Perfect apt for easy access to central Amsterdam, but quieter restful nights..
Nicolaas C.J. van Beek
- english, french, german, dutch
About Nicolaas C.J. van Beek
Hello, I'm Anne! I was born in the USA, but have enjoyed living in Amsterdam for the past 39 years. My husband and I have traveled extensively in the past - US, north Africa, the Himalaya area, and much of Europe, and now enjoy our many interests here at home - art, music, languages, other cultures & philosophies, the art of horsemanship, and meaningful studies ----and I especially enjoy making our guests feel at home! Our guest apartment is the ground floor of our house, and has a private separate entrance onto the street, and everything to make your feel at home, in the 'Best of Both Worlds' - Nature at your doorstep, and Culture within easy access. I believe that both are needed, for an optimal quality of life. I will be happy to provide you with any help, tips, etc. that you may need, for a wonderful stay. Enjoy!
Nicolaas C.J. van Beek purchased this Apartment in 1984
Why Nicolaas C.J. van Beek chose Amsterdam-Zuid
When my husband and I got married, we were living in the center of Amsterdam in a narrow street, and we were looking for a place in a greener neighborhood, where we could raise a child in a safe environment and still be in Amsterdam with all its interesting facilities and cultural offerings. Being so close to the Amsterdam Forest proved to be a wonderful choice. My family has enjoyed walking, cycling, horseback riding and picnics and so much more here, for many years. In the fall, the colors are beautiful, and you can enjoy a brisk walk in clean air; in winter, an unspoiled wonderland if it snows, and we have skated on the rowing course when it froze. And all this just right around the corner from our house, and from the ground floor which we now rent out as 'Best of Both Worlds' - come visit, and you'll see why!
What makes this Apartment unique
All the above reasons made us choose this property for our home, and now the ground floor is for the enjoyment of our guests. We have loved living here for more than 30 years, and appreciate the broad views over the Forest from our spacious balconies op the top floor; you can hear the songs of many kinds of birds, because of the nearness of the Forest, and the sunsets from our upstairs views are fantastic. So many amenities are within reach - supermarket (Aldi) within walking distance (5 min), a fantastic pub/cafe just down the street (Anno 1890), and great takeaways (Chinese, Indonesian) and restaurants right in the neighborhood, just a few minutes walk from the apartment. By bike you can reach a larger supermarkt (Jumbo) and all sorts of shops, in 5 minutes. Or take a leisurely walk to these shops (12 minutes). We have 2 bicycles in the back terrace/garden, free for the use of our guests. You can ride the frequent busses (every 8 to 10 min.) into the center of Amsterdam - the museum quarter is just 15 min. away. So enjoy all the benefits of 'the Best of Both Worlds' and see why we love living here!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great place to stay.
Had a great stay at this apartment. Close to the bus line, clean and quit.
Fantastic location, host, and apartment!
We stayed at Stephen's apartment for four nights and we couldn't be happier. The bathroom is beautiful (with heated floors), and the bedroom is a few steps down and stays cool (you can put the heat on, but we had fabulous sleeps without the heat!) and the bed is the most comfortable bed we've slept in. The apartment had everything we needed and was so close to downtown, but yet had a beautiful forest right in your backyard. We loved having use of the bicycles! We biked to Muiderslot Castle and even took the bikes downtown one day (although I probably wouldn't recommend this as it's super busy with cyclists who know what they're doing). We also took the bikes into the forest area and then rented kayaks for an hour and paddled around. It was my favourite day. One suggestion: If you're interested in seeing the Anne Frank House, book your tickets online weeks in advance as they sell out quickly! They release 20% of the tickets at 9am each day, but you wait in a que and there's no guarantee you'll get them. All in all, this apartment and location was perfect for us. Stephen was incredibly helpful and professional and we had a fantastic time in Amsterdam.
Nice condo, clean, well equipped and convenient location. Friendly helpful host. Would definitely rent again.
Great Amsterdam Apartment and Location, Loved It!
We stayed for almost a week at this beautiful apartment during Christmastime. We absolutely loved our stay in Amsterdam and at this apartment! Stephen was very helpful with his walk through and information on public transportation and other information that would help us.
The location was a quick 5-minute walk to a small grocery store (Aldi) and a 10-minute walk to the larger grocery store (Jumbo) and the metro and tram, as well as other stores. There is a flower market on the corner diagonal to the apartment. There is a postal mailbox next to Aldi.
The bus stop is very close, as well as a nice Dutch Pub less than a minute walk away. If you want to be in the center of Amsterdam, this this is not the place for you. If you want easy access to the City Centre and want a quiet neighborhood in a great apartment, then this is the perfect place for you!
We loved this city and would love to stay in this apartment again when we return. Highly recommended!
Thanks so much Stephen for your prompt responses and awesome help and information, we appreciate it very much!
The apartment was very much as we expected from the description on the HomeAway site.
We were in Amsterdam for my wife to run in the marathon. The apartment was within walking distance of the Olympic Stadium where the marathon started and finished which was perfect for us. Just behind the apartment there is a beautiful park/forest which we had insufficient time to explore properly but is well worth another visit.
Our host, Stephen, is a charming man and nothing was too much trouble for him if we needed help or advice.
Overall we’re we very impressed with the the countryside just a few miles outside of the city and would always prefer to stay here rather than in the city.
Fabulous location close to everything
This is an awesome property to stay in. Stephen was great to work with and quick to respond to questions. We appreciated the lovey welcome snacks and detailed information to help get acclimated to the area. The transit wa so convenient and plenty to walk to and see in the area. We would certainly stay here again!
If you love nature: a must-see, as a break from the busy tourist attractions of central Amsterdam, is the beautiful Amsterdam Forest park, just steps away from the apartment. By foot or by bike, a green paradise (or in the autumn, enjoy the fall colours!). Loads of active and less-active possibilities and special attractions. Stables and riding schools in the area, kayaking or canoeing on the waterways, or visit the Goat Farm for home-made goat's cheese and ice cream! Information on the Amsterdam Forest is available in the apartment.
For lovers of modern art: not just the museums of Amsterdam are easily reached, but also the art offerings of Amstelveen: a quick bike ride or bus ride (10-12 minutes) in the opposite direction will bring you to the famous Cobra Museum (modern art: permanent collection of the famous Cobra movement, and various changing exhibitions of prominent modern artists), and several minutes walk further to the Van der Togt Museum, a hidden jewel of modern art (various guest exhibitions of renowned national and international artists, and fabulous permanent collection of modern glass, sculpture, bronze and paintings).