February 08, 2008

SPRUCE CREEK Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

SPRUCE CREEK FAQ’s

 

Where is the Spruce Creek Fly-in Community?
Spruce Creek is located about 7 miles South East of Daytona Beach. See the Spruce Creek Map for a better idea

Who owns the Spruce Creek airport?
The owners of real property at Spruce Creek, through the Property Owners Association, own, maintain and control the airport.

When did Spruce Creek open?
Spruce Creek Airport was built in 1943 by the US Navy. It was conceived as a residential airpark in the late sixties. The development of the community began in the early seventies. More information can be found in our History section.

Who maintains the streets?
The streets are private and not open for public access, the Spruce Creek Property Owner’s Association maintains the streets. With the exception of serious crimes, even the County Sheriff needs permission to enter.

What kind of aviation facilities are available at Spruce Creek?
A 4000' x 150’ paved lighted runway, fourteen miles of paved taxiways, Jet-A and 100LL Fuel, Aircraft Repair Stations, Restaurants, Real Estate Offices and many more commercial enterprises. The paved taxiways to the homes typically have fifty to sixty foot clearances to accommodate most private jets. See the Spruce Creek Airport section for more detailed information.

Is there an instrument approach to the Spruce Creek Airport?
Yes, there is a private GPS approach for the use of those Spruce Creek residents and their planes that are properly qualified. The approach plates, while issued by Jeppesen, are numbered and only distributed to qualifying property owners of Spruce Creek.

Can I fly a jet to Spruce Creek?
Of course!, We have several Lears, Citations, L39’s, an L29, even a Mig15 based here.

Can I fly my Stearman to Spruce Creek?
Of Course!, there are several Stearmans based in the field. Matter of fact, this is the home of Princess Belle, one of the top Stearmans in the World, winner of the top award in every show she’s been to. We even have Stearman wanna-be’s Wacos, a Fokker Triplane (Red Baron), a Sopwith Camel, a Tiger Moth, several  Great Lakes and other biplanes. We also have a P-51, several T28’s T6’s, a Grumman Widgeon, Maules, Siai Marchettis, many Cubs, the world’s largest concentration of Van’s Aircraft RV’s, and a few helicopters and even hot air balloons among others.

How do I get to Spruce Creek?
Check our maps and charts for information on how to get here by air  or by automobile. Please keep in mind that any visits are by invitation only, as the community is not open to the public. If you are interested in real estate at the Spruce Creek Fly-in, contact Karlhaus Realty for an invitation and they will happily schedule a guided tour.

What is the weather like in Daytona Beach?
This is Florida, where Palm Trees grow naturally, the sun always shines and people dress casual. When you are shoveling snow up north, many times we are walking around in t-shirts enjoying a balmy 70 F. In the summer it can be hot, but being close to the Atlantic Ocean and its breezes, the temperature gets tempered.

How far is Spruce Creek from the beach?
Less than fifteen minutes (Seven miles East).

Can I ride my bicycle on the beach?
Out beaches are world famous, everyone knows that NASCAR was born here, the reason is the fine sand that gets hard-packed and supports all kinds of wheeled activities. Bicycling is one of the most fun exercises when done on the beach.

Is the Spruce Creek Fly-in the World’s Largest Residential Airpark?
Yes, no airpark in the world compares to Spruce Creek. It is not only the Largest and most established, but we also think it’s the Best.

Can’t someone build another community like Spruce Creek?
Probably, if you have more money than Fort Knox and more time than a Himalayan monk... Spruce Creek’s history started back in 1943 and what we have today has taken over 60 years to mature. Like a good wine, with lots of time and the experience of having tried many different things did we get the formula right at the end.  Our runway was part of a former navy base, it is 4,000 feet long and 150 feet wide and can accommodate anything from a Stearman to a Gulfstream. It is lighted and has a GPS instrument approach. It would be economically unfeasible to duplicate today. In addition, we have a marvelous country club with an 18-hole championship course, swimming pool and tennis courts as well as a driving range.  The aggregate value of Spruce Creek has been estimated to exceed a billion dollars. But the real value is in the residents, One of the key ingredients to the fantastic mix at Spruce Creek is the sheer amount of talent, friendliness and camaraderie that resides here; people that have made a mark in their lives and decided to opt for the Spruce Creek Fly-in lifestyle and come from all parts of the world.

What kind of homes can I purchase at the Spruce Creek Fly-in?
There is a home to suit almost every taste and budget. The homes range from modestly priced Spruce Creek Condo Townhomes in the 160’s to elaborate Hangar Homes and mansions priced in the several millions. The home styles vary from condominiums or single-family homes on the Spruce Creek Golf Course to townhomes with plane ports, single family homes on zero lot lines and, of course, homes with attached hangars (“hangar homes”) and direct access to taxiways. Some homes back to our own Spruce Creek and have boat docks. For those desiring to build a custom home, there are a limited number of lLots available, including some lots with taxiway access. Contact Karlhaus Realty for information about Spruce Creek Real Estate.

