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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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Pink posies to put a smile on my senior moms face while going about her gardening activitiesIt's that time of year again. My senior mom has developed a love/hate relationship with her garden and the cute, funny, irritating, adorable critters who reside in it. She LOVES the birds and butterflies. They're lovely to look at, fun to watch, and eat pesky insects. She is less fond of the squirrels and the bunnies. They snitch food from her beloved Cardinals, make a racket on our roof (the squirrels do, anyway), and sneak bites out of the vegetables she is growing on her own version of "raised garden beds." Namely, pots on a table and in her garden wagons.

We've tried a variety of kind ways to shoo them off:

Marigolds and garden wagons are a big help in my senior moms gardening activities

  • Marigolds interspersed with the vegetables
  • rubber snakes from the Dollar store
  • a HUGE blow-up snake from Walmart
  • bribery, like corn on the cob in a special squirrel feeder
  • stakes and netting all around

My senior mom is trying to keep her baby plants save from cute critters like the squirrels

So far, those things have helped but not totally solved the issue. After it was too late for the Christmas season items to still be around, I read the suggestion of putting pinecones in the flower bed to discourage some critters and we thought we might try that for the bunnies and squirrels. So the minute Christmas shopping ensues, we will be lined up at Michael's to get as many pine cones as our cart and pocket book can handle. 🙂

In the meantime, my senior mom will continue to enjoy her gardening activities along with birding and butterly enjoying while sniffing constantly at the squirrels. And I will be on the look out for ways to help her enjoy all of this as independently as possible. We just bought two of the cloth hoses we discovered at Walmart. They are so light weight she can lift them easily when she needs to. And the grandkids are thrilled to watch them puff up with water so they can water the Sunflower garden she turned back over to me, not to mention our big tree.

My grandkids love my senior moms gardening hose for fun firefighter activities

Helping our senior parents keep up with their gardening is a great way to help them stay healthier – physically and emotionally. It's also a wonderful way to monitor and maintain the outside of their homes. If the time comes for them to have to downsize due to health needs, that will be hopefully be one less thing for you to have to deal with as you help them with all their real estate and health issues. How about you? Do you have any suggestions for us on critter care or gardening help for our aging parents? We'd love to hear. 

Beverly's Got tons of cute pink things each Saturday to put a smile on the face of the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

Say it Saturday is a fun linkup for all of us boomers and seniors including grandparents writing about their grandkids

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social