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Character, Comfort and Value 2 blocks from the Ferry!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
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Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Balboa Island House Rental Photos and Description

Island Duplex, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Put your feet up and relax! Our vacation home is part of an Island duplex. It is the 'main house' built behind one of the historic Balboa Island beach houses. It has all character of an Island home yet with all your modern amenities. It is decorated in lovely antiques and beach memorabilia. If you spent time on Balboa Island as a child, this will bring back fond memories, and make some new ones. It's the perfect place to share with your children or grandchildren!

Upstairs is an open plan living room, kitchen and a small deck with BBQ. HDTV, with cable and DVD, Wi-Fi, and Bose Music System (for radio and iPod etc.) will satisfy your media needs. Master bedroom has full ensuite bath, second bedroom with 2 twin beds and TV, half bath down the hall. Downstairs is a private bedroom with 2 twins (which can be pushed together for a king bed) and ensuite bathroom. Separate 'beach shower' has outdoor access. Garage with parking for 1 car, washing machine and dryer.

Balboa Island is a little touch of heaven--a small island in Newport Harbor, that has a small town feel. This is a place where the favorite activity is walking around the island on the boardwalk along the bay, so park your car and enjoy the walk! 5 doors down is the calm sandy Bay beach. 2 blocks away is the little ferry that will take you across the bay to the Balboa Peninsula (all for $1), and another block to the Pacific Ocean and miles of wide beaches, the Balboa Pier, swimming, surfing, sunning, and shopping. There’s even a little 'FUN ZONE' with Ferris wheel and arcade games.

Kayaks, sailboats, electric boats, paddle boats, bicycles, etc. are all available to rent at the Fun Zone. Or wander farther afield to Disneyland (25 minutes) or the beaches at Laguna, Corona del Mar, etc. LA is an hour north, San Diego an hour south.

Keywords: Island Duplex

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2016

About The Owner

Our grandparents bought this beach house on Balboa Island in 1951 and we have great memories of playing at the beach, body surfing at the ocean, going to the fun zone, eating frozen bananas, and endless hours of barefoot play time around the island. Today, Sally Landis is an artist in Oakland CA, and Bettie Sue Walters works at Deetjen's Big Sur Inn and lives in Aptos CA. We still get to Balboa Island as often as we can, but welcome others to enjoy our beach house when they can!

The Owner purchased this house in 1951

Why The Owner chose Newport Beach and Balboa Island Area

This unit was built behind the historic little yellow beach house with the idea to retain the island character, yet build with modern amenities. It has been decorated with family antiques and beach memorabilia. You'll feel like part of the island's history, yet have the comforts of a modern home. Put your feet up and relax, you're on Balboa Island now!

What makes this house unique

Just 5 houses from the calm sandy beaches and 2 blocks to the ferry, this house is perfectly situated to a relaxing vacation. Park your car in the garage, then walk to the ocean, the fun zone, and the main street with it's wonderful restaurants. You may want to walk to the 'Catalina Flyer' and spend the day in Catalina. Or take the short drive to the beaches of Laguna and Corona Del Mar. Maybe a 30 minute drive to Disneyland or Knott's Berry Farm.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Character, Comfort and Value 2 blocks from the Ferry!
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

charming, functional, very tasteful

  • 5 of 5

we had a great time discovering Orange County: beaches, restaurants, making long walks -and having this lovely house to return to. we cooked a great Thanksgiving dinner there, played games and recreated the time when we lived together/ so it was a sentimental journey for my childhood.everything was of the right scale- normal, familiar, functional. We are leaving with fond memories of this great trip and my family reunion

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Location, quaint and kid-friendly

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on Balboa Island for Spring Break. The house was just perfect for us. Quaint and cute, with all the amenities you would need. It wasn't some grandeur palace that made me on guard with my 6 and 3 year old. The convenience to the ferry was a huge bonus, it also may have made us spend a few extra $$ on arcade games and rides for our kids : ). The house had everything you needed to enjoy a week away.

It was the perfect beach bungalow style home that I remembered as a kid. You can feel the nostalgia inside from the family photos placed around the house. This is a home the Landis family cherishes - and shares with others to make their own wonderful memories. And we did just thank you!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Affordable, Spacious and a Great Location

  • 5 of 5

This was a terrific house. The two levels, garage, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms makes for lots of space for a group of 6. The location was great. Balboa Island is a treat and the proximity of the house to the ferry makes trips to the beach easy. The price is really good too!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Newport Beach

Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here while our home was being remodeled. The owner is responsive and very accommodating. The home has a vintage feel and is equipped with everything you will need for a wonderful vacation. Everything is within walking distance.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed our home on the Island in your transition. I hope your new house is terrific!
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San Jose, CA

Felt like home, but in the middle of paradise

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a one week stay in Balboa and this place gave us everything we needed for a great trip. The location is fantastic, right down from the ferry and close to the bay and the accommodations were perfect. Mind you, this is not a luxury mansion, but a great family beach house that felt like home. I've been to a lot of rentals where you are almost afraid to stay for fear of not getting your deposit back, but not here. The kids loved having there own floor downstairs and the living area gave us plenty of space to stretch out and relax after long bike rides, swims and paddle boarding.

I would highly recommend this house for families that are looking to have a home base while exploring all that Newport has to offer. We only took the car out one time during the week we were there as the location gives you great access to both the island and the peninsula. The only thing I will warn about is that the outside living space is small and there is no frontage (this is the back unit of the house), but if you've been to Balboa you know that often the back house is the better and this is the case here, just realize you won't be sitting out front drinking a glass of wine people watching. You'll have to walk a couple of houses down to the water front to do that :>.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect description: It's really a Charming Beach House near Ferry & Shops, Restaurants, Shoreline!

  • 5 of 5

Charming Balboa Beach Home that is Walking Distance to the Ferry that takes you to the Fun Zone in 5 min, Restaurants, Ice Cream & Candy Stores, Shops, Gorgeous Shoreline, Sandy Beach, Bike Rides, F R I E N D L Y P E O P L E, Swimming, Surfing, Beach Volley Ball, Beautiful Boats, & Stunning Sunsets! Sally, the owner kept great communications & made us feel very comfortable. We'll Definately be Back! Perfect for 2-6 Guests! A D O R A B L E & G R E A T L O C A T I O N !!!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Balboa Island Ferry
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Balboa Fun Zone
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Balboa Pier
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The Wedge and jetty
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Corona Del Mar
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Little Corona
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Laguna Beach, Main Beach
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Brook St Beach, Laguna
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Back Bay
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Back Bay Interpretive Center
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John Wayne Airport
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Marine Blvd.
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Fashion Island
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Our favorite mini-mall


Rates & Availability

Balboa Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2016
Aug 28 2016 - Dec 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
Holiday rate
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Easter 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 23 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 25 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 10.0%

Cleaning fee of $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Balboa Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5+
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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