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Fabulous Ferryboat on San Francisco Bay

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Last updated: 08/12/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Sausalito house boat description

For the first time, one of the world's most spectacular homes is now available as a vacation rental. This is the American equivalent of renting a castle in Spain or an ancient stone villa in Tuscany. Yet with the luxury and conveniences of a five star hotel.

The SS City of Seattle (Yellow Ferry) was originally launched in 1888. She is the oldest surviving ferryboat on the West Coast. The Ferry combines luxury and convenience in a spectacular and memorable setting. Surrounded by open water, she is simply the best houseboat in the best berth. Suitable for couples, families or special events, the Yellow Ferry offers the vacation experience of a lifetime.


The master suite on the Yellow Ferry is over 2,600 square feet, plus an 800 sq ft, Deck. One enters the Ferry into an open great room that is over 1,200 square ft, but divided into separate areas for dining and lounging. Surrounded by floor to ceiling windows looking out to the bay, the main room is both spacious and intimate. The original deck consists of three-inch thick, virgin Douglas Fir, inlaid with Teak. You will quickly find there is a timeless and soothing quality to being surrounded by 120 year old wooden timbers and beams.

The carpeted master bedroom features a new, California King bed. Floor to ceiling windows provide expansive views through the original paddle wheel to the Bay. Large walk-in closets add to the feeling of luxury. The private bathroom also has bay views and marble counters.

Down below, the second bedroom and bath have windows located right above waterline, where seals and waterfowl can swim up and eyeball you.

The kitchen has just been remodeled with a new Thermidor five-burner range and a double electric oven. The set up is perfect for gourmet meals or reheating your leftovers from one of the many excellent local restaurants. The kitchen is abundantly stocked with all the necessary pots, pans, utensils and appliances. There is a full table setting for 12 and uncharacteristically for a rental, all the knives have been freshly sharpened.

The Ferry is conveniently located between the natural beauty of the northern coast and the cosmopolitan charms of San Francisco. You can attend almost any event in the City and be home at the Ferry before you would find a parking place in San Francisco. A small library adjacent to the kitchen is stocked with books and tip and local attractions,

There are an infinite variety of diversions to be found within a 30 minute drive of the boat. But often the best thing to do is simply sit by the bay with a good book, occasionally looking up to see the harbor seals or migrating waterfowl.

The Ferry is owned by the same couple who own the harbor. We live next door and can be there to assist with any of your questions.

Please be aware that when then you stay on a houseboat, you are a guest in a close knit community of fellow houseboaters. These home owners have chosen to live on the water because of a shared love of nature and a considerate community. It is essential that you respect the community rights to peace and privacy and conduct your residency the same way you would expect from a next-door neighbor.

For further information go to http://yellowferry.com/

Property Type

  • House Boat
  • 2600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Wheelchair Accessible:

                The house is not perfect but for the most part it is handicapped friendly. There is a ramp going up the gangway, all the main rooms are on the same level and there are no steps except for the threshold. There are bars next the tub to hang onto when getting in and out....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
              • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
              • Children Welcome

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

              • Bedroom 1: 1 king

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              • Bedroom 2: 1 double

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              • The walk in closet adjacent to the master bed is vast and could easily be fitted with a child's bed. In a corner of the Living room there is a pull out bed that can be screened off to accommodate another two guests....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

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              • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

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              Other Amenities

                  • For further information go to the owner website at http://yellowferry.com/...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books
                  • Books For Adults
                  • Television
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Stereo
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Radio
                  • Audio Tape Player

                  Theme

                      • Historic

                      Attractions

                      • Arboretum
                      • Botanical Garden
                      • Churches
                      • Cinemas
                      • Library
                      • Live Theater
                      • Marina
                      • Museums
                      • Playground
                      • Recreation Center
                      • Restaurants
                      • Synagogues
                      • Winery Tours
                      • Zoo
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Bay/Sound
                      • Forests

                      Leisure Activities

                      • Beachcombing
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Outlet Shopping
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking
                      • Whale Watching
                      • Shopping
                      • Wildlife Viewing

                      local services and businesses

                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Babysitter
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Groceries
                      • Hospital
                      • Laundromat
                      • Medical Services

                      Location Type

                      • Mountain View
                      • Water View:

                        End berth with an open view of the Bay...moreless

                      • Waterfront:

                        Before renting a houseboat, check the berth carefully The Yellow Ferry has an end berthe with open views of the bay in all directions. This is the experience that defines houseboating....moreless

                      • Waterfront

                      sports and adventure activities

                      • Basketball Court
                      • Kayaking
                      • Parasailing
                      • Racquetball
                      • Cycling
                      • Deepsea Fishing
                      • Fishing
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Pier Fishing
                      • Roller Blading
                      • Sailing
                      • Sound/Bay Fishing
                      • Surf Fishing
                      • Surfing
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis
                      • Water Skiing
                      • Wind-Surfing

                      catering options

                          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                          Dining