Wasn’t the Spruce Creek Fly-in featured on TV in the Travel Channel?
Yes!, the Spruce Creek Fly-in was featured in the Travel Channel in an episode of “Outrageous millionaire services”. Spruce Creek has also been featured in CNN, the BBC of London, and national and international magazines such as AOPA Pilot, Flying, The Robb Report, Ocala Home, Stratos, Watch, Big Twin, Air and Space, Land Rover, Airport Business, and many more.

Is it true that John Travolta lived in Spruce Creek?
Yes!, John Travolta was probably the most well known person that lived here. His main home was in Spruce Creek for many years before moving to Ocala, where he could land his Boeing 707 (Although Spruce Creek Airport can handle most business jets, the Boeing 707 is a little bit too much for our 4,000 ft. runway...).

How safe is the Spruce Creek Fly-in?
Spruce Creek is a private, gated community with 24-hr private security patrol. The entrance gates are manned by our security personnel who check-in and register all guests and contractors. There are security cameras at the gates which automatically record all activity. A record is kept of everyone’s driver’s licenses and times of entry. License plates are recorded as well. The airport is private, invitation-only. People rarely lock their doors. Kids can freely play in the common and nature areas and can be seen rollerblading or riding their bicycles in the paths. Many celebrities reside here and appreciate the privacy and camaraderie of a close-knit community without having to worry about public mobs or paparazzi. As an example, Tom Cruise stayed here with his then girlfriend, Nicole Kidman, while filming "Days of Thunder". There was no other place that offered the privacy and security that we have.

What is the FAA Identifier of the Spruce Creek Airport?
The Spruce Creek Airport  Identifier is 7FL6. Before 1999, it was 44J (as in old Jeppesen or Loran databases, for those that have not updated their Nav equipment...)

What are the Area Code and ZIP codes for Spruce Creek?
The Area code is (386) , which spells FUN !... (Used to be 904)
The Zip Code is 32128 (used to be 32124 before 2001)

What is the difference between a “Fly-in” and an “ Airpark”?
None. A “Fly-in” community is also an “airpark”. The term used to designate an airport that offers direct access to residential or commercial properties by aircraft. The name was coined by Spruce Creek’s founder and visionary, Mac Conway. See the Spruce Creek history Section.

What is there to do at Spruce Creek Fly-In?
Walking, rollerblading, bicycling and jogging on 14 miles of trails and taxiways, Canoeing, Fishing, Swimming, Tennis, Golfing, Learning to Fly, Watch nature (we have deer, fox, eagles, hawks, turtles, and hundreds of other interesting species, including New Yorkers). There also are Community social events, Over 20 specialty clubs (Bridge, Garden, Flying, Book Reading, EAA Chapter, and others),  Even pristine solitude for those so inclined.

Where can I keep my airplane at Spruce Creek?
We have about 600 homes with attached hangars, in addition there is a number of townhomes that have “planeports” - sort of like a carport, only larger. Commercial hangars are also available which permit not only the storage of aircraft, motor coaches, boats and whatever other toys, but also allow the operation of businesses and construction of offices. Hangars can be purchased fee simple or leased from the owners. There are tie downs available for a reasonable fee from the POA. Contact Karlhaus Realty at Spruce Creek for additional information on Spruce Creek Real Estate.

What are the Real Estate taxes in Spruce Creek?
Taxes run approximately $20 per thousand dollars of assessed value. In Florida, Assessed Values vary a lot and can dramatically change with a new purchase. The first $25,000 of assessed value may qualify for Florida’s Homestead Exemption for residents. The Homestead Exemption offers a lot of benefits beyond the $25,000 “discount” of assessed value, it protects the real property in many cases against judgments (Remember OJ?... They took everything, but He kept his multimillion dollar Florida home...). Florida has the “save our homes” statutes which place a limit to what the assessed values can be raised for homestead exeptions from year to year. The laws are complex and there are many other exemptions available for residents. The Volusia County Property Appraiser's office is here. Here is a handy Volusia County, Florida Property Tax Estimator.

Is there a Property Owners Association?
All property owners in Spruce Creek are required to members of the Spruce Creek Property Owners Association (POA). For each parcel owned, regardless of size, shape, or value, a flat yearly POA fee is due, typically the January of each year. For 2009, the fee is $1150.00 (Per YEAR, compare that with the MONTHLY assessment of a South Florida Condo...). This pays for maintenance of the roadways, taxiways, runway, and common areas, as well as security and insurance. The POA is managed by the Spruce Creek Property Manager, hired by the POA Board. The POA Board is responsible for all maintenance and all activities in the community and is assisted by diverse committees and hired personnel.

