***NOTE: Regarding JULY 4th week and the week after...We normally rent Sat-Sat, but with July 4th falling on a Saturday (a very active day on the Neport Peninsula), we are open to renting June 27-July 4 OR 5 (7 or 8 nights) and July 3 OR 5-11 (6 or 8 nights) this summer of 2015***
CONGRATULATIONS! You have found a TRUE GEM amongst the many Newport Beach vacation rentals! Available year-round as a weekly/short-term vacation rental, and OWNER MANAGED, the NEWLY REMODELED "Sandcastle" is one of the nicest - and certainly cleanest and well maintained - rentals on the Newport Beach Peninsula! For the discriminating SMALLER family (maximum 7), we offer a great beach vacation experience in a lovely, warm and comfortable home on the Newport Peninsula. We love to travel ourselves, and have designed the "Sandcastle" around what we appreciate most when we travel!
With so many Real Estate Agency-Managed rentals on this site these days, we invite you to deal with us as Owners/Managers for the very best personal service only an Owner can provide! Read our reviews yourself...Read what other guests have to say about us!
Located just one house off the beach, both the INTERIOR and EXTERIOR of the "SANDCASTLE" were UPGRADED recently, to include new kitchen cabinetry & countertop, new bathroom cabinetry/countertops/fixtures, new master tile shower, a new leather sofa, new beds throughout, double pane windows and sliding doors, new cabinetry throughout the unit, two flat screen TVs, new carpet throughout, a new laundry room tile shower, and new artwork. On the OUTSIDE of the house, we've redone our stucco for a smooth look, adding architectural features including stone, korbels and shutters. It was wonderful before, and it's even more fabulous now!
The "Sandcastle" is a "home away from home", with very comfortable furniture and a well stocked kitchen, with HDTV (with Satellite TV/70 free premium movie channels) in the main room - and another flatscreen TV in the master bedroom...Plus there's a terrific large front patio with table, chairs, umbrella, gas BBQ, and a partial view of the beach, that extends the living room to the outside of this downstairs Duplex unit.
The "Sandcastle" is decorated in a "beachy" style, with upscale artwork and colorful accessories. Our goal is for you to be ready to enjoy your vacation from the minute you walk in the front door!
We cater to smaller families, MAXIMUM 7 GUESTS, looking for something "nicer than the rest", with 10 maximum (overnight and daytime guests combined) on the property at any time (Sorry, we don't accommodate large groups or gatherings). We can sleep seven in beds:
- Master Bedroom: California King bed, armoire with TV (with Satellite/free movie channels), large closet, and adjoining bathroom
- Bedroom #2: Queen bed and dresser
- Bedroom #3: both a Double and Twin bed and dresser
- A hall Bath accommodates Bedrooms #2 and #3
There's also a twin "sleep-chair" located in the main room. Pillows, comforters, mattress pads are furnished, and also bed linens and towels will now be included as well.
Located at Seashore Drive & 35th Street, we're one house off the boardwalk/sand beach - just 30 steps away - and you should know that in this area, the distance between the boardwalk and ocean is quite narrow (a real positive, it's real close), vs some other areas where the sand distance is 3x what it is by us. So that equates to you being very close to the surf at 35th Street, easy and quick to get from the house to the water.
Also you're a short 10 minute walk to the Newport Pier and a good choice of restaurants; close enough to the hustle and bustle of activity surrounding the Pier, yet enough away to enjoy a book peacefully on the patio.
You're a short drive or bike ride to the Newport Beach Fun Zone, whale watching tours, boat rentals, wonderful shopping, etc. Take a day's excursion to other great Southern California attractions such as Disneyland and the California Adventure Park, Universal Studios, Hollywood, San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Legoland, and more!
If you're into swimming, surfing, or body boarding, take no more than 30 steps from your front door onto the white sand beach down to the awesome surf that has consistently ranked Newport Beach as one of the top - and cleanest - beaches in Southern California. When you return to the house, rinse off under our outdoor sand shower.
