The last surviving Ellis Island Ferry has been renovated into a stunning houseboat and can be yours for $1.25 million. The vessel, which was built in 1907, has four levels and measures 147 feet long. It is about 10,000 square feet, including deck and storage space, although the actual living space is approximately 5,000-square-feet. Real estate broker Michael Franklin of Franklin Ruttan told TODAY Home that the boat can fit hundreds of people. “You could have a huge party on the top deck or passenger deck or both,” he said.
The boat has a covered outdoor dining area at the rear of the boat as well as outdoor covered seating.
The transformed ferry features seven bedroom areas, including the wheel house which is configured as two bedrooms. Because many of the bedrooms has multiple beds, the boat can sleep about 20 people.
On the main level is a full bath, while the passenger deck has two public-style bath stalls.
An eat-in kitchen area includes a stove, sink, and substantial counter space and cabinets.
The Yankee Ferry served as an Ellis Island Ferry in the 1920s and was also used as a troop carrier in both WWI and WWII.
The vessel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was acquired by Artists Victoria and Richard MacKenzie Childs in 2003.
According to their website, the ferry “served to awaken, infuse, and inspire the MacKenzie-Childsʼ new Emprise collection with a milieu of modern and historical perspectives that resound with visionary adaptations.”
For more information on the Yankee Ferry, visit mackenziechildsyankeeferry.com.