Information about the Spruce Creek Property Owners Association
All property owners in Spruce Creek are required to be members of the Spruce Creek Property Owners Association (POA). For each parcel owned, regardless of size, shape, or value, a flat yearly POA fee is be due. For 2009 the fee is $1,350. A portion of this fee covers the operations of the community (Including the airport operations, the common areas landscaping, maintenance of the runway, roads and taxiways, POA Employees, Office, Security, Lighting, etc.) another portion includes reserves for future maintenance. Here is historical data on the Spruce Creek POA Fees for the past five years:

Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
POA Fee
$786
$1,092
$1,259
$1,164
$1,350

 

If the property owned is a condominium, or zero-lot-line parcel, or if a given section of Spruce Creek has an additional Owners Association, there will also be dues, usually payable monthly, to that Association. Some of these "Mini-Associations" include Eagles Crest, Glen Eagles, Hawks Nest, The Reserves, Wedgewood, Fairway Chase, Eagles Landing, Woodside, Cedar Pointe, Creekside and others. The fees are reasonable and include various services such as lawn maintenance, community pools, insurance, etc. Consult with your Spruce Creek Real Estate agent for detailed information on a given property.

Are there any other fees I have to pay to live at Spruce Creek?
Within the community there are several condominium developments of townhomes, commercial hangars, and offices that have their own condo or association fees to pay for exterior maintenance or common areas such as pools.  These fees are in addition to the POA annual fees. There are no landing fees at the Spruce Creek Airport.

Is there a Country Club in Spruce Creek?
Yes!, The Spruce Creek Country Club has a championship 18-hole golf course. Many special events have been held here such as LPGA and others.

Is there a Flying Club at Spruce Creek?
Does a bear...? But of course!, Being an airport, there's not one, but several flying-related clubs; there’s a social flying club with over 300 members that meets monthly and organizes periodic fly-outs and an annual parade, there is a local chapter of the EAA, There is a formation flying group ("The Gaggle") that flies out every Saturday morning in search of that $100 breakfast. We also have the Bonanza pilots group, the RV pilots group, and several more, some more formal, others more laid back and casual. Some groups conduct periodic seminars that meet FAA requirements for recurrent safety training (WINGS program, etc.).

What about airplane noise?
The sound of an aircraft engine, especially a radial one... is music to the ears of a pilot. Spruce Creek Fly-in is an airport community, so anyone looking to purchase or lease a property at Spruce Creek should be aware of the airport, the airplanes, the air and ground traffic, and the activities associated with aircraft operations. Which is exactly the reason so many want to live here!. This is, was, and will be a Fly-In community. That said, our community is comprised of 1,400 acres, a lot of it heavily wooded, so there are many areas that are somewhat sheltered from a lot of the noise as well. Finally, this is a private airport and as such it certainly does not have the same number of daily operations as a typical municipal airport with commercial traffic.

How good are the local schools?
The local schools are excellent. Several of the local schools have been rated as top schools in the country. Spruce Creek is served by Cypress Creek Elementary, which is brand new and opened in 2007; Creekside Middle School, located just outside the south gate of Spruce Creek; opened in 2001; and Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange which has the second largest International Baccalaureate program in the US. The program allows students to graduate from high school with as much as a full year of college credit. Spruce Creek High is also home of the “Wee-Hawks” pre-K program, one of the state’s best, which usually fills-up a year in advance!. There are several higher education facilities in the area: Embry Riddle University, rated by U.S.News & World Report as number one in the Aerospace/ Aeronautical/ Astronautical Engineering category for schools without doctorate programs; Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach Community College, Kaiser University and the University of Central Florida Daytona Campus.

Is Spruce Creek a retirement community?
While a lot of our residents are retirees, some of these “retirees” are in their 40’s, so this is by no means a “retirement community”... Spruce Creek has matured into a diverse community with families and young children coexisting with everyone else just as in any other city. Our demographics are composed of a younger age than the average for Florida.  The older residents are the most active anywhere in the state, in fact, some of them today still do loops and rolls in the same vintage airplanes they used during the war as fighter pilots. The stories of these old timers are eagerly listened to by the younger ones. Out here, most solo at 16 after qualifying from an even younger age.

Is there an online Newspaper about Spruce Creek?
The Spruce Creek Journal is the main online source of Spruce Creek News and includes an online Spruce Creek Events Calendar. There is also a Spruce Creek Online Community Network, The Spruce Creek Cafe, where neighbors share photos, videos, news, events and family happenings with other neighbors in a secure online environment. Within the Spruce Creek cafe there are several virtual clubs that members can join in such as the Airline Pilots of Spruce Creek, Spruce Creek Golfers, Spruce Creek Motorcycle Riders, Spruce Creek Pilots and others. The Spruce Creek cafe is sort of like Facebook but only restricted to Spruce Creek Fly-in neighbors and their friends and families. There is also a Facebook Spruce Creek Group, open to all fans of Spruce Creek worldwide.

 

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have a question ? do some residents own their own HELICOPTER (single or twin engines) ? because on videos, I only see aicrafts ? are helos authorized at Spruce Creek ?
thanks
cheers
Pat. from France.

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