Here is a listing of multigenerational homes. This is not an over 55 category (although some exist in 55 communities), but can be an excellent choice for housing for your senior years. The adult children can live in the main home, and there is an attached small unit for the aging parents or vice versa. The unit can also be used for returning children or grandchildren. Additionally, it can be a room rental for extra income (check with local zoning).
These homes are for more than active adults. They evolve as the family changes.
One does not ordinarily think of this option. There are many benefits to these arrangements depending on your situation. Seniors may be able to help their adult children afford a larger home, for example. Seniors may wish to be close to children as one ages. We think this trend may increase, so we are making this a new category on our site.
Here is another way to build for multi-generations that doesn't involve living in the same home: Many name builders have built and are continuing to build communities which include a section for first-time homebuyers adjacent to 55 housing. This makes it easier for parents to be near their adult children and grandchildren.
As the population ages, adult children want to have their parents closer to them. Also, very often grown children live in more expensive areas than aging parents can afford. High employment areas may also have high rents. A multigenerational home may be their solution.
The type of housing can be condominiums or single homes. Sometimes the communities are by different builders but happen to be side by side.
One example is on Long Island, NY by Engel Burman called The Seasons at Plainview. There are many other examples to be found. This concept is popular and the communities may sell quickly.
A Garage Conversion
The Los Angeles area is now allowing for an easier permit process for garages to be converted to dwellings (see requirements) which will alleviate the problem of high rents in the area for aging adults wanting to be closer to children. Of course, this isn't a community that we are talking about here but it highlights a serious housing shortage for low rents in the area (verify all information).
In the new home market, we have found Lennar Homes to have the largest collection of this type of home. Lennar calls them a "home within a home." Lennar is finding astounding success with this floor plan and continues to add it to select communities nationally.
These non-age restricted communities usually have one or more floorplans that are for multigenerational homes. Here is a list of some of their communities with this type of floor plan.
The builder K Hovnanian now has "Extra Suite Homes" that have floorplans they say are for solving these problems:
The attached extra units feature:
Cities in California with Lennar multigenerational homes:
Tehaleh - Bonney Lake - Blacktail floorplan - 2831 SF and start at $352,300. 135 St. Ct. E. Bonney Lake
Poplar Farms - Blacktail floorplan (start $359,950) and White Chuck (start $389,950) floorplans - 435 22nd St. NW, Puyallup
Puyallup Highlands in Puyallup.
Floor plans and pricing can change at any time. Floorplans on marketing materials can be approximate. Check with owners for exact floor plan square footage.
Maracay Homes has a new collection for the Multigen family. It is called New Arizona Living Collection. Pew Research states multigenerational living has doubled since 1980 (this includes all ages). Young people are living with their parents longer due to the recession and lack of jobs.
A bonus their new community will be for over 55 in the master community Verrado in the Victory Section opening in 2015 in Buckeye, Arizona.
Have you heard of casitas. They are very common in Hawaii where the elders live in the home with the adult children but in a separate attached unit. They are an attached apartment to the main home. Some builders are now including casitas in their floorplans. There are also detached casitas.
Some recent builders of floorplans with casita option:
H. A. Fisher in Rhode Island has Reynolds Crossing in North Kingstown with a casitas option and an upcoming community in Warwick called The Preserve at Cowesett.
And check out the beautiful homes in Orange County California by Standard Pacific at Rancho Mission Viejo with attached casita.
Mattamy Homes - Village at Vistancia
Maracay Homes in Arizona has several communities.
Pulte Homes a national builder, offers plans in Las Vegas
Darling Homes - Newman Village Renaissance - Dallas