The Riverenbuurt nestles between De Pijp, the Amstel River and the Ring highway with Churchilllaan and Scheldestraat forming the main transport and commercial arteries. Buitenveldert is farther out, starting at the Ring highway and extending to Amstelveen and the Amsterdamse Bos.
The Rivierenbuurt was built in the 1920s and 1930s as part of an urban development plan to provide housing to the middle classes. It features some of the heights of the imaginative and flowing Amsterdam School of architecture. Before WWII, it became a place of refuge for German Jews (such as Anne Frank who lived on Merwedeplein before going into hiding with her family on Prinsengracht). Of the 4,000 Jews that survived (of the 17,000 that lived here before the war) and many ended up settling in Buitenveldert which was completed over 20 years by the mid-1970s as a very functional ‘garden city’ where single family dwellings are mixed with medium-rise apartments.
With parks, waterways, connecting ‘green strips’ for bicyclists and even a forest nearby, residents are generally living much ‘greener’ than most other Amsterdammers. Sports are also well catered to with swimming pools and a variety of football, tennis and other sports clubs. And naturally with the high number of families living here, the schools are generally highly regarded.
With its proximity to the Ring highway, many commuters live in this area. With the addition of the Noord/Zuidlijn (North-South metro line), train station Zuid is one of the busiest in the country, forming the main hub between Amsterdam and the rest of the Randstad. Gelderlandplein remains a focus of the Jewish community and there is also a strong Asian population present.
Eating, drinking, etc
Compared to De Pijp, this area while easy for basic shopping is very much more about the ‘home’ than nightlife. You are quite near more dynamic neighbourhoods but you will have to use public transport or a bike to get there.