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

201 Amethyst Avenue
$140 - $240 / night   in Newport Beach  
2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom Sleeps 5
Sleeping Arrangements
Master Bedroom   Queen  
Kid's Bedroom   Bunk Twin   Twin  

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.

2021 Summer Rentals are usually 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!

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

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.

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.

201 Amethyst Ave Newport Beach, CA 92662
Registration Number: SLP 12920
Property Type: Cottage Beds: 3 Accommodates: 5 Check In: : 3pm Bedrooms: 2 Check Out: : 10am Bathrooms: 1.0 Pet Friendly: Yes
BBQ Grill Cable Carbon Monoxide Detector Clothes Dryer Hair Conditioner Hair Dryer Internet Internet Access Kitchen Laundry Laundry Detergent Microwave NON-SMOKING Non-smoking Open Patio Outdoor Grill Patio Pets Considered Refrigerator Satellite TV Satellite or Cable Shampoo Smoke Detector Soap TV WIFI Washing Machine Water View ATM Airport Amusement Park Art Gallery Cleaned with disinfectant Convenience Store Essentials Establishment Family Friendly Food High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (like countertops Library Liquor Store Locality Movie Theater Museum Point Of Interest Public Transportation Restaurant Self Check-In Stadium Towels and Linens washed in hot water (at least 60°C/140°F) Wifi Bar Disinfected Store and faucets) handles light switches
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Reviews - 4.8 stars based on 18 reviews
201 Amethyst Avenue
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.
Reviewed on Feb 10, 2021 by Phillip, La Mirada, CA   Report

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

Manager Response
201 Amethyst Avenue
5/5 stars
Always enjoy the cozy charm of this cottage!
Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021 by Lynn, San Diego, CA   Report
201 Amethyst Avenue
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!
Reviewed on Oct 30, 2020 by Lynn, San Diego, CA   Report
201 Amethyst Avenue
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!
Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020 by Glenda, RAMONA, CA   Report
201 Amethyst Avenue
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.
Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020 by Ryan, Phoenix, AZ   Report
201 Amethyst Avenue
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!
Reviewed on Sep 20, 2020 by Lynn, San Diego, CA   Report
201 Amethyst Avenue
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.
Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020 by Tonya, Temecula, CA   Report
201 Amethyst Avenue
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.
Reviewed on Aug 22, 2020 by Rick, Apple Valley, CA - California   Report

Looking forward to having you back!!

Manager Response
201 Amethyst Avenue
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.
Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020 by Kiki, Valencia, CA   Report
201 Amethyst Avenue
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.
Reviewed on May 23, 2020 by Ray, mission viejo   Report

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

Manager Response
201 Amethyst Avenue
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.
Reviewed on May 1, 2020 by Laura, Azusa, CA   Report

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
201 Amethyst Avenue
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!
Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020 by Kent, Los Angeles   Report

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

Manager Response
201 Amethyst Avenue
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!
Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020 by David, Newport News, VA   Report
201 Amethyst Avenue
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.
Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019 by Linda, Sisters, OR   Report
201 Amethyst Avenue
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!
Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019 by Genessa, Scottsdale   Report
201 Amethyst Avenue
5/5 stars
Another good experience. House was very clean upon arrival . Very good communications with Scott and ITrip.
Reviewed on Jul 28, 2019 by Rick,   Report
201 Amethyst Avenue
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.
Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019 by Barbara, Henderson, NV   Report

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
201 Amethyst Avenue
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.
Reviewed on May 28, 2019 by Thomas,   Report

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