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Cheerful Bayfront Balboa Island Home - Beautifully Decorated!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9-11)

Welcome to the best location on Balboa Island! Bay front with a sandy beach. Our coveted Little Island location is just steps from the charming Village with markets, shops, restaurants, and services. Wake up to beautiful sunrises over the bay and relax in the evening with a BBQ on the bay at sunset! Spend the entire week and never use your car. Our beautifully landscaped, newly furnished 3-bedroom home is complete with every amenity, including all flat screen TVs, to ensure a premier vacation experience. Comfortable soft seating and a great table in the living area create an environment perfect for relaxing, reading, watching the boats go by, playing games, working on craft projects or watching the big game on TV.

The oversized master king bedroom has a gorgeous bay view, flat screen entertainment center, private bath, and a cute deck with a small bay view that is shared with the second queen bedroom. The third bedroom is huge with a private sun deck complete with chaise lounges for sunbathing. It is set up dormitory style with 5 twin beds. Plenty of room for the kids to play games and connect their game system to the flat screen TV. All bedrooms are on the second floor and Bedrooms 2 and 3 share a full bath. A cute downstairs den is a cheerful area that can be converted to another bedroom with a queen fold out couch.

The house has multiple outdoor entertaining areas. The front patio is right on the bay front and has a large dining table, small cocktail table and a BBQ. The back patio is private and is adjacent to the covered parking / garage area. It is perfect for entertaining when you need indoor / outdoor space. All linens, kitchen ware, towels, are provided. Broadband wireless internet and unlimited domestic long distance will keep you connected. For your convenience a full laundry room is available onsite.

Overall this home is bright, cheery, and comfortable. The moment you wander into our beautifully redone 1938 original property and glance over the bay you know you are home! Bring your bikes, kayak, fishing pole, and walking shoes to enjoy all that the beach and bay have to offer.

Balboa Island is in Newport Beach and is only 15 minutes from Orange County / John Wayne Airport, 50 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport, and 75 minutes to San Diego Lindbergh Field Airport. It is a short drive to many Southern California attractions including Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Anaheim Stadium, Honda Center, Laguna Beach, Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Diego Zoo, and Sea World.

More Details

Property Manager
Christine Hehir
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 8, 2018

About Christine Hehir

My family started coming to Balboa Island when I was a kid in the 1960s. It has always been my dream to own a home in this charming, relaxing and very special place.

Christine Hehir purchased this house in 2010

Why Christine Hehir chose Newport Center

When this classic 1938 Manor Home in one of the absolute best locations on the Island became available, we couldn't resist purchasing it.

What makes this house unique

The home had been lovingly cared for and periodically updated by the same family for over 50 years. We are not ready to retire and live here full time. So we decided to completely refurnish the place and make it the perfect vacation destination to be shared with family, friends, and a few select rental guests.


Newport Center House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen
    Den - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Downstairs Den has Queen Sleep Sofa
    Kids/Teen Room - 5 twin/ single , Large room has 2 Twins, 1 Twin Daybed and 2 Twin Trundles
  • The Master King Bedroom and the Guest Queen Bedroom share a lovely deck with a bay view. The Kids/Teen Room has a private sun deck.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • 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
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

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Cheerful Bayfront Balboa Island Home - Beautifully Decorated!
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 6 reviews

Great Bayfront Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful home for all of January and February 2016. We return on January 7th for our fifth two month winter stay. It is a wonderful setting on Little Balboa- quiet, but near to everything. Great layout and good for family and friends to visit us there. Two car garage is a big plus! The owners did a great job renovating the home when they bought it and created great indoor and outdoor spaces. Having a DVR is a great example of their thoughtfulness. We researched (and rented) other Balboa rentals before we found this home and none came close. Christine Hehir has been great to work with each time! We're glad we are going back soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that your family has enjoyed our special Balboa Island property for so many years and are truly grateful for our many repeat visitors! Enjoy your upcoming visit!
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Could be cleaner

  • 1 of 5

We recently stayed here for our Thanksgiving holiday. While we enjoyed Balboa Island very much, this property was a bit dated. In addition, the kitchen was overrun with ants and we experienced a clogged drain that was several days in the fixing. Next time, I think we would try to find a newer, better maintained property for our vacation.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are disappointed that your stay did not meet your expectations. We work hard to keep this vintage property in premium condition and will immediately address the issues you have raised. Regarding the clogged bathroom sink, we learned about this on Thanksgiving day and had it resolved the next day. We are pleased that you enjoyed charming Balboa Island and thank you for your visit.
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Simi Valley, CA

