201 Amethyst Avenue

Great Value! Classic Cottage on Balboa Island, Walk to Beach/Marine Ave, Corner Lot, Spacious Patio

2 BR
1 Bath
Sleeps 5


Free Whale Watching, Bike Rentals, Prehistoric Pets! We are happy to offer our guests 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!

We have implemented CDC Approved cleaning. Using additional sanitizing and anti-bacterial products, especially on "high-touch" items. Staying in a vacation rental can be safer than hotels and you control your environment.


Sat, 8/10 to Tues, 8/13 (3 nights)

Tues , 8/20 to Sat, 8/24 (5 nights)


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

Living Room

• Medium TV (Connected to DirectTV)

• Seating for 8

Front Patio:

• Outdoor Dining for 6 People

• Gas BBQ

Kitchen / Dining

• Service for 6

• Oven, stove, microwave, coffee maker


• Tub and Shower

Linens / Towels

• Included

Beach Items

• Beach Towels (at least 6)

• Beach chairs, umbrella, sand toys

Home Highlights

• 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

• Dog friendly home (additional pet fee is required)

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 on the second floor. 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.

Pets (primarily dogs) are welcome and there is a pet fee of $100 per pet. We allow a maximum of two pets.

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, Whale Watching, 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.

We do allow dogs and there is a $100 pet fee that will be charged.

Please note that our properties may have electronic devices installed such as electronic locks, front door cameras, or noise monitors. There are no vid

201 Amethyst Ave Newport Beach, CA 92662
Registration Number: SLP 12920

Sleeping Arrangements

Master Bedroom Queen
Kid's Bedroom Bunk Twin, Twin

Property Rules

Check In: After 3pm
Check Out: Before 10am
Smoking: Not Allowed


BBQ Grill
Beach Towels
Beach Toys
Bird Watching
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Children Welcome
Cleaned with disinfe
Clothes Dryer
Coffee Maker
Common Surface Disinfectant Cleaned
Dining Table
Dishes Utensils
Enhanced Cleaning Practices
Fenced Yard
Fishing Bay
Free Wifi
Full Kitchen
Hair Conditioner
Hair Dryer
Health Beauty Sap
House Cleaning Optional
Internet Access
Laundry Detergent
Linens High Teamp Wash
Living Room
Meal Delivery
Near Ocean
Open Patio
Outdoor Grill
Pets Considered
Pier Fishing
Satellite TV
Satellite or Cable
Self Check-In
Slef Checkin Checkout
Smoke Detector
Theme Parks
Washing Machine
Water SPorts
Water View
Whale Watching
Wildlife Viewing
Amusement Park
Art Gallery
Cleaned with disinfectant
Convenience Store
Family Friendly
High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (like countertops
Liquor Store
Movie Theater
Point Of Interest
Public Transportation
Towels and Linens washed in hot water (at least 60°C/140°F)
and faucets)
light switches



Frequently Asked Questions

You can park in the alley along side of the gate.

2-3 days prior to your check-in you will recieve an email with the front door access code.

Check-in time is 3:00pm local time.  Check-out time is 10:00am.

Plan your time the night before checkout and the morning of checkout so that you can finish on time. Late checkout results in additional charges to us, and may result in additional charges to you.  

Internet access is provided.
This property has a heater only.  Remember, this is an island property and the best way to cool the house is with the ocean breezes.

Per the City of Newport Beach Municipal Code (5.95.045 A.2) the minimum age 25 to rent.  Primary renter must be on-site during the rental.  If a reservation is found to be made by a guest under the age of 25, the reservation will be cancelled.

Smoking (both traditional, 420, and electronic) are not allowed inside or in the courtyard at anytime.  Violation of this house rule can be cause immediate removal without any refund. 

If there is evidence of smoking, you may be asked to leave immediately with no refunds and charged for the extra cleaning.
Pets (dogs) are allowed and we ask that you let us know ahead of time.  Pets are charged an additional fee of $100 each.  This fee will be requested close to your arrival day.

TRASH PICK-UP DAY: Wednesday is trash removal day, place bins on curb after 7pm on Tuesday evening and bring them in after the trash has been collected.  We kindly request that you do not park in the alley on trash day to allow the trash removal trucks to pass through the alley.

It is important that you remeber trash pick-up because Balboa Island is a small area and there is not room for excess waste.

