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Summer Rentals are usually 7 night minimum and arrivals and departures are on SUNDAY. If you have specific dates in mind, please reach out to us and we will try to make them work!
Enjoy and relax in this classic Balboa Island Beach Cottage. This duplex is a 2 bedroom/1 bath island cottage. This cottage will bring back memories of staying at Grandma and Grandpa's beach getaway! Perfect for family vacations and one of the best values on Balboa Island. This cottage is a duplex and the other unit may also be available for rentals.
Located on the corner of Park and Amethyst, two blocks from Marine Avenue (Main Street) on Balboa Island. This cottage is steps to all of the restaurants and short walk to the bay of the famous Balboa Island Ferry. Probably the most visible feature of the front unit is the patio that provides a spacious outdoor mix of seating. The front patio is surrounded by a classic white picket fence and has two Adirondack chairs for relaxing! There is also a patio table and umbrella that seats up to six people. The patio feature a gas BBQ grill to cook up a summer feast! 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
• Medium TV (Connected to DirectTV)
• Seating for 8
• Outdoor Dining for 6 People
• Gas BBQ
Kitchen / Dining
• Service for 6
• Oven, stove, microwave, coffee maker
• Tub and Shower
Linens / Towels
• Beach Towels (at least 6)
• Beach chairs, umbrella, sand toys
• Short walk to Marine Avenue for dining and shopping
• Short walk to Balboa Island Ferry
• Open Patio with Seating
• 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 front unit is on the outside of the gate at the rear alley. All guests are guaranteed a parking space. We do not recommend extremely large vehicles at this location. You may have to move your vehicle on Wednesdays to allow access for the trash trucks. General neighborhood street parking is available in the area.
Check-in time: 3:30 p.m.
Check-out time: 10 a.m.
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.
Enjoy the island’s two famous desserts, the Balboa Bar and Frozen Banana. These 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, we located just under 20 miles to 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, Aquarium of the Pacific, South Coast Plaza, and Fashion Island.
A trip to Balboa Island is not complete without a visit to the Balboa Fun Zone or the Peninsula, where the Ferris wheel has stood for more than 80 years. The best way to get is the world famous Balboa Island Ferry.
This cottage can also be rented in conjunction with the rear unit for larger families.
Thanks for the kind words and we are glad you had a nice time at our cottage!
You are so right about the front porch.....a great spot to people watch and just say “hi” to everyone that walks by! It is a such a friendly place.
Thanks Kent, glad you could come down and take care of some needed business in the area!
HI Barbara, it was such a pleasure getting to know you and your family on your visit. I look forward to hosting you for years to come. Both Lynn and I appreciate your taking the time to review the property. You insight will give others insights into the special location of this property. Looking forward to seeing you again!