A new type of real estate «multi-family housing» is becoming more popular in the United States

It is often said that you can choose your friends, but you don’t choose your family. This is well known to those who see their family only on holidays. But most modern families in the United States decide to live together, but not in the format in which you can imagine it. For Russia, this strategy of living together may seem strange, because in our country, due to a lack of housing, people often live with their parents for many years and actively complain about it. But in the United States, it is customary after the age of majority to leave first for training, and then rent their own housing, no matter how difficult it may be..

Now in the United States, the so-called multi-family housing (multi-generation, multi-generation, multi-family house) is beginning to be in demand. These are houses in which several generations of a family can live together, for example, parents and children, as well as grandchildren. These are not just ordinary houses — these are houses in which everything is designed so that families live together, but do not invade each other’s personal space. This is somewhat reminiscent of a townhouse with separate exits for several families or the apartment life of the fictional Voronins from the TV series.

Developers pay special attention to multi-generational homes. The fact is that if an ordinary house is used to live for several generations of a family, then this can create problems. And architects design multi-family homes accordingly.

Lennar was one of the first major American developers to take on the design of multi-family home models. In 2012, when this model of life was just emerging in the United States, the company sold only 280 homes. The company sold 1,100 multi-generation houses last year. In 2012, the 280 homes sold by Lennar accounted for 1% of the firm’s total orders. In 2015, the 1,100 homes sold by Lennar already accounted for 5% of the firm’s total sales..

Lennar homes have separate entrances for each family, separate bedrooms, separate living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and garages. Even the temperature controls in the house are separate for each family. But families live under one roof, although they can independently choose whether to see each other or not..

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