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Steps to the Sand!! 3 Bed/2 Bath OR 2/2 both W/Garage! Recently renovated!!

Bedrooms 3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bed/2 Bath OR 2/2 both W/Garage! (Upper sleeps 6, lower sleeps 4+)

This is a 2 story duplex. Upper unit sleeps 6 (Property ID # 361308). Lower unit sleeps 4-6 (Property ID# 1114834). You may rent both units to accommodate large families. There is a separate listing if you only chose to rent the lower unit. Please inquire for downstairs only on the #1114834 site. If you would like to rent the upstairs only this is the correct site for that inquiry. If you chose to rent both units, you must request them individually. As you read our reviews, you will find references to both units on this website. To avoid confusion scheduling the properties, I recently created a second website for the downstairs unit. The Upper unit is very large with 3/2, a newly renovated kitchen, a flat screen HD TV that offers a large number of channels for viewing, Wi-Fi, a new large capacity washer/dryer, master bedroom has a king size bed with an en-suite bathroom and a flat screen TV , a private deck in the back for sunbathing or relaxing. The two car garage offers one parking spot for the upstairs and one parking spot for the downstairs.The lower unit is 2/2 plus a double bed size sleeper sofa in the living room. There is a recently renovated kitchen, flat screen HD TV, Wi-Fi, master bedroom has a king size bed with an en-suite bathroom and a flat screen HD TV, a full size washer and dryer is also in the unit. A very large and inviting patio is directly off of the open concept living, dining area, and kitchen. Best place to relax and people watch. The lower patio also has an automatic awning for those who want to be protected from UV. We keep two banquet tables and extra chairs in one of the downstairs closets for guests who rent both units and need to have accommodations for a large number of people to dine together on the downstairs patio. Water and boat views from the upstairs living room, dining room and kitchen and only steps to the sand! Relax and unwind on the quiet end of the island, a stone's throw from N. Bayfront, the boardwalk and the sand. Fully equipped kitchen to cook, BBQ on the patio or walk to Balboa Island's quaint downtown restaurants and shops.

#1 - 3 bedroom, 2 full bath upper unit. Newly renovated kitchen with spacious open concept living room, dining area and kitchen. Master has a king sized bed and a private deck off of the bedroom. Other 2 bedrooms each have 2 twin beds. 1 car garage. PET FRIENDLY!

#2 - 2 bedroom, 2 bath lower unit has a newly renovated kitchen, large front patio. 1 King and 2 twin beds plus a double bed size sleeper sofa. 1 car garage. PET FRIENDLY! Consider renting both units for a wonderful vacation with friends and family!

There are also 2 bicycles and two kayaks (one single kayak and one tandem kayak) These are available to be shared by both units.

Please feel free to send me an inquiry if you have any questions about scheduling this property. It's not as confusing as I have presented it.

***Please note: Balboa Island rentals are from Saturday-to-Saturday only, we do not offer daily rentals. For availability and pricing, please see below.***

Keywords: house, beach house, cottage

More Details

Alexandra Everakes
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Alexandra Everakes

My husband and I live in Orange County about a 20 minute drive from Balboa Island. We raised our three children here and made many day trips to Balboa Island with our children. Eventually, we were able to buy a property on the Island. We now have 5 grandchildren plus two daughters in law and one son in law. Although we rent our beach house we always reserve a week every summer both the upper and lower unit for our family. We have made wonderful memories there with our family over the years.

Alexandra Everakes purchased this condo in 1988

Why Alexandra Everakes chose Balboa Island

We love Balboa Island !! My husband and I always comment as we cross Pacific Coast Highway and make our way toward the Balboa Island Bridge that we feel a little surge of excitement that we are approaching the Island. It is so scenic and serene. If we are just there for one day, it really feels like a short get-away from everyday life.

What makes this condo unique

Our property is located 3 houses in from the north bay at the end of Garnet. There is a public dock one block away. Our grandson caught his first fish just holding a line on that dock (we really didn't expect that). We have 2 kayaks and 2 bicycles that are shared by both units. The small beach at the end of Garnet is a perfect spot to relax and ideal for families with small children. Steps away from our property so it's easy to go back and forth if necessary to retrieve the sunblock or beach pail. It is a short walk to the ferry and a very pleasant walk to Marine Ave. (the main street) to enjoy shopping, dining, Balboa Bars etc. If you want to see some of the local sights (Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, etc.) you are definitely centrally located and no more than a 20 minute drive. Also, I must mention that the lower unit although smaller has a very large patio that is like having an extra room of outdoor space. It is especially nice for people who just need a place to enjoy the outdoors. We also have an automatic awning over the downstairs patio. If you happen to rent both units for a family or large group you will find that patio a perfect setting for all to gather. We keep two banquet tables and 8 folding bridge chairs in the downstairs unit closet. We place 2 banquet tables alongside the existing patio table and have enough seating for our entire family to share a meal. I have observed many people who rent both units do the same.


