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Immaculate, updated, fully furnished beach cottage EXCLUSIVE WINTER RENTAL

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 13-16)

This is a lovely, historic Balboa Island Cottage! Tastefully decorated to make your Balboa Island Vacation relaxing and comfortable. There are three bedrooms: the first has a triple bunk bed and a Queen Murphy Bed, the Master has a king and the third bedroom has four bunks and a king bed. There is a den with a queen futon couch and a large chair and ottoman which converts to a twin bed. The den opens into a large brick patio with seating area, umbrella and barbeque. The house is equipped with every amenity and is located eight houses from the North Bay and a short block from the Balboa Island Ferry. The ferry connects with the Balboa Peninsula, the fun zone, rental boats (motor and sail), and the surf. We are half and hour from Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm; 15 minutes from shopping, fine restaurants and entertainment in South Coast Plaza, Newport Beach and Laguna.

The island itself is a step back in time. Truly, once you have slept on our island... it will be hard to leave...

Keywords: Balboa Island Beach House

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Balboa Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , tiled with access to outside door for sandy bodies
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , front bathroom near bedroom 1, den and living room
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Den - 2 sleep sofa /futon , There is a queen futon and a twin futon.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 4 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , This is a large room and the futon has room to open easily.
    Bedroom 1 - 3 twin/ single , 1 murphy bed , triple bunk and Murphy bed, queen size
  • King size beds (2) master and # 3 bedroom, Queen size Beds (1)Murphy bed in #1, Twin or Single Beds (7). In addition,the den also has a futon 'chair' the width of a twin bed, with ottoman that converts to a twin bed., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) There is a queen futon in the den.(All doors close and room can be a separate bedroom.)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

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Immaculate, updated, fully furnished beach cottage EXCLUSIVE WINTER RENTAL
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews
Belle Plaine, MN 56011

Cozy cottage, close to everything.

  • 5 of 5

My wife, 4 kids and my parents all were very impressed and comfortable. We would definitely like to stay again!! Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage on Balboa Island

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very nice and worked out well for our annual cousins Christmas. Plenty of room, we'll set up with tools to cook and very close to the ferry to the fun zone area of Newport Beach and the pier.

  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!!!!!

  • 4 of 5

Great beach house! We really enjoyed our stay at this charming home. The home was clean and The location was great. We will definitely want to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southern California Beach Town

Super location, complete with bunk beds plus comfy king and queen beds

  • 5 of 5

Stay here, but be respectfully quiet since there are full-time residents! There's really everything you'd want in this beach house. It's COZY. Bring bikes so you can fully enjoy exploring the island. Take the car&passenger ferry just up the street to explore the other side of the peninsula.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Location, Very Challenging Communications with Owner

  • 2 of 5

The Beach Cottage location is outstanding, very close to the ferry and all area amenities. Many problems communicating with the owner regarding payment terms, one of the two bathrooms not being usable during the stay, and delay on releasing the extremely high security deposit. First time ever having a challenge with a vacation rental property, very disappointing.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

A group of girl friends and I enjoyed a weekend away at this beautiful cottage! It had all the amenities we needed and it was really convenient being close to the ferry. With family pictures and homey touches throughout, I felt like I was more at a close relative's home than a rental. I highly recommend it, especially for large groups.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mary Vanis
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Mary Vanis

We bought this house when our 7 children were young. It is the house of expanding walls! We now have 26 grandchildren (24 under 12) and 'the beach house' is as much theirs as ours. It is a family gathering place and is and has been a wonderful place of many memories! We want others to feel the comfort we have here. We treat it as a home, not a 'rental'.

Mary Vanis purchased this cottage in 1988

Why Mary Vanis chose Balboa Island

Balboa Island is a quintessential step back in time! It is the place children should experience from the gentle Bay to the ferry connecting to the penninsula. It is a place where parents can give their 5 year old money to walk down to the store and not worry! Where a 5 year old feels 'old' because they can be treated like children of 'old'. It is a magical place of rest and relax steps from the hubhub of Newport Shopping and todays demands. When you cross the bridge to the island and see the sails on the boats, your heart sails! For young or old, it is the best!

What makes this cottage unique

The island is a separated from todays world as you choose to make it! It is 20 minutes to Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm, 10 minutes to Southcoast Plaza, 10 minutes to Newport Fashion Island, minutes to great golf, tennis and water activities. But, for total relaxation ride a bike or walk the island,shop our Marine Street specialty shops, ride the ferry to the Balboa Penninsula and have dinner, ride the ferris wheel, carousel and play in the arcades; or rent an electric boat, grab a pizza and have dinner cruising around the Bay. The options are endless!


Nearest Airport
5 Miles
John Wayne Orange County Airport
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
short stroll down the sidewalk
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Costa Mesa
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 73
Nearest Ski
325 Miles
Mammoth Mountain
Car: recommended

Orange County is a thriving mini metropolis! It has every amenity imaginable and more. South Coast Plaza is world renowned for it's shopping with boutique stores, wonderful eateries and merry go rounds for the children.

Restaurants abound with every cuisine from around the world in exceptional settings. Daily activities range from sitting on the beach to the most active water sports, gof, tennis, running or biking along the beach.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
cleaning fee $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. This home is primarily a winter rental. There are only a few weeks that are rented in summer! There is no smoking on the premises or in the house. No pets are allowed we have children that are very allergic!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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