In 1940, about one-quarter of the U.S. population lived with three or more generations in one home. After WWII, American families largely became two-generational, with parents and minor-age children under one roof. Returning war veterans built suburbs and a new American family lifestyle through the 1950s. The percentage of households with multiple generations started declining to 21%, reaching a low of 12% by 1980.
However, an August 2016 Pew Research report shows that an old living situation is trending again. According to Pew, a record 60.6 million Americans — almost one in five – lived in multigenerational households in 2014, defined by Pew as a having two or more adult generations or grandparents and grandchildren. This is about a 30% increase in just seven years; in 2007 there were 46.5 million people living in multigen households. *
If this is something that appeals to you and your family, then we have just the place for you.
This sprawling Cape Cod located at 3700 Shuger Hill Road in Greenspring Valley includes a first floor master suite at one end of the house, first floor in-law suite at the other end, two additional bedrooms and full bath as well as master bedroom with en suite bath, and on the second level.
Currently occupied by two generations, at one point there were four generations, with parents in the first floor master, one of their mothers in the in-law suite, and an adult child with spouse and their children on the second level.
With large formal living and dining rooms, den and master suite sitting room, multi-generational families can be as close or as private as they’d like to be.
Benefits of Multi-Generational Family Living**
By bringing family members and resources together under one roof, families can collectively address their expenses and allocate finances accordingly.
Distributing chores and age-appropriate responsibilities amongst family members is a tremendous way of ensuring that everyone does their part. For younger, more able-bodied members, physical work such as mowing the lawn or moving furniture is a nice trade-off so that the older generation can focus on less physically demanding tasks.
Strengthened Family Bond
While most families come together on special occasions, multigenerational families have the luxury of seeing each other every day. By living under one roof, these families develop a high level of attachment and closeness. Here’s how:
Grandparents serve as role models for their grandchildren through daily interactions, while grandchildren learn to respect and connect with their elders.
Grandparents feel more engaged and useful when they can provide help to their children and grandchildren, whether that’s through giving life advice or merely helping a grandchild with homework.
Many studies have supported the notion that grandparents regularly have a profound influence on their grandchildren by ushering in a loving atmosphere and healthy relationship.
Loneliness is a common social problem for the elderly. The emptiness of their home weighs heavily on them, making them feel disconnected from the rest of their family and community. Through daily activities with family members in a multigenerational home, grandparents experience a better quality of life.
More reasons to love this house
Privately located yet close to everything
Outdoor recreation spaces including pool
Large eat in kitchen
2 wood-burning fireplaces
Call today to schedule your appointment to tour this house.
* Excerpted from Toll Brothers