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Aviation Estates: 5 Homes with Private Jet Access

Luxury Defined tours five fly-in, fly-out homes for the ultimate in personal air travel

Can there be greater luxury than flying by private jet? The experience itself transcends what has become a drab exercise in navigating the madding crowd: long, long check-in and security lines, crammed terminals, congested jetways and the like. Add the customary flight delays and the current tangle of Covid-19-related travel restrictions and health countermeasures, and suddenly private aviation seems like an attractive necessity.

A property with fly-in, fly-out access is the ultimate luxury in personal air travel, whether it’s a charter service or a private jet.

Say goodbye to those endless queues: Private jets aren’t subject to the same regulations as commercial airlines. They can take off and land at many more airports than wide-body aircraft. And when it’s a charter or private jet, one can expect exceptional efficiency, custom upholstery, interiors, and seating, and Michelin star-grade cuisine paired with sommelier-curated wine. Can there be an even more luxurious way to fly?

Yes. The discerning traveler can ascend one step further by flying straight from home, as these Luxury Defined properties will attest: All offer fly-in, fly-out access, with private runways, airfields, even hangars to store the jet, so one needn’t travel to the airport. So: Step out the front door and into the passenger cabin. There’s a whole world out there. Ceiling and visibility unlimited. Happy landings!

Picturesque Farm in Franschhoek, South Africa

This beautiful farm and vineyard estate in South Africa’s Franschhoek Valley comes with its own aircraft hangar and 2,460-foot paved runway. The property encompasses more than 70 acres of prime agricultural land, including 32 acres of vineyards, a fully equipped winery, 1,000 olive trees, a lake, and three boreholes supplying 21,133 gallons of water per hour. The accommodations include an elegant custom-built main residence and nine guest cottages (three separate two-bedroom dwellings and six semi-detached), which bring in a good income. The main house is appointed with high-end fixtures and finishes, including solid American oak floors and African mahogany window frames. The light-filled living spaces include a large country kitchen, an open-plan dining room with fireplace, an expansive lounge, a living room with fireplace, a study/third bedroom, and a custom-built wine cellar with an office and tasting room. The interiors open to wide verandas to take in the vistas of the valley and the mountains. Beyond are lovely landscaped gardens with a pool.

Tuscan Airfield Estate in Arezzo, Tuscany

This 13.5-acre Tuscan estate, just outside the medieval hamlet of Pergine Valdarno, between Arezzo and Sienna, comes with its own airfield. There are five separate residences, offering a total of 12,917 square feet of living space, ideal for extended family and friends or vacation rentals. Each dwelling is appointed with a modern kitchen, elegant reception areas, and two to three bedrooms and bathrooms. The grounds include entertaining and dining terraces, a beautiful swimming pool, landscaped gardens, and private woodland.

Twin View Farm in Addison, Vermont

Twin View Farm is sited on 275 acres of gently rolling meadows, pastures, a creek, and a mixed hardwood forest in the heart of Vermont’s Champlain Valley. The estate is uniquely accessible thanks to its 900-foot airstrip. It also includes an aircraft hangar with an attached, heated workshop. The 3,929-square-foot, four-bedroom main residence is a contemporary take on a post-and-beam barn. The light-filled living spaces have high ceilings and eastern and southern exposures. The property also includes a detached two-bay garage; a two-stall barn and hay loft, equipped with power and water; two fenced paddocks; and private woodlands and pastures, which are a habitat for deer, woodcock, grouse, and wild turkey.

Fawn Bluff in British Columbia, Canada

The quintessential Canadian retreat, Fawn Bluff has an awe-inspiring setting on 340 acres at the Emerald Edge of the Great Bear Rainforest—one of the world’s last great coastal rainforests. This legacy estate, just 14 minutes’ seaplane flight from the Campbell River international port of entry, was designed as the ultimate sport-fishing escape. The extraordinary amenities include the only sheltered deepwater harbor on Bute Inlet, an expandable dock, helipad, and private lake. Four log-style homes, which sleep up to 30 guests and eight support staff, are built into the pristine wilderness. The property is self-sufficient and includes barge access and more than three miles of roads.

Covey Trails Estate in Fulshear, Texas

This jet-friendly estate is in the Covey Trails private aviation community in Fulshear, Texas, just outside Houston. The estate’s private aircraft hangar was built with reclaimed barnwood and antique windows and offers 5,000 square feet of storage space for aircraft, equipment, and vehicles plus a 600-square-foot self-contained guest/staff apartment. The Ranch-style main residence offers 3,900 square feet of luxurious accommodations. There are three bedrooms, three full and one half bathroom, including a primary suite with a two-sided fireplace and spa-style bathroom opening to an outdoor shower. The heart of the home is an open-concept family kitchen/dining area. The resort-inspired amenities include a climate-controlled wine room, movie theater, library, pool and spa, and a covered outdoor living space with kitchen, dining area, and stone fireplace. A 1,091-square-foot casita and 1.7 acres of gated grounds with water features and a pond are further highlights.