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Charming Home on Balboa Island!

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 3-4)

Balboa Island is an absolute jewel in the middle of Newport Bay. There is a 1.6 mile walkway around the perimeter and a charming 2 block main street with unique shops and fine and casual dining, literally around the corner! My cottage is very inviting. Features a courtyard with outdoor fireplace. It is one bedroom with two bathrooms and a separate sleeping area off of the living room. Perfect for two or a small family. It is possible to sleep one additional person on the twin bed size couch. Centrally located between Los Angeles and San Diego. Great for day trips.

The neighborhood is very relaxed. This is a popular destination so there is a fair amount of activity which makes the courtyard a welcome retreat. My home is one street away from the main street. It is so very quaint! There is a big mixture of old beach houses and new upscale construction. It is a very wealthy area with down-to-earth residents.

BTW, while I prefer payment by check as there are no fees, let me know if you would like another option!

Keywords: House, single story, wheelchair accessible, outdoor patio/fireplace

More Details

Jill Adams
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dearest Jill, Many thanks for such a wonderful week in your home! It is just beautiful here and we loved every minute! How come it went so fast? We loved all your décor & really appreciated all the nice amenities that you so generously offered for us. It was really nice getting acquainted with you & knowing that you are now a new friend! I loved the way you said that you just loved people having fun and everybody making new friends! Well, that was all accomplished this week! :-) Thank you again, Jill, & we look forward to coming back to "Enchanted Onyx" and having MORE FUN!
Jul 2017
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Newport Center House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Charming Home on Balboa Island!
average rating of 4.9 based on 36 reviews
Mt. Albert Ontario

Wonderful hide away

  • 5 of 5

We throughly love staying here. Very cosy and clean. An incredible hide away in the centre of Newport. We walked everywhere!

Jill is a fantastic and generous host.

We will definitely plan to stay here again


  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words and your extra special notes in my guest book! I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay. Thank you also for the bottle of pure Canadian Maple Syrup! I can hardly wait to try it. You two are welcome back any time!! No gifts necessary. :-)
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Excellent Home

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for spring break with my two kids. Great location, short walk to Starbucks and several excellent restaurents. Beds were comfortable and the house was clean. Great location and cozy little house. Will definately be back in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Scott! You and your kids were easy peasy and left the house in great condition. You are welcome back anytime!
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Minneapolis/St Paul. MN

Very comfortable and quiet retreat

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at enchanted onyx for a family wedding, extending our stay to enjoy the lifestyle and opportunities on Balboa Island. Jill was a perfect host, ensuring we had everything we needed to enhance our stay, including parking. The location is great, though it's a little noisy first thing in the morning with the truck traffic on Marine and the planes from nearby SNA airport, though some of that may be due to the business of the holiday weekend. But don't let that scare you. If you're a small family or group, this is a great and affordable option to get the best of an experience on Balboa Island.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind review. I love how happy my guests are when they stay at my Enchanted Onyx! It really is a special oasis. It's true that the whole Island has airplane noise, especially when the airport opens in the morning but it is all part of the local color! I'm sure everyone would agree that the home is very quiet at night, when it matters most! Come on back anytime. Your family is delightful!
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Great location and spacious, lovely home

  • 3 of 5

The home was very charming and spacious. It is a short walk to main street, and easy to get to the walk around the island. Balboa Island itself is adorable, and not too far from the other beach cities in Orange County. The drawbacks, for someone who needed to work during the trip and who was craving the sunshine that So Cal is famous for...the house is extremely dark and there is no real sun either inside or outside the home. The lovely patio, which you can see in this photo - had no sun whatsoever on a very sunny day. It too was dark, and uninviting, and so it was not a place I wanted to work. Most troubling for me was that the internet was spotty, with none at all in the bedroom. Even more problematic as I had a number of work calls - the phone service on my cell phone was abysmal and the calls continually dropped. When I discussed this with the owner, (while I was outside on the street standing to take the calls) she was curt and dismissive of the concern. Of course, this issue probably would affect few people, and in general, it was a lovely place to stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This charming rental on Balboa Island was the perfect spot to stay over the Christmas holidays!

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived at the rental, the homeowner Jill made sure that there was available parking for our rental car at all times directly in front of the property. She was very prompt in returning texts or calls and was very helpful and willing to answer any questions we had.

We really loved the beautiful gate which led into a spanish style courtyard, featuring a stone fireplace and to our delight, a lovely fresh christmas wreath hanging on the front door.

We were so impressed that the living area and kitchen was spacious, very clean, filled with everything you would need for preparing food and drink, and the extra mile displayed from fresh christmas baking on the counter, cool beverages in our fridge waiting, AND holiday decorations throughout the house making our arrival feel more festive!

This rental has unique charm. The stained glass windows really are breathtaking when the morning light shines in and depicts the feeling of an ocean side island retreat perfectly! The spanish style handpainted tiled sink in the master bathroom, wrought iron door handles, french doors, antiques and tiled kitchen countertop all worked so well with the warm wood interior. And we cant forget to mention that the sofa is THE most comfortable sofa imaginable!

Walking distant from starbucks, breakfast cafes, amazing little spots to dine, locally owned boutiques, old fashion candy store, a ferry and boardwalk along the water makes this rental location a gem!

I would not hesitate to recommend this rental!!

Its really your home away from home!

Thanks Jill, we had a wonder stay.

The Driedgers

Alberta Canada

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW! Thank you so much Tammy! I am humbled by your review. Your family was awesome and you are welcome back anytime you want to get warm!
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We loved it!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I thouroghly enjoyed our week at Jill's Enchanted Onyx. The proximity to the main Avenue with restaurants and Starbucks was very convenient. The home was comfortable, clean and very spacious. We rented bicycles for the week and rarely needed to drive. Speaking of which Jill assures parking for a vehicle directly in front of the property. We are already planning a stay here for next year. We loved it!!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a sweet review, thank you! I am very happy you had a wonderful time. You and your family are welcome back anytime! Just give me the dates when you have them!
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Disney's California Adventure
Downtown Disney
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society
Crystal Cove State Park
Laguna Beach
Catalina Flyer
26 miles to Catalina Island! A great day trip!
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
SNA- John Wayne
Nearest Barpub
Village Inn - 1.5 blocks
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Balboa Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
0.8 Miles
Back Bay Golf Course
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
There are 15 literally around the corner
Nearest Ski
51 Miles
Mt Waterman
Nearest Beach
1 block to Bay beaches
Car: not necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 10.0%

Payment by check is preferred. If using paypal, add 3% to the rate to cover their fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.