Balboa Island is a neighborhood in Newport Beach where cottages and castles stand side by side. A beautiful and casual community with small lots and well-maintained lawns private boat docks, a delightful ferry, and shopping district, Balboa Island is a friendly sanctuary to residents. While homes on Balboa Island are in the million dollar range, the laid-back nature of this neighborhood makes everyone feel welcome.
History of Newport Beach
In 1905 city development increased when Pacific Electric Railway established a southern terminus in Newport connecting the beach with downtown Los Angeles. In 1906 with a population of 206 citizens, the scattered settlements were incorporated as the City of Newport Beach.
Settlements filled in on the Peninsula, West Newport, Newport Island, Balboa Island and Lido Isle. In 1923 Corona del Mar was annexed and in 2002 Newport Coast, East Santa Ana Heights and San Joaquin Hills, were annexed. In 2008, after a long battle with the city of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach annexed West Santa Ana Heights.