What are the emerging trends in Amstelveen?
Why do so many people move to Amstelveen?
Which development projects are going to boost the city?
All the answers and more in this article...
The skyrocketing house prices urged many Amsterdammers to look for bigger houses outside the city, to gain a private house with a garden, at the same price. Moreover, in the past few years, Amstelveen underwent significant development that gives a real fight to Amsterdam, based on the young families' influx who want to step up their lifestyle without going too far from the capital and its wide variety it has to offer. The diverse education system, the big shopping centers, convenient public transportation, and the low-rise building with a green rural hint are just some of Amstelveen's charm.
What's it like to live in Amstelveen?
One of Amstelveen's best virtues is its excellent balance. On the one hand, it is right near attractive commerce and tourism centers. On the other hand, it's a stone throw from green nature reserves and the beautiful Amstel river, where you can ride along.
In addition, the city has a quick exit to the highways where you easily reach Schiphol airport and the city Utrecht.
Amstelveen is known for its many international and bilingual schools that offer expat students to study in English. The city is a home for big corporations spread across the city, like LG, Casio, ING Bank, and many more. Consequently, many expats move to the city and enjoy the international atmosphere.
What are the interesting development projects that Amstelveen undergoes?
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Amstelveen's houses profile
Interestingly, 80% of the houses in Amstelveen were built after 1960 and 30% of them after 1990. Unlike dwellings built due to huge houses demand, between 1945-1960 that focused on quantity over quality, houses after the '60s have a higher rate of materials and better architectural planning. That difference affects the future ongoing maintenance of the house, its energy label, the price for renovating the house, and therefore its actual market value.
While places with a ground lease (erfpacht) exist, there are not as many as Amsterdam. Additionally, about half of the houses in Amstelveen are owner-occupied homes with full ownership. Buying a house with a ground lease has implications for a buyer needed to know in advance.
The most common sort of house in Amstelveen is the terraced house (tussenwoning). In most cases, these houses rise to 3 floors, whereas the ground floor contains the living room, kitchen, and a backyard with a shed, and the two upper floors are the bathroom and all the bedrooms.
What are the main 2 development projects you should know in Amstelveen?
In the past few years, like everywhere in the Netherlands, the housing market in Amstelveen is booming. The city attracts many Dutchies and expats who want to get a higher value for their money than in Amsterdam. Either by a bigger house or more green and peaceful environment.
In addition to the positive influx the city experiences, there are new development projects the city will undergo during the next few years, which make it even more attractive.
1. Amstel-tram line 25
Starting from the beginning of 2021, Amstelveen gained back its quick access to Amsterdam with the relaunch of tram line no. 25. The rail line runs from the Zuidstation, the Southern business center of Amsterdam, down to the currently most Southern point of Amstelveen, the young neighborhood Westwijk. The tram cuts Amstelveen from North to South and reaches the city centrum Stadshard.
Not many know, but one of the tram's main benefits it will yield to the area is that, according to the plans, in 2024, the rail line will continue from Westwijk and connect the city Uithoorn to Amstelveen. This part will impact Amstelveen as a more central place, as the metropolis broadens, and Uithoorn will directly access Amsterdam West, making it super attractive.
2. A9 project
The second big project in Amstelveen that gives the city another boost to its infrastructures is the A9 project. A9 is the highway that crosses Amstelveen from East to West. The road is a vital traffic vessel that, among others, connects the national airport Schiphol and Utrecht.
The approach to the A9 at Amstelveen is part of the Schiphol-Amsterdam-Almere Road Expansion Program (SAA). The highway will go from three to four lanes and sunken over 1.6 kilometers with three bridges to become more accessible. The work started in mid-2020 and is supposed to be finished by 2026. The bridges that connect the Northern and Southern parts of the city will be built in the following locations [from West to East]:
1. Oude dorp - Amsterdamseweg
2. Bovenlandpad - Keizer Karelweg
3. Stadshart - Beneluxbaan