Balboa Island in Newport Beach | Homes for Sale on Balboa Island
Balboa Island is a man-made set of three islands that are located in Newport Beach. The three islands include – the main island, the little island, and Collins Island. Collins Island has only 8 homes that are located on it and it is a gated area of Balboa Island.
The main island of Balboa Island has approximately 1099 home sites located on it. There is a bridge off Bayside Drive to enter Balboa Island the street is called Marine Avenue. Marine Avenue is very unique and has boutique-style shopping and dining. There are many visitors who enjoy Marine Avenue and the shopping and dining with the beautiful Newport Beach climate.
Many of the Balboa Island residents cruise the island in their golf carts. The streets of Balboa Island are named after semi-precious stones such as Jade, Opal, Amethyst, Crystal, Abalone and Onyx. Balboa Island is located off Bayside Drive in Newport Beach.
Another way to arrive on Balboa Island is via the Balboa Island ferry. The ferry holds three automobiles, pedestrians, and bikes, and crosses from the Balboa Peninsula to the island. It is not unusual to see seals, and other sea life along the way! The Balboa Island Ferry was originated in 1909. The Balboa Island ferry is a three-car ferry which transports vehicles, people and their bicycles to and from Balboa Island and the Balboa Peninsula. It is a brief journey, but enjoyable just the same.
Balboa Island has the most stunning views of Newport Harbor. Newport Harbor is quite large and home to many yachts and sailboats. It is amazing to just cruise around and enjoy the weather and most beautiful scenery and homes.
Balboa Island also has a boardwalk that surrounds the islands and if you decide to walk around the main island and the little island, it is approximately a 3-mile walk. What a great walk to start or end the day by walking or jogging around the island. Many of the residents and visitors bring their dogs as well.
Balboa Island has very beautiful homes, both bay-front and located on the streets that are all named after semi-precious stones. Some of the bay-front homes may include a dock for different sized boats depending upon where the home is located. One of the best ways to enjoy the island is to walk the island on the boardwalk on both the main island and the little island. You will see many people walking, jogging, and walking their dogs.
The history of Balboa Island is very interesting. William Collins, who was from Pasadena, California began dredging a channel on the north side of Newport Bay and deposited the sand and silt on tidelands that would eventually become Balboa Island in 1908. As a result of piling up the silt and sand on the tidelands, this was the beginning of Balboa Island. During this same time period, there were lots that were being offered for sale in the amounts of $350.00 to $750.00. Of course, the highest price lots were the ones that were located on the bay and waterfront. However, even though these lots were being advertised, many of the original lots were sold for as little as $25.00.
Balboa Island in Newport Beach was considered a place to go for summer vacations. Many of the Balboa Island homes did not have heaters, so these homes were used during the summer months, and many were often closed up for the winter. Tourists and families came to visit Balboa Island during the summer months and enjoy the climate in Newport Beach.
The growth of Balboa Island was slow initially, however in 1916 Balboa Island officially became part of the City of Newport Beach.
Joe Beek who was also part of the initial development of Balboa Island. In 1919, Joe Beek obtained the first contract for a ferry between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula. The first car that was transported on the Balboa Island Ferry was in 1920, and it was for a fee of .10 cents. Joe Beek’s ferry boat was called the Joker, and the original capacity was two cars. The ferry is still in existence and there are three 64 foot ferries, that have the capacity to carry three automobiles. Also, many bicyclists and pedestrians can ride for a fee as well. The ferry drivers are very skilled particularly during the summer months when Newport Harbor can be incredibly busy with the Newport Harbor boat traffic. It is a great way to travel from the Peninsula to the Island and enjoy the beauty of Newport Harbor on a brief journey.
Balboa Island was also a place that was frequented by many celebrities. In fact, in the 1920′s and 1930′s, there were many movies that were filmed on Balboa Island. James Cagney officially purchased Collins Island in 1938 and then later sold in 1948.
The Grand Canal is located between the main island and the little island.
There are some wonderful activities to enjoy on Balboa Island from swimming, kayaking, sailing, boating and fishing.
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Outstanding and rare opportunity to own a CORNER DOUBLE LOT on South Bayfront. This property is situated on the desirable "quiet end" of Balboa Island, and provides the ability to build your own stunning new home with plans designed by renowned Brand
Located just one block from Balboa Island’s main drag, this striking single-family residence offers an escape from the ordinary. A dramatic façade and sophisticated aesthetic reign throughout, where a fresh, neutral color palette sets the stage for
Envisioned with a focus on refined elegance, the finished residence will span over 2,300 square feet of living space with three bedrooms (including a sprawling en suite master retreat) and incredible rooftop patio, where one can imbibe in unparallele
This new Balboa Island custom home is located one house off the South Bay Front in the highly coveted 100-block of Onyx Avenue. The location offers amazing harbor views and has opportune access to a spectacular South Bay Front beach. One street from
The perfect marriage of class & unparalleled elegance is striking in this pristine 3-bedroom, 3 ½-bath Balboa Island home. Situated on an advantageous one-way street & an easy stroll to the heart of the coveted Island lifestyle. Built in 2006 by mast
PRICE CHANGE -Exceptional Value! 2nd Phase of Custom Remodel JUST COMPLETED July 2019. Professionally designed, appointed & staged to attract your quality–minded Balboa Island Buyers! Originally Built & Now Beautifully Remodeled in 2 Phases by Premie
Stunning Balboa Island home on the coveted "Little" island. This newer construction is a soft-contemporary design with clean lines, custom finishes and exquisite woodwork. Designed by LeTourneau Architecture, this is a dream home for those who love t
This one of a kind, oversized duplex located on the 100 block of Onyx just steps away from Marine Ave. is a must see! A perfect income property for 1031 exchange investors & Short Term/Vacation Income generation. Premises includes a total of 6 bedroo
Experience the ultimate in Southern California coastal living in this completely updated and idyllic Little Balboa Island gem. Located just steps from the pristine bay and warm sand, this open concept floor plan home exudes sophisticated elegance fro
Idyllic Balboa Island charm cottage with separate detached guest apartment over the garage! The picturesque main cottage, entered through an inviting Dutch door, offers 3 bedrooms, a spacious living room and dining nook, modern kitchen with quartz co
Stunning turnkey cottage in the treetops with 3rd-level roof deck and separate 1st-floor apartment! 804 Park was completely renovated inside and out in 2017-18 with new kitchen and baths, doors and windows, electrical and plumbing, floors, roof, and
Ideally situated on one of the islands desirable streets, near the iconic Balboa Island Ferry, this lovely duplex promises quintessential Balboa Island living. The front home offers 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, with an additional detached guest suite comp
This charming 1948 Balboa Island cottage with a separate upper unit is a “must see”! The main house is 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and the separate unit is 1 bedroom, 1 bath with a nice living room area. There is an interior patio for outside dining, Morn
This charming home is looking for a savior! Born in 1928 and delivered by a boat builder, updated with plumbing and electricity in 1947/48 and an addition of an apartment in 1967. This is the best of the older charm of Balboa Island that is so highly
This lot has so much potential! Transform this original 1940's beach cottage on North Bay Front into your dream home. Located on the quiet end of the island, enjoy scenic views of the water as the boats float by. Just steps from the sand, and only a
LOCATION!!! Great Balboa Island duplex is just 1/2 block to the bayfront in Newport Beach. Front cottage is 2 bedrooms/ 2 baths, open beamed ceiling great room & kitchen with a wonderful brick fireplace and views out to the front bricked patio. Fen
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