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Over the past years I've been looking at quite a few options when it comes to finding a new house. It's not easy, and luckily there's no rush since I have a shared apartment right now, but still it's nice to have a place of your own. Sadly I need to win the lottery first or marry a rich widow before I have decent options.

Leiden? With current budget I end up on the third or fourth floor of a 1960's flat without elevator, or at the outskirts of town. Or in a 24 m2 studio.
Schiedam? Affordable apartments, linked to Rotterdam by metro and rail. Too far down south though for my current job.
Zoetermeer? Affordable apartments, linked to The Hague by bus and rail. Little closer to work than Schiedam, but still tricky because of nearby highway traffic bottlenecks.
Hilversum? Bit of both: same old flats like Leiden and also big bottlenecks (A1) from there to Amsterdam
Alphen aan de Rijn? Affordable apartments, but all at the very edge of town, far away from the access to the motorways.
Amsterdam Zuidoost - Bijlmer region? Affordable apartments, close to work but has a bad reputation (crime, deterioration, high unemployment rate). City is trying to invest in everything that helps to improve the area, but word is you still don't want to be out after dark.

So everything has its pros and cons. Then this week I heard some good stories about another part of Amsterdam Zuidoost. Motorway nearby, close to work, affordable, nice area, lake, hospital nearby, subway to city center nearby. Think I'll keep an eye on the area from now on. Which area? Gein/Gaasperdam. See below for visual reference. CLICK TWICE to get the full picture.

Any thoughts?


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Jul. 18th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
End of the number 50 tram. Pretty darn good connection to say the rest of Amsterdam. I have no experience with Gein itself. You'll most likely like Amsterdam for going out and Amstelveen for shopping.

Seemingly good connections to the main roads. Gaasperplas is nice, Ouderkerkerplas is popular. Arena, shopping, concerts. Seems like something you'd like.

That's about what I know.
Jul. 18th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
Looks like a proper place there.
Jul. 18th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
Any good jogging paths in the area?
Jul. 18th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
The outskirts of Amsterdam aren't so bad these days, I bike through them a lot and I actually feel more anxious in sleeping cities then alive ones, and being this close to the cultural heart of the Netherlands is a huge plus in my book.
Jul. 18th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
I find it somewhat amusing that you posted this today as I just got your letter :) I don't feel I have to much to add in the matter, only to consider what makes you feel the happiest/safest, even if you do pay a little more for it. I pay a tidy sum for where I am renting here in Oslo, but I wouldn't want to live anywhere else...

Edited at 2008-07-18 03:51 pm (UTC)
Jul. 18th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
I got your letter today, wheee! :) (and sorry, can't give you advise on how it is to live on those areas)
Jul. 18th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Seems nice, and it's close to work too, for you.
And you're close to the Amsterdamse Poort where you can do all major shopping.
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