That larger vision has drawn interest from Industrious, a workplace provider that has 150 locations in 65 cities worldwide. “There are starting to be developers that want to create a complex that services the tenants and the outside world,” said Jamie Hodari, the chief executive and a co-founder of the company.

He pointed to Monrovia, Calif., where AvalonBay Communities, a real estate investment trust that owns a stake in 296 apartment communities, is renting private work spaces on the ground floor of its apartment complex to residents and the general public under a brand called Second Space Work Suites.

Mr. Hodari added that a number of large apartment owners had reached out to his firm about a partnership. “We are pretty close to an announcement with one of them,” he said.

Tenants have a variety of reasons to look for a “third space,” a communal area distinct from home and the office. Their home office may be too small or have too many distractions or not look professional enough for an important virtual call with clients.

And some, like Mr. Dossman, may have a spouse who also wants to work from home.

“Most of my work is talking to other people,” he said. “It wouldn’t work if we had calls at the same time.”

The added benefit of a work-from-home space has forced some tenants to re-evaluate how much room they need in their own apartments.

Amina AlTai, a career and business coach, was drawn to One South First, a luxury building in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, because of its work-from-home space, which includes two private conference rooms and a larger boardroom. She reluctantly took a studio apartment in the building because nothing else was available, but when a one-bedroom opened up, she realized she did not need it.

“That amenity space is amazing,” she said. “I use it at least twice a month.”

For Ms. AlTai, the space allowed her to resume in-person meetings, a crucial part of her business that was cut off in the pandemic. She had tried typical co-working spaces, but said the quality was inconsistent. At One South First, she pays $100 for a four-hour rental of a private room where she can place her client in a chair looking out over Domino Park and the East River.

“Sometimes there are some experiences that cannot be translated through the screen,” she said.

These spaces can help tenants cut other monthly costs, too, including transportation and dining out. “If I’m not commuting, I’m saving $100 a month,” Mr. LaSalvia of Moody’s said.

But one of the most overlooked benefits is something an apartment alone cannot provide, one that many workers are seeking after two years of remote work: a social experience. “It creates a more communal vibe,” Mr. Vance said.

At the Willoughby, Mr. Dossman and Ms. Li have gotten to know their neighbors through social events like happy-hour mixers and wine-tastings in the work-from-home space. The experience inspired him and a friend to set up a meeting with other start-up founders in New York, saying it would cost $250 an hour to host an event in the building.

“We looked at a couple different places for events, and it’s way cheaper than a bar,” he said. “This is a good place to be and it’s getting better.”

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