House-Hunting for Extended-Family Households

by Jennifer Davidson 08/30/2021

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Multi-generational homes have grown in popularity as the benefits of communal living become more recognized and celebrated. If you are searching for a home to share with both your children and parents, there are many options open to you.

Single-family home with apartment: Some single-family homes have been built or renovated to include a completely separate living space within the walls of the house. In these instances, the apartment space provides a kitchen, bathroom and living spaces that can be accessed from a separate entrance. This situation offers privacy with the luxury of close proximity. 

Two homes on the same property: Much like a home with a built-in apartment, if you’re able to secure a property that features two homes on the same lot, you’ll benefit from close proximity. However, if the structures do not share common walls this situation may not save you in utility and maintenance costs.

Homes with more than one master suite: This is a great option for those who don’t mind sharing common areas like kitchen or living spaces. Providing a master suite for each family group offers the opportunity to create separate more personal spaces without building walls or separate structures.

Custom-built options: If you’re not finding an existing home that meets the requirements for your family, consider working with a builder on a custom home. There is more flexibility to customize your space and make accommodations for communal and private space for each member of your family.

Consult with your real estate agent if you’re looking for a specialized property like this.


 

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Jennifer Davidson

Jennifer is a native Texan and while a piece of her heart will always remain in Texas the southern coastal charm of Wilmington captivated her in 1995 when she moved and decided to grow roots here. Her background prior to Real Estate was in competitive markets ranging from Fortune 500 companies, dotcom’s, Non-Profit and franchises of which gave her a vast amount of diversity and experience in negotiations while taking care of her clients. The first business she started was an event planning company which was a natural passion and ability of hers and those skills also help in her Real Estate career. She joined Coastal Select Properties because of the strong principles the company has been built on. When she is not selling Real Estate, you will find her alongside her furry companion Witten, a German Shepherd dog who thinks she is a human! Jennifer loves to cook, share her space with friends, travel and help others.