Kick the Cube to the Curb

Coworking spaces are giving entrepreneurs options besides long-term office leasing or camping out at a cafe.


COALITION is perched 19 stories high, offering newly renovated lounges, meeting rooms and a bar with a bird’s-eye view of downtown. And it’s easy to flock together, says community manager Samiha Al-Sabbagh, thanks to events like ice cream socials and happy hours.

Officemates: Trext, whose software makes sending mass texts a bit easier, and TaskRabbit, a marketplace for locally outsourcing small jobs.

Perks: Ditch the long underwear come winter—the building that houses Coalition sits atop the Green, Red and Orange Lines, making it easy to commute without risking frostbite.

Monthly Price: Coworking for $99-$700, private workspaces for $1,450 and more.

101 Arch St., Suite 1950, Boston (617-807-0940)


DISTRICT HALL aims to serve as a “front door to the innovation community in Boston,” according to general manager Nicole Fichera. The first public center of its kind, it provides both meeting space and a programming schedule packed with networking opportunities and office hours with local experts.

Officemates: Biopharm company Keryx and the city’s ONEin3 Council.

Perks: The only writing on the walls at District Hall is on the dry-erase paint. Customizable color-changing LED lights and a piano help drive home the “whistle while you work” approach.

Monthly Price: Free

75 Northern Ave., Boston (617-982-3213)


OFICIO founders Charlie Weisman and Nima Yadollahpour have dealt with the headaches of starting a business, so they zeroed in on three workspace essentials: the comfort of home, the social aspects of a coffee shop and the professional setting of a typical office—minus fluorescent lights and cubicles.

Officemates: Office manicure service Manicube and restaurant group B.good.

Perks: In its recent expansion at 129 Newbury, members can wine and dine guests with the bar cart or free monthly food deliveries from local businesses.

Monthly Price: Coworking for $69-$299, dedicated workspaces for $299-$1,999

30 Newbury St., Boston (857-239-9843); 129 Newbury St., Boston (857-239-9424)


WEWORK designs each location around shared spaces like the kitchen, cementing bonds with a busy events calendar.

Officemates: Mighty Squirrel beer, meal-delivery service The Purple Carrot.

Perks: Imbibe in a free drink of your choice, from coffee to fruit-infused water to beer, as you take a break from that budget report to play a quick game of air hockey in the arcade.

Monthly Price: Coworking for $45, dedicated workspaces for $400, private offices for $550-$3,300

745 Atlantic Ave., Boston; 51 Melcher St., Boston (877-583-3185)


WORKBAR is made up of four “neighborhoods,” each providing a distinct work atmosphere—the Commons has booths and energetic yellow and orange decor, while the Study is a cool blue and provides access to white noise machines.

Officemates: Event locator Roundtown and Automattic, the web developer behind WordPress.

Perks: Feeling lethargic? Try the treadmill desk. Stressed out? Take a trip to the Zen Room. Just be back in time for Workbar Wins, a happy-hour competition where members share their best news for a chance at a prize.

Monthly Price: Coworking for $125-$600, dedicated workspaces for $400-$3,000

711 Atlantic Ave., Boston; 45 Prospect St., Cambridge (617-861-4940)

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