Moving, Downsizing, Upsizing for the Sandwich Generation Issues

California palm tree with this lovely west Roseville home via Kaye Swain Real Estate AgentI have sweet kids and kids-in-law. I have a passel of grandkids I dote on, mostly from a distance nowadays. Plus my senior mom lives with me. Over the years I've had up to four generations living under my roof at one time. Nowadays, it's only two generations (my senior mom) and visits from the two other generations. They don't live with me, but I still want to have room for them when they come. Thus the two of us live in a three bedroom home with two bathrooms. And it has some great aging in place options including plenty of grab bars and accessible doors and hallways.

I don't have to househunt for us anymore but I still am constantly on the prowl, looking for those great multigenerational and aging in place options. This time, though, it's for my great real estate clients along with sharing interesting and useful ideas I spot with each of you, my dear readers. 

And yes! I do have a lovely home to spotlight in one of my virtural home tours. Over in West Roseville, CA there is a lovely 5 bedroom, 3 full bathroom, 3 car garage home. That 3 full bathroom is vital, which is why I wrote it that way. It means that even if it's a two-story home, which it is, the downstairs bathroom WILL be a full bathroom. And if there is a den/bedroom, which there is, you then have a bedroom and full bathroom combo for an elderly senior. Always a good thing to look for.

Another lovely bedroom in this house for sale in West Roseville-call Kaye Swain real estate agent for details

That gives families who are searching for homes for sale for themselves AND an elderly parent or two a good option. My senior mom and I have lived in a couple of those over the years and they've worked well. I always made sure there was a laundry room downstairs for her sake because – believe it or not – she actually LOVES doing laundry. If your senior parent could care less and you don't mind doing their laundry, then you could easily go with an up OR down laundry room. And may I say, those stairs make great FREE exercisers. I gained 5 pounds when I moved to a house with no stairs!

Great entry and private downstairs bathroom in West Roseville California-via REALTOR Kaye Swain

The nice thing about a multigenerational home being two stories is that it also gives some privacy separation, which can be a very good thing for keeping things peaceful. That definitely worked well for my own nuclear family when it was just mom, dad and the kids. It's even more useful, and needed, when it's parents, grandparents and kids. If it gets to noisy for the seniors, they can rest in their own room. The kids can head upstairs to read, do homework, etc. And all can get together to eat dinner in the huge great room / kitchen combo.

West Roseville home has gorgeous countertops and backsplash via Kaye Swain California real estate agent

OR there is also a formal living room AND formal dining room area.

The ambience of this delightful home in West Roseville CA is grand-Kaye Swain real estate agent

If twas me, I would probably set the front space as the formal dining room for those who prefer things a bit quieter with a table in the kitchen for the kids and those of us who tend to be a little bit louder (yes, sigh, that includes me – as my grandkids delight in and my senior mom occasionally and very sweetly points out. wink ) However y'all want to do it, in a house this size, you definitely would have the space to do it in. Looking at homes with higher square footage gives you more space for a bit more privacy for each of you. And generally speaking, two story houses are usually less expensive per squre foot than single story as they use less of the "foot print" of the whole property. Sweet!

According to the SacBee, "In 2005, the average lot size in the Sacramento region was approximately 7,500 square feet. Last year, the average lot size was less than 6,500 square feet, a reduction of almost 15 percent." Many of the brand new homes in West Roseville have even smaller lot sizes. But there are many homes in Roseville with larger lots, like this lovely home which has a generous 7,693 square foot lot. And those homes that are a few years older are often fully landscaped – many even have cement patios like this one. A lot of families are looking at the brand new homes a couple of miles further down the road, and they are, indeed, gorgeous as well. There are some outstanding multigenerational and aging in place options there too. But it is nice to see the back yard grass, cement, and sprinkler system are already installed. Also, you're a bit closer to existing stores, schools, and businesses. It's closer to the freeway onramps. And this particular neighborhood was built by Signature Homes around 2001 which means there is plenty of lovely and mature landscaping to provide shade in the summer and lovely colors in autumn and spring. It's also a good distance away from a couple of industrial plants that can occasionally concern some. 

This West Roseville CA home has a back yard to relax in after work via Kaye Swain Real Estate Agent

This particular beauty is no longer on the market but there are many other 5 bedroom homes in West Roseville that are ready and waiting for just the right buyer to make just the right offer and move in as soon as escrow has closed. If you have multigenerational needs and are looking in West Roseville – or you just want a big house in Sacramento or Placer County – I'd love to help you. Give me a call, text, or email me and let's get going! 

P.S. Click here to see several 5 bedroom homes for sale in the West Roseville, CA 95747 area – and click here for a link to all houses with 3 or more bedrooms for sale in the same area. 🙂

 

This house would be cool for a multigenerational family via Kaye Swain REALTORWowzer. WOWZER. WOWZER!!!!! The further I walked in this interesting and unique home, the more I fell in love! It seemed to go on and on and on and delightfully so. With 3,494 square feet, maybe it does! 🙂

On the first floor, there was a formal entry, living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. On the lower level, I found a huge den and extra room that the current tenants are using for their exercise room. They're even leaving the main piece of workout equipment for the new buyers! And upstairs on the second floor? 3 more large bedrooms and 1 3/4 bathrooms! 

On top of all that, the front yard of this sweet 1/2 acre gem is easy maintenance and the back yard is full of grass, flowering plants, a garden area, a hot tub, and a built-in barbecue. Plus there's a ton of extra storage. WOWZER, INDEED!

This huge yard includes a hot tub and a great bbq-via Kaye Swain REALTOR who is moving to Roseville CA

It's definitely a grand home for a large family or a multigenerational family with kids or grandkids along with elderly parents. You'd certainly be able to accomodate several family members and still have the privacy that is often missing with smaller homes and large families. 

The only thing I was disappointed about was that, like so many other builders, they didn't use some basic practical universal design elements like putting a shower in the bathroom on the main floor. If you have an elderly parent living with you in this home, they would need to go upstairs to shower. I wouldn't do that because of my sweet mom being a bit wobbly. But I'm finding that many families visiting at my open houses with their senior parents are open to doing that. They realize that most houses follow this pattern and they are ready, willing, and able to make some adjustments down the road – from simplifying bath procedures to adding a shower if need be. And I have to say, the shower upstairs is gorgeous, and easily accessible for elderly seniors. Hooray! 🙂

This bathroom would work well for all ages including wobbly elderly seniors 400

I was just talking about that with one such client this week and we shared some tips for simplification, including No-Rinse bathing products. It's not as easy as a shower on the main floor, but it is definitely doable. And check out the kitchen as well! It's big with plenty of storage.

Awesome and big kitchen for a big multigenerational family via Kaye Swain real estate agentAnd it has this cute wall hanging – perfect to wish you Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Anything Blue Friday

 

Wasn't this a fun house to visit? I thoroughly enjoyed it as well! AND enjoyed the tasty goodies I found for the real estate broker's tour. A sweet delight, indeed. Have a grand week, y'all. 🙂 

Pink and blue for blog parties with Kaye Swain who is moving to Roseville CA

P.S. This lovely house is no longer available but there are probably other great homes with multigenerational options. Interested? Call Kaye at 657-229-5293, email me at Kaye@KayeSwain.com, or just click on the house below. 🙂 

 

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