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Multigenerational Homes: Real Estate's Next Big Thing as More Families Share a Space
AOL Real Estate ^ | November 16, 2012 | Krisanne Alcantara

Posted on 11/25/2012 10:04:18 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Being roommates with your parents after age 21 sounds like a nightmare for most, but Jessica Bruno wouldn't have it any other way. Bruno, a 40-year-old mom, wife and DIY blogger, lives with her 62-year-old parents, Connie and Fred, in their Sutton, Mass., home.

Oh, and there's Bruno's husband, Tony, and their 6-year-old son, Tony Jr.

Think that's a lot of people under one roof? There's more. Bruno's grandparents, Grace, 80, and Fred, 82, live in the house, too. That's seven people from four generations living together in one home. Actually, make that nine: Bruno's two stepdaughters, 12-year-old twins Alexia and Gabriella -- Tony's kids from another marriage -- stay with them on weekends.

It might sound like a crowded living situation, but it's not uncommon. The Bruno family is one of 4.4 million American households who have three generations or more living under one roof. There are also an estimated 51.4 million Americans that currently live in homes with more than two generations. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, multigenerational households are a growing trend, up 30 percent between 2000 and 2010, a figure that will only continue to grow, experts say.

"We've seen a 25 percent increase in demand for multigenerational housing structures over the past two years and expect to see more," said Luis Tusino, CEO of the GBI-Avis building group, which specializes in building custom modular homes.

The Bruno family has gone to great lengths to accommodate all the residents of their home. They've added 2,000 square feet to the original house over the years, expanding it to 5,000 square feet with three spacious and separate "wings" -- one for each family. They've spent about $70,000 in renovations...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: economy; family; housing; multigeneration; nesting; obama; recession; southfork; waltons
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Just like the Walton family in the last depression.
1 posted on 11/25/2012 10:04:29 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

"Comrade, there was living space for 13 families in this one house!"

2 posted on 11/25/2012 10:09:54 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There’s a family on our street where half their kids (late 20’s and early 30’s) have moved back home and have been there for years. The “kids” mooch off the parents who also were heavily subsidized by their parents. It’s a family tradition!

Periodically the “kids” bring their girlfriends and boyfriends to spend a few days in mom and dad’s home. With all that coziness it’s just a matter of time before one of the “guests” has a liason with another family member. That will be interesting. LOL.


3 posted on 11/25/2012 10:12:06 AM PST by Starboard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think it’s a great idea. In fact, I wonder if part of this is less financial and more emotional. People used to live near or with relatives and see them often.

For every middle-aged couple who rejoices at the thought of an empty nest, there is another who misses the kids. And practically every kid I’ve ever known would like more time with Grandma and Grandpa.


4 posted on 11/25/2012 10:13:48 AM PST by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

During the Depression, my mother’s family ended up living together even though they worked in the public sector (cops and firemen) and, therefore, missed the worst of that time. I truly think they were very close and kind to each other. We used to call it “extended families.”


5 posted on 11/25/2012 10:15:33 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nothing at all unusual about this around the rural area where I live, especially as I was growing up. Used to see lots of multigenerational homes and properties. Cases of sons and grandchildren building homes on the same property as the grandparents, or in some cases all of them just living together.

Over the past 20 years, I’ve noticed less of it. Most of my peers, and their parents had moved away from ‘the nest’. but it seems to be making a comeback in a hurry.


6 posted on 11/25/2012 10:16:48 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: generally
And practically every kid I’ve ever known would like more time with Grandma and Grandpa.

I have 6 children, 14 g/children and 4 gg/children, I'd like to see all of them more often but have them live with me? No thanks.

7 posted on 11/25/2012 10:17:52 AM PST by Graybeard58 (What G.O.P.e. candidate is in store for us in 2016?)
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To: dfwgator

The difference is that Zhivago’s house was overtaken by strangers - stolen from him. This is more about sharing.


8 posted on 11/25/2012 10:20:45 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You bet this will continue to happen, as more people lose their homes, the economy continues to remain in the toilet and enter another recession, and rental unit rates climb, people will have no choice but to live with close relatives. Get used to the idea, it’s already happening.


9 posted on 11/25/2012 10:21:08 AM PST by john drake
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To: dfwgator

I expect them to start assigning “empty” and “underutilized” homes to Obamaphone recipients. England is already doing it.

