The new e-lofts, a 200-unit complex now leasing in Alexandria, Va., owes its genesis to the smartphone. Thanks to our smartphones (and laptops and tablets) we no longer have to be tethered to our cubicles. We can work from practically anywhere. The Census Bureau says 6.8 million Americans—4.6% of the U.S. workforce—work from home. Global Workplace Analytics estimates that 20–25% of U.S. workers do so remotely part time.