John Travolta’s Private Aviation Commune Is for Sale

The sprawling estate is on the market for $10.5 million

Florida's Jumbolair is currently on the market.
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By Tobias Carroll / August 18, 2019 1:17 pm

If you have $10,500,000 lying around, a penchant for private jets and a long-running interest in being John Travolta’s neighbor, this is your lucky week. Jumbolair, a private community in Florida with the nation’s longest private lighted runway, is currently on the market

The community is located north of Ocala, and began its existence as the mansion of Muriel Vanderbilt. It was later purchased by Nautilus founder Arthur Jones, whose extensive collection of planes prompted the creation of a massive runway. Jones also used parts of the estate as an animal sanctuary — including for 63 baby elephants moved to Florida from Zimbabwe in 1984. 

After Jones’s divorce, his ex-wife Terri established Jumbolair Aviation Estates, a community whose residents include John Travolta and Kelly Preston. 

An article in Forbes breaks down what’s currently for sale:

The price tag includes the country’s largest private lighted runway, the five-bedroom Muriel Vanderbilt mansion with a swimming pool and fitness center with original Nautilus equipment, a conference center/banquet hall with seating for up to 400 guests, a nearly 90,000-square-foot warehouse complex, and Jumbolair Aviation Estates subdivision, a 38-lot private aviation residential development with deeded access to the runway.

It’s certainly the perfect home for someone — or perhaps the ideal sight for the most bizarre conceptual art project the world has ever seen. One can only imagine what Christo and Jeanne-Claude might do with the place.

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