9 Coworking Spaces in Los Angeles You Need to Know
Sunny Los Angeles offers no shortage of coffee shops and juice bars for freelancers and remote workers, but for some budding entrepreneurs, the roar of an espresso machine could put a crimp in their business. Thankfully, the city also boasts an ample lineup of coworking spaces that offer the traditional office amenities without the leasing formalities. Here are some of our favorite coworking spaces in Los Angeles.
Cross Campus – Santa Monica
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Here’s the deal – Cross Campus is THE hub of all things tech in Los Angeles. They’ve even been touted as “the nerve center of Silicon Beach.” (And yes, notable enough that President Obama has personally paid their entrepreneurs a visit). Their original Santa Monica location is housed inside a 14,000-square-foot industrial warehouse, featuring 30-foot-high ceilings. Cross Campus has two other locations in Pasadena and Downtown LA with a brand spankin’ new spot in South Bay set to open in early 2017.
WeWork – Hollywood
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WeWork has become a premier community of creators across the country – and it’s easy to see why. Their first LA location, centrally located on Hollywood Boulevard, features a spacious first floor, lounges, production suites, screening rooms, free beer and a beautiful outdoor balcony. Need a buddy to work with? Feel free to bring your dog along to the space. Hollywood not your jam? Fear not – WeWork now has a whopping total of 12 locations in Los Angeles including Culver City, Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, and more.
LAX Coworking – Westchester
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If there’s one thing that LAX prides itself on, it’s being an unpretentious coworking space (oh, and the only one with planes constantly outside its windows). The space is a program of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce so when you become a full-time member you not only benefit from the Chamber’s wealth of resources and connections – they’ve been a voice for small businesses for 60+ years – but you also receive an honorary membership. Plus, there’s an In-N-Out directly across the street (and consistent ping-pong championships inside to help balance that out).
Opodz – Little Tokyo
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Opodz is the OG. They are one of the original Downtown LA coworking spaces with three years of business under their belt. Many of their first members are actually still in the space today, proving that community and collaboration at Opodz is strong. Their Little Tokyo location is extremely fitting given the simple, sleek, and well-designed interior…and occasional karaoke parties.
BizHaus – El Segundo
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It’s clear that BizHaus takes great pride in creating gorgeous working environments for their members. Their buildings are “over fifty years old and have been restored to keep some of their natural beauty.” We’re talking bow truss ceilings. Community bonding comes in the form of Thirsty Thursdays (yes, that’s the official name) with local craft breweries and wineries partaking in the fun. They’re currently in El Segundo and Marina Del Rey but you can expect another in Downtown LA soon.
NeueHouse Hollywood – Hollywood
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NeueHouse, a private work collective for creative entrepreneurs, serves film, design, branding, fashion, and other innovative gurus on a global scale (NY, LA, and soon London). NeueHouse falls somewhere between a social club and workplace, catering to notable members like artist Dustin Yellin, author Joyce Carol Oates, and screenwriter Werner Herzog. Their Hollywood location occupies the 1938 CBS Radio Building, complete with seven stories of workspaces, sound stages, recording studios, a full-service restaurant, and two outdoor decks.
Procolo – Culver City
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Imagine if you could work from your dream apartment. Well Procolo’s Culver City location offers a collection of office lofts with “full kitchens, baths, along with 22 foot ceilings and tons of natural light…including rooms of 20 foot floor to ceiling windows” that can make that dream come true. They operate on a philosophy that members should have as much personal space as possible. And they’re not slowing down yet – Procolo has tripled its footprint since coming into business in 2010.
Village Workspaces – Santa Monica
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Village Workspaces says that they do their best to run the space like a “five-star boutique hotel.” Along with the refreshments, happy hours, and reception services, they offer 1-hour complimentary tech support and valet parking. Feel free to take a swim during the work day as well, as their office is located only two short blocks away from the beach.
Kleverdog – Chinatown
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Located in LA’s Chinatown, Kleverdog believes in the possibility of “accidental serendipity” when it comes to coworking. The space is very community-oriented, fostering an environment of entrepreneurship in which collaborating with your coworking neighbors is actively encouraged. If you like to burn the midnight oil, Kleverdog offers 24/7 key card access for members, along with a Zipcar membership.
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