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Waterfront 3 bedroom 2 Bath. 2 PaddleBoards/2 Kayaks for renters use!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 7 (one on sleeper sofa)

Winter weeks are available for this charming waterfront cottage resides on Balboa Island's Grand Canal. We have 2 kayaks and 2 paddle boards for renters use, which you can do right off our dock. With 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, this home is perfect for a family of 6 or 7. Wireless internet, books, games and cable TV are included. There is a well supplied kitchen with a new gas range for the cook. We provide great linens and towels - beach towels too! All sheets, blankets and mattress pads are fresh and clean after each rental.

The front bedroom has a new king bed that can also be converted into 2 twins. Middle bedroom has 2 twin beds and the back bedroom has a queen bed with its own bath, dressing area and private entrance. All the mattresses are in excellent to new condition.

Enjoy the dock for sun-bathing, swimming, kayaking and fishing. The front patio is perfect for barbecuing, meals and relaxing. There is parking for one car in the garage, remote included. Our home is steps to Marine Avenue's shops, restaurants, Balboa Bars and a local grocery store.

A 10 minute walk to the ferry takes you to the Peninsula; where the 'Fun Zone' and the beautiful Newport Beach coastline await you! This is a great location from which to visit Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Catalina Island, Laguna Beach, etc. It is a wonderful place to unwind. We also have property #383299. Read our reviews!

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Sue Ellen Waters
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About Sue Ellen Waters

Second generation of family own this property. The house is well loved and cared for. It will remind you of Balboa in the 1950's and 1960's.

Sue Ellen Waters purchased this house in 1950

Why Sue Ellen Waters chose Newport Beach

Located 1/2 block from the South Bay Front on the lovely Grand Canal. We have our own private dock which makes using the kayaks and paddleboards a breeze. This family has been enjoying Balboa Island since the 1950's. The island charm has hooked a third generation!

What makes this house unique

Sit on the front patio and watch the boats and walkers pass by. Easy access to market, restaurants and island stores. Once your refrigerator is stocked there is no reason to leave the island. It is a wonderful place to unwind and have a relaxing vacation.

All beds are new, great linens, comfortable chairs and sofa and very clean. Short walk to the ferry which will take you to the ocean.


Newport Center House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Front Bathroom - toilet, tub/shower combination Back Bathroom - toilet, shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • 3 bedroom, sleeps 6 in beds and 1 on sleeper sofa in living room Master - 1 queen Middle Bedroom - 2 twins Back Bedroom - 1 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
An updated original cottage! It is very charming, clean and comfortable. There is a gas log fireplace, built in closets, new BBQ and range. A wonderful front patio to barbeque and watch the world go by (and kayaks and paddleboaders!). Gas log fireplace. A furnace heats the front of the house and electrical heaters for the back 2 bedrooms. Ceiling fans in all bedrooms, kitchen and living room provide plenty of cool breeze. This is a perfect house for a family or 2/3 couples. The apartment above garage has a long term tenant.


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Waterfront 3 bedroom 2 Bath. 2 PaddleBoards/2 Kayaks for renters use!
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews
San Diego, CA

Cute beach cottage on the canal!

  • 4 of 5

Stayed here over Memorial Day weekend with my husband and 2 kids (ages 7 & 10). We loved the traditional cozy cottage feel and having access to the dock and kayaks/SUP. The owner was very pleasant and responsive to questions. The location of this cottage is ideal. Thanks so much Sue Ellen! We come a few times a year and would definitely consider booking here again on our next visits.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Charming cottage on the water. Great location with a very short walk to shops and restaurants on the island. A very reasonable walk to the Balboa ferry to access more shops, restaurants and the beach. We felt like we were staying in the house of a family friend. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Woodlands, TX

Super cute Balboa Island cottage on Grand Canal

  • 5 of 5

This is our third stay at this darling cottage. The location is perfect, the beds are comfy, the paddleboards and kayaks are awesome and the owner is so nice and easy to work with. I have two kids in their early twenties and we love staying here. There's lots to do both on the island and in the surrounding area. Several times they walked to the ferry and went to Newport Beach on the peninsula. We love the table out front and had dinner there a few evenings. Amenities are great-we didn't bring beach towels or beach chairs and the kitchen was well-stocked with both staples and cooking/serving items. One of our friends slept on the sofa sleeper in the living room and said it was comfortable. I didn't think it was possible! All in all another wonderful trip to Balboa Island-the magical place...we will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We wanted to take our 18-year old son, who had just graduated from high school, on a perfect senior trip....along with his two teenage brothers, his 11-year old sister, and his best friend, who had also just graduated from high school. There were 7 of us staying at 121 Grand Canal......and it was just that......perfect. They never tired of cruising the harbor in the 2 kayaks and paddle boards provided, taking the ferry to ride the waves at Newport Beach, walking downtown for some fish and chips and a frozen banana, or just chilling in the lovely, quaint and cozy cottage. A beautiful place! A beautiful stay! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! Jennifer Sweet - Orlando, Florida

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We love this place! This is the second year we have stayed here and we had a wonderful time. This is a most charming and comfortable cottage. It's our home away from home.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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perfect holiday cottage

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was the perfect place for us to enjoy Balboa Island with our family at Christmas time. Absolutely magical. It was sparkling clean with great amenities A washer, dryer & dishwasher made life easy. All we had to do was stock the fridge. The sitting room could do with a TV but we made do. Very relaxing sitting on the patio listening to the island sounds of boats clinking and happy holiday noises of families walking by. The owners provided excellent service. And visited us on our arrival day to make sure we had everything we needed. New paddle boats and kayaks were there for us to use if we wished. The village charm of Balboa Island is wonderful and the location of the cottage on the waterfront is perfect. So easy to get around from here. We will definitely return and highly recommended this property.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
John Wayne
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Village Inn
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Balboa Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Several in the area
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Amtrak Station, Santa Ana
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
CA 73 or Jamboree and 405
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Newport Beach
Car: not necessary

Lovely original Balboa Island cottage on the Grand Canal. Recently painted and updated, very clean. Wonderful spot to unwind and enjoy the local amenities. Steps from restaurants, shops and front bay. Perfect spot for family gatherings!


Rates & Availability

Newport Center House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 29 2017 - Aug 27 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $175 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 10.0%

Accept personal check.
50% of rent due with completion of the contract. Full balance paid 2 weeks prior to arrival.

Owner'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.

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