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Flexing your Potential: The Power of Flex Spaces in Commercial Real Estate

October 10, 2023

Say hello to the future of commercial real estate – the Flex Space! 

This isn't just another buzzword in the industry; it's a seismic shift that's changing the game. With a staggering growth rate of 21% in the last five years, according to JLL's Global Flex Market Report, flex spaces are proving to be the lifeline businesses didn't know they needed. Let's grab our virtual magnifying glass and take a closer look at this revolution, flex style!

The Flex Files: What's all the Fuss About?

When commercial real estate pops into your mind, you might envision gargantuan corporate behemoths standing tall against the backdrop of vibrant city life. Picture a scene straight out of Suits or Mad Men, where power suits and high-rise towers reign supreme.

Indeed, these monolithic skyscrapers depict the more traditional concept of corporate spaces. However, in recent years, there's been a paradigm shift in this arena as these imposing corporate edifices are undergoing a remarkable transformation into versatile flex spaces like Venture X. 

Flex spaces are the chameleons of the real estate world, seamlessly morphing based on the user's needs. From operating as an office rental for a top lawfirm during the day to transforming into a bustling event space by night, or perhaps moonlighting as a retail store over the weekend, flex spaces are keeping up with the ever-changing demands of businesses.

Flex and the City: The Origins of Flex Spaces

Flex spaces didn't just appear out of thin air. In fact, this concept has been slowly evolving, reflecting the constant need for businesses to adapt and innovate. In the past, businesses were forced into rigid spaces that weren't always the right fit.

Now, while it's challenging to pinpoint the exact creation of the first flex space, the concept began to take root in the late 20th century. The advent of shared office spaces can be traced back to the 1980s and 1990s, although these early iterations were quite different from the flexible spaces we know today.

In the early 2000s, the concept began to evolve and expand, with the introduction of coworking spaces, which were a more formal version of the shared office concept, providing flexibility and community-driven environments for freelancers and small businesses.

Fast forward to today and the growing demand for flexible workspaces is evident, with a projected global market value of $117 billion by 2028 according to Fortune Business Insights. Now, flex spaces have moved from a mere trend to an industry staple, offering limitless possibilities for the companies who rent them. 

What's So Great About Flex? Let's Talk Benefits

Why are flex spaces becoming a hot ticket? The answer lies in the colossal benefits they offer. First up, cost-effectiveness. Businesses only use and pay for what they need, when they need it. According to a CBRE report, companies can save up to 25% on real estate costs with flex spaces. 

And let's not forget the ease of expansion. Flex spaces also offer an adaptability factor like no other. With the recent pandemic driving 26% of businesses to adopt flexible workspaces as per a Gensler report, it's evident that these spaces provide the resilience businesses need to bounce back stronger.

Flex in Action: Real World, Real Impact

To truly appreciate the flex-space revolution, we need some real-world examples. Companies like Venture X are leading the charge, offering customizable and flexible office spaces to everyone from freelancers to Fortune 500 companies while being the host to numerous offsite meetings and weekend events. 

And it's not just the office sector that's flexing its muscles. Many fashion brands are morphing their retail outlets into flex spaces, playing host to photo shoots, product launches, and more. These versatile spaces are changing the way we look at commercial real estate.

Flex on a Global Scale: Flex Spaces Go Worldwide

Flex spaces aren't a regional phenomenon here in Denver; they're a global revolution. Cities from New York to London and beyond are riding the flex-space wave. With the global flexible space inventory rising by 600% in the last decade (JLL), it's safe to say flex spaces are reshaping the commercial real estate world.

Flex Forecast: Future Trends
Flex spaces are more than a fleeting trend; they're the future. As businesses evolve, the demand for adaptable spaces is only going to grow. Expect to see more technology integration, creative uses of space, and a new definition of what commercial real estate can be.

In a world that's constantly evolving, commercial real estate is strapping in and coming along for the ride. Flex spaces are transforming the industry, offering unprecedented adaptability and efficiency. So, whether you're a property owner or a business, it's time to flex your potential and get ready for the future.

To learn how you, or your business may benefit from transitioning from a traditional office space to a flex space, contact us here