One of the most special properties in Amsterdam is now on the market: the mostly detached single family home “Cassiopea” situated in Amsterdam Zuid nearby the Hoofddorpplein and the Vondelpark. The family home has 3 bedrooms, a luscious garden and a spacious garage/working space.
"Cassiopea" is built in the early 1920’s, designed to resemble the similarly named zodiac sign. Looking straight down at the property, it’s shape is that of a W, with the left and right legs of the letter being the left and right wings of the house.
The house is located on freehold land.
From the front door or either of the wings of the home you can look into the luscious garden filled with beautiful hortensias, a big terrace, a lawn and a couple of grand old trees. Thanks to all of this the house is mostly obscured when looking at it from the street side.
“Cassiopea” is not yet deemed a monument so you won’t run in to any problems should you wish to remodel it.
The property is situated in a small corner of the south of Amsterdam where time has almost stood still. Because of the style of architecture the neighbourhood used to be known as “het Belgische buurtje”, which means: the Belgian district. Right around the corner is one of Amsterdam’s most charming little parks, the former cemetery “Te Vraag”. Named after the inn that was there in the middle ages, where travellers (who didn’t get lost in the vast swamplands) could ask for directions to the city of Amsterdam (back then the city wasn’t comprised of much more than the canal belt).
“Cassiopea” is situated ideally. Right around the corner of the Hoofddorpplein, which offers all the amenities, a 5 minute bike ride from the Vondelpark, 10 minutes from the Zuidas and the beautiful nature reserve De Oeverlanden and close to the ring road (without suffering from any real noise pollution from the road).
Entering through the handmade hardwood garden gate and walking over the garden path you reach the two-part front door. Above the front door there is a facing stone, originally placed during construction, which carries the name of the house. Behind the front door is the entryway (with the original mailbox in the side wall), through the draft door you enter the central hallway, which grants access to all the downstairs quarters. On the left is the garden/dining room which has folding doors that open into the garden and on the right is the cottage like sitting room with a wood-burning stove, big windows that open into the garden and doors that open into a small covered courtyard. The two rooms have an oak wood herringbone parquet floor, the hallway and kitchen have a marble floor. Next to the stairway is the toilet and the door to the (wine) cellar (the gas and power meters are also located in the cellar).
In the middle of the hallway is the door to the kitchen. The kitchen has a lot of natural light (and Siemens and Bosch equipment). Through the kitchen’s backdoor you can also reach the small courtyard where a grapevine grows along the transparant covering, because this courtyard is situated on the south side of the house the grapevine provides you with a bountiful harvest each year (sweet blue Boskoop grapes). Next to the kitchen window is an old rose bush. Through the courtyard you can enter the secondary kitchen which has a stainless steel sink and counter with cupboard and the hookups for a washer and dryer. Next to the secondary kitchen is the big garage/home-office/bicycle storage. The garage is fully insulated and heated with newly placed large windows in the roof which provide a lot of natural light. The garage has a Racedeck floor, a remote controlled garage door and a separate door for the bicycle storage.
The semi circular stairway provides access to the central upstairs hallway which has the same layout and size as the one on the ground floor. Here there are two bedrooms, the bathroom, a guest bedroom and a balcony situated on top of the downstairs entryway.
In the bathroom is the second toilet, a big walk in shower, a luxurious jacuzzi, a design central heating radiator (and towel warmer) and a specially designed sink made from the same Belgian freestone as the floor. About ten years ago the two big bedrooms have been completely remodelled, to include the space of the (up until that point unused) attic. You can now see the original wooden beams and each room got a mezzanine. Which one room utilises as a walk-in closet and storage space and the other as a sleeping area. The remodel was designed and overseen by Marc Prosman Architects.
The (fully insulated) roof is covered with Canadian slate rock tiles.
- Semi-detached villa with the name "Cassiopea";
- Situated on freehold land, full ownership;
- Luscious garden of approximately 200 sqm;
- Spacious insulated garage/workspace.
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