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Your Balboa Island Vacation Magic!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights


About the property

Balboa Island 3 bedroom house- Private yard, 3 houses to the beach!

Perfect vacations are about relaxation and comfort, and traveling to another place and time- and there is no place like our Island-Time home on Balboa Island for your perfect vacation! Any time of year, our newly renovated 1930 family beach home will take you to the relaxation that comes with living on Island Time. Three bedrooms upstairs provide flexible accommodations for up to six people with a Queen bed in one, a Full Size bed in the second, and two Twin beds in the third. The original hardwood floors have been refinished and the period-correct flooring restored. All bedrooms have ceiling fans and feature ample closet space for storage. In the upstairs bathroom we retained the original cheerful yellow tiles and full size tub. Downstairs is a fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and oven, a microwave, coffee maker/coffee grinder, blender, toaster, and all utensils and service for 8+. Also, downstairs is the comfortable and airy living and dining area with our original brick and wood-paneled fireplace, couch, and bay-window seating. The downstairs bathroom features vintage tile and the original built in cabinets and shower. Phone service with unlimited long distance, flatcreen cable TV and music, Roku, a DVD player, and wireless internet are all provided. Fronting the bay windows is a small patio in for people-watching and/or romantic sunset cocktails, while the large back yard garden and patio provides a private, personal area equipped with a gas fired barbeque for outdoor dining and relaxing with your family. The back yard also provides a convenient place to store your rafts and water toys. There's even a sand area in the yard for the children to play in while you barbeque, and an outdoor shower to rinse off with after a day at the beach.

Summer and the Thanksgiving-to-New Year's Holidays can be a busy time at the beach, and our off-street at-your-doorstep driveway relieves you of the stress of looking for a parking space, and the new high efficiency washer and dryer in the laundry room mean you can spend your time at the beach or enjoying your holiday with family instead of waiting for your clothes at the Laundromat.

More Details

Property Manager
Peter Leinau
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Peter Leinau

I was born here and raised in this house. As you can imagine, I spent much of my childhood on the beaches or in the water and grew up with a love for the out-of-doors. Studies and degrees followed in biology, natural resource management, and education and I have spent my career teaching and sharing my enthusiasm for science and nature with others around the state. When my family and I are not enjoying 'Island Time' on Balboa Island we currently live and work in the Sierra Nevada near Yosemite National Park.

Peter Leinau purchased this house in 1930

Why Peter Leinau chose Balboa Island

My grandparents built our beach home in 1930. My mother made it our permanent home when she married my Dad in 1952, and now our daughter is the fourth generation looking forward to her Island Time as much as I do. Although the mainland is in the 21st century, when I am on the island I can find myself back in the earlier, easier times. Whether it's coffee with the birds in the garden and an AM walk around the island or kayaking the bay at sunset, I know the Aloha of Island Time will find you as well.

What makes this house unique

Many of the vintage beach homes are gone, and with them the casual Aloha of old Balboa Island. We have chosen to renovate our home and retain that spirit for us all to enjoy! Steps away from the beach and the shops of Marine avenue, yet just off the waterfront bustle enough to provide a sense of relaxation and serenity, here you can truly be on vacation on Island Time. Most of the vacation rentals have multiple units: a front unit, a back unit, an upstairs unit...Here you are home upstairs, downstairs, front patio, and backyard garden/ patio/ play area- It's all yours to enjoy in the Island style.


Balboa Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • !!! Please see and read the separate rental agreement, rules, and policies before booking. Current photo ID must be submitted with rental agreement!!!
  • 1. All cancellations are subject to a 10% fee. 2. If we can re-rent the days you reserved we will refund all but the 10% fee :-)
  • Quiet hours on Balboa Island 10PM- 8 AM.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Vintage tile and a shell-framed mirror.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Vintage tile, full size tub for a relaxing soak!
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sunny and Bright! Ceiling fan, walk-in closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 3 windows capture the ocean breezes. A vintage island feel.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bay window seating w/ views of bay & sunsets, breezy & fun!
  • All bedrooms have ceiling fans and forced-air heat. All beds have memory-foam toppers, mattress protectors and non-allergic pillow covers. Linen service available.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Electric hair dryer, iron and ironing board provided. Linen Service available at extra cost. Our property manager Mary Martin is just 2 blocks away if any needs arise during your stay. On Balboa Island almost anything you can want or imagine is either within walking distance or a short walk, ride, paddle, or drive away. A rental shop 2 blocks away can set you up with Beach Cruiser Bikes or Stand Up Paddle Boards, so you can leave yours at home or try something new! Whether it's a day at the beach, in the surf, or on the water; a day of shopping, golfing, or sightseeing; or an evening of live music and dining out at any of the waterfront or inland eateries our comfy vintage beach cottage will serve as your perfect home-away-from-home. If you have questions about specific amenities or activities contact Mary Martin at 949-673-4062.


