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the "SANDCASTLE": ONE House to Sand, Impeccably Maintained & Owner Managed

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Upgraded & Super Clean, 3 BD/2 BA, a "Home away from Home", w/Pride of Ownership

CONGRATULATIONS! You have found a TRUE GEM amongst the many Newport Beach vacation rentals! Available year-round as a weekly/short-term vacation rental, our vacation home is OWNER MANAGED and IMPECCABLY MAINTAINED, and just 30 steps to the sand. It's been RECENTLY REMODELED/CONTINUALLY UPGRADED, and is one of the nicest - and certainly cleanest and well maintained - rentals in the area! For the discriminating SMALLER family of SEVEN or less, we offer a great beach vacation experience in a lovely, warm and comfortable home on the Newport Beach Peninsula.

With so many Real Estate Agency-Managed rentals on this site these days, we invite you to deal with us as OWNERS/Managers for the very best personal service only an Owner can provide! Read our reviews, see what other guests have to say about us - and read about their vacation experience the "Sandcastle"!

Located one house off the beach, and on a corner location, both the INTERIOR and EXTERIOR of the "SANDCASTLE" were completely UPGRADED recently, to include new kitchen cabinetry & countertop, new bathroom cabinetry/countertops/fixtures, new tile shower in Master bath, new beds throughout, double pane windows and sliding doors (and blinds), mirror sliding closet doors, new cabinetry throughout the unit, a new washer/dryer solely for your use, a flat screen TV and new artwork. On the OUTSIDE of the house, we've redone our stucco for a smooth look, adding architectural features including stone, korbels and shutters. It was wonderful before, and it's even more fabulous now!

The 'Sandcastle' is a 'HOME AWAY FROM HOME', with very comfortable furniture and a well stocked kitchen, with HDTV (with Satellite TV/75 free premium movie channels) in the main room - and another flatscreen TV in the master bedroom...Plus there's a large front patio with a terrific brand-new table and chairs, with an umbrella and a gas barbecue, and a partial view of the beach - which extends the living room to the outside of this downstairs Duplex unit.

The 'Sandcastle' is decorated in a 'beachy' style, with very nice artwork and colorful accessories. You can be ready to start vacationing from the minute you walk in the front door.

We cater to smaller families, maximum SEVEN overnight guests (adults and children combined), looking for something 'nicer than the rest'. We don't accommodate large groups or gatherings, as we have a maximum of TEN (overnight and daytime guests combined) on the property at any of the ways we are able to keep the 'Sandcastle' in the lovely condition it's in! We do sleep 7 in beds:

- Master Bedroom: California King bed, armoire with TV (with satellite/premium channels), large closet, and adjoining bathroom

- Bedroom #2: Queen bed and dresser

- Bedroom #3: both a Double and Twin bed and dresser

- A hall bath accommodates Bedrooms #2 and #3

- and we do have a pull out twin sleeper chair/bed in the main room

Pillows, comforters, mattress pads are furnished, and now bed linens and towels also will be included in our standard Cleaning and Linens Fee.

Enjoy a ground floor location and don't be concerned about who's staying upstairs...because it's just the two of us (Don't worry though, we stay out of your way; You'll hardly know we're around...unless you need us for something!) Since it's our house as well, we keep it looking it's best - all the time!

SORRY, but we have a strict NO PETS policy. Not inside the house, nor on the front patio either.

Located on the corner of Seashore Drive & 35th Street, we're one house off the boardwalk/sand/beach, and you should know that in this area, the distance between boardwalk and ocean is quite narrow (a real positive, very close), vs some other areas where the sand is 3x what it is by us. So that equates to you being very close to the surf at 35th Street, easy and quick to get from the house to the water.

Also you're a short 10 minute walk to the Newport Pier and a good choice of restaurants; close enough to the hustle and bustle of activity surrounding the Pier, yet enough away to enjoy a book peacefully on the patio.

You're a short drive or bike ride to the Newport Beach Fun Zone, whale watching tours, boat rentals, wonderful shopping, etc. You're also not too far for a day's excursion to other great Southern California attractions such as Disneyland and the California Adventure Park, Knotts Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Hollywood, San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Legoland, and more!

