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Character & Comfort, 2 blocks from Ferry

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Island Duplex, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Put your feet up and relax! Our vacation home is part of an Island duplex. It is the 'main house' built behind one of the historic Balboa Island beach houses. It has all character of an Island home yet with all your modern amenities. It is decorated in lovely antiques and beach memorabilia. If you spent time on Balboa Island as a child, this will bring back fond memories, and make some new ones. It's the perfect place to share with your children or grandchildren!

Upstairs is an open plan living room, kitchen and a small deck with BBQ. HDTV, with cable and DVD, Wi-Fi, and Bose Music System (for radio and iPod etc.) will satisfy your media needs. Master bedroom has a brand new king size bed with full ensuite bath, second bedroom with 2 twin beds and TV, half bath down the hall. Downstairs is a private bedroom with 2 twins (which can be pushed together for a king bed) and ensuite bathroom. Separate 'beach shower' has outdoor access. Garage with parking for 1 car, washing machine and dryer.

Balboa Island is a little touch of heaven--a small island in Newport Harbor, that has a small town feel. This is a place where the favorite activity is walking around the island on the boardwalk along the bay, so park your car and enjoy the walk! 5 doors down is the calm sandy Bay beach. 2 blocks away is the little ferry that will take you across the bay to the Balboa Peninsula (all for $1), and another block to the Pacific Ocean and miles of wide beaches, the Balboa Pier, swimming, surfing, sunning, and shopping. There’s even a little 'FUN ZONE' with Ferris wheel and arcade games.

Kayaks, sailboats, electric boats, paddle boats, bicycles, etc. are all available to rent at the Fun Zone. Or wander farther afield to Disneyland (25 minutes) or the beaches at Laguna, Corona del Mar, etc. LA is an hour north, San Diego an hour south.

Keywords: Island Duplex

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About The Owner

Our grandparents bought this beach house on Balboa Island in 1951 and we have great memories of playing at the beach, body surfing at the ocean, going to the fun zone, eating frozen bananas, and endless hours of barefoot play time around the island. Today, Sally Landis is an artist in Oakland CA, and Bettie Sue Walters works at Deetjen's Big Sur Inn and lives in Aptos CA. We still get to Balboa Island as often as we can, but welcome others to enjoy our beach house when they can!

The Owner purchased this house in 1951

Why The Owner chose Balboa Island

This unit was built behind the historic little yellow beach house with the idea to retain the island character, yet build with modern amenities. It has been decorated with family antiques and beach memorabilia. You'll feel like part of the island's history, yet have the comforts of a modern home. Put your feet up and relax, you're on Balboa Island now!

What makes this house unique

Just 5 houses from the calm sandy beaches and 2 blocks to the ferry, this house is perfectly situated to a relaxing vacation. Park your car in the garage, then walk to the ocean, the fun zone, and the main street with it's wonderful restaurants. You may want to walk to the 'Catalina Flyer' and spend the day in Catalina. Or take the short drive to the beaches of Laguna and Corona Del Mar. Maybe a 30 minute drive to Disneyland or Knott's Berry Farm.


Balboa Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , Large shower
    Powder room - toilet , Off of hallway
    Outdoor shower - shower , Enclosed outdoor shower accessible from side walkway
  • 2.5+
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , TV with DVD
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Ensuite bathroom with large shower
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Ensuite bathroom w/ tub & shower and new king-size bed
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

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Character & Comfort, 2 blocks from Ferry
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed this rental. It was clean. Great location. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location and home for our family

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect and our kids loved our long term stay. They were so busy fishing, swimming and enjoying balboa island they didnt miss their own home! The owner was very responsive and really accommodating. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable Stay

  • 4 of 5

I would sum up our stay as a good value. Balboa Island is amazing and this house provides the opportunity to stay on the island for a reasonable price. It is not fancy, but was comfortable and provided a great base of operations.

The garage is a huge plus.

The people who live in the adjoining house are nice.

Two notes for anyone visiting: bring your own beach towels. Be aware that the TV in the main room does not have a DVD available, although you can easily connect to Netflix, Amazon, etc.

thanks for having us!!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lee, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay, thank you for your comments. A couple of notes.. We do supply beach chairs, beach mats, beach umbrellas, toys, bogie boards, etc. We had beach towels but they kept disappearing. Also, parents requested that we move the TV with the DVD to the kids room so that the kids could watch the kids DVDs while the adults had the bigger TV in the living room, with access to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and all the other services that people have. We hope to see you again on the Island! Thanks, Sally
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Very good

  • 5 of 5

It was super ! everything was just perfect . The house is very well equipped with everything you can think of . The location is great too , Balboa island is well connected to all main routes and highways. The host was lovely and accommodated us and guided us during the booking time . I would highly recommend this property to all. The main living space is upstairs - with one bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor . Our neighbors who live in the front part of the house were very nice and gave us the packages we had ordered online. There's lots of sunlight in the property and a small balcony too which is lovely to get some sun. It's ideal for a small family or group of friends .

One small thing : the double bed in the Master bedroom is small& both me and husband are under 5.8 ft. It's also very springy so if your partner moves you will be woken up. We ended up shifting to the adjacent room with the two singles and slept there at night , as a good nights sleep is essential.master bedroom bathroom tends to clog but no biggie really.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed the house and the location - it worked great for our family - would rent again for sure!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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charming, functional, very tasteful

  • 5 of 5

we had a great time discovering Orange County: beaches, restaurants, making long walks -and having this lovely house to return to. we cooked a great Thanksgiving dinner there, played games and recreated the time when we lived together/ so it was a sentimental journey for my childhood.everything was of the right scale- normal, familiar, functional. We are leaving with fond memories of this great trip and my family reunion

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
John Wayne/Orange County
Nearest Ferry
200 Metres
Balboa Island Ferry
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Balboa Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
Balboa Island Ferry
Nearest Point of Interest
Balboa Fun Zone
Nearest Point of Interest
Balboa Pier
Nearest Point of Interest
The Wedge and jetty
Nearest Point of Interest
Corona Del Mar
Nearest Point of Interest
Little Corona
Nearest Point of Interest
Laguna Beach, Main Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Brook St Beach, Laguna
Nearest Point of Interest
Back Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
Back Bay Interpretive Center
Nearest Point of Interest
John Wayne Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
Marine Blvd.
Nearest Point of Interest
Fashion Island
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Our favorite mini-mall


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $150
Linens $80

Cleaning fee of $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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