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Thesis Driven: Converting and Reimagining Office Real Estate with Brad Hargreaves

by Jonathan Twombly
Last Updated: February 21, 2024

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In this episode of the Apartment Investors Podcast, Brad Hargreaves shares his insights into the ever-evolving landscape of real estate investing. Brad, a successful serial entrepreneur, is the founder of General Assembly, Common, and the online real estate magazine, Thesis Driven. He shares about the importance of walkability in modern real estate trends, the potential and challenges of office to residential conversions, and the fascinating concept of new cities. Brad also addresses innovations within real estate and how to understand and capitalise on emerging trends.

🖋️ Some key points: 

(00:28) Guest Introduction: Brad Hargraves
(00:59) Understanding ‘Thesis Driven’
(06:22) The Impact of ‘Thesis Driven’
(08:32) Exploring Unique Real Estate Opportunities
(12:07) The Power of Broad Knowledge in Real Estate
(15:39) Office to Residential Conversions: An In-depth Analysis
(22:10) The Benefits of Regulatory Changes in Housing
(22:51) Challenges of Converting Offices to Residential Spaces
(23:40) The Future of Suburban Offices
(24:41) The Fate of High Rises in Less Expensive Cities
(26:07) The Impact of Office Vacancies in Rust Belt Cities
(28:57) The Potential of Small Towns for Remote Workers
(30:15) The Role of Zoning Reform in City Revitalization
(35:15) The Emergence of New Cities and Urbanist Movements
(40:20) The Future of New Cities and Car Usage
(42:18) Closing Remarks and Future Discussions

📑More about Brad Hargreaves

Brad is the founder and CEO of Common. Common is dedicated to making housing better by providing flexible, community-minded shared homes. Previously, he co-founded General Assembly, a global education institution with campuses in more than 15 cities worldwide. As part of the General Assembly founding team, Brad led the growth of the company’s education business from its launch in 2011 into a global institution with over a dozen campuses. Most recently, he was a Venture Partner at Maveron, General Assembly’s lead investor. Brad has been named to Vanity Fair’s “The Next Establishment”, Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30”, and Business Insider’s “Silicon Alley 100”.

🌎Reach out to Brad Hargreaves

Personal website https://www.bhargreaves.com/

Thesis Driven: http://thesisdriven.com/

🌎Reach out to Jonathan Twombly
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathandtwombly

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Going From Working In Hospitality To Multifamily Investing & Hotel Conversions With Charlie Rushton

Hotel Conversions To Multi Family Housing With David Peters

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