  • Beach towels are provided, they are located in the downstairs closet.  Please do not remove the bath towels provided.
  • Beach chairs are located in the courtyard
  • A supply of paper products has been provided to last 2-3 days.  Extra rolls are kept in the bathroom or kitchen cabinets.  Additional needs beyond this are your responsibility.
We’ve done our very best to make sure that 1106 Park Avenue met your standards and you’ve enjoyed your time with us. You will be getting a request for a property review and we would appreciate a five-star review.

The property address is:
201 Amethyst
Newport Beach CA  92662

Balboa Island is an older community, so guests should be aware that there may be various municpal improvement project happening on the Island.
EMERGENCY ONLY                     911

HOAG HOSPITAL (Emergency Room)
1 Hoag Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92623

We attempt to make the property as nice as possible.  We ask that you and your guests please treat this privately-owned property with care.


Awesome Balboa stay, great location & value & parking spot bonus
5/5 stars
Sweet cottage with charm and character. Great location, close to Marine Avenue for restaurants & shopping. Master bed and bedding so comfy. New nice couches, too, a surprise. Next time, I’m bringing more family and friends and getting the attached 1106 Park Avenue home through iTrip with same type layout!! Aside from iTrip welcome touches, I look forward to returning to this particular home and place - and HIGHLY recommend!
- Kim
Great place to relax
5/5 stars
We had the best time in this very relaxing cottage. It’s located very close to all the shopping and restaurants which makes for a nice walk. We will definitely be back.
- Chris
Little Cottage by the sea
5/5 stars
My friend & I loved this little cottage. It is in a great location, only two blocks from the main shopping area. The house was clean and airy. The one issue for us, as senior women, is the fact that the bathroom was on the first floor and the bedrooms are on the second floor.
Balboa vaca
5/5 stars
Property is 5yrs. Get location , easy access. Clean and quaint. Lovely patio . Very enjoyable all around. Park it and walk everywhere love it!!
- Leslie
Cottage charm
5/5 stars
Lovely little cottage that’s close to shops, restaurants, and the bay! Has that warm, charming feeling of stepping back in time to life a century ago! Very quaint!
- Lynn
Charming house, great location!
5/5 stars
We loved this home. It was perfectly located, just two blocks from the main street, one to the boardwalk and a great coffee shop around the corner. We loved sitting on the porch in the mornings and evenings. The house was very clean and had everything we could need. We cannot wait to be able to come back.
- Holly
Island charm!
5/5 stars
Quaint old cottage in perfect location for relaxing, beach and bay activities, shopping, and dining!
- Lynn
5/5 stars
Everything was exactly as described, the location could not be better. We will definitely be back!!
- Susan
Great location
5/5 stars
Our family had a great time on Balboa Island. This cottage is darling. You can’t beat the location. We would definitely go back.
- Ann
Old time charm!
5/5 stars
Great location, just a couple blocks from the Balboa Island shops and restaurants! The cottage is very cozy, and the property manager is so kind and attentive with making sure your stay is comfortable and as you’d expect!
- Lynn
Great Place to Stay on Balboa Island
5/5 stars
This is a great place to stay on Balboa Island. We used the cottage to stay in while we visited family in Irvine. The cottager is very comfortable and the owner is very attentive to any issues that you may have. One of the best things about the cottage is the location. It is only a block from the water and two blocks from the center of town and all the restaurants and stores. Very easy walking distance to everything. The other nice thing is that there is guaranteed parking at the cottage. This is especially nice on busy weekends. The bed was comfortable and there were plenty of sheets towels and a washer and dryer. It was an excellent experience. We look forward to returning in the spring.
- David
Cottage charm
5/5 stars
Liovely old style beach cottage with so much charm! We’ll maintained with all the comforts needed for a get away near the beach! Walking distance to shops and restaurants on the island too!
- Lynn
Lovely cottage
5/5 stars
It always feels like I’m home whenever I stay at this quaint cottage! I hate leaving when my stay is up, and can’t wait to return for my next stay!
- Lynn
5/5 stars
- Karen
Beach Day!
5/5 stars
Another year staying on the Island, Another great stay. Cottages are always super clean, welcoming and updated each time we stay. Communication with Scott and ITrip is great. Always available to answer any questions. Our family has built so many memories here over the years. Already looking forward to our next stay. Thanks so much Scott and Lynn!!!
- Rick
A Lovely Welcome!
5/5 stars
This is the 5th year I have stayed at this charming beach house. The front porch and the corner lot is what first attracted me to it. There is a very short walk to the bay, where you can watch the sunset every night and also a short walk to the ferry, for the 5- minute crossing to the peninsula. The beaches on the peninsula are wonderful, our grandsons love spending the day there with me. Marine Ave. is lined with a lot of good restaurants and shops, and the cottage is set up nicely for fixing your meals at home. Ordering something and bringing it back and eating on the porch is my favorite. The Irvine Ranch market has everything you would want and very convenient to pick up a few things every day. The beds are comfortable, and easily accommodates 5-6 people. This cottage is a wonderful retreat, in a perfect location on the Island. Once you close that door at night, the coziness of the front room calls for curling up on the couch with a good book or T.V. show. It truly is a lovely welcome.
- Barbara
Another Winner!!
5/5 stars
This is the second time we stayed at this beautiful Balboa home, but this was our first time staying in the FRONT half of the house! It was just as lovely as the back, and it made our vacation just wonderful. Scott is so easy to work with, and he definitely makes sure your stay is awesome! We loved sitting out on the front porch, waving and talking with people as they walked by. The outdoor BBQ was such a blessing, and we were able to enjoy a delicious steak dinner out on the patio as the sun was going down. We've stayed at many houses on Balboa over the years, and this is by far our favorite rental -- we will definitely be back again and again!!
- Michelle
Balboa Island Charmer
5/5 stars
Location, location, location. This charming cottage was the perfect getaway for my husband and me. We parked our car the first day and the rest was fun, fun, fun. Easy walking distance to ferry where we rented our bikes daily. We rode to Huntington Beach and beyond 3 times. We shopped locally, had a tasty breakfast at Wilma's, ate a delicious dinner at the Village Inn, and got morning coffee at Irvine Ranch Market (the best deal in town). Our location was perfect for people watching also. We walked the entire island to see all the beautiful and charming homes. The barbecue was perfect for the house made sausage we bought at Sabatino's on Lido Isle. We will be returning!
- Dianne
Balboa Cottage
5/5 stars
We just spent 4 days here at the cottage. Wonderful location, we were greeted with cookies and wine upon arrival -wonderful surprise! Quaint cozy cottage for a great weekend or week getaway. You can bring in food to prepare, walk to several fine restaurants very close by. Easy access to the peninsula via the ferry. Great roomy patio in front to enjoy the sun, Shaded in afternoon which can be the hotter part of the day. We had a great time!! great location great cottage.
- Phillip

