Boating around Balboa

Today this spot is occupied by the Fun Zone, where boats of all kinds are still available for rent. Bay Island is visible in the distance. By the early 1920s, many houses dotted Balboa Island, but the hills beyond remained undeveloped. Visitors wait to board launches to East Newport or Rocky Point. From rowboats to …

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Early swimmers in Newport

Jeff Delaney has several pictures and details devoted to swimming postcards and pictures in his book, Newport Beach. Here’s just a few: Bathing beauty contests were part of day-long festivities arranged by the chamber of commerce and Madame LaRue Osgood to attract visitors to Balboa. Madame Osgood had to import girls for the annual beauty …

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Open House at 3336 Via Lido!

Open House Sunday, September 25th |  1pm to 4pm 3336 Via Lido | Newport Beach Offered at $7,950,000 With a private boat dock to accommodate a yacht of 110′-plus on the Newport Harbor, 3336 Via Lido is every yachtsman’s dream.  The furnished home itself caters to luxurious living, with two bedrooms, three and a half …

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A Predeveloped Balboa Peninsula

In 1923, a syndicate of Pasadena men purchased all of the land on the easterly extreme of the peninsula from Edna Ferguson, the widow of Joe Ferguson.  The property was then subdivided, a map filed in May 1923, and public improvements installed during the winter of 1923-1924, after which an intense selling campaign began. These …

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