Single mother-of-six finds £2m mansion on the net... and then gets YOU to pay £7,000 a month rent
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250993/Single-mum-finds-mansion-net-gets-YOU-pay-7-000-month-rent.html#ixzz2DGA0ae00


10 posted on 11/25/2012 10:21:25 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Multigenerational homes are the greatest thing since funemployment
11 posted on 11/25/2012 10:22:32 AM PST by Haiku Guy (Maybe he should have said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My God! I just checked your link out. My mind is completely blown.


12 posted on 11/25/2012 10:26:04 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So what is old is new again?

Not surprising given the economy. And this is just the beginning.

If I were going to do this with my family, I’d prefer a “family compound” with several houses close together on a common piece of land. Gives more privacy.


13 posted on 11/25/2012 10:26:56 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This has been common for years with Armenian families in the Los Angeles area.


14 posted on 11/25/2012 10:27:29 AM PST by windcliff
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To: miss marmelstein
The difference is that Zhivago’s house was overtaken by strangers - stolen from him. This is more about sharing.

Oh, sure that's how it starts, then the government steps in and says, what about all the people who don't have traditional families.

15 posted on 11/25/2012 10:30:50 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Starboard

Heck, I’m going to mooch off of my kids when I’m old, I’m telling them to study hard, because I want them to get a nice big house so that we can move in with them.


16 posted on 11/25/2012 10:33:11 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: upchuck


17 posted on 11/25/2012 10:35:48 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a wonderful return back to true family life. When your parents and grandparents stay with you, you take care of them and they take care of the kids.


18 posted on 11/25/2012 10:38:48 AM PST by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That green one has the power supply for the entire pod....


19 posted on 11/25/2012 10:46:40 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: dfwgator

Hope that works out for you. Just take your parent hat off when you move in; independent kids resent unsolicited “guidance” from mommy and daddy. :)


20 posted on 11/25/2012 10:46:40 AM PST by Starboard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m single, 60 years old. As an empty nester, my house was many times bigger than I needed. A couple years ago my daughter, hubby & 2 small grandkids moved in with me. Part of my deal to get my son in law thru college. We all get along great, but we’re lucky.


21 posted on 11/25/2012 11:02:29 AM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We have a “family” of Mexicans living in our neighborhood. the enclosed the garage and made another room, or two, or three....not sure. Now when they open the garage door you can see studs and sheetrock. The HOA is supposedly trying to do something about it. It’s definitely against the rules.


22 posted on 11/25/2012 11:05:10 AM PST by Terry Mross (I haven't watched the news since the election. Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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To: Terry Mross

Now, THAT is what HOA’s are FOR! Not going after flag poles.


23 posted on 11/25/2012 11:10:36 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: windcliff

I grew up on one of those family compounds. Aunts and Uncles on both sides, Grandparents in the house in front. Even though it was considered an urban area (El Monte), my chores after school were to feed the chickens and gather the eggs, gather firewood and chop kindling for the firewood boxes on Grandmas front porch.


24 posted on 11/25/2012 11:18:46 AM PST by shorty_harris
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My concern are not multi-generational home but unrelated multi-family homes.


25 posted on 11/25/2012 11:29:23 AM PST by jimfr
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To: generally

Why is it only in America where we say, “You’re 21, gtfo NOW. And grandma, you can’t bathe yourself any more so you gtfo too?” Is it our culture of independence? Is it our affluence in comparison to other countries? Family should be a death grip. “Get motivated and shoot for your dream. We will not abandon you before you’re ready and we won’t send you away to die alone.”


26 posted on 11/25/2012 11:49:06 AM PST by conservativeimage.com (I don't blame Obama. I blame America for choosing him.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This was my plan for this house before obama. Three generation: downstairs guest suite/grandparent's suite, kitchen and family living and dining areas, upstairs parents and kids bedrooms, with the first floor and landscaping all very friendly and accessible to all three generations and their mobility, plus a three car garage for vehicles and stuff overflow.

Had the remodel planned and laid out on paper and the budget worked out in anticipation of Romney/Ryan and was looking for an architect and contractor to help me make it happen.

I would have employed a few people to get it done, bought a lot of material from local suppliers and think it would have improved the neighborhood. Oh well...so much for that idea...not spending any more money and certainly won't be borrowing any!

27 posted on 11/25/2012 11:58:26 AM PST by GBA
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To: conservativeimage.com
Why is it only in America where we say, “You’re 21, gtfo NOW. And grandma, you can’t bathe yourself any more so you gtfo too?” Is it our culture of independence? Is it our affluence in comparison to other countries? Family should be a death grip. “Get motivated and shoot for your dream. We will not abandon you before you’re ready and we won’t send you away to die alone.”

