Somehow I overlooked this bit of information. Why are these the only options? Is there no option where the commute is 10 min on foot or 15 with the bike?
I agree. I know people who do it, and they bill the customer for it, but whenever I tried to do some work on the train, I was maybe 40% as efficient, with the distractions, small screen and crap internet.
I’m also a quasi-freelancer, in the sense that I’m not employed by the company I work for, but most of the time, I work for them. But I have to constantly renew my contract so it’s nothing stable. But if I was an employee, I would definitely look for a place within walking distance from work.
I should add, that due to corona, we’re allowed to work from home indefinitely, which changes the situation. And this made me ponder: if it stays like this, and, let’s say, 20-40% of people are allowed to work from home some or most of the time, how will it influence real estate and rent prices? Will city centres get cheaper? Will picturesque villages with access to forests, lakes, mountains get more expensive? If I had the guarantee of 80-100% home office, I would consider moving to some place with low tax and quiet neighbourhood and close to nature.