Revisiting the “Home” in “Home Office”
Want a little educated (Realtor) speculation?
Extrapolating the trend for home offices, mobile offices, car(?) offices — in fact, everything but “office” offices — a secondary, follow-on trend seem inevitable.
Namely, heightened sensitivity to one’s physical location — and prioritizing of same.
Put it this way: if you’re holed up in your home office a good chunk of the day, every day, it’s important that that space be energizing, conducive to work, etc.
In turn, for many people, that means being near stimulating surroundings — restaurants, coffee shops, and other energetic, public places.
Versus the middle of suburbia (no, I didn’t just call it “sterile”).
Not Just a Spare Bedroom
If you’re working out of a home office and raising a couple kids, the ‘burbs may very well be where you belong (cheaper, more space, good schools, etc.).
However, I think it’s easy to anticipate an emerging preference — at least amongst older, empty nester-types — for work-live spaces in interesting urban neighborhoods.
Either that, or maybe Starbucks will just start installing cubicles and conference rooms . . .