The popularity of multigenerational homes is increasing, with more families choosing to live together under one roof. According to a survey by The Harris Poll, the findings are clear: multigenerational living is indeed on the rise, with more than 1 in 4 Americans (26%) living in a household with three or more generations in 2021. This trend is driven by several factors, including rising housing costs, aging parents, Covid-19, and adult children staying home longer.

Miller & Smith, a leading homebuilder in Virginia and Maryland, introduced its Bradburne Multi-Gen home plan at Patapsco Crossing in Ellicott City last year. This expanded version of the Bradburne offers dual primary suites, one on the main level and an additional one on the second floor, making it the perfect choice for buyers with large extended families.

“The Bradburne Multi-Gen is perfect for families with aging parents and kids living with them. Its expanded space allows many generations to live under the same roof, providing places to congregate and private spaces. It also works well for college kids who return home,” said Stephane Egan, Sales Manager at Miller & Smith.

Multigenerational living has been a common practice in many cultures throughout history, including in many Asian, African, and Latin American countries. In the United States, multigenerational living was more common in the past, particularly before World War II, when extended families often lived together or nearby. However, there was a shift towards smaller nuclear families and a greater emphasis on independence and privacy after the war. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in multigenerational living as families seek to save on housing costs and provide support for aging relatives or adult children.

Other factors influencing the trend of multigenerational homes include:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic increased multigenerational living arrangements as families came together for financial or health-related reasons.
  • According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), there has been a steady increase in the share of new homes built with two or more owner’s suites, indicative of the growing demand for multigenerational living spaces.
  • Multigenerational living offers several benefits, including cost savings, greater social support, and the ability to care for aging relatives.
  • Some families build accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on their properties to provide additional living space for family members.

Those interested in touring a multigenerational home are invited to visit the model home at Patapsco Crossing. A decorated Bradburne Multi-Gen plan starting at $1,049,990, this plan’s flexibility allows it to range from 3,900 to 5,000 square feet, depending on the options chosen. For those looking for a true single-family home, the Bradburne starts at $949,000.

Patapsco Crossing is a small intimate community of 39 total homes in Ellicott City, located just minutes from the Patapsco Valley State Park and Recreational Trail, numerous swim and tennis clubs, shopping, restaurants and everyday conveniences. Patapsco Crossing is conveniently located near routes 40 and 29, with an easy connection to I-70 and less than 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore and BWI Airport.

“Miller & Smith is committed to providing flexible living spaces that cater to the needs of today’s homebuyers. Our multigenerational homes offer the perfect solution for families looking to live together and enjoy all the benefits of a modern, comfortable home,” added Egan.

For more information on the Bradburne Multi-Gen plan and other Miller & Smith homes, visit or contact the Patapsco Crossing onsite sales manager Stephanie Egan at 301-395-3355 or

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