Even before the pandemic, lines at TSA security, pricey airport parking, and throngs of travelers all combined to make air travel something to be endured rather than enjoyed.
Add to the mix the fear of spreading or catching a lethal virus, and commercial air travel becomes even less appealing.
However, private air travel is another story altogether. We surveyed homes across the country and spotted seven beauties where it’s easy to swoop in for a landing and never set foot in an airport again.
If you have your own helipad at your disposal, you can be whisked to the beach in a chopper or simply shuttle yourself off to a remote location for a weekend getaway. Only in dreams? Well, there’s no place like home for daydreaming.
So stand clear of the rotors, scroll on down, and scope out seven homes with private helipads on the market right now.
Thanks to its sparkling white sheen, there’s no way a pilot can miss this rooftop helipad. Inside, the four-bedroom home is equally swanky, with 60 security cameras and Pietro Costantini custom furniture—which can be purchased separately.
The home spans 5,597 square feet and sits on nearly 4 acres next to a 30,000-acre bird sanctuary protected from development. Fitness fanatics will welcome the private gym/yoga center and outdoor infinity pool.
A two-bedroom apartment separate from the main house can house overnight guests.
In addition to a helipad, this 9,151-square-foot estate in a suburb of Detroit boasts a pizza oven, indoor hot tub, and a regal French Country design you wouldn’t expect to find in Michigan.
The six-bedroom mansion is set on a 12-acre lot and features formal gardens as well as a lap pool—which all add to the feel of a retreat. You can also bring your horses into the horse barn and safely store your motorized toys in the six-car garage.
Is there a sweeter landing or takeoff location than right over the Pacific Ocean? If you move into this 10,000-square-foot home on Highway 101, you’ll be treated to coastal vistas each time you take flight.
Built in 2011 and located two hours north of the California state line, the luxe, four-bedroom home—crafted from materials like old-growth Canadian logs—sits on 28 acres with a guesthouse, private beach access, a pond, two barns, and a gazebo.
You could park your cars out front, but wouldn’t you rather park your ’copter? This 4,091-square-foot smart home on 10 acres boasts a helipad outside the front door, for lock-up-and-go. Park your cars and other toys in the heated garage.
The spread also offers a deck where you can watch friends or family members take off or light down.
Built in 2009, the four-bedroom home 35 miles south of Chicago features three fireplaces, Brazilian-walnut flooring, an exercise room, and temperature-controlled wine cellar. A Sub-Zero fridge and Viking range await in the chef-grade kitchen.
With cabanas surrounding the saltwater pool, along with waterfalls and a private, white sand beach, this 7,202-square-foot Hudson Valley retreat has a lot going for it—even without the helipad.
It’s also a short drive to the forthcoming Legoland New York Theme Park and Resort. Highlights in the four-bedroom home include a home theater, library, and architecture inspired by an Aspen chalet.
Featuring a helipad and a landing strip for a small plane, this 50-acre estate 90 miles north of New York City also includes a hangar.
It’s perched on a hilltop, and the views from the four-bedroom retreat are incredible. Meanwhile, the tony Mayflower Inn & Spa is close by. And although this Colonial-style home was built in 1965, it’s been extensively renovated over the decades.
Leave the mainland behind, and live like a vacationer in this 11-bedroom casita on a nearly 8-acre lot in Puerto Rico with a private helipad.
The listing details helpfully note that the property could be transformed into a boutique hotel. There’s no need to head to the gym or even the beach, thanks to a gym, outdoor pool, outdoor waterfalls, numerous terraces, and a BBQ area.