When you talk about celebrity, it doesn’t get much bigger than John Travolta. I was at a lunch event this week and someone mentioned to me that I should take a look into the Travolta home in Ocala, Florida, as it boasts both modern architecture and interiors as well as having it’s own airport runway. I knew John Travolta could fly a jumbo jet, indeed I remember seeing him in the news one time flying a maiden voyage somewhere for Australia’s national airline, Qantas – I just didn’t know he parked them in his backyard!
Purchased in 2003, initially to the delight of the neighbors who watched their home prices sky rocket from having Hollywood royalty in their town, the home has been the subject of local controversy over the adaptation of the plot to accomodate a reinforced taxiway and twin airport hub for Mr. Travolta’s Gulfstream and Boeing 707 jets (the community has an adjacent 1.4 mile runway, in case you’re wondering where on earth does he land a Boeing 707!). Indeed, it was reported that some of the neighbors have even sued over the noise pollution, which one assumes is related to the larger aircraft and not the Gulfstream. If those reports are true, one assumes that the majority of the neighbors are more than content with the Travolta’s taking up residence in their town.
The interiors were styled in conjunction with Glendale, California-based Michael James Design Team which is a family-run business specializing in environmentally-friendly design. The house includes an aviation-themed room and a mini control tower – it sounds far fetched, but when you’re pulling up to the house in a jumbo jets I guess it’s probably more necessary than whimsical. Travolta’s wife, the model and actress Kelly Preston, is quoted as saying they started the home’s interior design planning with the kitchen, but judging by the pictures it seems that’s likely where her influence ended as it seems she indulged John’s love for aviation thereafter.
It’s an amazing home, luxurious in every way and with an airport hanger attached to the home, just for convenience sake, mind, we have to say that this is one very dreamy Modern Dream Home. We hope you enjoy it. Photos are courtesy of Architectural Digest, where the you can find the full article on the home (subject to subscription).
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 12 March, 2010