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Steps away from Balboa Pier--Close to water activities and shopping

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

3 bedroom condo close on the Balboa Peninsula

Sitting on one of the most desirable corners of Newport, rests this peaceful 3 bedroom, 2 bath vacation condo. Boasting 1300 square feet, this condo has recently gone through a total renovation, including new furniture and appliances. A calm and modern atmosphere awaits you at this beach escape.

Fond memories will easily be made in this open living and dining room, whether you decide to play some of the provided games, watch a favorite movie, or reminisce about moments at the beach. Attached to the living area is a roomy, raised patio outfitted for sunbathing, entertaining and barbecuing. And you don’t have to be a seasoned chef to enjoy what our kitchen supplies; from cooking spices and storage containers to granite countertops and new appliances, the kitchen contains everything you need to make simple snacks for a day at the beach or a delicious dinner for the whole family. The master bedroom enjoys an ocean view from a comfortable queen bed, private bath, television and access to the patio. The second bedroom has a queen bed, television, and a view of the Historic Balboa Pier, while the last bedroom has a full and single bunk bed. All three televisions have access to DirecTV, so no one has to miss their favorite sitcom or drama while on vacation. There is also an in-unit washer and dryer and WiFi for your convenience.

The condo is located just steps away from many popular activities such as boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, and the famous Balboa Fun Zone and Ferris wheel. There are two bicycles available for picturesque rides on the boardwalk or a visit to the Newport Pier. If you want to venture off the boardwalk, you are only a short stroll to the Balboa Island Ferry, which will take you to Balboa Island for shopping and delightful food adventures. You are 30 minutes from Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and upscale shopping at Fashion Island, and only 1½ hours to San Diego.

The complex features a private gated entry, elevator access, and a gated parking garage with two private parking spaces for vehicles ***with a maximum height of 6 feet.***

More Details

Jeff & Stephanie Mendenhall
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

About Jeff & Stephanie Mendenhall

Our family has spent summer vacations on the peninsula for over 50 years and are excited to share that experience with your family.

Jeff & Stephanie Mendenhall purchased this condo in 2014

Why Jeff & Stephanie Mendenhall chose Balboa Peninsula

We have many fond memories of going to the Fun Zone riding the Historic Ferris Wheel, fishing off the Balboa Pier, eating at Ruby''s and riding the Balboa Ferry. This location is within walking distance of all these activities and much more.

What makes this condo unique

The patio gives visitors a view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, and is located in a central location to all kinds of fun activities.


Balboa Peninsula Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Bicycles are provided for the Guests' enjoyment. Helmets are provided and should be worn while riding the bicycles. Don't park in the courtyard.
  • We expect you to be courteous to the neighbors and keep outdoor noise to a minimum after 10 pm. If asked to leave, you will not receive a refund.
  • By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master Suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bath towels are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Twin & Full beds
  • Linens are provided for each bed. All bedrooms have ceiling fans, large closets. Bedrooms 1 & 2 have flat panel TVs.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
Smoke Detectors, Fire Extinguisher, Boogie Boards are provided. Also Amazon Prime now delivers to the area.


You will enjoy the ocean views and super location of this lovey condo.

VRBO Bear stayed here

Dec 13, 2017

The VRBO Bear loves ocean views from a sunny patio, having a sandy beach just steps away, and riding bikes along the ocean among the many other fun water activities in Newport Beach. Jeff & Stephanie’s lovely condo provided a fabulous location to do all the above activities. We organized a family reunion with ages ranging from toddlers to seniors and all of us had an amazing stay and truly appreciated the convenience of being within walking distance of the breathtaking Balboa Pier and Fun Zone. We took a walk with our 16-month baby girl to the beach and pier at least twice a day and she thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Even without going out, the spacious 2nd floor patio is a perfect place to enjoy the view of the ocean, listen to the sound of the waves, and bathe in the California sunshine. Jeff & Stephanie kindly offer two bicycles to enjoy multiple pleasant bike trips early in the morning and late at night when bike rental shops are closed. The owners were also very responsive and answered the questions we sent via text messages within minutes. Thank you very much for the memorable experience and we look forward to visiting again!

