After saving up for a place of their own, and setting off on a year of travel around the world, 29-year-old Andrea Martinez Allen and her husband, Nick Allen, thought their days living with family were numbered. Then came the pandemic.
When Covid-19 abruptly canceled their trip and brought them back to San Francisco this spring, they began to embrace the idea of more permanent multigenerational living. After five months in the house where Andrea grew up, she and Nick are now moving 3 miles away—to his parents’ house.
“When we think about long-term, like who knows how long this will be? We want to be near family. We want to be near people we love,” says Andrea, who works at a health-care nonprofit.
“What’s important? Is it you and your individual needs and wants, or is it, like, for the better of your community?” she says.
The Allens aren’t