From the NY Times:

Changing American work habits and the growing popularity of co-working spaces like WeWork, Workhouse and the Farm continue to transform the office landscape. And residential developers have taken notice: A number of new residential projects feature shared work spaces that channel the vibe of trendy start-ups with computer bars, comfortable seating and coffee stations.

According to a Gallup survey released last month, 43 percent of employed Americans said they work remotely at least some of the time. Between that trend and the rise of the freelance economy, residents now expect more than a drab teleconferencing room.

“When I was last looking for apartments, a lot of buildings said they had an office, but when you got there you’d find this sterile room from the 1990s, lots of brown and mauve,” said Mr. Safa. “A space like that is utterly useless — an office should be about invoking a feeling of creativity and calm, it should be a place I want to bring people. Otherwise I’d stay in my apartment.”

Bryan Cho, executive vice president at Related, said that shortly after MiMA, a rental tower the company owns in Hell’s Kitchen, opened in 2011, residents started using the shared lounges as de facto co-working spaces.

“We noticed people were bringing their laptops to work among their neighbors,” said Mr. Cho. At subsequent developments, like Abington House and 15 Hudson Yards, Related has anticipated that demand.

Would an in-house coworking space help win you over when looking for a place to live?

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