Thank you for the kind words and happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! --Scott

- Manager Response
Cottage charm
5/5 stars
Always enjoy the cozy charm of this cottage!
- Lynn
Cozy cottage!
5/5 stars
Enjoyed the cottage so much last month so much I had to come back for a longer stay! Super clean and cozy with all the amenities needed! Close to the village, water, and the ferry. It’s like stepping back in time when here!
- Lynn
Balboa getaway
5/5 stars
Great location and people watching front patio! Beachy and comfy. Old but clean and well equipped. We rent front and back units so we have 2 patios, 2 living rooms and 2 kitchens! Best value on the island. Loved our stay!
- Glenda
Amazing trip
5/5 stars
The house and service was amazing! I had a couple questions when we arrived and received a prompt and helpful response. I would recommend this property to everyone. We look forward to planning our next vacation here again.
- Ryan
Awesome vacation!
5/5 stars
Spent last week in this adorable cottage! Felt at hone and like a true Balboa Islander! My favorite thing to do during my stay was sitting on the porch with my friends! The cottage was extremely clean and well stocked with the essentials. I can’t wait to return for another stay!
- Lynn
Amethyst Ave.
5/5 stars
Thank you for being a great host at your air bnb . We had a wonderful, relaxing stay. Had everything that we needed.
- Tonya
201 Amethyst
5/5 stars
We just love staying at this cottage. This is our 8th consecutive year of building on our family tradition of staying on the Island. (of many more to come) We have witnessed multiple improvements in accommodations over the last few years and always arrive to a very clean house. FYI: BBQ is awesome, windows and upstairs bed upgraded from last stay. Scott at iTrip very responsive to any and all concerns. Thanks so much to Lynn and Scott.
- Rick

Looking forward to having you back!!

