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 . . .

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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