                          • Dining Area
                          • Seating for 10 people

                          forms of payment

                              • Accept Credit Card

                              General

                              • Telescope
                              • Iron & Board
                              • Mobile Phone
                              • Macintosh Computer
                              • Backpack
                              • Alarm Clock
                              • Filtered Water
                              • Hair Dryer
                              • Laundry Soap
                              • Local Maps
                              • Paper Towels
                              • Local Restaurant Guide
                              • Shampoo
                              • Basic Soaps
                              • Toilet Paper
                              • Washing Machine
                              • Clothes Dryer
                              • Telephone
                              • Linens Provided
                              • Heating
                              • Fireplace
                              • Sofa Bed
                              • Internet
                              • Towels Provided
                              • Broadband Access
                              • Wireless Internet:

                                Hi speed...moreless

                              • Computer Available:

                                If needed we could provide a spare computer....moreless

                              • Parking Off Street
                              • Gas Fireplace:

                                The master fire place was custom built in 1959. A second fireplace adjoins the breakfast nook....moreless

                              house cleaning

                                  • Housekeeper Optional

                                  Kitchen

                                  • Blender
                                  • Coffee Grinder
                                  • Pantry Items
                                  • Stove
                                  • Kitchen
                                  • Ice Maker
                                  • Cooking Utensils:

                                    The Kitchen is fully stocked with all the pots, pans and gadgets to satisfy any serious cook....moreless

                                  • 4 Ring Stove
                                  • Coffee Maker
                                  • Toaster
                                  • Freezer
                                  • Oven
                                  • Dishwasher
                                  • Refrigerator
                                  • Microwave

                                  Outside

                                  • Balcony
                                  • Sailboat
                                  • Kayak / Canoe
                                  • Boat
                                  • Deck / Patio
                                  • Boat Dock
                                  • Walkway To Water
                                  • Binoculars
                                  • Boat With Paddles
                                  • Large Cooler
                                  • Small Cooler
                                  • Inflatable Boat
                                  • Outdoor Grill

                                  Payment Type

                                  • Amex
                                  • Visa
                                  • Mastercard
                                  • Discover
                                  • Dinersclub
                                  • Eurocard
                                  • Jcb
                                   

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                                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                                  Summer
                                  May 30 - Sep 15
                                  4 night min stay
                                  $525
                                  $3,250
                                  Thansgiving
                                  Nov 25 - Dec 1, 2014
                                  4 night min stay
                                  $485 $485
                                  Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                                  $2,750
                                  Christmas
                                  Dec 20 - Jan 4
                                  4 night min stay
                                  $550
                                  $3,500
                                  My Standard Rate
                                  2 night min stay
                                  $350 $450
                                  Fri, Sat, Sun
                                  $2,500

                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                  Fees:

                                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                                  • Cleaning $150
                                  • Tax Rate 10%

                                  Notes:

                                  Rates are subject to change until confirmation is confirmed


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                                  Location

                                  20 Miles
                                  Nearest Airport
                                  San Francisco Airport
                                  2 Miles
                                  Nearest Ferry
                                  The you are on, or Sausalito to San Francisco
                                  200 Metres
                                  Nearest Motorway
                                  Hwy 101
                                  5 Miles
                                  Nearest Beach
                                  Rodeo (Fort Cronkite)
                                  0.5 Miles
                                  Nearest Barpub
                                  Buckeye
                                  160 Miles
                                  Nearest Ski
                                  Sugar Bowl
                                  3 Metres
                                  Nearest Golf
                                  Mill Valley Golf Course
                                  100 Metres
                                  Nearest Restaurant
                                  Bayside Cafe

                                  Car: Recommended

                                  The prime berths for floating homes, are those at the end of the docks with a view to open water. With the end berth, in a small, exclusive marina, the Yellow Ferry has the best location in San Francisco Bay. Surrounded by open water on all sides, you can fully experience houseboat living at its finest. If you are interested in water sports, the ferry is fully stocked with kayaks, stand up paddle boards, sailboat, surfboards, boogie boards and fins.

                                  Sausalito itself, is unquestionably the ideal location in the Bay Area. With a perfect, Mediterranean climate, Sausalito will be sunny and warm when San Francisco is covered in fog.

                                  Sausalito is also at the epicenter of a range of activities that can accommodate any taste, from fine dining to high octane sports. Sausalito is often described as the best neighborhood in San Francisco as you are closer to the museums and theater and restaurants than most residences in the city. You are five minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and fifteen minutes from the Fine Arts Museums. Yet you are also just ten minutes from the beaches, Muir Woods and the National Parks along the coast. Further afield you are 30 minutes from the Wine Country and three hours from Lake Tahoe.

