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Balboa Island Large And Spacious Waterfront Home with Private Boat Dock

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

3 large bedrooms (including 1 on 1st Floor) with private bath and views of water

High ceilings, skylights in the Master BR and upstairs hallway, AC upstairs and downstairs, and a large kitchen and dining room with new appliances await your holiday! Each bedroom includes its own full bathroom so there are totally 3 bathrooms with shower or tub (or both). Our front room has 2 new sofas that are 40 inches x 84 inches and provide additional sleeping options. Upstairs Master is a California King and the Upstairs Guest Bedroom features 2 new extra-long Twin beds. Our home comes included with a private dock and 2 kayaks as well.

Greg Nagler
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish, mandarin, Japanese
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017

About Greg Nagler

My family has been a HomeAway member since 2011. We own this home in Newport Beach, and we also own a home in Santa Barbara where we work and raise our 3-year old baby, Lucas and our 2 year- old Marcus.

Greg Nagler purchased this house in 2011

Why Greg Nagler chose Newport Center

I grew up in California, my wife grew up in Japan, and we both love Southern California, and all the great things to do here! My family has owned this home for over 15 years, and it has been passed from one generation (my parents) to us. Balboa Island is a very special place and we are sure you will enjoy it!

What makes this house unique

With the large, retractable skylight in the Master Bedroom, comfortable dining area, a living room and patio that faces the water, and a few minutes walk to the harbor and Oceanfront, we knew this was the property on the Island that we wanted to own. Lots of morning sunshine in the bedrooms as well!


Crystal Cove State Park
Discovery Science Center
Nearest Airport
6 Miles
John Wayne International Airport (SNA)
Nearest Ferry
0.6 Miles
Balboa Island Ferry
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Newport Beach
Car: not necessary

Island living at its best! Enjoy a stroll on the Island, take the Ferry to the fun zone amusement park, have a banana split ice cream cone, and relax. Plenty of beautiful sunsets every day, boat parades, great restaurants, world-class shopping, adventure sports and biking and more awaits your Summer holiday on Balboa Island!


Newport Center House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom Master Bath, 2nd floor - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2nd floor - combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1st floor - shower
    Bathroom Upstairs Guest -
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Cal King
    Bedroom 1st floor - 1 king , Cal King
    Bedroom 2nd Floor - 2 twin/ single , Additional Queen bed available. Depends on your requirement
    Two Large Sofas in Living Room - The 2 new Sofas in front room are 89" Length x 40" Width
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Balboa Island Large And Spacious Waterfront Home with Private Boat Dock
average rating of 4.4666667 based on 30 reviews
San Diego

House was great. Construction was not!

  • 4 of 5

The home is beautiful with a great location. Was told that street parking was plentiful but it wasn't. The garage does fit 2 cars as long as they are small. The one thing that was disappointing was bridge construction right next to the house. It was fine over the weekend but come Monday morning we awoke to a very loud generator that ran all day. No fault of the owner but kind of put a damper on our otherwise relaxing day. Would recommend the place but make sure street construction is complete before you go.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We deeply apologize that the new bridge was so far behind schedule this Summer. Contractor had promised April, then May, and it was severely over-scheduled. We are sorry for the overall impact of your Holiday and appreciate your Comments overall on the Home. Take care.
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Noise Noise Noise

  • 3 of 5

House is great but the island is directly in the flight path of jets departing John Wayne Airport and they start at 7 am. Furthermore, the continued construction on the bridge to Lil Balboa includes cutting steel and concrete beginning as early as 6:30 am. Other than the weekend, we could not enjoy the patio or house until after 3:30 pm. The portable A/C units cooled the rooms and the sound helped drown out the noise. The kitchen and baths are great and we used the grill, and kayaks. Bicycles need maintenance and Wifi was spotty at best. We were on the go, but my disabled 84 year old mother was stuck with the office bedroom and needed assistance to get off the very low and uncomfortable sofas in the living room. Not a good choice for R & R but if you are a family on the go, it is a great base. We hiked at Crystal Cove, shopped at Fashion Island and on the Island, walked the island, biked the peninsula, rented a Duffy used the kayaks daily. Wilma's Patio was very good and Bluewater Grille in the Cannery area was a good seafood choice.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the helpful feedback! Based on your advice, we have put new furniture in the downstairs bedroom and installed new high-speed Internet throughout the Home. Sorry to hear of the difficulty with the sofas in the front room. We will make changes there as well. The bridge is finished and it is much quieter again. We welcome you to come back in 2018! Thank you for your comments and once again we are sorry for the bridge construction noise. Hope to see you again next year.
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This canal home on Balboa Island provided all our families needs & wants for a 3 generation vacation

