|Minimum Stay||7 - 30 nights|
Perfect vacations are about relaxation and comfort, and traveling to another place and time. Our newly renovated 1930 family beach home will take you there! Three bedrooms upstairs provide flexible accommodations for up to six people with a Queen bed in one, a Full Size bed in the second, and two Twin beds in the third. The original hardwood floors have been refinished and the period-correct flooring restored. All bedrooms have ceiling fans and feature ample closet space for storage. In the upstairs bathroom we retained the original cheerful yellow tiles and full size tub. Downstairs is a fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and oven, a microwave, coffee maker/coffee grinder, blender, toaster, waffle maker, and all utensils and service for 8+. Also, downstairs is the comfortable and airy living and dining area with our original brick and wood-paneled fireplace, couch, and bay-window seating. The downstairs bathroom features vintage tile and the original built in cabinets and shower. Local phone service, satellite TV and music, a DVD player, and wireless internet are all provided. Fronting the bay windows is a small patio in for people-watching and/or romantic sunset cocktails, while the large back yard garden and patio provides a private, personal area equipped with a gas fired barbeque for outdoor dining and relaxing with your family. The back yard also provides a convenient place to store your rafts and water toys. There's even a sand area in the yard for the children to play in while you barbeque, and an outdoor shower to rinse off with after a day at the beach.
Summer can be a busy time at the beach and our off-street at-your-doorstep driveway relieves you of the stress of looking for a parking space, and the new high efficiency washer and dryer in the laundry room mean you can spend your time at the beach instead of at the Laundromat.
I was born here and raised in this house. As you can imagine, I spent much of my childhood on the beaches or in the water and grew up with a love for the out-of-doors. Studies and degrees followed in biology, natural resource management, and education and I have spent my career teaching and sharing my enthusiasm for science and nature with others around the state. When my family and I are not enjoying 'Island Time' on Balboa Island we currently live and work in the Sierra Nevada near Yosemite National Park.
Mary Martin purchased this house in 1930
My grandparents built our beach home in 1930. My mother made it our permanent home when she married my Dad in 1952, and now our daughter as the fourth generation looks forward to her Island Time as much as I do. Although the mainland is in the 21st century, when I am on the island I can find myself back in the earlier, easier times. Whether it's coffee with the birds in the garden and an AM walk around the island or kayaking the bay at sunset, I know the Aloha of Island Time will find you as well.
Many of the vintage beach homes are gone, and with them the casual Aloha of old Balboa Island. We have chosen to renovate our home and retain that spirit for us all to enjoy! Steps away from the beach and the shops of Marine avenue, yet just off the waterfront bustle enough to provide a sense of relaxation and serenity, here you can truly be on vacation on Island Time. Most of the vacation rentals have multiple units: a front unit, a back unit, an upstairs unit...Here you are home upstairs, downstairs, front patio, and backyard garden/ patio/ play area- It's all yours to enjoy in the Island style.
We were at the tail end of a house remodel and intended to stay here a week. But as many house remodel delays go, we stayed here for a full month. We REALLY liked this house. It worked well for our family of five (16, 14, and 10 year old kids). It has beach cottage charm. Everything worked great. Below is a quick list of pros and cons:
Clean and beautiful and everything worked
Parking (driveway) - This cannot be overstated. You can usually find a spot on the street but with two cars it was nice to know that there was always a spot for one of us to park in the driveway.
Backyard - This is one of the few houses on the island with a full size backyard. We celebrated a birthday in the backyard with 19 people and it was great.
Location - It is only three houses from the beach. We were able to transport our kayaks and paddle boards to the beach with relative ease. It is also only two blocks from main street and convenient for after dinner Balboa Bar/Frozen Banana runs. Last, the location makes it pretty easy to get on and off the island pretty quickly.
Owner/Manager - We had a few correspondences with both the owner and property manager. They are both wonderful and accommodating.
Cons (these were not a big deal for our family but they are worth noting):
Stairs - The stairs are moderately narrow. However, they have handrails on either side that make it easier to get up for us older folks.
Bathroom - There are two bathrooms. There is one bathroom upstairs that is a jack and jill bathroom to two bedrooms. That bathroom only has a bathtub (no shower). The bathroom downstairs has a shower and it is a good shower.
In conclusion, we loved this house. It still has the beach cottage feel. It is not a ritzy house with sub zero refrigerators and viking ovens. However, it is clean, comfortable, and an overall great place.
We rented this wonderful historic beach home on the island this summer for the first time. It has a huge backyard that has a funky Hawaiian feel to it with palm trees, lemon and lime trees. The grill is big and new and there is a sand area for kids to play in while you barbecue and have fun. It was terrific for the 4th of July. We loved it. It has been well kept for an older home and everything is clean and the fans are fantastic and very quiet. We have been coming to the island for 50 years so we have a deep love for it. This home just fits the feel of the old Balboa. We will definitely be renting again because the price is right for this home which is just a couple of houses done from the north bay front beach. And situated a couple of streets over from the Main Street with its restaurants made it a perfect place. Especially when you have a craving for a balboa bar at night before walking the island. The owner is just great to work with.
We're just two short blocks from Balboa Island's famed Marine Avenue, where you will find an eclectic blend of shops, restaurants, and services; and only three houses away from the bayfront. The beach is child-friendly with gently sloping sand to the waters edge. The beachfront boardwalk circles the island and is a favorite for joggers, walkers, and people-watchers. A short walk and a ferry ride across the bay takes you to the the Balboa Peninsula and sportfishing, ocean pier fishing, arcades, surfing, and the historic Fun Zone ferris wheel. The picturesque Balboa Pavillion serves as the jumping off point for daily adventures to Catalina Island.
If you can tear yourself away from the beach, a few minutes drive brings you to Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, John Wayne Airport, and the host of exceptional cultural, dining and shopping opportunities for which Orange County is known.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Oct 1 2016 - Jun 1 2017
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.