No doubt about it, the D.C. metro area is littered with co-working spots. WeWork, MakeOffices, The Wing — you name it, the region has it.
Alongside the growing co-working presence in the region is one spot taking the trend to a new level.
Meet e-lofts, a former commercial office building turned luxury apartment and co-working complex in Alexandria, Va. Opening in January 2016, e-lofts doubles as both a luxury apartment complex and office space under a commercial-residential mixed use zoning called “CRMU-H.”
See, the building was previously occupied by the Department of the Army, but it sat vacant for six years. That’s when the group decided to convert the space into 200 loft-style apartments that can be used for both residential and commercial use. Bozzuto was later brought on to manage the property.
“We’re making waves in the industry because no one else has done it,” said William Loving, e-lofts’ general manager, to me during a tour of the space. “The development group got the best of the best involved in it.”
Residents and employers can pick between a studio, one-room or two-room apartments. Each option varies in price and square footage, but rent typically ranges from about $1,600 to $3,000.
On the first floor is a variety of different meeting spaces for businesses and residents who work from home — including four conference rooms that can be booked by members. Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the complex, even in the outdoor seating areas that will be decked with hammocks and an outdoor movie screening projection in the summer.
Members also have access to a pet bath space in the basement, two music rooms to practice in and a 24/7 gym.
Right now, they have 200 people using the space and they’re close to filling up the building. e-lofts will also work with their members to promote their company’s events and happenings.
“We are seeing more and more people coming to the area who are working here, but then again, you’re seeing that reduction in office space — so where are those people working? They’re working from home,” said Meredith Coules, portfolio manager with Bozzuto Management Company, during the same tour. “We’re filling that void that’s been missing.”
e-lofts also has a property in Falls Church, Va. in the works, along with eight other locations, Washingtonian reported in August.
Let’s take a look around the e-lofts space…