  • 4 of 5

This canal home on Balboa Island was comfortable, updated, & provided all the amenities a family could want! From kayaks & bikes, to a close proximity to shops and restaurants. The views from the decks were tranquil, while the canals felt like you were in Venice Italy. The new & modern amenities from the appliances in the kitchen, a large flatscreen in the living room, to the sunroof & bidet in the master retreat- gave us some creature comforts we hadn't expected. The only complaint we had is that we wished we had stayed longer 😃 We hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the kind comments and we would be delighted to host your future Stay!
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Arnold, California

A week of water polo!

  • 5 of 5

Found this great place to stay for a week while enjoying watching our two grandsons taking part in the Junior Olympic National Water Polo Tournament.

The accommodations were very comfortable. Greg, the owner, was very friendly and helpful explaining some ofhe little nuances when we arrived. We found everything we needed in the well stocked kitchen. Plenty of towels and linens.

We would love to return to this paradise. Thanks for everything, Greg and Jim.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a joy hosting your Stay. We are all really glad to meet you and what an amazing Family you have! Really inspired by all of you and thanks overall for just a really positive experience. Our Family wishes you all the best and more fun water polo adventures in the future as well!
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Great Property and Great Location

  • 5 of 5

My siblings and my 96-year-old mother thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful home. Quiet and peaceful, right on the canal, and just a block away from the main street. Parking is a little difficult in the garage unless you have a small car, but there was ample parking on the streets close by. Owners were very hospitable.

Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Eric. You have a delightful Family. We are honored by your Stay. Really happy to hear that everyone was comfortable, especially in that Ground Floor bedroom. It's really nice meeting you and wish you and yours all the very best! Thank you!!
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Fun in Balboa

  • 4 of 5

Our best friends (who Iive in Chicago) came for a visit to show their kids beautiful sunny California. We rented this home so we could enjoy a few days at the beach during their stay in CA. The house was very nice, great location in Balboa on the canal, and working with Greg was very easy. He is always quick to respond and very helpful in every way. The one bummer was the bridge construction going on one house away from the rental. Thankfully we only experienced one morning of noise, but the view with all the construction off the patio was not as pretty as I know it normally would be without it. The house was well appointed with everything you could need in the kitchen and linens. I have a couple of recommendations though. One would be to make the upstairs bedroom/bathroom, that currently holds 2 twin beds, a second master bedroom by putting in a Queen sized bed so it can be occupied and used by adults who want a ensuite bathroom and put the twin beds downstairs. My husband and I wanted our own private bathroom but had to sleep apart in the twin beds, we gave our friends the master bedroom, and our kids had to sleep together in the Queen downstairs. Also, the Queen bed in the downstairs bedroom is really a pull out couch, which is not as comfortable as a bed. There is also a lot of furniture in that room that made using the portable air conditioning unit tough to manuever around. I would also suggest putting in central air, it was a warm couple of days, the portable units were great at keeping rooms cool, but they were very loud and the one in the master bedroom kept shorting out at night. The little town is adorable and we enjoyed walking around at night. We didn't realize that the Fun Zone (a ferry ride across the bay) closed at 6pm every night, so our teenagers didn't get to go hang out over there in the evenings like we had planned. Overall though, I would recommend staying at this house. We had 9 people, the boys slept on the couches and on a blow up mattress in the family room and it was fine for the couple nights we were there. Staying longer than a couple of days with that many people would have not been enjoyable for more than the short time we were there. I would go back with less people and once the bridge is done being built.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your stay and THANK YOU very much for the improvement suggestions. We enjoyed meeting you and your friends from the Windy City! We will take actions based on your feedback. We are definitely going to make improvements to the cooling system this year and thankfully the new bridge has (finally!) been completed on July 25th. Thanks so much for sharing the feedback and also the improvement suggestions! Really glad to hear that your Family had a good time and we would be delighted to to hosting a future visit anytime! Take care and thank you :)
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $175
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Cleaning fee (80 USD) per stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.