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Coolest Coworking Spaces in the Top 10 Metro Areas

Of the 79 percent of employees now working outside the office, 10 percent set up shop at shared workspaces, according to the second annual Global Telework Survey by PGi. Also known as coworking spaces, these home office alternatives provide the perfect balance of flexibility, socialization and structure for telecommuters, as well as upgraded space to meet in person, video conference, network and get work done for entrepreneurs, freelancers and startups.

Recent estimates put the U.S. at a total of 781 coworking spaces, including an increase of 83 percent from just 2012 to 2013 alone. Here are the coolest ones you’ll find in the top 10 metro areas across the country in part two of the top 10 coolest coworking spaces in the U.S. by PGi:

  • The Yard: You’ll never have to take a taxi to work again since this NYC company offers 24/7 access to five locations around the city. Meet your coworkers over happy hour and rooftop yoga, or sign up for brunches, rafting trips and business planning courses.
  • WeWork: This global coworking brand offers three locations around LA so you don’t have to deal with traffic. Stay in Santa Monica to network over free beer and community events, or work alongside your dog at the pet-friendly Hollywood location.
  • Level Office: If you want views of Union Station, the Chicago River or Chase Plaza for just $199, become a coworking member at Level Office. Showers and bike racks please city cyclists, meeting rooms with video conferencing keep you connected and espresso and cocktail bars offer places to meet your desk mates.
  • Common Desk: Work steps from the coolest restaurants and shops in Dallas in Deep Ellum and Oak Cliff for just $200 per month, which gives you access seven days a week to conference rooms, the fireplace lounge, high-speed fiber Wi-Fi and chat rooms adorned with skulls, bicycles and Southern industrial style.
  • START: At this warehouse-style coworking space in Houston, you’ll be rubbing elbows with tech startups and learning from entrepreneurial mentors at the ping pong table. Try coworkng here for free on Tech Thursdays, or become a member to get access to startup demo days, panels on tech trends, business coaches and more to make your name in the tech industry.
  • Benjamin’s Desk: Located on Philadelphia’s upscale Rittenhouse Row, and with another location on the way, Benjamin’s Desk hooks up both dedicated coworkers and in-and-out mobile members with local beer on tap, configurable flexspace in the Innovation Loft and community events that make work fun—even when you’re working ’til midnight.
  • UberOffices: Pretend you’re working for a big tech company with quirky headquarters at these Dupont and DC-area spaces offering free fitness centers, on-site restaurants and relaxation rooms. Within walking distance to the Metro and starting at just $300 per month for open desks, UberOffices provides the ultimate convenience and affordability to DC entrepreneurs and freelancers.
  • Büro: Midtown, South Beach, Biscayne Boulevard and Coconute Grove—if you want to be in the center of Miami, take your pic of these perfectly situated coworking spaces with high-end furnishings, from seats with amenity access to luxurious office suites.
  • Roam: Choose from four of Atlanta’s busiest areas for business to learn, focus, create or collaborate in the locations’ chic conference rooms fully-equipped for video conferencing and brainstorming.
  • Brooklyn Boulders: This company’s Somerville rock climbing gym offers something especially unique: an Active Collaborative Workspace with free Wi-Fi. Access to the coworking space is included with your rock climbing day pass or membership so you can scale the 40,000-square-foot climbing space in between emails.

Keep up with PGi’s blog for more telework tips and trends, and download the entire Global Telework Survey now for free to learn more about the future of work outside the office.

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About Ashley S.

Ashley Speagle is a Florida-born, Georgia-raised communications specialist, couch movie critic, dream interpreter, acrophobic adventure seeker, outdoors enthusiast, and easy-going introvert.

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