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'NextGen' houses allow Triangle families to double up under one roof

Posted October 22, 2012

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— Whether it's taking in aging parents or adult children moving back home, many families find themselves doubling up under one roof. A new housing design in the Triangle is allowing families a place to live together with space and comfort.

Lennar Corporation has created “NextGen spaces,” which are described as a home within a home. It is the first builder to introduce the dual-home concept to the Triangle. Lennar is offering the floor plan in Bella Casa in Apex and at Flowers Plantation in Clayton. It will be available in communities in Cary and Wake Forest next year.

They look like any other single-family home – a very roomy home, at 3,700-square-feet – but two entry doors lead to two distinct living spaces, which are connected by an internal door.

“You have a living room in this space. You have a living room in the other space. You have a laundry room within this space. You have a laundry room in the other space,” said Allison Stewart-Smull, director of sales for Lennar.

A record 51 million Americans are living in a home with at least two adult generations, driven by job losses and home foreclosures, and builders say they expect that number to grow.

In the Triangle region, nearly 30 percent of residents older than 65 live alone, according to the state Division of Aging and Adult Services – a clear signal of demand for multi-generational homes, according to housing researchers.

“We’ve seen families looking for this,” Stewart-Smull said. “If you have a parent who’s not quite ready for say, in an assisted living situation, but you need to check on them occasionally and make sure they’re doing OK, they’re right here and very convenient to do. But then, if you want to go three days and not talk at all, that’s possible, too.”

The space works not just for aging parents, but also grown kids who've had to move back in with mom and dad. One model of the home goes for $414,000. The floor plan starts at $360,000.

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  • superman Oct 24, 2012

    mom account-- your math is kinda bad. 1/2 of 414k is not 110K. You made a lot of assumptions. Anyway some people just dont know how to manage their money and that resulted in the financial crises we are now having. My house and 3 cars are paid for and we have no credit card debt. Even though we are retired we are able to save a significant part of our retirement income.

  • Lightfoot3 Oct 23, 2012

    "This is nothing new, they are called Duplexes." - shortcake53


    "Back in my day this was called a duplex." - paultaylorsr100


    "These are nothing new. they are called "duplexes"." - sidecutter


    Y'all beat me to it! Nothing but duplexes. But I do have this brand spanking new invention, that makes moving things easier. It's sort of round. I'm going to call it a wheel.

  • Mon Account Oct 23, 2012

    "At $420,000 it is dirt cheap and affordable. Is Obama paying for this? I am retired but does the average person make enough to afford this along with 3 SUV's, couple cell phones, cable tv, utilities and food? I am sure with a govt loan it has a zero downpayment. We dont need more foreclosurers and people living beyond their means."
    superman

    Obama is not paying. Where did you get that idea?

    Based on just the numbers in the article, the house is below the average price per square foot in Raleigh.

    For those working, as you mentioned being retired, the median income in Wake County is just shy of 62,000. Assuming paying for 1/2 of the house (about $110k), that is more than enough to cover the mortgage - at an average house loan (10% down, 30 years, 5%) the mortgage is less than one paycheck (assuming bi-weekly paychecks). Many elderly parents can sell their old house, pay for the other half completely or in a significant amount, and hopefully the rest isn't blown on cars and luxuries

  • shortcake53 Oct 23, 2012

    This is nothing new, they are called Duplexes. Up north they have Double houses, with one being above the other.

  • superman Oct 22, 2012

    At $420,000 it is dirt cheap and affordable. Is Obama paying for this? I am retired but does the average person make enough to afford this along with 3 SUV's, couple cell phones, cable tv, utilities and food? I am sure with a govt loan it has a zero downpayment. We dont need more foreclosurers and people living beyond their means.

  • storchheim Oct 22, 2012

    Are these the houses that are being snapped up left and right and causing the housing recovery in time for the election?

  • paultaylorsr100 Oct 22, 2012

    Hmmmm. Back in my day this was called a duplex. What's so special about this one is it has a dividing door. Duhhhhh.

  • heelsrule Oct 22, 2012

    A friend of mine designed her own home about 50 years ago with a separate 1 br 1 bath apartment in her home for her family. It had separate entrances with a connecting door between the 2 units. This isn't a new idea!

  • sidecutter Oct 22, 2012

    These are nothing new. they are called "duplexes".

  • baritalia Oct 22, 2012

    Any chance of getting the video from this report online? I'd love to send it to my parents and I think it would be more effective for them to see the report as opposed to reading text.