It’s pretty much a fact that there is little in the way of office space in the Tenderloin area. Your typical search on Craigslist the Almighty (yes, you can bow) generally looks like this. For those of us who want to actually work here, this means you either work from home or work out of cafes with wifi. Obviously there was the third choice of going to a separate neighborhood, but that always seemed rather silly (not to mention expensive) given the amount of large, unused spaces we have in our hood.
Of course, when it came to that middle ground between home, office, and cafe called, coworking there was nothing. This all changed two months ago when Sandbox Suites opened up their
Tenderloin East Union Square location.
Located on Sutter between Mason & Powell, we realize that it’s not sitting at say, Ellis & Turk in the heart of the Loin, but when it comes to presenting a quality space that you can quickly walk to, they’ve done a nice job converting the old, Joie de Vivre offices in to something cool where you can work in a casual atmosphere. I’ve tried coworking before and on a part-time basis (as I am admittedly a badger who doesn’t like coming out of his burrow) it does work to be communal with those who are like-minded and all working on a project as opposed to just hanging out at a cafe.
For those familiar with the three year-old Sandbox in their SOMA location, you know what they’re about. For those unfamiliar, they provide a communal, transient space as well as quasi communal, permanent desks, and also actual offices. The prices are obviously more than being a cheap-ass who buys one coffee to use wifi the whole day, but are a great deal cheaper than any actual office space out there and you can receive mail there as well.