Why British millennials are buying pads in Amsterdam
dential buildings, Bold and B’mine.
At Bold, a 24-storey, energy-efficient tower, 143 two to four-bedroom flats are coming on the market this autumn, priced from €418,000 to nearly €3million for a penthouse (hallie-vanklooster.nl). Don’t delay: all 147 apartments at B’mine, which were available to rent from €711 to €1,785 per month, have been snapped up.
Liz and Joel Clifford, a couple in their mid-30s, decided to rent first when moving to Amsterdam from Tottenham, north London, a year ago after Joel took a job at Nike’s European head- quarters. They’re paying €2,600 a month to live with their two young children in a large, three-bedroom garden flat in a typical Dutch townhouse in Watergraafsmeer, another popular residential area east of the Amstel river.
“The quality of life is much higher than in London, in all aspects,” says Liz, a freelance editor. “It’s a much smaller city, the air quality is so much better and there are hardly any cars where we live, so the children can ride bikes safely and walk to school.”
Another hot new area is Amstelkwartier, on the river, just west of where the Cliffords live. Homes in Haut, a new 20-storey building predominantly constructed from timber, are coming on the market this autumn. Nanneke Koopman of Broersma, the Knight Frank affiliate marketing the property, reckons a 1,000 sq ft apartment will sell for €750,000 (broersma.nl). “This development would appeal to young international buyers as it’s in a good location close to the city, with easy access by public transport and, of course, by bike,” she says. “And it has a focus on sustainability, as well as luxury.”
Flats at Bold, main, hit the market this autumn from €418,000; a twobedroom flat with a courtyard on the edge of Jordaan, below, is €515,000 with Remax