Laren is a municipality in the district of North Holland in the Gooi area. Laren is one of the most wealthy municipalities in the Netherlands, along with its neighbour Blaricum. Laren is well-known for its history as a late 20th-century art colony, preserved in the museum Singer Laren, as well as its wide array of shops. Laren is part of the Amsterdam metropolitan area, situated to the east of Amsterdam. The municipality is a very quiet and green place. The built-up area is adorned by a host of different architectural styles in a historic setting. The housing stock mainly consists of beautiful detached villas, but there are also semi-detached houses to be found. Laren is a beautiful old village with very nice shops.