Story: Older people

Granny flat (5th of 5)

Granny flat

Kate Harcourt reads to her two grandchildren in the sitting room of her flat. 'Granny flat' is the phrase used to describe a smaller self-contained dwelling on a property – often the home of an older person on the same property as relatives, usually children. Kate Harcourt and her daughter Miranda Harcourt and family shared this living arrangement. Kate had a self contained apartment on the ground floor of the family home.

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Peggy Koopman-Boyden, 'Older people - Life circumstances', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2022)

Story by Peggy Koopman-Boyden, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 Aug 2018