About this listing
Enjoy sitting on the porch, watching the boats go by, or stroll to many of the restaurants and shops within walking distance. You won't need your car once you get here, but if you do we have a parking spot to make it easy to come and go.
Quaint apartment is located on Balboa Island, three 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.
We also have an upper unit if this one is booked (please search Airbnb for "Historic Upper Apt on Balboa Island" if interested.
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
About the Host, Gary
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.