                                  You can surf in the morning and eat in a three star restaurant for lunch. Spend the evening at the ballet, the opera or hear some of the best live music in the country.

                                  Or best of all, just relax in the peace and quiet of the ferryboat.

                                   

                                  Owner info

                                  Year Purchased: 1956

                                  About the owner: The Tellis family adopted the City of Seattle in 1956, when we discovered her beached and abandoned along the Oakland estuary. We brought her back to Sausalito, fixed her up, and in various configurations we have been living here for the past 55 years. The boat is now owned and maintained by Chris Tellis and Isabella Kirkland who live at the other end the boat. Both of us have careers in the arts and environment. We love living on the water and are delighted to be able to share this magical setting with others from around the world.

                                  Why the Owner Chose Sausalito:
                                  I have lived on the Sausalito waterfront since 1953. There is no place like Sausalito and southern Marin Couty. Even after seven years on the East Coast and two years in London and various other watering holes, I could not imagine living anywhere else. The Bay Area provides the perfect synthesis of intellectual stimulation and sybaritic diversion. I love New York, Europe and Asia, but in the end I would always want to come back to the water here in Sausalito, Chris Tellis

                                  The Unique Benefits at this House Boat:
                                  Living on an majestic ship, surrounded by history and beautiful wood, watching the sailboats, the harbor seals, the pelicans and migrating birds, there is nothing like this anywhere else. With the quiet of the Ferry, you feel you are miles away, yet just out the window is a water wonderland and a short drive away is one of the world's great cities. It is astonishing that a place can feel so removed yet be so close to a cultural epicenter.


                                  Contact us

                                  Speaks: french, english

                                  Links to more information:

                                   

                                  Photos

                                  • Yellow Ferry on a Fall Morning

                                    Yellow Ferry on a Fall Morning

                                  • View from the front deck.

                                    View from the front deck.

                                  • Maiden Voyage of the SS City of Seattle. The first ferryboat on Puget Sound

                                    Maiden Voyage of the SS City of Seattle. The first ferryboat on Puget Sound

                                  • The Ferry has been featured in dozens of books on houseboats and lifestlyle.

                                    The Ferry has been featured in dozens of books on houseboats and lifestlyle.

                                  • Master Bedroom with Original Paddlewheel

                                    Master Bedroom with Original Paddlewheel

                                  • Master Bathroom looking to Walk-In Closet

                                    Master Bathroom looking to Walk-In Closet

                                  • Private Bath for the second bedroom

                                    Private Bath for the second bedroom

                                  • View across dining  table toward fireplace

                                    View across dining table toward fireplace

                                  • Fireplace Seating Area

                                    Fireplace Seating Area

                                  • Five minutes to the Golden Gate

                                    Five minutes to the Golden Gate

                                  • The Ferry comes with two stand up paddle boards.

                                    The Ferry comes with two stand up paddle boards.

                                  • Harbor seals swim by every day

                                    Harbor seals swim by every day

                                  • Floor to ceiling windows surround the huge living room.

                                    Floor to ceiling windows surround the huge living room.

                                  • Location on San Francisco Bay. Open water views are key to houseboat living.

                                    Location on San Francisco Bay. Open water views are key to houseboat living.

                                  • In 1923, the City of Seattle came to San Francisco to be the first auto link.

                                    In 1923, the City of Seattle came to San Francisco to be the first auto link.

                                  • Master Bedroom with California King Size Bed

                                    Master Bedroom with California King Size Bed

                                  • View from the bedroom to open water through the paddle wheel.

                                    View from the bedroom to open water through the paddle wheel.

                                  • Second Bedroom is down below and has windows looking right across the waterline

                                    Second Bedroom is down below and has windows looking right across the waterline

                                  • Living room looking toward the front deck. Floor is 120 year old fir & teak

                                    Living room looking toward the front deck. Floor is 120 year old fir & teak

                                  • Large Gourmet Kitchen with five-burner Thermidor range.

                                    Large Gourmet Kitchen with five-burner Thermidor range.

                                  • Ferry Stack with Poseidon by the artist Jean Varda

                                    Ferry Stack with Poseidon by the artist Jean Varda

                                  • Twilight view of Mt Tamalpais, with the Yellow Ferry on the left.

                                    Twilight view of Mt Tamalpais, with the Yellow Ferry on the left.

                                  • Kayaking in front of the Ferry. The Ferry has two kayaks available.

                                    Kayaking in front of the Ferry. The Ferry has two kayaks available.

                                  • Passing Winter Storm

                                    Passing Winter Storm

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                                  Date last modified - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

                                  $350 - $550 per night (USD)
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                                  Sleeps 6

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