A few months ago, I found myself weary of the same coffee shops. I searched for a new work environment. Combing through this wiki and other sites, I located several co-working and shared office spaces in Portland, OR. In case you’ve embarked on a similar quest, here are my findings. Prices updated September 3, 2014.
322 NW 6th Ave, Suite 200
$250/mo for a flexible desk
I’m currently a member here and really enjoy it so far. Situated in Old Town, Collective is close to many businesses and very accessible via mass transit. Inside, skylights and exposed brick walls contribute to a casual and open feel. A large community room features desks available for “co-working.” As Collective puts it, this means being among “people doing work they’re passionate about and committed to.” You can now pay upfront for a year and save $600 off your membership. Reserved desks are also available for $125 more per month.
The number of people working at Collective varies day-to-day. During the week, you’ll find a rotating 5 to 20+ members. Guidelines posted on the website and in the shared kitchen encourage members to generally keep it quiet in the open space. Phone calls and meetings therefore usually take place in the conference rooms or one of three couch areas.
The three organizers go above and beyond to make sure everybody is comfortable and can work productively there. Members often self-organize lunch outings to nearby food carts and happy hours.
If this sounds interesting, consider signing up for their free day trial.
1400 SW 5th Ave, 3rd floor
$275/mo for a hot desk
Because of the location (right in downtown Portland at SW 5th and Columbia) and the divided work spaces, NedSpace has a more professional feel. The U shaped office currently has a number of desks available. You can sign up for a hot (flexible) desk or pay $100 more per month for a reserved one. If you pay upfront for a year, you can save $1200 off your membership. Nice!
A number of start-ups have launched within NedSpace over the years. The founders are very welcoming and encourage the exchange of ideas. If this culture appeals to you, I recommend scheduling a tour.
Ode to Rose’s Building, 3435 NE 45th Ave
Burnside Rocket Building, 1111 E. Burnside St
Burnside Rocket Building’s half pods start at $325/mo
TENpod has two locations — one close-in on East Burnside and the other in the Beaumont neighborhood. I visited the latter last year, which had two desks open (the other building was full). The common room features various desks separated by tall shelves. The pods feature approximately 4 desks and support 2-3 people. After choosing the desk you’d like to rent, you can leave your equipment there. This is a plus if you own a desktop computer or hate lugging a laptop around.
The day I visited TENpod only two people were working, so the space felt a little barren. Take just a few steps downstairs, however, and you’re in the much-frequented Grand Central Bakery. I wouldn’t mind being so close to freshly-baked bread.
240 N Broadway
The Hive is just south of the Broadway Bridge on the east side. Because it’s the priciest I didn’t visit this one. If your budget allows, you might want to check it out! Let me know what you think of it.
417 SE 11th Ave
Starts at $275/mo
If you love to make things, whether it be woodworking, metal fabrication, or using lasers (yes please), you’re probably familiar with ADX. They’ve taken over the lease for the adjacent building and transformed it into a co-working spot. The space is smaller than the others I visited, but it’s organized and lets in plenty of light. Like TENpod, you can choose a desk and move your computer on in. The desks next to the windows on the perimeter cost $100 more per month.
If you have or are interested in an ADX membership, co-working there would be especially convenient.
With the growth of freelancing and small businesses that aren’t tied to a physical location, I suspect the co-working trend is just beginning. Let me know if you find other shared office space in Portland or have advice to share. Good luck with your search!