Hey Oakland! WFH Woes? Here’s 5 Places to Get Your Work Done Besides Your Couch

From On-Site Coffee Machines to Lakeside Views, These Communal Work Spaces Are The Ideal Places to Conquer Your To-Do List

With the current health crisis, many companies have either temporarily closed or just got rid of their office spaces entirely. And while working from home evoked a certain excitement in the beginning, the couch, in reality, is not typically a place of productivity. If you find yourself distracted at home and are in need of a safe place to work, these communal spaces in Oakland are the answers to your work-from-home woes. Communal Workspaces in Oakland


1 | Included With Your Lease Communal Workspaces in Oakland

17th & Broadway Apartments

Aside from 17th & Broadway’s breathtaking panoramic views of the Bay, 24-hour fitness center, and penthouse level game room, this luxury high rise offers its residents an exclusive coworking lounge. Reserve a conference room for a team meeting or snag a spot at a desk, and start your workday with a complimentary cup of joe from the coffee machine. Some other cool features of this space include sit-to-stand desks, a podcast room and a stock market ticker so you can stay informed. Note: This communal work lounge is only open to residents, so if you’re interested in leasing, book a private tour today!

Native Knowledge: The 17th & Broadway Apartments are surrounded by 40+ restaurants within a 10-block radius, offering residents a variety of places to eat, drink or order takeout!

17th & Broadway Apartments
447 17th St
Oakland, CA 94612

Photography Provided By: Build Group and Show My Property 


2 | Customize Your Membership Communal Workspaces in Oakland

The Port Workspaces

With four locations throughout Oakland, The Port offers workspaces for entrepreneurs, artists, startups, remote employees or anyone in need of occasional access to a desk. Choose from a variety of customizable membership options that you can tailor to your needs to help you, your team or your business thrive. Once you purchase a membership, your keycard gives you access to all of The Port Workspaces locations.

The Port Workspaces
Kaiser Mall | City Center | 101 Broadway | 317 Washington


3 | Get Creative! Communal Workspaces in Oakland


This 100% Black-owned business offers affordable work, event and gallery spaces for artists, entrepreneurs and small local businesses. From drop-in day passes ($15 per day) to dedicated desk rentals ($250 per month) and access to open common spaces ($50 per month), Oakstop is an ideal place to collaborate or quietly work in peace. Enjoy free coffee and tea from local brewers as you check things off you to-do list!

Broadway | 14th St | Richmond Bart


4 | Fresh Air and a View

Lake Merritt

The 3.4-mile shoreline of Oakland’s Lake Merritt is a perfect grassy urban hangout spot to enjoy nature and get some work done on your laptop! Lay down a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy gorgeous lakeside views and the atmosphere of the East Bay. Lake Merritt is adjacent to downtown, making it easy to grab food on your lunch break from a local restaurant. Be sure to turn on your hotspot because this “coworking space” doesn’t come with wifi—but it does come with fresh air!

5 | Connect on the Waterfront

Jack London Square

Jack London Square is an entertainment and business destination on the Oakland waterfront that has a variety of outdoor places to work and collaborate. Aside from being one of the Bay Area’s premier recreational, dining and commercial districts, this vibrant hub is rich in history and boasts stunning views of the water. After you’re done working, head over to Forge Pizza or Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine for well-deserved drinks and an early dinner. 

Jack London Square
472 Water St
Oakland, CA 94607

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