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New residential areas of Amsterdam

N 52°22.129', E 4°57.249'
2021-07-21
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Today we will walk through the new districts of Amsterdam. These territories have been developed since 1990, and in many of them the construction of residential buildings continues today.

Despite the very dense development of the old center, there are quite large promising areas in Amsterdam, mainly old warehouse districts and artificial islands.

On the next map, I marked the areas that we will look at.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

If you has been to Amsterdam, especially by car, then you know that parking in the city is hell. Not many hotels have parking, street parking almost not exists and the prices for underground parking can easily be 60-70 euros per day.

Cruquius Island

We stayed at a new hotel of the YAYS chain (booking.com) in the heart of new districts, on the island of Cruquius. Hotel offers rooms equipped with a kitchen and free covered parking. We lived there with a 1 year old child for 9 nights and had no problems.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak


New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

Cruquius Island is currently (2021) in an active construction phase. Most of the buildings to the left of the hotel are not finished yet.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

And the very edge of the island, construction hasn't even started yet.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

Many apartments look unusual. Surprisingly, their price is 6400 euros / sq.m. which is quite low for the capital.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

These three "houses" on the roof (Wijnsilostraat 1019 AJ) are perhaps the most unusual thing that we have seen during our visit. There were wine storage facilities earlier on this site, so the developer decided to make three unique houses. Each villa has 152 sq.m. and costs 1.25 million euros. All other apartments in the house are rented at a price of 1,100 euros per month, kitchens and bathrooms are already equipped (project).

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

We go for a walk further. Along the Zeeburgerkade street there is a long and rather unusual house built in 1905. The house has an underground parking, which apparently appeared not so long ago, but there is also an outdoor parking, on the roof of which there are residents' terraces.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

Terraces from the other side.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

The price of apartments here is even cheaper than in new buildings. Here is a large, three-room apartment for 550,000 euros or 5200 euros / sq.m.

There is also a quarter of such houses (J.M. van der Meylaan street) built in 1988. As for me, these are "noble" Soviet Khrushchyovkas. Curiously, the prices here are higher (6,000 euros / sq.m.) than in the previous house.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

Some courtyards are closed.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

IJburg residential district

The newest district of Amsterdam is Iburg. It is located on several islands, the largest of which is Haveneiland. Construction began in 2004 and not finished yet.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

Do you see the barges along the waterfront?

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

This is common in Amsterdam, and you can buy one of these barges for 600.000 euros.

Residential barges in the Ijburg area
Residential barges in the Ijburg area ©Yuriy Buriak

Despite the relative remoteness, the center can be reached by tram in just 20 minutes. There is no metro yet, but since the area is designed for 50 thousand people, it is possible that it will be built.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

The district is actively expanding its territory, which is seen on satellite images.

IJburg island, 2005
IJburg island, 2005 ©Yuriy Buriak


IJburg island, 2008
IJburg island, 2008 ©Yuriy Buriak


IJburg island, 2015
IJburg island, 2015 ©Yuriy Buriak


IJburg island, 2020
IJburg island, 2020 ©Yuriy Buriak

In the next photo, you can see the construction site on the newest island of Centrum. Housing prices here are among the lowest, for example, a 5-room penthouse can be bought for only 653.000 euros.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

Local environmentalists fought for Lake Eimer for a long time, even staged a referendum, but, as we see, to no avail.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

Actually, Amsterdam has a unique opportunity to expand its territory, I see no reason not to use it.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

There is an excellent cycling and pedestrian path along the entire island.

IJburg island
IJburg island ©Yuriy Buriak

The area is very diverse, absolutely all houses or groups of houses are different in architecture. The average price of a good three-room apartment is about 550.000 euros.

IJburg island
IJburg island ©Yuriy Buriak


IJburg island
IJburg island ©Yuriy Buriak


IJburg island
IJburg island ©Yuriy Buriak


IJburg island
IJburg island ©Yuriy Buriak


IJburg island
IJburg island ©Yuriy Buriak

There is even a "skyscraper"

IJburg island
IJburg island ©Yuriy Buriak

There are few sites where people build own houses with unique designs.

