House, 3 Bed/2 Bath OR 2/2 both W/Garage! (Upper sleeps 6, lower sleeps 4+)
- English, Spanish
About Alexandra Everakes
My husband and I live in Orange County about a 20 minute drive from Balboa Island. We raised our three children here and made many day trips to Balboa Island with our children. Eventually, we were able to buy a property on the Island. We now have 5 grandchildren plus two daughters in law and one son in law. Although we rent our beach house we always reserve a week every summer both the upper and lower unit for our family. We have made wonderful memories there with our family over the years.
Alexandra Everakes purchased this Condo in 1988
Why Alexandra Everakes chose Balboa Island
We love Balboa Island !! My husband and I always comment as we cross Pacific Coast Highway and make our way toward the Balboa Island Bridge that we feel a little surge of excitement that we are approaching the Island. It is so scenic and serene. If we are just there for one day, it really feels like a short get-away from everyday life.
What makes this Condo unique
Our property is located 3 houses in from the north bay at the end of Garnet. There is a public dock one block away. Our grandson caught his first fish just holding a line on that dock (we really didn't expect that). We have 2 kayaks and 2 bicycles that are shared by both units. The small beach at the end of Garnet is a perfect spot to relax and ideal for families with small children. Steps away from our property so it's easy to go back and forth if necessary to retrieve the sunblock or beach pail. It is a short walk to the ferry and a very pleasant walk to Marine Ave. (the main street) to enjoy shopping, dining, Balboa Bars etc. If you want to see some of the local sights (Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, etc.) you are definitely centrally located and no more than a 20 minute drive. Also, I must mention that the lower unit although smaller has a very large patio that is like having an extra room of outdoor space. It is especially nice for people who just need a place to enjoy the outdoors. We also have an automatic awning over the downstairs patio. If you happen to rent both units for a family or large group you will find that patio a perfect setting for all to gather. We keep two banquet tables and 8 folding bridge chairs in the downstairs unit closet. We place 2 banquet tables alongside the existing patio table and have enough seating for our entire family to share a meal. I have observed many people who rent both units do the same.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Absolute perfect home for our family!
We rented both the upper and lower units and loved having the entire home. The garage had so many fun toys - kayaks, beach toys, etc.. for our kids, which was an added bonus. The kids were able to take the kayaks out so easily as its just a few houses from the water. We were able to park our large cars in and parallel to the garage and did not have to worry about them at all - the garage is set back a bit in the ally so it does impede the width of the ally and therefore you don't worry about anyone scraping it etc..
The actual home was great - kitchen upstairs in a bit more open feeling due to the raised lofted ceiling, but honestly both up and down were perfect. The beds and bedrooms were all great and the 6 of us (4 kids) plus our dog all were very comfortable.
The neighborhood is amazing- so safe and sweet, my kids could ride their scooters to the candy shop and all around the island and could walk to the beach and play several times a day. Owners were terrific and attentive and there were zero issues in the 3 weeks!
My entire family and I rented both the upstairs and downstairs unit for a week which nicely accommodated all 12 of us. Everyone loved the location, surrounding neighborhood, the inland beach, access to Newport peninsula, downtown Balboa, etc. Definitely would return and Alexandra was great to coordinate with.
Light, bright, spacious and airy! Loved our stay here
My sister and I booked a recent stay at this location and it was absolutely wonderful! This upstairs unit was very large, open, light bright and airy with lots of windows all around with views of the bay and charming homes, super clean with beautiful blue and green serene colors all around, comfy beds. It's quite large with high ceilings. We really enjoyed the close proximity to the bay and enjoyed walking around the perimeter of the island on the walking route alongside the bay watching sailboats and kayakers only steps away from our unit! We enjoyed shopping on Marine Ave. just a few blocks up and exploring the shops, eating frozen bananas, taking the ferry across a few times, rented a duffy boat to cruise the harbor and a very fun sunset cocktail cruise on the Wild Goose yacht that belonged to John Wayne back in the day. You have access to kayak, paddle board and bicycles and a very charming neighborhood café around the corner with excellent food and wine. The owner, Alex Everakes was so welcoming and always making sure we had what we needed. I would highly recommend this unit to anyone, we had a wonderful time. We grew up not too far and Balboa island was a wonderful memory growing up for us. We would love to return again in the future. T. S. & J.D.
Light, bright airy and spacious - views!
My sister and I recently stayed in the upper unit of the "Steps to the Sand" rental and we were very happy. It was super comfortable and had beautiful windows all around the unit which really showcased the lovely homes and view of the bay. Has everything you need - the living spaces and bedrooms are comfortable an spacious and painted in
soft beach colors. We grew up nearby and were excited to shop and dine on Marine Ave., rented a Duffy boat to cruise the harbor and took a sunset yacht cruise around the bay. The unit is super close to the ferry and you can easily walk or ride a bike for frozen bananas, fun restaurants. Check out the really cute neighborhood bistro around the corner for excellent food and wine! Our hosts, the owners, could not have been more gracious and making sure we were comfortable. Highly recommend this unit and hope to get back again in the future. . Be sure to get on the boardwalk along the bay and stroll around the island it's very relaxing! T.S & J.D.
Balboa Island house
We stayed with our kids and grandkids, we have been coming to Balboa Island for years and want to keep the memories coming with our grandkids. The house was amazing and only 3 houses from the beach! We rented the upstairs and downstairs and there was plenty of room for the 12 of us! The downstairs patio has plenty of room for outdoor BBQ. The owners take pride in their property and they were so nice and wanted to make sure our vacation was special. I would recommend to anyone!
Wow! Our upstairs unit - modern, clean, bright & airy. The spacious open floor plan worked for us.
Our family has been visiting and vacationing on Balboa Island for over 60 years. With all of that experience, we can honestly report that 220 Garnet is one of the nicest homes in which we have ever stayed.
* The best feature is that it is truly just 4 houses from the North Bay beach. It was so very convenient to the sand and we could actually see our beach umbrella from our dining room window.
* The next feature that really stands out is how completely furnished the unit is. From the basic dishes, toaster, crock pot, dishwasher and more, to pillows and a plethora of efficient room fans, to a garage fully stocked with beach toys - 2 bikes, 2 kayaks, and more. The washer and dryer were modern and quiet. This home is also set-up with all of the normal modern conveniences - 2 large TVs, DISH TV, and WIFI.
* Some might envy the nice brick patio in front of the first floor unit, but we were surprised by how much we used the large back upstairs patio. Most evenings we cooked on one of the 2 Weber BBQ grills provided and then ate dinner at the spacious table located there.
* The mattresses were plush and a little too soft for us, but might be perfect for others.
Throw in the beautiful Balboa Island weather along with a few Balboa bars and we certainly had a perfect family reunion week.