De zonnige woning is vlakbij Café Pistou, Lidl, op loopafstand van Station Sloterdijk, cultureel centrum WOW, Winkelcentrum, Tram- bus en metrohalte.
Je zult genieten van mijn plek omdat de locatie zich vooral heerlijk leent voor gezinnen en kleine groepen; Op het zeer kindvriendelijke hofje kunnen kinderen hun gang gaan terwijl ouders hun rust vinden in de zonovergoten tuin op het zuiden. In een rustige en groene omgeving vakantie houden en toch binnen 20 minuten in het centrum.
The house is set in a truely sub-urban area – living is the core activity. It is quiet, knows little traffic and facilitates childrens needs, besides those of adults.
There is an inexpensive Italian pizzeria also selling Greek food run by Marokkans speaking Dutch and English if you’re lucky, just behind the large tall sculpture, on the Vening Meineszlaan. A one minute stroll. Even closer there is a Chinese restaurant serving take away and eat-in.
Shopping and groceries
Bos en Lommer is the best area to do domestic shopping – The dominant standard is Albert Heijn, the area has more to offer though, including (many) restaurants. There is also a small Spar supermarket at Sloterdijk Station.
This area is found when you follow the same Vening Meineszlaan, a five minute cycle-ride will get you there. On your way, do stop to check out WOW – an international hostel with an artist in residence programme and other cultural initiatives and a superb cook.
Bos en Lommer can also be reached easily on your way by the same tram lines 7 and 14, tramstop ‘Bos en Lommer’.
Architecture and urban planning
The district you are in, including the house you are staying in, is part of the first version of the ‘Vinex-area’ – districts theoreticaly designed in large format to enable living in all aspects and with predetermined qualities. This approach has become a strong standard in many parts of the country. In this case light, air and space where the binding qualities, creating a reaction the to the ‘Amsterdam School (of architecture)’.
In the van Eesteren Museum, a permanent exhibition is presented on this post-war approach to urban development designed by Van Eesteren, 6 minutes walk from the house. In the Stedelijk Museum on Museum Square, there is currently an exhibition on the Amsterdamse School, a worthwile visit.
The area has its share of parks and green pastures. One of the nicest is Terrasmus, also in the Bos en Lommer district. Westerpark is also within walking / cycling distance, for map see next chapter ‘sports’.
There are quite a number of sports facilities around, the main ones again in the Bos en Lommer area. A well-equiped gym, Fitness4me, is situated in Bos en Lommer, the lady’s only version is across the road, including Yoga and more.
Running is a easy to do and a nice green run is from the house to Westerpark and back:
In Westerpark, 10 minutes bike ride, a few places offer great food and terrasses, like for example Westergasterras.
Another great place place to eat and to see theatre is Podium Mozaiek, the Woeste Westen serves good meals close by, to name a couple.
Not my strongest point, these guys know what’s what: Zone 020, as do Time out Amsterdam
Beach and coastline
Bloemendaal and Zanvoort area’s are great beach resorts, offering plenty of possibilities for young & wild or the old & wise (or any combination of the two).
The easiest way to get to the house from any international destination, is by train. Coming from Schiphol Airport, most trains will stop at the Sloterdijk Station. Coming from Central Station, there are a couple of trains that leave for Sloterdijk every hour.
From Sloterdijk Station, it is an 11 minute walk to the house, 8 minutes by taxi. Taking a bus or tram from Sloterdijk Station does not make life easier or faster.
From the ringroad A10, coming from the south taking the west-side of the ring, take the turn-off at S104 and take an immediate left turn onto the Burgemeester de Vlugtlaan. After the metro-viaduct, take the first turn to your right at the traffic lights. At the end, turn left at the junction and take the first right(URL HIDDEN)
The first gate you see, with green bushy leaves everywhere is your place, giving entrance to the back door. You can park the car anywhere in the street within the blue markings. Navigation will most likely lead you to the front door of your place; also here you can park anywhere within the blue markings.
Parking is free of charge, you are required to set a blue ‘parking disc’ to your arrival time, giving you two hours at a time of free parking between the hours of 09.00 a.m. to 19.00 p.m. Outside of those hours, the parking limitation does not apply. We will supply you with this ‘blue parking disc’.
Obviously this is a bit of a drag if you want to leave the house – Never speak to anyone about what I am about to tell you, but... we have not seen anyone from any parking- authority here in the whole period we have lived here. Just so (only you) know.
Getting to the city and around
Tram is an easy way around from here; lines 7 and 14 head into the centre. Line 7 goes to Leidse Plein and further, 14 goes to Dam Square and further. The tram stop close by is 8 min. walk. The total traveling time by tram from the house to the centre including walking is 28 minutes.
Going by bike is nicer and faster. Renting bikes is definately an option, at the central station or at Sloterdijk (10 minutes walk from the house).
NS-station Sloterdijk, Radarweg bikes for rent max.
Going on foot gets you to the the supermarket and back, or to the Bos en Lommer area.
We are a Dutch family and we now have lived in Amsterdam for 10 years. We have two lively children of 6 and 9 years old.
Brechje is a Yoga teacher and I am a photographer
We love the city, but enjoy quiet living too; it's like a village in our area !