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Fabulous Ferryboat on San Francisco Bay

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (sleeps 4)+ convertible bed

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, or families, 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. It is absolutely critical that you read the rules and regulations that will be linked when you book. If you have trouble finding the rules and regulations, please confirm with me and I will send you the PDF separately.

As a final note, the Ferry is not available for birthday parties, cocktail parties, weddings, business retreats, or other large gatherings.

More Details

Owner
Chris Tellis
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
60%
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2017

About Chris Tellis

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.

Chris Tellis purchased this house boat in 1956

Why Chris Tellis chose San Francisco Bay Area

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

What makes this house boat unique

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.

Amenities

Sausalito House Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house boat
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • 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 two guests.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
For further information go to the owner website at http://yellowferry.com/

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Fabulous Ferryboat on San Francisco Bay
average rating of 4.888889 based on 36 reviews
5

A Magical, Mysterious Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Our vacations seldom surpass our expectations, however the Yellow Ferry was truly a one of kind experience, from the spacious, artfully decorated interiors to

the spectacular views of Sausalito and harbor life. Even though the Ferry provided a convenient hub for side trips, we found ourselves more than happy to nest in the comfortable atmosphere of the harbor. Our gracious hosts provided everything we needed and we look forward to another visit.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ahh shucks. You guys are too nice. It was wonderful to have you as guests on the Ferry, and we are delighted that you so appreciated life on the water. Chris and Izzi and Nate
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Fulton, MO
5

Unique Home

  • 5 of 5

The Yellow Ferry has spectacular views and is well-equipped to meet all of your needs! It is a short drive to Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, and San Francisco. Sausalito has a great selection of restaurants and a quaint downtown.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

It was a beautiful spot and the boat was fantastic.

  • 5 of 5

The property is definitely one of a kind and the owners are really friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cherry Hills Village
2

Unique Location, Interesting Home, Musty Smell

  • 2 of 5

This is a unique property for sure and we appreciate Chris and Izzie opening up their home to us. We saw sea lions sleeping nearby and enjoyed living on a boat. However, the unit was not clean by our standards and had a musty smell that had all of use feeling allergic to the home. If the unit were clean and didn't smell we would have had a great time.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Zachary, On behalf of the Tellis family I am writing to apologize for the "musty smell" you encountered during your stay on the Ferry. As it happened, during your stay we experienced an unprecedented plumbing malfunction which required considerable mobilization of deck hands and galley slaves. However the lingering effects of bleach, soaps and..er..tainted water. might have percolated up to your quarters. We are refunding 50% of your rental fee and hope you will return to the Yellow Ferry in its normal condition. Yours, Chris, Izzi, Nate and Greg
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5

Fantastic. Hard to believe it was JUST like the reviews say, but it was. We had a fantastic asta

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful space, well kept. What a great time!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coronado, California
5

Magical !

  • 5 of 5

The Yellow Ferry is exquisite. A piece of Sausalito History and feels as if you are staying and becoming a piece of art.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

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

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Rates & Availability

Sausalito House Boat Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
June Special
May 30 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$425
From
$450
Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,000
 
 
Summer
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
$525
$3,250
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$350
From
$450
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates are subject to change until confirmation is confirmed. An additional air mattress is available (a 4th bed, beyond the three double beds) but this will incur an additional charge of $25/night.
Rentals of two and three days are available if a booking gap leaves less than four open nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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