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Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend!  I spent Thanksgiving Day at my family’s house on Balboa Island in Newport Beach.  Despite living in Los Angeles for many years, I was born and raised in Newport Beach, so it’s still that place I call home.  Our house on Balboa Island is located on what is called “Little Balboa Island.”  Balboa Island is an island in Newport Harbor comprised of a larger island and a smaller island separated by a canal and accessible by a bridge. On Thanksgiving Day, we took a walk around the perimeter of the smaller island (Little Balboa Island) and I took some pictures that I thought I would share with you.  So join me on my walking tour!

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So here’s your map (um, using my iPhone map).  Our walk begins on the smaller of the island where you see “The Grand Canal” at the very top (of the larger waterway, Beacon Bay) – we are going to walk around the perimeter on the water side above where you see Crystal Avenue (the water side street is E Bay Front) and then down to S Bay Front, across S Bay Front and back up along side The Grand Canal (all the homes featured are water front houses).  Hope that’s not too confusing!  Don’t get lost!

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One of my favorite houses, this house sits on a corner lot right at the edge of The Grand Canal (but wraps around a bit with rooms facing the canal) and faces Beacon Bay.  This house probably takes up about four lots.  I don’t know a lot of details about the house but my dad said it has been written about/published quite a bit.

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A typical Balboa Island home, this house has a spacious front patio and a cute walkway.

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An older more original island home, decorated for the holidays.

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The architecture of this home is more southern, but still retains some traditional Balboa Island aesthetics.

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Another house that has a southern flair, reminds me of a house you might see in Florida.  (Part of the house both above and pictured below.)

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The house sits on two lots, so it has a nice wide front water facing porch.

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And it’s currently staged and on the market for $10 million.

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So now we’ve come to the intersection of E Bay Front and Park Avenue.  Notice how even the lamp posts are decorated for the holidays! Let’s continue up E Bay Front…

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An original 50′s era gem, love the front door!

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In the spirit of the holidays, owners decorate their private docks too.

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My dad loves this house, not so much me – but I do find the nautical shutters whimsical.

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Now we’re at the corner of E Bay Front and S Bay Front.  This house sits on a corner lot with dynamic views (the picture below is taken right at this corner).

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The house above enjoys this view…every day.

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A newer Balboa home, lush with landscape.

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A day at the beach:  Thanksgiving Day was 84 degrees, warm & sunny.  Next time bring your bathing suit!

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Another Florida-esque style home.  This property was at one time available to rent.  Great location, situated on a corner lot.

Docks

Most all of the water facing homes come with their own docks, great if you are a boat owner.

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We’re now at the corner of S Bay Front and The Grand Canal.  This house sits across the way on the larger island.

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As we make our way up The Grand Canal, my dad stops to introduce us to a friend of his that he meets up with on his daily walk.

Bridge

We’ve now just passed the bridge that connects the larger island to Little Balboa Island as we continue to make our way back alongside The Grand Canal.

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A house on the canal side, more traditional and modest in size, decked out for the holidays.

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Making our way back to where we started, this walkway leads up to our house.

Hope you’ve enjoyed your tour of Balboa Island! Come visit again soon!

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12 Comments to 'Walking Tour: Houses of Balboa Island'

maison21 30 Nov 09 at 1:19 am

LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

when i was a kid, my parents would rent a place on balboa island for a week or two every summer. we’d buy ice cream cones on the main street every evening, and then eat them as walked the perimeter, looking into all the homes’ brightly lit interiors. i swear that’s why we went there, so my nosy mom and her decorator in training son could be house voyeurs!

ps- tell your dad i liked his favorite house best too!

Jackie Von Tobel 30 Nov 09 at 1:34 am

Oh I love BI we used to rent a house on the Peninsula every summer for years. I miss it!

hot italian girls 30 Nov 09 at 12:09 pm

Wow, Walking Tour: Houses of Balboa Island. I been there before last 2008 it is cool place nice beaches and cool houses. I love surfing out there many hot woman and hot men. that is a nice place very relaxing and very nice ambiance. Thanks for sharing this one It is valuable Information. Keep it up.

Jaime 30 Nov 09 at 1:19 pm

Such gorgeous homes and what a beautiful day it was- thanks for sharing! :)

Caton Morrs 30 Nov 09 at 2:12 pm

My grandparents used to rent a house on N. Bay Front and I have so many fond memories of Balboa Island and the Shang hi pine garden, banana stand etc. Thank you for your gorgeous pictures, I shared the link to your blog with my whole family!

Orlando personal injury lawyer 30 Nov 09 at 3:04 pm

Beautiful homes. I’m sure this place is very exciting for the holidays (especially Christmas time)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions 30 Nov 09 at 3:48 pm

This looks like sucha beautiful place! I love that shot from the front porch looking out to the water. This looks like a great place to live!

Janet 01 Dec 09 at 9:57 am

What a treat…Love Balboa…Thanks for the great pics.

Home Builder Los Angeles 01 Dec 09 at 5:49 pm

WOW, Balboa Island really looks nice and relaxing!! This post gave me a great idea of how Balboa Island is classically glamorous. The photos of the houses you posted are really good, especially the one which sits in the corner of The Grand Canal, it’s majestic. And I noticed that most of the houses have good looking landscapes. The plants and bushes are true eye-candies. I want to have those types of rest houses in the future.

down pillow 06 Dec 09 at 9:46 pm

Wow, such AMAZING homes – definitely my style :) Thanks for sharing!

ANDY SEIDNER 28 Dec 09 at 12:43 pm

LOVE THE KITTY CAT

Karen 30 Dec 09 at 11:50 am

Fabulous pictures, Jill!
My partner and I stumbled upon Balboa Island in June this year and we both absolutely loved it. We’re all booked up to come back to visit CA again next year and Balboa Island is a must :-)

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