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What is Multi-Generational Living? An Idea Inspired by the Past. Often referred to in Canada as “flex” living or in colloquial terms as “sandwich" living, it is a re-imagining of the idea of home ownership. It refers to a home, or a plot of land, that is reconfigured to include at least two generations from the same family. It commonly involves purchasing a property in your preferred neighbourhood and building according to your needs. This may include a Sandwich generation couple, a young family, a relative's family and an aging parent. Our sister company, Multi Flex Living makes creating your Multi-Generational homes a reality. Everything Old is New Again Multi-generational homes are certainly nothing new. Prior to the second World War II, multi-generational living was common in North America It was in the 1950s and 60s that young adults began moving out on their own. Moreover, in many parts of the world, especially in Southern Europe and South-Asia, multi-generational households are the norm. Is this the New Normal? There are a number of factors that explain the increase in multi-generational households: Immigration Delayed Marriage Longer Life Expectancy The Housing Crisis Boomerang Youth Women in the Workforce As Canada’s population continues to age, the number of Canadians over 65 will surpass the number of those under 30. As a result, multi-generational living that includes grandparents and children will continue to grow. This reflects the growing attractiveness and value of multi-generational living situations. This trend is particularly strong in high-priced housing markets such as Vancouver and Toronto.
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