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* * The "Speak Easy" Cottage * * (circa 1923)

Entire bungalow hosted by Erin
6 guests3 bedrooms4 beds1.5 baths
Entire home
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Vintage beach cottage w/ modern-day conveniences (central heat & A/C), Apple TV, DVD, vintage appliances, incl. dishwasher) on the quiet-end of Balboa Island; tree-lined street, steps to the beaches on South Bayfront; two blocks to Balboa Island ferry and market. Cottage was built in 1923 and served as a "Speak Easy" (a bar during the prohibition era ) with many famous actors, musicians, singers patronizing the site (John Wayne, James Cagney & Humphrey Bogart) just to name a few.

The space
This is a classic beach bungalow that comes with all the conveniences you expect in your own home. Our secret recipe: take the look of the historic Crystal Cove Cottages (down by Laguna Beach that you can rarely, if ever, get a reservation); add in some of the woodsy down-home charm of those log cabins found in Big Bear / Lake Arrowhead / Blue Jay; and then sprinkle in a few modern-day touches including central heat and A/C, flat screen TV w/ cable / DVR / Apple TV service, a washer & dryer, dish-washer, outdoor gas BBQ, plus many other standard appliances (vintage gas stove, old-style refrigerator with meat-locker handle, coffee maker, toaster, microwave), and now you have yourself one very unique beach cottage experience that would be near-difficult to replicate in SoCal.

Come experience life in a cottage just oozing over with down-home seaside comfort / charm / history and too many great vibes to describe. You will quickly forget where you are, what you do for a living and the date on the calendar. By the time your stay is over you will not want to leave! The experience will conjure up memories of days gone by, the family vacations you took during childhood, and earlier visits to the seashore. Come make some new memories with your family that you will not soon forget!

Housekeeping Notes:

Street Sweeping is on Wednesday (directly in front of cottage) and Thursday (opposite side of the street) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

Trash Pick-up is 7 a.m. on Wednesday

NPB Short Term Permit # SLP12922

Guest access
You are welcome to use all the areas in and around the cottage (other than a few storage closets in breezeway between the front and rear of the cottage used to store cleaning supplies).

Other things to note
Upon arrival, you will be able to access the cottage with a keyless secure door code; no need for an in-person key exchange. The cottage will be professionally cleaned and ready for you to enjoy. You can expect all comforts of home, including coffee for the coffee maker, shampoo, soaps, paper products, and linens. There are specific instructions on cottage details, local favorite suggestions, Wi-Fi access, and TV / DVR / remote instructions.

License number
SLP12922
Vintage beach cottage w/ modern-day conveniences (central heat & A/C), Apple TV, DVD, vintage appliances, incl. dishwasher) on the quiet-end of Balboa Island; tree-lined street, steps to the beaches on South Bayfront; two blocks to Balboa Island ferry and market. Cottage was built in 1923 and served as a "Speak Easy" (a bar during the prohibition era ) with many famous actors, musicians, singers patronizing the sit… read more

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Wifi
Breakfast
Cable TV
Indoor fireplace
Air conditioning
Dryer
TV with Apple TV, standard cable
Hangers
Washer

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Newport Beach, California, United States

Life on Balboa Island is like living in a small town (Mayberry) with Andy Griffith as town sheriff and Barney Fife as deputy. Come turn back time and experience what life was like in an earlier time, but with all the creature comforts of today's living.

Hosted by Erin

Joined in January 2020
    Co-hosts
    • Jim
    During your stay
    We're generally available to provide instructions on how to use all the vintage appliances, remote controls, Apple TV, cable, DVR, central heat & A/C, two gas fireplaces (one inside one outside), gas BBQ in the courtyard, as well as to share some of the great history on this cottage. As your hosts, we will do our best to answer any questions and/or provide assistance by phone, text, e-mail, and come by the cottage (in-person), to ensure that your stay at the Speak Easy cottage is enjoyable, relaxing and worry-free. We live a few blocks away and are generally available to assist with any special requests.
    We're generally available to provide instructions on how to use all the vintage appliances, remote controls, Apple TV, cable, DVR, central heat & A/C, two gas fireplaces (one insid…
    • Policy number: SLP12922
    To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

    Things to know

    House rules
    Check-in: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Checkout: 11:00 AM
    Self check-in with keypad
    No smoking
    No pets
    No parties or events
    Health & safety
    Committed to Airbnb's enhanced cleaning process. Learn more
    Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
    Carbon monoxide alarm
    Smoke alarm
    Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $250
    Cancellation policy