Your hosts and proprietors Bill and Janice, live in the upstairs unit of the Duplex, and are about excellence in everything they do; They are honest people who "do what they say" and "say what they do"! Your vacation home will be ready and waiting for your arrival - impeccably clean with a welcome bottle of wine to start your vacation right! There's a book of "Things to Do" with sights and restaurants we recommend, and we can assist with suggestions to make your vacation truly memorable. Since it's our home too, the property - inside and out, upstairs and downstairs - is so very well maintained.
Just 10 minutes from SNA airport and 50 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), a vacation at the "Sandcastle," experiencing our hospitality and Newport Beach lifestyle, will have you returning year after year, like so many of our other guests!...Read more
Sandcastle: Impeccably Maintained/1 House off Sand Newport Beach, California
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We're located one house off the oceanfront/white sand beach (JUST 30 STEPS) and a short 10 minute stroll on the boardwalk to the Newport Pier. Enjoy the area and the beach without a car - or with a car, you're just a short drive to Disneyland, an hour from LA and 1.5 hours from San Diego, a perfect location! Fly into John Wayne/Orange County SNA airport (10 minutes away) or into LAX or LGB.
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Beach or lakeside relaxation, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Santa Ana / John Wayne / Orange County (SNA), 8 miles Car is not necessary
Last updated on March 01, 2015
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Left on 01/24/2015 for a stay in January 2015 | diane r
The Sandcastle became our 'home away from home'. The interior of our unit is THE definition of eclectic and we have never stayed anywhere where there was such an abundance of hangers(this is very important to two of us who always bring outfits for every possible experience!). Janice and Bill are warm and welcoming hosts and saw to it that we had music to greet us, information about the area and a sense of belonging. The location is perfect and the beach was our playground! Everyone should be as lucky as we were to have such an unforgettable vacation! Thanks, Janice and Bill, for the Sandcastle and its special place in our collective memories. Read more
Thanks so much for the sweet review! I like a lot of closet hangars too when I travel!!! We are all about trying to provide a warm, clean and inviting "home away from home"; we really strive to have you be so comfortable that it feels like home! Thanks for letting us know that we are "on track";-) We are thrilled that you enjoyed yourselves so much while you were here. Nothing like wonderful weather in January to make an off-season stay even better! We really do hope you'll be back for a future stay here at the "Sandcastle". With warm regards, Janice & Bill
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Just the right setting for a lovely time
Left on 05/01/2014 for a stay in April 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
The Sandcastle was just the right setting for our family gathering of 6 from around the country. Also good space for a dinner party for 9 of us. The kitchen was superbly equipped with ample dishes for our grilled artichoke, porterhouse steak and strawberry shortcake dinner, from preparation, to grilling to serving. Wonderful big sofa for collapsing after arduous days of beach walking.
There is a great variability in the 3 bedrooms, from huge master with en suite bath, to small bedroom with double bed. Sharing made this OK for us, but could be an issue. Closet space was good.
The location is excellent, within a stone's throw of the beach, but just far enough back from the board walk to avoid the constant stream of curious tourists walking by. (Oh, like we did). Patio brings the outside into your living quarters so you can enjoy the California weather.
Walking was fabulous on the concrete boardwalk. This was great for us as we had a baby carriage and a wheel chair ferrying the youngest and oldest generations on our walks. Several restaurants catering to breakfast, lunch, dinner, large groups and bars were all within easy walking. Sprouts grocery, a highly rated chain was also a short walk away.
All made the logistics of the trip almost effortless and comfortable. Would definitely stay here again
Left on 04/29/2014 for a stay in April 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
The Sandcastle is very clean, comfortable and some nice beach themed artwork on the walls. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishes,glasses and pans. Very central to the beach, boardwalk, pier, restaurants and grocery store. We walked to everything. Also, has a nice size patio for barbecuing which we enjoyed very much.
Was looking for a ground floor condo for our family reunion. My mother is 89 and cannot do stairs very well. This place was perfect for her. Everything on one floor made it very easy for her.
Had to have seafood during our coastal visit. Rockin Baja restaurant is right near the pier and they have a great seafood bucket for two. The Duffy boat rental was a highlight of our trip. We took an 1.5 hr. Duffy boat ride around the beautiful harbor. It was a wonderful reunion! The owners made sure we were comfortable, we didn't have to worry about anything while staying at the Sandcastle.
