Keizersgracht 653, 1017DT Amsterdam
Charming and gorgeous canal property in a superb location in Amsterdam’s historical city centre (Unesco World Heritage). This spacious and light, listed canal property offering various possibilities for use has been very tastefully restored over the years to a very high standard. It is located on the tranquil, sunny south side of one of the most beautiful sections of the Keizersgracht, a stone’s throw away from the Reguliersgracht with a wonderful view out over several bridges (including one of the “Seven Bridges”). In 2016 the foundations (both front and rear houses) were completely repaired.
This unique canal property is located on one of the wide main canals between the Vijzelstraat and the Reguliersgracht and is in one of the most beautiful spots on the Amsterdam ring of canals, surrounded by many art galleries, international museums, outstanding restaurants, welcoming lunch cafés and coffee bars. In addition, the Utrechtsestraat, the Amstelveld, the Vondelpark, Artis Zoo and the Amstel river are all within walking distance. Good public transport connections such as various tram and bus stops, as well as the Noord/Zuidlijn stops, are also within walking distance. You may park your car in the various neighbourhood car parks, or on the canals with a parking permit.
Basement and rear house
Entrance via the stone stairs to the basement, which has plenty of light at the front and the rear of the building. The basement would be ideal for use as an office or practice space but is also suited for rental. The basement kitchen is situated at the front of the building and has enough space for a dining table. The recently renovated bathroom is situated centrally and is fitted with a shower, vanity unit, toilet and the connections for the washing machine and tumble dryer. The sleeping area, which could also be used as a practice space or office, may be found at the rear. A closable connecting door offers access to the spacious hallway, with the original windows, of the rear house. This is also the entrance to the light well that ensures plenty of light and also contains a convenient storage cupboard. The rear house has three floors. On the lowest floor there is a second, lovely kitchen and this room would also be easy to convert into a spacious bedroom. There is also a recently and completely renovated bathroom with shower, toilet and vanity unit. There is a spacious bedroom with lovely, high windows offering a view through to the front house and the canal, on the middle floor of the rear house. Together with the kitchen and bathroom below, this bedroom would be ideal for renting out. This is also applicable to the second, cosy bedroom in the attic of the rear house, which may be reached via the charming Amsterdam staircase.
You enter the canal property via the stately dogleg staircase right into the front room. This sunny, classical room with a high ceiling could be used in various ways and at present is serving as a reception area and cloakroom. From the hallway, with its original marble floor tiles which also run though to the rear house, you enter a spacious room with adjoining bathroom. The hallway also takes you to the staircase via which you reach the dining room (split level) and kitchen with high ceilings on the first floor. The luxurious open kitchen (Arclinea) with its island and high cabinets is equipped with all the conveniences and offers access to the wonderfully situated, modest terrace at the rear. The front of this floor is slightly higher and here is where you will find the sunny dining room. This is one of the most beautiful spots in the house where you can luxuriate in the splendid unimpeded (no house boats) view out over the wide canal. The partially glazed staircase is a real eye-catcher and offers access to the second floor of the front house.
The gloriously light living room is to be found on the second floor. This living room is divided into a lovely seating area at the front of the building where, once again, you have a wonderful view out over the waters of the canal. This side also has a classical open fireplace (sandstone). The rear of this floor has, among other features, a small, built-in kitchenette, which means you will always have a drink to hand.
Finally, the staircase provides access to the uppermost floor of the property. Here, there is a spacious bedroom with original details that also has a convenient built-in wardrobe. There is also a separate toilet and a bathroom at the front of the building with, once again, a gorgeous view out over the canal. This bathroom is fitted with a bath, shower and marble vanity unit.
The entire property has been excellently maintained (both inside and out) and contains a lot of original detail (wooden floors, beamed ceiling, staircases, external lantern and canopies at the front of the building). In 2016 a complete foundation repair (under the entire property) took place during which the entire basement and rear house were deepened and renovated.
Named after Emperor Maximilian I, Arch Duke of Austria, who granted Amsterdam the privilege of adding the imperial crown to its coat of arms in 1489.
(Source: Stadsatlas Amsterdam)
- Unique canal property offering many possibilities for use and with an area of approx. … m² (NEN2580 measurement report available)
- An unusual number of original details and a spectacular unimpeded view out over the Keizersgracht (the widest canal in the city centre, 31 metres wide)
- Foundations were repaired in 2016; basement and rear house were deepened as part of this work
- Five (bed) rooms and four bathrooms
- Basement with separate utilities and own front door, may be closed off from rest of property, suitable for rental
- Rear house fitted with an extra kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms, also ideal for rental
- The roof of the rear house was renovated and insulated in 2010 and the roof of the front house was insulated as well
- Lovely high ceilings, wooden floor and parquet floors
- Central heating system, Daalderop (large boiler) and Intergas (small boiler), both installed in 2010
- Basement, hallway in front house, bathroom and floor of rear house fitted with underfloor heating
- Built in approx. 1686
- Nationally listed building
- Parking under parking permit system (Centrum 2, estimated waiting time two months). Source: Amsterdam City Council’s Parking and Traffic Department
- Transfer in consultation.
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