Airparks Let Plane Owners “Hang” Close

Category: Active adult communities

July 13 — To any hobbyist the convenience of living near one’s avocation is obvious. For most of us it just involves stepping out to the garage, or down the cart path to the 1st tee. But when one’s hobby is an airplane, hanging out near your wings gets tougher. Airports and hangars don’t grow on trees, and who wants to drive a long way to indulge one’s passion.

Enter the airpark, a surprisingly (to us anyway) prevalent phenomenon. Topretirements.com just ran across a nice blog for plane owners – Living With Your Plane – that specializes in airparks – airstrips with adjacent houses on the property. LWYP has published some helpful research studies and lists on its site.

Research from Living With Your Plane indicates that about 20% of existing airparks have 50 or more attached homes, so some of these communities are substantial properties. Demographically, about 15% of people who live in airparks are over 66 years of age – the predominant owner is between 45 – 65 with no children living at home.

Annual income is more than $100,000 and most owners do not consider their airpark home their primary residence.

The site lists 30 airparks that are built on public airfields – most are in the western U.S. A lot more airparks are on the way too. LWYP has published a list of almost another 30 airparks that are under construction or in the planning phase.

If you have a plane, you need to visit this site!

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Posted by Boomer1 on July 12th, 2007

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  1. Located near Daytona beach, the Spruce Creek Fly-in Community is the world’s most famous residential airpark. With a 4,000 ft lighted runway and a GPS approach, the private airport at the center of the community can accommodate anything from a Stearman to a Gulfstream.

    Originally a navy airfield during WWII, it evolved into the world’s largest residential fly-in community. Today, almost 5,000 residents, 1,300 homes and 700 hangars share a unique life in this private gated village with immaculately groomed homes and common grounds. The first thing a visitor sees after driving through the security gates is a sign that summarizes the spirit of this community: “CAUTION Children and Adults at Play”. Truly a piece of pilot’s heaven.

    A championship golf course and Country Club and 24-hr patrolled security complements the safety, privacy and enjoyment of our residents. Frequent community-wide events and social clubs for most any interest from flying to book reading and gardening ensure a tightly knit and friendly community hard to duplicate anywhere. John Travolta and many other celebrities have enjoyed the Spruce Creek Fly-In lifestyle and privacy. Current home prices vary from a $165,000 condo to several million dollar hangar mansions.

    Please keep in mind that any visits are by invitation only, as the community is not open to the public. If you are interested in real estate at the Spruce Creek Fly-in, contact these folks for an invitation and they will happily schedule a guided tour: http://www.flyinrealty.com .

    Learn More about Spruce Creek at http://www.7fl6.com

    by Spruce Creek — November 24, 2009

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