2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, A/C, GARAGE PARKING, near beach, shopping, restaurants
I moved to Balboa Island 25 years ago and fell in love with the warm, relaxed and friendly lifestyle.
Kari purchased this House in 2004
Why Kari chose Balboa Island
I loved everything about it -- the location, the bright, open feeling, the kitchen upgrades, the hardwood floors, layout of the house and TWO patios. It just feels like a happy place. Please check out my reviews. They can tell you why so many come back year after year as their annual summer tradition.
What makes this House unique
Drive over the bridge onto Balboa Island and you will sense an 'ahh' feeling of leaving the stresses and noises of the outside world far behind. I'm not kidding. I've lived on the island for 20-plus years and I still feel it every time I drop into the village. And a stay at my beach cottage will remind you of simpler times -- bike riding, walks along the beach, frozen bananas, friends over for BBQs -- life's simple pleasures in a bright and airy setting that turns cozy by night around the warm fireplace.
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Our favorite vacation spot!!
Balboa Island is the perfect vacation spot for small children! Kari takes such great care of her home, we love staying at her house! Hope to be back next year
A great place to stay
The home is cozy and comfortable. It is close to everything you need. The bathrooms were a little tired but perfectly adequate. We have a great time
I am so happy you had a great time on the island and that you were able to extend your stay a few extra days for a full week at my cottage. It always seems to take a few days to slip fully into vacation mode. I look forward to your return.
Wonderful home, best of the five we've rented over the years.
This cottage is an island within an island. Once inside, it is so relaxing. However, our stay was marred by construction of large houses on both sides plus noisy construction behind the garage. My guess is that one house is all but finished and the other the exterior is finished. The work in the alley was being completed on the day we left.
My only criticism is that in the 200 addresses, you cannot see either the north or south bay. On an island, I like to see water. Still, the four of us may have had our best time ever while on the island. It was interesting to be able to go from the alley behind the garage to a walkway over to the main street and all the shops, including our favorite restaurant.
Our old dog loved the place. She would probably give it 5 stars.
I'm so glad you, your group -- and your sweet dog -- had your best time ever on Balboa Island. And I am so happy you plan to return to my cottage for a future summer vacation. I so enjoyed our phone conversations before and during your stay. It's always nice to hear guests are having such fun.
While you knew about the construction before you booked, I know it is sad to see so many of the older island cottages are being torn down to make way for larger homes. Both new homes are now, thankfully, nearing completion. You can rest assured that I have no plans to tear down my 1955 cottage. I love keeping it breezy and bright for a relaxing step-back-in-time summer vacation with so many comfort upgrades (granite counters, newer appliances, A/C, gas Weber BBQ, designer touches and much more) not found at other island cottages.
Jeffrey, I do hope you make my cottage a regular summer tradition.
Thankful to be on the Island! This house was clean and comfortable! We needed a house that accepted dogs, and though we really appreciated Kari’s openness, we had to send our dog home after the first weekend. There was no place for her to go potty, unfortunately. I’m not sure how others do it!
For non dog owners, I would definitely recommend it though. Kari, the owner, was very hospitable. She thought of everything! Bikes, beach chairs, books for all kinds, puzzles, games, condiments...
There was construction on both sides, but they truly didn’t bother us!
Thank you Kari!
Hello Katie - Thank you for your kind words about me, your visit and my cottage. I'm so glad you had a great time and that you plan to return next year. I do live vicariously through my guests and love to hear they had fun. As for your sweet dog, I have been welcoming people with dogs for 14 years. Many of my guests bring dogs and I've never heard concerns about where their dogs do their business on the island. I supply bundles of lavender-scented doggy-bags and doggy bag dispensers are posted on light posts around the island. Dog owners typically walk their dogs carrying doggy bags and clean up after their messes, just like I assume they do at home. I look forward to seeing you next year. Best, Kari
Great island and location
Loved the cottage feel if this house. Plenty of room for family to spread out and love both the front porch and courtyard!! Would certainly go back but would stay longer next time ! Got to meet Kari and she was very nice and happy to give us suggestions. Little Corona beach with tide pools was a hit! Go early.
HI Billi -
I so enjoyed meeting you and your family. It looked like you were having such fun on your SoCal adventure. I love Corona del Mar beach and am happy you had enjoyed the waves and water (so warm!).
I do hope you stay longer next time. There is so much more to see -- hiking Crystal Cove, biking to Huntington Beach and beyond, bonfire on beach and on and on. And I'd be happy to give you more suggestions.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Perfectly located charming property
Great location and perfect size for 4 people! Kari is very responsive and helpful. We have been coming back for several years. Love Balboa!
HI Kathy! Thank you for your lovely review. I have so enjoyed your family returning all these years. I love that my cottage and Balboa Island have become part of your summer tradition. Enjoy the rest of your summer. And I look forward to seeing you next summer!
Best to your family,
Laguna Festival of the Arts and Pageant of the Masters are must-sees. There's beautiful hiking at El Moro and Crystal Cove, bike riding, running paths, harbor tours, Fun Zone. Bike and SUP board rentals are available just across the alley from the garage.