Staying Home Is Paying Off

Technology sparks the spread of residential offices

Like many of their competitors in the computer industry, Robin and Tom Bennett sometimes work 18 hours a day. But when the 30-year-old founders of Polar Engineering, a custom software firm, step outside the office, they do not have to contend with jostling lunch crowds or bumper-to-bumper commutes. Instead, the married couple can take quiet strolls through 25 acres of birch and spruce forest. Reason: their office is in their three-bedroom, 3,500-sq.- ft. home on Alaska's remote Kenai peninsula. The nearest neighbor lives half a mile away, and now and then a moose wanders into the yard. "There are days when...

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