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201 Ruby

3 Bedrooms

2 Bathrooms

5 Guests


This 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Balboa Island front cottage is conveniently located in walking distance to the charming shops and cafe’s on Marine Ave

About the property

This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Balboa Island front cottage is conveniently located in walking distance to the charming shops and cafes on Marine Ave., as well as the historic Balboa Island Ferry that takes both cars and pedestrians on a 5 minute ride to Balboa Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean beaches.

The front of this rustic cottage features a cozy outdoor patio complete with a gas BBQ and patio furniture where you can prepare your favorite outdoor meals or enjoy your morning coffee. The inside of this cottage has purposely been maintained in its original Balboa Island vintage style featuring a high-vaulted ceiling in the living room outlined with traditional wood planks. There is wood flooring throughout the cottage, a wood-burning fireplace, and 2 cozy sofas in the living area.

The kitchen is fully equipped including a refrigerator, freezer, oven, stove, microwave, double stainless-steel sink, and fully stocked with all the cookware and place settings you will need. Adjacent to the kitchen and living room, is a separate dining area with a rectangular wooden table that seats six people very comfortably. In the hallway, you wall find all 3 bedrooms. The first one on the right has a queen bed, directly across the hall is the other smaller bedroom with a twin bed and an en suite full bathroom. The spacious master bedroom found at the end of the hall has its own en suite bathroom, plenty of closet space, and a flat-screen TV.

There is a shared washer and dryer and a spot for 1 car in the garage beneath the back unit which is not part of this unit. Street parking is also usually available.


Features & amenities

  • Guests: 5
  • Non-Smoking on Property
  • Bed Linens
  • Cable
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Silverware
  • Dryer
  • Living Room
  • Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Hot Water
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Smoke Detector
  • Toaster
  • Stove
  • Washer
  • Grill
  • Free wifi
  • Satellite or Cable
  • Dishwasher
  • Garage
  • Extra Pillows & Blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Hangers
  • Patio or Balcony
  • Shampoo
  • Television
  • Wireless Internet
  • Family
  • Smart TV
  • Dining table
  • Pets Allowed: no
  • Lodging Type: Duplex
  • Square Feet: 904
  • Area: Balboa Island
  • Bathroom 1: 1
  • Bathroom 2: 1
  • Private Living Room
  • Street Parking
  • Dishes & utensils for kids
  • Private Entrance
  • Desk
  • Master bedroom Queen: 1
  • Bedroom 1 Queen: 1
  • Bedroom 2 Twin: 1

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Guest Reviews

4.7 of 5 average (190 reviews)


My first trip to California was made even better by staying at this adorable cottage on Balboa Island! It was very clean and comfortable. It was a real plus to have a garage on the island, as the street parking was insane. We especially liked hanging out on the front patio in the nice weather.

Reply: Thank you for your feedback Mary! Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Come back again soon:)

Submitted on Mar 18, 2024


Newport Beach Vacation Properties was good to work with. Their Ruby Ave., Balboa Island listing was as described. Property entry, stay instructions, and communications all worked seamlessly.

Reply: Paul, thank you for staying with us this past winter! We are happy to hear you enjoyed it and we hope to host you again!

Submitted on Jan 30, 2024


Super cute place. Felt clean and comfortable. Balboa Island is lovely and this home reflects the quaint island vibes. The island can be crowded so the garage parking is a huge plus. Dealing with a property manager does not give you the personal touch we have experienced from other rentals; we were disappointed with their slow communication but this does not reflect the property and we would enjoy staying there again. It is frustrating to have a huge cleaning fee and then still be responsible for the trash and stripping the beds, towels, etc..

Reply: Michael, we are happy that you enjoyed your stay at our property on Balboa Island. We are so sorry that our communications didn't meet your expectations and we will address this with our front office staff. Typically we don't give out home information till a few days before your stay and we don't release door codes till the time of check in for safety reasons. Again, we are sorry for any inconvenience that may have caused. Thank you for reviewing our home. - The NBVP team

Submitted on Jan 5, 2024


Excellent location. Cute place. Only issues were many of the electrical outlets need repair and couldn’t even hold a plug for a charger and the 2nd bedroom had pocket doors that wouldn’t close completely for privacy (about a 1 inch gap).
Can’t beat the location and value

Reply: Mark, we are glad you enjoyed your Balboa Island vacation home! We have passed your feedback on to the maintenance team. We would love to have you back soon. - The NBVP team

Submitted on Jan 1, 2024


Cute little beach house on the Island. Was as described!

Reply: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and would love to have you back again! - The NBVP Team

Submitted on Dec 19, 2023


Great location and we recommend this cozy cottage.

Submitted on Dec 17, 2023


This home has a cozy, feel … great price if you want to stay close to Balboa/Newport. Walking distance to eateries perfect place to stay.!

Submitted on Sep 18, 2023


This cottage was perfectly located near family and shops. It had fans to keep us cool during the summer days and had space for the 5 of us!!

Submitted on Aug 14, 2023

Loved the vintage Balboa feel!


Place had everything we needed. Bedrooms comfy. I’d recommend it to others.

Submitted on Aug 12, 2023


We loved the quaintness of this beach house and will definitely rent it again next year!!

Submitted on Aug 10, 2023

Family vacation

Nicole W.


Submitted on May 29, 2023


Great location and this house is a gem! It’s not modern, but it’s a good place! We would come again!

Submitted on May 19, 2023


It was perfect. Returning to my hometown for boat parade week with my family in this charming cottage, lit tree and all was fantastic.

Submitted on Dec 21, 2022


Enjoyed this cottage very much. It’s close to the Balboa ferry and downtown shops and restaurants. Will definitely be back!! Thank you!

Submitted on Oct 15, 2022


All was is indicated. Great place to stay.

Submitted on Oct 9, 2022


Jul 27-Aug 03, 2024

Floor Plans

201 Ruby Ave. Floor Plan