'Fly In' Open House Takes Off This Weekend

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Why spend the weekend driving around to open houses when you can fly into one? This five-bedroom Minnesota house not only has a three-car garage, it also has its own airplane hangar and an FAA-registered airstrip.

The "fly-in open house" had originally been scheduled for June, but low clouds forced it to be rescheduled for this Saturday, said Brad Osterbauer, RE/MAX Advantage Plus listing agent.

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The 4,579-square-foot home, which sits on about 100 acres, is listed at $1.1 million and is only one of about 100 private homes in Minnesota that has an FAA-registered airstrip. (We're assuming they aren't counting landings in cornfields here.)

The owner spent $20,000 to install a turf airstrip that's 2,000 feet long and 75 feet wide. Only small aircraft can legally -- and safely -- land on the grass strip, called Serenity Field. The property includes a four-plane hangar and a landing strip that can accommodate up to 30 planes.

Other amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub.

Even though he had to postpone the first fly-in event, Osterbauer is optimistic about this second opportunity. "Pilots landing at Serenity Field need to have a minimum of three statute miles of visibility with cloud ceilings greater than 500 feet AGL [above ground level]. We didn't quite make that level with our first attempt, but I'm confident this weekend will work out."

Communities and homes with airstrips and hangars are scattered throughout the country. So if Minnesota isn't on your short list, you and your small plane might find happiness in any one of these listings:

Cody, WY Home with FAA-registered airstrip
Marysville, OH Home with Two-Plane Hangar
French-Style Ranch in Tonto Basin, AZ with Over-sized Hangar
Idyllic Lakeside, MT Cabin with Air Park
Mediterranean Manse in Plano, TX with Rock Star Hangar

CORRECTION: This story previously said, based on information from a publicist, that the hangar on the Minnesota property could accommodate 30 planes. The agent later clarified that only its airstrip can accommodate that many.

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