The Pros and Cons of Multigen Living - Considerations before buying a house together.
Two-generational and three-generational households are on the rise in the United States. A multigen household is defined as two or more generations of adults living the same house, or a shared property. As the only REALTORS® in Clark County, Washington who specialize in this niche, we know it's imperative for families to find a suitable house to share.
For example, the right property for an aging parent will need, at the minimum, a main-floor bedroom and a bathroom with safety additions such as grab bars beside the toilet and in the bathtub. Some of these things can be easily modified, but wide hallways to accommodate wheel chairs, are nearly impossible to add, after the fact.
In our case, the best fit is a large home with room for privacy on one-level. Our floor plan provides the space we need to live harmoniously with mom. She has her own rooms to provide her with the independence she needs to still feel autonomous. Still, we do share a home and that requires good boundaries and having respect for one another's personality quirks.
We also are a bit unique in that my sister and brother-in-law also share our property too. They live on a completely different level with their own separate entrance. If you'd like to learn more about how that works, and more pros and cons about the multigenerational lifestyle, visit us now at Multigenhome.us.