Home of the Week: Fly to the Cape — and into the garage

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Our Home of the Week pick, a Colonial in Falmouth, has a hangar/garage.
Our Home of the Week pick, a Colonial in Falmouth, has a hangar/garage. JohnTlumacki/Globe staff

18 Smilin Jack Lane, East Falmouth


Style: Colonial

Year built: 2001

Square feet: 4,600

Bedrooms: 4

Baths: 4 full, 1 half

Sewer/water: Private/Public

Taxes: $5,712 (2016)

Airpark fee: $1,300 a year

In one of the most unusual neighborhoods in Massachusetts, painting contractor Dan Mihailescu and his seamstress wife, Olga, built themselves a house using Spanish carvings, Austrian china, Greek columns, and the Mihailescus’ artistry with paint and needles — a worldly take in a development designed for travelers.

Their 4,600-square-foot Colonial is a residence in Falmouth Airpark, the only public place in the state where homeowners can land, taxi to their house and into the hangar/garage, and then walk into the kitchen for dinner.

The couple do not own an airplane, but sometimes friends fly in. The house was designed just like the four dozen or so others in the airpark: The hangar-sized attached garage has a rear door that opens to a concrete apron and a lawn that ties into the grassy taxiway.

From the street, though, there is absolutely no sign of an airpark. There is, however, every indication that the house was built with care, starting with the front door area, which is flanked by two columns that rise to a barrel overhang nearly 20 feet up that is topped by a keystone arch.

In the expansive foyer, sunlight from a large window splashes onto a Schonbeck Austrian crystal chandelier that hangs from the 17-foot ceiling. Two columns hold up an arched doorway leading to a dining room with a smaller Schonbeck crystal chandelier complemented by sconces of more Austrian crystal. The walls have crown and wall moldings, and the windows are draped with treatments that Olga, the owner of Golden Needle in Cotuit, created. Dan did the finishing work.

To the right is a bedroom suite used as an office.

Back in the foyer, a short hallway leads to the kitchen and family room area, but the newel posts on the stairs capture all the attention first. Shaped like graceful swans, the columns were carved in Spain, as were the balusters that line the stairwell and the hallway railing above.

The family room offers a gas fireplace that has a carved wooden mantel and is flanked by bookshelves with lighting and a keystone arch motif. A set of French doors leads to the deck overlooking the backyard and concrete apron.

The kitchen includes a breakfast nook framed by windows. The mahogany cabinets, many with clear-glass doors, wear a light stain. The gas stovetop is set in a two-tier island with granite countertops. A half bath completes this floor.

Remember that garage/hangar? Well, that wide-open space is replicated on the second floor as a 40-by-30-foot family room with skylights and a wet bar. Sharing the floor are three bedrooms, each with an en suite bath.

The master bedroom stands out. Dan was trained as a fine-arts painter in his native Romania, and he put those skills to work on the lighted tray ceiling above the bed, creating peaceful imagery suggestive of Renaissance-era clouds. There is a walk-in closet and a sitting area. The master bath is spacious, offering a whirlpool tub, a separate shower with a glass door in a dark granite frame, and two vanities.

The basement is unfinished, and the home sits on a 0.39-acre lot.

Jan Youlden of Kinlin Grover Real Estate in Falmouth is the listing agent.

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