We help make the most of your vacation by providing Free Admission to some of the area's top attractions each and every day! Create exciting memories, have more fun, and truly experience your destination!
Enjoy and relax in this classic Balboa Island Beach Cottage. This rear unit of a duplex is a 2 bedroom/1 bath island cottage. This cottage will bring back memories of staying at Grandma and Grandpa's beach getaway! Good for family vacations and one of the best values on Balboa Island. As with all older homes, it is not perfect and we are making upgrades from time to time. We just put in a new refrigerator, added new sheets, and new towels on 4/27!
Summer Rentals are 7 night minimum and arrivals and departures are on SATURDAY. If you have specific dates in mind, please reach out to us and we will try to make them work!
Located two blocks from Marine Avenue (Main Street) on Balboa Island, this older cottage is steps to all of the restaurants and short walk to the bay of the famous Balboa Island Ferry. The rear unit has a closed patio that provides a spacious outdoor mix of seating. The gated patio has two Adirondack chairs for relaxing! There is also a patio table and umbrella that seats up to six people. The patio is connected to the cottage through the classic dutch doors as it blends into the living, dining and kitchen areas. The living room, kitchen, and bathroom are located on the first floor and the bedrooms are located on the upper floor.
Sleeping Arrangements (sleeps 6)
• Master: Queen Bed, TV
• Guest Room 2: 1 twin bed and a twin bunk bed that sleeps 3
• Living Room: Sofa Bed (Full)
• Medium TV (Connected to DirectTV)
• Seating for 8
• Outdoor Dining for 6 People
• Charcoal BBQ
Kitchen / Dining
• Service for 6
• Oven, stove, microwave, coffee maker
• Tub and Shower
Linens / Towels
• Included in rental
• Beach Towels (at least 6)
• Beach chairs, umbrella, some sand toys
• Short walk to Marine Avenue for dining and shopping
• Short walk to Balboa Island Ferry
• Open Patio with Seating
• BBQ (Gas)
• Private Entry
• Outside Parking (1 car)
• Hair Dryer / Iron
The living room and outdoor patio are separated by a classic dutch door that can fully open or just opened at the top that the entire family can use to enjoy the cool ocean breezes. The living room has a medium flatscreen TV so you can keep up with the game or the news. Just a few steps from the main living area, the kitchen serves as a central meeting point - which is fully stocked with cooking/dining gear and basic appliances. You can choose to cook your meal on the outdoor charcoal grill or in the kitchen!
As you continue through the house, there are private laundry facilities are conveniently located in the hallway that leads to the stairs to the bedrooms. The master bedroom has a Queen bed and TV.
The second bedroom is for the kids! It has a twin bed and a twin bunk bed. A closet with space for clothes. The hallway bathroom has a shower/tub combo.
To fulfill the sleeping arrangements for 6 total guests, please consider that the pullout living room sofa is a full size bed, best suited for 2 children or 1 adult.
PARKING: The parking for the rear unit is inside the gate. All guests are guaranteed a parking space. We do not recommend extremely large vehicles at this location. General neighborhood street parking (metered or unmetered) also in area.
Check-in time: 3 p.m. on the arrival date
Check-out time: 10 a.m. on the departure date
Why Balboa Island? A one-of-a-kind, man-made treasure, Balboa Island is a gem whether you drive, walk, bike or take the Balboa Island Ferry to the island. Balboa Island’s Marine Avenue is home to chic coastal shops featuring unique nautical designs, stylish beach fashions, art and jewelry. It’s also home to quaint Balboa Island restaurants and bistros serving up a variety of dishes bursting with flavor. The selections on Balboa Island go beyond the local fresh seafood of the day with flavors of Italian, Mexican, and French-Swiss mixed in to the culinary choices.
There may be nothing more iconic than the island’s two famous desserts, the Balboa Bar and Frozen Banana. The local sweet tooth treasures have been mainstays for nearly 75 years, and have been imitated and replicated, including on the hit TV show “Arrested Development.” The tasty treats are dipped in chocolate and covered with a variety of coatings from nuts and sprinkles to cookie crumbs.
If you want to visit the DISNEYLAND RESORT area, our property is located just under 20 miles to the resort and it's two main parks - DISNEYLAND and DISNEY'S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE. After a great day at the parks, you can return back to your villa, refresh, relax, and take a stroll down to the beach.
If you are interested in the Laguna Beach PAGEANT OF MASTERS during July, this is a fantastic place to stay. Lyft or Uber is the easiest way to get to the event. You can enjoy a nice glass of wine on the balcony before your ride picks you up and takes you to Laguna Beach.
Additional local attractions include Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm (included in the FREE FUN package), Aquarium of the Pacific, South Coast Plaza, and Fashion Island.
But a trip to Balboa Island wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Balboa Fun Zone or the Peninsula, where the Ferris wheel has stood for more than 80 years, and the world famous Balboa Island Ferry. The Ferry is about 10 minute walk from the cottage.
This cottage can also be rented in conjunction with the front unit for larger families. We do allow pets for a fee to offset the extra cleaning.
Thank you for the kind words, we appreciate you taking the time to leave a review so that other guest can read about the cottage! Thanks!
Thank you so much for the kind words! We realize that vacations are special and we do the best we can to make sure that we do what we can to make vacations great! This is one of the best reviews we've ever seen and out team is extremely thankful and excited that we hit the mark!
Beth, thanks for staying with us on Balboa Island. Your family was on the first to stay with us at this cottage and we enjoyed having you. We look forward to having you back again. Scott
Deb, thanks for the kind words! We are glad you had a great stay on Balboa Island.
Bruce, thank you for taking some time to write a review! This will help others as they make choices on a vacation home on Balboa Island. We look forward to having you back in the future!
Thanks Steve for taking the time to leave us a review about this new property in our portfolio! You are right, the location is second to none!
Thanks for the quick review! You are right, this is a great value on the Island for travelers on a budget. We will be upgrading amenities and other items over time. We just added new linens and a new refrigerator.
Thank you for the kind words about your stay with us. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. We are in the process of making this an even better place to stay by adding some new items for our guests to enjoy!