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Balboa Cottage on the Waterfront! Dock with kayaks and bikes!!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

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 Center

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:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
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
  • 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 ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 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
  • 5 bicycles
  • 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!


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Balboa Cottage on the Waterfront! Dock with kayaks and bikes!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

quiet and very cute cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Loved being on the water and using the kayaks. Beautiful kitchen and lovely bedding.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Water front comfy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We recently visited for a week and absolutely loved the cottage.

Having the direct access to the water was great.

It's so close to everything - just perfect.

Had a great time!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect cottage

  • 5 of 5

My family loved this cottage and all the beauty of the Island.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: August 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: July 2015
  • 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
Newport Beach
Car: not necessary

There is so much to do and see nearby. Of course, Disneyland is in Anaheim, CA about 25 minutes away. If you feel like driving south on PCH, I recommend at Crystal State Park.

Laguna Beach is awesome with great walking and art galleries.

(and the drive is so beautiful)

If you want to go to Catalina, you can catch the Catalina Ferry across at the Pavillon (Pavillon bar has $4 appetizers and drinks from 4-7 pm nightly and you can watch the fishing boats come in)

Shopping and lunch? run up to Fashion Island (they also have a great movie theater that you can order food/drinks)

Favorite “off island” restaurants are:!/page_HOME


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $140
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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