Buying A Multi-Generational Home

Multi-generational living spaces are seeing an increase in demand. These days, many luxury home buyers are not just looking for a place to reside with their children, but also extended families, such as parents or in-laws. A suitable home in Highland Heights or Lakewood, however, often requires specific characteristics that you might not find in your typical residence. Here are a few such features that lend themselves to multi-generational living. 

Separate Living Areas

While a guest suite is usually adequate when the in-laws come to town for a weekend, you’ll probably want more substantial accommodations for a long-term arrangement. Whether it’s a fully-equipped guesthouse or an in-law suite with a kitchenette, multi-generational living tends to be much easier when there are separate living areas. This helps to ensure that everyone has their own space and privacy while avoiding the sense that you’re on top of each other.


When you have more than just the immediate family living under one roof, space will naturally be at a premium. That’s why a versatile layout that can be adapted to meet a variety of needs is always appreciated. This can be an extra bedroom that doubles as a study or a library that can also be used as a nursery. A multi-purpose area, or flex space, allows you to get the most out of your home. 

Two Master Suites

The trend of having two master suites in a single home has grown over the last few years. If you don’t need an entirely separate dwelling, this feature can make a huge difference when your parents or in-laws are living at your house. After all, everyone enjoys a luxurious master suite that’s equipped with its own bathroom and walk-in closet.

Adjoining Units

For city dwellers, it might be difficult to find a home that can accommodate a multi-generational living arrangement. One popular solution, though, is to purchase adjoining units in a building and knock down the shared wall. If the perfect space isn’t available, sometimes you just have to create it.

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