What Defines a MultiGenerational Home?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors


If you want to change the world, go home and love your family. - Mother Theresa 

What defines a Multi-gen home?  We're always amazed by the assumptions we hear. First of all, a mom and dad, or one parent, and children under the age of 25 is not multigenerational living. That's a nuclear family. 

Boomerang children, 25 and older, who come back home after a divorce, or a job loss, do count as a multi-gen living situation.  Generally, the reasons are financial - and short-term. The idea is to get the adult child back on solid ground for independent living. 

However, if a child, married or not, with children, chooses to live with parents for care-giving support, the reasons are often based in both generations desire to spend time with one another - and enrich the younger children's lives. Studies show children with at least one grandparent in the home do better both academically and emotionally

Another common situation, one that we live, is a home shared with aging parents. Many baby boomers are becoming care-givers and advocates for mom, or dad, or both. Sometimes the situation is financial - affordable assisted living is tough to find.  However, we often work with families, like us, who choose this lifestyle out of love - a desire to spend every moment we can together. 


The multigenerational lifestyle is not for everybody. However, if you're willing, creative, and have a respectful and loving relationship, it can work well. There are always challenges in any household, but we have found the benefits far outweigh the costs. Let us know if we can help you decide is this lifestyle is a good fit for your situation. We are the only real estate professionals in Clark County who specialize in Multigenerational homes and lifestyles. 


Begin a search here for MultiGen homes in Clark County. Or better, yet, call us to discuss your specific needs, we know how to find other options and solutions. 

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is a wonderful post, and you explained the multi-generational phenomena beautifully.  This is not for everyone as you stated.  Here is Santa Barbara, we have a superluxurious retirement places with assisted living.  We were just at Trader Joe's and the Casa Dorinda bus was there,  Once a week they shuttle those who live there and still cook for themselves.  I had the feeling that the residents welcome this outing among people of all generations rather than just being around people like themselves.  A   I would not want to be there.  A

Jan 18, 2019 10:21 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Dear Debb and Bernie - there are many misconceptions and definition disconnects when it comes to this lifestyle choice. As usual you have weeded through the layers to answer the question at hand.

Jan 18, 2019 10:22 AM #4
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Not surprised to hear Grant.

Ginny Gorman - thank you and I'm guessing your family support is providing you with much needed love right now. D 

Jan 18, 2019 10:29 AM #5
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Debb: In Sacramento, we see many multi-gen living situations but the families would not see it that way. Many of our diversified and combined households are due to cultural preferences, often coupled with affordability issues.

Jan 18, 2019 10:42 AM #6
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debb An exceptional description of what is and isn't multigenerational living. You are an outstanding example of this lifestyle. I applaud you all for doing this and making it work so well. You make it seem effortless but as you know it takes love, patience and understanding. It also has to be very helpful when selling multigeneration homes when you live the lifestyle yourself.

Jan 18, 2019 11:13 AM #7
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

A great explanation of your niche. Sure it will be helpful to both buyers and sellers to understand.

Jan 18, 2019 11:26 AM #8
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Having a great house with the right floor plan can make all the difference when living the multi-generation way!  

Jan 18, 2019 12:29 PM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Right Alexandra - It wouldn't work for me either. I love different ages and perspectives.

Hi there Michael - thank you for your visit and support. 

Sharon Lee - it does take work. And especially, the first year, requires a lot of patience and learning to adjust to other people's needs. 

Jan 18, 2019 12:33 PM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks Nick - appreciate the visit and the comment.

Francine Viola - it is imperative to have the right set-up. Privacy is needed by everyone. Every. One. 

Jan 18, 2019 12:34 PM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

There's lots to be considered with multigenerational living.  I've seen some wonderful examples of it; but I've also seen some nightmares.  I think ground rules or at least a common understanding with the parties is imperitive from the very beginning.

Jan 18, 2019 05:07 PM #12
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I do love how you have highlighted this niche.  And I agree..."The multigenerational lifestyle is not for everybody. However, if you're willing, creative, and have a respectful and loving relationship, it can work well."

Jan 18, 2019 05:14 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debb & Bernie, when I hear multigenerational homes you  come to my mind immediately. You two were so ahead of the curve on this when it was not "hip cool and trendy".... I wish we could have convinced our parents to your thinking .....Endre

Jan 18, 2019 10:51 PM #14
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, there are many mis-conceptions on this term, and great explanation.  It is out of love!  

Jan 19, 2019 05:44 AM #15
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Being part of a loving family is certainly what makes multigenerational living work.

Jan 19, 2019 06:32 AM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debb and Bernie- I love how you have shared so much of your knowledge with us about multigenerational living. I was fortunate to have my grandparents with us and I wouldn't trade that experience for anything. Both my parents as well as my grandparents benefitted from it and it was natural to have them with us. 

Jan 19, 2019 12:54 PM #17
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

A wonderful way to describe the multi-gen lifestyle, Debb. I've been there too and have numerous clients and friends living the lifestyle! I've never seen it not work but, can imagine that there would be situations when it can be quite difficult. 

Jan 19, 2019 02:50 PM #18
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

You have really put to pen a good description of the multi-gen lifestyle. I have a seller right now who is 88. She lost her husband last year. For the last 9 years her son has been living with them after a divorce. His job changed and his commute time was too long so he built a new home he just closed on the end of December. She will be moving into an assisted living place where many of her friends have gone and is excited about the move once we close on her home. The son moved into his house and 3 days later his son, wife and 2 kids moved in with him. They have been struggling with affordability and moving in with him will help them get on their feet. Many families are experiencing struggles but are working them out. Family is everything and they will make it work.

Jan 20, 2019 05:45 AM #19
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great explanation, Debb, and I loved the Mother Theresa quote... it's one I hadn't heard before. I grew up in a multi-gen household, but I doubt I'd want to live with grown kids at this stage of my life... too used to living very independently and it would be a shock to my system. We've always told our kids that our door is opn in the event of emergencies.. but not forever.

Jan 20, 2019 12:47 PM #20
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your multigenerational lifestyle experience. 

Have an outstanding January!

Jan 21, 2019 07:38 AM #21
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Debb and Bernie

We are so blessed to have you continuously sharing and educating us on multgenerational living, a lifestyle you can speak to from the heart and soul! And how lucky are those buyers in your area who can benefit from your help in their quest for the right multigen property!


Jan 22, 2019 09:04 PM #22
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