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MacKenzie-Childs move from Farmhouse to Ferry

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

The farmhouse that Richard and Victoria MacKenzie-Childs once called home is on the market. The pair who began the iconic brand of furniture and ceramics, MacKenzie-Childs, is now living in a smaller—but by no means less whimsical—space.



The Mackenzie-Childs' Farmhouse

The couple now lives on the historic Yankee Ferry in the New York harbor, which carried the first flood of immigrants from Ellis Island to New York City. They have turned it into a charming home, where guests can visit and even spend a night onboard.



The Yankee Ferry

The MacKenzie-Childs came to New York from England with their 9-year-old daughter Heather in 1980. With inspiration from Heather, the couple turned the boarded-up farmhouse and 42-acre surroundings into a fanciful estate, while creating a successful business to boot.



The couple bought the home for an initial $20,000 and invested over $1.6 million in renovations and additions over 30 years. It is now listed for $975,000, on Sotheby’s International Realty.



When MacKenzie-Childs went bankrupt in 2001, the couple lost the rights to the company after it was bought out. Since then, they have created a new business: Richard and Victoria Emprise, which offers an entirely new line of pottery and fetching jewelry.