The Oldest Ellis Island Ferry Makes One Hell of a Party Home

If you’re on the lookout for a unique NYC home (and great entertainment space ranks high on your wishlist), check out this charming ferry-turned-houseboat.

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After serving two world wars, taking newly arrived immigrants from Ellis Island to Manhattan, and touring people to see the sights (among other adventures), the 109-year-old MacKenzie-Childs Yankee Ferry is looking to retire as an adorable houseboat.

But retirement might not be all that peaceful and relaxing. The 4,000-square foot vessel can sleep up to 24 people, comes with tons of space for people to hang out and enjoy views of the city, and is so beautifully decorated that the boat’s new owners would be foolish not to have people over all the time.

Now docked in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the ferry has 5 bedrooms, 1 full bath and one half bath, with separate crew quarters. And it’s on the market for $1.25 million.

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A Character Home with Great Entertainment Potential

Uniquely decorated by current owners Richard and Victoria MacKenzie-Childs, the founders of MacKenzie-Childs — ceramics manufacturer and hand-painted imported furniture retailer — the houseboat itself is a conversation starter.

With eclectic elements like striped poles, dock ropes, and a behind-the-steering-wheel bed, the 137-foot historic vessel is filled with art and character.

And there’s enough space for all of your friends to enjoy: the former passengers area was turned into a large dining room, the upper deck offers great views of the city, and there’s even a stage with a piano.

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Image credit: Franklin Ruttan – Unique Property Specialists
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Written by Georgiana Mihaila

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