Space for all – that’s ALL – of the fam­ily

They’re not just for gran­nies, but there’s no doubt about it; the granny flat is mak­ing a come­back. Here,

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - HOMESNEWS -

It’s of­fi­cial, the granny flat is mak­ing a come­back. The num­ber of prop­er­ties with a sep­a­rate an­nexe for fam­ily mem­bers has in­creased by more than a third in the past two years, ac­cord­ing to ad­vis­ers to the gov­ern­ment, the Val­u­a­tion Of­fice Agency.

The re­search shows that it’s the Baby Boom gen­er­a­tion who are the most likely to need ex­tra ac­com­mo­da­tion. Both for younger fam­ily mem­bers who are un­able to get on the prop­erty lad­der them­selves, and also de­pen­dent el­derly par­ents, largely due to the in­creas­ing costs of long-term care.

Strutt & Parker’s Hous­ing Fu­tures echoes this trend, iden­ti­fy­ing the in­crease in multi­gen­er­a­tional liv­ing as a key shift in the prop­erty mar­ket. In its lat­est an­nual sur­vey re­sults, 15% of re­spon­dents who in­tend to move in the next five years an­tic­i­pated liv­ing as TV fam­ily the Wal­tons; with mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions all un­der one roof - com­pared with 10% the pre­vi­ous year.

Stephanie McMa­hon, head of re­search at Strutt & Parker, said: “This is a trend we see in­creas­ing over the next decade, with ris­ing house prices bring­ing sev­eral gen­er­a­tions un­der one roof.

“We call this tribe of home­own­ers the Wal­tons, with at least three gen­er­a­tions liv­ing to­gether, but this could also ex­tend to house­holds that share their liv­ing space with friends, ex­tended fam­ily or the un­mar­ried part­ners of chil­dren.”

Si­mon Back­house, of Strutt & Parker in Can­ter­bury adds: “Mov­ing be­yond the tra­di­tional fam­ily set-up, this ar­range­ment is more akin to the house­holds of the past where lots of gen­er­a­tions lived to­gether.

“The granny flat is be­com­ing cool again and is per­ceived as a huge ad­van­tage to buy­ers when I show them around prop­er­ties.

“Even if they don’t use the space im­me­di­ately, it is some­thing that will fu­ture-proof

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