Bomen- and Bloemenbuurt
I’m Laurette, and I work as a policy adviser representing the interests of the tenants of the Vestia housing corporation. I’m often very busy and work a lot during the evening, so I’m very glad to have a peaceful living environment. I love the fact that the country is being run from the place where I live, and that so many international organisations are based here. My home base is the Bomen- and Bloemenbuurt in The Hague, and this area does justice to its name: there isn’t a single street without trees and hollyhocks. I didn’t necessarily care about that all that much a few years back, but now I consider it one of the area’s best features.
Laurette: “I moved here because of the space, because it’s very green and because it’s close to the beach and the city centre. These are all major boons in my book!”
Many houses in my neighbourhood date back to the 1930s, so if you like that type of architecture, you’re in the right place here. There is a wide range of houses in terms of size and price range. It’s a very diverse area, with residents ranging from middle-income to wealthier families, from born-and-raised Hagenaren to expats, and from young to old. That really makes this a great place to live.
I never thought I’d live somewhere other than Rotterdam. It was my boyfriend who first convinced me to give The Hague a try. One of the key factors for me was the fact that this district is so close to the dunes and beaches. That gives me a real sense of freedom. Part of my life still takes place in my old city, but that’s okay because it’s easy to get there and there’s enough parking. I can find pretty much everything I need in the direct vicinity of my apartment. I can go to Frederik Hendriklaan in the Statenkwartier if I want to do more than just daily shopping or if I’m looking to have a nice meal out or visit a museum. That’s why I don’t go to the centre very often. This is a friendly area full of interesting people, so if you end up moving here, be sure to get acquainted with your neighbours!Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
What you need to know about Bomen- and Bloemenbuurt
A fifteen-minute bike ride from the city centre and the Hague beach resorts Kijkduin and Scheveningen, there is a lively pre-war residential area with a mixture of housing in different styles. There are many flats and portico dwellings (particularly in the Bomenbuurt), but also a considerable number of single-family homes and upstairs-downstairs dwellings (especially in the Bloemenbuurt). The fourteen squares are characteristic of the district.
A fifteen-minute bike ride from the city centre and The Hague’s two seaside resorts, Kijkduin and Scheveningen, you will find a lively pre-war residential area with a mixture of housing in a plethora of different styles. There are many high-rise apartment blocks and staircase-entrance flats (particularly in the Bomenbuurt), but also a considerable number of single-family homes and ground-floor or upstairs apartments (especially in the Bloemenbuurt). The district is known for its fourteen squares.
Fahrenheitstraat, Thomsonlaan and Thomsonplein are the main places to go on a shopping spree or get your grocery shopping done. You can find the finest cheeses and artisanal breads here, along with fresh fish. You can also enjoy a drink or a bite to eat in one of the pleasant cafés or restaurants, such as Bagels & Beans, Lunchroom LOT or Brasserie Beekink & Co. On Goudsbloemlaan there is a large supermarket along with a number of delis.
In the Bomen- and Bloemenbuurt, the average WOZ (Valuation of Immovable Property Act) value is €401,939 for family homes and €168,654 for apartments (2015 price level). Around 25% of the homes in the Bomen- and Bloemenbuurt are private rental properties. Over the past three years, the rental price for newly-available properties has been between €650 and €1,500 per month.