These days it seems almost all remote workers are re-evaluating their home office options, and entrepreneurs or sole proprietors are re-examining their financial commitments to external office spaces. It comes as no surprise that many are opting to benefit from the convenience of downtown Las Vegas living and the advantages of loft style luxury condos that offer the ease of live-work space.
It’s not an understatement to say that COVID has forever changed the way we work and live. People are making new choices about their professional and personal lifestyles.
“The old system simply doesn’t apply anymore,” said Uri Vaknin, a partner with KRE, which owns Juhl and One Las Vegas, two of the city’s best-selling luxury condominium communities. “Whether you’re working remotely for a large corporation or you own your own business, people want flexibility, freedom, convenience and a more seamless, stress-free lifestyle.”
At Juhl, a loft-style downtown Las Vegas condo community spanning an entire city block, unique live-work studio spaces are meeting growing interest in having a well-defined workspace that ensures greater separation between home and work life, while still providing all the convenience of having a home office or business within steps of the kitchen, bedroom or living room.
Jeffrey C. Kadlowec, a residential and commercial architect for more than a decade, saw the live-work concept as a good fit for his business and lifestyle. Ahead of the current trend, the owner of Art-Is-Zen – Art + Architecture, Kadlowec moved into a live-work condominium three years ago at Juhl, which recently renovated its live-work Studio Collection that includes Creative Two-Story Live-Work Spaces with 11 still remaining. Offering 950 square feet on each floor, and priced from the mid-$400,000s through the mid-$600,000s, these one-of-a-kind spaces are ideal for remote workers, sole proprietors and entrepreneurs – like Kadlowec – who want a simplified urban lifestyle with a seamless transition from work life to real life.
While the majority of Kadlowec’s clients don’t come to his home office for meetings these days, he says his live-work loft offers time and availability benefits that increase his connection with clients.
“Because I live and work here, clients can more easily connect with me,” said Kadlowec. “I don’t have to work on the 9-5 schedule. If I need to work on the weekend or get caught up in the evening I can – it’s easy and convenient. It’s just so much more comfortable and a more relaxed environment, which is good for a creative profession.”
From a financial perspective, Kadlowec says he’s able to pass along savings to his clients because he’s not renting additional office space for his business.
Vaknin also notes that it is often easier to prove your deductions to the Internal Revenue Service for a live-work unit than a home office, because live-work zoning makes it apparent that your home is partly comprised of commercial space.
Originally from Cleveland, Kadlowec tried the LA scene for a while, but like many “California Economic Refugees,” he eventually chose to make Las Vegas home partly because of its lower cost of living. Initially renting a house that had been converted into an office after starting his own architectural firm, Kadlowec soon tired of the money pit.
As an architect on live-work projects in Los Angeles, he well understood the lifestyle and economic advantages of live-work spaces. “There’s not many true live-work properties in Las Vegas. The loft style homes at Juhl are leading the way in this concept,” he said.
Juhl’s Two-Story Studio Collection offers a ground floor, perfect for office, studio or work space that is ready for customization and features high ceilings, large windows, concrete flooring, commercial-type glass door entrance, rear entrance and a half-bath. And for those in a retail business, visibility from the street is a real plus.
An interior stairway to the second floor offers a fully built-out one bedroom, one-bath studio condominium home with separate entrance, 10-foot ceilings and large windows, kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, a spacious living area with an adjacent dining area with access to a full balcony.
Because many business owners are stretched for time, location is everything for not only free time activities, but for business visibility. “Working and living in downtown Las Vegas is convenient; everything from entertainment and restaurants to the arts and fitness are at my doorstep,” Kadlowec said. “It’s also been good for business. Being here on 4th Street and having street-level visibility really helps bring name recognition to my business. I’m also lucky that 4th street is the parade route so I can watch it from my balcony, which is really cool.”
Residents of Juhl have access to on-site amenities and services that surpass resort-style living, including dedicated concierge, 24-hour security, monthly lifestyle events, one of the best gyms in Las Vegas – a two-story fitness center with Strip views, resort-style pool with cabanas, summer kitchens and grilling stations, alfresco movie theater, a 10th-floor wine and viewing deck, private pet walk, on-site dry cleaning, and electric car charging stations. The Promenade at Juhl also provides direct access to shopping and dining on the community’s ground floor.
Not far from Juhl is The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, offering world-class entertainment and the vibrant 18b Arts District. Some of the city’s most popular restaurants, eateries and nightlife spots perfect for date night Las Vegas style.
For anyone who has spent time in downtown Las Vegas you can see Kadlowec’s architectural designs at the CrossFit gym at Juhl; Nevada Brew Works, and Esther’s Kitchen’s pasta kitchen. He’s also gearing up for projects like a wine bar near Maker’s & Finders and is working on expanding Oddfellows at Ogden.
Like many new and more experienced entrepreneurs, Kadlowec is a big fan of the live-work condominium lifestyle. “I’m actually surprised that more people don’t do it. I would definitely recommend it,” he said.
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