The Spruce Creek Fly-in is an incredibly diverse and active residential community. Situated on 1250 acres, this unique community is a privately owned airpark situated on a former World War II Naval airfield. Spruce Creek comprises of 5,000 residents, 1,300 homes and 700 hangars, that share a unique life in this private gated village centered around a private airfield. Instead of a garage, most houses in Spruce Creek have attached hangar, and the driveway leads directly to a 4,000-by-150-foot runway with GPS approach.
At the heart of the Spruce Creek Fly-in is a 4000' lighted runway with GPS approach and over 14 miles of taxiways that enable aviation enthusiasts to taxi directly to their hangar homes. In addition to hangar homes, there are golf course homes located on or with views of the golf course, nature homes, town homes, commercial hangars and just a few building lots.
The people of Spruce Creek live in a tightly knit community. Most of them are professional pilots and they talk in aviation jargon. Others are doctors, lawyers and land speculators, but all of them are, without exception, nuts about aviation. Every Saturday morning, some of them would gather beside the runway, take off in groups of three and fly to one of the local airports for breakfast - a tradition they call the Saturday Morning Gaggle.
Spruce Creek Aerial View
But Spruce Creek isn't the only residential airpark in the country. The concept first developed after World War II, a time period when the United States had an incredible surplus of both airfields and pilots, created by the war, whose population had ballooned from fewer than 34,000 in 1939 to more than 400,000 by 1946. In order to put countless deactivated military strips across the nation to good use and to accommodate the burgeoning pilot population, the Civil Aeronautics Administration proposed the construction of 6,000 residential airparks throughout the country. While that number was never fulfilled, the initial proposal generated enough momentum to pave the way for decades' worth of interest and investment in what has become a large and active network of fly-in communities.