Multi-generational living is becoming more desirable these days. Longer life span, excessive health costs, high college debt… these are just a few of the reasons families are joining together to reduce cost of living, increase convenience and still enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.
Not all homes are suited for multi-generational living. There are distinguishing features that make the layout ideal. Here are five things to look for when contemplating purchasing a Mother Daughter home or adding on to a home for this reason:
1. A separate entrance
While mom may love the grandkids more than anything in the world, she may want to sneak in and out without the precious little ones tagging along for a ride to the store. Because this type of home is typically not a two-family home, the separate entrance may be on the side of the house or in the backyard. Privacy is key in a Mother Daughter Home!
2. Private full bathroom
While this may seem like a given, this actually poses a challenge when trying to convert a standard home into a mother daughter. The typical home usually only offers a half bath on the first floor. Finding a place to add a tub/shower can be a lot more work than meets the eye. A true multi-generational home will have a full bath in the suite.
3. Second kitchen
Different municipalities in New Jersey (check with a real estate professional or the NJMLS) have different restrictions on second kitchens. People have gotten very clever in finding loop holes to add a second kitchen. A “real” multi-generational home has a fully functional second kitchen, complete with leftovers. Let’s face it; a happy home starts with a happy belly.
4. Separate living area
With the variety of reality TV shows and original series filling out cable networks, it is essential that everyone have their own quiet place to watch TV. A multi-generational (mother daughter) home needs plenty of private living areas for sure!
5. Bedroom with ample closet space
A closet with a bed in it is not a suitable sleep space for your loved ones. Instead, a nice sized bedroom with large closet space is key. Merging two households full of possessions is definitely a challenge; the stress can be reduced if one’s wardrobe has room to breathe.
Finding the right home for your extended family can be a challenge. NJMLS is full of custom homes built or redesigned to suit your needs. The Central NJ and Jersey Shore real estate market is the perfect place to look. A few mother daughter homes are being offered by Home Shoppe Group at Keller Williams Realty in Howell, NJ 07731 and Freehold, NJ 07728 can be found by visiting www.TheHomeShoppe.com
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