Living in The Hague is attractive for a number of reasons, particularly its low cost of living (for Dutch standards), its central location and its international community. It is certainly quieter than Amsterdam, without the large number of tourists and with friendlier housing prices.
Similarly to Amsterdam, however, The Hague is incredibly diverse, and counts numerous nationalities due to the presence of consulates and several international organisations and companies. The city boasts many monuments, chic hotels, and is the political heart of the Netherlands. The Dutch government operates from the historic Binnenhof, and the King's office palace can be found on the Noordeinde.
The Hague is a great city for couples and families looking for a stable base in Holland. The key location of The Hague makes it easy to go to Amsterdam for work or leisure, to Schiphol for flights, or to any of the other nearby cities in Holland.
Buying a house in The Hague
If you want to buy a house in The Hague, all kinds of questions will pop up. What are your housing requirements? What are your financial options? Where are good (international) schools? What are the best neighbourhoods in The Hague? There is a wide range of very good neighbourhoods, so you're spoilt for choice.
Take Scheveningen, for instance. You will find several attractive residential areas there. Technically, Scheveningen is part of The Hague. Although most people come there to go to the beach, there's much more to Scheveningen, a historic fishing village that has always existed separately from The Hague. Scheveningen beach is just 15 minutes from the historical city centre of The Hague. Fun fact: 'Scheveningen' is widely considered to be one of the hardest words to pronounce in Dutch.
Searching for the right home
You will find an answer to all of the questions above with the help of an MVA Certified Expat Broker, an NVM purchasing agent. By discussing everything well in advance, finding the right home becomes a lot easier. As a purchasing agency, they can advise you regarding all the amenities you wish to have near and the areas that meet your needs. Your agent always acts solely on your behalf and can reduce the stress of buying a new home by providing independent advice and extensive local knowledge. In other words, they can help you with all aspects of your relocation, from the property search to the actual negotiations: they'll manage the whole buying process.
So, if you expect to be working in the Netherlands, we as a Certified Expat Broker would be happy to help you find a new home in The Hague or one of the surrounding areas. Belvédère Makelaars is affiliated with MVA’s Certified Expat Brokers. In case you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact any of our MVA Certified Expat Brokers. We would love to be of assistance.
Paul, Ilja and Wilma
Team Belvédère NVM-Makelaars