The Balboa Peninsula, which is also known as the Newport Peninsula or by many simply as the “Peninsula”, is a three mile stretch of land that encompasses some of the most expensive homes in the world. “The Wedge”, a world famous body surfing spot, is located at the end of the Peninsula on the jetty.
The Peninsula has two piers, the Newport Pier and the Balboa Pier as well as the Fun Zone which is like a miniature Coney Island located right on the Bay. In addition, there is the boardwalk for strolling, biking or roller blading along the beach and another along the Bay.
At the Fun Zone, you can play in the arcade, ride the ferris wheel, see the Victorian style Balboa Pavilion which is over a century old, rent a boat and take a ride through the Bay, and then satisfy your sweet tooth with a Balboa Bar (an ice cream bar coated in chocolate and then dipped in your choice of peanuts or sprinkles). My favorite Balboa Bar has chocolate sprinkles on one side and chocolate sprinkles on the other.
If you are looking for shopping or restaurants, the Peninsula has many of each. Many areas of the Peninsula have very high walk scores, especially homes that are located near the piers or near the Fun Zone as there is a great deal of shopping and restaurants in these areas.
There are many types of homes on the Peninsula. There are single family homes along the oceanfront and along the bay, some of which have boat slips and docks. There are also numerous condos and duplexes, triplexes, etc. There are still a few cottages from many years ago though many of those homes have been torn down and replaced with larger newer homes.
Children who reside on the Balboa Peninsula typically attend Newport Elementary, Horace Ensign Intermediate School and Newport Harbor High School.
To see homes for sale on the Peninsula, please see the map below.
If you have questions about selling or buying a home on the Balboa Peninsula, please give Christine Donovan a call at 714-319-9751.