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Last update on June 18, 2021

Amstelveen is a leafy, prosperous, family-oriented city south of Amsterdam, which has a growing population of international residents looking to live in the city.

“I’m glad I’m living in Amstelveen; it’s greener than Amsterdam, but you still have the advantage of living next to a big city.”

G.B., Latvian, Amstelveen

Green and leafy, nestled between Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport and flanked by the huge park Amsterdamse Bos, Amstelveen is suburban and family-oriented with a middle- to up-scale feel.

As a suburb of Amsterdam, prices are slightly cheaper than in the center. There’s also more family-style housing with gardens (80% built after 1960). There are many green areas, excellent shopping, and local amenities, particularly for sporty types. The extra space means parking is not a problem and many homes have garages. Amstelveen’s population is booming, reaching almost 86,000 residents by 2020. Some 3,000 houses are estimated to be built by 2023, with more than half on the edge of the Westwijk area.

What does Amstelveen offer?

Close proximity to both Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam make Amstelveen attractive for international companies. The high living standards appeal to a growing expat community. The International School of Amsterdam is here with more than 1,000 students from over 50 countries. Pupils attending Amsterdam’s other international schools (such as the British School) often live in Amstelveen.

Life in Amstelveen, the Netherlands

The area is flanked by Amsterdam’s largest park, the Amsterdamse Bos, and the CoBrA Museum adds of a dash of culture.

Where to live in Amstelveen

Het Oude Dorp

This is the historic hub of the original settlement (1278) with the Amsterdamse Bos to the west and the town center to the east. There’s a mix of older detached houses, farms, terraced houses, and apartments.


Westwijk is a relatively new area of Amstelveen, which is more modern and spacious and lined with small canals. The one central shopping zone in the center of the neighborhood preserves the feeling of a residential area. Larger detached family homes and villas are available here, in green and tranquil settings that offer a lot of individual privacy. These are premium properties, so expect to pay premium prices.


Directly north of the town center, this is classic Amstelveen with its wide streets, huge trees, and post-war housing next to small parks. There are terraces, semidetached houses, as well as villas.


Running alongside the Amsterdamse Bos, there’s a mix of housing, shops, and businesses in a variety of styles and periods. The Prinsessenbuurt in the northwest of Patrimonium has large open spaces and detached houses, set among some of the oldest small parks in the area.