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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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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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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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To: Nea Wood

The American dream is already dead. Our kids will just get to pick up the pieces of what once was.


51 posted on 11/25/2012 8:21:04 PM PST by RKBA Democrat (Getting in touch with my inner rebel)
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To: griswold3
Just like Southfork!

And let's not forget the Waltons. Goodnight John Boy!


52 posted on 11/26/2012 7:56:25 AM PST by Perseverando (Gun control? It's the OBOTS who are filling up prisons for violent crimes, not the Tea Party.)
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To: CodeToad

I understand the ideal you’re advocating. The issue with this multigenerational homes article is that there are families in the United States who are actually supporting eachother instead of my case where parents and siblings are breaking up and telling eachother to “apply for welfare” and not help eachother while they’re going to school, trying to find a job or build a business. My point is that it’s better and more American for families to take care of themselves rather than send members to the government for help.


53 posted on 11/29/2012 4:39:13 PM PST by conservativeimage.com (I don't blame Obama. I blame America for choosing him.)
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To: CodeToad

Maybe I should have been born to an Italian family instead of Americans?


54 posted on 11/29/2012 5:00:20 PM PST by conservativeimage.com (I don't blame Obama. I blame America for choosing him.)
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