This afternoon Joe and I spent quite a considerable amount of time with a real estate agent looking at offices in the Redmond/Bellevue area.
It's been an interesting process figuring out the amount of space we need, the price we're willing to pay for it, and honing in on the sort of location.
I.e. we don't want to spend much, but we really don't want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere in some nondescript space.
I know that it shouldn't matter, but I believe that the location of the space and the local facilities (i.e. somewhere to buy coffee; grab a sandwich) should be within a short walking distance.
I think that's worth a little extra cash.
Anyhow, along the way we've also been picking up on the realities of commercial office space - the difference between full-service and how triple net space (NNN) can screw you up when that $15 per square foot space suddenly doesn't look so affordable anymore.
So it's looking like somewhere in the $20 range is looking favourite right now. We saw a very nice space in Redmond, very close to everything and with enough space to accommodate a few extra people.
As long as we can knock down a wall or two :-)
Speaking of which, the current online search space for offices really sucks. The only thing that comes close is OfficeSpace.com, and even that is not particularly useful.
Sounds like a really good opportunity for some Web 2.0 startup out there…