Residential Communities Where Planes Are as Common as Cars

Airparks — or fly-in communities — are residential neighborhoods designed specifically for people who own their own light airplanes and want to keep them parked in their driveways. There are around 650 airparks around the world — not exactly a small number — so why do so few people know they exist? It may have something to do with the fact that most of us can’t afford our own personal airplane, let alone a house designed to accommodate it. Living in one of these fly-in communities isn’t cheap either. For example, the only available home in California’s Cameron Airpark Estates is currently listed on Zillow for $1.5 million. That’s the price you pay for living in a place where light airplanes are as common, if not more so, than cars. Garages are the size of small hangars, and the streets are wide enough to fit the wingspan of a light aircraft, about 100 feet wide. Road signs and mailboxes are also positioned unusually low to the ground, to avoid getting clipped by the wings of the airplanes. The bad news about fly-in communities is that someone literally has to die for there to be an opening.