Balboa Island - Market Stats
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Balboa Isle is an area of Newport Beach, California, actually comprising three modified or artificial islands in Newport Harbor: Balboa Isle (33°36′23″N 117°53′40″W), the largest; the smaller Little Balboa Isle (33°36′23″N 117°53′16″W) to the east of Balboa Isle, joined by a two-lane bridge; and the smallest Collins Isle (33°36′31″N 117°54′1″W) to the northwest of Balboa Isle, joined by a one-lane bridge. The Balboa Isle community is joined to the mainland by a short two-lane bridge on the northeast of Balboa Isle, and a privately operated fleet of three, three-car ferryboats (Balboa Isle Ferry) which provide access across the harbor to the Balboa Peninsula which lies to the south.
Originally, Balboa Island was little more than a mudflat surrounded by swampland. Today’s Newport Harbor emerged only after dredging millions of tons of silt. In the late 1860s, James McFadden and his brother, Robert, purchased a large portion of the future site of Newport, including the oceanfront of Newport Beach, much of Balboa Peninsula, and the sandbars that were to become Balboa Island and Newport Harbor’s other islands. They immediately began subdividing and selling their property.
They established a successful fishing wharf on the Balboa Peninsula and established the townsite of Newport Beach. In the late 1860s, the bay was used as a landing to load hides, tallow, hay and other goods for export. In September 1870, Captain Samuel S. Dunnells’ steamer Vaquero ventured into the bay to offload a cargo of lumber and shingles. Captain Dunnells soon established “Newport Landing” by constructing a small wharf and warehouse near the west end of the present Coast Highway/Newport Bay Bridge.