We love a stunning transformation here at Space Optimized. And you’ll never believe how a rusty ferry has been turned into an eclectic dwelling!
On hunt for a home with a rich history and a quirky personality to match? The most fabulous Ellis Island ferry houseboat in the world is now up for grabs for a cool 1.25 million. Suffice it to say, this NYC houseboat is the last of its kind.
Space Optimized: From a Defender Boat to a Grand Home
The USS Machigonne served as a defender vessel during World War I. The historic water vessel used to transport livestock, supplies, and military troops.
After the war, the USS Machigonne served as a tour boat until it was returned to service for World War II. In 1983, the USS Machigonne was no longer utilized for commercial use. It was later sold to artists Richard and Victoria MacKenzie-Childs.
After acquiring the historic vessel, the MacKenzie-Childs did bits of sprucing up. And by sprucing up, the couple did top-to-bottom makeover on the USS Machigonne. Every square inch of space was optimized to create a homey living space!
The historic ferry couldn’t have found better stewards in Richard and Victoria. The couple runs a home decor business! The result is nothing short of extraordinary.
The couple turned the four-level vessel into a quirky 11-bedroom residential oasis. The water-borne dwelling boasts a low-level ballroom that can host 150 guests.
Embellished with whimsical decors, the 5,000 square foot floating home looks nothing like its former self.
However, the restorations blend into the most distinct characteristic of the USS Machigonne. This was done with respect to the ferry’s 100-year history:
The passenger deck is now an ornate dining area with a gorgeous view. The helm has transformed into a fabulous office space.
The wheelhouse features two bedrooms complete with ceiling artworks! Strategically installed decorative mirrors helped open up the space.
The main level features a full bath and two bath stalls on the passenger deck. A full kitchen area offers plenty of cooking and storage space for a big family.
And surprise, the sea-bound home comes with a beautiful vegetable garden! The garden comes with its own irrigation system.
According to Victoria, she was able to grow and harvest corn on the free-moving residence. The couple also raised their own chicken aboard the USS Machigonne.
The unique houseboat can be used as an event venue, restaurant, or clubhouse.
If you have $1.25 million lying around somewhere, this bombastic boat is docked at the Henry Street Pier in Red Hook. It’s ready for a tour.