I love open houses. Getting to show off the special features of a home while meeting prospective home buyers who are looking to fulfill their dreams of owning their own space — well, that’s why people go into real estate, right?
All open houses are great, but once in awhile you get the opportunity to show off a really special house.
I’ll have that opportunity this week when I show a home in Fresno that’s going on the market for the first time in its history.
Sierra Sky Park, the First Residential Aviation Community
The home at 4180 W. Alluvial Ave. is located near Sierra Sky Park Airport. If you’ve never heard of it before, I can forgive you. It’s not an airport like Fresno Yosemite International or even Chandler Executive in downtown Fresno.
Sierra Sky Park is a public airport located in northwest Fresno off Herndon Avenue between Milburn and Brawley. Built in 1946, it has just one runway — if you’re driving west down Herndon, you can see all the way down it. Also if you’re on Herndon at the right time, you’ll occasionally get buzzed by a single-engine plane looking to land.
The area around this airport, which is also called Sierra Sky Park, was the first residential aviation community in the world. How cool is that? Homes in this area all have airplane hangars — in fact, having a hangar is a requirement for homes, whether or not you have a plane.
If you drive around Sierra Sky Park, you’ll notice something fun. The street signs are really close to the ground. This allows airplane wings to glide over them easily. You’ll also notice that streets are super wide. This is because residents frequently take their planes from their homes right to the runway. One of the perks of living in Sierra Sky Park!
Not everyone who lives here flies — but that doesn’t mean you won’t eventually. My client wasn’t a flyer either. He had the home built because it was adjacent to the San Joaquin River, and had the hangar constructed in accordance with Sierra Sky Park rules. Finally one day he and his wife thought, “We have this airplane hangar, why don’t we learn to fly?” So they did!
Living Among the Stars
Speaking of the San Joaquin River, this home sits right on the bluff. The views of the river and the night sky are incredible; as I said, this is what drew my client to the location. This brings me to another unique feature of this home — it has an observatory!
Imagine going up to your own private observatory and staring at the stars on a clear, Fresno night. Doesn’t get cooler than that, folks.
Open House Details
I’ll be releasing more details about this historic property and home soon, but in the meantime, check out my Facebook event page for the open house, which will take place May 17 from 4-8 p.m.
If you know someone who is into amazing views, the night sky, or aviation, make sure to tag them so they know to show up Wednesday!