IJburg island
IJburg island ©Yuriy Buriak


IJburg island
IJburg island ©Yuriy Buriak

We even found such interesting housing, three-story houses with a roof terrace and a garage for... a boat. You can buy such for 925.000 euros.

IJburg island
IJburg island ©Yuriy Buriak


IJburg island
IJburg island ©Yuriy Buriak

Steiger island

In the neighborhood, closer to the center, there is a small and very cozy island Steigereiland. Here we found several interesting features at once. Pay attention to the building under construction in the background, I will describe it later.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

First of all, these are floating villas. They have special requirements in terms of size and draft, so special design bureaus are involved. On the other hand, you can move your villa to another place!

Steigereiland
Steigereiland ©Yuriy Buriak

The budget options start from 500.000 euros.

Steigereiland
Steigereiland ©Yuriy Buriak

These villas are stationary and larger in size.

Steigereiland
Steigereiland ©Yuriy Buriak

If you walk around the island, you can see a lot of townhouses with incredible windows. We have never seen anything like this before.

Steigereiland
Steigereiland ©Yuriy Buriak

There are no curtains or blinds, and therefore every living room is visible from the street.

Steigereiland
Steigereiland ©Yuriy Buriak

Though tourists here are rear.

Steigereiland
Steigereiland ©Yuriy Buriak

I also really liked that even on such a small island there is a park and a large playground.

Steigereiland
Steigereiland ©Yuriy Buriak

A new residential complex Sluishuis is being built on the island. Here you can see a typical apartment, do you like it?

Sluishuis Amsterdam
Sluishuis Amsterdam ©Sluishuis

Borneo island (Borneo-eiland)

Now we return to the Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied), where our hotel is located. The area covers several islands, which can be seen on the panorama. There are not many new buildings, but still there is something interesting to see.

The Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied) in Amsterdam
The Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied) in Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

And this is a map of the islands in the area.

Amsterdam Eastern Docklands neighborhood map
Amsterdam Eastern Docklands neighborhood map ©en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Docklands

The first is the island of Borneo. As you might guess, this is the site of a former port.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

It is completely covered with the boring townhouses built in 2000. You can buy one for 475.000 euros. Only at the very edge is there a street with town houses of different designs.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

The island is not very interesting. There is very little space on the streets and a few recreation areas.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

The cage is necessary as playground is located right on the waterfront.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

And a small playground near the school.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

The neighboring island we reached by the Lage bridge, which received a prestigious International Footbridge Award in 2002.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

Sporenburg district

The next island of Sporenburg, is also mostly covered by the townhouses from the early 2000s. But there are some interesting objects here as well.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

Here they are, two large residential buildings.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

The first is called The Whale, built in 1999-2000.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

The building has 214 apartments and 179 underground parking spaces. The unusual design is made so that the light enters as much as possible into all apartments.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

I can't say that I like this residential complex, primarily because of the lack of balconies and terraces, but it's really better to have such architecture is in the city than not to have.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

The second building is the high-rise De Steltloper, built a couple of years ago. It has 126 apartments for 2-4 rooms. Follow the link to see photos of an apartment in a penthouse, which in May 2021 was rented here at a price of 2395 euros per month (+75 euros for utilities, +~ 100 euros for parking, +water, electricity). Developer is giving a completely finished apartment, renovated and with good kitchen. I did not find apartments for sale, probably they are only for rent.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

Java island (Java-eiland) and KNSM island (KNSM-eiland)

We go further to next two islands in the northern direction. Despite the fact that, this is one island, it is divided into two. Of course they are artificial, appeared at the end of the 19th century.

In the second half of the 20th century, the port facilities in the western part (Java) were abandoned and in the 1980s they were occupied by various squatters and artists. In the 1990s, everything was demolished and the island was built up with residential buildings.

I don't like their designs, they remind me of Soviet nine-story buildings, but, nevertheless, there are some interesting elements. These small houses are attached to the high-rise buildings. It's hard for me to understand how light enters the rooms behind these constructions.

