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empty nest

A family home inhabited by parents after their children have grown up and departed. Many parents feel depressed when they are left in an empty nest.
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empty nest

The home of parents whose children have grown up and moved out. For example, Now that they had an empty nest, Jim and Jane opened a bed-and-breakfast. This expression, alluding to a nest from which baby birds have flown, gave rise to such related ones as empty-nester, for a parent whose children had moved out, and empty-nest syndrome, for the state of mind of parents whose children had left. [c. 1970]
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the ˌempty ˈnest

the situation that parents are in when their children have left home: the empty nest syndrome
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So many of my empty-nester clients are looking to live in downtown Chicago or places like downtown Glen Ellyn," said Susann Rhoades with RE/MAX Suburban in Wheaton, Ill.
And the second thing is this: it is deemed to be the right time, now, to cater for the empty-nesters precisely because time has swept them along to a new status.
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Targeting Gen-X buyers, move-up families, and move-down empty-nesters Alisal offers a product niche for buyers who are willing to buy a less spacious home in exchange for a location closer to the beach.
Now Woodmont builds second-time, move-up homes ranging from $500,000 to $700,000, and empty-nester abodes in the low $300,000s.
Feedback on other projects helped the builder recognize a need for upscale, but moderately priced, empty-nester houses.
He also surveys shore vacationers to find out where empty-nester visitors live, and targets those areas for advertising.
The company sells to first-time, move-up, relocating, active-adult, and empty-nester homebuyers.
builder of luxury homes, building for move-up, empty-nester, active-adult, and second-home buyer markets in suburban communities in 21 states.
Through its operating subsidiaries, the Company develops residential building lots and constructs primarily single-family detached homes for the move-up, relocation and empty-nester markets.
As this true tale illustrates, it can be tough for empty-nesters to finalize their future housing plans.
So empty-nesters should be "encouraged" by a new land tax to downsize to free up space for younger generations.
Alongside this, the phenomenon of 'pet parenting' has grown, whereby people, typically empty-nesters or those without children, treat their pets as if they were their own children, spending large amounts on them and seeking the best available nutrition, to match or even exceed their own dietary expectations.
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