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,
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