Photographer: Joel Johnson
Real Estate

A Look at Four Multimillion-Dollar Estates With Helipads

Fly in, fly out, or stay forever.

Taking a helicopter to your vacation home is probably the most hassle-free way to commute, and it's definitely the most expensive. (It’s also a surefire way to annoy your neighbors and ruin your foliage.) If you decide to make this your regular mode of transit, though, you'll want a landing pad—and these properties each come armed with one ready for your personal Sikorsky. They're spread around the world and vary dramatically in price, but each provides a small window into the culture of helicopter users in different corners of the globe. 

*One of the following properties merely shares a helipad with its neighbors. The horror.

 

South African Mansion, $2.1 Million

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The estate is set on a hilltop overlooking the ocean.
Source: Christie's International Real Estate
  • Size: 12,916 square feet
  • Price per sq. ft.: $162
  • Acres: 7.4
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 6
The house has an interior courtyard.
The house has an interior courtyard.
Source: Christie's International Real Estate

 

There's both a pool and a pond on the property.
There's both a pool and a pond on the property.
Source: Christie's International Real Estate

Set on a mountaintop overlooking Victoria Bay and the Outeniqua Mountains, this hacienda-style mansion is equidistant from Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. (For those who can’t quite manage the chopper, the drive is about four hours to each city.) The house itself was built in 1999 and subjected to a full renovation in 2003. There’s a double-height entry, picture windows with mountain views, and a living room set up for indoor/outdoor living. The gated property has terraces, a pool, a pond, and, most importantly, a flagstone helipad a short walk from the house.

The house has a double-height entryway.
The house has a double-height entryway.
Source: Christie's International Real Estate

Christie's International Real Estate

 

Contemporary São Paulo Home, $8.9 Million

The house is set in a gated community, about 56 miles outside of Sao Paulo.

The house is set in a gated community, about 56 miles outside of São Paulo.

Source: Christie's International Real Estate
  • Size: 19,000 square feet
  • Price per sq. ft.: $468
  • Acres: 1.78 acres
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 6 full, 1 half
The home has a contemporary interior, with an open-plan layout.

The home has a contemporary interior with an open-plan layout.

Source: Christie's International Real Estate

 

The home is designed for indoor/outdoor living.
The home is designed for indoor/outdoor living.
Source: Christie's International Real Estate

Situated in a gated community 90 kilometers (56 miles) outside São Paulo called Quinta da Baroneza, this airy, contemporary home on manicured grounds is built for indoor/outdoor entertaining. It is also, as mentioned in the introduction, shamefully without its own helipad, forcing owners to fight for air time via the community’s shared landing area. The upside of living in the development is its other amenities: horse riding facilities, a golf course, a restaurant, spa, and even a medical center.

The house at night.
The house at night.
Source: Christie's International Real Estate

Christie's International Real Estate

 

Nicaraguan Postmodern, $5.4 Million

The house is set in a leafy suburb of Managua.
The house is set in a leafy suburb of Managua.
Photographer: Joel Johnson
  • Size: 8,300 square feet
  • Price per sq. ft.: $650
  • Acres: 4
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 5 full, 1 half
A living area.
A living area.
Photographer: Joel Johnson

 

The helipad.
The helipad.
Photographer: Joel Johnson

Situated in the quiet Las Colinas neighborhood in Managua, the house is set amid lush gardens and surrounded by a 10-foot fence. The house has vast entertaining areas along with a billiard room, large pool, and patios. The property also has an “equestrian center” with a riding ring and 10 horse stalls. And (of course) a circular, monogrammed helipad.

The helicopter landing.
The helicopter landing.
Photographer: Joel Johnson

Sotheby's International Realty

 

Hawaiian Ranch, $19.5 Million

The property is currently arranged as a ranch.
The property is currently arranged as a ranch.
Photographer: Dante Parducci
  • Size: 1,700 square feet
  • Price per sq. ft.: $11,470
  • Acres: 803
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
There's a manager's house, a barn, and several "cowboy cabins" for ranch hands.
There's a manager's house, a barn, and several "cowboy cabins" for ranch hands.
Photographer: Dante Parducci

 

The manager's home's interior.

The interior of the manager's home.

Photographer: Dante Parducci

Don’t let the price per square foot fool you—no one is buying this massive property on Maui for its existing structures. (There’s also, to be fair, a 4,000-square-foot horse barn, but that probably won’t be the feature that seals the deal.) Instead, prospective buyers will invariably be drawn by the ranch’s 550 acres of fenced pasture paddocks, 90 acres of woodland, and 160 acres of sheltered valleys. There’s infinite potential to build a colossal Xanadu-style estate, set (far, far) away from the rest of the world.

The ranch's rolling hills.
The ranch's rolling hills.
Photographer: Dante Parducci

Sotheby's International Realty

(Corrects square footage and acreage of Sao Paulo home)
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