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Rutanís Pyramid on the Market

Rutan's mailbox
The view heading up the driveway to Rutan’s pyramid. Check out that mailbox!

An atom-framed collage of several indoor and outdoor scenes of Rutan’s Pyramid. Larger view

February 17, 2011 — Aviation legend Burt Rutan, who last year announced he would retire in April 2011, is moving within weeks to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and now he and his wife, Tonya, have their home, “The Rutan Pyramid,” up for sale in Mojave, California. What better home for an EAAer? The Rutan Pyramid is only five minutes away (by car or helicopter – it has a heliport) from the Mojave Air & Space Port. The unique home, in which myriad innovative flying machines and other inventions were inspired, is on the market with the asking price of $1 million.

This unique structure sits on 7.52 acres (three lots), is energy efficient, and was featured in Popular Science magazine in November 1989. Custom-made furniture is included, as well as a 1998 Lexus muscle car. The pyramid has three bedrooms, two offices, and a wonderful “great room” for entertaining.

As with anything involving Burt Rutan, huge thought and pre-planning went into every “unsquare” corner of the 3,400-square-foot home. It also has a 1,250-square-foot garage and workshop that’s wired for 220V 3-Phase - just in case you have or acquire an electric car.

But perhaps most unique of all, the house oozes inspiration and innovation. Here are just a few of the flying machines that were inspired under the pyramid apex:

  • Catbird (Model #81, first flight January 14, 1988);
  • Boomerang (Model #202, first flight June 19, 1996);
  • ARES Light Attack (Model 151, first flight February 19, 1990);
  • LIMA 1 (Lexus engine, Aztec testbed for Toyota, first flight April 1990);
  • Pond Racer (Model 158, first flight March 22, 1991);
  • LIMA II (Model #191, first flight November 4, 1991);
  • Earthwinds RTW Gondola (Model #181, first flight November 1991);
  • Raptor D-1 Manned UAV POC (Model #226, first flight May 9, 1993);
  • Jet LongEZ Vantage FJ107 (Model #61B, first flight August 1993);
  • Raptor D-2 (Model #226B, first flight August 24, 1994);
  • VisionAire Vantage (Model #247, first flight November 14, 1996);
  • V-Jet II VLJ POC (Model #271, first flight April 13, 1997);
  • Global Hilton RTW Gondola (Model #257, first flight January 1998);
  • Proteus (Model #281, first flight July 26, 1998);
  • Roton ATV (Rotary Rocket, first flight March 1999);
  • Adam 209 Twin Recip (Model #309, first flight March 21, 2000);
  • WhiteKnight (model #318, first flight August 2002);
  • SpaceShipOne (Model #316, first flight August 2003); and
  • Capricorn GlobalFlyer (Model #311, first flight March 2004)

Kelly Hall, a family friend for decades, is helping to locate a buyer for this unique property. For more information, e-mail Kelly, or call 805-338-3571 or 805-338-0363.


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