinnamon Roll Faire for the most amazing sweet rolls.... get there early!

The weather during our stay was very cold but we were so comfortable in this quaint home. We enjoyed the front patio every time the sun came out! You will throughly enjoy your Balboa vacation in this home.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
John Wayne Airport
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Balboa Ferry
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

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Summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $125
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rental contract is normally Saturday to Saturday in high season.

Holiday rates are normally $3200/week, but subject to change or negotiation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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