You will enjoy your stay here and we would highly recommend this condo for your vacation in Newport Beach, Ca.
No reason to go anywhere else! This house/vacation was perfect!
Left on 04/22/2014 for a stay in April 2014 | Beach Loving Family
From the minute we arrived, it was a wonderful experience. We opened the front door and there was music playing. Though we arrived after dark, the house lights were on, and it felt so welcoming and inviting. The interior of the house was very comfortable, leather couch, nice beds and coverings, art on the walls, nicely decorated, a bottle of wine to welcome us. Our family of five settled right in, especially after our long day of flying and getting to the beach. The house is very comfortable - and very clean. The next morning, we saw how truly great the location was, with the beach just one house away from the sand. We barbecued and enjoyed eating on the patio. And the recommendations the owners gave us for dinner out were excellent too. The owners were easy to deal with in making our reservation, they were available if we needed them to ask a few questions about the area, but we hardly saw them otherwise. It was just a short drive to Disneyland, and we took a day and went and explored Beverly Hills too. It was a perfect stay, a wonderful house - and we hope to return to Newport and definitely stay again at the "Sandcastle".
Left on 04/15/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | Linda Comstock
This was the best vacation experience of our time, we enjoyed so much the views, the owners, the proximity to everything at the beach, how beautifully appointed the interior of the house is, and just the completely wonderful overall experience. We would and will highly recommend this property to anyone who asks, and hope to visit again soon!! This is a property that works for everyone anytime. Read more
It was so nice to have you stay with us...and we'd welcome you to come back again to enjoy the house and the locale! We'll look forward to your next visit, no matter how soon...or even down the road! Best, Janice & Bill
The best house we've ever rented in Newport Beach!
Left on 07/27/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | BeachLover
We stayed in June at the "Sandcastle" - and loved it! The location of the house is great, just steps from the beautiful beach. The house is so nicely decorated that we could hardly believe how lucky we were to find this house, when we opened the front door. We've stayed in other rental homes in this area over the years, but none have been as nice.
Everything was so clean, everything worked well, there were lots of nice dishes and glasses and servingware in the kitchen, and the beds were really comfortable. We loved the front patio, where we'd BBQ almost every night. And the local restaurants that we could walk to, were great. They have a big book of suggestions of things to do, that has brochures and restaurant menus and maps of the area. We spent a lot of time at the beach this week, but were reminded of lots of other things we can do in the area - next time!
Bill and Janice made it all so easy, from our initial communication to answering our questions along the way to getting our security deposit back promptly after our stay. They let us know where we could rent bikes, and where to go to buy fresh fish. They were helpful anytime we had any questions. We liked the idea of them living upstairs, if we had any issues, but we didn't run into them hardly at all.
It was a really great family beach vacation. Our kids raved about it too - and they're already asking us if we can return next summer! Read more
Thanks so much for the thoughtful review. Reading your comments and getting that positive feedback makes what we do and try to provide at the "Sandcastle" all worth it from our end! We want you to ENJOY yourself from the moment you walk in, and we hope to provide everything you're looking to have in a beach vacation home. You have a really lovely family - and we hope to see you again here at the "Sandcastle"! Janice & Bill
Lovely Beach Retreat
Left on 05/28/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | Monica
My family and I really enjoyed staying at the Sandcastle in May. The house is very clean, well maintained, and well equipped (i.e. dishes, silverware, cleaning supplies, beach umbrella, etc.). The owners have left several helpful signs and a great book of local information that was especially important for the less tech-savvy among our all-adult crew.
It's just one house off the beach in a lovely neighborhood. Bring your bikes, skateboards, or roller blades! That's the best way to get around this part of Newport. The restaurants and shopping in the area are fun and the beach itself is beautiful. There are always surfers to watch and one day we saw a pod of playing dolphins pass by. The beach isn't too crowded, even on weekends. The owners are friendly and helpful.
