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Balboa Island~ Beach Cottage ~ Steps to the South Bay Front Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Downstairs Unit. Three bedrooms, one bath, ( Four (4) People Maximum) original 1923 beach cottage. Remodeled kitchen with granite counter-tops, Remodeled marble bathroom, luxury bedding, hardwood floors. Living Room has 52' flat-screen TV, DVR. Gas Fireplace. Full size Washer and Dryer, Outdoor patio. Steps to the South Bay Front beach! Two car garage parking. Need groceries and/or beverages or other services our Concierge Service will have it waiting for you upon arrival. Our Concierge Service provides our guests with all the luxuries of a hotel, in the comfort of a tastefully appointed home.

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About ***

This property has been in our family for over 30 years. We have recently completed an interior remodel of the kitchen and bathroom. This historical beach cottage was built in 1923. The cottage retains its original charm while having all of the luxuries of modern day living.

*** purchased this house in 1983

Why *** chose Balboa Island

Beach Side cottage is within steps of the South Bayfront beach, 5 blocks to the ferry, 5 blocks to the uptown village area, quiet and serene setting. The most coveted location of Balboa Island the 100 block of Diamond, just steps from the South Bayfront!

Guestbook comments from the owner

The home was perfect. Beautifully decorated Cape Cod style home. All new had everything we needed and was meticulous. We are particular about bedding and it was top of the line all white linens and towels. I did request more pillows for one bedroom (my wife thought it was excessive) but owner had them delivered right away.

Recommend an early morning walk to the darling main street for coffee and a grab pastries or donuts at Dad's. My wife could have stayed another week to shop at the great boutiques. Restaurants on Main street were great glad we could walk to them.

Super stay, thank you we will be back
Feb 2014
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Balboa Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Outdoor Shower after a Day at the Beach -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , All Luxury White Towels provided, Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , Outdoor Shower after a day at the Beach
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , New King Bed with Pillowtop
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Bedroom 3 Twin Bed and Twin Trundle
  • (1) King size bed with Pillow Top, (1) Queen Size Bed with Pillow top, (2) Twin Pillow top bed.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Optional On Site Amenities: Daily Housekeeping, Concierge Service, Child Care, Massage, Private Chef. Beach Chairs, Beach Umbrellas and beach toys provided.


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Balboa Island~ Beach Cottage ~ Steps to the South Bay Front Beach
average rating of 4.976744 based on 44 reviews

Perfect location - cozy and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

We took a family vacation at the end of December to SoCal and chose Balboa island as our spot. This home was perfectly sized for a family of 4 which includes girls ages 3 and 7. Our favorite things included the fireplace, garage access, bikes included, location to walking path around island and distance to ferry. My girls couldn’t get enough of the small beach at the end of the street. The sand toys in the garage certainly came in handy!! The owner was exceptional!! She helped us find a babysitter one night so we could go to a dinner with some friends. I would 100% rent this home again and again and again. It really felt like our home away from home.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking your time to write such a nice review. So glad you and your family had a memorable time at Balboa Island. You were wonderful guests and I look forward to your return!
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Adorable, clean cottage with wonderful amenities in the perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying at this adorable cottage on Balboa Island. Not only was it roomy, clean, bright, with some awesome amenities, but the location cannot be beat. You are close to everything in Balboa and a ferry ride away from enjoying Balboa Peninsula. The owner was quick to respond to all our questions and needs and very helpful. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking your time to write such a nice review. You were wonderful guests and I look forward to your return!
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Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We rented this amazing home for 10 nights. We are a family of 4 with 2 boys who are 6 and 8. This home was perfect for us. Great amenities with bikes, sand toys, paddle board, wagon to get everything to the beach, washer dryer, beach towels, etc.

The kitchen was fully stocked with any appliance/dish/pan you need. The beds were super comfortable and lots of storage for your clothes and suitcases.

This home is in such a great location. So close to the balboa ferry, a quick walk to a great beach for the kiddos off diamond, great walking path to get exercise, easy access to put a kayak or paddle board in the water.

Kim was amazing with communication and very accessible. She provides such a warm welcome with a basket of snacks, wine, and a beach bag. They even did my grocery shopping for me!!

Highly recommend this home. We will definitely stay here again on our next trip to Newport.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking your time to write such a kind review. We too, enjoy the location and the proximity to so many things to do, while being located in a quiet, family, and friendly neighborhood. The Concierge Grocery Service is a time saver for all guests. To arrive from a long day of travel and to have the home stocked with all the guests requested groceries is a luxury for our guests. We look forward to your families return in the near future.
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Orinda, CA

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Just a gem, plan to be back. Just ask described or better!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking your time to write such a nice review. You were wonderful guests and I look forward to your return!
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Property was so cute and inviting!!! We had everything that we needed and more!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Thank you so much Kimberly for your hospitality! Everything was clean, neat and tidy when we arrived. We look forward to renting again someday :)

{Oh -- P.S. we did seem to have a little trouble getting the living room TV turned on, but not the bedroom)

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. I'm happy to hear you had a great vacation. The housekeeper does a wonderful job keeping the home immaculate and well organized. The TV company has already replaced the remote. We look forward to your return in the near future. Edit your Response
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Bellingham, WA

Perfect place to stay on Balboa Island!

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED our stay in this beach cottage! Home is exactly as pictured & described. Bright, clean & well appointed beach home! Communication with the owner was fast, informative & very friendly. This cottage has everything you need. We felt very at home here. The beach & beach walk are just steps away from the house. The Balboa Ferry is just a short bike ride away & town is an easy walk or short bike ride.

Perfectly located on this wonderful little island!

We were welcomed with a wonderful gift basket that included a beach bag, treats & waters. Very thoughtful & much appreciated!

The beds are comfortable, lots of closet space & lots of plugins for electronic devices. Wifi worked great on all devices.

The rental came with 2 beach bikes, which we used very day. What a great amenity for guests!! There were beach chairs & beach toys also.

Parking in the garage was available which we loved. Washer & Dryer in the garage with laundry soap included. Another thoughtful & great amenity for guests.

We highly recommend this rental. It feels like home when you are there. The owner has obviously put a lot of thought into making this rental clean, well furnished, well appointed, comfortable & inviting.

We look forward to renting here again the future. Thank you for a wonderful place to stay on our birthday vacation getaway!!

Natalie & Steve

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review. I agree Balboa Island is a seaside treasure with historical charm and a quaint California lifestyle. You were incredibly wonderful guests and I look forward to your return in the near future! Kimberly
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
John Wayne
Nearest Ferry
0.25 Miles
Balboa Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Newport Beach Golf Course
Nearest Beach
1 Miles

Balboa Island Cottage--Downstairs unit--- within steps to the beach, marina, and local restaurants and shops. Close to Newport Beach and Fashion Island


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150

Please note an inquiry on a reservation is not guaranteed until a deposit has been placed to secure the booking!!
Concierge Service available, transportation, grocery delivery and more. 4 PEOPLE MAXIMUM

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.