The Eastern Docklands
The Eastern Docklands ©Yuriy Buriak

Some houses are painted in bright colors. Despite the fact that the houses are quite old, the prices are higher here, for example, a three-room apartment, 80 sq.m. are being sold for 575,000 euros.

The Eastern Docklands
The Eastern Docklands ©Yuriy Buriak

The garden

The Eastern Docklands
The Eastern Docklands ©Yuriy Buriak

Terraces on the ground floors.

The Eastern Docklands
The Eastern Docklands ©Yuriy Buriak

In addition to the houses numerous canals are laid across the entire island, which gives the territory a completely different status.

The Eastern Docklands
The Eastern Docklands ©Yuriy Buriak

There are design bridges over the canals, all different. And on the sides are multi-colored townhouses.

The Eastern Docklands
The Eastern Docklands ©Yuriy Buriak

The eastern part (KNSM) looks more interesting, all houses are different. In contrast to the western part, many of the port facilities have been preserved and converted into residential buildings. Noteworthy are two round houses, as well as villas on the edge of the island.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

The first house looks strange, built in 1992. Follow the link to see the photos and one of the apartments for 398.000 euros.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

The second house, Emerald Empire, built in 1994, is more interesting. From all sides, it is 100% covered with terraces and balconies.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

Follow the link to see the apartment, which in the next photo on the right, on the first floor, costs 550.000 euros.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

At the very edge of the island there are a number of Cubist villas, none of which are for sale.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

Rietlanden district and Oostelijke Handelskade district

These are the two less interesting areas to live in. On one side there is a railway, on the other an empty embankment. I don't know who wants to live here, maybe some artists.

The Eastern Docklands
The Eastern Docklands ©Yuriy Buriak

Apartments, however, are quite expensive, 7500 euros per sq.m. By the way, this is one of the best places to watch the Sail Amsterdam festival, which takes place every five years and which we visited in 2015.

The Eastern Docklands
The Eastern Docklands ©Yuriy Buriak

The only interesting building is a high-rise. The building is very basic, but it looks good with two small notches. Under this building there is a large underground parking lot (Parkeergarage Brazilië), the first 90 minutes are free.

New districts of Amsterdam
New districts of Amsterdam ©Yuriy Buriak

Overhoeks district

In the end, the new and the most prestigious area of Amsterdam, Overhoeks. It is located in the very center, on the other side of the canal, and therefore there is a lot of space and excellent views. The area was formerly owned by the Shell Research Center.

Overhoeks district
Overhoeks district ©Yuriy Buriak

The dominant feature here is the A'DAM Tower with an excellent observation deck and a swing for the bravest.

A'DAM swing
A'DAM swing ©@

A nearby white building is a cinema museum.

Overhoeks district
Overhoeks district ©Yuriy Buriak


Overhoeks district
Overhoeks district ©Yuriy Buriak


Overhoeks district
Overhoeks district ©Yuriy Buriak


Overhoeks district
Overhoeks district ©Yuriy Buriak


Overhoeks district
Overhoeks district ©Yuriy Buriak

Apartment prices in the high-rise buildings under construction are surprisingly quite affordable. Here is a good 3-room apartment for "only" 700.000 euros.

And here is a luxurious penthouse in the same house for 4.400.000 euros. The house, by the way, has not yet been built, it will be behind this building in the photo.

Overhoeks district
Overhoeks district ©Yuriy Buriak

But we are more interested in a residential area nearby, with houses from 5 to 8 floors. Unfortunately, prices there are not affordable for the middle class; after all, this is the most elite place in the city.

Overhoeks district
Overhoeks district ©Yuriy Buriak

Here, take a look at the apartment. It's, expensive, but cool! This is the kind of housing I would like to see in my city.

And here is the cheapest apartment I found in these houses. 3-room apartment on the ground floor for 820,000 euros, in a very interesting house.

Overhoeks district
Overhoeks district ©Yuriy Buriak

This concludes our today's walk. Well, what apartment do you like the most?
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