How Santa Cruz Homes are Changing to Accommodate Multi-Generational Living

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 1:01am.

More and more Santa Cruz homes have several generations living under one roof. Bloomberg News reported that, in 2010, 5.1 million households contained three generations, compared with 3.9 million a decade earlier. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of multi-generational families living together grew by 30 percent from 2000 to 2010.

Whether you have an in-law moving in to save money or an adult child returning after losing a job, you’ll appreciate a growing line of new homes marketed to multi-generational families. Here are some of the features you can find in this new generation of Santa Cruz homes:

• An attached one-bedroom suite with a private living area, bathroom and kitchenette. The suite has a separate entrance, its own garage and a locking door between it and the main house.

• A separate guest house.

• Two master bedrooms, so adults can share the Santa Cruz homes.

Multi-generational configurations that work best focus on privacy and accessibility. Look for a builder that uses universal design products, which provide accessibility for people of all ages and abilities. KB Home, Toll Brothers Inc., Lennar Corporation and Pulte Group Inc. are among the builders offering multi-generational homes with second master bedrooms, kitchenettes and separate entrances.

If you’re housing your extended family, or feel you soon may be, consider purchasing a multi-generational home. Give me a call today at 831.662.6522 or email me at for more information.

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