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

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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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Image credit: Franklin Ruttan – Unique Property Specialists
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Image credit: Franklin Ruttan – Unique Property Specialists

Written by Georgie Mihaila

With a decade-long career as a digital content creator, Georgie started out as a real estate journalist for Multi-Housing News & CPExecutive. She later transitioned into digital marketing, working with leading real estate websites like PropertyShark, RENTCafé and Point2Homes. After a brief but impactful stint in the start-up world, where she led the marketing divisions of fintech company NestReady and media publisher Goalcast, Georgie returned to her first passion, real estate, and founded FancyPantsHomes.com

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