A Two Plane Garage?!

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Welcome back Kotter...

Nice little spread John Travolta's got for himself!  Yes, that's a Boeing 707 parked in the driveway. (and a Gulfstream on the other side).  I'm not sure where the helicopter is, maybe taking this photo?

The only news link I could find has been "archived" and I'm not paying to access it.  It's been mentioned in a couple of places in the Blogosphere.

I found it here, and here.

Finally, a place to park the 707!
I guess we have yet another reason to live in Florida!

Below is what I believe to be the text of the original Herald Tribune Article.

A lot of neighborhoods don't allow the owners to park Boeing 707s outside their homes, which is why actor John Travolta moved to Jumbolair, near Ocala.

OCALA - It's not just another housing development, as you can tell by the 1.4-mile airstrip and the Boeing 707 parked next to one of the houses.

Located in the Central Florida town of Anthony, just north of Ocala, it's called Jumbolair, and it's the new home of John Travolta - '70s TV phenom, film superstar,Oscar-nominated actor, sex symbol, accomplished pilot, doting husband and father.

After several years of whispers about his building a house here, the 49-year-old actor has taken up residence in his nearly completed mansion. Travolta is flying daily from Ocala to Tampa to shoot "The Punisher," an action movie based on the comic book, set to be released next summer. A lifelong love of aviation holds the key to Travolta's decision to build at Jumbolair.

Travolta owns at least two jets, a Gulfstream and a huge Boeing 707B. Simply put, there aren't very many non-commercial airstrips where planes of  that size can take off and land. Jumbolair, with its long landing strip and massive jet wash berms at either end, is one of them.

About a decade ago, Travolta had a home in a fly-in community near Daytona, but was sued by neighbors who claimed his jet airplanes were too big and noisy for their facility.

The very layout of his new house is testament to Travolta's love of flying. It's located immediately off the main airstrip, and is designed so his jets can taxi right up to two outbuildings connected to the main structure, which is shaped like a squat air-control tower. Travolta literally can walk out his door, under a canopied walkway and into the cockpit, open the long mechanized gate and be airborne in a matter of minutes.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration pilot database, Travolta is qualified in several types of single- and multi-engine aircraft, and has the highest pilot medical certification possible.

"We know that Travolta's an accomplished pilot. ..... A lot of people fly for the pleasure of it, and he's one of them," said John Clabes, an FAA spokesman. "If you have this many ratings on these types of high-performance aircraft, you're obviously a good pilot."

In layman's terms, Travolta has enough experience flying large multi-engine jets that he could easily switch to piloting commercial airliners for a living.

Yeah, but would ya want a guy wearing a suit like this to fly you around the country? :)

What do you think a property like this would cost? There's enough Florida AR members, someone's got to know what Vinnie Barbarino laid out for this thing...  Anyone (besides me) want to 'fess up and admit you watched Welcome Back Kotter?

Comments (7)

Eileen Landau

Hey Jay,

If ya havta ask, well, ya can't afford it.

Wondering if he's sell the place and throw in the planes!

Aug 31, 2006 07:19 AM
Ben Kakimoto
Keller Williams Greater Seattle - Seattle, WA
Seattle Condo Specialist
His house even looks like a plane.  Ok, you have to suspend belief.  The main part looks like the fuselage with wings and the part with the pool (left side) looks like a tail.  Actually, it looks more like a bird.
Aug 31, 2006 07:42 AM
Shawn Martin
Crosby Inspections - Vancouver, WA
I agree his property does look like a plane
Aug 31, 2006 09:56 AM
Timothy Butterworth
Taking a break - Portland, OR
I dont think I have reached this level of selling in my business yet.  I cant imagine why one would need a plane, considering the cost, but that is just me.
Aug 31, 2006 10:34 AM
Toby Barnett
KW North Sound - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett
growing up around avaition, my old man ia pilot, i have never seen a home incorporate an airport or would be an airport incorporating a home? Pretty slick setup though but for me it would have to an assortmnet of cars and trucks.
Sep 01, 2006 11:45 AM
Mrs. Sheri Ann Johnson, GRI
Tropic Shores Realty - Spring Hill, FL
I loved Welcome Back Kotter as a kid!
Sep 11, 2006 12:41 AM
Eddy Martinez
Nationwide Funding Group - Highland Park, CA
I ma from california but i would have to guess at least $2.5 million. Great blog :)
Sep 17, 2006 08:58 AM