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An Hollandic Hovel

A friend sent this link to a property for sale in Amsterdam. I can easily imagine getting a lot of writing done while listening to LPs of baroque music (my latest craze) through a haze of cigarette smoke in a garret like this.

Its drawback is that it’s on an actual street — what’s the point of living in Amsterdam if you’re not on an actual canal?

This post was published on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 10:50 am. It has been categorised under Architecture and been tagged under , , .
10 Feb 2017 7:19 pm

You appear to have misread the ad: it is the entire house which is for sale, on four floors, the charming garret you illustrate included. At 480,000 euros it strikes me as an excellent buy.
Just around the corner from the Leidsegracht, perhaps the most picturesque of the grachten, it is nevertheless, as you say, without a canal of its own. The view out the back appears to be the better one.
But the most important consideration is that you would be a brisk 45 minute walk from the FSSP church – both your health and your piety would improve.

Josephus Muris Saliensis
15 Feb 2017 9:02 pm

The garret looks bloody freezing in winter. Little charm when bits are dropping off.

Dave Cooper
19 Feb 2017 10:09 am

Beste Cusack …

I reckon you go for it at that price for the entire house. In 2006 I sold my one-bedroom apartment in the Drie Koningen building on the Singel (where the Driekoningenstraat is located not far from the Paleis op de Dam) for a little less than the asking asking price for this house at Kerkstraat 3.

I lived in Amsterdam for ten years; first on the Bloemstraat in the Jordaan; then in the Drie Koningen on the Singel. I got fed up with the noise and tourist traffic in the Centrum and I moved to the Stadionbuurt in Oud Zuid. So my only reservation about the house on the Kerkstaat is that it is in an area heavily trafficked by tourists. I wanted something a little more Dutch … this demand eventually caused me to quit Amsterdam entirely and find refuge in Limburg.

Groetjes …

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