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WSJ writes about ‘Living in Luxury Airparks’

Wall Street Journal reporter Nancy Keates put together a story – Living in Luxury Airparks – for the Real Estate section of Friday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal.

From the story:

“Ask anyone why they live in an air park and the responses are always the same. Residents love airplanes and want to be around airports. When your plane is in your hangar, it’s easy to take it out for weekends instead of spending time driving to and from an airport. Air-park residents brag about short trips to beaches that would be a 10-hour drive from their homes, and nightly jaunts to restaurants hundreds of miles away. People even commute to work by planes and helicopters, taxing into their private hangars at the end of the day.”

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  1. Steve Zbranek Says:

    This recent article by Nancy Keates from the Wall Street Journal Real Estate section does a fantastic job of highlighting the reasons why so many individuals enjoy living at fly-in airpark communities around the United States. The new Lakeway Airpark Estates in Austin Texas affords fly-in living as well with only 8 custom built homes being offered for sale.
    Steve Zbranek, founding partner of Austin based, Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes and a licensed commercial pilot for 36 years states, “Not only do plane owners and pilots enjoy the entertainment factor of watching planes land and take off, but we tend to use our planes more when they are conveniently located on our own residences.”
    Zbranek and his company are the exclusive builders for the new Lakeway Airpark Estates located next to the Lakeway Airpark and just 20 miles from downtown Austin TX. While the Lakeway Airpark has been in existence for more than 40 years, Zbranek is working with the developer to build new homes on the last seven acres. His award winning luxury home building firm will focus on eight custom designed homes to meet the specific needs of each buyer. All homes will be offered turn-key to include the property, home with luxury finish outs, attached hangars, swimming pools and landscaping and feature direct runway access. “This is truly the last opportunity for pilots and plane owners to a buy a newly built home at the airpark with all the fly-in capabilities that an attached hangar affords,” he says. Homes will range in size from 3500 to 6000 square feet and will range in price from $1.3Million to $2.3Million for larger homes.
    Unlike many of the communities highlighted in Keates piece, the Lakeway Airpark Estates is conveniently located within the thriving community of Lakeway, approximately 20 miles from Austin. In addition to being the state’s capital and home to the US F1 Grand Prix, Austin is largely known as one of the most popular US cities for its strong job market, robust economy and a multitude of entertainment options. In addition to being closely located to beautiful Lake Travis, numerous golf and tennis facilities are nearby.
    The Lakeway Airpark Estates offers new Texas airport homes located within the prestigious Lake Travis Independent School District, one of the most highly rated districts in the state of Texas. The district is rated as “Exemplary” by the Texas Education Agency and boasts an extremely strong athletics program as well. Residents of the South Lake Travis area enjoy diverse employment opportunities, countless shopping options and spectacular natural environment with numerous water sport and outdoor activities. Entertainment options are vast and center around seemingly endless live music venues and top rated restaurants calling the Austin area home.
    Zbranek agrees with Keates point stating that, “When plane owners have the ability to use their aircraft more frequently, it makes the economics of owning a plane more efficient. Folks really do enjoy the convenience factor of being able to push the hangar door button and take off for quick jaunt to restaurant or other location they wouldn’t be so inclined to drive long distances to.” He further adds, “We also like the ability to have additional storage space in our hangars for lots of toys!
    Living at a luxury air park near Austin Texas has great appeal for many pilots. With any questions regarding building one of the new Lakeway Airpark Estates homes contact Steve Zbranek directly at 512-261-0344 or steve@zcustomhomes.com

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