+1

28 posted on 11/25/2012 12:30:20 PM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: generally

I lived a state away from my children, but I was in a resort area and everyone would spend some vacation time with me. Then, two years ago there was more snow than usual and my children worried about me alone up there all winter, and since I’m “elderly” actually only 88, they convinced me to sell my house and move in with my bachelor son, so I did, and since I have 3 children in the same town, it has worked out just fine for all of us (well maybe not my son). But I own a commercial strip mall and I told him he doesn’t have to pay rent.


29 posted on 11/25/2012 12:42:26 PM PST by MondoQueen
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I grew up in a multi-generational home (I’m 59.) My widowed grandmother came to live with us when I was 2, and she lived with us until she passed away I was 12.) Then my great aunt lived with us (during my HS years and died when I was in college) because she was alone and didn’t want to live on her own.

We (my husband and I) followed suit and my MIL lived with us once my FIL passed...it just seemed like the “normal” thing to do (our kid took it in stride ) She has passed away, as has my mom, but we’ve let my dad know that he has a place here with us, if he ever wants to move in.

I know plenty of families who have 3 generations, living under one roof (I know one who has 4.) But these folks aren’t destitute, or forced into this decision. It is considered normal and makes things more convenient and practical...but not always easier :)

What a wonderful lesson for children to know that when someone is elderly, and perhaps in ill health, we don’t put them away in a nursing home, or retirement center, but live together as a family. (In our case, 3 siblings, my father, our son and DIL, and some nieces/nephews and their families) all live within 2 miles of each other...it’s a great support system and makes life so much easier, even though we’re not all living under the same roof.


30 posted on 11/25/2012 1:08:55 PM PST by memyselfandi59
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To: conservativeimage.com

“Why is it only in America where we say, “You’re 21, gtfo NOW.”

That’s really old. In our earlier history, many children were supposed to be on their own by 16, and most certainly by 18.

In other countries, children of 10 are earning a part of the income for the family, and by 14 or 15 are major contributors.

Only in America, do we think it is swell to have 26 year old “children” on their parents’ health insurance. We coddle them much too long.


31 posted on 11/25/2012 1:09:31 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: generally
--- For every middle-aged couple who rejoices at the thought of an empty nest, there is another who misses the kids. And practically every kid I’ve ever known would like more time with Grandma and Grandpa. ---

I'm all for it. Of course there will be friction, at times, but there's a reason why religious communities live in community. It rounds our sharp corners. It's humbling. It forces us to get outside of ourselves. Overall, it's a healthy thing.

The downside is children who won't work. Children who won't work have to be thrown out, as a last resort.

32 posted on 11/25/2012 1:17:15 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How nice, one of the kids is named ‘Jihad’.


33 posted on 11/25/2012 1:23:50 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: conservativeimage.com
Is it our culture of independence?

This was the goal of the progressives, who wanted to break down the family, and coincidentally, the industrialists, like Rockefeller and Carnegie, who knew that broken-up families produced more compliant workers. (See "The Underground History of American Education). Rockefeller and Carnegie spent more money establishing teacher colleges and schooling research, then all levels of government combined. And their methods were based entirely on behavioral psychology, or animal training. It was a natural fit in the heyday of Darwinism.

The Socialists in Prussia developed compulsory schooling to remove children from the home. For the same reason, Carnegie and Rockefeller promoted compulsory schooling in America.

Additionally, the Socialists sought to replace the church, as the source of charity, with the State. Bismark began the welfare state in Germany.

Finally, the communists sought to break down the moral order, because irrational people could be led around by their... natural tendencies.

Again, the communist desire to break down the moral order coincided with the goal of modern business practices. Edward Bernays realized that irrational people made good consumers. They were driven by emotion, rather than intellect.

34 posted on 11/25/2012 1:30:39 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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35 posted on 11/25/2012 1:30:48 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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I don’t know. One side of my family had the multi-generational thing going. They all got along great and it was lovely to see. Will always remember all the “old folks” rocking away in the living room. I personally left home at 18 and NEVER could have lived with my parents . ...which is sad.

I would like it with my own family, but there would have to be enough room, separate entrances, and places to go to get away and be alone, or to get work done. Other than that, I’d love it ... I think what’s important is that everyone minds their own business and keeps their mouths shut when appropriate. I think it takes a lot of mutual respect for everyone in the family for it to work ...


36 posted on 11/25/2012 1:48:24 PM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: LibsRJerks; Charles Henrickson

3 Generations in a shipping container

Could be a song...

