Please read ANY of the more than 55 unanimous Five-Star reviews that we have received in just 2.5 years on VRBO; or sort by "Guest Rating" that ranks Casa la Pina #1 out of over 330 rentals that VRBO erroneously aggregates into a search for “Balboa Island” that includes property from Costa Mesa to Corona Del Mar and the Balboa Peninsula (NOT the island). RENTERS BEWARE: ONLY about 100 of these 330+ properties are actually ON Balboa Island!
Either method above tells the story of this exceptional 4 bedroom / 3.5 bath custom home with water views, just 50 yards from the waterfront in three directions, on the southeast corner of "Little" Balboa Island. Designed by noted local architect Ian Harrison and built in 2004, our Cape Cod home offers the best of Balboa Island. Located less than a quarter mile (3 blocks) from Marine Avenue where blocks of lovely shops and restaurants have been providing retail amenities to the area for more than 100 years.
Our home is NOT your basic worn & torn "beach rental" and may not be the best house for families with lots of young children. The property includes high-end design, construction, appliances, finishes and furnishings. We offer wide plank hardwood flooring on the ground level, nine foot ceilings or more throughout the house, a "state-of-the-art" 7.1 surround sound system with a 55" high definition TV in living room, as well as a three zone Nest-controlled air conditioning system (air conditioning is rare among vacation rentals on Balboa Island). An ELEVATOR is available for senior citizens (upon request) and there is a fully equipped laundry room with granite counters and a sink INSIDE the house. We also provide a large parking space in our attached garage that comfortably accommodates a full size car (opposite our own car that we usually leave covered in a very tidy two-car garage); AND there is abundant free parking on the streets of Little Balboa Island. As well, our home has a fully furnished rooftop deck on the third floor with an array of views of the water and Fashion Island on the mainland.
We call our home "Casa la Pina", or in English, “The Pineapple House”, and you will note the theme in our decorating. If curious, Google “pineapple meaning”, as the pineapple has been a sign of hospitality dating back to the days of the tall sailing ships when sea captains brought the tropical delicacy back to their northern homes and left them on their porch as a sign of their return and an open invitation for friends to visit. Pineapples were discovered by Christopher Columbus in the Caribbean on his first trip to the "New World" and they remain a symbol of welcome throughout Western Civilization today.
NOTE: The living and dining rooms of our home were refurnished and some pictures displayed on this listing do not depict current furnishings. We've not had a chance to have new professional photos taken yet, but rest assured, the new furnishings are of comparable, if not better, quality and taste to the ones you see!
LINENS & TOWELS: High quality sheets, bath towels, pillows, comforters and duvets, and beach towels, all professionally laundered, ARE provided.
FIRST-TIME RENTERS: Now that VRBO requires us to allow online booking, we only have 24 hours to review and approve prospective tenants that choose to book online and use a credit card. If you prefer this method, please provide background information with your online inquiry (where from, purpose of visit to Balboa Island, age of each person in your group, acknowledgement that you have NO smokers or pets in your group, etc...).
Please understand that we take great pride in, and care of, our property. Please review our listing in detail. Read ANY of our reviews. We promise you an exceptional rental experience, but want to know a bit about our first time clients, in advance, while hoping to build long-term relationships that are mutually beneficial.
AERIAL TOUR: We have added a link to an aerial video (from YouTube) that was shot by a drone for a home recently completed a few doors down our street from us. We are NOT the subject of the video, but we ARE located nearby on the same street and the video gives a great overview of our location on "Little Balboa Island". We are the grey/white Cape Cod home with the round deck on the second floor, across from the house with the bright red awning. The red awning is a good marker for our home as you fly over our street.
There WAS also another link in our listing to a general video about Balboa Island, but VRBO has deleted it for some unexplained reason. It's less than two minutes long and gives you a quick overview of why Balboa Island is one of the best and most unique vacation spots in the world! I’m sure it, and many others like it, can still be found with a quick search on Google.