A growing trend in the UK, especially amongst younger buyers or those who can’t afford the property they’d like on their own, is to get together with older generations of their family and buy a home together.
It’s not a living arrangement that’s to everyone’s taste and involves a certain degree of cooperation and flexibility, but so-called 3G, or three generation, living does work well for some families. The main property options for those considering living as a larger family group are either to buy a big home and live within it together, or opt for a property with an annexe. The annexe option is a good choice for those that don’t want to be on top of each other the entire time, as it gives a degree of privacy and space.
The Telegraph recently ran a feature on three generations under one roof, which is interesting reading for anyone keen to find out how it could work. The family in question have taken to multi-generational living so well, that they’ve set up 3Generation.org.uk, a website packed with information on how it works.
If you’re looking for a property with an annexe, then here’s a selection of properties around the UK currently up for sale.
This house in West Malling, in Kent, would be ideal for large families wanting to explore 3G living. It’s already split into two dwellings, each with three bedrooms and reception areas, and is only three minutes’ walk from the station.
In East Horsley, Surrey, this five-bedroom house has two thirds of an acre of land, plus a useful one bedroom self-contained annexe. The annexe has been newly fitted with a luxury shower room and has French doors from the sitting room overlooking the garden.
This rural property near Lanner and Redruth in Cornwall, is approached via a private driveway and boasts five bedrooms in the main house, plus a one bedroom annexe. Included in the price is nine acres of land (two fields and two paddocks) and several barns and stables.
This impressive Victorian house in Rothersyke, near Egremont, has six to seven bedrooms and three reception rooms in the main part of the house, plus an annexe with a further three bedrooms. It’s packed with period features, including original fireplaces, intricate cornicing and stained glass windows.
This large detached home in Newbattle, Dalkeith, borders the South Esk river and is only eight miles from the city centre. The house has six bedrooms, five reception rooms and five bathrooms, plus a separate annexe.
This modern, double-fronted family home in Cardiff has four bedrooms in the main part of the home and enjoys panoramic views over the countryside. The annexe has one bedroom, a 20ft lounge and kitchen. Outside, the large driveway can easily accommodate four to five cars.