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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.
The backyard provides an off-street area with sand for youngsters to play, and the bay-beach 3 houses away at the end of the street has a gentle sand beach down to the quiet waters of Newport Bay. There are lots kid-oriented shops 2 blocks away on Marine Avenue, and the ferry ride and nearby Fun Zone arcades are entertainment from another era. Public piers provide fishing access for youngsters. Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, the Science Discovery Center, and a host of other famous child-centered destinations are within a half-hours drive...moreless
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bedroom 1: 1 queen
Sunny and Bright! Ceiling fan, walk-in closet...moreless
Bedroom 2: 1 double
3 windows capture the ocean breezes. A vintage island feel....moreless
Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single
Bay window seating w/ views of bay & sunsets, breezy & fun!...moreless
All bedrooms have ceiling fans and forced-air heat. All beds have memory-foam toppers, mattress protectors and non-allergic pillow covers. Linen service available....moreless
Vintage tile, full size tub for a relaxing soak!...moreless
Electric hair dryer, iron and ironing board provided. Linen Service available at extra cost.
Our property manager Mary Martin is just 2 blocks away if any needs arise during your stay.
On Balboa Island almost anything you can want or imagine is either within walking distance or a short drive away. Whether it's a day at the beach, in the surf, or on the water; a day of shopping, golfing, or sightseeing; or an evening of live music and dining out at any of the waterfront or inland eateries our comfy vintage beach cottage will serve as your perfect home-away-from-home. If you have questions about specific amenities or activities contact Mary Martin at 949-673-4062....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
HD Dish Network Satellite service provided, includes satellite music service. (The Hawaiian music and Jimmy Buffet 'Margaritaville' stations are my favorites!)...moreless
42 inch Flatscreen HD TV wall mounted in the livingroom above the fireplace...moreless
Sports & Activities
Local Services & Businesses
3 houses from the bayfront, beach, and boardwalk. View of the bay from front bedroom bay windows, living room bay windows, and front patio....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
seating for 6 in private patio. Seating for 4 in front room dining, and for 4 in front patio....moreless
Seating for 6 people
New 2012 high efficiency front load gas dryer in separate laundry room. An Electric Iron and Ironing Board are provided....moreless
Bed spreads and pillows with pillow-protectors are provided. Full linen service available for an added fee or bring your own....moreless
Comfy couch, reading lamps, bamboo and rattan chairs and tables. Flat screen TV with Dish Network service & DVD player. Breezy and bright bay window seating with a view to the bay three houses away....moreless
Your own private driveway space for 1 car. Additional parking available on street....moreless
Parking Off Street:
Driveway and parking space at the front door welcomes you home regardless of the weekend congestion!...moreless
Provides local calls, long distance requires your calling card....moreless
High efficiency LG front loader washer/dryer set in separate laundry room....moreless
Gas stovetop and oven with broiler, outdoor propane BBQ, microwave, dishwasher, dishmaster, refrigerator, garbage disposal, blender, coffee maker with timer so you can wake up to fresh coffee :-), coffee grinder, rice maker, toaster, and waffle maker. Portable prep-island. Equipped to cook and patio-party :-)...moreless
(2) Large (for the Island) private backyard patio with peaceful garden area, birds (if you fill the bird bath and bird feeder), limes and lemons and peaches in season, patio table with seating for 6 perfect for outdoor dining or sunrise coffee, market umbrella and patio cover, vintage 'glider' swing, BBQ, and a sand area for kids to play. Small front patio with table and chairs for four- Great for people watching, beach breezes, and sunsets!...moreless
$2,800 per week Summer*. $3,000 per month Winter.
*Rates do not include 10% City Occupancy tax
*Payment with Amex, Mastercard, Visa, or Paypal adds an additional 1% fee on total
*Weekly Rates are based on 7 day minimum.
*Weekly rates are based on arrival Saturday, other days subject to availability
*Contact manager for additional information on deposits and linen service costs
*Cancellation fee of 10% and refunds ONLY if the dates you reserved are re-rented.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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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.
Year Purchased: 1930
About: 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.
Why Balboa Island: 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.
The Unique Benefits at this House: 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.