- Manager Response
Adorable cottage with wonderful host!
5/5 stars
We had the pleasure of staying here over the 4th of July week (Note: If you have never stayed in Newport over 4th of July, do your homework before booking. This was our 2nd time staying over the 4th, so we knew what to expect!) The house is adorable. Very clean. Beds are comfortable and there were plenty of towels and items in the kitchen. The bbq is very clean - which was nice compared to other places we have stayed. The patio provided a wonderful place to sit, relax, and enjoy time together. Scott came by on our 2nd day - we were having trouble with our TV so he worked with it until he was able to fix it. And he took out the garbage! What a sweetheart!! Easy walk to the water and the ferry.
- Kiki
excellent stay
5/5 stars
I had a wonderful time. The cottage was a great place to stay and a good location. Very clean and had all necessities needed. Would stay there again.
- Ray

Thanks for the kind words and we are glad you had a nice time at our cottage!

- Manager Response
Perfect Location
5/5 stars
Cute cottage on the island a couple blocks from downtown. Great place for a family with young kids or even just a couple. Even though some things are outdated it did not make the trip any less enjoyable. Bed was extremely comfortable, house was well cleaned and most of my time was spent on the large front patio people watching. Would highly recommend this property for your next getaway to Balboa Island.
- Laura

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.

- Manager Response
Thanks for a nice weekend!
5/5 stars
Although is was a hectic week with the covid19 issues, this was a great little place for us to get away. The cottage was clean and located in a great spot. I’m glad they stayed open because we needed a little break and a change scenery. Thanks for a nice weekend!
- Kent

Thanks Kent, glad you could come down and take care of some needed business in the area!

- Manager Response
Back to Balboa
5/5 stars
My wife and I are originally from the area (Laguna Beach and CdM) and decided to rent this little cottage while visiting family over the holidays. We have two grown daughters and there was plenty of room for us to return to the cottage each day and relax. Everything works well and is clean but some may think that it is very dated (my daughters did), but my wife and I prefer the vintage cottage feel. It reminded us of the "old days" when we would be able to throw a Frisbee on the beach, have a fire late into the night on the sand and parking at the beach was free (like the waves). Once all of the older cottages sell and become mega-mansions on these postage stamp size lots then I think that much of the charm of Balboa will be gone, which will be a shame. I'm giving the cottage five stars but would like to suggest that they replace the shower head with something a little nicer and upgrade the beds. I would be happy to pay a little more if they did this but plan to return either way. If you decide to stay here then you will understand why it is a great opportunity - location! You can get up in the morning and walk the perimeter of the island, grab a coffee and scone, take the fairy across to the beach and have dinner in one of the great restaurants that are all within walking distance. Just be sure to avoid renting the cottage during the time when we plan to return!
- David
Fee Fo Review
3/5 stars
The cottage is quaint but difficult for us to navigate the stairs downstairs during the evening to use the bathroom. We will prefer newer furnishings now. Good location near town includes the added traffic.
- Linda
Review of 201 Amethyst
4/5 stars
Wonderful location and fantastic front patio! The bedding and furniture could use updating though. Overall, it is a charming beach cottage and we had a wonderful time. The iTrip property manager was always available and had great communication. Thank you!
- Genessa
Fee Fo Review
5/5 stars
Another good experience. House was very clean upon arrival . Very good communications with Scott and ITrip.
- Rick
Fee Fo Review
5/5 stars
This was my 3rd time to rent this cozy cottage on Balboa Island. It is perfectly located on the corner just a short walk to the bay. No need for a car once you get there. Easy walk to restaurants and shopping. Balboa is a wonderful, friendly community. I especially love the front porch, a great place to have my coffee in the morning and a glass of wine in the evening. A restful, yet an ideal location to participate in all the water events. Easy walk to the ferry to get to the peninsula. You wont be disappointed staying here.
- Barbara

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!

- Manager Response
Fee Fo Review
4/5 stars
Great location, charming cottage. Good value. We felt welcome and would rent again.Clean, but livingroom furniture & upholstery needs "spring cleaning" or replacement.iTrip was very responsive to questions.
- Thomas

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