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 spectacular property on South Bayfront at a price not seen in years. This property is situated on the desirable quiet end of Balboa Island, and provides the ability to build your own stunning new home with pl
Brand new Eastern Seaboard 3 bedroom, 5 bath home perfectly located in the popular 200 block of Coral Avenue on Balboa Island. 218 Coral has all amenities sought by today’s buyers: wide planked “Vita-Sea” white oak floors, quartz counters, Newport Br
SENSATIONAL, BRAND NEW, 3 BEDROOM, 5 BATH NANTUCKET-STYLE HOME AT THE "QUIET END" OF BALBOA ISLAND. 205 Pearl is an amenities-rich custom home with wide planked white oak floors, stunning Quartz counters, Newport Brass chrome hardware, designer ligh
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 s
Located in the heart of Balboa Island’s main drag, a new opportunity awaits a discerning buyer. Currently under construction, the home is being built to perfection by Greg Francis, and is slated for completion November 2019. Envisioned with a focus o
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
Stunning new 3 bedroom, 5 bath Balboa Island beach home with a modern twist! 217 Apolena has all amenities sought by today’s buyers: wide planked “Vita-Sea” white oak floors, counters of Absolute Blanc & Oscuro Quartz, Newport Brass chrome bath and d
Welcome to an impressive soft contemporary situated on a light and bright Balboa Island corner lot. This fabulous custom design, built in 2016, offers something rarely available: a modern Island beach house. Crafted with comfortable open-concept livi
REDUCED! Stunning Balboa Island waterfront 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
Fabulous, “Heart of the Island” custom home built in 2009 by master builder Chuck Van Cleve; this beautiful home offers the best of what new homes have to offer without the new home price tag! From the large raised front patio to the 3rd floor roof
Captivating 4-bedroom, 4-bath home on serene Little Balboa Island in the highly desirable “100 block” of Jade. Jade is a one-block-long street at the end of Little Island, just a few doors to both South and East Bayfront. An oversized 2,800-sf-plus h
Wonderful “Heart of the Island” Nantucket-style home in the 300 block of Coral Avenue, custom built in 2006. The inviting first level is approached through a dutch door into the stunning great room with paneled ceilings, elegant hardwood floors, a fi
Welcome to one of the most unique properties available on the Island. This custom home brings together the best of the Italian Riveria and the California lifestyle. The home was built new in 2006 with numerous custom details throughout – such as Vene
This contemporary beach cottage reflects the quintessential Balboa Island ethos yet offers an owner the benefits of newer construction. A refined palate fashioned by Concept Studio and built by Showalter Construction are executed to perfection. Archi
Welcome to one of the best-valued homes in one of the highest-valued locations available today on Balboa Island. Situated on one of the most desirable streets the Island has to offer, this custom home was built new in 2004 by Dennis Vitarelli, showca
This wonderful Balboa Island home built is 2003 had been impeccably maintained by the second owner. This is a Super location in the middle off the island and near the North Bayfront beaches. Open floor plan that flows on to the front patio for that i
Spectacular North BayFront location with a private dock that accommodates two boats. The open concept living room and kitchen showcase views of the harbor with peek a boo views of the main turning basin which is extremely rare for a North Bayfront p
Location location location this property is only 6 homes away from North Bay front and boardwalk also close to Ruby Beach and town. Words cannot describe this beautiful Cape Cod style home. From the moment you walk through the adorable Dutch door you
Sensational 4-bedroom, 4-bath waterfront home on Little Balboa Island’s beautiful Grand Canal. Remodeled in 2017, the first-floor great room looks out to the Canal and the home's pier through two sets of glass doors and a Dutch-entry door. The great
NEW PRICING-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 Premiere
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