Ample space for living
The Zuidas district in the south of Amsterdam is best-known as an international business centre, and it will soon house the headquarters of the Dutch Postcode Lottery (Dutch link) and a new event space run by ABN Amro.
But the Zuidas is increasingly becoming known as a great place to live as well. It offers a high-quality living and working environment that is dynamic, safe, accessible and sustainable, with plenty of space for living, working, studying and relaxing. The arrival of more and more residents in recent years has seen the Zuidas transform into a well-rounded neighbourhood, with amenities including recreational spaces, international schools, cafés, restaurants, cultural and sporting facilities and shops. The green woods of the Amsterdamse Bos are within walking distance – as are the shores of the Nieuwe Meer lake.
Foodie paradise in Amsterdam Zuid
One new arrival that makes the Zuidas even more attractive to residents is Market 33, a collection of local food stalls under one roof, just a stone's throw from the Amsterdam Zuid station. Market 33 opened in the autumn of 2016, and currently houses ten food booths and three different bars. And the Zuidas now has its own Michelin-star restaurant (Dutch link), called Bolenius. Its chef Luc Kusters focuses on authentic Dutch cuisine, which is often overlooked by visitors to Amsterdam.
The Zuidas' modern homes
Living in Zuidas means living in brand-new buildings in one of Amsterdam’s most charming areas. It offers all the benefits of the impressive Amsterdam Zuid, while also providing comfortable, state-of-the-art homes. There are a wide variety of homes on offer, with something for everyone in terms of price, size, location and facilities. Most of these homes feature lifts, ample storage, indoor parking, high ceilings, low maintenance and high levels of energy efficiency.
An example is the upcoming Ravel Plaza project, designed by leading architectural firm MVRDV, featuring three terraced, cliff-like towers dripping with greenery. It will be a multi-functional building with offices, residences and a range of amenities. The homes will all have beautiful views and large balconies full of vegetation, turning the whole complex into a village green of sorts. It will combine this quality of living in a green environment with a central location and the excitement of an urban environment.
A welcoming location in Amsterdam
The Zuidas is also ideally situated, just a seven-minute train ride to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and an easy cycle from to Amsterdam’s historic city centre. The Amsterdam Zuid train station is located in the heart of the Zuidas and also provides connections to the region’s many tram and bus lines. Its accessibility will be further enhanced when the North/South metro line opens in 2018. Furthermore, Zuidas is home to the helpful IN Amsterdam, which provides a one-stop-shop service for international talent. IN Amsterdam helps with residence and work permits, registration with the municipality, tax rulings and many other official matters. It is located in the World Trade Center in Zuidas, and hundreds of international companies have already made use of the centre’s streamlined procedures.