In the past the idea of living with parents, and even grandparents, would conjure images of the Bucket family sharing a bed in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
But ‘multi-generational’ living - where an extended family share one roof (not a bed) - is now on the rise, with a 30% increase in the last decade.
Buyers in Essex regularly come to us looking for a property suitable for sharing with their elderly parents, au pair or 20-something children who are yet to fly the nest.
We’ve picked our top three properties that will have you living together harmoniously.
Titbeech House is a seven bedroom Edwardian country home in Hatfield Peverel. With 9.5 acres of grounds, including landscaped gardens and swimming pool, the property also features an annexe arranged over two floors with two bedrooms, a bathroom and living space.
Recently incorporated into the main house the annexe could easily be converted back into stand-alone accommodation with its own front door.
This six bedroom house occupies a corner plot in Emerson Park and is within easy reach of the mainline train station.
Perfect for elderly parents who want to retain their independence, the property features a separate one bedroom annexe with its own driveway and garage. The main house also has three reception rooms and an 85ft garden allowing for plenty of room for family get-togethers.
Brock Farm, a five bedroom timber framed farm house in Stock, has a ground floor bedroom and bathroom ideal for an au pair or teenager with nocturnal habits. Dating back to the 16th century the property also features an inglenook fireplace and exposed timber beams.
Start your search for your own multi-generational home here.