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Balboa Island & Balboa are transformed into magical holiday landscape each holiday season. This year celebrates the 108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights & Ring Of Lights celebrations. With over 100 years of history, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is viewed by over a million people each year. Newport Bay comes alive with decorations for the boat parade and Ring Of Lights celebrations. Homes, yachts, docks whole landscapes are transformed into a magical holiday experience. Newport Beach begins its holiday decorations after Thanksgiving and by the first of December the harbor is richly illuminated with millions of lights and hundreds of themed estates. This year the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade takes place from Wednesday December 14th – Sunday December 18th.

Newport Landing provides 3 cruises each night of the parade and all of December to view the amazing light displays. Cruises during the parade travel in the parade and view both ships and estates in full décor. Cruises during the holiday lights cruises view all of the amazing light displays associated with the Ring Of Lights and Boat Parade celebrations cruising along miles of bay front estates and holiday landscapes. Also view many of the competing decorated ships that are in the parade. All of the cruises are onboard fully decorated ships.

Enjoy Balboa Island Boat Parade & Holiday Lights Cruise Specials For 2016 With Newport Landing

Get Your $20 Holiday Lights or Boat Parade Cruise

  • December 2nd, 2016 – January 1st, 2017
  • Location: Newport Landing
  • Address: 309 Palm St STE A, Newport Beach, CA 92661
  • Cruise Times: 5:30 pm, 7:00 pm, & 8:30 pm
  • Admission: $32 – $36
    • Only $20 for Holiday Light Cruises with promo code “20BalboaLights
    • Only $32 for Christmas Boat Parade Cruises with promo code “32BalboaLights
  • Phone: 949-675-0551

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So what is nextdoor? It’s a private social network for your neighborhood! Anyone in the neighborhood can share news, concerns, items for sale, events, lost and found, etc. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors and communicate easily with them. When selling things or looking for a place to rent, I always use this site. You can also use it via their apps.

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What happened in September on Balboa Island?

There were 4 new listings on Balboa Island for rent… 5 new listings for sale. 4 homes on Balboa Island had price reductions. 1 home accepted an offer and is soliciting backup offers. 4 homes that are in escrow had their buyers remove contingencies and are scheduled to close. 2 homes on Balboa Island sold this month and 2 listings were cancelled or expired. Search All Balboa Island Real Estate

New Listings for Rent on Balboa Island

New Listings for Sale on Balboa Island

Balboa Island Price Changes

Balboa Island Homes accepting Backup Offers

Balboa Island Properties About to Close (Buyer Removed Contingencies)

Balboa Island Homes that Sold

  • 121 Garnet – Sold for 2.9m or 50k less than asking in 30 days
  • 202 Diamond – Sold for 3.040m or 110k less than asking in 103 days

Balboa Island Properties Expired, Cancelled and Withdrawn

  • 112 Onyx – Expired after 176 days on market at 3.9m
  • 220 Onyx – Cancelled after 139 days on market at 3.7m

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Homes Currently For Sale or Lease on Balboa Island

  1. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,748 sqft
    Year built: 1948
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 139
  2. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,296 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,550 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 35
  3. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,688 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,250 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 77
  4. 5 beds, 2 full, 1 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 2,541 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,550 sqft
    Year built: 1945
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 37
  5. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 920 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,564 sqft
    Year built: 1948
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 139
  6. 6 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,342 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,485 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 48
  7. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,415 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,550 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 50
  8. 4 beds, 1 full, 2 three-quarter, 2 half baths
    Home size: 2,095 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,825 sqft
    Year built: 1937
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 128
  9. 3 beds, 3 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 1,832 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,178 sqft
    Year built: 2013
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 13
  10. 6 beds, 2 full, 2 three-quarter, 2 half baths
    Home size: 3,293 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,363 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 91
  11. 4 beds, 2 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 1,620 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,550 sqft
    Year built: 1934
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 139
  12. 4 beds, 1 full, 1 three-quarter, 2 half baths
    Home size: 2,134 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,958 sqft
    Year built: 1937
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 45
  13. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,700 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,614 sqft
    Year built: 1955
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 36
  14. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,698 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,550 sqft
    Year built: 1937
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 58
  15. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,344 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,614 sqft
    Year built: 1936
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 106
  16. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,344 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,614 sqft
    Year built: 1936
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 106

