Filmmaker David Soll waited to sign the lease for a 550-square-foot space at Crown Heights’ new creative office building 1000 Dean until his purchase of a two-family wood-frame house in Bedford-Stuyvesant was complete.
The deals for his home and his work space just a 5-minute bike ride away, went hand-in-hand. Soll wanted his office close by so he could “pop in” for dinner with his wife and 22-month-old daughter and then head back to the editing room.
"I come home for 20 minutes between dinner and bedtime, kiss my kid, kiss my wife and then go back to work until 2 or 3 in the morning," said Soll, 33, who works in television, film and advertising.
A growing number of Brooklyn bosses and employees want to work near home in a bid to create better work-life balance, real estate experts said. Developers, in turn, are eyeing the borough's booming areas for opportunities to build hip offices for creative companies.
Like Soll, "younger dads who want to be closer to home" have particularly fueled demand for office space in Brooklyn, said Chris Havens, commercial director of aptsandlofts.com, who is the leasing agent for 1000 Dean.
Office jobs in the borough are on the upswing: They grew by nearly 6 percent — or 4,500 jobs — over the past year, Heidi Lerner, chief economist with Savills Studley noted, citing third-quarter data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The rise of Brooklyn office space is the "last piece of the puzzle," said Will Silverman of commercial real estate brokerage firm Savills Studley's Capital Transactions Group. "We love living here and dining here and raising our kids here. So why aren't we building our offices here?"
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