Amstelveen is a leafy, prosperous, family-oriented suburb close to Amsterdam, which has a growing population of international residents.
“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 Amersterdam, prices are slightly cheaper than in the centre and there’s more family-style housing with gardens (80 percent 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, expected to reach almost 86,000 citizens 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 Schipol airport and Amsterdam make Amstelveen attractive for international companies, and high living standards appeal to a growing expat community. The International School of Amsterdam is based here with more than 1,000 students from over 50 countries, but pupils attending Amsterdam’s other international schools (such as the British School) often live in Amstelveen. 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
‘The Old Village’ is the historic hub of the original settlement (1278) with the Amsterdamse Bos to the west and the town centre 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 centre of the neighbourhood 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 centre, this is considered classic Amstelveen with its wide streets, huge trees and post-war housing next to small parks. There are terraces, semidetached houses and villas.
Running along the Amsterdamse Bos, there’s a mix of housing, shops and businesses in a variety of styles and periods. The Prinsessenbuurt in the north west of Patrimonium is known for large open spaces and detached houses, set among some of the oldest small parks in the area.
Amstelveen facts and links
- Population: 85,749 (www.amstelveen.incijfers.nl)
- International residents: 14 percent
- International schools:
- Links: www.amstelveen.nl, www.amstelveenweb.com
Ana McGinley / Expatica
Photo credit: www.ivan-herman.net (Broersepark, Amstelveen). / Updated 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016.