The Baby Boomers – and there are LOTS of them – are looking for alternatives to retirement living and nursing facilities. Baby boomers were born between 1944 and 1964, a time of huge population increases following World War II that produced around 76 million babies. This generation grew up in a time of prosperity, an absence of world wars and an exponential growth in science, technology and medicine. Now as senior citizens, the baby boomers are living longer, healthier lives and enjoying longer periods of independent or semi-independent living.
Many retirement complexes and assisted living facilities require a complete surrender of all financial assets, consuming most, if not all, of what seniors have accumulated over their lifetime and intended to leave as an inheritance to their loved ones. Fortunately, Vera Vista Homes’ Granny Pod series offers baby boomers a stylish, luxurious alternative to expensive retirement complexes.
The Granny Pods are small, detached cottages built close to a main house, which allow seniors to live within steps of their family members for companionship. Yet the Granny Pods, similar to guest houses or in-law cottages, maintain privacy and independence for all family members. In addition to the master suite, these models offer a guest quarters designed for a live-in caregiver when the need arises.
The Granny Pod 2, which offers 748 square feet of heated living space, has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is designed with accessibility for mobility aids and hospital equipment in mind. The design can also accommodate standard safety features such as hand railings, lighted floorboards and a soft floor to minimize damage from falls.
Enter the Granny Pod 2 through a 20-foot by 8-foot screened porch embellished with natural light from the large transom windows in the roof’s A-frame. The screened porch offers the perfect spot for outdoor entertaining and dining. The front door leads you into the great room with a cozy living room complete with an inviting gas fireplace to the right and an open-concept kitchen/dining area to the left. Generously filled with upper and lower cabinets, the exposed-beam kitchen tempts the chef in you to try that new recipe you discovered.
Sliding doors in the great room open to the laundry closet and storage space. Situated in the rear of the home, a 10-foot by 11-foot master suite is just beyond the living area. A 10-foot by 10-foot guest room, perfect for a live-in caregiver, is just beyond the kitchen. The guest room has a half-bath ensuite with 36-inch vanity. Both bedrooms can comfortably hold a queen-sized bed and have a private 8-foot by 6-foot patio accessed through sliding glass doors.
Behind the laundry closet is an 8-foot by 10-foot bathroom that can be accessed from the great room or the master suite. It provides plenty of space for a wheelchair and has a step-in whirlpool tub/shower, a 48-inch vanity and a linen closet.
When not being used as senior housing, you might use your Granny Pod as a convenient but private two-bedroom guest house. As a rental investment, it is a terrific size for college students or young professionals.
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 1 1/2
- Heated Sq Ft: 748
1/2 Bath: 1
- FRONT EXTERIOR VIEW FRONT EXTERIOR VIEW
- MASTER BEDROOM VIEW 2 MASTER BEDROOM VIEW 2
- MASTER BATHROOM MASTER BATHROOM
- BIRDS EYE VIEW BIRDS EYE VIEW
- SUN ROOM VIEW 1 SUN ROOM VIEW 1
- SUN ROOM VIEW 2 SUN ROOM VIEW 2
- LIVING ROOM LIVING ROOM
- KITCHEN THROUGH LIVING VIEW KITCHEN THROUGH LIVING VIEW
- KITCHEN KITCHEN
- BEDROOM 1 BEDROOM 1
- MASTER BEDROOM VIEW 1 MASTER BEDROOM VIEW 1