Perfect Balboa Rental on the Little Island

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed here for the week 9/21/13 to 9/28/13. My wife and I are in our early forties and our boys are 5 and 2 1/2. Christine at Beach Time Realty was fantastic. She was very helpful and easy to work with. The house itself was fantastic. The beach is right out front and has great sand for the kids to play in. The great thing is that even during high tide there is plenty of beach for the kids to play on. This had been a problem while staying on the South Bay on the Big Island. The house is only about 12 houses from the Little Island public pier so we took the kids fishing every night. When my son caught his first fish and then a sting ray he almost lost his mind from pure excitement. He still won't stop talking about it. The walk to the main street is very short and easy, even with two little kids. The walk to the ferry is pretty long from the house with two little kids so we brought a Radio Flyer wagon which made it much easier. Both kids love the ferris wheel and we rented a boat for a couple hours to cruise around the island. The house itself is really nice. Two stories, all carpeted, which is great for the kids and looks really good. The entire house is super modern and still has the old school beach feel to it. The windows and cabinets are all old, but re-done and it just feels and looks cool. There are flat screen TV's in every room and three or four DVD players. All the beds are super comfortable and linens and towels are provided. We had the kids cousins over one night and all four of them played and slept comfortably in the kids room. The patio is great and the view is beautiful. The inside patio is connected to the garage and was great for the kids to play in as it is totally enclosed. Overall I would highly recommend this house and would work with Beach Time Realty any day of the week.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased that your family enjoyed the home! Thank you so much for the thorough and nice review. We look forward to your next visit.
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Stanford, CA

Perfect Island Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had the perfect Labor Day Weekend stay in this beautiful "Little Island" home. It was well appointed with new cottage style furnishings, lighting, and window coverings which felt luxurious and comfortable at the same time. We spent warm evenings on the front brick patio BBQing and watching the harvest moon rise. The view on the water is peaceful and the location on the island was very quiet, especially on such a busy weekend. With 2 parking spaces in the garage, we never had to drive and walked everywhere, including nearby restaurants and the market.

The island is the perfect spot to vacation and we biked to the beach via the ferry, rode the stand up paddle board around the island, and even did a little fishing. We had our own equipment, however, rentals are easily found within a short walk. There was also plenty of time to relax and enjoy the view from several sunny decks and a rear brick patio.

The kitchen had all we needed and we found cooking a breeze for our holiday BBQ. The bedrooms were spacious and each had access to a balcony or deck. We had 6 in our group, however, we could have had several more. This is perfect for 2 families or an extended family with a large bunk room and a cozy den w/sleeper sofa. The location is perfect, quiet yet close to everything. We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Louisville KY

Derby Duo

  • 5 of 5

This home is amazing. My husband and I stayed for an awesome week. The accomodations are so comfortable, cozy and clean. Every amenity was provided. We were there for selection Sunday (NCAA basketball) and were able to enjoy watching our teams on many flat screen TVs. In addition to the interiors perfection the bayside views were breathtaking. We were able to walk to the beach via a short ferry ride and experienced the sights and sounds of Newport Beach. Back on the island, there are many great restaurants and unique shops in walking distance. We were very impressed with everything and didn't want to leave.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2012
  • Stayed: March 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ventura, CA

Perfect Island visit!

  • 5 of 5

Wow...this place is beautiful and exceptionally well maintained. The new furnishings are comfortable, cheery, and pefect for the beach. The entire house is warm and cozy and the bedrooms are large! The view of the bay from the master bedroom is breathtaking. We loved sitting out on the front patio watching the boats go by and enjoying a bbq dinner.

The Little Island location is great. It is much quieter than the big island and the east bay front has less wind and crowds. The multiple outdoor areas insure sun or shade at anytime of the day. We loved walking over the Hersey's market (a cute little small town style market) and pick our dinner and wine for the evening!

We only had four at the house but it easily sleeps 10 in beds. The kitchen was well stocked with nice plates and pans, etc. The flat screen TV's were much nicer than we have at home. A real treat! All in all a wonderful vacation. We can't wait to go back to Martha's Manor next year! A special thanks to the thoughtful owners and the great bottle of Chardonnay they left as a welcome gift. Thanks for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2011
  • Stayed: April 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Village Inn
Nearest Ferry
0.7 Miles
Balboa Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Pelican Hill Resort
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Amtrak, Santa Ana
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Numerous Restaurants
Nearest Beach
Balboa Bay
Car: not necessary

Balboa Island is in Newport Beach and is only 15 minutes from Orange County / John Wayne Airport, 50 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport, and 75 minutes to San Diego Lindbergh Field Airport. It is a short drive to many Southern California attractions including Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Anaheim Stadium, Honda Center, Laguna Beach, Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Diego Zoo, and Sea World.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable Security Deposit $800
Tax Rate 10.0%

Weekly rentals are Saturday to Saturday
Winter Rates are higher during holidays
Rates are valid through June 15, 2019

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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