The only problem was parking. With six adults, we needed a minivan, but the parking spot in back was too small for any of us to maneuver the monster into (maybe a more experience driver could manage). A regular car would fit with no trouble. Instead we had to find street parking for our Caravan, which was very difficult on the weekends. Sometimes we had to park at a meter overnight and go out early to move the vehicle. Weekdays were much easier, but if you bring a big vehicle expect to trek to and from your on-street parking spot. Upside is that the trek is always pleasant and can be worked into coffee shop runs, grocery store errands, walks along the beach, and restaurant trips.
I have only great things to say about the house and neighborhood. The only downside was the parking, but don't let that dissuade you. This place really is a peach! Read more
Monica, sorry for our delay in responding. We are so glad you all enjoyed your stay in May here at the "Sandcastle", and thanks for the positive remarks regarding the house and the neighborhood, and the great beach here. Yes, parking is tight around here at the beach, especially on weekends, and we always suggest that if you can travel here with, or rent, a mid-size car, it's easier in this area. Thanks for keeping a sense of humor about it, and finding pleasant walks and views to take from the car to the house:-) We hope you'll be back! Janice & Bill
Great place to stay that is steps from the beach.
Left on 01/13/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | Beach Travelers
My entire family was thrilled with our stay at the Sandcastle. I am very picky when traveler who scours the reviews of any hotel or vacation rental that I stay in. All I can say is the Sandcastle certainly met all of my expectations.
Janice and Bill, the owners, clearly have an eye for detail. The condition and cleanliness of the property far exceeds any hotel you will every stay in, which as a germaphobe, I completely appreciate. You can tell Janice and Bill take the maintenance and upkeep of the property seriously. The house is nicely decorated with comfortable,newer furnishings instead of the hand-me-down furniture you find in some rentals. The kitchen is fully equipped with anything you could need to prepare a meal, but truthfully we were on vacation so the last thing I wanted to do was cook. Plus, the Newport Beach area has so many great places to dine. If you choose to dine out like we did, Janice has put together a phenomenal resource book that provides recommendations of places to dine as well as things to do. This book seriously rivals any assistance you could receive from a hotel concierge.
The location of the house is also ideal. Though the house is not right on the beach, you are just steps away from the sand and the Newport Beach boardwalk making it really easy to get your morning run or walk in. Plus, not being right on the boardwald provides you with a little more privacy.
We also used the linen service that was recommended. The linens were waiting for us when we arrived and the pick up when we departed was super easy.
Overall, we had a great stay and I would not hesistate to stay at the Sandcastle again. Read more
Response from Janice Shallin & Bill Vickers (wife & husband) - 01/13/2013
So glad you enjoyed your stay at the "Sandcastle" and thanks for appreciating all the little things we do to try to make your stay even a little more special. There are a ton of great ideas in that Big Book, aren't there?! We hope you'll think of us the next time you want to escape the Midwest cold:-) It was a pleasure having you stay with us; Do come visit us again!
Like your own castle on the beach !
Left on 12/13/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | Donna C
Date of Stay: May 2012
We are very particular in our selections in vacation homes. This one is perfect. We took our daughter and granddaughter with us and everything worked out as we had hoped it would. Cooking was easy, anything you might need was there and we just relaxed. The atmosphere was so nice. Very clean and well maintained. Beautifully decorated which made relaxing all the better. This is absolutely the most enjoyable home to stay in and enjoy the beach. You are steps from the beach. Most cities it would be equal to 1/2 block from the beach. Reserve this location if you want to be free from worry and please take care of it so my family can come back and enjoy it again. The owners were very easy to work with and were very helpful. Thank you for a marvelous time.
Great location, spacious and perfect for families!
Left on 12/04/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Our family has stayed at the "Sandcastle" three years in a row. Only one house from the beach, just grab your towel and go! Three spacious bedrooms is perfect for large families. There is also a comfortable living and dining area which are great for family time. The outdoor patio allows for great people watching while you are grilling. The kitchen is stocked with everything you could need. The owners are so helpful and provide the perfect setting for your stay. I highly recommend "Sandcastle" to everyone looking to stay in Newport Beach.
