The sign was given to the former owner and dear friend, Peggy M. The full story is displayed on the memory wall inside.Duck House Floor Plan
Balboa Island Cottage 2 Bdm/2 Bath - Duck House
Hosted by Craig
Craig is the host.Craig is a superhost.
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
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Vintage 1937 beach cottage on Balboa Island - Duck House. Welcome to my beach home, not a typical beach rental house. Experience Balboa Island, in this 2 bedroom/2 bath fully furnished home. Whether a couple, two couples, a small family or any other collection of up to 4 humanoids, I would love to host you at Duck House. Duck House has all the modern conveniences along with its original cottage charm. It is furnished to be lived in. If you have any questions, contact me.

The space

Inside Duck House, each bedroom has its own full bathroom. The kitchen is fully stocked with most everything one would want/need in their kitchen. There is an interior patio and the front porch for your outside relaxing. Personally, I am very content to sit at the dining table working away while gazing out the large picture window. Many homes have dutch doors and the top half is open from sunrise until bed time.
Parking is on the street. Street sweeping on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Information will be provided regarding local restaurants, rental opportunities, sights, and more (hopefully some discounts as well). Duck House Balboa site is available for additional details, if you combine those three above words and add the period and com at the end, your browser will take you there.

Guest access

Private patio off the kitchen, front patio to watch all the neighbors, fully stocked kitchen to meet all your cooking desires, and more. This is my home (when nobody is staying in it) so it is all there - if it isn't there, let me know and perhaps it can be - sorry no hot tub. This is not a rental property. This is my home that I am inviting you to visit and stay and relax on Balboa time.

Interaction with guests

Pearl Avenue is a tight knit community of home owners and renters. Whether your interaction is with me or with another designated host (neighbor), you will be treated as a local. Unless I am traveling for business, I will be your host and you determine the amount of contact. When I am not living in the Duck House (probably because you are staying there), I live just down the street. I will need to come by to water plants and put the garbage cans out for pickup.

Other things to note

Kitchen is stocked with the following:
Keurig and pods
Popcorn popper and popcorn (Orville's)
Brita Water filter (stored/filled in refrigerator)
Waffle maker
Crock pot
plus all the other pots/pans/etc. that you would need. An assortment of spices, etc. are also waiting for you.

Business travel
This listing has essential business travel amenities.

Wireless Internet
Cable TV
Indoor fireplace

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with smart lock

- Please disclose all guests, including children, and their ages. The City of Newport Beach permit is issued for 4 overnight guests maximum.
- Children 6 years and older are generally welcome ( check with me)
- Island quiet time begins at 10:00 PM
- Parking is on the street, I will share parking secrets with you. This end of the island is quieter regarding traffic and parking.
- Check-in begins 3:00 PM (there may be flexibility)
- Check-out at 11:00 AM (there may be flexibility)

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No parking on property


25 Reviews

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Anne User Profile
October 2017
The Duck House was perfect for our family of four. Craig is an excellent host. He checked in with us, although we didn't need anything because everything we needed was there already. Great mattresses, house is cozy, comfortable and charming. Easy walk to dining, coffee and the Ferry. Beautiful, quiet neighborhood. Can't wait to come back.

Patti User Profile
October 2017
Our stay was delightful! It was immaculate and the beds were so comfortable. A very lovely home. There are many restaurants to choose from within walking distance or you can hop on the ferry just around the corner for more amenities.

Sarah User Profile
October 2017
Craig is the best host. Duck House is cozy, comfortable, and perfectly located. We had everything we needed and more. My kids and I loved walking around the island and taking the ferry to the beach. We had a wonderful stay!

Pam User Profile
September 2017
You feel like Duck Inn is your home away from home in this wonderful quiet community. The neighbors chat a bit and strolling around the Island's exterior walkway each morning is very pleasurable. Greeting others with a good morning and having them respond like we are old friends made us feel at home. If you want more "touristy" atmosphere, take the ferry to ferris wheel, pizza and cotton candy. Duck Inn is perfect for making meals or eating out. So lovely, I almost hate to share the secret.

Tracy User Profile
September 2017
The Duck House was adorable! We loved our little house with the dutch door and tons of charm! We were walking distance to the water, a fabulous restaurant and all that Balboa has to offer. We can't wait to come back!

Amanda User Profile
September 2017
Our experience at the Duck House was perfection. The house was charming, clean, and well equipped. The location was amazing. And Craig was very professional, quick to respond, sent thorough information, access instructions, and directions. Craig was very accommodating. And extra bonus, he was really fun to chat with. Perfect experience.

Teresa User Profile
September 2017
We enjoyed our stay!

Newport Beach, California, United StatesJoined in April 2017
Craig User ProfileCraig is a superhost.
Born and raised (2nd generation) in Los Angeles. Spent every summer on Balboa Island from age 3 to 18. I work in technology. Currently I am an instructor for Splunk (software), teaching customers how to use Splunk. When I am not working or fixing up Duck House, I am a volunteer c…
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