August 6, 2014
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Whenever you get a membership at a coworking space with a swanky coffee machine or its own ice cream cart, you’re bound to get a few raised eyebrows. Do you really need a place with modern art on the walls, a city view, and a disco ball?
Maybe not. But you’ve reached a milestone. You’re profitable. (I hope – please don’t spend your VC’s money on this. Check out the cheap coworking options instead.) It’s time to move out of your parents’ basement and into somewhere respectable, where you don’t eat mom’s ham-and-cheese sandwiches every day. It’s time to sit in a proper chair and try to cure your hunchbank. It’s time to have a commute. Go forth, successful entrepreneurs, and find a luxury coworking space – because you’re worth it.
To find the most expensive coworking options, we looked at the seven most popular cities for coworking on 42floors’s office space rental site. Then, we threw in two more cities where we have Tech Cocktail members on the ground: Miami and Las Vegas. We were looking for the highest-priced dedicated desk, not a private office. Prices are per person.
Boston: Space with a Soul ($796/month)
A Full-Access Dedicated Desk at Space with a Soul comes with an ergonomic chair, lockable file caddy, a bookshelf, and conference room access. The 20,000-square-foot space is located in a historic brick building in the Innovation District that used to store wool.
Chicago: Design Cloud ($400/month)
A Dedicated Desk at Design Cloud allows you to cowork with other creators in a unique space. The coworking area is adjacent to an art gallery, which rotates out exhibits every few months. You can store your bike on their bike hooks, munch on free snacks, chocolate, and LaColombe coffee; admire the plants and flowers; or play with the resident wheaten terrier, Bigsby. The West Loop location is open 24/7.
Las Vegas: Work in Progress ($299/month)
A dedicated desk at Work in Progress’s Bridger location is still cheap compared to other splurges on this list. The other coworking option in Vegas, Innevation, falls in the middle at $150.
Los Angeles: BLANKSPACES (~$700/month)
A WorkStation at BLANKSPACES includes a dedicated desk, fancy chair, lockable file cabinet, and free parking spot. You also get a mailing address and phone and the requisite free coffee. The space has a “relaxed, chic” vibe with natural light, exposed beams, and modern art. BLANKSPACES has three locations: Mid-Wilshire ($725/month), Santa Monica ($700/month), and downtown ($675/month).
Miami: Pipeline Brickell ($449+/month)
A dedicated desk at Pipeline Brickell comes with a whiteboard, tack board, and lockable storage. Relax as you sip organic coffee and specialty teas, and settle into your ergonomic chair. You also get a receptionist, big conference rooms, and private phone booths.
New York City: Fueled Collective ($700/month)
A Membership at Fueled Collective puts you in good company with startups like Foursquare, ZocDoc, and Thrillist. Located in “swanky” SoHo, Fueled fits into the neighborhood with its year-round ice cream cart, popcorn machine, snack bar, and ping pong table. The space is accessible 24/7 and features plush leather couches with a view of lower Manhattan.
San Francisco: HatchTodaySF ($600/month)
A desk at HatchTodaySF comes with 24/7 access, private lockers, and conferences rooms. For fun, take advantage of their monthly happy hours and raid the fully stocked kitchen for coffee, sparkling water, juice, soda, and beer. HatchTodaySF has two locations in SOMA.
Seattle: The MAKERS Space ($575/month)
Your designated desk at the MAKERS Space will probably be made of recycled gym floorboards, to match the space’s eco-friendly vibe – which includes polished bleacher board floors and salvaged window panes. The 7,000-square-foot space also has lockers, conference rooms, and phone booths and looks out onto Elliot’s Bay.
Washington, DC: Affinity Lab ($895/month)
A Full Membership at Affinity Lab includes a dedicated desk, book shelf, and filing cabinet. The 5,000-square-foot space is open 24/7 and includes your usual conference rooms, white boards, and printing and faxing, along with free coffee and tea and (my favorite) a disco ball.
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