Left on 11/12/2012 for a stay in November 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We opened the front door and seasonal music selections greeted us as we entered. My wife and family exclaimed their disbelief that we were staying somewhere "this nice". This was our first visit to Newport Beach and the Sandcastle will be a fond memory, but there's a more subtle point to what the owners have done for those staying here. It feels like your private beach house and you've been coming here for years! The house just envelops you like a super-think terry robe and then it brings you a toasty hot chocolate - that's how we all felt.
We stayed at the maximum occupancy of 7 and every space in the house is designed to be uncrowded; Leather living room sectional and love seat; Big square dining room; Nice dividing door for the entire sleeping area.
Linens were provide by third party service, arrangements were blissfully easy.
Best restaurant we visited? --- The grill on the front porch!
With "The Meat House", "Bear Flag Fish Market" and "Growers Direct" close at hand, you can eat like a king and save your bones for wetsuit, surf / boogie board rental and lessons at Tk's Froghouse. Pavilions can supply you the base staples, and you need not "go" anywhere to get anything.
This time of year (Nov) the Sun sets directly through the beach access at the west end of 35th Street. Dropping slowly over the Northern section of Catalina Island, the set was perfectly beaming right onto the front porch. This was our dinner chime; everybody would catch one last glowing wave and we'd see their back-lit silhouettes walking out of the golden wash.
Bill & Janice are fantastic and the home is Top Tier! They maintain a wonderful "Things to do" 3 inch binder with completely up to date Periodical / Brochure / News / Map / Pamphlet data for all the notable locale and it's heavily footnoted. This was a great read!!!
If you're planning Newport Beach as a destination, then you must consider the Sandcastle as a premier location from which you can anchor your trip.
Perfect stay in Newport Beach! Great location, Beautiful house!
Left on 11/11/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We had such a delightful stay at the Sandcastle in September. The house is beautiful, and the Owners, Janice and Bill, seemed to have thought of just about everything, including a bottle of wine upon our arrival, a nice touch. The house is so comfortable, a leather sectional sofa in the living room where we could all relax (and watch those free movie channels), nice beds, the kitchen complete, a new BBQ, a washer and dryer. Loved their big book of things to do in the area! The location is wonderful, just one house from the sand - and we had fantastic weather, enjoying the front patio for dinner or biking to local restaurants. We hope to return again next year! I wouldn't consider any other place to stay on the Peninsula, now that we've found the perfect house!
Left on 11/08/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We have rented "The Sandcastle" three times and have booked again for 2013. The house is immaculate and beautifully decorated. The owners have anticipated everything you might need during your stay; the kitchen is incredibly well equipped. The furnishings are of the highest quality, and the location can't be beat. So close to the beach, and a quick walk to the supermarket. Great restaurants and some bike rental places are also a short walk away. We didn't move our car once during the week!
We have rented other places on the Balboa Peninsula - the "Sandcastle"
definitely tops them all.
Sandcastle: Impeccably Maintained/1 House off Sand
Damage Deposit $700 per stay
Tax rate 10% of rent tax rate
Cleaning & Linen Rental fee $250 per stay
Rates above are guidelines. Please EMAIL US with # of guests (# ADULTS/ # CHILDREN) for a firm quote
Please note our MAXIMUM is SEVEN total overnight guests, TEN total on the property at any time
* HIGH SEASON: JUNE - mid SEPTEMBER 2014: $2800-$3800/week (7 GUESTS MAXIMUM)
- Saturday check-in: 2:30pm - Saturday check-out: 10am
* OFF SEASON: $2000 (January/February) - $2625/week (7 GUESTS MAXIMUM)
- Or ask about a nightly rate, MINIMUM 3 NIGHT STAY DURING OFF-SEASON
- Check out our personal website (www.Sandcastle4U.com) for more information and links to additional Reviews
* Add $250 Cleaning & Linens Fee to all rates + a $700 fully refundable security deposit
* Additionally, there is a 10% Newport Beach City short term lodging Tax (same as if you were staying in a hotel), not included in price
* To confirm your dates, a signed Rental Contract and 1/2 monies due are required, with the balance due 30 days prior to your arrival
* At least two adults must be minimum age 25, to rent our vacation home
** AVAILABLE WEEKLY/SHORT TERM THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE YEAR.
** NO SMOKING inside please
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