Fabulous Ferryboat on San Francisco Bay(30 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-4 nights
- Property type:House Boat
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (sleeps 4)+ convertible bed
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.
As a final note, the Ferry is not available for birthday parties, cocktail parties, weddings, or other large gatherings.
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Member since: 2012
- House Boat
- 2600 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 4
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
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
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Audio Tape Player
- Books For Adults
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Deepsea Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Broadband Access
- Clothes Dryer
- Computer Available:
- Filtered Water
- Gas Fireplace:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Macintosh Computer
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils:
- Ice Maker
- Boat Dock
- Boat With Paddles
- Deck / Patio
- Inflatable Boat
- Kayak / Canoe
- Large Cooler
- Outdoor Grill
- Small Cooler
- Walkway To Water
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 30 - Sep 15
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
- Cleaning $150
- Tax Rate 10%
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:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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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.
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, CA, USA:
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.
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Yellow Ferry on a Fall Morning
View from the front deck.
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.
Master Bedroom with Original Paddlewheel
Master Bathroom looking to Walk-In Closet
Private Bath for the second bedroom
View across dining table toward fireplace
Fireplace Seating Area
Five minutes to the Golden Gate
The Ferry comes with two stand up paddle boards.
Harbor seals swim by every day
Floor to ceiling windows surround the huge living room.
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.
Master Bedroom with California King Size Bed
View from the bedroom to open water through the paddle wheel.
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
Large Gourmet Kitchen with five-burner Thermidor range.
Ferry Stack with Poseidon by the artist Jean Varda
Twilight view of Mt Tamalpais, with the Yellow Ferry on the left.
Kayaking in front of the Ferry. The Ferry has two kayaks available.
Passing Winter Storm
This listing was first published here in 2012.
Date last modified - Saturday, March 25, 2017
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