If you're into swimming, surfing, or body boarding, take no more than 30 steps from your front door onto the white sand beach down to the awesome surf that has consistently ranked Newport Beach as one of the top beaches in Southern California. And if you have little ones, the shore is gently sloped, so they can easily get their feet wet and play in the shallow water without being overcome with the waves. When you return to the house, rinse off under our outdoor tile sand shower - or in our new Laundry room shower.

IMPORTANT: We will require some basic personal information (Address & Contact Phone numbers) once you book, so we may provide you with a PERSONALIZED RENTAL CONTRACT that you will need to complete and RETURN TO US within a few days, along with 2 Drivers Licenses (for identification purposes).


- We suggest you email us first through this site ("contact owner") before you put in an automated "Reservation Request" - for starters, and let us know # adults / # children - and ask any questions you may have. That gives us both a chance to make sure that our "Sandcastle" is a good fit for you, and you for us. Please note that we have a strict maximum of 7 OVERNIGHT GUESTS - and 10 on the property at any time (incl overnight guests, adults and children combined).


- Just send an email first to us though this site ("contact owner") and include # adults/# children, and we will respond and confirm your quote. Often, we can offer a DISCOUNT for a FULL WEEK'S STAY, and for some reason it may not be listed as we want to make sure you get the best rate for your dates.

- Please note: ONCE YOU SEND AN "OFFICIAL" RESERVATION REQUEST and/or AUTO-BOOK with a CC through VRBO/HA/VacationRentals, we will need to continue to manage your request/reservation through their system, we won't be able to make any changes, and you'll be charged their service fee (payable direct to HA Payments).

- So we always say...Best for you to send an email first with any questions you may have...

We are honest and communicative Owners, and we maintain high standards in everything we do! As your hosts and proprietors Bill and Janice, we live in the upstairs unit of the Duplex, and we're about excellence in everything we do! Your vacation home will be ready and waiting for your arrival - impeccably clean with a welcome bottle of wine, so you can just come in and make yourself at home and start your vacation right!

There's a book of 'Things to Do' with sights and restaurants we recommend, and we're happy to assist with suggestions to make your vacation truly memorable. Since it's our home too, the property - inside and out, upstairs and downstairs - is so very well maintained.

Just 15 minutes from Santa Ana/Orange City airport and 50 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), a vacation at the 'Sandcastle,' experiencing our hospitality and Newport Beach lifestyle, will have you returning year after year!

HINT: If a more relaxed and quiet vacation is what you're looking for...a well kept secret is that September and October are fabulous, due to the great weather and lessened number of tourists.

Keywords: Duplex Home (Lower Unit), Home, Upscale, Beach Vacation Home, Newport Beach Peninsula, Balboa Peninsula, Vacation Home, Vacation Rental, Condo, Ground Floor, Beach, Beach View

More Details

Janice and Bill, Owners/Managers (Wife & Husband)
Member since: 2003
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Janice and Bill, Owners/Managers (Wife & Husband)

We're Bill & Janice and we own the 'Sandcastle', and live in the Upstairs unit of this Duplex while renting the Downstairs unit as our Vacation Rental. We're ex-Corporate Executives (now retired) and we've come to enjoy the better things in life - and if you do too, perhaps this is the vacation home you've been looking for! We love to travel, throughout the US and internationally, and here we are recently in Australia by the Sydney Opera House (and on the International front, we've traveled extensively and have been to China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Europe, Sweden, Argentina, India, Australia, New Zealand, India and Africa in the last few years).

The "Sandcastle'" is available all YEAR ROUND as a weekly/short term rental, as we do not choose to rent the winter months to college kids - as so many people do in our area - insuring that it is available, and in beautiful condition all year through! During non holiday weeks and in our off-season, we'll even rent the 'Sandcastle' for shorter stays of 3 nights or more. We take a lot of pride in the 'Sandcastle' and do enjoy that our guests appreciate staying in such a comfortable and clean 'home away from home'. We aim to be your go-to Newport Beach vacation home; We have many returning guests, and we hope you'll become a satisfied guest too!

Janice and Bill, Owners/Managers (Wife & Husband) purchased this house in 2000

Why Janice and Bill, Owners/Managers (Wife & Husband) chose Balboa Peninsula

The general area is fantastic. The white sand beach and ocean, virtually outside our door/30 steps away, is beautiful. Our location, a ten minute walk on the boardwalk to the Newport Pier, is perfect; It's close enough if you want the hubbub of activity there, but enough away to quietly enjoy a book on the front patio.

