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Quirky HOUSEBOAT in Queens hits the market for $250,000 – complete with VERY eclectic decor and stunning views

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  • The floating one-bedroom abode is currently docked at a marina close to Rockaway Beach in Queens 
  • Photos of the unique structure reveal its eclectic interiors, with fishing rods to surfboards on display
  • The property listing explains that the boat ‘has some age [but] the hull is in good shape and it’s dry below’ 

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For property hunters with limited cash to splash, a quirky houseboat in New York has hit the market for just $250,000. 

The floating one-bedroom abode – which is also on Airbnb at a rate of $149 per night – is currently docked at a marina close to Rockaway Beach in Queens and around an hour’s drive to Manhattan.

Photos of the unique structure reveal its eclectic interiors, with everything from fishing rods to surfboards attached to the ceilings, and a hoard of other maritime-themed objects can be seen on display. 

The property listing on ZeroDown explains that although the boat – called the James Franco – dates from 1968 and ‘has some age… the hull is in good shape and it’s dry down below.’

For property hunters with limited cash to splash, a quirky houseboat in New York has hit the market for just $250,000

The floating one-bedroom abode - which is also on Airbnb at a rate of $149 per night - is currently docked at a marina close to Rockaway Beach in Queens and around an hour's drive to Manhattan

The floating one-bedroom abode – which is also on Airbnb at a rate of $149 per night – is currently docked at a marina close to Rockaway Beach in Queens and around an hour’s drive to Manhattan

Photos of the unique structure reveal its eclectic interiors, with everything from fishing rods to surfboards attached to the ceilings, and a hoard of other maritime-themed objects can be seen on display

Photos of the unique structure reveal its eclectic interiors, with everything from fishing rods to surfboards attached to the ceilings, and a hoard of other maritime-themed objects can be seen on display

The property listing on ZeroDown explains that although the boat - called the James Franco - dates from 1968 and 'has some age... the hull is in good shape and it's dry down below'

The property listing on ZeroDown explains that although the boat – called the James Franco – dates from 1968 and ‘has some age… the hull is in good shape and it’s dry down below’

Moving up a deck, there is a bedroom with French doors which open out on to a huge roof deck 'that is perfect for entertaining or to simply soak up the view and gorgeous sunsets'

Moving up a deck, there is a bedroom with French doors which open out on to a huge roof deck ‘that is perfect for entertaining or to simply soak up the view and gorgeous sunsets’

On the lower level the boat serves up a full kitchen, a cozy living room, and a separate sitting room with space for an office. 

Moving up a deck, there is a bedroom with French doors which open out on to a huge roof deck ‘that is perfect for entertaining or to simply soak up the view and gorgeous sunsets.’

The listing states that the boat would make for a great ‘summer beach pad.’

Alternatively, it could be seen as an investment ‘for a very profitable Airbnb rental.’

The property currently has a 4.68 rating out of 5 on Airbnb.

One traveler who stayed there in July wrote: ‘We had a lovely time on the houseboat! 

‘It was very charming, sun soaked, and comfortable to spend time on. It’s a short walk / drive to a great surf spot as well.’

Another fan added: ‘The James Franco is absolutely magical! 

In terms of location, the listing states that the boat is docked at Marina 59, which is 'open all year round with a few year-round residents'

In terms of location, the listing states that the boat is docked at Marina 59, which is ‘open all year round with a few year-round residents’

There is currently a wait list for the slip, but the new owner can takeover the rental agreement after purchasing the boat

There is currently a wait list for the slip, but the new owner can takeover the rental agreement after purchasing the boat

When it comes to local attractions, the boat is two blocks away from a train station and it is 'close to surf breaks, shops and restaurants'

When it comes to local attractions, the boat is two blocks away from a train station and it is ‘close to surf breaks, shops and restaurants’

The property currently has a 4.68 rating out of 5 on Airbnb.

The property currently has a 4.68 rating out of 5 on Airbnb.

‘I feel so lucky to have experienced the funky décor and vibes of the boat, peaceful environment of the marina and the convenience to the train and the beach – both within a few blocks! 

‘It’s very well priced for such a unique space and perfect for those who are up for an adventure and want to explore New York in a new way.’ 

In terms of location, the sale listing states that the boat is docked at Marina 59, which is ‘open all year round with a few year-round residents.’ 

There is currently a wait list for the slip, but the new owner can takeover the rental agreement after purchasing the boat. 

Although the boat does not move, it can be towed to other marinas. 

When it comes to local attractions, the boat is two blocks away from a train station and it is ‘close to surf breaks, shops and restaurants.’

Meanwhile, the bay the boat bobs on makes for a top boating and fishing spot.  

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