We all live in a rusty Shipping Container!! (not a yellow submarine)


37 posted on 11/25/2012 1:56:42 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Terry Mross

It’s not just Mexicans doing that these days


38 posted on 11/25/2012 1:58:12 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Terry Mross

Like I said... they ain’t all Mexicans...

I have relatives (not that close) who have turned a house into a “flop house” - with all that entails... use your imagination...

bluehouse....

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=32.82235,-96.960715&spn=0.000002,0.001247&t=h&z=20&layer=c&cbll=32.822348,-96.960602&panoid=RI1vqNe91XkZwyTZ-vy3qA&cbp=12,0.4,,0,0


39 posted on 11/25/2012 2:04:59 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GBA

The way the schools and media are making kids, I say if your old enough to have sex, then you are oldest to get out!


40 posted on 11/25/2012 2:08:44 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Until returning WWII vets and their families bought into the first wave of single family homes, the multi-generational home was just the way things were. Actually it can be a blessing, if the grandparents are willing to sit with the kids, if not every day for Mom and Dad to work outside the home, at least from time to time, to allow some ‘away time’.


41 posted on 11/25/2012 2:15:57 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is basically the end game, given our financial situation. It’s the way it was in this country for hundreds of years, and it’s the way most of the world has been for thousands of years.

It was only a couple of generations in time that we were wealthy enough to separate our generations - and we managed to blow that, BIG TIME.


42 posted on 11/25/2012 2:23:29 PM PST by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: SuziQ

Today we have “kids” who have been turned into selfish, entitled brats with no sense of decency. Who would want to live with that?


43 posted on 11/25/2012 2:25:26 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: conservativeimage.com

“Why is it only in America where we say, “You’re 21, gtfo NOW”

You need to get out more. Oh, and study animals, too. I don’t know any that keep the offpsring around past the point they cshould be taking care of themselves.

Let’s turn your statement around: Why ISN’T a 21 year old adult taking care of themselves??? Just what kind of retarded child did your raise? How terrible of a parent are you to have failed to teach your child to thrive?


44 posted on 11/25/2012 3:00:18 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: txrefugee

I started doing chores around the house and farm as soon as I was able to carry in a stick or two of firewood, probably by age six, I’m not really sure but by the time I had a two digit birthday I was plowing in the field with a draft horse, swinging an axe and pulling one end of a five and a half foot saw to cut firewood. By the time I was in high school I was expected to take care of my duties before and after school without supervision. I milked the cow and fed stock before school and again after school, after my older brother finished school and went to work I cut the firewood with a ONE MAN SAW and an axe and worked the little farm by myself, I just didn’t plant as many acres as when my brother was helping. All of this is probably why I very eagerly enlisted in the Navy and left immediately after graduation to go to boot camp. I needed some rest!


45 posted on 11/25/2012 3:33:43 PM PST by RipSawyer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's fine if families choose to do this, but it makes me sad that they are forced to. When I was in my late teens/early 20s, my friends and I all had our own apartments, our own cars, and entry-level jobs. Leaving home and going out on your own wasn't difficult to do. Now my friends' kids can't afford to leave their parents' homes. They can't get apartments unless they get several roommates. College graduates can't find work, or if they do, they're working at Starbucks for seven, eight dollars an hour and grateful to have it. I know people in their 30s and even 40s who are either living with their parents, or else the parents are helping them financially. Am I the only person who thinks this is a tragedy? The American Dream is dying.
46 posted on 11/25/2012 3:37:59 PM PST by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: Nea Wood
Now my friends' kids can't afford to leave their parents' homes. They can't get apartments unless they get several roommates. College graduates can't find work, or if they do, they're working at Starbucks for seven, eight dollars an hour and grateful to have it. I know people in their 30s and even 40s who are either living with their parents, or else the parents are helping them financially. Am I the only person who thinks this is a tragedy? The American Dream is dying.

and all those people think more liberalism and more socialism is the answer probably.

The Obama's wanted to destroy the American dream. "Middleclassism" they called it, this false idea that you should live better and be wealthier than your parents. The New Normal is here now.

47 posted on 11/25/2012 3:41:11 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just like Southfork!
RIP J.R.


48 posted on 11/25/2012 4:53:14 PM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Read the last three pages of Harrison’s “Make Room! Make Room!”


49 posted on 11/25/2012 6:35:19 PM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After reading some of these posts, I count my blessings. Mrs. OP and I have no children (by choice) and all siblings live far, far away. So, we live with lots of room in a very large house on 26 acres of woodland. Well, we do share our house with two dogs.


50 posted on 11/25/2012 7:17:02 PM PST by OldPossum
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