Located across from the Westergasfabriek, the city's cultural centre for music and dance, this 9th floor flat (totally wheel chair accessible) offers panoramic views of the entire city. A light and cozy living/dining space encompasses half the home. While all of Amsterdam's tourist attractions are easily accessible by foot (25 minute walk from Centraal Station) or public transportation, the flat is a haven of tranquility. The surrouding neighborhood has restaurants and recreation for all ages.
The flat is ideal for a couple; that's how we use it. A light and cozy living/kitchen/dining space encompasses half the 90 square meters. The main bedroom has a queen size bed and about 3 cubic meters of closet space. A second bedroom provides - besides an excellent fold-out couch for two - a large desk, ample office cabinets and book shelves. In the bathroom you’ll find a walk-in shower, a washing machine, and several cabinets; the water closet is in a separate space. The building was built less than 20 years ago, with state of the art insulation from the heat, cold and noise outside. The balcony faces south, providing opportunities to sun, smoke, and soak up the city vibes.
Zugang für Gäste
We live in a large building with 100 apartments. This means a lot of residents traverse the public areas and are dependent upon the elevators. They pay for, and appreciate, the cleanliness and tranquility in these areas. Once you've reached our floor, ours is the only door. Once inside, you have access to the entire flat except for one small office room and one locked closet.
Interaktion mit Gästen
One of us will be home to greet you upon arrival during the day. Should you arrive in the late evening/night, then we'll have to make other arrangements beforehand. During your stay we'll be elsewhere in the Netherlands but can be reached by phone/internet at all times.
Weitere wichtige Infos
Quite often festivals are held in the park across the street. Usually this is an additional joy to partake, but it does lead to congestion in the neighborhood. You may experience trouble parking your car or weaving your way through hundreds of parked bicycles.
This is our home most of the year. Make yourself at home but please respect the sanctity of our stuff, and the privacy of our neighbors. We kindly request you remove street shoes within the apartment. Despite 30 cm of concrete between us and our neighbors downstairs, they do hear heavy or hard footsteps. No smoking except on the (secluded) balcony. No loud conversations on the balcony or in public areas after 11 PM.
I first came to Amsterdam in 1971 and fell immediately in love with its carnivaliesque charm. My first 25 years in Amsterdam I was employed by four universities and dozens of foundations to teach courses, analyze textbooks, write English, crunch numbers, and criticize policy. Then I worked a near 15 years as social researcher for another Dutch city, until deemed too old to continue as a civil servant.
Now that I'm retired I hope to rent out our Amsterdam home a couple months a year, while we relax in the eastern woods. I do this not only for the income to supplement my pension, but also to meet other travelers and provide them with the opportunity to explore and love Amsterdam like I do.
I'm rather allergic to the word 'hobby'; I tend to read, write and socialize a lot and sleep little. I've taken the opportunity to travel extensively thru Europe and a few other continents. Having grown up in California, I came to Holland addicted to sunshine, and still grab any opportunity to sit outside and soak it up. Politically I lean to the (far) left, particularly when it comes to environmental issues. If you liked Bush and hate Obama we're in for a debate.