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Multigenerational Living Spin

By Jennifer Johnston, September 11, 2018

Multigenerational living is becoming common

Julie B. and her family have put a spin on it.

Julie , sister Cindy  and mom Barbara have successfully created a dynamic of parent and siblings living in one household. Ready for a change and less extreme weather of Colorado, Julie was offered and accepted a great job in Vancouver, WA.

Being diligent planners, Julie and her mom connected the day of the interview. I am licensed in Oregon and Washington and they were not sure where they would want to land in relation to the new job.  We got together  at pretty quick notice. Sitting a local coffee shop where we could get to know each other, chatting about the market and looking to see what matches their criteria. Each wants their own bedroom, bathroom and family room space. Additionally, a home with 3,000 sf, under $450,000, close to walking-trails and within a 15 minute drive to Julie’s new office in downtown Vancouver.

Immediately we opted to nix Portland area. Driving time is more than 15 minutes and push into housing hunting in Gresham.  That was not optimal. Instead, focusing on west side Vancouver.  Backroads to downtown Vancouver provided easier options than doing the I-5 gauntlet.  It is closer to trails.  Homes tended to be larger as well.

Four solid days eight hour days looking within and outside our focus area.  Ultimately found the “one” in Felida.  Julie and her family closed just a few days ago and moved in this past weekend. I am very excited for them to be “Washingtonians” and be part of a wonderful new community.

If you would like to investigate a multigenerational housing or just learn more about the market in Oregon or Washington, please feel free to reach out to me at 503.784.2204. You may also visit my website


Jennifer Johnston

Principal Broker licensed in OR & WA

Jennifer Johnston has been a Real Estate Broker since 2001, and is a proud resident of Portland’s University Park, living in the house that her mother grew up in. She understands the power of home and putting down roots. Being a native of the Portland metro area, she received the benefits of learning about great neighborhoods, trends and hot spots. She is a 5 star rated agent on Zillow, Trulia and Yelp and multiple years 5 star award winner with Portland Monthly Magazine and is a recipient of 100 Most Influential Real Estate Agents in Portland award. Jennifer’s goal is to have synergy with her clients. She wants you feel like you are house hunting or house selling with a trusted and experienced friend, and that your journey will be stress-free and as agreeable as possible. Jennifer believes in spending quality time with her clients and really getting to know how they love to live, so she can help serve them and find them their new home. In addition to providing residential real estate services to her clients, Jennifer’s background experiences are artistic and entrepreneurial. She started and ran a restaurant guide for several years after leaving a Program Manager position at NIKE. She developed and organized the International Gourmet Dinner Club, a dinner club which consists of individuals expanding their culinary palette and cooking skills while making new friends who are also passionate about food through monthly theme dinners. When time allows, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music from the 70’s and 80’s and doing something that releases some creative energy. Her paintings have been shown in galleries, commissioned by local collectors and she is a major donor for Cascade Aids Project. Certified Relocation Specialist
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