Finding a Multi-Gen Home in Clark County, WA - Don't Go It Alone

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




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At ViewHomes™ of Clark County, we work with a number of families who are looking for a multi-generation home. Most of the buyers we help are either looking for a property to share with an aging parent(s), or a house that works well for parents, children, and grandparents. The aforementioned situations are meant to be long-term.

In other words, for this discussion, we are excluding living scenarios designed to be short-term solutions. For example, a suddenly single adult child trying to regain financial independence, or a college grad who needs a place to stay until securing a job. You get the idea. 


The Demand for Multi-Gen Homes in Clark County. 

We continue to see an increased demand for such housing, and despite what many assume, the main driving force is often not financial. We mostly work with people who genuinely want to share their lives with family. And, because we chose to live this lifestyle too, we know the criteria necessary to help enhance everyone's happiness. 


At the top of the list, in our experience, is the need for privacy. Will everyone have their own space? It may sound obvious, but in reality, it requires careful thought. Personal space might involve the number of kitchens, bathrooms, and rooms to get away. In our home, mom has her own bedroom, bathroom, and sitting room. 


Once you've hammered out the details of the type of home you need, it's wise to contact a local real estate expert to help you weed through the inventory. We've found far too many listing agents marketing a property as multi-gen possible, but in reality the space falls short. 

Since we are the only real estate professionals in Clark County who specialize in this niche, we know where to look for the best options. For example, here are just a few of the types of properties we've successfully listed, or matched, to our multi-gen clients. 


Multi-Gen Housing Options 

Multiple Houses on Land. In our area, this generally means a smaller guest house and one larger main home. These properties are mostly found in rural areas. However, recently approved zoning changes for downtown Vancouver, will make it possible for certain owners to build a backyard cottage. 


Large homes with the potential to modify. We often spot large homes with the criteria necessary to easily modify for two adult families.The need for two separate kitchens is often a big one for families, and we know what to look for, and what it takes to make it happen.


Duplexes. These can be a great option for multi-gen families.  


Builder Specific MultiGen Homes. For example, Lennar with their Next-Gen plans featuring an attached suite. Fortunately, we are seeing an increasing number of other builders offering such plans in Clark County, Washington. 


Custom Built Homes. With the high cost of land, and the increasing scarcity of individual buildable lots, this takes a big share of patience and a lot of due diligence.


According to a Pew Research Center report from 2016, a record 63 million Americans are now living in a multigenerational household.  We believe those numbers are likely even higher today. Multi-gen living can be an enriching and rewarding lifestyle.


If you're considering it for your family, contact us today. We're more than happy to share our first-hand experience and help determine if a multigen living situation is a good fit for you. 


Next week, we'll explore some of the major pitfalls to consider. And of course, the many rewards. 


Other related articles. 


The History of Multigenerational Homes in the U.S.


Misconceptions about MultiGenerational Lifestyles

What Defines a MultiGen Home? 

The MultiGenerational White House - First Families Who Lived with the In-laws

MultiGen Homes and Lifestyles - Some Basic Guidelines 

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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb and Bernie,

Love that picture of you and your sweet granddaugher.  What an excellent post for all the details one needs to be aware of.  Wishing you a great Sunday, and we are dancing in the raindrops...A

Feb 03, 2019 09:04 AM #1
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Alexandra,  Ron and Alexandra Seigel. Yes, my sweet little Rae - I sure do love that lil' monkey. She FaceTimes us once a week and always does something to crack us up.  Glad to hear you are dancing in the rain...what else can one do? 

Feb 03, 2019 09:08 AM #2
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Debb: I wondered if that child was related to you guys. She is adorable.

My sister would love it if we would buy a big ol' house up the hill from where we are so she could live with us, but that would drive us both crazy. Much better for us to just go visit our family. But if I know anybody looking to buy im Clark County, Washington, you can bet you are my go-to Realtor!!

Feb 03, 2019 09:40 AM #3
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - Rae will be 4 on February 13th, she is really a little sweetie. Lives up to almost being a Valentine. For some reason, she really bonded with me and makes me feel quite special with our heart connection. My sis and her hubby do live downstairs - and I'm grateful, could not have done this journey without her. But, we are grateful, beyond measure, to have our own everything. Even then, it sure took some adjustments.  Thanks for the vote of confidence - :) 

Feb 03, 2019 09:51 AM #4
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Debb and Bernie, I think there are a lot of benefits for the owners of multigenerational homes - having the option and the inventory is great. And helping Buyers visualize how a large home can be transformed to be suitable for two families is a valuable skill. I will let our friends who live in WA about your services. In Phoenix area there are several neighborhoods with Lennar-built homes that offer similar functionality. 

Feb 03, 2019 10:08 AM #5
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb and Bernie, Great picture of the grand daugther.  I know who I whould use in Clark County,   YOU!!!!

Feb 03, 2019 10:54 AM #6
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Such a sweet picture. NOBODY does or knows multigenerational living better than you and Bernie. Living it yourself makes you the perfect couple for this niche.

Feb 03, 2019 11:47 AM #7
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Debb and Bernie. You have done a great job of promoting Multi-Generational Homes in your area. I can see why more families are choosing this option. Wishing you the BEST in 2019!

Feb 03, 2019 01:25 PM #8
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Ashburn, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb, you and Bernie offer anyone who works with you a priceless asset in that you live in a multi-generation home. That combined with years of helping others find the right multi-gen home really sets you apart. I wouldn't think twice about calling you if I had a referral for the Clark County area. The picture you shared made me smile, I can just see the love on your face.

Feb 04, 2019 04:40 AM #9
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, finding the right multi-gen home is best when you use a REALTOR knowing this section of real estate.  You are the ones to call! 

Feb 04, 2019 06:48 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Prospective home buyers will be in very good hands when they use your professional real estate services. 

Feb 04, 2019 07:37 AM #11
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