Kerry McDonnald, right, with her daughters Olivia (left) and Abby (middle) in front of the aircraft hangar on their property. Kerry is the owner of this unique 'hangar house'. The house backs onto Atherton Airport and has it's own hangar so this place would be perfect for a local aviator.
NO, you’re not dreamin’, here is one of only 10 blocks on the Tablelands where you can sit in your back yard and watch the planes and helicopters take off and land.
While it may conjure up thoughts of Darryl Kerrigan’s beloved home on The Castle, this Feeney Close acreage home – which has recently been listed for sale – backs on to Atherton Airport and would be a winner among aviators.
“To be able to house your aircraft in your own back yard hangar and taxi on to the airport for a fly is like having a boat moored to your own jetty at Bluewater harbor for the boating enthusiast,” said owner Kerry McDonald.
Ms McDonald said there were only 10 blocks adjoining the country airport which had access to the “airpark” option, commonly known as the “fly-in community”.
“We have a large hangar located in the back section of the property which adjoins the Atherton Airport,” she said.
“The outrigger doors open to reveal a clear 11.5m by 3.5m opening out on to a concrete pad.
“From here your aircraft is taxied directly out of the double gates and straight on to the bitumen taxiway of Atherton Airport.”
Ms. McDonald said the family previously housed their light aircraft in the hangar and used it regularly to go flying.
“It was always great to have visitors and after coffee take them out into the back yard and go for a quick fly around the Tablelands. It was very easy to do,” she said.
“The kids have had amazing opportunities to fly in many and varied aircraft and helicopters because of their association with the airport.
“Some weekends we have our own little private air shows with warbirds and aerobatic aircraft flying overhead.”
Ms. McDonald’s 23-year-old son also grew up to be a pilot and now flies in the US.
But for those who prefer to stay on the ground, the property also lends itself to lifestyle living and has enough room to accommodate a boat or caravan.
“The home was built by a well-known and respected builder, Les Tenney, for his own family.
Ms. McDonald said her favorite features of the home included the tropical open-plan design of the pool and living area, the size of the property and the location.
“The leafy private pool area with its feature waterfall is a tranquil and beautiful area to sit and have coffee with friends while the kids play,” she said.
“It’s just so easy to live here, it has so many features and is finished with quality fittings and has oodles and oodles of storage.
“We are on the fringe of the town so it’s a two-minute trip into town if you have forgotten the milk or need to run the children to sports.
“And then, of course, there is the airport out the back and all of the excitement and friendship which it has had to offer the whole family over the years.”
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