See all 92662 zip code - Balboa Island Homes and Real Estate.
(all data current as of 10/26/2016)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

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Treats, Home Values, History and much much more…. A must watch. This was from Friday July 9th. ABC 7 interviewed several people and businesses around the island and Balboa Fun Zone. Due to the breaking news, much of the footage did not air and many islanders missed it. They were kind enough to send us all the footage so we could piece together a video for those interested in the coverage.

Since the February approval of a $6.3 million dollar contract to replace the 86 year old bridge on Park Avenue, construction workers have been at work daily.  Monday, June 13th will be the first day the temporary bridge on Balboa Ave will open. Who will be the first car to cross at 10AM? Can we get a unique local car to hold the first position? This is history in the making people!

For those of you out of the loop, the temporary bridge connects Balboa Island to Little Balboa Island. It will only be there during the replacement phase of the Park Avenue bridge. Once the new Park Avenue bridge is replaced, it is intended for it to improve access for cars and pedestrians. It will have wider sidewalks as well as street lanes. The new bridge should be completed in early 2017. Until then grand canal residents will have plenty too watch and hopefully not too much noise.

Temporary Balboa Island Bridge

The annual “Giant Blue Whale Migration” brings hundreds of blue whales each spring & summer to the waters off Newport Beach.  Over 300 blue whales were viewed last summer 2015. Giant blue whales were once considered quite rare off southern California, but over the last seven years this has changed dramatically with hundreds of giant blue whales spotted each year. These giants of the sea reach lengths of up to 90 feet and are the largest of all animals. Along with viewing these giants view the second largest whale in the world, the finback whale which which is often seen feeding in the same areas as the blue whales. Others whale s encountered include humpback whales and minke whales. Along with whales, giant pods of common and bottlenose dolphin are also very likely with pods numbering in the hundreds to over one thousand frequently viewed. These dolphin pods come within arms reach as they play along side the whale watching ship.

Just outside of Newport Bay is the beginning of one of the largest marine protected areas in southern California created to protect this rich ecosystem for future generations. The marine sanctuary covers over 15 miles and provides a haven for all marine creatures including whales and dolphin. The marine reserve stretches along much of the Newport & Laguna Beach coastline and along with being a mecca for whale watching also offers some of the most beautiful coastline in Southern California..

Join Newport Landing’s whale watching cruises offered daily and view the largest creature on earth. Located on the Balboa Peninsula just across from Balboa Island.

Event Address
Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm Street Suite A
Newport Beach, CA 92661

Admission: $36; Special** $16 Cruise Rate with Promo Code “balboa16”
Public Information Phone:
(949) 675-0551
Daily Departure Times:  10 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm, 6 pm

Bear Flag is my favorite Seafood destination in Newport Beach. You’ll find me here every single friday indulging in Ahi Poke with chips. I’m that guy that finds something they love and doesn’t try anything else. Sometimes that’s good, but not always. They have an amazing menu. I just tried the poke burrito and added my a mixture of soy and sriracha… oh my, it was amazing. See you Friday for a repeat.

Bear Flag Locations

Newport Beach

Newport Coast

Love Balboa Island? Love Running? Me too! Let’s start out at the Ferry Crossing on Agate at 9AM on Saturday March 26th. If you like to stretch pre-run, you can do that as we cross the harbor to the fun zone. From there we will run to the Wedge… and then a bit farther just for fun. Let’s jump the rocks all the way to the end of Jetty where you can bark back at Sea Lions. It will be about 4 miles round trip. You can do it, we’ll do it together! Hope you join us! Call or text Steve Roose at 949-375-4430 with any questions.  Say you’re going on Facebook!