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One roof, three homes: America catches on to multigenerational living | How We Live Now

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Marie Clausman lives in one wing. Her sister in the second. And her daughter upstairs with the kids. Subscribe to Guardian Culture ► http://bit.ly/subgdnculture Three homes under one roof gives this big California family companionship … and a nicer house. As Americans live longer and kids struggle to move out, could multigenerational living be a new model for the suburban dream home? The Guardian Film Show ► https://goo.gl/lxV8RV Guardian Culture website ► http://www.theguardian.com/culture Guardian Film website ► http://www.theguardian.com/film The Guardian on YouTube: The Guardian ► http://is.gd/guardianyt Watch Me Date ► http://is.gd/watchmedate Guardian Football ► http://is.gd/guardianfootball Guardian Music ► http://is.gd/guardianYTmusic Guardian Australia ► http://is.gd/guardianaustralia Guardian Tech ► http://is.gd/guardiantech Guardian Wires ► http://is.gd/guardianwires Guardian Food ► http://is.gd/guardianfood
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Magpie Nutmeg (1 month ago)
Human were never meant to be on our own, after all. And multigenerational homes can allow for closer more enriched family life.
No name ok (2 months ago)
"Moving out" is strictly a middle class habit of the first world. In the rest of the world multigenrational households are the norm. Honestly, when I hear an american goes into debt or paycheck-to-paycheck desperation just to move out at 18 it sound 100% irrational behaviour.
Mark Brown (2 months ago)
These homes cost one half a million dollars. Who can play the mortage with the taxes. This will never be a realtity for most americans.
Ahmet Ozokcular (3 months ago)
I don’t understand. What is multigenerational living?
shadow fire (2 months ago)
living in the samehouse
shadow fire (2 months ago)
Ahmet Ozokcular parebts, granparents, and kids in one family
Dawn D. (5 months ago)
This was pretty common when I was young. It was nice for the married couple to live with parents- plenty of help with the little ones. The kids were close to the grandparents.
The Undaunted (7 months ago)
I grew up in a multigenerational home in LA so what was ideal for the white man's industry was not representative of reality as latinos have known. Being part Navajo, we accept this lifestyle as truth, common sense, functionality, not survival by instinct but success in terms of family values.
Not2008Me (1 month ago)
Agreed, as a southern black American we did the same thing....I grew up with my parents, grandparents, cousins, and great-uncles all in the same house eating home cooked meals and learning family values. I think this white society (generally speaking) is based on individualism and lacks family first thinking as well as instilling core values....it's almost like anything goes morally and it's "all about me". When across many other races and cultures this is not the case and ppl function better as a family unit.
ktt1977 (5 months ago)
Same with Asians, multigenerational housing is the norm.
The Undaunted (7 months ago)
Ha, I used to design custom homes like this back in the early 80s and my instructors thought I was genius. Which, I was and am 👌
Nathaniel Carreon (10 months ago)
Other cultures have been doing it for centuries.
egal (1 year ago)
3:12 this guy is so cute
Soo Donim (1 year ago)
cough cough traditional Indian houses cough cough
Rinkie Shipley (4 months ago)
Yes! And they work perfectly! My primary family are are gone now but I have had an Punjabi Sikh Indian family for the past ten years! I find your "cough cough" ignorant and offensive. This is a workable-win-win opportunity.
H98342mfan asdf9892nmd (11 months ago)
Nobody's taking that away from you, you insecure little guy.
junglechick13 (2 years ago)
Billions of families worldwide live in multi generational housing that is much much smaller. The daughters' living room is the size of half an entire house in some parts of the country....and world.

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