Balboa Island Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Kayaking and bicycles are available under strict rules: if you Kayak wear life jackets and bicyclers wear helmets at all time.
  • If rules are not adhered to, owners are not liable. Kayaks are to be rinsed and clean on return.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • An en-suite bathroom in the upper and lower unit plus an additional full bathroom in the upper and lower unit.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Lower unit 2/2 has 1 King and 2 Singles plus a double size sofa bed.. Upper unit 3/2 has 1 King and 4 Singles. Upper and lower master bedrooms each offer en-suite bathrooms.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Steps to the Sand!! 3 Bed/2 Bath OR 2/2 both W/Garage! Recently renovated!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Absolute perfect home for our family!

  • 5 of 5

We rented both the upper and lower units and loved having the entire home. The garage had so many fun toys - kayaks, beach toys, etc.. for our kids, which was an added bonus. The kids were able to take the kayaks out so easily as its just a few houses from the water. We were able to park our large cars in and parallel to the garage and did not have to worry about them at all - the garage is set back a bit in the ally so it does impede the width of the ally and therefore you don't worry about anyone scraping it etc..

The actual home was great - kitchen upstairs in a bit more open feeling due to the raised lofted ceiling, but honestly both up and down were perfect. The beds and bedrooms were all great and the 6 of us (4 kids) plus our dog all were very comfortable.

The neighborhood is amazing- so safe and sweet, my kids could ride their scooters to the candy shop and all around the island and could walk to the beach and play several times a day. Owners were terrific and attentive and there were zero issues in the 3 weeks!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location

  • 5 of 5

My entire family and I rented both the upstairs and downstairs unit for a week which nicely accommodated all 12 of us. Everyone loved the location, surrounding neighborhood, the inland beach, access to Newport peninsula, downtown Balboa, etc. Definitely would return and Alexandra was great to coordinate with.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Light, bright airy and spacious - views!

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I recently stayed in the upper unit of the "Steps to the Sand" rental and we were very happy. It was super comfortable and had beautiful windows all around the unit which really showcased the lovely homes and view of the bay. Has everything you need - the living spaces and bedrooms are comfortable an spacious and painted in

soft beach colors. We grew up nearby and were excited to shop and dine on Marine Ave., rented a Duffy boat to cruise the harbor and took a sunset yacht cruise around the bay. The unit is super close to the ferry and you can easily walk or ride a bike for frozen bananas, fun restaurants. Check out the really cute neighborhood bistro around the corner for excellent food and wine! Our hosts, the owners, could not have been more gracious and making sure we were comfortable. Highly recommend this unit and hope to get back again in the future. . Be sure to get on the boardwalk along the bay and stroll around the island it's very relaxing! T.S & J.D.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Light, bright, spacious and airy! Loved our stay here

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I booked a recent stay at this location and it was absolutely wonderful! This upstairs unit was very large, open, light bright and airy with lots of windows all around with views of the bay and charming homes, super clean with beautiful blue and green serene colors all around, comfy beds. It's quite large with high ceilings. We really enjoyed the close proximity to the bay and enjoyed walking around the perimeter of the island on the walking route alongside the bay watching sailboats and kayakers only steps away from our unit! We enjoyed shopping on Marine Ave. just a few blocks up and exploring the shops, eating frozen bananas, taking the ferry across a few times, rented a duffy boat to cruise the harbor and a very fun sunset cocktail cruise on the Wild Goose yacht that belonged to John Wayne back in the day. You have access to kayak, paddle board and bicycles and a very charming neighborhood café around the corner with excellent food and wine. The owner, Alex Everakes was so welcoming and always making sure we had what we needed. I would highly recommend this unit to anyone, we had a wonderful time. We grew up not too far and Balboa island was a wonderful memory growing up for us. We would love to return again in the future. T. S. & J.D.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Balboa Island house

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with our kids and grandkids, we have been coming to Balboa Island for years and want to keep the memories coming with our grandkids. The house was amazing and only 3 houses from the beach! We rented the upstairs and downstairs and there was plenty of room for the 12 of us! The downstairs patio has plenty of room for outdoor BBQ. The owners take pride in their property and they were so nice and wanted to make sure our vacation was special. I would recommend to anyone!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Place to spend a week.

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with two adults and two kids. Bottom unit was perfect size with a plenty of room if any friends visit for the day. Very nice sized patio and within easy walking distance to the sand and walk. Two short blocks to the ferry and about a five-ten minute walk to the main street for the ever important Balboa Bars.

Unit has super large closets in each bedroom (which they don't really tell you about) so you have a place to put all your bags and hang up your clothes. Furniture in unit is very nice and comfortable; owner says they are trying to find time to put a king sized bed into master bedroom but the queen was big enough for us.

Definitely look to rent again when Balboa comes up on our destination list again.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Santa Ana Orange County Airport
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
There is a ferry a couple of blocks away
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Several Restaurants on Balboa Island
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Newport Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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