This concept is one of the reasons I bought the unique 1950’s home that I have owned for the last 5 years. On one 7000 sf lot, I have an 830sf house for myself, a 450sf cottage, as well as a separate studio/office and two tools sheds. My urban compound is surrounded by pocket gardens and since it’s all single story, the sun touches every corner for at least part of the day. I have lived by myself for 12 years since my divorce, and although I enjoyed my marriage and the home my husband and I built ourselves and shared together, at this point in my life, I could not imagine living under the same roof with a man - or a woman, for that matter. For myself, the arrangement you describe as LAT, which I call “significant neighbors” is a workable way to share the parts of life I choose to, without giving up the individual life that I enjoy. My little cottage does not provide a home for a partner now, but gives me rental income and if I never do share my space with a significant partner, it will allow me to live at home until the end of my days and my caregiver can live near me in the cottage. Adaptability is the key to my future.
Autonomous and Committed: Living Apart Together
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