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Starfish Cottage-Charm/Comfort, New Remodel, Clean, 1 Blk To Beach,2 Blks To Bay

Bedrooms 2
Space 850 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bed, 1 Bath With 1-2 Blk Walk To Beach, Bay, Grocery And Restaurants


Stay in this beautiful, newly remodeled cottage located in the "sweet spot" of the Balboa Peninsula. Walk to all the best spots Balboa Peninsula has to offer! If booked, please consider Starfish Cottage sister property The Dock HA/VRBO #1068212.

Typical Starfish Cottage Day: Walk 1 short block to beach for sunrise, enjoy a cup of Keurig brewed coffee or tea on the large private front patio, shower in the elegant, cozy bathroom, watch your beloved team or movie on the 55" Smart TV in the living room or the 32" Smart TV in the bedroom, use provided beach chairs and boogie boards to get lots of sand between your toes, BBQ on the natural gas grill or walk a block maybe two to a fantastic restaurant, watch the sunset, and read followed by sleep on a comfortable clean bed. Next day hit repeat with a few changes for variety.

Details, Details: Micro split A/C that cools entire cottage, DIRECTV Ultimate Package plus movie channels, Fully stocked kitchen with granite countertops, Samsung stainless steel appliances, 1 bedroom with a California King bed and 32" TV, 1 bedroom with 2 TwinXL beds (same sleeping space per person as a King), bathroom has custom tile and stone shower and granite top vanity with an ornate mirror above, private washer/dryer, high quality linens provided, starter set of soaps and paper goods included. Towels including beach, bath, hand and wash clothes plus kitchen towels provided. Large, private front patio with Weber natural gas BBQ, table with comfortable cushioned chairs (seats 4), storage chest that contains beach gear (4 beach chairs, umbrella, 2 boogie boards). Live plants accent the cottage inside and out. Come make some wonderful, happy memories at Starfish Cottage!

Please note a typical day at Starfish Cottage does NOT include Beer Pong or smoking. This is NOT a party place! Our home is smoke and drug free. We live a few houses away and these policies are strictly enforced.

Best suited for 1-4 guests including: families with older children (8+), couples, business travelers, girls get away, guys golf outing, visiting professors, and Hoag Hospital patients. Maximum of 4 guests at all times.

Out of respect to our neighbors, patio closes at 10pm.

There are two friendly, quiet professionals that are long term tenants in the back units of our home. You may never see or hear them but good to be aware they are on the property.

More Details

Holly Wetherholt
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Friends translate 4 us,foreign travelers welcome!
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018

About Holly Wetherholt

Our family has called 30th Street home for more than 20 years. We personally manage the property and live a few houses away. Close enough when you need us and far enough away for your privacy.

Holly Wetherholt purchased this house in 1996

Why Holly Wetherholt chose Balboa Peninsula

We chose this property because of the location, location, location! We like to be able to park our car and walk places. On 30th Street, everything you need is conveniently located within a short walk. Our family loves the beach and the bay. Whenever life gets too hectic, a little walk with a beautiful sunset puts everything into perspective.

What makes this house unique

Starfish cottage will always be special to us because both of our children were born while we lived here. 30th Street is a nice community with great neighbors. Our family enjoys being outdoors. Living on 30th, we never run out of things to do or places to go. We enjoy having public parking near by for family holidays and celebrations plus friends love to visit Newport Beach!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Holly,

We sure enjoyed Starfish Cottage. It was very homey and comfortable. Thank you for making us feel so welcome. It was a pleasure to meet you & Gracie!

We had a wonderful stay here in Newport and feel so blessed to have spent it with our family.
Dec 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Suitable for older, respectful children ages 8+. There is not a play area for children and our home is decorated with breakables and live plants.
  • Outdoor patio closes @ 10PM plus no loud music or yelling. No smoking entire property includes(cigarettes, E-Cigs, vaping, cigars,marijuana or drugs).
  • Outdoor furniture, including bikes to stay outside and indoor furniture to say indoors. Apply sunscreen outside and rinse/brush sand prior to entry.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • city centre ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Custom, elegant tile and stone shower with glass door.
  • Bathroom includes a beautiful tile and stone shower, granite top vanity with ornate mirror above, Toto toilet, and a storage cabinet. The following items are provided: White plush bath and hand towels plus wash clothes, hairdryer, Neutrogena facial cleaner wipes, first aid supplies, lotion, and starter toilet paper rolls (2-4rolls).
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , The bed is a California King, sleeps two.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 2 TwinXL beds,same amount of sleep space as a King, sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 has a Cal King bed, 32" Smart TV, large closet, upholstered seating bench, full length mirror, reading lamps, ceiling fan, luggage rack, smoke alarm and side entry door. Bedroom 2 has 2 TwinXL beds (same sleep space as a King), closet, 2 drawer dresser with mirror above, reading lamp, ceiling fan, smoke alarm and luggage rack. There are beds for 4 guests.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Starfish Cottage has everything you need to enjoy a fun-filled, relaxing beach vacation. If something you would like is not listed or you need more details, please inquire.


