When will you start building?

This is dreaded question I’ve been hearing from well meaning friends and family for the past six months and I still don’t have an answer.  If you’ve ever built a custom home (or know someone who has), you’re aware that the process is fraught with delays.  Sometimes it’s weather, sometimes it’s contractors, and sometimes delays are our own doing.  Building a custom home is a journey…two steps forward, one step back.


The latest in our series of setbacks was the decision to alter our house plans,  cutting costs after tallying up bids and estimates at our “red line” meeting.  We want to make sure we can afford to buy an airplane after the house, pool and hangar are built!  All this to say that we still don’t have a start date but it’s definitely inching closer.

Happy flying!



From Empty Nesting to Airport Living

We knew our youngest child would leave for college soon and that we didn’t want to simply move from a large, typical suburban home to a smaller one.  We knew we’d probably retire in our next home and decided it should be someplace extra special where we could enjoy life, meet new friends with similar interests, and where our children (and, hopefully one day, grandchildren) will want to visit. What we didn’t know was, where?


It’s always been my husband’s dream to pilot his own plane so we started by exploring the internet for fly-in communities throughout Texas.  We found beautiful air park properties around Austin, San Antonio and Dallas but decided to narrow our search to Southeast Texas since I have an established real estate practice in Houston and my husband still commutes to IAH a couple times a week.  We were pleasantly suprised to discover loads of properties to choose from.  Without exception, we were enthusiastically greeted by friendly neighbors in every air park we’ve visited.  The warm welcomes we received cinched it:  we are officially air park bound!

Stay tuned for Chapter Two:  Our Hangar Home Hunt

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