Fly Away Home: Houses With Hangars

  • A Plane in Every Garage

    During his 1928 campaign, president Herbert Hoover promised Americans, “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.” It’s unlikely Hoover imagined that almost 100 years later some Americans would expand his transportation dream to include an airplane in every garage. Since the 1950s, when private plane ownership was still quite rare, communities catering to aviation enthusiasts and private plane owners started popping up around the country. According to the Web site Living With Your Plane, there are now over 600 registered fly-in communities in the U.S. Fly-in communities provide landing strips for residents and in many cases allow plane owners to drive their planes off the runway, down the streets, and park their flying babies in a private hangar right in their own backyard. The most famous fly-in community resident is undoubtedly actor John Travolta who lives and parks his fleet of planes, including a behemoth Boeing 707 converted from commercial airline into a flying mansion, at Jumbolair in Ocala, Fla. Photo Credit: thienzieyung
    Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • Daytona Beach, Fla.

    With 73 fly-in communities, Florida is home to more fly-in communities than any other state in the U.S. The country’s largest is the upscale Spruce Creek community near Daytona Beach. The gated village, a former naval airfield, is home to 5,000 airplane-loving residents whose homes orbit around the 4,000-foot long, lighted runway capable of accommodating private planes from a single engine Stearman to a fancy schmancy Gulfstream jet.Photo Credit: Spruce Creek Fly-In Realty
    Daytona Beach, Fla. (cont.)
  • Daytona Beach, Fla. (cont.)

    Not all homes at Spruce Creek have direct taxiway access but one that does is a newly remodeled, energy efficient residence listed at $829,000. The brick built home spans 3,027 sq. ft. of living space with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms including a master suite with dual vanities, walk-in shower and massive soaking tub. Photo Credit: Spruce Creek Fly-In Realty
    Daytona Beach, Fla. (cont.)
  • Daytona Beach, Fla. (cont.)

    The high-end, commodious contemporary kitchen has a large work island with vegetable sink, custom cabinetry with magnetic closing mechanisms, Quartz counter tops, walk-in pantry, wine refrigerator, and breakfast counter for casual meals. Photo Credit: Spruce Creek Fly-In Realty
    Daytona Beach, Fla. (cont.)
  • Daytona Beach, Fla. (cont.)

    The grounds include a circular drive with a front facing 3-car garage, and a large courtyard with professional landscaping and an 18’ by 22’ covered lanai for escaping the scorching Florida sunshine. Photo Credit: Spruce Creek Fly-In Realty
    Daytona Beach, Fla. (cont.)
  • Daytona Beach, Fla. (cont.)

    The private hangar has direct access from the back of the house and measures 48’ x 35’ of air-conditioned space. There is a 40-foot wide door and direct, paved access to the taxiway. Photo Credit: Spruce Creek Fly-In Realty
    Wasilla, Ala.
  • Wasilla, Ala.

    Up in the land of glaciers and Sarah Palin, in the rugged Alaskan outpost of Wasilla, an approx. 1,800 sq. ft. lake front log home listed at $550,000 offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a wall of windows in the main living space with unobstructed views of Meadow Lake and the surrounding, heavily wooded mountains. Photo Credit: Dar Walden / Keller Williams Realty-Alaska Group
    Wasilla, Ala. (cont.)
  • Wasilla, Ala. (cont.)

    The property’s 50’ x 60’ log-built hangar, equipped with hydro-swing doors and a built-in 2-ton hoist, can easily accommodate a sea plane that can be landed on the lake or a traditional plane that can be flown in and out of nearby Wolf Lake Airport. The hangar is large enough to fit an RV and 2 cars in addition to a moderately sized private plane. Photo Credit: Dar Walden / Keller Williams Realty-Alaska Group
    Elbert, Colo.
  • Elbert, Colo.

    Located within the Kelly Airpark, a private residential community of 57 home sites just outside of Elbert, CO between Denver and Colorado Springs is a 6.09 acre airplane estate currently available for $789,000. Photo Credit: General Aviation News
    Elbert, Colo. (cont.)
  • Elbert, Colo. (cont.)

    The luxe living quarters consist of a fully detached contemporary residence with 3,400 square feet, 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The home is equipped with a gourmet kitchen, high ceilings, geothermal heat, a steam shower in the master bathroom, an exercise and game room and a 700 sq. ft. heated garage. Photo Credit: General Aviation News
    Elbert, Colo. (cont.)
  • Elbert, Colo. (cont.)

    With direct access to the runway via a concrete taxiway, the detached, 3,000 sq. ft. heated and insulated hangar has plenty of room for at least one private plane, and includes a 40-foot hydro-swing door, skylights, and water and phone service. Photo Credit: General Aviation News
    Yosemite
  • Yosemite

    A private airpark on the edge of the pristine Yosemite National Forest near Groveland, CA offers outdoorsy types with a pilot license to opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of Half Dome at any time of day or night. One of the properties currently available in the well-established park has a 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom house, built in 1978, that sits on a .75 acre lot and measures just over 2,100 sq. ft. The open plan living area includes a wood stove and recently renovated kitchen with a Frank Lloyd Wright style stained glass window. Photo Credit: Larry Jobe, Yosemite Area Realtors
    Yosemite (cont.)
  • Yosemite (cont.)

    A huge deck with mountain views stretches out at the front of the house and a covered porch at the back leads to the 48’ x 40’ detached airplane hangar that has electronically operated bi-fold doors, a finished interior, and a paved driveway that connects directly to the taxiway for easy in and out with the plane. Photo Credit: Larry Jobe, Yosemite Area Realtors
    Nashville, Tenn.
  • Nashville, Tenn.

    In the bucolic and beautiful countryside about 30 minutes south of Nashville, TN, a quartet of large lots have exclusive access to an FAA approved 2,400 foot long turf runway. One of the lots, a 21.15-acre spread listed at $539,000, includes a private home, vast hangar, workshop and 1,000 sq. ft. equipment storage building. Photo Credit: Joe Roberts, owner
    Nashville, Tenn. (cont.)
  • Nashville, Tenn. (cont.)

    The home and attached hangar sit 2,000 feet from the road affording complete privacy. The home measures 3,000 sq. ft. of open plan living space on two floors with double height ceilings over the dining area and exposed beams on the second floor. There are 2-3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms in the house. Photo Credit: Joe Roberts, owner
    Nashville, Tenn. (cont.)
  • Nashville, Tenn. (cont.)

    The humongous hangar measures 5,400 sq. ft. with room for 3 or more airplanes. The hanger space, tall enough in which to play basketball, has a full bathroom, a 900 sq. ft. workshop with climate control, pilot’s lounge and direct access to the living quarters. Photo Credit: Joe Roberts, owner
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