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Amazing Time by the Beach!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place for a family to enjoy the beach and Balboa Island. I spent the weekend with my two little nieces and family and everyone had a wonderful time from grilling out in the patio, playing out in the sand with the beach toys to just lounging around in the condo. We definitely would come back again! Thanks Jeff and Stephanie for the wonderful accommodations!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amy, You were wonderful guests and we would be glad to have you stay at our condo when your travels bring you back to beautiful Newport Beach. Thank you for the care you took of our property. Regards, Jeff & Stephanie Mendenhall
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Big Bear Lake

Heaven on the beach. All in God's plan.

  • 5 of 5

Jeff and Stephanie,

From the moment we arrived we realized how perfect and clean your beautiful home was. Your home was everything we could of asked for to smallest detail. It was important to me to feel secure and your place delivered. Every site we wanted to see or restaurant was in walking distance or a quick bike ride.

Your beach house was in the perfect location. We were blessed and already planning our next stay. The patio was huge and great for entertaining. We cherish our Sandy toes wash cloth.

The memories we made in your home will never be forgotten. This is the best home in the area. I have no clue how we got so lucky!!!

Thank you so much,

Stan and Rhonda

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rhonda & Stan, We appreciate your kind words and we are glad you had a memorable experience. Newport Beach is a great place to come for a vacation or a getaway weekend. You were great guests and whenever your travels bring you back to beautiful Newport Beach we hope you'll stay at Sandytoes Retreat. Regards, Jeff & Stephanie
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Wonderful property!

  • 5 of 5

We just love this property and couldn't say enough about the owners! We had our first visit last summer, booked it again this year and are already looking forward to doing it again next summer. The condo is beautifully decorated with all the amenities. Extremely clean. And did I mention location? That too couldn't be better. You are steps away from the beach, shopping and plenty of food options. Can't wait to to come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Meredith, Thank you for taking such good care of our property. You left it very clean. We would gladly rent to you anytime. You are the consummate renter and we would welcome you back to beautiful Newport Beach and SandyToes Retreat whenever your travels bring you this way. Regards, Jeff & Strphanie
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Outstanding beach house property

  • 5 of 5

This property is right on top of the boardwalk adjacent to the Balboa Pier. It has the absolute best patio area for lounging and people watching. The condo is surprisingly roomy as it boasts 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The living room/kitchen area is very big, so much so, we didn't even use the main kitchen table despite having 6 of us staying there. When you leave the secured complex you are literally steps away from the best restaurants, bars, and entertainment areas in Balboa. We rented bikes and made the 15 minute ride to the Newport pier several times just to experience different restaurants. The condo is very clean and modern...not like some of the dingy beach houses we have stayed at before. This place feels more like a high end hotel.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeff, We are so glad you and your family had a great time. We believe Newport Beach is the perfect place for a family vacation. We appreciate the care you took of oor condo. We would be glad to have you back! Best, Jeff & Stephanie
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Awesome Beach gateway🌊

  • 5 of 5

Sandy Toes Retreat is a great place with open windows allowing plenty of sun light and views. Good location near the beach, Fun Zone and restaurants. It is clean, organized and had plenty of room for our family. We had a blast!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you had a great time. When your travels bring you back to the beach, we hope you chose to stay at our condo.
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Great and very relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with amazing views with a outstanding patio overlooking the boardwalk.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chris, We're glad you enjoyed your stay. The July 4th holiday is always a great time to stay at beautiful Newport Beach. The City puts on a wonderful fireworks show that is easily seen from the patio of the condo. We enjoy when our guests take care of our property. We would be glad to have you stay with us again when your travels bring you back to beautiful Newport Beach. Regards, Jeff & Stephanie
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
John Wayne Orange County Airport
Nearest Ferry
0.25 Miles
Historic Balboa Ferry
Nearest Beach
Balboa Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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