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Designer's Charming Cottage, 4 houses to So. bay beach, lg. front patio, BBQ

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights

About the property

3 Bedroom, 1 & 1/2 Ba steps to South Bay Front

Designer's beautifully furnished, Yale built cottage in the 100 block of Apolena is just steps from the beach. This historic home with white washed wood walls and 10' LR ceiling is spotless & well maintained with 1 car garage parking, BBQ, washer dryer and all of the amenities a family needs to enjoy an Island vacation. The Living Room with two sofas and a pair of chairs is equipped with a flat screen TV, DVD & Sound, the Dining Room seats 6, the Kitchen has dishwasher and double ovens, the Den is furnished with a twin day bed, and desk area with internet connection. A powder room is also on the ground level. Upstairs the two front bedrooms are furnished with queen size beds. The small 3rd bedroom has a double bed. The bath has recently been renovated with white marble & tile. The house sleeps a maximum of six (6). The front garden patio has table and chairs for 6 with a decorative umbrella. Come enjoy Island living with the darling shops & restaurants a few blocks away and the main Newport Beach fun zone and pier a short fun ferry ride away. Easy access to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and all that the OC has to offer

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

About Veronica

I am originally from MN, but was raised in Ventura County and lived in Los Angeles before moving to the Newport area in 1974. I am an interior designer and have lived in this house off and on since it was purchased. We did move to NYC and LA for some periods of time over the years, but this has always been 'home'. I mostly raised my daughter from the age of 5 here. Now she and my grandchildren enjoy all of the same beach and 'Island' activities that have remained so much fun.

Veronica purchased this cottage in 1979

Why Veronica chose Newport Beach

From the time my aunt brought me to Balboa Island when I was in junior high, I have had an affinity for 'The Island'. This house has great bones and amazing, charming detail. It was designed by a gentleman named Yale who favored the English Cotswolds style, though mine is more of a New England Salt Box He built seven houses on my block, on Coral and Turquoise in the 1930's. Everything, including doors, were hand built at that time when the wood had to be brought by barge and labor was very affordable.

What makes this cottage unique

It is wonderful to be so close to the South bay front beach and just 3 blocks from the market and Marine Avenue shops and restaurants. The interior of this home has wonderful knotty pine which was dark - like a mountain cabin - when I purchased the house. We had to have the wood sandblasted in order to put a white wash on it, which is unique and more appropriate at the beach. The floors in the LR/DR are brick, set in a herringbone pattern. Unique and easy peasy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are so excited to be renting your beautiful Apolena home again!
Aug 2014
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Designer's Charming Cottage, 4 houses to So. bay beach, lg. front patio, BBQ
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
Austin, Texas

Beautiful and very charming Balboa Island home. Perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fabulous Christmas week in this wonderful Balboa Island home. First of all, Balboa Island is simply magical at Christmas time and being able to enjoy the holiday and relax in this gorgeous beach cottage was heavenly. The house is beautifully decorated and well appointed. The living and dining rooms are spacious and very welcoming. There is a back den area if more space is needed. The kitchen has everything you would need. The bedrooms are darling with beautiful linens and plenty of closet and drawer space. I think our favorite feature of this home however was the beautiful front porch area. It is very large with a table and chairs, lounge and surrounded by lush plants, fragrant flowers and a lemon tree loaded with lemons. It was simply wonderful to sit out on the front porch with our morning coffee or an evening glass of wine and watch the world go by! The location of this home is perfect. It is very close to the water in the harbor but off the main Balboa Island promenade so it is quite quiet and private. You can easily walk to restaurants, shops and the Balboa ferry which takes you to the Newport peninsula and more restaurants, shops and of course the ocean. The owner Veronica was available and very easy to work with. We would definitely recommend this home and can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Very cozy

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage ! Everything is in perfect order.

I am sure an interior designer put the cottage together because it looked cozy and perfect !

Very inviting !

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Christmas Ever!

  • 5 of 5

You could tell the minute that you walked through the door that this sweet Cottage was owned by a decorator. It was inviting, cozy, comfortable, charming and oh so welcoming. The living room with its large and attractive fireplace was the center of our holiday. We hung our stockings and settled in. It is ideally situated, to walk to the main street and only steps from the boardwalk, yet offers privacy and quiet. We enjoyed walks each day and evening and were fortunate to arrive in time for the wonderful Christmas Boat Parade! Could not recommend more highly.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a perfect place to immerse yourself into island living

  • 5 of 5

The home offered every comfort and necessity for our family to have what we've declared the best Thanksgiving ever!

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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los angeles

adorable vintage balboa island cottage

  • 5 of 5

I spent a week with my 6 year old daughter in Veronica's gorgeous home for our last week of summer. This is the prettiest Balboa island rental on Vrbo. The decor is both sophisticated and welcoming, and the house itself is a quaint meticulously kept dream with adorable dormer windows in the front bedrooms. The front garden is magical and populated with butterflies of all colors. It is a fairy tale cottage! This home has all the amenities in perfect working order from the front patio barbecue, washer, dryer, dishwasher, garage, comfortable mattresses, soft luxurious sheets, to the down pillows. It is a 5 star hotel translated into the intimacy of a home. The location on the south side of the island is perfect-4 houses from the beach and a short walk to the ferry which we rode every day to the ocean. The home brought me back to a simpler time of my own childhood spent in Balboa. We will definitely be back next summer!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow, what a wonderful house!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a week in this lovely beach cottage with our teenage son who was having eye surgery at UCI. We wanted something quiet and comfortable, yet close to dining, shops, and the beach. Well, this was the PERFECT place! This is a wonderful vintage beach cottage that is well designed and beautiful, it also has a really nice front patio for dining or relaxing and a good size garage with a washer/dryer, which is a must on Balboa! The Owner and the neighbors are delightful and friendly and you can walk anywhere from this location. I highly recommend this property, Veronica is wonderful to deal with and has incredible taste!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Village Inn
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
To the Ocean Beach and Pier
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
San Joaquine, Irvine
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Coast Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
120 Metres
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
4 houses from Bay
Car: not necessary

Disneyland is less than 30 min. drive.


Rates & Availability

Balboa Island Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Break
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 28 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
5 night minimum stay
Pre Summer
Apr 29 2017 - May 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 20 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates are subject to change until lease is negotiated. Payment by check is preferred. Please contact me for your copy of my rental agreement and payment terms.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Balboa Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , 1st floor - Powder Room
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 2nd Floor - Towels are provided
  • 1 full bath upstairs/ powder room downstairs. It would be of great assistance if you would please begin a load of wash with 2 bath rugs and bath towels on the day you depart.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , We provide bed linens/Please strip beds on last day
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , We provide bed linens. Please strip beds on last day.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , We provide bed linens. Please strip beds on last day.
    Family Room - 2 twin/ single , We provide bed linens. Please strip beds on last day.
  • As a convenience, so our guests do not have to transport bed linens, we provide them. We ask that you place all used linens in the Family Room at the end of your stay.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Beach towels are provided

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