Of course in olden days, a town provided more security and defense and animals were often housed in the lower level while the family Lived and slept above. In the US families might have been required to live on or "homestead" a piece of property...
Oh for heaven's sake why such a sharp reaction @skevin?
Can't you see and accept that the information that is given here is full of kindness and goodwill?
Trust me, it is nicer to walk through life with kindness.