$418 / night
Total guests, Nights

NOV&DEC SPECIALS! 1 HOUSE/30 STEPS to SAND, Owner Managed, Impeccably Maintained – Home 3458346 House

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 7 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

NOV&DEC SPECIALS! 1 HOUSE/30 STEPS to SAND, Owner Managed, Impeccably Maintained – Home 3458346

  • House
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 7
  •  min stay varies

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 mi
  • Child Friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner


CONGRATULATIONS! You have found a TRUE GEM amongst the many Newport Beach vacation rentals! Available year-round as a weekly/short-term vacation rental, our vacation home is OWNER MANAGED and IMPECCABLY MAINTAINED, and just 30 steps to the sand. It's been REMODELED/CONTINUALLY UPGRADED, and is one of the nicest - and certainly cleanest and well maintained - rentals in the area! For the discriminating SMALLER family of SEVEN (7) or less, we offer a great beach vacation experience in a lovely, warm and comfortable home on the Newport Beach Peninsula.

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 many reviews, what other guests have to say about us.

Located one house off the beach, and on a corner location, both the INTERIOR and EXTERIOR of the "SANDCASTLE" were completely UPGRADED include new kitchen cabinetry & countertop, new bathroom cabinetry/countertops/fixtures, new tile shower in Master bath, new beds throughout, double pane windows and sliding doors (and blinds), mirror sliding closet doors, new cabinetry throughout the unit, a new washer/dryer solely for your use, a flat screen TV 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/75 free premium movie channels) in the main room - and another flatscreen TV in the master bedroom...Plus there's a large front patio with a terrific brand-new table and chairs, with an umbrella and a gas barbecue, and a partial view of the beach - which extends the living room to the outside of this downstairs Duplex unit.

The 'Sandcastle' is decorated in a 'beachy' style, with very nice artwork and colorful accessories. You can be ready to start vacationing from the minute you walk in the front door.

We cater to smaller families, maximum SEVEN overnight guests (adults and children combined), looking for something "nicer than the rest". We don't accommodate large groups or gatherings, as we have a maximum of TEN (overnight and daytime guests combined) on the property at any of the ways we are able to keep the 'Sandcastle' in the lovely condition it's in! We do sleep 7 in beds:

- Master Bedroom: California King bed, armoire with TV (with satellite/premium 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

- and we do have a pull out twin sleeper chair/bed in the main room (let us know if you will need it)

Pillows, comforters, mattress pads are furnished, and now bed linens and towels also will be included in our standard Cleaning and Linens Fee.

Enjoy a ground floor location and don't be concerned about who's staying upstairs...because it's just the two of us (Don't worry though, we stay out of your way; You'll hardly know we're around...unless you need us for something!) Since it's our house as well, we keep it looking it's best - all the time!

SORRY, but we have a strict NO PETS policy. Not inside the house, nor on the front patio either. Nor do we allow Cannabis, neither inside nor anywhere on the property.

Located on the corner of Seashore Drive & 35th Street, we're one house off the boardwalk/sand/beach, and you should know that in this area, the distance between boardwalk and ocean is quite narrow (a real positive, very close), vs some other areas where the sand 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. You're also not too far for a day's excursion to other great Southern California attractions such as Disneyland and the California Adventure Park, Knotts Berry Farm, 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 beaches in Southern California. And if you have little ones, the shore is gently sloped, so they can easily get their feet wet and play in the shallow water without being overcome with the waves. When you return to the house, rinse off under our outdoor tile sand shower - or in our new Laundry room shower.

IMPORTANT: We do require your signing our Rental Contract, and we will ask you for some personal information (Address & Contact Phone numbers) once you book, so we may provide you with a PERSONALIZED RENTAL CONTRACT, along with 2 Drivers Licenses (for identification purposes). Because TA/FK will not release your personal information until you make your balance payment, it may be that we cannot get this personalized version to you until then. However, there is a Blank Sample Rental Contract posted - attached to our website - that you must agree to in concept when you book our property online, and agree to later forward the personalized version and 2 DL's to us prior to your arrival.


- We suggest you email us first through this site ("Contact Owner") before you put in an automated "Reservation Request" - for starters, and let us know # adults / # children - and ask any questions you may have. That gives us both a chance to make sure that our "Sandcastle" is a good fit for you, and you for us. Please note that we have a strict maximum of 7 OVERNIGHT GUESTS - and 10 on the property at any time (incl overnight guests, adults and children combined).


