An Illustrious History
Built in the late 1800s, the Steam Schooner Maggie was a working ship for many years, frequently sailing between the San Francisco Bay and Ft. Bragg, carrying light cargo loads. The ship retired from her working days in the 1930s and was essentially abandoned until the 1990s.
In 1990, renovations started on the boat, but it wasn’t until 2009 that the S.S. Maggie was transformed into the luxurious residence seen today, complete with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and 2,105 square feet of beautiful living space.
The latest renovation of 2009 saw the addition of features like a gourmet kitchen and spa bathroom while hardwood replaced the wall-to-wall carpet installed in the 1990s and drywall was stripped from the walls to reveal the original beams indicative of the ship’s heart 1800s construction.
An Entertainer’s High-End Living Room and Kitchen
As you walk into the boat’s primary living area, you’ll find a space where history and modernized living come together. The living area features polished wood beam flooring and white beams run across the ceilings while mahogany outlines the expansive windows framing views of the Sausalito waterfront, where the S.S. Maggie has made a significant impression over the years. An original porthole remains in the living room, and sconce lighting replicates the oil lamp lights that would have likely been found on the vessel in its early days.
The living room’s primary picture window affords not only water views, but also mountain peaks in the distance, and glass doors guide you to one of many outdoor spaces, while one of the boat’s three fireplaces becomes a focal point emanating warmth.
A wide doorway creates the impression of an open-concept layout and seamlessly leads to the gourmet kitchen
The kitchen, while it is galley-style, feels large and inviting thanks to it’s large size, double window that’s perched over the sink, and a modern aesthetic. The kitchen is appointed with only the most high-end in appliances including a chef’s stove and cottage cabinetry with a subway tile backsplash add designer style. Sleek gray countertops and stainless steel appliances add a bit of contemporary sleekness to the kitchen, and wide planks running across the ceiling maintain the original integrity of the boat’s design.
What once was the S.S. Maggie’s wheelhouse is now her elegant dining room. Windows surround you in the dining room and frame the awe-inspiring views that characterize the dock where Maggie resides.
The dining space is perhaps one of the most traditional and quintessentially nautical, with ornate plank and beam ceilings and the original wheel that remains as a conversation-provoking focal point. The dining room is also spacious enough for entertaining, which is something the ship has seen quite a bit of during her long and compelling history.
The Bedrooms: Converted Quarters
The S.S. Maggie includes three spacious bedrooms, one of which is the master suite, located where the engine room once was.
The master bedroom features a sunken, romantic design where light wood beams cross the ceiling and adorn the walls, adding original character and distinctive design to this cozy enclave. The master bedroom includes a platform where a king-sized bed can be added, and it has a step-down to a living or seating area within the sumptuous suite. A substantially-sized window adds natural light while another fireplace is found in this charming retreat.
The master bathroom includes very little remnants of the original vessel and is instead an opulent spa-like space complete with a decadent marble, glass-enclosed shower, and a large vanity.
One of the S.S. Maggie’s most unique bedrooms was carved into the ship’s original bow, featuring the hull built with old-growth fir wood set over oak frames. You can also discern the wooden pegs used in this boat’s classic construction, as opposed to spikes and bolts. With a built-in bed, this room is one that really highlights the long history of the vessel and its detailed 19th-century construction.
Another guest bedroom aboard the boat was crafted from the former crew’s quarters, and it’s here where you’ll find the original Coast Guard documentation numbers carved into the crossbeam.
This room features a built-in bed, along with French doors leading to an airy outdoor space, a porthole window and an area that can be used as an office.
Decks with a View
The S.S. Maggie features not only a pristinely and meticulously remodeled interior, but also amazing outdoor spaces, which include outdoor waterside nooks and a spacious top deck offering 360-degree views of San Francisco and Mt. Tamalpais.
You can easily envision yourself relaxing on these sunny, breezy decks as you take in the breath-taking views that surround you on all sides. The decks include ample seating and lounging space, as well as areas for table and dining furniture, making them ideal for entertaining. The outdoor areas create the sense there are no limits to where life can take you when you board the S.S. Maggie, and the boat also features space for an accompanying 16-foot vessel along her side.
The S.S. Maggie isn’t just the heart of the South 40 Dock, but is really a vessel and a residence that captures the heart of the entire sea and tells a long and fascinating story of a marine life.
South Forty Dock, Sausalito
The S.S. Maggie’s current home is the South 40 Dock in Sausalito, a scenic sea-centric area of the San Francisco Bay Region, one of the hottest real estate markets in the world.
Sausalito is ranked as one of the world’s top destinations, with a historic waterfront, San Francisco Bay views and an abundance of opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities including not only boating but also kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking.
The Marine Mammal Center and the Discovery Museum are popular amongst tourists and residents alike, while popular beaches include Swede’s Tiffany and Schoonmaker Beach.
The houseboat community in Sausalito is thriving, and more than 400 houseboats call this Marin County area home.
Sausalito offers proximity to the urban and economic hub of San Francisco combined with a tranquil seaside life where the water takes center stage for residents.
Purchasing a Piece of Nautical History
The S.S. Maggie has been transformed from working schooner to luxury haven and provides one of the world’s finest examples of a restored houseboat that still maintains the quality and beauty of its original construction, along with the best of today’s high-end design.
The ship is now a private residence and is being marketed by Carolyn LeCoque of Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty.
USD 1,995,000 I Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty
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