Original Balboa Cottage on Balboa's grand Canal


Home Description

This lovingly appointed cottage sits on the Grand Canal on Balboa's big island. Three bedrooms and 2 baths, this home accomodates six people. Use of two Kayaks, two paddle boards is included. Enjoy your own private dock for swimming, kayaking and fishing. Front patio is great for barbecues and entertaining. Parking for one car, all linens, well supplied kitchen and washer and dryer is included. Easy access to Marine Avenue's shops, resturants and local grocery store. This house is a 10 minute walk to the ferry, the Fun Zone, and the ocean! Sorry, no dishwasher! Beach chairs, beach umbrella, wagon, beach towels, board games and sand toys are provided. Spectrum TV and wfii.

Apartment above the garage has a full time tenent.

House is well maintained and very clean. It is a wonderful place to unwind, relax and let the kids and adults play. Come to Balboa Island and let "Island Fever" (lots of naps) take over!

About The Area

Great location from which to visit Disneyland, Knot's Berry Farm, Catalina Island, Laguna Beach, etc. 15 Minutes from John Wayne/Orange Country airport.  Easy walk to grocery store.  Local shops, coffee, ice cream one block away.

House Rules

No pets or smoking.  We are a very family orientated environment.


Wonderful family vacation spot.  


Room Details

Sleeping Arrangements

  • Master Bedroom 1 King

  • Middle Bedroom 2 Single

  • Back Bedroom 1 Queen


Bathroom Arrangements

  • Back BathroomFull

  • Front BathroomFull

Calendar Last updated Jun 04, 2020
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Beach house!

We’ve stayed here the last 2 years and love the location! Spending most of the time on the patio and kayaking/paddle boarding, love it! Sue Ellen is great and the whole setup makes you feel like you’re at home.


Visited on "July - 2018

Best beach bungalow

This wonderful cottage had the perfect blend of charm and luxury we were looking for! Our family of 4 typically summers on Martha’s Vineyard and this vintage inspired home gave us every bit of what we love about beach living. You simply cannot beat the location for starters. It’s an easy stroll or leisurely bike ride to everything you want to check out. The home is equipped with everything you need from games to get the kids off their devices to a fully stocked kitchen should you decide to have a bbq and dine in. Of course nothing beats waking up and having your morning coffee right on the water, an added benefit to staying at this property. And as much as we loved taking advantage of everything Balboa and the surrounding islands have to offer, we couldn’t wait to get back to the house, enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sunset. Highly recommend this home. We will definitely go back!


Visited on "July - 2018

Vintage Charm Plus!

Feel like a TBT Moment? This is it! Everything we loved growing up is right here in this darling cottage. It’s so nice to leave the hectic lifestyle of the big city and be able to breathe. Strolling along the water walkway, greeting neighbors from the waterfront deck, catching a sunset. Pure enjoyment. Everyone’s blood pressure dropped twenty points! Marine Avenue, a quaint and thriving hub of shops and restaurants is just steps away. If you don’t feel like cooking you can dine in one of about a dozen different eateries. All delicious! Comfy beds and coziness abound. In the morning try the worlds most delicious cinnamon buns at the Blue Chair Bakery. The worst part of 121? Leaving!!!

Los Angeles

Visited on "May - 2018

Perfect getaway

We rented this cottage and another one of the owner's for our two children's families the first week of June. Location cannot be beat. Kayaks and stand up paddle boards let you take perfect advantage of the location on the canal. It's close to the ferry for easy beach access. It is conveniently close to the main street for shops, restaurants, bakeries and Starbucks. We found this cottage was the favorite for joint family dinners since it conveniently seated several people. Having a queen sized bed as well as the king in the master was a plus, since we had two grown grandchildren in that house. Owner is very responsive to any problems. We left some clothes in a closet in the other cottage and Sue Ellen took them down to my son's family since they stayed longer than we did and they delivered them to our house!

SF Bay Area

Visited on "June - 2018

Quaint Getaway on the Water

Have been renting from Sue Ellen for the past two summers and have always had a great experience. Love that they have left this cottage in its' original state. The back bedroom was my husbands favorite, he called it his apartment because it was so private. Just steps from the grand canal where we used the paddle boards and kayaks everyday! If you like to people watch just sit on the front patio and watch as all the people walk by on their daily stroll. Perfect for a quiet family getaway. Can't wait to go back again next summer!

Northridge, California

Visited on "July - 2017

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