Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

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

Kit Houdeshel, owner
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

About Kit Houdeshel, owner

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.

Kit Houdeshel, owner purchased this house in 2002

Why Kit Houdeshel, owner 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
  • 1 of 3


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.


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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

90% Complete
9% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Beautiful Beach Cottage
average rating of 4.909091 based on 36 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This vacation rental was perfect for the long weekend me and my husband spent there Oct 26-29, 2017. We really loved how up to date, sparkling clean and well-stocked everything was, from the kitchen to linens to beach towels and bicycles. The location was great, too. Quiet but so very close to everything. We had rented a car, but ended up riding bikes and walking everywhere. The bay is within a few seconds walk and the beach is within maybe a two minute walk. Maura, Pua and Kit made confirmation, check in and checkout super easy. We noticed the deposit was refunded practically before our plane landed back in Colorado. Thank you for sharing your wonderful place with us! We had a really nice time and hope to return again soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Clean, well kept, organized

  • 5 of 5

Great place, as advertised on Home Away. All kitchen appliances worked. It was clean upon arriving. The code enter system was user friendly and easy to use. This was our 2nd or 3rd stay here and each time has been great! It’s walking distance to all things my family likes to do while in Newport such as walk to the fun zone, walk to our favorite restaurant- Newport Landing, play in the sand, and walk to any little shop. We love the area! The owner provided Kids beach toys and even kid movies. Truly is a great place to stay!! I met the owner who was kind and caring and available if needed. We recommend this place for families and couples 💙?

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Olympia, WA


  • 5 of 5

We had a great time here. Perfect for our family. Lots to do within walking distance. Property was perfect size. Could use more utensils as there were only five forks. Guess we could have gotten plastic. You can hear the people walking above but it wasn't bad for us. All in all great place.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry you did without forks! That is why the manager is only two doors help out with your every need! We had plenty..all you had to do was ask!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Beautiful home, perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time during our stay on Balboa Peninsula! Maura's home was beautiful and perfectly located. We walked everywhere and loved being so close to the beach. She was so easy to work with. Our vacation couldn't have been easier and we hope to return in the future!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great place!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in the bottom level and it was just the amount of room for our family of 5. It had all the amenities we needed and we could walk pretty much everywhere! Would definitely recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Truly a Home Away from Home!

  • 5 of 5

This is a very clean, comfortable and convenient location.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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.