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Your Balboa Island Vacation Magic!
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

Balboa island charm with a yard, it was awesome!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was great! Have been spending summer vacations on Balboa Island on and off for 38 plus years. September 2016 on Ameythyst was one of the best! Two minute walk to Marine ave. (The main drag) with all the great restaurants and island shops. THREE houses from the water, and about a 5 min walk over the bridge to a great Pavillions supermarket with a awesome meat department to take advantage of the great kitchen and new BBQ! It is an historical society house which means old and cool, it is very clean and well kept! The owner and property manager are great! Disneyland, Knotts Berry farm, Catalina are right there, and just a 60 to LA with no traffic ha ha! Will be back in summer of 2017 for more great times!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for posting Dan, so glad you enjoyed your Balboa Island Time as much as we do! We're looking forward to the season ahead and continuing the traditions of the island beach cottage vacation for you and other Island lovers that my grandparents started in 1930 :-) Aloha until next time!
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Old School Balboa Island Charm

  • 5 of 5

We were at the tail end of a house remodel and intended to stay here a week. But as many house remodel delays go, we stayed here for a full month. We REALLY liked this house. It worked well for our family of five (16, 14, and 10 year old kids). It has beach cottage charm. Everything worked great. Below is a quick list of pros and cons:


Clean and beautiful and everything worked

Parking (driveway) - This cannot be overstated. You can usually find a spot on the street but with two cars it was nice to know that there was always a spot for one of us to park in the driveway.

Backyard - This is one of the few houses on the island with a full size backyard. We celebrated a birthday in the backyard with 19 people and it was great.

Location - It is only three houses from the beach. We were able to transport our kayaks and paddle boards to the beach with relative ease. It is also only two blocks from main street and convenient for after dinner Balboa Bar/Frozen Banana runs. Last, the location makes it pretty easy to get on and off the island pretty quickly.

Owner/Manager - We had a few correspondences with both the owner and property manager. They are both wonderful and accommodating.

Cons (these were not a big deal for our family but they are worth noting):

Stairs - The stairs are moderately narrow. However, they have handrails on either side that make it easier to get up for us older folks.

Bathroom - There are two bathrooms. There is one bathroom upstairs that is a jack and jill bathroom to two bedrooms. That bathroom only has a bathtub (no shower). The bathroom downstairs has a shower and it is a good shower.

In conclusion, we loved this house. It still has the beach cottage feel. It is not a ritzy house with sub zero refrigerators and viking ovens. However, it is clean, comfortable, and an overall great place.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Island Vacation

  • 4 of 5

We rented this wonderful historic beach home on the island this summer for the first time. It has a huge backyard that has a funky Hawaiian feel to it with palm trees, lemon and lime trees. The grill is big and new and there is a sand area for kids to play in while you barbecue and have fun. It was terrific for the 4th of July. We loved it. It has been well kept for an older home and everything is clean and the fans are fantastic and very quiet. We have been coming to the island for 50 years so we have a deep love for it. This home just fits the feel of the old Balboa. We will definitely be renting again because the price is right for this home which is just a couple of houses done from the north bay front beach. And situated a couple of streets over from the Main Street with its restaurants made it a perfect place. Especially when you have a craving for a balboa bar at night before walking the island. The owner is just great to work with.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Robin- Thank you for taking the time to share your vacation stay with us and future vacationers! What a fun time :-) It was great that our yard provided both a fun spot for the family BBQ's AND a secure place for the kids to play. I was pleased you were able to make use of the double back gates to bring your kayaks into the back yard overnight when you were not out on the bay- exactly what we had in mind when we put them in! We look forward to your next stay :-) Thank you and best wishes! Peter Leinau, owner
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Nearest Beach
3 houses away :-) Amethyst Ave. North Bay Front.
Car: not necessary

We're just two short blocks from Balboa Island's famed Marine Avenue, where you will find an eclectic blend of shops, restaurants, and services; and only three houses away from the bayfront. The beach is child-friendly with gently sloping sand to the waters edge. The beachfront boardwalk circles the island and is a favorite for joggers, walkers, and people-watchers. A short walk and a ferry ride across the bay takes you to the the Balboa Peninsula and sportfishing, ocean pier fishing, arcades, surfing, and the historic Fun Zone ferris wheel. The picturesque Balboa Pavillion serves as the jumping off point for daily adventures to Catalina Island.

If you can tear yourself away from the beach, a few minutes drive brings you to Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, John Wayne Airport, and the host of exceptional cultural, dining and shopping opportunities for which Orange County is known.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $1,000

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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