At the height of the pandemic, the number of people who purchased multigenerational homes have risen by 15%. The reasons people are choosing multigenerational homes to range from needing to take care of elderly parents, kids over 18 moving back in with the family, or financial reasons. 

Real estate agents in San Diego, California are seeing an increased desire for these types of homes and there’s a common theme regarding what features they’re looking for. 

If you’re looking to purchase one of these homes here are the top 5 multigenerational home trends that are dominating the market. 

1. Accessibility for all

When you’re turning a regular house into one that’s suitable for multigenerational families, you’re going to want to ensure it’s accessible for everyone. For example, add ramps and widen doors for those with wheelchairs or walkers. Childproof the kitchen if young children are moving in. Improve the lighting throughout the house – especially in hallways, stairways, the bathroom, and the kitchen. 

2. Multiple master bedrooms

It may not be so bad for your adult kids to move back into their childhood bedroom, but if you’re accommodating an elderly loved one, you’ll probably need a second master bedroom with features universal design features. These features can include higher toilets, grab bars near the shower/bathtub, and toilets. You can also add open shelving within arm’s length so they can easily reach things without losing their balance. 

3. In-law suites

You can go the extra mile to build a whole new addition that’s similar to a mini-apartment. In-law suites often have their own entrances, kitchenettes, bathroom, bedroom, and living areas. They can be an addition to the main house or a completely new structure that’s built in the backyard. 

Regardless of the design or its intended purpose, just make sure you get the proper permits and are familiar with local zoning laws.

4. Separated spaces for privacy

Sharing the common areas with multiple generations can get a little tense sometimes, which is why it’s important to create spaces where people can retreat for a little while and collect themselves. You can do this by using large pieces of furniture to section off the large living room. You can furnish the spaces with items designed for different generations. For example, if you have kids, make sure there are plenty of storage spaces so the toys won’t become a trip hazard for elderly household members. 

5. Be flexible

A multigenerational home should be able to support the family as it grows and changes. For example, if your teenage kids are going off to college, you can turn their bedroom into a quiet space for elderly family members, a home office, or a guest bedroom. It’s a good idea to decorate with simplicity in mind so the space can be repurposed when the need arises.

Buying a new house can be exciting, but it’s important that you find a Realtor® who is familiar with multigenerational living and knows which home features to look for. You want the house to be easily accessible and functional for everyone who’ll be living there. A top Realtor® can help you find exactly what you’re looking for!