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Great Duplex on Balboa Island; bottom unit; central location,walk to water!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

sleeps 6, has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitch, living room


This first floor unit has 3 bedroom, 2 bath floorplan. Sleeps 6.

Walk to shopping, dining and family fun from this great location on Ruby Avenue, one of the islands widest and most desirable streets. Relax on Ruby beach, just 1-1/2 blocks away, or take the nearby Balboa Island Ferry to world famous Newport Penninsula, beaches and the Balboa Fun Zone. Fishing charters, boat rentals, whale watching trips, a Catalina Island ferry and more are all within walking distance.

Lower unit offers one bedroom with a California King bed, second bedroom has two x-long twin beds and a third bedroom has 2 extra long twin beds.

BBQ on the patio or balcony and enjoy the sunsets from our west-facing views

Relax and enjoy a movie on the flat screen TV with DirecTV and attached BluRay-DVD player. HBO, Showtime and Cinemax are included at no extra charge. Cool one evening? Light a fire and enjoy the fireplace!

The two car garage includes washer and dryer facilties.

If you really must get in the car, it's a short drive to many local attractions (Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Angel Stadium) and amazing shopping (Fashion Island, South Coast Plaza).

Keywords: Lower unit; 3 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 6.

More Details

Kim Bowen
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Kim Bowen

We first discovered Balboa Island as college students years ago and it has been a special place for us ever since.

Kim Bowen purchased this house in 2011

Why Kim Bowen chose Balboa Island

We love Balboa Island! We have lived and vacationed in the Newport Beach area for 35 years. It is like living in a fantasyland; surrounded by water on all sides, with the ocean at your front door for swimming, surfing, sailing, fishing and more; within walking distance of restaurants and shopping. Be sure to try a frozen banana (dipped in chocolate) or a Balboa Bar (ice cream dipped in chocolate) on one of your walks to Marine Ave.. Balboa Island is a magical place!

What makes this house unique

Ruby Beach is 1 block from the house where you can cool off in the water or warm up in the sun. We are also about 6 blocks from the ferry boat that takes you to the beaches on the Newport penninsula including one of the best surfing spots in Southern California, the wedge. You will also find the fun zone here with more shopping, restaurants and an arcade for the kids. Bike riding, fishing and day trips to Catalina are some more favorite activities.


Balboa Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , X long bunk and twin beds in upstairs unit
  • Each unit has 1 King size bed, 5 twin beds
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
You can arrange for linens by contacting Terri's Linen Company


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Great Duplex on Balboa Island; bottom unit; central location,walk to water!
average rating of 4.625 based on 16 reviews

Great location, plenty of space

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the downstairs unit for the holidays. There was plenty of space for the 6 of us, and there was a little Christmas tree and holiday dvds, which were an appreciated touch! The cleaning service missed an few details before we arrived (top bunk covered in sand, a pretzel in the sheets of one of the beds, some chips under the sofa), but otherwise the place we clean, with lots of towels. The twin beds aren't super comfortable and the wifi is a bit spotty, but overall it's a great rental unit in a great location.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback. We will let housekeeping know about your review of their services. I hope you will stay with us again!
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with our rental. The place was just as advertised--clean, well equipped and quiet. The owner was very responsive to any questions we had. We will definitely rent again if we are staying in Balboa again.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our favorite Balboa Island rental!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented on Balboa Island for many years but this duplex on Ruby is our favorite! We rented both units for our family of 10 and had room to spare. The wonderful beach decor in every room was such a pleasure and everything you could possibly need is in the kitchen. The easy to clean flooring throughout is perfect for children. Located on the middle block, just up from Mother's Beach and only a few blocks from Marine and the ferry, it is the ideal location. The bonus was two kayaks which were used every day by all three generations. At the end of the summer season, we were particularly grateful for how clean the units were. Thank you Kim for your prompt answers to our questions. Looking forward to returning in 2020 for our next family beach reunion.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your remarks. We are so glad it was a good fit for you and your extended family and that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to having you stay with is again!
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We loved it!

  • 4 of 5

Balboa is our favorite place for family vacation. The Ruby house is perfect for us!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great little house on Balboa

  • 4 of 5

We loved coming back to Balboa Island. The house was everything we expected it would be.

We lived there in the early 2000's for a couple of years and moved back to Philadelphia.


  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good Vacation Home

  • 4 of 5

Spent a month at this property in August. Centrally located on the island. Very easy to get to ferry or shopping by foot or bike. The house comes with access to 3 kayaks which was nice. Owner Kim was extremely accommodative and easy to deal with.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Marine Ave. Shopping
Nearest Point of Interest
Ferry Crossing
Nearest Point of Interest
Bayside Drive Shopping




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Holidays include Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine's Day, Easter and Spring Break

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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