- Just send an email first to us though this site ("contact owner") and include # adults/# children, and we can respond and confirm your quote. Often, we offer a discount for a FULL WEEK'S STAY (which usually should be reflected when you put in your weeklong dates) so we want to be sure you get our best price.

- ONCE YOU SEND AN "OFFICIAL" RESERVATION REQUEST and/or AUTO-BOOK with a CC through TA/FK, we will need to continue to manage your request/reservation through their system, we aren't able to make any changes, and you'll be charged their service fee.

- For years we had only accepted checks for payment (or cash) to secure your dates, however we realize these days, many guests like the convenience of a CC - and getting their miles or points - so we can accommodate you that way if you prefer.

- So if possible to KEEP YOUR COSTS DOWN, do email us first (through their site ("contact owner") to confirm pricing.

- But whatever works for you, we can accommodate you!

We are honest and communicative Owners, and we maintain high standards in everything we do! As your hosts and proprietors Bill and Janice, we live in the upstairs unit of the Duplex, and we're about excellence in everything we 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 are happy to assist with suggestions to make your vacation truly memorable. Since it is our home too, the property - inside and out, upstairs and downstairs - is so very well maintained. If you are interested in knowing more about us and our "Sandcastle", just do a web search for Sandcastle4U (that's Sandcastle + the number 4 + the letter U) in Newport Beach - and up we'll come!

Just 15 minutes from Santa Ana/Orange City 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!

++ Additionally there's the 10%NB bed tax, and $285 post stay cleaning/linens/towels charge.

HINT: If a more relaxed and quiet vacation is what you are looking for...a well kept secret is that September and October are fabulous, due to the great weather, lessened number of tourists and shoulder-season reduced rates!

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King bed
    Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 3: Full bed Twin bed
  • 1 Full bath, 1 Attached (ensuite)


  • Wireless Internet
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Sea view
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Safe
  • Staffed property
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

Southern California is a sprawling place - and our public transportation is not so great. Either rent a car, if you are planning on doing a lot of sight seeing. Or if you are planning on having a low-key beach vacation, you really won't need one. You can rent bikes to get around here on the Peninsula - or just walk. Or cab or Uber around. Nearby, we have a major supermarket, movie theatre, casual to 5-star restaurants, everything you could need to chill and enjoy, without a car. So whatever your needs, you can plan accordingly!

Interaction with guest

We are happy to assist in any planning you are doing; We have lots of ideas - and since we live in the area, we have lots of recommendations! Or if you prefer to wait til you arrive, we have a LARGE BOOK of Things to Do, Restaurants we like, etc, in the house for you. We are honest people and clear communicators - so whatever Qs you have along the way, just ask! We may be around during your stay, but you would hardly know it...unless you need something of course. Either way, we are quick to respond to your Qs and needs:-)


Check in time: 15:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $700.00
Yes, smoking allowed


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

- We have a maximum of 7 overnight guests and a maximum of 10 on the property at any time (overnight and daytime, adults and children combined)
- No parties or large gatherings
- At least 2 adults must be minimum age 25
- Must provide information to complete PERSONALIZED RENTAL AGREEMENT, sign and return w/2 Drivers Licenses for ID
- SMOKING is allowed OUTSIDE ONLY (No Cannabis)
- Must abide by the City of NB laws
- NO PETS, not even on the patio
- XMAS WEEK & NEW YEARS WEEK are 2 separate wks


About the owner

Janice S.
Calendar last updated:
31 Mar 2020
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English





30 reviews

Very Good


Reviewed 26 May 2019

Jane was fabulous during our rental process and throughout our visit. She communicated promptly and was very helpful with tips.

Response from the owner Glad you all enjoyed yourselves! It was so nice meeting you, and we hope to see you again! Regards, Janice & Bill @ the "Sandcastle"

“The Sandcastle in Newport Beach, California”

Reviewed 20 May 2018

My Wife and I spent part of our Honeymoon in California 42 years ago. We wanted to go back and enjoy it again. We really researched it, a lot, and found what was to be a wonderful, beautiful home in… More

Response from the owner It was a pleasure to have you for a stay at our "Sandcastle"! THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to write such a thorough review! It's so helpful for future guests to get a true picture of what they can expect when they choose our lovely vacation home for their visit to Newport Beach! We ;loved having you and hope you will be back SOON! All the best, Janice & Bill

“Quintessential Southern California beach vacation home!!”

