Buzzword: Multi-generational…what does it mean for you?

by Shea Homes Arizona on January 18, 2013

As life carries on for each member of your family, your single-family home will go through phases of being a playroom to an empty nest to a…semi-permanent family reunion?  While multi-family homes consist of separate families living in separate units in the same building, also known as apartments or condos, multi-generational homes consist of one family living under one roof – in other words, a potential madhouse! However, at Shea Homes we offer plans that can accommodate the changing family needs of our customers.

Whether you have new graduates returning home from college or parents willing to avoid retirement homes at all costs, our Shea Homes Arizona’s architectural team designs homes specifically for multi-generational families.  These plans provide enough space for every family member to be comfortable while enjoying each other’s company, as well as having the ability to retreat to your own quarters. 

In your multi-generational home, you have the choice of guest suites, casitas or even a second master bedroom to ensure you have the space you need for additional family members.  For aging parents or grandparents, first-floor bedrooms, single-touch appliances, lever door handles, or other accommodating options can be built in your home for their health and mobility needs. For increased flexibility and livability, we may also offer wider hallways and no-step entries to make navigating a baby stroller or wheelchair simple at home. Everyday appliances can be provided on both floors of your home or in the neighboring casita so that clutter and chaos in the kitchen is avoided and space is available. (Option change fees may apply, will vary per floor plan, and should be discussed in advance with Community Representatives.) 

Multi-generational homes don’t look any different than typical single-family homes, but they function quite differently.  With a vast range of needs required for multi-generational homes, the architecture and design can be tricky.  But here at Shea Homes, we can provide your ultimate home designed specifically for your baby, toddler, college grad, elders and YOU!

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Barbara Lehman February 2, 2013 at 9:43 am

Do you have any developments in Southern Calif. or Southeast valley of Phoenix that are multi-genertional plans?


Meridith Doucette February 11, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Hi Barbara – We have several communities in both AZ and So Cal that offer homes that could accommodate multi-generational households. The options range from guest suites to basement suites to casitas.
In Orange County, we have homes at Veranda at Glenwood in Aliso Viejo and at Jade at Blackstone in Brea that offer bedrooms and full baths on the first floor of our two-level homes.
In the Phoenix metro area we offer a selection of plans that offer guest suites, some with a kitchenette option; casitas; and even basements with living areas as well as bedrooms. Please check out the following communities on our website,, to view the following plans that offer our multi-generational options:
Caletas at Blackstone in Peoria – Villa III plan; Hideaway at Johnson Ranch in San Tan Valley – Tortola plan; Lantana at Power Ranch in Gilbert – Picasso, Tortola, and Angelico plans; Mountain Shadows in Litchfield Park – Berkeley, Loyola, and Purdue plans; Spaces at Evans Ranch in Gilbert – Plan 4008; The Estates in Litchfield Park – Columbia, Berkeley, Loyola, Syracuse, and Auburn plans; and at Vista Montana in Peoria – Syracuse, Northwestern, and Dartmouth plans. You can also visit our Encanterra community in AZ at to view the Genova, Palermo, Cartagena, Marbella, Alicante, and Valencia plans for more floorplan options.
Please let me know if I can provide you with any further information about a particular plan or community, and thank you for your interest in Shea Homes!


Tiffany vAlenzuela August 19, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Interested in info on any multigenerational homes. Thank you


Sheri Troy August 20, 2015 at 10:23 am

Hello Tiffany,

I will be happy to have one of our Online Sales Consultants contact you at the email you provided. In order for us to better assist you, you can share with us where you are looking for a new home, and any other requirements you may have. You are also welcome to call us 7 days a week at our Shea Homes Online Sales and Information Center at: 866-696-7432. We look forward to talking with you, thanks for your interest in Shea Homes!


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