This quaint apartment is located on Balboa Island, four houses from the beach along the South Bay Front. It's minutes to Marine Avenue shops and restaurants, the ferry that takes you to the Balboa peninsula, as well as many bike, kayak, paddle board and boat rentals. We're also:
- 7 miles to John Wayne Airport
- 7 miles to 73 and 405 freeways
- 8 miles to Huntington Beach, "Surf City," to the north
- 9 miles to Laguna Beach to the south
- 20 miles to Disneyland
Our apartment is one of the first houses built on the island and probably the oldest remaining. It was built by our great, great grandfather who built it for his four daughters--one apartment for each. Over 100 years later our family still enjoys it.
Originally restored, this is a unique apartment (and hard to describe!). It's a studio apartment, of sorts, with a living room (with Murphy bed and sofa bed), dining room (with the main bed, a Hollywood bed that rolls in to form a couch in the daytime), kitchen, bath, front porch and parking space out back. The kitchen is equipped - not gourmet - and has no dishwasher. Take a look at the pictures - they do a better job than I do! The bathroom has a claw foot tub and shower. We provide wireless internet capable of downloading movies via your Netflix account, or other sites. We also have a small TV with antenna that receives some local channels. Please note, we DO NOT have cable TV, but you're at the beach with plenty to entertain you!
The house has a small covered front porch with patio furniture. As mentioned, a parking space is provided behind the house and has plenty of space in the side-yard to store any bikes or kayak you may bring. We have beach chairs and matts for you to use.
Because the apartment is small, we like to rent to two people max. We provide linens, towels, blankets and pillows. While Newport Beach has mild weather year round, it can get cold in the winter and hot in the summer. We supply a portable space heater and extra blankets for the cold and a fan and windows that open wide to catch a breeze in the heat. But I remind you, you're at the beach, go enjoy!
If you haven't been to this area, there are endless things to do: bike, boat, sail, walk, surf, lay on the beach, shop, dine--all without getting in a car!
Place used linens/towels in hamper adjacent to washer/dryer
No candles, no smoking please!
Sorry, no pets
Cleaning fee applied
While private, the houses are close and it can be noisy - please respect the neighbors
Please take out the trash (cans located on the alley)
Replace clean dishes
Street sweeping occurs on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8am-12noon
Our host, Gary, stayed in touch with us concerning information needed. We found the facility just as it was described and it fit our needs, totally. The bungalow was well within walking distance to places of interest yet off the beaten path enough to be quiet.
We will recommend this location to others.
This little piece of paradise in the midst of busy Orange County is the perfect get-away and yet very convenient to everything in the area. Balboa Island is beautiful! I loved the security of the island—you can safely walk any time of day or evening—always lots of locals and visitors out and about. The apartment is just as described—historic and charming—with lots of interior renovations and everything necessary for an extended stay. Gary is a great host—very responsive via email. I look forward to a return visit!
I had an amazing time at the apartment. It was as advertised - simple, convenient, clean and in a great location. I used it as my work space for the week while there and found it very easy to come and go. The neighborhood was quiet and neighbors friendly.
This was the perfect little slice of paradise! My mom and I flew in for a long weekend, neither of us ever having been to Balboa/Newport Beach before, and had a perfect stay in this apartment. Gary was very easy to communicate with and prompt in returning my emails and messages. He was even kind enough to warn us beforehand of some construction happening in the apartment above (which, I believe, should be ending soon). When we arrived, we found it to be clean, cozy, and with all the comforts of home. The apartment is a comfortable size for two adults; we had no problems with space or feeling cramped but we also hardly spent any time in it - there is so much to do nearby!
We loved being able to drink our morning coffee on the front porch with the ocean in view, and walk less than a block to the waterfront to admire the sea lions, paddleboarders, and boats going by. It's quite near the ferry to the Balboa peninsula (just around the corner!), making access to the beach a breeze. The beach chairs, umbrella, and cooler were also a great touch and made beach days very, very comfortable. We appreciated having a designated parking space behind the building, as street parking could be difficult to find during the weekend. Also, the houses on the island are close to one another but even so, it was never too noisy even with all of the windows open to let in the glorious ocean breezes.
We had a fantastic time and were completely charmed by this apartment and island - looking forward to a return visit!!
Gary was a great host and the description of the apartment was accurate.
The neighborhood was great - little crowded, but to be expected at this time of the year. Nice that it is so close to the ferry and beaches. Construction was going on upstairs but the guys there were very nice.
I decided to book a vacation rental instead of a hotel this time around, for my mother and I to take a vacation. Neither of us had ever used Airbnb before, and were a little skeptical... it seemed way too good to be true. Cheaper than a hotel at peak times?! No way, we thought. But it was true! And there were no hidden fees, what you see is what you pay for. Gary's house on Balboa Island was the perfect little beach house we were looking for! Steps from the harbor, and only 5 min walk (and ferry ride) to the Ocean!! Exactly what we wanted!! Gary was extremely helpful with the whole process, from check-in to check-out. There were some renovations going on in the unit upstairs, but the workers were very conscious of our stay, and were sure to keep as quiet as they could, and they were out by 5 everyday (we were out all day anyways, so we really weren't bothered). Some of them even popped their heads out to see how our stay was. They even gave us suggestions on what to check out! The apartment was the perfect size for the 2 of us, just wish we could've stayed longer! Overall, we were very sad to leave, but we will definitely return!!
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We are looking to share our family beach house with people that will treat it well and enjoy it as much as we do.
This house has been in our family for over 100 years and means a lot to us. Thanks for taking a look.
My sister, Cindy, and I tag team in renting, so you may get a message from either of us.