By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
It may come as no surprise that working from home – already popular before COVID-19 changed life as we know it – is becoming the new norm for many companies who now realize that employees can be just as productive at home as they are in the office.
That’s translating into increased demand for home offices. According to a survey released in May 2020 by Zillow, three-quarters of Americans working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic say they want to continue if given the option, and two-thirds say they would consider moving if given that flexibility. Home sellers seem to be getting wise to this shift in preferences as well; a home office was mentioned in 8.2 percent of all for-sale listings in April, a 10 percent jump from the previous year, according to Zillow, and builders also are reporting that dedicated home-office spaces are growing in popularity.
“Clients are inquiring about additional rooms that have the capability to be converted into a full office, as most of them are working remotely given the current environment across the world,” says Bill Hernandez, executive director of sales at Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Miami Beach.
In South Florida, home shoppers are increasingly looking for homes with dedicated offices, complete with a door to allow for quiet working at a time when kids may be home and attending school remotely. But buyers here are seeking more than just a space to work efficiently; they want their office to be elegant as well, and to fit in with the overall design of their home. Designers are happy to oblige.
Here are five South Florida home offices likely to appeal to any remote worker.
Sunrise to Sunset
This full-floor penthouse at Muse in Sunny Isles Beach has four bedrooms, six baths and a huge rooftop terrace with summer kitchen and permits for a pool. Located at 17141 Collins Ave. and priced at $15.5 million, it also boasts panoramic views of the ocean, Intracoastal Waterway and city. To stage the unit, the design team at North Miami-based DKOR Interiors selected a Barrow desk from Modloft and then added carpentry details and shelves to create an accent wall next to the floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide an oceanfront view to enjoy – or distract – while working.
Contact: Bill Hernandez and Bryan Sereny of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 305-695-6300, Elliman.com.
Located on a 42,253-square-foot waterfront lot at 500 Arvida Parkway in Coral Gables, this 15,522-square-foot estate is priced at $21.9 million and features five bedrooms, 10 baths, a gourmet kitchen, family room with wet bar, billiards room and three home offices, designed by Santiago Bustamante. Each occupant’s office is unique, reflecting his or her work styles and interests. The rooms are on opposite sides of the main central entrance to the home. Her office, with floor-to-ceiling white lacquered bookcases, is home to a busy art historian whose favorite color is red, which she finds both inspirational and empowering. The room includes a freestanding credenza, inspired by Knoll, a spacious desk and a computer work area behind it. Pocket doors cover a storage space designed to accommodate filing and project boxes. His office, paneled in solid walnut with book-matched veneer, creates a quiet and contemplative ambience. The home of a retired business executive, it has ample shelves adorned with memorabilia from a successful career and treasured family photos. The home office, located off the garage entrance, is the administrative heart of the house. It’s outfitted with modular cabinetry and manmade quartz countertops and has spacious storage cabinets.
Contact: Nathan Zeder and Judy Zeder at The Jills Zeder Group, 786-252-4023, jillszeder.com.
This 9,800-square-foot residence, at 8417 Del Prado Drive in Delray Beach, has five bedrooms, seven baths and is situated on a lake and golf course lot. Listed for $2.997 million, it features high-end finishes such as onyx, golden limestone, Brazilian mahogany and Venetian plaster. Home to a business executive and book collector, the two-story, wood-paneled library/office has built-in bookshelves, a spiral staircase and an onyx fireplace.
Contact: Thomas Walsh, Lang Realty,561-573-2226, langrealty.com.
French Château-Inspired Grand Estate
Work from home amidst European flair and craftsmanship at Château Ami, a 12,641-square-foot estate at 16021 Quiet Vista Circle in Delray Beach’s Stone Creek Ranch neighborhood. The six-bedroom property, listed for $6.199 million, sits on 2.5 lakefront acres, with numerous upgrades and a private tennis court and putting green. The luxurious home office features floor-to-ceiling wood built-ins, a hand-painted ceiling with 24-kt. gold leaf design elements, a custom wet bar, a study area, a seating area with television and a chess table, all overlooking the infinity pool and lake.
Contact: Jennifer Kilpatrick, The Corcoran Group, 561-573-2573, Corcoran.com.
This contemporary waterfront home, at 899 Enfield St. in Boca Raton, has six bedrooms, eight baths and artisanal details throughout. Priced at $10.595 million, the estate boasts an elegantly appointed grand office suitable for even the most discerning business executive. Complete with a custom-cut backsplash that mimics rippling water, the office is flooded with natural light that pours through windows behind the desk. Barn-style sliders close to ensure privacy in the workspace.
Contact: Senada Adzem, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 561-322-8208, senadaadzem.com.