Reviewed 6 Apr 2018

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our 4 day stay in 'the Sandcastle' and would love to return in the future for a longer vacation. We were completely charmed by the area and nearby amenities. … More

Response from the owner It was was a real pleasure to meet you Mary, and have your family for a stay! So happy you found us:-) Thanks for leaving our home in the immaculate condition you did. We do sincerely hope you will be back for a future visit! All the best, Janice & Bill @ the "Sandcastle"

“Great place close to the beach”

Reviewed 8 Nov 2016

The house was the perfect location for us to spend a long weekend on the beach with our daughters and their significant others. The house was very clean, well appointed and the perfect size for 6 adul… More

Response from the owner We so enjoyed having you for a stay at our "Sandcastle". We try hard to think of everything you might need to insure a great vacation, in the house and outside. Glad to hear you had a great stay - and we hope to see you again - soon! All the best, Janice & Bill

“Perfect hosts”

Reviewed 22 Aug 2016

Sandcastle exceeded our expectations in all respects. Janice and Bill were friendly, helpful and great sources of local knowledge. The apartment was extremely well equipped and had a great location ju… More

Response from the owner Jim, so enjoyed meeting you - and so glad you enjoyed your stay here in Newport! Thanks for the compliments - and we hope you'll be our guests again when you return to Southern Cal for a visit! All the best, Janice & Bill

“Ocean sounds help you fall asleep”

Reviewed 16 Aug 2016

Only steps from the beach, close to everything you could want or need and relaxing ocean sounds to put you to sleep. It doesn't get better than this!! Newly remodeled with everything you could … More

Response from the owner Jen, so nice to have you and your family for a stay - and we definitely would love to have you return! Thanks for the lovely review and the details you shared:-) We love falling asleep to the sounds of the surf as well! We are big travelers ourselves and very particular, so we try to think of everything you might need to make your stay comfortable and wanting to come back! Hope to have you back! Best, Janice & Bill

“Great location and was very clean and comfortable!”

Reviewed 20 Jul 2016

I would defiantly stay here again! Very clean and comfortable! Just like the pictures show but better! The beach is just steps away! You can feel the ocean breeze and hear the waves with the windows o… More

Response from the owner Quite the change from Colorado:-) We're happy to be your beach vacation choice - and we hope you'll be back! Thanks for choosing our "Sandcastle"! Regards, Janice & Bill

“Just like the pictures”

Reviewed 8 May 2016

This property is well maintained, clean, wonderfully located, with a view that is tough to beat. The property owners were very nice and helpful with any questions we had. Overall it was the nicest h… More

Response from the owner Thank you for the kind words, Brad. We try hard to have the "Sandcastle" be really comfortable, and filled with everything you need for a great vacation. And of course, we love the location too! We hope yo'll be back for a future stay! Best, Janice & Bill

“Perfect, absolutely perfect!!!”

Reviewed 12 Feb 2016

The Sandcastle is perfect in every way. First off, Bill and Janice made everything easy from start to finish. (We were a group of 5 women on a girls trip.) Bill and Janice were helpful with any que… More

Response from the owner Sorry to be late in responding to your fabulous review of the "Sandcastle"! We so appreciate all the nice things you said about the house, the area, the local restaurants and things to do - and us! We love it here too - for so many of the reasons you pointed out! And thank you really, for taking the time to write such a thorough and thoughtful review. It was a pleasure to have you as our guests - and we hope to see you again before too long! All the best, Janice & Bill @ the "Sandcastle"

“Amazing beach rental - best family vacation EVER!”

Reviewed 10 Feb 2016

When planning our January 2016 family vacation to Newport Beach, I was looking for a nice place on the Peninsula that would accommodate my group (husband, 2 and 4 year olds, and nanny). We lived in … More

Response from the owner We are so happy that you found us - given your knowledge of the area, and the many vacation homes from which you could have chosen! We are thrilled that you loved the house (and location:-), and that we exceeded your expectations! Thank you so much for sharing about your stay. You and your family were a pleasure to work with, and we hope to see you again! All the best, Janice & Bill

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If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to send the owner a message.

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Send Janice (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

How do I contact Janice (the owner)?

Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to view Janice the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online and send Janice (the owner) a booking request. You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then

Or send Janice (the owner) an inquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

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You can also request a quote from Janice (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my vacation?

Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Janice (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your booking.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

Why can't I call Janice (the owner) before booking?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage your booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

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You can pay the remaining balance of your booking at any point. Simply go to Manage your booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage your booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I withdraw my booking request?

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How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I make changes to my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your booking page. To change your dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Janice (the owner) a message.

If Janice (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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