When the family nest is best posted on the 7th August 2017

You’ve fed and clothed them, endured the teething torture through to the teenage years, suffered through sleepless nights, tantrums, school productions and sports games.  Now it’s time for them to leave the nest and give you some peace, right???  Sorry, but it’s official, more young people than ever before are living at home with Mum and Dad… And it’s creating a big demand for properties featuring separate accommodation options.

Kate Farrelly, Domain

27 July 2017

When the family nest is best: Demand rises for multi-generation homes that reinvent the granny flat

Going by a host of names from teenage retreat or in-law accommodation to a studio or self-contained apartment, the granny flat in its myriad forms is a keeper.

And yes, grandparents are also contenders for that extra bedroom.

“A lot of our market buying these kind of properties are either looking for a teenager retreat, accommodation for young adults in the family to have their own space or they want to provide for ageing parents,” says Ray White Manly agent Stephen Bock.

“We’re finding with the growth we’ve seen in the market, young adults are staying at home longer and having that separate living space is really important but often hard to find.”

More young Australians are staying at home with their parents according to 2016 Census data. Image: 33 Wyndora Avenue, Freshwater.

One of Bock’s listings, 33 Wyndora Avenue, is a prime example. Designed to accommodate extended family, the two-storey retreat built over the double garage at the back of this contemporary beach house comes complete with an internal lift to access a first-floor bedroom and bathroom and top-floor living spaces.

“This would be one of the most versatile floorplans I’ve seen to accommodate separate living for teenagers or elderly parents,” Stephen Bock says of the Freshwater property, priced over $4 million. “The finishes are exquisite.”

Of course, the same top-end finishes can also be found in the main house where the glass-encased living spaces gaze over a manicured garden and in-ground spa, and a parents’ retreat captures ocean views.

Harcourts Brock Williams Luxury agent Stephanie Williams says having a separate, multi-functional space is a great drawcard for buyers. “It allows flexibility, whether as guest accommodation, an artist’s studio or a pool-side cabana.”

Williams is currently selling 20 Avenue Street in Millswood, South Australia, with a guide of over $3 million. On a 1500-square-metre block, the picturesque Victorian home has a clever, single-level floorplan catering for every member of the family.

There’s a “children’s wing” with three bedrooms, a bathroom and a study, formal living rooms opposite a home office and master retreat and bright casual living areas extending to a verandah overlooking the pool and the studio adjoining the double garage.

Lucky for you Ipswich and Logan Granny Flats are here to help!  Give us a call, we can help you with a place for the kids (or even a new place for you, if you need to escape from them!)

Call Sonia on 0403 309 136

Written by Sonia Woolley

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