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Starfish Cottage-Charm/Comfort, New Remodel, Clean, 1 Blk To Beach,2 Blks To Bay
average rating of 4.983333 based on 63 reviews

Absolutely Perfect Cottage!!!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage went beyond our expectations. Photos can make a place look good even when it is rough in reality. Not the case here! Even cuter and better set up than we imagined. Kitchen has everything - with just a trip for fresh fish and veggies we were cooking on the BBQ on our first night. There was olive oil and basic spices to get us started so we didn't spend our time shopping. However, a sizeable grocery store is about 600' away. The beds are super comfy. Slept 4 people extremely well. Plenty of closet space. The bathroom is really nice - stones on your feet are like getting a massage. Owners have thought of everything- from beach towels to beach chairs and even lotion in the bathroom for your sun soaked skin. Neighborhood was very friendly and just a stone throw to the beach. It was perfect. We will be back! Owners are extremely helpful and friendly.

Karen from Sitka, Alaska

Serious VRBO User

  • Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Karen, Marti and you were an absolute delight! Our whole neighborhood would love to have you visit again. Actually, I believe everyone wants you to move to our neighborhood. Thanks for visiting and bringing your joy to 30th Street.
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Great Property! We Couldn't Ask for More!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Starfish Cottage. Holly has thought of everything, and you truly feel at home. This is by far the best rental property we have ever stayed in and we can't wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding Experience

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding location. Only a block away from the beach and great restaurants in walking distance. Really liked the owners as they made us feel at home.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay at the Starfish Cottage. The cottage was perfect for our family. All of the rooms are well appointed. The kitchen and grill allowed us to make this a home away from home. The beach supplies were great. Fabulous host always available with advise and to answer questions. Easy walk to the beach only two short blocks away. We are definitely planning on coming back.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our family had a wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage had everything you need and more. The location had everything you needed within walking distance. The owners where fantastic meeting every need possible. The cottage was clean and decorated beautifully. Thanks !!! Holly !!!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Raanana, Israel

Great beach house, had a lovely time in a lovely area close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

had such a wonderful time, so much thought in everything to make us feel comfortable.

We loved having beach chairs that we could take to the beach

Everything is so close by and the area is lovely.

We especially enjoyed eating at "zique". At the lido marine village, 5 minutes away,.

,lovely ambiance and , , everything nicely done.

Comfortable beds and very clean.

Thank you so much for the thoughtfulness in bringing more car magazines for my son,

Great hospitality , such a fun, bright and airy beach house.

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5.9 Miles
John Wayne (SNA)
Nearest Barpub
Too many to list
Nearest Ferry
1.9 Miles
Balboa Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Pelican Hill Golf Course or Costa Mesa Course
Nearest Train
10.4 Miles
Amtrak Sanata Ana Station
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Pacific Coast Highway (PCH)
Nearest Restaurant
Too many to list
Nearest Ski
54.4 Miles
Mountain High Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
30th Street Beach-1 Short Block
Car: not necessary

Located in the "sweet spot" of the Balboa Peninsula. Guests are able to walk everywhere (beach, bay, Newport Pier, Pavilions Grocery Store, 7-11, Starbucks, restaurants for every taste bud, shopping, activity rental shops). Short car ride with easy access to freeways for visits to Disneyland, Fashion Island, South Coast Plaza, San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, The Getty Center Museum, Legoland and many other Southern California attractions.

No need to rent a car! Plenty of Uber/Lyft drivers on standby in our area ready to take you to your destination.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £193.13
Refundable Damage Deposit £386.25

*Starfish Cottage is a year round weekly rental. Standard rate is $1295 per week plus tax and cleaning. Rates for Holidays, Spring Break and Summer plus shorter stays vary. Please note there are no taxes on stays over 30 days.

*All cancellations subject to $150.00 fee plus 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date and 50% refund is canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

*Refundable deposit will be returned within one week of departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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