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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Spectacular brand new custom home with elevator in fantastic location with gorgeous views of the South Bayfront. Situated on a quiet, wide street centrally located on the Island, this brand new design offers three bedrooms, five baths, and outstandin
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
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 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
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
LITTLE BALBOA ISLAND CHARM. LOCATED ON A LOVELY STREET IN THE HIGHLY DESIRABLE NEIGHBORHOOD OF LITTLE BALBOA ISLAND, THIS 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH CLASSIC WELL MAINTAINED COTTAGE EXUDES CHARM AND COMFORT. WITH HIGH CEILINGS AND ABUNDANT LIGHT THROUGHOUT,
Few locations in Newport Harbor rival historic Collins Island for spectacular harbor views, privacy and access to all of the fun of Newport Beach. Located on the western tip of Balboa Island, across a secured bridge, lies Collins Island’s eight water
Fabulous 3052 sq ft 4 bedroom, 4 bath home on an oversized 3570 sq ft sunny corner lot. It has been beautifully updated with new wood grain floors, paint and light fixtures. First level includes living room with fireplace, Chefs kitchen and eating ba
Outstanding oversized custom home with fantastic detail on a rare 45-foot wide on one of the best streets on the Island. The property offers more than 3,000 square feet of living space with 5 bedrooms, an office, and extra living area, and was almost
Back on Market! 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, no kitchen. There is an interior pa
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
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
Charm and Comfort best describes this well-appointed home along with an opportunity for income. Come and enjoy the" Island Lifestyle" on this highly sought after 200 block of Sapphire Ave, best known for being wide as well as quiet and where the n
Cherished Little Island Location devoid of any over head utilities, street traffic or impacted parking of similar streets that are also a short walk to all the shopping, dining, and the new Irvine Ranch Market on Marine Ave. This three bedroom, three
Charming, bright and newly remodeled cottage on one of the most coveted streets on the quiet west end of Balboa Island! This adorable duplex is just 3 doors to the North Bay Front Beach and public dock. Copy & paste both 3D virtual tour links, atta
Classic and charming Balboa Island Duplex. Great investment property, beach house, or home. Main house has 3 Bedrooms, 1 den, & 2.5 Bathrooms. The back unit has 2 bedrooms and 1 full Bathroom (670 Sqft built in 1970). Balboa Island is Heaven on Earth
Classic cottage on coveted “Little Balboa Island.” Originally crafted in 1928, this home has been beautifully updated as a perfect romantic getaway just steps away from the bay. The front house has a main living area with a fireplace and vaulted ce
A truly unique opportunity to become part of the lifestyle and incomparable charm of Balboa Island. This vintage 1928 Balboa Island cottage has been enhanced and updated over the years, but remains a faithful steward of Balboa’s celebrated legacy. On
Fantastic Balboa Island cottage combining charm with today's comfort. Lovingly maintained and updated through the years. This sunny two story home has two bedrooms, two updated baths, open-beamed vaulted ceiling and a remodeled kitchen upstairs. The
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