Are you dreaming of waking up on the water and having breakfast enjoying the view over the sea or the harbour? Then maybe your own houseboat could be the best choice for your investment. Buying yourself a houseboat means winning a bit of freedom, slowing down and – with a bit of luck – enjoying romantic sunsets.
This houseboat has recently been completely renovated and is situated on the Amstel overlooking the Royal Theatre Carré in the centre of Amsterdam. The combination of high quality materials and authentic details make this houseboat entirely unique. The location is truly fascinating, surrounded by the Magere Brug (one of the very few timber bridges still in existence in the Netherlands), the Amstel Hotel and the Hermitage Amsterdam museum. Within walking distance is the authentic Utrechtsestraat district with its quaint shops. Close by is a wide range of excellent restaurants and terraces. The houseboat covers an area of 100 m² and offers a 16m² terrace, with two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Life on a houseboat offers a varied alternative to a more traditional style of living. But that doesn’t mean everyday comforts are amiss. However, life on the water offers a few distinctive features: Regular maintenance of the boat is just as important as arranging the infrastructure via the harbour. Most boats are supplied with electricity and water directly from there. “A boat isn’t all that different from a house. You have central heating, access to power and water. In fact the only difference is that you don’t have direct neighbours and it’s very free in the water,” explains Cecile Smits van Oyen, Licence partner Engel & Völkers Amsterdam. The demand for houseboats is high, similar to the demand for living space in Amsterdam in general. “However, I think that a houseboat isn’t for everyone, but fascinates those who love adventure and like being outdoors,” says van Oyen.