It's an outdoor lifestyle here at the beach, and we ride our bikes alot, walk/run, grab a beach chair and settle into relaxation on the beach, rent a Duffy boat and cruise around the Newport Harbor. And there's so much to do in the area...There's great shopping and an abundance of both casual and upscale restaurants, and theme parks (Disneyland etc) and sights for our visitors to keep busy.

No matter where we travel to (and we've been around the World), we can't imagine living anywhere else, so it's a pleasure to have guests stay at our vacation home and enjoy all that we enjoy! Come live like a local in Newport Beach!

What makes this house unique

We have lived on the Peninsula for 20+ years, and prior to this home, we lived just a few blocks away. It's a great area! We purchased this Duplex to (a) enjoy the fantastic beach and general area ourselves - as we live in the Upstairs unit - but mostly stay out of your way, and (b) provide a vacation rental - Downstairs - that we could oversee ourselves, offering something 'better than the rest', with more personal service. We're available from the time you book until the time you arrive, to assist with any questions or needs you have. We know the area so very well and you can feel comfortable knowing that we can assist with whatever special request you have! (Or keep to ourselves during your stay, if that's what you prefer:-)

We love to travel ourselves, and our aim is to provide MORE to our guests in terms of a clean and comfortable, nicely decorated, well maintained rental, and we modeled it after what we most enjoy - and expect - when we travel. Frankly, when we travel, we like to have - as an example - a choice of pillows, nice wine glasses, sharp knives, TV pay per view movies at no charge, an extra tank of propane should it run out, a washer/dryer of our own to use, bedding that smells - and is - fresh and clean, local restaurant recommendations...some of the many basics and extras that we offer as Owner/Managers of our beach vacation home!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We love the Sandcastle! You have a beautiful home that is just perfect for those of us who enjoy the beach and like to feel "at home". We were able to relax and play, which was just what we needed. We captured some great beach photos, especially the sunsets. We spent family time which means so much to us, especially as our kids get older. Bob's Mom & Aunt used to bring the kids and rent a beach house on 30th Street. These are especially fond memories for him. Getting to relive it again for the first time has meant so much to him. I love your decorations! They are all different and fun. Janice, keep collecting! It brings a personal charm to the house:-) Thank you for an incredible week! We made memories and had a great time!
Jul 2015
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Balboa Peninsula House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • SEVEN Overnight guests only (including both adults & children). TEN total on the property at any time...Overnight and Daytime guests combined.
  • We do require you to complete a Personalized Rental Agreement (like the Sample attached) and provide 2 adult guests's Driver Licenses for ID purposes.
  • No parties, loud noise, vulgarity or large gatherings.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Adjoining Master Bedroom
    Hall Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outdoor Shower - shower , Outdoor Sand Shower
    Laundry Room Shower - shower
  • The Master bedroom has an adjoining bathroom, while the hall bathroom is perfect to accommodate the second and third bedrooms. (There is also a third shower with hot/cold water in the laundry room, best used for a quick rinse off from the beach - or use our outdoor shower or foot washer for that.)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , California King bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , (aka Sleep chair in the Living Room)
  • All bedrooms feature comfortable beds, Tommy Bahama Style bedding (either quilts or comforters depending on the time of year), mattress pads, bed linens, pillow case covers, your choice of pillows... Everything to make your stay really comfortable! There's a ceiling fan in the Master, and tabletop fans in the other two bedrooms. Clocks in each bedroom. And a TV (with movie channels) in the Master Bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • 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
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
As Owner/Managers, we personally work hard to make sure you have a great vacation - and try to anticipate anything you'd need! And since we live in the Upstairs of the Duplex - and it's our house too, we keep it really lovely, inside and outside, upstairs and downstairs! It's decorated with very nice artwork and furnishings, much like we have in our own home. There's an outdoor sand shower so you can keep the inside sand-free, and a washer/dryer just for your use. You can bring bikes or rent them nearby, and we have a place outside for you to lock them up (bring a lock!). Ipod player in Living Room. We're always doing 'something' around the house, upgrading, buying new things, making it even nicer! Be one of our satisfied guests and come and enjoy a stay here at the 'Sandcastle'!


