2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
About Craig Williams
Born and raised (2nd generation) in Los Angeles. Spent every summer on Balboa Island from age 3 to 18. I live 1/2 a block down the street from the Duck House. I work in technology. Currently I am an technical instructor for Splunk (software), teaching customers how to use Splunk. When I am not working or fixing up Duck House, I am a volunteer coach at Corona del Mar high school. I coach the girls cross country team. My weaknesses are: Dark Chocolate, Red Wine and Sushi As a host, hosting you in my home, I want your stay on Balboa Island to be special.
Craig Williams purchased this House in 2017
Why Craig Williams chose Balboa Island
Inside Duck House, each bedroom has its own full bathroom. The kitchen is fully stocked with most everything one would want/need in their kitchen. There is an interior patio and the front porch for your outside relaxing. Personally, I am very content to sit at the dining table working away while gazing out the large picture window. Many homes have dutch doors and the top half is open from sunrise until bed time. Parking is on the street. Street sweeping on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Information will be provided regarding local restaurants, rental opportunities, sights, and more (hopefully some discounts as well). Duck House Balboa site is available for additional details, if you combine those three above words and add the period and com at the end, your browser will take you there. Guest access Private patio off the kitchen, front patio to watch all the neighbors, fully stocked kitchen to meet all your cooking desires, and more. This is my home (when nobody is staying in it) so it is all there - if it isn't there, let me know and perhaps it can be - sorry no hot tub. This is not a rental property. This is my home that I am inviting you to visit and stay and relax on Balboa time. Interaction with guests Pearl Avenue is a tight knit community of home owners and renters. Whether your interaction is with me or with another designated host (neighbor), you will be treated as a local. Unless I am traveling for business, I will be your host and you determine the amount of contact. When I am not living in the Duck House (probably because you are staying there), I live just down the street. I will need to come by to water plants and put the garbage cans out for pickup.
What makes this House unique
Balboa Island is a "way" of living - this home was owned by Peggy M. a true matriarch of Balboa Island. She founded the Balboa Island Museum and was extremely active in the community - EVERYBODY knew Peggy. When she moved and her family decided to sell "Duck Inn" as it was known, I was given the chance to purchase (scary). My intention was to preserve and make Duck House (my name) available to others to experience Balboa Island as I had, spending 15 summers on the island. So, yes, I own a home that I don't live in, on Balboa Island. You'll get the rest of the story when I meet you. All the neighbors were fearful that someone would buy the Duck House and tear it down to build a Beach Mansion.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The Duck House
Had a wonderful time. This home has a perfect location. It is very clean and has everything you need for a vacation stay . Very sunny front and backyard with seating . Lots of little extras like Keurig coffee maker, Popcorn Maker, BBQ, filtered drinking water, blender, beach towels, a variety of games and extra USB port plug ins and plenty of electrical strips so everything can stay charged! The host was very thoughtful and left a welcoming bottle of wine and chocolate...can't beat that. We will definitely come back to this charming VRBO called "the Duck House"
Everything was great, the home was well equipped with towels, kitchen utensils and even beach toys!
My only recommendation is perhaps an umbrella for the patio and extra fans during the summer time. We will back next year!
Cozy cottage in a great location!
Wonderful time on the island! I love the location and ability to step out the door and walk. The owner is friendly and makes visitors feel at home.
The Duck House was a perfect spot for a long weekend. Comfortable, convenient and clean.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Duck House. The kitchen was fully stocked, easy walk to the ferry, friendly neighbors, street parking was plentiful and home very comfortable.
Balboa Island is easy to research on the Internet. Some people complain about the parking - well, welcome to a California Beach Community, but the parking at the Duck House is very manageable - far end of the island. Holidays and event weekends are more challenging. A high percentage of my guests are former visitors or residents. Many of them are like myself with incredible childhood memories of spending summers on the island. They want to relive those days or introduce their children to the "island". There are many different activities available but many just head to the beach (real ocean across the Ferry) or 1-block down the street from the Duck House. The main street (Marine Ave.) is 7 blocks. It is filled with quaint shops, restaurants, and other surprises. Make sure to visit the Balboa Island Museum in its new location.
On Balboa Island, you live with your neighbors. Homes are built very close to one another. It is the way it has been since the early 1900's. This builds community. The Duck House neighbors are friendly and welcoming.