Need a great place to cowork while you’re in Irvine or Newport Beach? Here is my inside guide to the best coworking spaces for Remote Work in Newport Beach, CA.
If you’ve ever worked remotely or from a coffee shop you know it takes some time to find the best coworking spots in a city. Some coffee shops have amazing coffee, but their wifi is sooo slow. Other spots have great internet but are always packed and you have to fight for a table or an electrical outlet.
So I decided to write a blog post about the best coworking locations in my city, Newport Beach / Irvine.
Best coworking spots in Irvine & Newport Beach, CA:
Winner: The Vine
The best place in town to work from is The Vine. Which is right by the UCI Campus and starts at $125/month. It’s The Best Priced coworking spot in Orange County. They have blazing fast Internet, tons of desks, a great parking lot (so you won’t have to pay to park), a quick 2-minute walk from a Starbucks, and a beautiful outdoor space. Oh, did i mention they’re dog-friendly?
Bonus: they have several locations in Orange County (and San Diego), if you’re a member you can hop between any of the locations.
The only downside is that some of the members like to take really loud phone calls in the common area instead of moving outside or to the phone booth, but it’s not much of a problem if you move to another area.
If you want to try it out for a day, day passes are only $35 and if you check in on Yelp, I believe they have a free day pass there.
Runner Up: WeWork Spectrum
WeWork Spectrum in Irvine is the one of the better coworking spots in the Orange County area.
With fast internet and a perfect location right across the street from Spectrum. Which is this outdoor mall that has all of the best places to eat from. If you plan on having a Business meeting, they have tons of conference rooms! If you have a call, they have “phone booths”. I’m not even going to factor in the beer on tap and snacks on hand.
The main downside is the pricing and parking. They start at $350/month for a Hot Desk membership and then $100/month for parking. If you have guests, they have a parking structure, where you can pay hourly, but it’s not cheap. BUT! If you were to park across the street in the Spectrum center, maybe grab a Starbucks and then walk across the street to the Wework building, Spectrum parking would be free.
If you plan on coworking in the Southern California area and moving around a bit, I’d say a membership is totally worth it. They have a ton of locations! While Wework Spectrum is currently their only coworking location in Orange County, they have a ton of great locations in Los Angeles. I’ve worked from Wework Gas tower, which is right in downtown LA although parking is a pain, the location is top notch! Wework Hollywood is literally right on the Walk of Fame! Finally, Wework Santa Monica is on my bucket list since it’s close enough to walk to the famous Santa Monica pier.
I’ve worked from Crashlabs in Costa Mesa, which isn’t too far away. There wasn’t a ton of parking, but you could find some parking in the residential neighborhood not too far away. Wifi was strong, but I found the seats to be pretty uncomfortable and it just really hard for me to focus here. Pricing was $375 /month. And for that price-range, I preferred Wework.
Wayfare in Costa Mesa, is a really gorgeous space. But for me, the wifi was lacking. It was just crawling. I ended up leaving early and never came back, since I wasn’t getting the bandwidth I needed. I will say that out of all of the coworking spots in the area- Wayfare has the most flexible plans for any price point.
Coffee Shops to Cowork from in Newport Beach:
There are tons of Starbucks and Coffee Beans in the area and they seem to have the best wifi, but are usually pretty crowded.
The Starbucks in Newport Coast is my favorite, it’s rarely crowded. Has a great outdoor seating area and is right across the street from the beach!
Hidden Coworking Gem:
The Pelican Hill Resort is this gorgeous resort hotel on the coast of Newport Beach. In the lobby, there is a little café, which also has gelato. It overlooks the ocean. By far the fastest wifi around, I was getting speeds of 200mbps. Although, I wouldn’t spend all day working here. It’s great for a quick meeting and coworking for a few hours while enjoying the gelato and gorgeous views.
How to get around Newport Beach:
What to expect transportation-wise from the area. While there is public transportation, it’s not great. Takes quite awhile and isn’t the best connected. Having a car is pretty much the way everyone gets around here.
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