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average rating of 4.9875 based on 94 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing time on our vacation. The Sandcastle was PERFECT, so immaculate and the comfy!! I truly haven’t sleep that well in years.

The weather was fantastic and steps to the sand was fantastic!!! We even strongly considered trying to stay an extra week!!

Until next time Newport and The Sandcastle!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely place to stay! Has everything you need :)

  • 5 of 5

Great arrival! We parked up (and had space) Janice was there to greet us. A lovely lady , who loved where she lived. Everything you need is at Sandcastle, like being at home, but with the added extra of the beach and all the amenities (very fluffy towels). Anything you want or need, Janice was on hand. Little post it notes mentioning places to go and see, leaving an extra umbrella for the beach, touches to make your stay so memorable. Please rent a bike (thank you Janice) it’s the best way to get around. We had a fabulous holiday and really recommend this lovely home.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautifully decorated and clean. Accommodations and equipped for a wonderful stay.

  • 5 of 5

Close to all amenities. Comfortable and clean. We would book again!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shannan, thanks for your short but sweet review! We enjoyed having you and your family for a weeklong stay this summer! Thanks again for choosing our "Sandcastle" for your Newport Beach vacation! Best, Janice & Bill
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Breathtaking ! Comfortable ! Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing family vacation ! The accomodations were perfect for our family of 5 !

First time renting a house rather than staying at a hotel. The owners made it very easy and simple.. we are looking forward to staying there every summer !

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bobby, we really enjoyed having you and your family for a stay this summer. You and your wife are such lovely people...Bill and I really enjoyed our conversations! We are so glad you found us...and we sincerely hope you'll be back for a future vacation! All the best, Janice & Bill too
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Couldn’t have chosen a better place!

  • 5 of 5

Was better than the pictures which is a first for us. Very short walk and on the beach. Close to shopping, restaurants and bars. Owners were friendly and gracious. Left a binder STUFFED with restaurant menus and things to do. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Top Shelfh

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful as advertised property!

First class in every respect!

My daughter and I had a fantastic time and the residence was not only comfortable but provided for all are needs plus!

The recommendations and guidance were spot on!

Couldn’t have been better!


Michael & MEREDITH Lunsford

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So enjoyed having you both for a visit this past week! Glad you enjoyed it...and love hearing the feedback that it was "just as described" and "1st class in every way"! We work hard at it (tho a labor of love) we want you to enjoy a terrific vacation! Thanks again... All the best, Janice & Bill @ the "Sandcastle"
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
John Wayne/Orange County (SNA)
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Costa Mesa Country Club (public/2 courses)
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
55 Fwy @ 405 Fwy
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Newport Beach @ 35th Street
Car: not necessary

There's so much to do in the area and if you feel like driving a hour away is Los Angeles, 2 hours away is San Diego; We're so centrally located! We're 30 minutes from Disneyland (even via surface streets) - and so much more!

It's a great area for bike riding (mostly flat), so bring your bikes or you can rent them nearby (by the hour/day/week)...and we have an outside area where you can lock them up (so please bring a lock:-).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $700
Linens/Towels + Cleaning $285

- Kindly email us with any questions before you book...and include # adults/# children
- Maximum overnight occupancy is SEVEN, adults & children combined. Maximum TEN (overnight and daytime guests combined) on the property at any time.
- No parties, loud noise, vulgarity or large gatherings allowed.
- JULY/AUGUST 2018, our weeks run Saturday to Saturday. $3325-$3900 per week
- Our vacation home is available ALL YEAR ROUND on a short term basis. Minimum stay THREE nights, except during Holidays, Summer (weekly minimum) and a few other weeks, when a longer stay may be required
- Sorry, but we can't allow pets, no matter how small or well behaved:-(
- No cigarettes, cigars, vaping or marijuana allowed inside the house. Cigarette smoking and vaping is allowed on the front patio (as long as you keep it from wafting into the house), an ashtray is provided. No cigars or marijuana on the property whatsoever.
- At least TWO adults must be MINIMUM AGE 25
- You will be asked to provide the following information so we may email you a personalized Rental Contract: Full name, Home Address & 2 contact numbers. We'll ask you to sign and return within a few days along with two Drivers Licenses for identification purposes.
- We look forward to having you for a stay at our lovely "Sandcastle" beach vacation home, just steps from the sand!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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