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Beautiful Beach Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 990 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5 max)

This cozy and well-maintained Balboa beach cottage (the lower unit of duplex) is located on the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach at 308 1/2 Alvarado Place in the Bayside area. Walk 250 feet to the ocean, 100 feet to see the beautiful yachts on Newport Bay. The Balboa Pier is a 5 minute walk down either the oceanfront or bay-front sidewalks.

Some of our happiest guests are couples and small families who love the idea of parking their car and walking to the beach, the pier, shops, restaurants, and sightseeing. The ferry, about 4 minutes walk, will take you to Balboa Island for more sightseeing, shopping and dining.

This beautifully decorated, completely furnished 2 BR, 1 BA unit sleeps 5. It has a delightful front covered patio with flowers, hedges, a BBQ, tables and chairs. The unit itself has glass block for light and privacy along with double french doors opening onto patio. The unit is completely outfitted for meal preparation. Charming cottage style furniture and decor. A tiled bathroom has shower/tub. Beach cruisers available for use. Sorry, no garage parking available. Free parking found on Alvarado and adjoining streets. Busy times like holidays and summer cause very crowded conditions here in Balboa, so be prepared.

Pets are NOT allowed, NO Smoking, and NO smoking on deck areas as well.. We are very strict about the maximum of 5 people. The master has a queen bed and the guest room has one twin bed and one full bed.

Keywords: Beach Cottage, 2bd 1 ba

More Details

Maura Houdeshel
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

About Maura Houdeshel

I look forward to meeting you and sharing the fun of living between the Newport Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This is a lovely place to walk, ride bikes, take a ferry ride to Balboa Island, shop and eat and drink at wonderful restaurants. Nothing is quite like a sunset walk on the ocean! I grew up in Louisiana and lived on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, Salt Lake City and now I am full time in Newport Beach.

Maura Houdeshel purchased this house in 2002

Why Maura Houdeshel chose Balboa Peninsula

The Pacific Ocean never gets old! We love watching waves, seagulls, pelicans, seals and dolphins. The perfect spot for morning coffee and sunset walks. Park your car, walk to shopping, restaurants and endless recreation. Ride a bike to the Wedge for a picnic or stroll over to Balboa Island for lunch.

What makes this house unique

Walking along the Pacific Ocean accompanied by porpoises, pelicans and sea gulls is a delight --especially at sunset.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have rented this home for the last 10 years...that should say it all! The location is perfect for people who love the beach, to walk to the pier and restaurants, ride bikes, ride the ferry and enjoy the Newport lifestyle. The interior has everything we need and is always very clean and well cared for.
Aug 2010
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Balboa Peninsula House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 990 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • One room with a queen size bed, second room with one twin/single bed and one full bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
250 steps to the oceanfront sidewalk, 100 feet to bayfront sidewalk. There is NO GARAGE PARKING available. Free parking can be found on Alvarado and adjoining streets. Holidays and summer are particularly busy.


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Beautiful Beach Cottage
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 47 reviews

Great vacation home

  • 5 of 5

Fun place to visit 🐳

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Enjoyed having you guys! Come again!
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A slice of heaven on Balboa Peninsula

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fantastic week enjoying the hospitality afforded us by Kitt and Pua. They were kind enough to meet us when we arrived to give us an idea of just how much there was to do and see in the area. As baseball fans, we were able to see Dodgers and San Diego play, Anaheim is also near by. We enjoyed the Funzone and all they had to offer in regard to food and entertainment. Walking was our preferred method of transportation, but bicycles are provided. The unit was clean and quiet and well furnished with everything a vacationer may need or want. We’ve stayed at several units over the years, but this location stood out for the amazing people and attention to every detail! Highly recommended to families and anyone looking for a fantastic Southern California experience!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place and great location

  • 5 of 5

Great place with lots to do around it.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We have been coming here for several years and always love our stay!

  • 5 of 5

This is such a great unit to stay on the peninsula! It is close to the beach and bay! We look forward to returning next year and always love seeing you guys!! 😍😍

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Very pleasant, clean, comfortable and well-stocked apartment. We were especially impressed that when the internet went out the manager provided us with an alternate internet service that worked well. The location is great for walking either to the beach in one direction or the marina in the other. We did not have a car and enjoyed using the beach bikes to get around. There are plenty of activities and restaurants to explore within walking or biking distance. Parking is on the street only and that could be a challenge on a nice weekend.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Updated, well-appointed, lovely

  • 5 of 5

We appreciated everything about our stay in this rental. Comfortable bed, updated kitchen and bath, and a well-stocked kitchen. We enjoyed walking along the bay and taking the ferry to balboa island, and we enjoyed walking to the beach! So great and we hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
SNA Orange County/John Wayne/Santa Ana Airport

Walking on the Pacific Ocean's beach is only 250 steps away with miles of clean sand great for swimming, sunning, sand castle building and picnics. Walking distance to boat rentals, chartered fishing trips and Catalina tour boats along with the pier, and the Newport Harbor bay front. Amusement Parks include charming Balboa Fun Zone and Disneyland, Knottsberry farm, etc. other attractions/activities near by include Deepsea and pier Fishing, Sightseeing by land and water, Boat rentals, and the ferry to balboa island.




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning and linens $100
Tax Rate 10.0%

Summer months are booked week by week, running Monday to Monday. June through August only: Check in at 3 pm on Monday and check out at 9 am on Monday. Rest of year: Check in at 3 pm and check out is 10 am.

VRBO's automated system of rates do not work for this property for stays including a Holiday. Each Holiday day will have an additional $100 charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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