Shared housing: A look at real-life ‘Golden Girls’

In the ’80s America fell in love with Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia — characters from the NBC comedy “The Golden Girls.” The sitcom about four older women living together in a Miami house ran for seven seasons. And their model of living — elderly folks sharing a house — is growing in popularity.

Alternatives living arrangements to the retirement home is something Marianne Kilkenny knows about. Kilkenny, 63, pays about $900 per month to live in a home that she shares with three other women in Asheville, N.C. Kilkenny left a 30-year career in human resources in Silicon Valley and ended up moving to Asheville, where she now works as champion for alternative housing. She says one of the first things people want to know when she presents this model of living is how to deal with privacy issues.

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