Anian Tunney Piedmont CA Real Estate Agent Broker Sees Trend in Multigenerational Households

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Anian Tunney, Piedmont CA Real Estate Agent Broker, comments on the increase of multigenerational households.

“I think there is real potential in the Bay Area for multigenerational households,” says Anian Tunney, a Real Estate Agent Broker in Piedmont California, of the increasing number of homes housing three or more generations. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) recently published an article highlighting the fact that while many generations started moving in together because of the economy, they are staying together because of the emotional benefits.(1)

In 2013, multigenerational households have made the news with great regularity. Everyone from the AARP to The New York Times seems to have something to say on the matter. The general consensus is that the social benefits tend to outweigh the financial ones that initially inspired the living arrangements. Unemployment, under-employment, and the high cost of elder care have children moving back in with their parents and parents moving in with their children. Ready child care, strengthened relationships, and the division of labor are making these households much more common outside of the traditional Hispanic and Asian communities.

While many builders are now offering floor plans that include semi-independent suites, easily reconfigured rooms, and layouts that are friendly for wheelchairs and strollers alike, Tunney notes that a great deal of existing Bay Area housing can accommodate a larger household of diverging interests and needs with little or no additional work. “The historic homes are one of the draws of the Bay Area, and those homes were constructed with large families in mind.” For example, the Piedmont home for sale at 150 Requa Road, offered at $7,400,000, provides five bedrooms, four full baths, and ample living space on the main and second floors. Additionally, the recreation rooms, a sixth bedroom, full bathroom, and second kitchen on the lower level would make an excellent in-law suite.

Other Piedmont houses for sale include 179 Estates Drive, offered at $3,100,000. This home also has a lower level with its own bedroom and living space.

While America has a culture of independence that can be at odds with traditional multigenerational households, the modern version actually boosts individualism and independence by reducing the stress of financial over-commitment and providing emotional support during both the good and the bad times.

About Anian Tunney, Broker Associate

Anian Tunney is an agent broker with The Grubb Company. According to statistics collected by East Bay Regional Data, Inc., she was the 2012 number one real estate agent in Piedmont, CA for the number of units sold and sales volume. Additionally, Tunney is always in the top two in yearly real estate sales for The Grubb Company’s Piedmont, office. She is known for her knowledge, experience, and network in the Piedmont community; qualities which are invaluable for finding that special home or buyers for her clients.

A fifth generation Piedmont resident, Tunney has been with the Grubb Company for over 30 years. She raised her family of four in Piedmont and is active in community projects such as the Piedmont Beautification Foundation, and the East Bay Museum Auxiliary. Her grandmother, Amy Sutton, was a real estate agent, and now Anian works with her daughter Adrienne Krumins, making Piedmont Realty truly a family vocation. Known by at least one client as “The Realtor with the Velvet Hammer,” Tunney negotiates with grace and clarity of purpose. She can be contacted at 510-339-0400 ext 217, and at tunney(at)grubbco(dot)com. Her website is

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Anian Tunney
The Grubb Company Real Estate Brokers
Oakland, CA 94611
510-339-0400 ext 217


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