Balboa Island – dredging and property

A look back to Balboa Island in 1928, from Jeff Delaney’s book Newport Beach:

Balboa Island - past dredging and property values

Bird's-Eye View of Balboa Island, c. 1928

In 1906, W. S. Collins commenced a dredging operation, partially completed by 1910, at which time a sucesion of subdivision map filings began. Prior to the dredging, the island was largely overflowed swamp land and mostly underwater at high tide. It was possible to row a boat over most of the area between the sand dunes.

Section of Balboa Island, c. 1928

Section of Balboa Island, c. 1928

By 1914, 700 of the island’s 1300 lots had sold–$350 for inside lots and from $600 to $750 for those on the waterfront. The boom burst though when promised improvements, paved streets, sewers, streetlights, and a grand hotel, were not forthcoming. Property values dropped, and many were bought for taxes. In 1918, one parcel of 12 lots sold for $300.

This information and pictures are from Jeff Delaney’s book Newport Beach. More on this area’s history is available by searching my “Local History” section of my blog.

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