California: Newport Beach/Balboa Island
Balboa Island Entertainment Magazine
Balboa Island is 1.7 miles in
circumference. Little Balboa is .79 miles in circumference. There are
approximately 1,440 homes on Balboa Island. Balboa’s shopping district
along Marine Avenue allows guests to browse through more than 70 gift
and clothing shops, galleries and restaurants.
History of Balboa Island
Once a sand pit, Balboa Island is a man-made island that was dredged and filled right before World War I began. Skeptics were initially unimpressed with developer plans to turn the newly formed land into a charming community mapped out with streets and houses, but many later regretted missing the chance to purchase parcels of land for a mere $250. Those same parcels today cost hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars.
Balboa Island, like Corona del Mar, manages to retain its own identity and character despite being an official part of the city of Newport Beach. Beach cottages and mansions line picturesque streets named after rare stones, such as Agate, Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire. Manicured lawns with colorful flowers, private boat docks, tiny sections of sand beach and stunning views of the Newport Bay await those exploring downtown Balboa Island.
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