Steps to the boardwalk for biking and scenic walks to the local restaurants and pubs.

8 guests

2 rooms

4 beds

1.5 baths

8 guests

2 rooms

4 beds

1.5 baths

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About this listing

Balboa Peninsula has been a famous vacation destination for over 100 years. Our place is just three blocks from the Fun Zone, Balboa Pier, the Ferries to Balboa Island and Catalina and an easy walk to cafes, shops and of course, the beach. We are one house from the sand, with peekaboo views from the deck and an easy walk to the famed fire rings. You will never want to leave!

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Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 15%


The space

This is a sunny, three story building built in 1958 and it's been completely restored and custom decorated by West Elm. You hear the waves crash all night long!
Ideal for beach days with hardwood floors, a huge patio, gas BBQ and a separate, private shower room on the ground floor (full bathroom upstairs, shower room downstairs). Panoramic windows fill the front room with light and views of Balboa Blvd and the Great Heron colony nesting across the road. The spacious main bedroom leads to an attached, enclosed glass sunroom with a reading nook and washer dryer area, then onto the large deck with loungers, sofa, chairs, heaters and peekaboo views of the beach and boardwalk.

Update: As of January 2017, we are 100% on solar power!

This is a NO SMOKING building, including the patio. Vaping is allowed outside, however, but not inside. If you choose to smoke, please enjoy the short walk to beach and go for it.

Guest access

You'll have access to the entire place. Includes use of two surfboards, boogie boards, 4 beach chairs and an umbrella, along with many children's beach toys and games. Lombardy's Market and Deli are right across the street, along with My Galley which serves delicious smoothies, coffees, breakfast and lunch. Paddleboards are available for rent across the street next to the deli, and they'll transport them to the bay for you. Easy!

Interaction with guests

I will be here to help as needed; we live upstairs. It is a separate unit and you'll have your own entry and keys. We can visit my many local friends / bar owners/ awesome surfers or I can throw you the keys and bail.

I absolutely love Newport Beach and think it's one of the best places in the world in which to live.

The neighbourhood

Balboa Peninsula has two piers. We are located by Balboa Pier, which is farther down the peninsula, closer to The Wedge. The Balboa Fun Zone is a 5 minute walk and there you'll find the ferries to Balboa Island and Catalina, along with the boarding areas for whale watching, fishing trips, the submarine tour and sunset cruises... and much more, like the famous Newport Landing, Harborside and San Shi Go restaurants, along with more casual eateries like Great Mex, Cruisers and BJ's Pizza. Laventina's Pizza and Mint Leaf Thai deliver for free. Don't forget to check out Ruby's rooftop deck at the end of the Balboa pier. The Newport Pier is where you'll find Sharkeys, Blue Beet, Stag Bar, Blackies, Aurora and so much more, and is about a 15 minute scenic walk or easy bike ride away. Don't miss Aurora; tell Joe that Kathy sent 'ya. The sangria is AMAZING.

Getting around

This space includes one private, off-street parking space with 24-hr camera surveillance. There is a free transportation service on the peninsula sponsored by local businesses which will deliver you wherever you want to go. Download the down towner dot calm. *Snicker*. Uber and Lyft are readily available but there's nothing better than bringing down your bikes and using the boardwalk. You can ride from the Wedge past Huntington Beach if you like, and then some. The peninsula is very bike and pedestrian friendly, although don't forget to look before you cross the street! FYI, pedestrians have the right of way only on foot inside marked crosswalks, not at signals! If you're driving, please don't exceed 30mph and PLEASE stop for peds. You're not in a rush; it's vacation! =)

Other things to note

There are three, nearly identical 1,100 sf units here. Two are occupied year-round. Yours is the biggest of the three thanks to the giant sunroom and patio. We are on the beach side of the road, with the public beach 50 feet away and the calm water of the bay just across the street.

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 11AM

We are in a quiet, peaceful part of Balboa Peninsula, near Balboa Pier. It's much calmer here than up by Newport Pier, so this is a great place for kids that are okay with stairs. Although the listing states "no parties or events", a daytime birthday party or something like that is just fine. We do respect our neighbors and keep it down after 10pm.

Please plan a 11:00am check out time / 2:00pm check in. Daily maid service and pre-arrival grocery shopping available.

Mean stuff, but necessary:
Airbnb does not back 3rd party bookings, and you will be asked for valid ID upon arrival. If the guest booked is NOT the one arriving (or part of the group booked) it will be grounds for cancellation without refund. Sorry, no smoking anywhere on the property. It's only steps to the beach and you're welcome to smoke there.



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
First aid kit
Carbon monoxide detector
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
Smoke detector

2 nights minimum stay

47 Reviews

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Nicole User Profile
April 2017
Excellent beach rental. This rental suited the needs of our family perfectly. Updated, clean and quiet. The back deck is awesome! The perfect place for all of us to decompress and reconnect over spring break. Katherine is amazing!

Stephanie User Profile
April 2017
This was a great place for our family. We were steps away from the beach and walking distance to Balboa Pier. Katherine was a fabulous host and ready to do whatever was needed. Her home was beautiful and accommodated all of our needs. We will definitely be coming back!

Jovanna User Profile
April 2017
Kathy's place is a real gem in Newport! The decor it absolutely stunning, and all the furniture and utilities are modern and beautiful. My group of friends and I had a wonderful time at her place. Right next to the beach! I would definitely stay here again.

Robert User Profile
March 2017
Great host, communication, and accommodation. Everything was as expected, the pictures matched the place perfectly and the location couldn't have been better.

Berlyn User Profile
March 2017
Beautiful home equipped with just about everything you could possibly think of and beyond that! The decor was also amazing. The only downside is the neighbors who seem to be nosy and tell the host things that simply aren't true. It seemed that because we were a younger looking group of 8, someone assumed we were having a massive party and told the host. We were able to communicate that that was not the case at all and enjoyed the rest of our stay. Overall, the value was incredible and I would recommend this place so long as you are communicative with the host and both on the same page.

Jennifer User Profile
March 2017
A beautifully, well maintained condo with every amenity we needed. It was clean and well stocked. Katherine was easy to work with and answered all of our questions in a timely manner. We felt close enough to enjoy restaurants, coffee shops and stores by foot, without being in the thick of the busyness and noise. Such a great location and experience!!!!

Brooke User Profile
March 2017
Our family loved staying here! We were steps to the beach which was so convenient! We were located in between both Newport pier and Balboa pier and our older boys loved skating to both to hang out. There were more than enough choices to dine out close by. The house was clean, comfortable and well decorated. It felt fresh and airy with the open windows and we loved taking advantage of the deck patio during the day which had so much great seating. The kitchen was well stocked with essentials and we ended up eating a lot of our meals in the house. Having just one bathroom to share for all 6 of us was a little tight at times but we made it work :) There was always plenty of hot water even after back to back showers! There is a downstairs outside shower as well but we actually didn't need to use it. We really had everything we needed and anything extra we did need Katherine was always quick to accommodate. A wonderful stay for our family!! Will definitely be recommending!

Newport Beach, California, United States · Joined in April 2016
Katherine User ProfileKatherine is a superhost.

I'm a Newport Beach native, born and raised. We own a traffic engineering firm and I am a 500-RYT yoga alliance certified yoga teacher. Our home is very casual and beach friendly... 50 steps to the sand!

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