Pinehills In The Boston Globe: Baby Boomers Rediscover the Joy of Roommates

Getting creative about changing personal needs & a tight housing market

March 29, 2024     People in The Pinehills, In The Media

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By Globe Correspondent Megan Johnson | March 13, 2024

Tom Baechle, 77, left Cleveland for Plymouth last year with his brother Clifford, 80. The siblings built and moved into a three-story home in
The Pinehills with Tom’s son Alec and his wife, Kathryn, who had relocated from St. Paul. Tom and his brother wanted to live on the first floor, and Alec and Kathryn needed workspaces on their level. It was a “big change” for all of them, particularly after Baechle lived alone for about 30 years. But there are also benefits. He didn’t see his son much when he lived in Minnesota, and he considers it a bit of a throwback to generational living.

“It’s been a really big transition. We’re all adjusting to the idea of living in the same space. I think it’s gone remarkably well,” said Baechle, noting that the biggest struggles are learning to deal with communal areas like the kitchen, garage, and laundry room. Still, he believes “the pluses outweigh the challenges.”

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