Multi-generational housing has arrived officially in the Twin Cities with the introduction of Lennar’s Next Gen home. Lennar’s concept of a “home within a home” is on display and part of the Parade of Homes that the public can come view. Located is the Bonaire neighborhood in Maple Grove, this is the first of its kind in the Twin Cities.
My wife and I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peak the other day with Bill Burgess, President of Lennar Minnesota. Bill and his team worked very hard to come up with what they believe is finally the right floor plan that works with the Minnesota climate and culture. Janet and I are big fans of the concept as we’ve seen this before having lived on the west coast for a number of years. This kind of floor plan is much more popular in warmer climes. It’s a more challenging task to produce this correctly here in Minnesota. It looks like Lennar has done it right with the Minnesota version of Lennar’s Next Gen product line.
While it makes perfect sense to have this space for multi-generational living…I think owners might want to be careful about letting their post-college grad kids move in to the suite because it is very nice and it might become extraordinarily difficult to get junior out on his own That said the space really is terrific. Janet and I could immediately see it working as a deluxe office suite of sorts for a home office on steroids. I will post pictures once they become available. When Janet and I were in there will Bill, they were still doing final touches getting ready for the Parade of Homes. The professional photos should be available in the next week or two and I will post them.
The Star Tribune did a two minute video with Bill Burgess that you can check out at Lennar’s Next Gen – Home within a Home Debut.