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Growing trend of multigenerational homes roots in Austin area

National trend towards multigenerational homes grows into Austin area

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The country's newest housing trend is growing in Austin. Photo by Jessie Casson/Getty Images

KVUE — Multiple generations living under one roof – it's a growing trend seen across the country that homebuilder Lennar is now accommodating for in the Austin area.

It's almost like getting two homes for the price of one.

Lennar calls it a home within a home and the goal is to give whoever's living there the privacy and independence they need. Many of their buyers are wanting to use the extra space to keep their aging parents close by.

“It does offer something that no other home offers,” said Travis Yamashita, who bought a Next Gen Home for aging parents.

Yamashita and his wife were thinking years ahead when they bought their home in Round Rock.

“When my in-laws get to the point where they need care, this is probably where they will come,” said Yamashita.

He's not talking about this side of the home they're sitting in, he's talking about the other one — the one that has its own private entrance. It's part of a next-gen community and Lennar is the builder behind it.

KVUE took a tour of one of the model properties to get a better look. In addition to two private entrances, the separate 600-square-foot space comes with its own living room, kitchen, washer and dryer, bathroom, and bedroom. The rest of the family is only a room away and that's something that led Yamashita to buy the home with his aging parents in mind.

“Just knowing that they can come stay with us versus going to stay at a care home — it's priceless,” said Yamashita.”

“One in five American families now have multiple generations living under one roof,” said Charlie Coleman with Lennar.

Coleman said the company noticed this trend back in 2011 and decided to build to it.

“As we're getting older it creates a lot of needs and assisted living,” said Coleman. “Assisted living can be very expensive.”

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