Hey there! I’m Carlissa and I’m excited to tell you all about just why living in The Hague is so great. First off, I should tell you that I live right on the border of the Regentessekwartier and the Zeeheldenkwartier. This means I’m practically five minutes from the town centre. Those are the places where you’ll find me most of the time. I work right in the middle of the city centre at the Tweede Kamer (Dutch House of Representatives). I’m an event manager, and after I’ve picked up a nice cup of coffee at Hometown, I set to work organising all of the internal events for the President of the House of Representatives, political parties, internal departments and external clients. A normal day of debate in the House tends to be pleasantly busy and hectic. After work I like to go out for a drink with colleagues or go for a bite to eat with friends. Have you ever been to the Pistache Café next to the Palace Gardens? You really should!
Carlissa: “The Regentessekwartier is very central. Everything I need is close by and there’s so much to do. I never have to go far to find all the fun.”
Right across from my house there’s a little theatre, and if you walk a little further, you get to Regentesselaan. Lunch at Café Emma or an ice cream at the Spijssalon... Yum! But really, we’re spoiled for choice here in The Hague, with everything from great Asian supermarkets and the SLA salad bar in the city centre to friendly coffee shops where you can get your caffeine fix in the morning. There are so many options, it’s impossible for me to name them all. But hey, you know what? You can always ask me for tips on The Hague. Because that’s what we’re like here! I’m sure you understand I don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon – if only because I wake up every day in my lovely little home with a smile on my face!Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
What you need to know about Regentessekwartier
The Regentessekwartier is officially part of the Regentesse- and Valkenboskwartier district. It’s a diverse and lively neighbourhood near the centre of The Hague. The Regentesse- and Valkenboskwartier is a compact historical area with a mixture of small and large houses, mostly dating to before 1916. Intimate streets and enclosed squares create a pleasant urban feel.
You can easily reach the beach, the city centre or The Hague Central Station by bike or tram. You can do your shopping on Weimarstraat. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it here – organic produce, fun little art galleries and quirky eateries, you name it. Just walk a little further and you’ll find yourself in the adjacent Zeeheldenkwartier, with its trendy shops, pop-up stores and wealth of creative activity. In the Heesterbuurt, you will find a lot of peaceful post-war apartment blocks. In the other streets, you can choose to live in a downstairs apartment with a garden or upstairs with a nice balcony. If you have a green thumb, you can get your hands dirty in the neighbourhood garden on Kamperfoeliestraat.
If you’re looking for a modern property, the area around the old power station is the place to be. This part of the Regentessekwartier is booming right now. Creatives, foodies and music lovers will find everything their hearts desire here. The old power station now houses a cultural centre. You’ll also find Park De Verademing here, a modern sports and recreation park with playgrounds, benches, picnic areas and a small riding stables. From the park you can easily walk to the Palace Gardens along the historic city canal.
In the Regentesse- and Valkenboskwartier, the average WOZ (Valuation of Immovable Property Act) value is €316,221 for family homes and €146,470 for apartments. Around 40% of the homes in the Regentesse- and Valkenboskwartier are private rental properties. Over the past few years, the rental price for newly-available properties has been between €650 and €1,500 per month.