New York City’s real estate market is known for its sky-high prices and unattainable dreams, but there’s a new player in town that’s turning the tide — and quite literally, to boot.
Meet the James Franco, a one-of-a-kind houseboat that’s making waves with its quirky charm and budget-friendly price tag.
For those who’ve been yearning for a piece of the Big Apple but have limited cash to splash, this floating one-bedroom abode is a comparative steal at just $250,000.
But that’s not all. You can even cash in on its unique allure by listing it on Airbnb for $149 per night.
Currently anchored at a marina close to the sandy shores of Rockaway Beach in Queens, the James Franco is just an hour’s drive away from Manhattan.
It’s the best of both worlds: the tranquility of waterfront living with the convenience of city life within reach.
Step aboard this vessel, and you’ll be greeted by an eclectic interior that’s nothing short of nautical nirvana.
Fishing rods and surfboards dangle from the ceilings, and maritime-themed treasures abound. It’s a treasure trove for those with a love for all things aquatic.
Built in 1968, the James Franco may show its age a bit, but fear not! The hull is in tip-top shape, and the interior is as dry as the desert, the listing notes.
Plus, this houseboat has all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.
One of its standout features is the spacious lower level, which boasts a full kitchen, a cozy living room and a separate sitting room perfect for setting up your home office.
Move up to the deck, and you’ll find a charming bedroom with French doors that open onto a sprawling roof deck, where you can soak up the sun or host gatherings with sunset views as your backdrop.
The home also offers a brand new pellet stove to keep you toasty in the winter months.
And when you’re ready to venture out, you’ll find yourself centrally located in Rockaway Beach, just two blocks from the train — and close to surf breaks, shops and eateries.
The bay at your doorstep provides endless opportunities for boating and fishing adventures, the listing notes.
The boat is docked at Marina 59, open year-round with a few year-round residents to match. While there’s currently a waitlist for the slip, the lucky new owner can take over the rental agreement upon purchase.
And if you ever want a change of scenery, you can tow this houseboat to other local marinas.
Airbnb guests have previously praised their stay at the boat house.
One traveler raved about their “lovely time on the houseboat,” praising its charm and comfort. Another delighted guest called it “absolutely magical,” highlighting its funky décor and unbeatable location.
While another houseboat is situated next to the James Franco, only motor boats make up the rest of this marina.
However, house boat communities have risen in popularity in the last decade.
These communities have been pegged as a cheaper alternative to living on the water and a way to bond with others who share the same vision.
In Seattle, the house boat community is alive and well, with many now costing upwards of $3 million.
Naruetai Tongsomboon with Re/Max Elite holds the listing.