Travels with Tucker

Travels with Tucker

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Balboa Island (part of Newport Beach)

We spent an afternoon bumming around Newport Beach and visited Balboa Island.  This tiny speck of land lies within Newport Bay and is a mostly artificial island created in 1906 when the Red Line trolleys began running from downtown Los Angeles to Newport Beach.  Subdivided into tiny lots which sold for $250 at the time, the island today is as densely populated as Manhattan--3,000 people live on 128 acres of land, 10,000 in the summer!  You can take a short bridge to the island, but the cool way to get there is by the ferry that runs back and forth and can carry three cars and a bunch of people and bikes.  Apparently, frozen bananas are the thing here (the banana stand on Arrested Development was located on Balboa).  It is a great place to walk around and gawk at the cute homes and tropical landscaping.  Tear-down lots of 25 X 60 here go for $2 million.

Balboa Island Ferry
After a 5 minute ride, we approach the dock

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