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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Stunning brand new 4 bedroom, 5 bath Balboa Island home just up the street from beautiful Ruby Beach. This Balinese-resort style home provides year-around vacation living to the most discerning buyer. The open floor planned first level has an extraor
Eye-catching custom home in the sought after neighborhood just blocks from Balboa Island's charming shops and cozy restaurants. This property comes fully furnished with custom furniture and offers a spacious open floor-plan with detailed finishes in
This one-of-a-kind home offers a seaside sanctuary with something for everyone. Situated on Balboa Island's desirable "quiet end" and located on one of the island's most coveted tree-lined streets is 214 Garnet Avenue. Built by Winkle Custom Homes, a
Just completed, this meticulously built home and its Modern Barn style are sure to impress all either walking by or dropping by to say hello. The home is comprised of 4 en-suite bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and custom elevator that services all 3 levels. W
Located on one of Balboa Island’s rare and coveted tree lined streets, 115 Garnet Ave is the property you have been waiting for. The premier home boasts freshly painted interiors and exteriors. This stylish three bedroom, private den with sliding bar
This immaculately maintained Balboa Island traditional style home is in turnkey, perfect, move-in condition. Lightly used since the current owners purchased the property, the home features all of the most desired Island amenities including a great ro
The Balboa Island waterfront lifestyle awaits. This immaculate, turn-key bay front residence was rebuilt from the studs in 2008 by Patterson Custom Homes with a 2020 renovation by Blackband Design. Arguably the best location on the island, the custom
Welcome to Balboa Island.. a wonderful magical island that offers walkability on a sidewalk that circles the bay- from downtown with shops, restaurants and the famous Dad's Balboa Bars ! The homes are an eclectic mix of styles from vintage cottages,
This charming oversized duplex that is open on all sides and has extra square footage that cannot be replaced today. The very large upstairs unit is three bedrooms and three bathrooms with two expansive living areas, a kitchen, and a fireplace. High
Classic Cape Cod oversized duplex in an excellent Little Island location. This outstanding home provides a large amount of square footage, an excellent location, and floorplan. The main home offers four bedrooms, three baths, updated windows and door
Charming Balboa Island Home also offers income opportunity 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 neighbors offer you a real sense of c
A charming Balboa Island home that is walking distance from the Marina! This two bedroom, one bathroom cozy home is seated just one block away from the Marina and the Ferry, South Bayfront. Complete with a white picket fence, a dutch door, and wood b
Located on "Little Balboa Island" This home is a classic Balboa Island home with a very unique feature of an extra large front patio. Great for entertaining and very nice for those family gatherings complete with a mature producing Avocado tree! Th
Historic Park Avenue home/lot for sale. Located just over the bridge on prestigious Little Balboa Island, this unique south facing property is prime and ready for the perfect custom rebuild. Situated arguably in the best location on the island, thi
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