Home Builders’ Multigenerational House Model a Hit in Arizona

Home builder/developer Lennar’s multigenerational housing designs have been a hit in Arizona, as the economy and aging demographics have combined to create more households with multiple generations, and demand for creative senior housing solutions has grown.

Across the country, there has been a small but definite trend toward adult children moving back in with their parents, or aging parents needing an affordable place to stay located nearby their loved ones. Nearly 50 million Americans are living in a household with at least two adult generations, according to recent Pew Research Center studies, up from 28 million in 1980.

Lennar’s own in-house research of more than 1,200 western region homeowners showed that one-third were already sharing a home. In response, the builder/developer created a series of home plans designed for multigenerational living.

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“Clearly we’ve hit on a concept that is meaningful to the home buying public. We never dreamed we’d be selling at this velocity in 2012, but the plans are offering specific solutions, affording privacy and flexibility,” said Alan Jones, Lennar Arizona Division President.

Lennar’s four Next GenSM plans can be found throughout many of its 18 communities in the greater Phoenix and Tucson metro areas.

The single-story plans include the 2,945-square-foot Evolution and the 2,334-square-foot Genesis. There are also two-story designs: the 3,142-square-foot Independence plan, and the 2,107-square-foot Freedom plan. 

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The home builder’s designs can be used in a variety of situations in addition to senior housing, such as office space, a ‘man cave,’ or quarters for a nanny or caretaker. The flexible design allows families to use or even change usage of the space based on evolving family needs, says Lennar.

So far, the Next GenSM – The Home within a HomeSM concept has been well-received, as Lennar has sold more than 100 of these plans in Arizona alone since the beginning of the year. The plans were originally introduced in Arizona, but are now being offered throughout the country.

Written by Alyssa Gerace

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