This Florida property offers up an enormous residence along with a healthy dose of spontaneity. A new owner can simply fly in or out at a moment’s notice.
On the market for $6.25 million, the 15,061-square-foot home in Port Orange sits in the Spruce Creek Fly-In community.
“It is the largest fly-in community in the world, and this is the largest home in” the community, says Jeff Reynolds. “I’m the second owner. A Swiss industrialist originally built it” in 1994.
Reynolds remodeled and updated the house to warm it up a bit, but he kept some of the original features, including the imported marble floors and the circular kitchen.
“It’s really a double kitchen,” he explains. “You have what we call a work kitchen and a show kitchen. There’s a passage between the two, so if you have a big dinner party, the caterer can set up in the back kitchen and then that big round countertop becomes your serving line.”
The home is ideal for entertaining thanks to its open flow and massive size, he says. “Our oldest daughter recently got married here, and we’ve had other friends use the place as a wedding venue.”
There are seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. All of the rooms are oversized, and the furnishings seen in the listing photos are all included in the sale price.
“The furniture was built to fill those rooms. It’s all designer furnishings and all custom-designed for the house,” Reynolds explains. “I hope that somebody likes the style. It would be very expensive for the new buyer to fill this thing with furniture.”
Outside, there’s a pool and patio space for soaking up the rays. There’s also a large pond on the 3-acre lot.
“We’ve had over 100 guests seated for dinner at the pool, and then the backyard is surrounded by a three-level pond. It’s almost like a moat separating the house from the taxiway,” Reynolds says.
The home sits just off the community’s runway and comes with two hangars to store planes, helicopters, or just about anything else.
“In between the hangars is a pilot’s lounge and guest quarters,” Reynolds explains. “That area is just off the tennis court, so it has a sauna out there, three bathrooms, and a big office.”
Both hangars have remote-controlled bi-fold doors, and one is air-conditioned.
“The beauty of it is being able to keep an airplane and fly away. We have somewhere around 1,500 homes in Spruce Creek, and about 400 of them are hangar homes. I think we have about 13 miles of taxiways that allow people to land on our runway and then taxi directly to their home.”
Reynolds says he’s a pilot and has enjoyed being able to fly his plane somewhere for a meeting and then returning home in time for dinner. After a meal with friends and family, there’s always the pastime of plane spotting.
“A rooftop elevator takes you straight to the roof, and we overlook the runway. We’re the only house that overlooks the runway, and we can watch when people take off and land from our rooftop.”
This home is now a bit too large for Reynolds, who says he’s purchased another lot in the community and is planning to build a smaller home.
The runway dates to World War II, when it was built to support two nearby naval air stations. The Navy abandoned it in 1946.
Today, the runway averages around 68 daily aircraft operations.
“We have everything from business jets to World War II fighter planes. It’s a very busy airport,” says Reynolds. “It’s a busy aviation community.”
Maureen Reynolds (no relation to the owner) with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty–Seminole County is the listing agent and is trying to find the perfect buyer.
“I hope it is somebody that likes to entertain,” she says. “It’s a beautiful home for entertaining, and if they have an interest in aviation, that’s icing on the cake.”