first_img Digital marketers Anna and Morgan Richards work from their terrace home in Robina.Gold Coast entrepreneurs Anna and Morgan Richards are already living the work-life dream, having moved into Vue Terrace Homes in Robina nine months ago.The couple runs their digital network marketing business from their three-bedroom terrace home which has parkland and Gold Coast City skyline views.“We spend a lot of time in Zoom meetings and doing video podcasts, so one of the biggest factors when we were looking for a new home was internet speeds,” Ms Richards said.“Having our own dedicated office spaces with plenty of natural light and views is a big plus as well. “We keep pretty typical nine-to-five hours, but when we take a break, it is also important for us to have a balcony to sit outside and have a coffee or some lunch.Location was also part of the appeal for the couple who wanted easy access to recreational spaces to break up the work day. “It is really important that we can take a walk on the beach or through Robina City Parklands when they are finished, or go down to the pool and recreation deck for a quick swim,” Ms Richards said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“Morgan and I have the perfect work-life balance and no matter how long the pandemic continues, I can’t see us working from a traditional office again any time soon.” Outdoor balconies and natural light make working from home more pleasant.Libby Sander, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Bond University’s Business School, said the pandemic had fast-tracked many businesses into work from home mode – and properties needed to adjust.“In the future, we are likely to see more people working from home on a regular basis. We need to think about designing homes that have multiple designated work areas to support this shift,” she said.“Not everyone will have a dedicated separate office to work from home, and in the current climate, we are likely to see more than one person working from home. In addition, kids are schooling at home in many cases as well.“Creating a designated workspace is important for productivity, as well as physical and mental health. Working from bed, the couch or the kitchen table is unlikely to be effective.“Fresh air and natural light provide important physical and mental benefits, and it is important to take regular breaks, so people should set aside time in their day to get outside and go for a walk.”“Good lighting is essential, as is a well designed desk with a proper chair, and poor internet connectivity is a significant issue for many working at home at the moment.” Fast, reliable internet was a must-have for Morgan and Anna Richards.Homes that are well equipped to handle the demands of working remotely are being favoured by buyers who will continue to work from home post COVID-19.Real estate experts are picking up on a trend towards buyers seeking out homes that enable them to create an ideal work-life balance.Faster internet, dedicated office spaces and convenient access to recreational areas to break-up work routines are among the features home-based workers are wanting. Knight Frank Australia Business Development Manager Chris Litfin said the rise in people working from home has added to what was already a significant remote workforce on the Gold Coast.“Our city is an innovation incubator where a high percentage of people own their own businesses and professionals across a range of industries work from home or from collaborative working spaces,” Mr Litfin said.“Since the pandemic has hit, more professionals who had ordinarily worked from a traditional office have now transitioned to working from home – a situation that is likely to continue for some time.”Mr Litfin said there had been a notable trend towards buyers asking for properties that meet the needs of home-based businesses or have home office capabilities.“We are noticing those looking to buy a new home at the moment are taking into account the fact that they may be working from home for the foreseeable future, and some of the first questions they are asking are to do with whether or not a property meets their professional needs,” he said.last_img

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