Across the valley, upstairs in a 5,000-square-foot home, Bill Ronai was rising to start his day: Breakfast. A phone call. E-mail.Maybe a ski later in the afternoon. “I work when I have to, and I ski when I can.”Mr. Ronai, 62, has owned an apartment on Riverside Drive in Manhattan for three decades. But since 2002 he has run his financial consultancy many weeks of the year from a home office perched at nearly 10,000 feet in the Elk Mountains of central Colorado.

Like thousands of professionals around the country, Mr. Ronai has eluded the traditional constraints of geography — not to mention altitude — to foster a white-collar career essentially based in the wilderness. His five Colorado acres abut a national forest, and deer, bear and foxes are common sights from any one of the 10 windows in his sunny upstairs office.

Working from a vacation home — be it a beachside condo or a mansion in the mountains — has become increasingly common as broadband Internet, expanding cellphone coverage, and overnight courier delivery service have added flexibility to many corporate careers.
By Stephen Regenold, Feb 6, 2009, NYT

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