We live in a 115 m2 loft in an old warehouse with a view on two canals in De Jordaan, a very popular neighbourhood in the centre of Amsterdam. We are on the second floor. There is a lift. The part where we are located it is very quiet, we are just outside the
Lots of shops, supermarkets, cafés, coffeeshops and restaurants; all in walking distance.
Apart from nice walks since Amsterdam is rather small compared to capital cities like London or Paris, lots of famous museums like the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum and the Van Gogh Museum, the Hermitage etc. etc.
In the Concertgebouw you can attend a concert all through the summer - rather exceptional!
There are tons of material available to tell you where to go, depending on your interests.
Architecture lovers will find fabulous buildings at the "Zuidas" (
Within walking distance lots of (delicacy) shops, supermarkets, restaurants and cafés. On saturday, monday and wednesday biological markets (Noordermarkt, Haarlemmerplein, Westerstraat).
Central Station is a twenty minutes walk. From there you can take the train (thirty minutes) to Zandvoort, to the beach.
Close to Amsterdam there are public golf courses. In the city there are several "beaches".
We do not possess bikes, but there are bike rentals everywhere.
The map marker is a general indicator of the local area only.
Boating/Sailing, Galleries/Museums, Historical Sites, Public Parks/Gardens, Public Transport, Restaurants, Shopping, Sightseeing, Theatres, Walking
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Still active as antiques dealers we love to change environment through a house swap: This gives us the feeling "live like the locals live".
I have been a Rotarian since the early 1980's . I was and still am an antiques dealer, specialized in glass till 1800. I used to have a gallery in the Amsterdam Spiegelkwartier, famous for its antiques and art dealers.
Since 2003 I work from our home. The collection is to be visited and eventually purchased.
My wife Wilhelmina (72) (who used to be a tv-commercial producer) and who joined the firm 20 years ago and I have been swapping house for many years ( moren than 20 times) and realised this through Home Exchange.
We love the concept of pretending actually living somewhere like the locals. We have been unaware of the existence of EH for Rotarians.
We love art and all aspects of it. Apart from our glass collection -mainly dating from 1500-1800 - we have lots of paintings and sculptures and hundreds of books about glas, modern art and a lot of literature in English, French and German, apart from Dutch.
Although you might expect from antiques dealers to live in an apartment filled with antiques: This is not the case. Our apartment has a modern interior but most people find it very cosy and agreeable.