'I have an airplane hangar in my front yard'

@CNNMoney May 18, 2012: 9:50 AM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Like so many Americans across the nation, Julie Clark commutes to work. But she doesn't drive, walk or even take a bus or train. Instead, she flies a plane.

Clark, an air show performer and retired airline captain, lives 30 miles east of Sacramento, Calif., in a neighborhood where airplanes have the right of way. At Cameron Airpark Estates, hangars replace garages and roads are 75-feet wide to allow for airplane traffic.

According to Clark, it's a close-knit community made up of 120 homes where neighbors, many retired and active airline pilots, share their love of aviation and almost everyone owns an airplane.

Clark has lived in Cameron Airpark since 1983 and says she can't imagine living in a traditional neighborhood where cars and garages are the norm. She loves walking out of her kitchen into the attached hangar in order to climb into one of her two planes.

The community boasts a domestic airport for smaller aircraft replete with a runway, command center office and refueling station.

But to live here isn't cheap. According to Gary Stout, a local real estate broker, the average home in this neighborhood will cost around half a million dollars, not to mention the cost to buy and upkeep an airplane.

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